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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A Rebellious Bookworm’s TBR of Purely Aesthetic Covers

HAPPY WEEKEND READERS! (If you consider Friday the weekend?) Or happy summer if that’s already true for you, and if so, I’m jealous agh lol. Contrarily though, I don’t have school today *whoop whoop* which means *someone give me a drum roll* MORE TIME FOR BLOGGING. When you know you have an addiction problem…Anyways, on to today’s post, which is about gorgeous book covers, yay! So this is kinda a ‘Top Five Wednesday: favorite covers’ sorta thing, but Sarah style. (that’s me newbies)

**All book synopses stolen from B&N.com

 

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Wintersong | S. Jae-Jones

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All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Cold Summer | Gwen Cole

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Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kale’s death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back?

Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

A Thousand Pieces of You | Claudia Gray

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Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

Beautiful Broken Things | Sara Barnard

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

 

Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven

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Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

This is Where it Ends | Marieke Nijkamp

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Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Morgan Matson | The Queen of Cute Contemporaries 💖

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And then let’s just take a sec to appreciate Matson’s adorable covers…do they get any cuter people?? Dogs and ice-cream, (hello?) avoiding designing ugly covers isn’t THAT hard I guess.

Read Books w/the Greatest Covers…

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These three books I have actually already read, but just fell in LOVE with their covers while reading them, and decided they DESERVE to be appreciated, despite that they are no longer on my tbr (which should actually be a good thing).

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TBR RECOMMENDATIONS by May @foreverandeverly!

 

Hey readers! Today I have a beautiful list of tbr recommendations per each genre (fantasy, adventure, mystery, and dystopian) by May @ForeverandEverly! Check out her blog, it’s amazing, to be straightforward hehe.

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FANTASY

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)*

Rachel Caine: Dude. I love this book SO FREAKIN’ MUCH??? The characters are amazing and so is the plot and it’s like this DYSTOPIAN FANTASY WITH A HISTORICAL FEEL TO IT. And it also includes books. And libraries. Can this get any better??? (Yes, it can: so much #diversity.)

Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo: Who would I be without mentioning this amazing book. THIS IS AMAZING, OKAY??? The characters are amazing (again) and the plot is also amazing??? HEISTS, YO. I am in awe of Leigh’s skills of creating heists—I don’t know how she does it honestly.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

VE Schwab: Okay, so in my opinion, ADSOM was the hardest for me to read??? The writing style was just sooo difficult for me to get through (probably because it’s adult)—BUT DUDE. A CONJURING OF LIGHT MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IT. *cries*

 

 

Also some bonus ones because hello what is my favorite genre if it is not fantasy.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

Percy Jackson series

Rick Riordan: MY CHILDHOOD SERIES I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND I NEED TO REREAD IT. ❤ ❤

Harry Potter series

JK Rowling: A bit obvious here??? (Also, sorry for the bad lighting on the pic—the filter didn’t work with the covers. *cries*)

 

 

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

Marie Lu: This is a delightfully dark fantasy, though #2 got too dark for me GASP. This has your great anti-hero and fantasy powers/magic and dark voices and asdfghjkl BASICALLY GO READ THIS OKAY??? The characters rock and YOUR HEART WILL BE BROKEN.

*Just so you know, this is SUCH an underrated book??? It is SO. GOOD. And that’s also why I put it before all my favorite authors’ books. Because it needs #attention.

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DYSTOPIAN

Legend (Legend, #1)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Slated (Slated, #1)

Legend (Legend #1)

Marie Lu: Obviously I have a lowkey obsession with Marie Lu??? BUT I LOVE HER OKAY. And the Legend trilogy is soooo amazing. It’s about a militarized America at war and THE CHARACTERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL OMG PREPARE TO BE HEARTBROKEN AT THE END.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

Neal Shusterman: I’m not sure if this counts as dystopian??? But I say it is. Like they found the secret to immortality and they need actual KILLERS to control population??? YES PLEASE AND THIS WAS AMAZING.

 

 

Slated (Slated #1)

Teri Terry: Great author name, right. Anyways, I really enjoyed Slated, but it’s not for everyone. Also, I urge you NOT to read the last two books. Because they sucked. But this one was good. So like… read only the first book and ignore the cliffhanger at the end??? You can do it. I believe in you.

