WHY THE ACOTAR SERIES BELONGS AT THE TOP OF YOUR TBR.

Hello hello hello! I’ve felt so busy lately because I’ve been at preseason volleyball practices 5 hours everyday. Yeesh this is the most I’ve been looking forward to the weekend since June! I try to make my book reviews sound interesting but seriously the title is NOT A CLICKBAIT LIE. This review is generally for ACOMAF but ACOTAR (the first book) is also included for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

PLEASE let’s just APPRECIATE the lovely featured image above that I put together. *heart eyes* The art is by Charlie Bowater; I’m seriously in love with all of her ACOTAR pieces.

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (from BarnesandNoble.com)

 

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(NON-SPOILER) A SOLID five stars for the whole series. If you’re into fantasy you will hands down love this with all your heart but even if you’re not, this is honestly just a book that is so above and beyond amazing it’s hard not to love it. You get sooooo attached to the characters like their your real family (Okay I have a big imagination…BUT THEY’RE HONESTLY SO AWESOME). The writing is really good, and Maas describes the settings of Prythian really well so it’s easily imagined to be the magical, but terrifying land full of unexpected surprises and plot twists that keep you reading. I haven’t loved a series so much since Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices. (Which I LOVE LOVE. With an undying passion.)

(SPOILER) Whenever their whole little ‘family’ (Mor, Cass, Az, Feyre, Rhys) goes into battle/a fight together they are literally the ultimate team and I’m just reading like YEAH YOU SLAY FEYRE. SLAY THEIR HEADS OFF. Then there’s the all powerful Amren who’s just blasting things out of the sky and dominating. Mor is over there sizing up some other woman like you think you are prettier than me? Watch me kill you in 3 seconds flat. And Cassian like LOL YOU’RE DEAD *swoosh* AND YOU *swoosh* AND YOU *swoosh*.

Ianthe is a literal Zara Dearborn. If I was Feyre I wouldn’t have been able to stay strong and not stab her to death in the tent that night…I also actually really like Lucien, like I mean it’s kind of not his fault that he’s the emissionary of a high lord gone rogue. Like jeez where did you EXPECT him to go?? I think the whole mate idea thing is pretty weird (but AWESOME in Feyre and Rhys’ case) though, because there’s just someone that you’re automatically destined to be with? Um no. I don’t ship Nesta and Cass; I mean I DO but I DON’T. They ARE pretty much perfect for eachother I suppose but I don’t like Nesta still soooo.

I WAS LITERALLY BEING DRIVEN INSANE THROUGHOUT THE FIRST 400 PAGES OF ACOMAF. FEYRE AND RHYSAND. They were flirting like every second of their existence since they met each other and I was like CAN SOMEONE KISS SOMEONE ALREADY. (THE COURT OF NIGHTMARES OH MY GODDDD) But really all the fan art of them are the actual cutest things in the world. Also, Starfall was ADORABLE EEK @*#$!&. There were moments in the book where my face was just crumpling up at their cuteness.

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

This THIS is my god dang background for my laptop and my phone I am so obsessed. And it’s on the side bar.

“I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.”

*CRYING*

“If you were going to die, I was going to die with you. I couldn’t stop thinking it over and over as you screamed, as I tried to kill her: you were my mate, my mate, my mate.”

Can we talk about how mad I was when Feyre was so pissed about Rhys not telling her they are mates like FEYRE REALLY. WHAT WAS HE SUPPOSED TO DO? “Hello my name’s Rhysand. Oh by the way I’m your mate. I hope you like me.”  Okay moving on though, here is some of my favorite ACOMAF humor and fan art . For more visit my bookish Pinterest board! ^_^  By the way I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND going to the polandbananasBOOKS review for the books in this series (and just every book you read) after you’re finished with them!!

How awesome is that dresser though. #sheknew

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On that note…

xx sarah

 

The Book Blogger Test!

BONJOUR! (So I wrote that in Canada if that makes more sense…) I was tagged by the WONDERFUL Ivy and Em @Two Girls Two Mountains! Go help them reach 200 followers!! woot woot

But omg I haven’t posted in weeks!! Majorly slacking…I’m really hoping to pick up the pace though and reach 700 followers before school starts! So that’s three followers a day; harder than it seems much? Hey but if you’re reading this it would mean so much if you’d follow if you haven’t already. ❤ ❤


Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post
3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
4. Let your nominees know you nominated them

**side note: OMG YES I LOVEEEE RULE #4!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO THE CREATOR OF THIS TAG. *squeals* FINALLY.


