November Wrap Up ’17

I guess I did fairly well reading this month.  Any reading is an acomplishment for me really.  With how busy I’ve been lately I’m happy that I’ve been able to even pick up books and read them.  This month I got to read a few of my anticipated books of late 2017/early 2018 plus a reread of a beloved book.

1) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

When I finished Vengeance Road back in August of last year I was in desperate need of yet another YA western from Erin.  I only had to wait a few short months before she announced her plans to write this book.  I knew I would travel forward in time to get the blood of my first born to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I couldn’t believe it when I was able to snag a copy through a trade.  This book was amazing!!  I don’t want to go into too many details as I’ll save that for my review.

2) Whichwood by: Tahereh Mafi 4/5 Stars

 I was able to get an ARC and read Furthermore last summer, and I really enjoyed how whimsical it was. I was so happy to see that I got an ARC of this book as I needed more adventures of Alice. I didn’t really like this book as much as I did Furthermore, but I’ll save all the finer details for my review. 

3) City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

I have wanted to do a reread of this series for the longest time just for nostalgia. So after starting to date my boyfriend, I found out he was also rereading this series. So that was my sign that I needed to start. I’m not sure if I’ll write a review on the books as I finish them as they already have tons of reviews, but I just might to get all my thoughts out on them. 

4) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black 4/5 Stars

I’ve read a few other books by Holly, but I have to say this one was by far my favorite out of them all. I couldn’t really connect with any of the other main characters, but I felt like I had more of a connection with Jude. Stay tuned for my review which should be up in the next few days.

I’m so happy about what I read this past month that I don’t really care if it has been a few books less than I have read in the past. I can’t wait to get into a bunch of January releases in December!

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October Wrap Up ’17

I think my reading slump is still here :(.  I have been quite busy lately and just haven’t had too much time to actually sit down and read, and when I do have time I fall asleep a few minutes after starting to read.  At least this month was filled with a few books that I really did enjoy.

1) Replica by: Lauren Oliver 4/5 Stars

This book was a fairly quick read for me.  I loved that fact that you could read each story individually or in alternating chapters.  I chose to do the latter, and loved to see the perspective of both girls as the storylines progressed and intermingled with each other.

2) Kate & Jesse by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

I read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman about a year ago, and I’ve been sorely missing the characters ever since.  When I found out that I could get a short story following Kate & Jesse in the preorder campaign for Retribution Rails I pounced on it.  The events in this short story proceed the events in Vengeance Road, and it is a nice filler before jumping into the upcoming companion novel.

3) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater 5/5 Stars

This book took me the longest to read out of the few I read this month.  Not because it was a big book, but because I wanted to savor every single word that my favorite author had written.  I love, love, loved this book!  Of course I’m always a huge fan of Maggie’s writing style, but I feel like she did a bit more with this book.  I’m so glad I took my time with this book, but I’m also sad that I’ll have to wait a long while for the next book from Maggie.

Even though I didn’t get to man books this month I still feel like I won considering how highly I rated the books I did read.  I’m hoping that next month I’ll be able to read a bit more as I know I have a few really highly anticipated books on my TBR.

July Wrap Up (2017)

I’m loving getting back into reading again!  You have no idea how happy this makes me!  It’s such a relief getting to read so many books every month like I used to.  Enough of my happy gushing, let’s get into the books!

1) Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

First off, I listened to this audiobook while driving or doing stuff around the house.  It was actually my second time going through this book.  I read it a few months after it came out and wanted a refresher before I jump into Lord of Shadows next month.  I’m ashamed to say that I forgot a lot and was surprised at parts I should have known were coming lol.  Either way I’m happy I got to this and was able to enjoy it again.

2) The Darkest Part of the Forest by: Holly Black 3/5 Stars

This is the first book that I have ever read by Holly Black.  I’m trying to read at least a few of her books before I pick up The Cruel Prince just to get a feel for her writing style.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.  It did have it’s interesting points, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped to.  Hopefully her other books will be better reads for me.