 

 

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MYSTERY

The Westing GameWhenThese Shallow Graves

The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin: I don’t often read mysteries, and this was AMAZING! I even took notes and tried to solve it myself, because it was THAT IMMERSIVE. (Spoiler: I failed. Like I expected to.) And if you don’t trust me, you can trust the Newberry medal it won.

 

When

Victoria Laurie: This is yet again one of those “hate-or-love” books (imo), but I really loved this! It’s basically a murder mystery. And the girl on the cover looks like Emma Watson. ALSO ANOTHER BONUS: the romance is VERY lowkey which you rarely see in YA! (PS I also reread this so you should know how much I liked this.)

These Shallow Graves

Jennifer Donnelly: I muchly enjoyed this. Like it was historical fiction, but it was a murder mystery! AND THE SASS WAS GREAT. And the way the romance ended was SUPER nice because it’s something we don’t rarely see in YA. Of course, I had a few dislikes, but it was overall a great story.

(PS I don’t read many mysteries so I’m not the best with recs for this genre #oops.)

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ADVENTURE

I DON’T READ LIKE ANY ADVENTURE AT ALL SO I PROBABLY WILL LIE WITH THE FOLLOWING RECS.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Marissa Meyer: So maybe this goes into sci-fi/retelling more than it does adventure??? But hey they travel all over the place and get into awesome fights so I’m calling it adventure. Please note that all the characters are amazing and the plot is amazing and basically everything is amazing???

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

Kristin Cahsore: This is yet again a hate-or-love book. I loved it??? But you may not. Honestly, though, I enjoyed this so much! It’s quite fantasyish but I’m desperate and marking this as adventure—because they DO go through many harrowing obstacles to survive??? ALSO PO. POOOOOOO. MY POOR POOOOOOOO.

 

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

James Dashner: FYI I HAVE NOT READ THIS AND I’M NOT SURE I WILL??? BUT I KNOW THAT IT IS ADVENTURE. And some of my friends (who have similar reading tastes) read and liked this so that’s why it’s on this list. I’M DESPERATE OKAY.

What books are on your tbr? Do you plan on reading/have you read any of these?

500 Followers Q&A + GIVEAWAY!

Hello readers! Today is like HISTORY for Between the Pages, because we just reached 500 followers! And, the timing was just right, since it’s just about our one year blog-a-versary! Someone pull a party popper over my laptop please.

Giveaway Información!

SO, I decided to do my first giveaway for this momentous event, because I owe my readers big time for always being there to fangirl about books to.
PRESS THE BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD TO ENTER 👇

**the link for the third entry is BROKEN, please press HERE for the correct link!!**

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I will be announcing the winner next Saturday, and will e-mail them a $20 e-giftcard for B&N! You must have a WordPress blog to enter, so I can notify the winner via blog commenting, just to ensure the giftcard doesn’t get lost in some random inbox…

Because Barnes & Noble ships internationally, any blogger can enter! :))


Q&A!

Twin Bookmarks: If you we’re trapped on an Island 🏝 forever which book 🕮 would you take and why?

Hmmm I would say Lady Midnight. OR maybe The Book Thief, but that’s kinda a sad one. First of all, Lady Midnight is amazingly thick, and the characters would be the closest things to friends, because of their personalities.

The Writing Recipes: Do you keep a journal/diary? Why/why not?

No, because I don’t have the time or effort to write in one every day, but I do keep a journal for travel, because it’s really interesting to read your experiences in writing more vivid than your memory. I got this cute notebook for Christmas, and was like, “I’m NOT going to ruin this. I’ll use it as a journal, and not fail by suddenly not writing in it.” An oath was made that day.

Care Free Manatee: Do you ever think you will write a book? What genre would it be in?

Maybe. I mean, I would love to write a book, but I can only imagine how hard it must be to come up with an idea. I would definitely write a Young Adult book. (Unrelevant to my prior statements:) Something I have noticed is that your writing as an author merely has to be decent to write a YA novel, because it’s obviously written mainly for young adults who can’t comprehend writing like adults can. This means that if you have a great idea for your story, writing it is much easier for a YA genre.

Whimsically Meghan: Do you see yourself blogging for the years to come?

YES. I hope that I never have to give blogging up for school. It would make me so sad!

Penelope Crumb: Who was your first follower?

Ooh I know this but I forget the website URL. *going through all of my followers to the very end…* Okayyy FINALLY. My first ever follower was Senna @sameraketto!

Gracie Chick: Describe yourself in five words.