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  1. Okay this is pretty specific, but: WHEN PEOPLE READ LADY MIDNIGHT FIRST. NO NO NO NO NO. Sorry for the inconvenience but there are 10 other Cassandra Clare books that come before The Dark Artifices. No exceptions.
  2. Dog earring pages. I like to keep my books in perfect condition. PERIOD. (ha contradictory to Em)
  3. Well, basically love triangles. I can’t help but pity the poor guy who’s got the girl in the beginning of the book and then all of a sudden under extenuating circumstances, some gorgeous weirdo swoops in and steals her. IT’S NOT FAIR. There’s usually nothing wrong with the first guy so the author makes some last minute decision to make him do something evil just to drag on the freakin love triangle. Speaking of which…PRIM’S DEATH IS NOT GALE’S FAULT. PRIM WAS THE COMPLETE IDIOT WHO PRACTICALLY RAN A HEAP OF FLAMES.

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I’ve always spent most of my time reading in my bed, especially since I read most during the nights. I have really been wanting to get a small beanbag to put next to my bookshelf though!!


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  1. I spoiled part of Lady Midnight for  @Twin Bookmarks. (don’t worry guys, it wasn’t THAT spoiler *SIGH of relief*. Still. Four words: Forever. In. Your. Debt.
  2. I just watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the car on the way back from Canada. Oh yeah, without reading the book first. I HONESTLY DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GOING TO BE THAT GOOD. Anyways I’m still DEFINITELY reading the book very soon; I wasn’t planning on reading it at all before, on the contrary.
  3. I’ve only read *GRIMACES* 4 books this summer. *Reader: …*

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Oh gosh. Uhhhh I don’t really cry a lot reading books but looking back I’d have to guess PROBABLY DEFINITELY during The Dark Artifices books….I’m very emotionally invested in the entire Blackthorn family if you didn’t know. And Emma of course. You should be too. In addition I’m also getting extremely committed to #feysand…I think it’s safe to say I’m literally falling in love with Rhys. #400pagesin4days #ACOMAFismylife


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Only one: A Court of Mist and Fury. I’m 300 pages in (don’t spoil anything for me please!!) and IT’S SO GOODDDDDD. EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT #FEYSAND STILL ISN’T A THING YET. WHEN? WHEN. SOMEONE. PLEASE. TELL ME. WHEN. (lol I wrote that all like 2 days ago) To my satisfaction the name Rhys is a thing on my phone!! It autocorrected to a capital r. #ohyeah But really can Feyre and Rhysand just stop being so jealous of each other like just kiss it’s not that hard. #notohyeah The Perks of Being a Wallflower is sitting on my desk also though! #600pagesinnow #MATES #MATES #MATES #MATES #HAHAHAYESSSSS #DREAMSDOCOMETRUE


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READ. OR DIE KNOWING WHAT YOU MISSED OUT ON. (was that overstepping?)


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My ONLY bookshelf actually!! I think it’s quite the little collection but I really can’t brag on bookstagram. Like at all. (as in this looks pathetic next to others *sad face*) But I mean isn’t that a cute little map I put up and I’m really loving the rainbow theme right now.

 

 

 


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My true love.

**Disclaimer: that sounds sadder and lonelier than I thought it would.


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Ummm I thought Twilight was a decent book?? #meh #noregrets


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xx sarah

BDAY BOOK HAUL!

Hello internet!! (#DanHowellvibesmuch??) A few days ago it was my birthday and I got a few new books! Well actually I got a gift card and chose half of them myself although CLOSE ENOUGH! I almost did a video instead but the camera memory is full (or something) but I hope you like the pictures! I gave them all relatively summery themes.

*Click on the titles to learn more about the book if interested.

*No bragging intended

*All photos belong to btweenthepages.com

 

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// This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp //

I found out about this book through my lit teacher, who actually said she disliked it; contrarily it is a number one New York Times bestseller which is insane. With this in mind, I googled it and I think it seems like a book I would REALLY be interested in. The cover is pretty cool, but the book itself must be pretty heartbreaking given it’s narrated from several different students during a school shooting.

