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Lose Me Challenge Tag

Hey everyone! So the wonderful @tea.books.lover and I created a tag for the month of April over on instagram! It was based on the beautiful book by M.C. Frank, Lose Me. (Click HERE to go see the challenge!) 

 

 

I decided to do a modified version on this on my blog and create a tag out of it! First of all...if you're reading this you're tagged to do it (just kidding, but I'd be fun right?) Let's get into the tag! 

 

1. Summer Lovin' - Choose a book that reminds you of Summer

 

For this one I think I have to chose the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. While this doesn't seem like a summery book it does take place during the summer (if my memory serves me right) and I read it during the summer so it always brings back so many memories for me. 

 

2. Drama - Choose your favorite play 

My favorite play? This is particualry a hard one because I don't really remember many plays that I've read. Romeo and Juliet is a classic but I can't exactly say that one is my favorite.I did really enjoy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child however. So, for now we'll say that the Cursed Child is my favorite play. 

 

3. At the Seaside - Choose your favorite water scene from a book (don't forget to tag the spoiler!) 

Every time I think of this scene I get so many feels all over.  Perhaps because it was one of my first OTPs ever (Spoilers belowfor the Last Olympian so scroll past if you do not want to see)

 

***SPOILERS***The underwater kiss scene from the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan is probably one of my favorite scenes of all time, never mind the water park. It's as Percy says: "It was probably the best underwater kiss of all time." ***SPOILERS****

 

4. Survival - Choose a heart-pounding book where you weren't sure if everyone was going to survives

Practically every book I read fits into this category, mostly because the books have some kind of thriller in them. For this one however I think I have to choose A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas because I was on the edge of my seat the entire time terrified that SJM could kill off all the characters I had grown to love. 

 

5. Proud/Prejudiced - Choose a book where a character is too proud to admit their dislike of someone is unjustified (i.e. they hate someone no real reason) 

 

This first book that came to mind to me (other than P&P/Lose Me, of course) had to be the Selection by Kiera Cass. Because I swear America was so proud and prejudiced Maxon so hard with no real evidence of who he really was. This had me wanting to ring America's neck as I was reading, screaming at her to just get to know the guy. 

 

6. Family - Choose a book with a heartwarming family 

I have to choose Maximum Ride by James Patterson for this question. While the characters (the flock) in this series aren't blood related (except for a couple), they are still a very tight-knit family. Every time something dared to break the bond between them in the books it just proved how much stronger they were together than apart. 

 

7. Well-loved Book - Choose a book that you have had for years and love so very much 

I choose City of Bones by Cassandra Clare for this one. I got this book......well, I don't exactly remember when it was. It had to be around six years ago. I got the paperback copy of it for my birthday from my best friend and I've loved that copy ever since. I've read it a few times, the spine is broken, the corners bent, and it has that older book smell. I can flip directly to the Midnight Flower without even thinking (my favorite chapter in the book). While I have two other copies of CoB the paperback one is still my go-to copy when I need to look something up or reminiscence. 

 

8. Swoon-worthy Romance - Choose your favorite book ship 

Okay, I don't know why I made this a question. I can't choose my favorite ship. It's just impossible. Instead, I'll give you a list: Jace and Clary from the Mortal Instruments, Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson, Feyre and Rhysand from ACOTAR, Max and Fang from Maximum Ride, Megan and Ash from the Iron Fey, Ari and Wes from Lose Me. I could go on all day. I have too many ships that I consider my favorite. It really changed from day to day, book to book, fanart that I see to fanart, and the list goes on and on. 

 

9. Modern Adaptation - Choose your favorite adaptation of a classic tale

For this one I pick A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas which was an adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast. And oh, I don't mean just the first book, I mean the entire series. Without giving away spoilers its hard for me to explain how exactly Beauty and the Beast relates to the rest of the series, but please! Talk to me about it! 

 

10. Golden Boy - Choose a character who is viewed as good and perfect and may/may not be

I'll give two examples for this one, one where the character is as good and perfect as everyone thinks he is and one where he is not. 

For the former I'm going to choose Jace from the Mortal Instruments because he is as good and perfect and beautiful as he's portrayed to be. For this I mean he's not evil underneath all that golden. Underneath all that golden is just a beautiful person. Okay, I might be a bit biased because I think Jace is kinda the perfect specimen. 