3) The Waking Land by: Callie Bates 3.5/5 Stars

I got this book in my May Illumicrate, and I was so excited to read it, but like the previous book in this list it fell short of my expectations.  I’m not really the biggest fan of high fantasy because there is so much information and so many characters to keep track of, and this book read like that for the first third or so.  A lot of the time I’d end up rereading passages or just skipping because I’d be so confused on what was happening.  Plus I wasn’t a big fan of the main character as she always seemed to have an inner struggle with her power or pine over the want to know if a guy liked her.  It was just annoying to me. Sorry if you really did enjoy this book 😦  You can read my full review on it here.

4) Ash and Quill by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

The third installment to The Great Library series was epic!  The more I read of this series, the better they seem to become.  I initially got and eARC of this book off of Netgally, and i owned but had not read the first two books in the series.  That gave me the push to start them, which now I’m kicking myself for not having started them sooner.  This series reminds me so much of Farenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  If you would like to read my full spoiler free review on this book you can find it here.

5) The Thousandth Floor by: Katherine McGee 5/5 Stars

AAAHHHHH!!  I was so not expecting to like this book as much as I do.  I absolutely love when I find a book like that because it doesn’t happen very often.  This book was almost like a futuristic soap opera set in a thousand floor tower with drama and crazy plot twists that leave you begging to be left alone so you can consume this book and all its glory.  Once I started reading this book it was all I could think about if I had to put my book down and actually adult for once.  I will have a review of this book up within a week or so where you can read all my thoughts on this amazing beauty!

6) A Map For Wrecked Girls by: Jessica Taylor 4/5 Stars

The Lost vibes were strong with this book.  A vacation gone horribly wrong leads to a struggle for survival for two sisters and a boy they just met.  I really liked this book, and flew through it in two sittings.  It almost makes me that much more scared of boats and open water.  As if my thalassophobia (fear of the sea/deep water) wasn’t enough lol.  my review for this book will also be up within a week or so.

This month was amazing reading wise, and I’m hoping this continues because I have so many review books I need to read and review for y’all!

June Wrap Up (2017)

YAY! Yet another great reading month!😁 I think I finally kicked my slump in the butt!!😋 Which is perfect because I have a lot of books to read in the next few months.  And without further ado, my June wrap up:

1) The Vanishing Throne by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This book!!  AHHHH!!😱😱😱  I know a lot of second books in a series go through what many readers call the “second book slump.”  This definitly did not!  It jumped right into the action and kept going THE WHOLE BOOK!  I can’t even put all my feelings on this book into words.  I have a full review written here if you would like to read my attempt at talking about it.

2) Snow Like Ashes by: Sara Raasch 5/5 Stars

I read this book way back in January or February 2016 along with the second book.  Since then, the third book has come out, but I nearly forgot everything about this series.  I decided to get the audiobook from my library and listen to it so I can officially finish this series.  Everything about this world is exquisite.  The fact that the kingdoms are either a season🌷🍀🍂❄️ or a rhythm. In a way I am kind of sad that I will be ending this series, but I love having the opportunity to dive into this fantasy world again.  I will also write reviews for this series as I continue to read them.  I also bumped up my rating on this book since the last time I read it.

3) Ink and Bone by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

Due to me snagging an eARC copy of the third book in this series on Netgalley, I knew I had to start and read the first 2 books.  I knew little going into this series other than it was about an almighty Library that controlled the distribution of knowledge between the people.  This book turned out to be everything I wanted in a fantasy book.  You can read all of my thoughts on this book here.

4) Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge 3/5 Stars

I wasn’t really sure about this book.  The world was really interesting in the way that there were 4 elemental hearts that controled everything and it was a Beauty and the Beasy retelling, but I found my mind wandering while listening to this audiobook.  Strong female characters are great in YA novels, but it almost felt like this main character was bratty and bossy and then just wanted to make out.  It was a bit strange….

5) Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge 3/5 Stars

I hoped this book would be a little better than the last one, but it was only better by a small margin.  It was supposed to be set in the same world, but it seemed as if this was set on the opposite side of the planet.  Again we were stuck with a main character that was stubborn and bratty and only wanted to make out.  Like what???  I give the author props though for writing a love interest that doesn’t have hands✋🏻🤚🏻

6) Paper and Fire by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

And back into the world of the Great Library.  Just like the first book on this list, this one didn’t go through the “second book slump.”  Packed with action and a tad of romance things really start to pick up for Jess and his rebels.  And all I can say is poor    .  My review for this book will be posted in the next few days and I’ll tag it here once it goes up.