 

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// Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow //

I quite frankly have no idea what this is about, but it has a really unique cover. I MIGHT bring up the state of the cover for every picture…) All I know is that there’s another depressed teen as the main character. WELL THE BOOKS I BUY ARE ALL JUST SO…ENLIGHTENING. It’s not too hard to decipher that, with one look at the title, *google searches synopsis* and YEP it’s seems to be nothing more than that. Crossing my fingers that the writing is amazing. I think that the potential for that quality is definitely there.

 

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// The Circle by Dave Eggers //

Thank GOODNESS I didn’t go see the movie! This book wasn’t too high on my tbr but since I own it now, reading it will be inevitable of course! It’s definitely a very futuristic kind of book, and I always enjoy those really. I am super glad that the movie is starring Emma Watson though; it’ll make seeing the book come to life very enjoyable!!

 

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// A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass //

ACOMAF is totally great so far; in fact so GREAT that I decided that I need to have the next book for right when I finish!! ACOMAF is going like this so far: Hey I’m Feyre who’s now a High Lord and I have no idea what I’m doing with my powers. Or my life. OH MY GOD I CAN’T STAY WITH THIS JERK FOR ETERNITY. *flees to Rhysand* Muchhhh better. This guy has wings, which means open rooms, which means I feel FREE! Much much better. For convenience we might as well fall in love. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THOUGH IT ACTUALLY IS AMAZING XD.

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// Bombshell by Rowan Maness //

My best friend got me this, and she warned me that I’d think it would sound cheesy but I think it actually sounds GREAT. I’ve never heard of it before but I seriously LOVEEEE THE COVER SO MUCH. I CAN’T EVEN. Anyways, I was looking at it on the Barnes and Noble website when I NOTICED something. It says “MTV’s Catfish meets We Were Liars...” I had a huge fangirling moment when I read that. So it’s pretty much like a 50% version ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK; or I’m HOPING so, at least.

 

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// City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson //

Is it bad that I JUST noticed that there’s a face on the cover?? WHAT IT’S HARDER TO TELL IN REAL LIFE. Kind of. Okay not really I guess. I honestly have NO IDEA what this book is about, but it seems like it’s not YA, so TECHNICALLY that means I’m off the hook for not recognizing it lol. The writing seems good, and I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t get lost reading this. Yeah um I get lost in plots very easily. In other words YA is my forever true love!! (NO THERE IS STILL HOPE)

Have YOU read any of these books/are they on your tbr?

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Are Audio Books CHEATING?

*mentally prepare yourself for a short BUT PASSIONATE rant about a very unpopular opinion* 

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Hello lovelies! (I always have to say hi and rant about my problems first tho DUH) So I suppose I’m in the mood to rant and I’ve been itching to write all day, although unfortunately I was stuck watching a lacrosse game all day. *no comment on how bored, hot, and hungry that made me* (THE WORST COMBO.) And remember that everything I say is just MY OPINION, so please don’t be offended if you like audiobooks, I don’t mean to offend your preferences.

During the school year I stared at the poster a lot that was hung up on the wall in of the school library. It read, “Audio books are not cheating.” and when I thought about it a for 1 second I had decided…THEY DO NOT.  Now I have no clue how many of you will agree/disagree with this opinion but let me explain!

AUDIO BOOKS

There is no other form of books besides:

a) the ebook: a book on a screen

b) the book book: a book with actual real live pages and the whole shebang!

You see, a BOOK is meant to be able to be READ or else it’s not a book, right? And then the word audio means transmitted sound…soooo audio books are books being read to you; or for you, I dare say.

THEY’RE LIKE CHEATING

I mean, you do inevitably benefit slightly from them, by learning new vocabulary, but audio books are really just the equivalent to listening to the radio. You’re not READING it using your EYES (Or fingers for braille! Speaking of which, if people have disabilities that make them unable to read than it is fair to call it not cheating for these people.) you’re listening to the book with your EARS. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED EARS CAN’T READ.

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NOT MY PERSONAL PREFERENCE

I often reread certain paragraphs, pages, or even CHAPTERS to be quite honest, especially when I forget to read that certain book for a while. This is rather difficult to do on the little audio thingie! But most importantly, I SPACE OUT SO EASILY. I’ll just be having a just DANDY day reading my stupid little audio book while staring at a wall and then all of a sudden I miss an entire chapter…And if you’re listening to them on your phone it makes you look SUPER antisocial.