For the latter, I'm going to pick a certain character from ACOTAR, spoilers below:  

 

***SPOILERS***Tamlin. The horrible, despicable, little weasel of a character. Okay, I think its not hard to see that I hate this character. In the first book he was portrayed to be the good guy, the man behind the beast. But in reality there was just more beast behind the sliver of a man. ***SPOILERS***

 

11. Book to Movie - Choose your favorite movie adaptation of a book

Hahahahahaahaha....as readers I think most of you can agree with me that movie adaptations for books generally suck. You go to see the movie all excited that it might be kinda like the book and then leave very disappointed. For this one, however, I do actually have a couple movies I really enjoyed. The adaptation of the Maze Runner by James Dashner was pretty great. I actually enjoyed it more than the book (I found the book rather boring). And the adaptation of the 5th Wave by Rick Yancy I really enjoyed as well. Maybe it was because I hadn't read the book in a while but I thought it did pretty well hitting the points of the novel I really liked. 

 

 

12. Athletic Heroine - Choose your favorite heroine who happens to be athletic

I think most heroines I like fit into this category because I mostly read fantasy or adventures reads where the characters pretty much have to be athletic or they're going to die. But for the sake of this tag I'll single out one in particular. I've chosen Emma Carstairs from the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. I just really love Emma and really enjoy reading about her in her trilogy. 

 

 

And.....that's it folks! I hope you enjoyed this tag! Don't forget to do this and tag people! And let me know! I'd love to see your responses! Thanks, and have a great day! 

 

 

(On a side note - does anybody know how to do the spoiler cut? I used the spoiler cut button but it didn't work. I've used it before but probably not in like a year.) 

 

Reapers Spoiler Free Review

Reapers - Bryan Davis

 

Reapers is the first book in an action-packed sci-fi/fantasy series by Bryan Davis. In an almost post-apocalyptic world the hero Phoenix attempts to serve his reaper sentence. However, problems thwart him from every angle and force him to either stay true to his morals or abandon them all together.

 

When first reading the synopsis for Reapers I thought it was a really interesting and unique idea. I think a lot of people, including myself, are fascinated with the idea of what comes after death and this novel explores that. Well, at least it explores how your soul gets from your body to its final resting place.

 

Davis took a spin on the typical reaper tale and made the Reapers in his book a staple in society. They weren’t imaginary symbols of death that children were scared of in the dark. They were mythical creatures of death who had once been regular people, forced to serve the reaper sentence.

 

The character dynamic was something I really enjoyed in the book. I fell in love with our hero, Phoenix right away (how could I not with such a great name?). The other characters sprinkled in through out the chapters. Davis developed each character in such a way that was illuminating as well as intriguing. Little details would be spread out here and there about each character, similar to a treasure map, where the ‘X’ marked the spot when you finally, satisfyingly understood the character.

 

The plot in Reapers flowed well with actions at the beginning of the novel coming back to haunt the characters at the end. The story had fast-paced scenes and steadier ones that allowed my heart beat to slow and rest. All in all, the plot of Reapers was a true moving story with a hundred different pieces that could have fallen apart if they weren’t so expertly crafted. The plot tied the novel together nicely and created an ending while also leaving things unanswered for the rest of the series.

 

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is fascinated with life and death, the future, or reapers as themselves. This book might just become one of your favorites.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Control Freakz Spoiler Free Review

Control Freakz - Michael Evans

Control Freakz is a YA Science Fiction/Psychological novel that follows teenager Natalie after everything she’s loved is taken from her.

 

Going into reading this novel I was not exactly sure what to expect. I can’t say I’ve ever read a psychological thriller. This novel was defiantly a new flavor for me. I gave it a four star review.

 

I felt the story was a slow read in the beginning, but once the action started to occur I could barely put it down. The one thing I really enjoyed about Control Freakz was the look into the main character’s mind. Evans didn’t just say that Natalie did this or Natalie did that, no, he explained why she did it, what she was feeling in every moment. I’ll admit some things felt repetitive but this writing style made Natalie feel real and human.