*Sigh*  It is such a breath of relief to have a good reading month☺️.  I’ve got some crazy high hopes for next month with my 7+ book TBR pile.  Well off I go to get started!!  Happy reading! 📚

May Wrap Up (2017)

I had an absolutely amazing reading month!  Granted a good majority of these books ar audiobooks, I think I can confidently say that my reading slump is gone!!  Due to the vast amounts of time I spend in my car driving, I am now trying to get in the habit of listening to audiobooks instead of music.  It’s almost gotten to the point that I really look forward to driving just so I can continue listening to books lol.

1) Here Lies Daniel Tate by: Cristin Terrill 5/5 Stars

I got this book way back during Yalfest, but I wanted to read it closer to the release date.  I’m almost kicking myself that I waited this long to pick up this amazing book!  I’m so excited that this book can be in y’all’s hands soon!!  You can read my whole review here.

2) 13 Reasons Why by: Jay Asher 5/5 Stars

This book had me intears even though I already kind of knew what was going to happen.  While this book does touch on a sensitive topic, I think it did it rather well.  I originally watched the first few episodes of the Netflix original TV show, but I really wanted to read the book first so I quickly snatched this one up at my local library.  This was one of the first audiobooks I’ve really listened to and I absolutely loved how snarky Hannah’s voice narrater was.

3) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This book was absolutely amazing!!!!  It was the perfect blend of Scotland, steampunk, and bloody battles.  I originally got this book because it’s cover was absolutely breath taking, but when I heard it was set in Scotland, I was sold for sure.  Aileanna watched her mother be slaughtered in cold blood by fairy.  She spends the next year training and tracking this fairy to seek vengeance for her mother’s brutal murder, but what she doesn’t know is that she harbors powers that some fae will stop at nothing to steal or extinguish.  Keep an eye out for my review on this book!

4) We Were Liars by: E. Lockhart 3.75/5 Stars

What I wouldn’t give to have a rich family that owns their own private island to vacation at.  Cadence , her Liars (Johnny, Mirren, and Gat), and the rest of her family spend their summers soaking up the sun and walking on the beach.  But the most perfect families sometimes hide the biggest lies.  The ending of this thriller had me gasping and trying not to sob.  I didn’t quite like how it seemed like no one tried to help Cady when she asked for it.  They all just seemed to close right off and turn away from her.  But other than that this book was pretty good.

5) I Was Here by: Gayle Foreman 3.5/5 Stars

In the wake of reading 13 Reasons Why, I wanted to read another book similar to it.  Well I got what I wanted, but I think I didn’t really like this book as much due to it being TOO similar.  Down to the rocketship. THE. ROCKETSHIP.  I mean come on….  I think maybe if I hadn’t read this book so close to the other I may have liked it more, but this is how my opinion stands as of now.

6) If I Was Your Girl by: Meredith Russo 3.5/5 Stars

I’m not really sure how I feel about this book.  It was definitely interesting, but I’m kinda torn about it.  In being a Christian, I try to learn about and understand and love those around me.  This book was a bit of an eye opener, but I know it in no way represents everything that transgender people go through.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this book if you have read it.

7) Hunted by: Megan Spooner 4/5 Stars

For the last half of this month my book club chose to read this book.  I was a little skeptical as I’ve read some good retellings and some bad retellings.  This book was a really good one!!  I loved how it was similar yet very different from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast that I have come to know and love.  I also loved the magical elements in this book.  I didn’t really quite understand the ending so I may go back and read that down the road.

I feel like after this great reading month I can breathe a sigh of relief.  While I may not be “reading” the all the books I still feel like I was able to acomplish a lot more than I have since last September.  Here’s hoping to June being another great reading month!! 🙂

April Wrap Up (2017)

I really failed this month :(.  I had so much going on and stress was running so high that I just didn’t feel like reading at all.  I’m so sick of not wanting to read when I have so many books that I have to read.  Here are the two books that I was able to get to this month:

1) Caraval by: Stephanie Garber 4/5 Stars

I read this book along with my old book club (long story short; it was created and then all the mods were kicked out, which included me, when the Admin freaked out on us.  It’s nothing we did, she just created a bunch of drama and kicked everyone out that didn’t pity her.)  Anyway, this was the only book we got to read together, and I liked it, but didn’t really love it.  I ended the book with more questions than with any book that I’ve ever read.  Hopefully, Stephanie will be able to answer some of those questions in the sequel to this book.