Also though, you just don’t get the FULL EXPERIENCE of reading a book. For example, the satisfying motion of turning a page, as well as the SMELL of the book, (thats not weird right??) and feeling accomplished to see that thick pile of pages you’ve read! SO:

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MY LIT TEACHER ALWAYS TOLD US TO REMEMBER COUNTERCLAIMS.

Audio books truly are an easy way to read, especially if you need to get something else done in your day at the same time (Go multitasking!). But really most of my classmates use them because they are simply lazy and complain about how much they hate reading blablablablabla. BUT ANYWAYS BACK TO THAT COUNTER CLAIM, if you love audio books just BECAUSE they are awesome and your true love than you go listen to those audio books and enjoy them! (and maybe you should’ve skipped over this entire post) In my opinion, audio books are good for multitasking, but AGAIN I like to chill out when I read. Although I am not an adult with adult responsibilities that may take up my normal reading time.

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XX, SARAH

A Court of Thorns and Roses | #thatancienttbrbook

What up readers, it’s SUNDAY! And I have to leave for camp today…(when your brain doesn’t know whether you should be happy or sad about something) So yep I’ll be off the grid until next weekend. Hopefully not COMPLETELY though, because I’ll have my phone with the handy dandy glitch central WordPress app, and if it’s not acting up on me I’ll try to answer comments and all that. ALSO, when I went to the Barnes and Noble website yesterday this happened: EEKKKKK SO EXCITED.

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ACOTAR

 

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 432

“A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding.” —Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

 

 

 

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever. (synopsis from barnesandnoble.com)

 

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You guys have no idea how long this has been on my tbr. I bought it a month ago, but JUST got around to reading it this week and IT MET ALL MY EXPECTATIONS PERFECTLY AND I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF THAT I READ IT AT LAST.

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Of course though, from the billion reviews on this series I’ve skimmed over blogging, I KNOW that Feyre ends up with Rhysand. (Still gonna pronounce it Rye-sand even though Sarah J. Mass clearly stated it is Ree-sand in the pronunciation guide.)

So the entire book the TEMPTATION to ship #feylin was just staring me in the face, but I was like: no I’m going to learn to love and accept Rhysand. And you’re probably thinking: UM SARAH THAT’S UNNECESSARY THE AUTHOR MAKES YOU LIKE HIM. But the thing is, that NEVER WORKS ON ME. I always get stuck on the first boyfriend they introduce and I just CAN NOT MOVE ON. Like for example The Hunger Games…GALE WAS MEANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH KATNISS BECAUSE IF HER NAME WASN’T PICKED SHE NEVER WOULD’VE GIVEN A CRAP FOR PEETA. It was simply not meant to be because CLEARLY if you’ve been living in the same 100 yards or whatever for your entire life and never cared or acknowledged each other than NO. JUST NO. WHY WOULD THAT HAPPEN.

Okay moving away from The Hunger Games now, (so the Team Peeta fans don’t come after me) I was literally just so distraught that Feyre isn’t going to marry Tamlin and live their eternal happily ever after. *SOB*

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Okay what’s pretty sad is that all I’ve talked about is the romance, but to be honest I AM FORESEEING A KILLER LOVE TRIANGLE. AND MANY HEARTS WILL BE BROKEN. (so mine and Tamlin’s) Anyways, overall I saw no major flaws in the writing or plot line, and I can’t WAIT to buy the next book. (it’s not at my library *ultra frowny face*) And disclaimer…You may also apply that gif to my editing skills. Leaving for camp in 30 MINUTES!!

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Creating My Own Fictional Life…

Hello lovely readers! So today I have this post that was SUPER fun to make! (*SIGH* IT’S ALL JUST A TEMPTATION. JUST KIDDING I SWEAR.) Yep, so it’s Saturday (well when I’m writing this) and I’ve been thinking of all these great blog post ideas I have planned for you all (I wish I could say y’all but I don’t think I can pull it off EXCEPT this is internet life and I can be anyone I wanna be. Whoop whoop.) Y’ALL. Getting back to the *amazing* posts I have planned: I NEED A PLANNER for my blog posts. I would feel so…organized (when you can tell someone is obviously not). AND all of the characters I choose would be if I HAD to because I really wouldn’t replace them with the people in my REAL life!!