Oh my. This seems to be the favorite question at interviews, from my experience. Well, here’s a very rough answer: book addict, (yet) athletic, determined, and friendly. Yeah, I’m bad at this. But you know what? At least I’m sure I’m friendly. If you disagree…please just…UNFOLLOW. (IT PAINS ME TO SAY THAT) But please kindly wait to unfollow until I reach 501. Then you are free to go. 😢

Jeannette: If you won $5,000, what would you spend it on?

Um. BOOKS. Approximately 277 hardcovers to be precise. *please excuse my sass*

The Geck Online: How long have you been blogging for?

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One full year minus 22 days! My blog has just changed so much, and it has changed into an entirely different person. The experience has been incredible. *sobs dramatically*

Pictured on the left is my one year blog-a-versary gift to myself! I have a nice empty piece of wall space where I plan to hang it up. (just want to clarify that I am joking here, since it’s still in my Amazon shopping cart.) Okay I’m actually kidding about everything guys, I don’t want you to think I’m that extra.

Lively Pages: A fantasy book that made you cry?

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THE DARK ARTIFICES are pure amazingness and there’s nothing on this earth like it. Seriously read it, but always remember to read TMI first, children!  (God how many times am I going to mention this book?!)

I actually don’t particularly remember crying over either of the TDA books, but honestly, you’d have to be heartless not to. Also you are heartless if you pass up the chance to make the number of likes on someone’s blog post a multiple of ten. Pure evil. (I know I had an inside joke about that with someone, but lord knows who.) Especially since my last blog post is at 59. Help guys!

My Bookish Life: Sunset or Sunrise?

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Getting emotional over this picture because I’m dying to be there. Meanwhile in New England…it’s absolutely BOILING HOT. *checks weather app* WOAH SIXTY DEGREES? THIS IS MADNESS.

I mean, after all it’s ONLY JUNE 4TH. I’m so distraught over the weather so far! There have been a few days in the eighties, but it hasn’t warmed up any since April for the most part. Currently wishing I carried out that plan to run away while on vacation…

And the biggest question of all…

Shouni: If Tessa, Clary and Emma were all in mortal peril and you could save one of them, who would it be?

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Oh god. It would have to be Emma. I feel like my answer is slightly biased though, since I just finished Lord of Shadows on Sunday. Speaking of which, I REALLY want to review that book, but it’s a sequel, (I dislike reviewing sequels for so many reasons) and I never even reviewed Lady Midnight soooo…

Back to Emma: She’s like my fictional idol. I don’t even know what to say lol. She’s just totally amazing. And then when her and Julian are doing pretty much ANYTHING together, it’s like the best thing in the world. They walk into the room together, **(high pitched) ahhhhhhh**. Not because they’re cute (although that too) but because they’re like power and fierceness and perfect warriors when they have eachother’s backs. You are probably high-key (is that even a thing??) judging me if you haven’t read TDA. If you have: yay you can fangirl with me over Emma and Jules!

Many thanks to the awesome bloggers who took the time to comment those questions! Also thanks to just everyone for getting my blog to 500 followers, you guys are so amazinggggg!!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Book Tag: WHAT CATS DO

Hello my reading peeps! (I’ve always wanted to start off a blog post with that. Also I wrote this post on a Wednesday, so just go along with the next part.) It’s Wednesday! (prepare yourselves for a motivational speech in 3…2…1…) APPRECIATE Wednesdays; it’s the day of the week when it’s finally nearing the end half. How exciting!

Okay I could just about write an essay of an introduction about Wednesdays, but first… Thank you to my fave bookish twins @TwinBookmarks for tagging me! Hit their link, because, to sum everything up, they are awesome people with an awesome book blog so just do it! Well I sound ridiculous, but I tell no lies.


The Rules:


Moving onto…

WHAT CATS DO:

They sleep. Oh yeah, and eat.

AKA living my dream life.

Kidding!

Kinda.

Okay not really.

 


Purr – as cats do when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happy or relaxed?

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The Land of Stories series! I read these way back in the fifth grade, and the newest one came out this year; I had no shame in reading it! This is probably the only book that’s not YA that I’ve read in years. It is basically one of those books that is a twist on some world renown fairy tale, BUT this series is ALL of the fairy tales you know, in one amazing clump of pages. You’ll probably think it sounds lame, but trust me, it’s not. It recreates some of the characters, and gives them personalities you could NEVER imagine them having (for example, Goldilocks is a kick-butt criminal, and Little Red Riding Hood is a spoiled, extra, boss Queen who is my idol). I love this series to death. The characters feel like your actual friends by the end and…Okay erm I sound pretty pathetic. Onto the next question!!