 

I really liked the character development in this novel. I believe any story is an incomplete story without a character changing in someway from beginning to end. Control Freakz is definitely a complete story. I’ll just say that the characters changed a lot from the first pages of the novel.

 

How real this novel feels almost terrifies me. A power-hungry President who’s made the country a living hell...I’m just going to leave it at that.

 

I think Control Freakz is a great book and it impresses me even more that it was written by a fifteen year old. I barely wrote a collection of short stories for a school project when I was seventeen and even that I look back on with cringe. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a not typical run of the mill story, a story where you can understand the going ons of a character.

 

Makeup Book Tag

Hey all! Today I decided to do something a bit different and do a booktag! I will be doing the Makeup Book Tag! I'm going to be mixing up the questions a bit in the order in which I use my products. 

 

 

First off my bare face without any makeup >.< 

 

QUESTION 1: PRIMER

For Primer I use Wet n Wild's Face Primer. I don't know a lot about primer so I just buy what's cheap. But this product has given me nothing to complain about so I'm sticking to it. I dab it onto my skin and rub it in with my fingers. 

Pick a book that's left a lasting impression 

For me this would have to be the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. These books mean so much to me and I don't think I'd be the reader/writer I am today without these books (psst! check out my Shadowhunters fanfiction here!)

 

QUESTION 2: CONCEALER 

For Concealer I use CoverGirl's Smoothing Concealer in the color Fair. I love this concealer because I feel like it blends well with my foundation. I swipe it under my eyes and in areas of my skin that are especially broken out. I then dab it in with my fingers. 

Pick a character you wish you could get rid of 

For this question I'm going to have to go with the first character I think I've ever hated in any book: Jason Grace. Yeah, he's one of the main heroes of the Heores of Olympus but I really cannot stand the guy. To me he's annoying and tries to act better than Percy...which he's not. Not by a long shot. 

 

QUESTION 3: FOUNDATION

For Foundation I either use CoverGirl's Clean Matte Liquid Foundation or CoverGirl's Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation both in the color Classic Ivory. I'm out of the 3-in-1 so today I used the Clean Matte. I love CoverGirl's foundation because its relatively cheap and stays on for most of the day. I use a blending sponge to dab it onto my skin. 

Pick your favorite first book in a series 

As much as I have problems with the later books in this series, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is still my favorite first book in a series. This book is such a great introduction to the series and I love Celeana, Chaol and Dorian so much. I even tabbed the hell out of my copy so I can quickly jump to the points I loved so much. 

 

QUESTION 4: EYESHADOW 

For Eyeshadow I have a lot of pallets but today I used CoverGirl's (are you really surprised anymore?) Eye Enhancers shadow in Tapestry Taupe. I really enjoy this eyeshadow because its a pretty brown/gray color. It goes on smooth and stays on all day. I wish my eyeshadow brush and brush it onto my eyes, especially into my crease. 

Pick a book that has your favorite colors on the cover 

I have to pick this gorgeous cover of Pride and Prejudice. Blue is my favorite cover and this is just so pretty. I own this copy and it has its own place of honor on my shelf. 

 

QUESTION 5: POWDER

For Power (when I use it) I use CoverGirl's Clean Matte Powder in the color Classic Ivory. I feel like this powder gives me that extra clean coverage over my foundation. 

Pick your favorite last book in a series 

I don't think I will never not pick City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare for this question. Other final books have came close but COHF has reigned supreme in this category for me. It was honestly just the perfect ending to the Mortal Instruments. 

 

QUESTION 6: EYELINER

For Eyeliner I have a few different sticks of varying colors but today I used Smashbox's Always On Gel Liner in the color Fishnet. I haven't used this liner much but I like how smoothly applies and how it doesn't smudge. 

Pick and dark and mysterious book

For this one I'd have to pick With Malice by Eileen Cook. This book is sure a mysterious read, I didn't know what was happening until the end of it (and do I even know now that I've finished?) 

 

QUESTION 7: HIGHLIGHTER 

For Highlighter I use essence's contour power. I don't actually contour, I only use the highlighter. I don't know much about highlighter but I feel like this one isn't too light or dark and gives me that shine that I like. I apply this with a brush to my cheekbones. 

Pick a book that brightened your day

For this one I have to choose the Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow. This was the first book I read after a really long reading hiatus and really put me into a much better mood afterwards. It also got me back into reading. 