2) The Waterfall Traveler by: S.J. Lem 5/5 Stars

I got this eARC on Netgalley a little while ago, and I have no idea why I waited this long to read it.  This may sound cliché, but I totally judged this book by its cover, and I thought I was gonna step into a middle-grade fantasy world.  Boy, was I wrong.  I got tossed into this epic fantasy with deep characters and evil monsters lurking around every corner! Plus, who wouldn’t want to be able to travel through a waterfall (besides the getting wet obviously lol).  I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to dive (see what I did there ;)) into a very action packed adventure.  My review for this book will be up sometime this month.

I am wicked bummed that I didn’t get to more books this month, but I do understand why it happened this way.  I have currently broadened my horizons and have started listening to audiobooks, which in turn should help me with this reading funk I’ve got going on.  May is looking so promising for me getting back on track, but I’ll save that for the next wrap up :).

March Wrap Up (2017)

I’m slacking again!  Ugh, my reading has been so bad.  I need to really get rid of all distractions and crack down on my reading time.  Anywho, these are the few books I got to this month.

1) Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by:Mamoru Hosoda, Yuu 4/5 Stars

I really enjoyed this manga.  Despite the massive size of this book I read it in one sitting.  It was such a quick and easy read.  This manga tells the story of Hana as she falls in love with a man who is part wolf.  Together they have two children and one day an accident leaves Hana to raise their children on her own.  It was such a heartwarming and beautiful story.  I highly recommend it!

2) Wayfarer by: Alexandra Bracken 5/5 Stars

I blame my low reading level on this book.  Not that I didn’t love it, which I did, but Alexandra’s books take me a while to get through them.  This book was so much fun to read.  I loved getting to see even more travel and history incorporated into this book compared to Passenger.  I am really sad that this series is over now, but I’m glad I had the chance to travel with Etta and Nicholas.  This book also has one of the cutest endings ever!

3) Pathfinder by: Alexandra Bracken 4/5 Stars

This little short story came in the back of my special edition of Wayfarer.  It follows Rose, Etta’s mother, as she decides to practically devote her life to ruining Ironwood.  I loved getting to read about Rose and Henry when they were younger.  I can now see why Rose fell for Henry; he’s such a cutie!

4) Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 5/5 Stars

OMG!  This book was amazing!!  Like holy crud!  After reading Illuminae I really should have expected this book to be written very similar, but I was still thrown for a loop with all the plot twists.  If you have not read this series yet, what are yo waiting for?!  I can’t sing its praises loud enough!  Granted, it can be hard to get into do to the style in which it is written, but it is so worth it.

Even though I only read three books and a short story this month, I loved them all dearly.  I have a good feeling that next moth will be so much better reading wise.  Heres to hoping!

February Wrap Up (2017)

This slump has got me so frustrated!  I am happy that I actually read one more book than I have in previous months, but I wish that I could get back to reading like I used to.  I really hope I didn’t push myself to read so much last year that I burned myself out.  Work has really had me busy, which doesn’t leave much time for reading, but I love filling my days with horse related jobs(hence the horse in the photo).  The four books I did actually read this month were really, really good.

1) Passenger by: Alexandra Bracken 5/5 Stars

The moment this book hit shelves I knew I had to read it!  But of course, with me being a weirdo when it comes to starting unfinished series I put it off until this month.  I loved this book so much!  I do wish there was a little bit more time traveling, but what was in the story was perfect for how the plot was set up.  I also had a bit of an issue with Etta and Nicholas’s relationship as it felt very rushed and almost forced.  Other than that This book was great and I cannot wait to pick up the next one!

2) The Valiant by: Lesley Livingston 4/5 Stars

If you are looking for a book with a very strong, independent female character, look no further!  Fallon is a trained warrior as are most of the people in her clan.  I do feel like this book slowed down a bit in the middle and dragged which is why I only gave it 4 stars.  I was so happy that I was able to get this book while at Yallfest.  It was kind of on accident and if you want to hear the whole story look for my review on this book.