Oh yes, and while I was scavenging the internet for fan art of Jules, I found THIS. I CAN’T BREATHE AH AH CARA WOULD BE PERFECT. LIKE HONESTLY CAN’T YOU SEE IT??!

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WHO WOULD BE YOUR…

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This is the hardest one to choose because parents are almost ALWAYS the problem in YA fiction.

But regardless if I had to choose I would probably pick Rosa and Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief. I know they look like grandparents in this picture, but besides the hair it portrays them pretty accurately and cute. Rosa is kinda all ‘tough love’ throughout the book and by the end I liked her, but I loved Hans all the way.

 


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Definitely Simon Lewis. (The Mortal Instruments) He always has got Clary’s back no matter what, and has the most innocent, loyal, and friendly personality! Simon tries to do the right thing, and through all brings up Dungeons and Dragons references. *Jace is fighting demon to his death* Simon: HEY THIS IS JUST LIKE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. *stares in aw while Jace is slowly dying*


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Okay UM I COULDN’T FIND A SINGLE PIECE OF FANART OF JULIAN BLACKTHORN I LIKED EXCEPT FOR ALL THE ONES WITH EMMA IN IT. Not that that isn’t totally okay *rushes words* because Emma is amazing and deserves to be in the picture and GOOO JEMMA. Moving on, to be completely honest Julian is hands down the best fictional brother in YA. Do I even have to explain why? I mean, if you’ve read The Dark Artifices you KNOW. It’s so cute how he takes care of all his siblings and how much they appreciate him always being there. Ahhhh it makes me want to CRY Julian is such a good person. AND if Julian were my brother than Emma could be my SISTER-IN-LAW; (at least pray that they get married and somehow find a way to break the STUPID PARABATAI BOND) PERFECTION. But honestly I can’t decide whether I would want Julian to be my fictional brother or boyfriend…NOT BOTH BUT EW YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.


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June from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu! If you haven’t read it, PLEASEEEE DO. It’s by far my favorite dystopian trilogy, and a must-read. The best part about the picture is that it’s drawn BY THE AUTHOR HERSELF. Pretty dang cool, right? Well anyways, June is a total genius and perfectionist, yet also has no fears in being the kick-butt dare devil she is. Scaling a sky-scraper instead of attending school? Why not.

How she uses her smarts and fire to rebel against her government is a-maz-ing. Sing it with me. Oh yeah and that guy she meets along the way…cough cough DAY. Just go read it.


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newtBOWTRUCKLE! At first it was a little hard to think of a pet because they’re usually not too important in fiction…the only pet I could think of was Buttercup (the raging katniss-hating kittycat). So I chose a creature that isn’t EXACTLY A PET but eh close enough I still want Bowtruckle. Ahhhh I love this movie so much! This picture is really making me wanting to re-watch it! Oh and by the way, SPEAKING of Fantastic Beasts; if you loved it and are a Potterhead (inevitable not to be both) than you might enjoy checking out @Scamander’s Suitcase!


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I would definitely have to choose a place from a fantasy novel, (because who doesn’t like MAGIC?) so I chose the Land of Stories because how awesome would it be to see all these fairytales come to life, except in the Chris Colfer version (which is even BETTER DUH)?! To be specific, my plan would obviously be to live in the Fairy Kingdom and become the greatest fairy of all time (I keep wanting to spell it faerie!! Hey Cassandra Clare fans…) so I could REPLACE ALEX AS FAIRY GODMOTHER. MWAHAHAHA jk Alex is was a great fairy godmother! Still haven’t read the fifth book yet guys!!

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Sarah the Unresponsible Bookworm

Okay hi what’s up guys, today I’m sharing my deepest darkest guilt: ALL THE AMAZING BOOKS I HAVE NOT READ. “FAINTING COUCH PLEASE.” What, that’s not weird that I made up an imaginary butler. Is it?? *faints dramatically* How…Sarah! I may not have a real butler now, but SOMEDAY I will along with Belle’s library. #notgonnahappen #youcanstilldream #dreamoonchild

So I plan to read these books before the end of the summer! Currently I’m reading ACOTAR which is AMAZING so far, except that I left it at my friend’s house this morning and I literally want to die. *SOB* THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. Oh yes and I just finished All the Bright Places, so yay that was good. “We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial.” *SOBS MULTIPLY BY TEN*  AND THEN TO MAKE EVERYTHING WORSE, my friend also decided to leave her copy of Every Last Word in my bag that I was bringing home so the temptation to read it IS UNBEARABLE AHHHH.