Sleep – what is a book that put you to sleep, or was just boring?

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I hate to say it but, my answer is a super hyped over book: Matched. It took me such a long time to finish, that in fact, I stopped reading it for a few weeks and then picked it up again to finally finish. I don’t know, it didn’t really appeal to me as that interesting. I thought the idea was good, but the more I read on I questioned their whole society, and it just seemed more ridiculous. It would take me a while to explain but a society like that would simply never function. People wouldn’t fall in love with strangers they are assigned to and go along with it! That practically defeats the definition of love entirely. Which I know is the point of the book, but WHATEVER.

Twitch While Dreaming – have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

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This is a pretty interesting question. But to be honest, what bookworm hasn’t dreamt of a book?! I knew I had, but I forgot which one for a while. It was Maximum Ride, because, if you didn’t know, I used to have a ridiculous obsession over the manga series. It was actually unhealthy. The series was a literal poison to my head, given it was all I would EVER think about for a year. You guys don’t even understand the obsession status I had with this series; it was something almost none of you have probably dealt with before. You THINK you are obsessed with a book, unless you knew me when I was twelve. I would draw pictures of them, create endless fanfiction, reread the books every night (not an exaggeration at all), hang up quotes on the wall, and at one point I was fixed on memorizing every line in the first book. I would consider their existence. There is so much more I’m not even going to tell you all, because it will probably scare you. WOW AGH NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS OBSESSED.

There isn’t a book I am more obsessed with now than that series, and my love for reading has only grown.

Seems to Play Nice…until the claws are out – which book had the biggest plot twist?

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Not just City of Bones in particular, but the WHOLE TMI series is full of plot twists that mostly consist of dead people being not dead, not gonna lie…

This book is full of messed up family complications, and it’s amazing and I love it. I have learnt not to judge a book by it’s cover from this, because I HATE the cover more than anything. They didn’t even get the hair right!! Well, technically they did, but, despite Cassandra Clare’s description of Jace, I imagine him with short hair like he has in the show. (Bad bookworm!)

Cuddles – which book character would you give a hug to?

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Almost anyone in The Book Thief. The main characters are all so innocent, but they’re Germans, (who live during WWII) which leads a lot of people directly to the assuming, “They must be evil because they live in Germany and that’s where the Nazis came from!” Well that’s not at all true because the people in Germany were struggling too during those times, and so that leads us to the story that focuses around Liesel and Rudy. They are merely children living in the midst of the chaos, and ahhhh you only will understand if you’ve read it! If you have, wouldn’t you want to give Rudy or Liesel or Hans, a hug too?!

Catnip what’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

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Ahaha I could compose an endless list of books that make me feel warm and fuzzy, but one that stands out, is The Unexpected Everything. It’s your typical Morgan Matson, cute predictable, little contemporary, book, that you can’t help but love (there is a fine line between cheesy and cute contemporaries people). The protagonist, Andy, lives woth her father, who is a big political figure. She is expected to do everything perfect so that she doesn’t ruin her Dad’s reputation. Andy escapes the judgmental world of her Dad and the press, and gets a job as a dog walker. Sounds boring right? Matson incorporates problems with friends, family, and not just Andy’s love life, that makes me love this book. Not to mention the cover. 👌

Cat Breeds – what are your favorite books?

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No explanation necessary, just read them and love them, so we can fangirl together! Side note: you MUST read The Mortal Instruments (yes all of them) before reading Lady Midnight, because if you don’t, well, HAVE FUN GETTING LOST. In fact, VERY lost. You’re welcome for making a meme to teach you guys a lesson.

The Vet’s Office – least favorite book:

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Ew ew ew ew ew. (*1,000) This was my friend’s favorite book so I decided, hmmm it can’t hurt to try it! A lot of people love this book, so if any of you are reading this right now, please spare yourselves and leave because I am about to do some major hating on this book.

Everything about The Start of Me and You made me want to find a lighter and burn it into ashes (unfortunately it was a library book). It is the cheesiest romance imaginable. I won’t even go into details right now, because they are in the answer to the question below! Voila!