3) A Madness So Discreet by: Mindy McGinnis 4/5 Stars

This month Owlcrate was having a read-a-thon to give everyone an excuse to read the books that they had received in their boxes.  This was the first book I had ever gotten from Owlcrate and I decided to read it and try to take part in the read-a-thon.  I genuinely liked this book, but there were a few parts that made me scratch my head and wonder what was going on.  Nonetheless, it was a very interesting read.

4) The Art of Not Breathing by: Sarah Alexander 3.75/5 Stars

I originally picked this book up because of the title.  I struggle with panic attacks and my breathing sucks because of them.  It wasn’t until I actually started this book that I realized that it takes place in Scotland (Outlander fiend here!).  This book had a very interesting concept, but I had a few issues with characters and relationships between them, hence the lower rating.  I’ll definitely go into more detail in my upcoming review of this book.

While I was actually able to read ONE more book than I have in previous months, I’m still a little ticked off about this slump.  Hopefully it’ll be over soon!

January Wrap Up (2017)

If you guys have been following me on any of my other social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) you know that I have been going through a really long reading slump.  This slump has lasted from October and obviously has hindered me last month also.  I’ve tried reading really good books or a few short books to no avail.  Honestly, I’m really hoping I cn get over this reading and blogging slump because I miss being able to discuss the books I’ve read with you guys.  Anywho, here are the three books that I managed to read this past month.

1) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo 5/5 Stars

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, but I didn’t get a change to pick it up until last month.  Guys, this book was AMAZING!  I absolutely adored it, but was also saddened that it was the conclusion.  I’m seriously pining for another companion book that will follow the characters after the events of this duology.  Trust me, there are a few loose ends that Leigh definitely could fill in another book or two if she so pleases.  I was also really hoping that starting off my year with this book would help my slump…..obviously it didn’t, but I still loved it!

2) The Secret of a Heart Note by: Stacey Lee 4/5 Stars

In hopes of maybe reading a short contemporary book to bring me out of my slump I picked up this one (big shout out to Fierce Reads for sending me this book!).  I really was fascinated by the synopsis.  I’ve always been a person that loves to just stop what I’m doing and breathe in all the smells around me, so to read about a girl who could actually smell a person’s aura was really cool.  I will have a full review of this book up shortly (if I can get back into the swing of blogging that is lol).

3) This Is Our Story by: Ashley Elston 4.5/5 Stars

Lastly, I tried a thriller to see if I could kick this slump’s booty.  Omg!  This book had me hooked from the very first line!  I come from a family of hunters so reading about a murder mystery that had to deal with a morning hunting session gone wrong was right up my alley.  This book did not disappoint me at all.  There is so much more that I want to say about this book, but I’ll leave that for my review.

And that concludes the three books I read in the month of January.  While I loved them all dearly, I fear that they did little to bring me out of my slump.  So far February is going well for my reading and I’m hoping to be able to stick to my Goodreads goal for the year and not have to lessen it because of this dang slump.  Hears to hoping!

October Wrap Up (2016)

So much for that crazy tbr I had planned.  I only got to a few books this month, granted most of them were over 450 pages each.

1) Dust and Decay by: Jonathan Maberry

This is the book is the sequel to Rot and Ruin.  Without giving too much away from the first book, I will say that this book made me cry so hard.  I also got to see the characters grow and learn that they were not living in the kind of world they thought they were.

2) Flesh and Bone by: Jonathan Maberry

With this being the third book in the Rot and Ruin series, again, I don’t want to say too much due to spoilers, but grief plays a major role in this book as something tragic happened in the last book.  I do wish it talked a bit more about it, like the characters would think or reflect on it more.  But I do know the author did a great job writing on a topic like that as unfortunately he was also dealing with grief while writing this book.

3) Fire and Ash by: Jonathan Maberry

This is the conclusion to the Rot and Ruin series, so again, I don’t want to give away spoilers.  This series was great.  I loved every moment of getting to see these characters grow and learn from their experiences.  I hate that I’m leaving this world, but the ending really summed up everything for me and made me wish that I got to stay with Benny, Nix, Chong, Lilah, and Morgie just a little longer.

Even though I read a measly three books this month I’m glad it was these three.  They have been on my shelf for such a long time and these deserved to be read this month.  If you have not yet read this series, I highly recommend it.  If you love the Walking Dead or World War Z, these books are for you.  I’m hoping that next month I will be able to get more reading done as I do have a long road trip to get to Yallfest 😉