Disclaimer: all overviews from barnesandnoble.com.

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A Darker Shade of Magic

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Six of Crows

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Fangirl

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

The Westing Game

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

Slated

Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She’s been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.

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What books are at the top of your tbr?

 

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The Perfect Summer Afternoon | how-to for all bookworms alike 🌞

Hello my fellow bookworms! It’s officially July! I hit a little boredom sesh this warm summer afternoon and THANK GOD I have you guys to blog to. What would my summer be without blogging? (If you really want to know, it would include lots of couches and Netflix.) So today I am planning out a perfect summer afternoon to avoid being as bored as I was.

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  • **A lawn** (Sorry but if you live in the city you won’t be able to do this.)
  • 1 towel & umbrella
  • A kitchen w/some food (you’ll see!)
  • Bug spray & sunscreen (probably preferable)
  • A Phone (laptop, or basically any electronic device)
  • AS MANY BOOKS AS YOU PLEASE/a journal

 

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All you’ll need is some plain vanilla ice cream, milk, a blender, and these common household foods! Here are a few recipes I loved! (Disclaimer: all pictures and recipe descriptions by Joslyn Blair from delish.com.) Click the link if you’d like to see how to make EVEN more of these tasty milkshakes!

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Now that you have your *amazing* snack, you’ll just have to grab a few more things before you’re ready….some books, your phone/ipad/etc, and beach/pool towel! Carry as much of it as you can outside, because we all hate second trips (I’m so lazy). Drop everything on a nice spot of your lawn with the least bugs. (But you’ll have remembered bug spray anyways! Go preparation!)

 

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  1. Lay out towel in grass.
  2. Optional: Find an umbrella (or a parasol but who even owns those??) and prop it up on it’s side on the end of the umbrella where you’ll put your head.
  3. Place smoothie & book(s) under umbrella and open. You can even bring a journal if you want to write.
  4. Taste deliciousness in your mouth while with your fictional friends!!

 

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(Like me) Then here’s when the electronic device comes in…Download/open Spotify or Pandora. (Both are free, I promise!) Choose a radio (Pandora) or playlist (Spotify) to listen to while you relax! If you can read while listening to music that’s even better! (I could read through a rock concert, trust me, it’s called school.) I like to listen to the Acoustic Pop playlist on Spotify while working or reading.

The result: laying in the sun, reading with your head in the shade reading a great book (hopefully), listening to some great tunes, all while sipping deliciousness = the perfect summer afternoon for a bookworm!

Or just stay inside and be an air conditioned, pale couch potato.

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The Mid-Year Freakout Tag | I feel so basic.

Hey bookworms! Lately I’ve kinda been craving to do a tag, and woohoo, I was tagged by these lovely ladies: Lyndsey @Lyndsey’s Book Blog and Stephanie @Stephanie’s Novel Fiction! Although pretty much EVERYONE has been doing this lately, but I say whatever. AGH I’M SO PREDICTABLE. Warning: I mention a few books multiple times, and I’m sorry (COUGH COUGH, The Dark Artfices).


1. THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

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I’m all in for mysteries, but I personally think that there isn’t a very wide range of them in YA. You’re probably thinking, “Maybe she could go out on a limb and at least TRY a book that isn’t YA for once.” Well you’ll see how well that worked out with All the Light We Cannot See, featured somewhere below…


2. YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR

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If you read my last post, you may understand how hurt and mentally insane this book left me, but I love the characters and the writing because it’s not THEIR fault if someone dies or gets hurt. Wait take that back; CASSANDRA THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT YOU FICTIONAL MURDERER. And then there’s that second voice I have cheering on Clare for finally killing one, ONE character in *think Sarah, think* 720+720=1440 PAGES. I’m done practicing my math this summer! *gives myself slap on the back*


3. A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT REALLY WANT TO

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My best friend got this book for being an amazing writer, from our amazing English teacher and I don’t deserve it for being a ‘writer’ myself (basically I scribble crap down once a month) BUT I CAN STILL BE JEALOUS. Anyways, she started reading it and told me it’s good but HOW DO I KNOW SHE’S NOT LYING IF SHE DOESN’T USE BOOKMARKS? *GASP* I’M SORRY I REVEALED YOUR DEEPEST DARKEST SECRET TO THE INTERNET KIMBERLY. Oh yeah, hey peeps, go follow her blog pleaseeeee! (I’ll make sure she follows you back lol) She’s like another me but BETTER.