 

Being in Places They Shouldn’t – least favorite cliche:

When the protagonist is crushing on the coolest kid in school, and they’re like EW I DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE. ESPECIALLY THAT DORK. And thennnn…BOOM she falls in love with the dork a week later because she disovers that the cool kid isn’t actually that cool and the dorky boy is all she ever wanted in life. (example above) I also hate how predictable half of the contemporaries in existence are. I can appreciate romance, but it’s hard for me to appreciate it when it’s in a book alone. Let’s say x is equivalent to any other genre, and here’s the math:

Contemporary = 50% (🙅)

Contemporary + x = 90% (😁)

Final Question: The Good Old Cardboard Box – most underrated book series:

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This is mostly a kids book, (for 4-5-6 graders?) but OMG they are amazing. You have to believe me. They were like the Land of Stories series but better. There are about ten in the series, so I can’t fit them all on here! The third book, The Problem Child was my favorite: it was basically about a messed up version of Red Riding Hood who lives in an asylum and wants to take over the world? As I mentioned before, this is a children’s book, but if anyone wants to read them now, it wouldn’t suck. For a not-ten-year-old. That’s pretty good if you ask me.

I Tag:

thegeckoonline | sydneysshelves | emiesnook | adventuringirl | Shouni | Purely Olivia | Marie | KrystiYAandWine | Book Snacks

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ARC Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | “Haunting, sophisticated.”

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synopsis

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
~ Overview stolen from Barnes & Noble because I tried and failed at writing a synopsis that wouldn’t give the entire book away….~

 

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This book was extraordinary. I finished it in one day (on a school day too!). And let me tell you, I usually take a while to finish books, but I flew through this one. It was quite similar to We Were Liars, but (I didn’t even think this was possible) 100 times more twisted. The story jumps back and forth in time, and throughout the book, you slowly unravel why the main character (Imogen) is on the run, in the first chapter. There are a series of clues throughout the book, that keeps you eager to finish it, because it is almost unthinkable as to who is responsible for the crime going on.

I can’t explain to you guys how fantastic the horribly twisted plot of this book was, without giving away spoilers. My only complaint is that the characters aren’t likable. They aren’t really meant to be likable either, because the story wouldn’t work if they were, but still. That’s why this book could never be my favorite, but this is an absolute must-read. At the end of the book, your just sitting there, all jaw-dropped, like, “WOW.”

Favorite ARC you’ve read this year?

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The Would You Rather Book Tag (my own creation!)

Hello readers! Last night I was inspired by the lovely Brooke @FoodandFunStuff, to create a Would You Rather Book Tag! So yes, to answer your question, ultimately, I did tag myself. There’s no shame in tagging yourself guys! (That was a shout out to me one year ago.)

Would you rather…

  1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

    I would choose to have a 5,000 dollar Barnes and Noble giftcard because I personally have a hate for reading on electronic devices…It’s just not the real thing, you know?

  2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

    I would meet a deceased poet, because finding out their inspirations for certain poems could be quite interesting. We assume that a good handful of them were a little um crazy, so sometimes no one knows why or how they came up with their stories and poems.

  3.  Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

    I would have to say that I would write the world’s most famous book; afterall the words on the pages alone are meant to transport you into the story. Not literally, but close.

  4. Choose          or        ? (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

    I would choose Gale between Peeta and Gale. It’s kind of an on going war about who is better between my friends and I…😂 There are numerous reasons why I think Katniss should have ended up with Gale, but I won’t get into that right now!

  5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost. 

    This is probably one of the hardest questions in this tag…Forgive me, but I think I would rather travel around the world for a year, because it’s simply real. Don’t get me wrong; the whole idea of Hogwarts in VR would be crazy amazing!!

I Tag:

FoodandFunStuff | Scamander’s Suitcase | Purely Olivia | Forever and Everly | Enchanted Rantings | Kirsty Chronicles | Read in a Flash | By Hook or By Book | Books and Opinions | Sydney’s Shelves | The Orangutan Librarian | Twin Bookmarks | Bionic Bookworm | Fish that Reads | The Writing Recipes | Meghan | Painfully Fictional | If you were not tagged, I now officially tag YOU.

I’m not sure if this tag I made will actually catch on, but if you DO choose to do it, feel free to use the tag image I designed, located at the top of this post :). No pressure on anyone, but I would really appreciate it if you spread this tag! Enjoy!

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