4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

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To be completely honest I’m not particularly excited for any releases in the rest of 2017. I was so pathetic thinking of upcoming releases (I have failed my duty as a bookworm I ask for forgiveness), that I had to look on Barnes and Noble. NOTHING. Except I found this one that is praised by the author of the book I’m reading right now that’s really good so I’m putting my trust in Jennifer Niffen. I feel like there were a lot of AMAZING releases in the first half of the year, and now there are no more new books and the authors are all drained out…Okay that’s a weird analogy.


5. YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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Okay don’t hate on me yet so let me just EXPLAIN: I pick my books *extremely* carefully, so I’m almost never let down. (I sound ridiculous) Considering this book won the FREAKIN PULITZER PRIZE I had no doubt that I would love this book. Well it was indeed really good until they started diving into the mathematic world of triangulation to find some point for something with something somewhere??? I don’t even have a vague IDEA of what triangulation is, which as you might guess, got me very lost in the story. (current thought: maybe I should’ve googled it…) So lost that I had to put it down which really dissapointed me but I honestly just had no idea what was going on with one of the two main characters, Werner. I feel like I’m just really stupid but moving on. So it’s more like the dissapointment was my brain, not the book.


6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
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Once upon a time there was a girl (ME) who read The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman (please take note that this is the same author) last summer, and was scarred as a reader AND a writer because it was THAT BAD. Scarred as a reader because I had to finish reading that horrendous clump of words so I wouldn’t fail my school assignment, and scarred as a writer because I could do better than that. The love triangle wasn’t even…CLICHE, because it failed to meet that level. I’ll save you from the specifics, but just don’t read it. SO, as you might assume I was very surprised after I finished this book which I hestitantly picked up. It was great! (for fans of Legend!!)


7. FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

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Stephanie Garber. You’ve probably heard me saying this a million times now but I can only really LOVE books that have great writing in YA, and I thought that Garber created the land of Caraval, like almost MAGICALLY. It was really good, and I could sincerely use a sequel, but I know that’s probably not going to happen. I would love more than anything for this to become a movie. It would actually be a killer movie; if you’ve read Caraval, even if you didn’t love it, just think about that.


8. YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH

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OKAY CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE THE FANART FOR A SEC AND JEMMA. How can you not fall in love with Julian?? He’s so…IMPERFECTLY PERFECT I CAN’T BREATHE. Julian Blackthorn is pretty much my IDOL. Oh and the OTHER Julian from Caraval. I was really mad the whole book about how awful Scarlett was to him and the lack of TRUST she had. Well, that is, until he was DEAD. I was also mad about how she was going to bring back Tessa when Tessa was just kinda a brat (sorry) all along, whereas Julian died and it was half Scarlett’s fault.


9. NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER

Finch from All the Bright Places. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why, especially because he’s not a legendary shadowhunter (unfortunately) but I love how he helps Violet through her problems with her friends, fears, etc, even as he’s struggling to find himself. Finch doesn’t realize that he’s himself with Violet even though he’s so concerned about ‘which’ Finch Violet likes the most. What he can’t see is that there’s only one.


10. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

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Honestly there’s quite a few now-a-days that I could list but pretty much any Dark Artifices book. And then, I’m halfway through All The Bright Places^^ which isn’t particularly sad so far (I’m halfway through) but there’s this sentence Finch says in the beginning of the book, ” ‘So not today,’ I sing. ‘Because she smiled at me.” And you have to read the book to understand but oh my god he decided not to commit suicide because a girl smiled at him. TELL ME THAT’S NOT SAD 😭😭


11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Okay I feel guilty for bringing The Dark Artifices up multiple times now but Julian’s personality makes me *SO* happy because of the way he takes care of his family and aw they’re all so cute together. #siblinggoals


12. YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

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Honestly, with the exception of The Hunger Games, I can’t think of ONE book to movie adaption that almost everyone is satisified with. Keeping that in mind, I do think that they did a pretty good job with this movie. It had a good cast, stayed close enough to the plot line, etc, and for viewers who hadn’t read the book yet, the director made sure for the puzzle pieces to come together in the end so well that they hit the viewer in the face.


13. FAVORITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

Wow my blog has just been doing so much better this year, and I’m really proud of it, especially since I actually know what I’m doing hahaha. My favorite post would have to be (AH I LOVE ALL OF MY POSTS. Does make my ego seem really big??) The Would You Rather Tag because it was so fun making up the questions and reading other bloggers answers; I thought it was so cool that you guys did it!! ❤

Check ’em out!

https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/would-you-rather-book-tag/

https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/the-would-you-rather-book-tag/

https://purelyolivia.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/the-would-you-rather-book-tag/

https://meghanmblogs.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/the-would-you-rather-book-tag/


14. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR

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I don’t think I’m going to like this book, but I’ve hardly read any of it so I don’t have the right to judge yet. On the contrary though, I really love this cover. Down to the color scheme, and all the little doodles of the people. (THAT FONT IN BLACK OMGGGG) Here We Are Now is an ARC I recieved at my public library (yay for my librarians!).


15. WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

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Yes I know, all series. What? I like my standalone books! (with the exception of Cassandra Clare). Series just yell COMMITMENT. Unless you’re in love with the characters…(JULIAN AND EMMA) I actually just bought ACOTAR, so I plan on reading that really soon, as well as Six of Crows on my kindle. NOW, here’s the important part: I have to do this school project for the summer and I can pick one book which I have to analayze quotes from. Which book shall I choose?? I’m going to predict you guys say Six of Crows…

I tag: 

Just Your Everyday Bookworm | Book Fandom 1001 |The Stylish Dreamer | Forever Book Blog

 

What’s your favorite quote?

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The Dark Artifices by Cassie Clare | bringing on the fangirling

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices Series #1)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 720

By the Angel, it’s a new series from the reigning queen of schmaltzy forbidden love against a backdrop of geysering green ichor.—Kirkus

 

 

Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices Series #2) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 608

Too new for praises but there will be plenty in this post from me so, here we go! (ew that rhymes)

 

 

 

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Comment: DUH.

For the safety of the bookworm who is reading this and hasn’t read TDA/TMI:

GO AWAY. PRETTY PLEASE. 

WARNING THE ENDING THE ENDING OF LORD OF SHADOWS MADE ME WANT TO BURST INTO UNCONTROLLABLE TEARS.  #problemswithreadinginpublic #fictionallyscarring

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AND THE ROMANCE AGHHHHH. Like I mean, is Cassandra Clare casually trying to torture her readers?! Emma and Julian NEED to find a way to break the curse. I mean IT SHOULDN’T EVEN BE LEGAL TO MAKE A PERMANENT DECISION LIKE THAT WHEN YOU ARE TWELVE. Seriously?? What is the Clave thinking? Well take that back because the Clave is cruel and evil anyways so actually it makes perfectly logical sense! But honestly because Cassandra Clare is a ‘happily ever after’  author for the most part *CRIES* “LIVVYYYYYY, MAXXXXX it’s pretty predictable that the curse will be broken, but how?? *raises eyebrow* WELL WE MUST WAIT ONLY ONE WHOLE YEAR TO FIND OUT…

AND THEN THERE’S ZARA DEARBORN.

Can I please stab her through the words of my book?! How I feel about this character: AHHHHSDHREDH. It’s like the new Celeste from The Selection but a solid million times worse. She’s a disgrace to the shadow world, period. This sounds harsh but if you’ve read Lord of Shadows you know what I mean: ZARA GO AND LIVE IN A DARK HOLE ALONE. FOREVER.

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Dear Cassandra, let the dead be dead. IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE.

How many characters can come back to life? It’s starting to get slightly ridiculous. Not that I want death but, let’s count: Jace, Simon, Annabel, Malcom, (hopefully Livvy) and I feel like I’m missing a LOT more, but for some stupid reason I can’t find a list of the resurrected TMI characters?? (like why doesn’t that exist? lol) I felt like it was unnecessary for Malcom to come back from death because it was just like: wooowww you’re back again, except from the bottom of the ocean as a zombie to finish your messed up conquest.

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The TMI fam is back = happiness

Yayayayayayyyy so much more…MALEC! Oh yeah, also Clary, Jace, and people. Isn’t that just a LOVELY piece of fan art below? Lol I’m dying looking at this. MAGNUS LOOKS LIKE A DIVA/PUNK GIRL. I’M SO SORRY I SHOWED THIS TO YOU. 😂

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