 

QUESTION 8: BLUSH 

For Blush I use a this coral-colored blush in a big combo pallet I got from Ulta Beauty. I like this blush because I feel like its not too pigmented and gives me that right level of blush. I apply this with a brush below my cheekbones. 

Pick a book with come cringe-worthy romance

I have to choose the romance in Betrayed (House of Night #2) because I cannot stand the love crap in that. I'm only continuing on in the series because I like the idea of the books but I cannot deal with the romance. 

 

QUESTION 9: MASCARA 

I have four different mascara I rotate between depending on the day but today I used essence's I <3 Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara. I really like this mascara because it makes my lashes look so long and thick. For the most part, its also not super clumpy and stays on all day. 

Choose a loooooong book 

I've been waiting to mention this book...A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think this book is my favorite of all time. It just gave me all the feels and I literally loved how far the story went from the beginning of the novel to the end. Please, fangirl with me about it, please. 

 

 

QUESTION 10: EYEBROWS

For Eyebrows I use the lighter brown shade in the same pallet my blush in in. I don't normally do my eyebrows but when I do I use this shade. Since I've only used this a handful of times I'm not sure how much it compares to other shades. I use a brush to apply this and the brush out my eyebrows with an eyebrow brush. 

Pick a book you think everyone should read 

No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank. This book is honestly so epic and amazing, I love it so much and I think anybody who picks it up will too. It's a futuristic science fiction novel that honestly such a fast-paced read. Everyone should pick up this book...now. 

 

QUESTION 11: LIPSTICK 

For Lipstick I have a lot of different ones but I've really been enjoying lately Maybelline's Color Sensational Lipstick in the color Pink Sand.  It isn't too pigmented and doesn't smudge which is really important. Also, I feel like it stays on for a while and reapply it is hassle-free. 

Pick your favorite book kiss

I've mentioned Shadowhunters so many times in this tag already but to this day my favorite kiss is the Midnight Flower kiss in City of Bones. That kiss...I just love it so much. I won't say who it is because of spoilers but that ship is just my otp and the kiss is perfect. 

 

Aaaaaaand finished! 

 

Thanks for checking out this tag today and feel free to do this tag if you want to! Have a wonderful day and happy reading! 

 

No Ordinary Star - Frank M. Turner No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star) (Volume 2) - M.C. Frank No Vain Loss - M.C. Frank

No Ordinary Star Book Trailer!

It's here! It's finally here! The beautiful trailer for the amazing No Ordinary Star series by M.C. Frank! 

 

 

First, check out the trailer HERE and then read an excerpt of my spoiler free review below! 

 

A fairy in the Arctic, a tin solider in the future, and a mysterious clock that keeps the world balanced; what exactly is this story about? That's what I ventured to find out as I began my read of No Ordinary Star - or NOS - by M.C. Frank. 

 I was intrigued from the start. I wanted to find out more about our characters, about the year they lived in, about the mysteriously Clockmaster, and about how the world go so screwed up in the first place. I'll just say, which the answers I was provided with in this book I was not disappointed. 

 

Psst! Don't forget to check out the ongoing giveaway HERE for $15 to the Book Depository!!

 

Waiting On You Spoiler Free Review

Waiting On You - Joey Paul

If you’ve ever been on the internet then you’ve probably met some very diverse people, people that you would have never met IRL (in real life). Waiting On You by Joey Paul is about two people wishing to escape the world around them and the harmony they find in an online chat room. 

I gave this book a five star review for two reasons: it was a really amazing read and it spoke to me. It’s not often I can find myself really relating with characters but these pages captured something that was really important to me: online life. People warn you about talking to strangers online but hey, it’s where I found my people as a shy, awkward teenager, just like Zach and Angelina in this book. 

This novel was a fast read. In fact I finished the last 150 pages or so in one sitting when I had only planned to read one chapter. I just couldn’t put it down. 

I’ve already said that I related to the characters but I love them for so much more than that. I like that they’re dynamic, changing characters with plenty of development. A story is good when you can feel a character’s pain. My heart bled for Angelina. My blood also boiled.

The thing I love the most about this story it's believable (and it makes me sad about the world because of that). Real problems are brought up and faced in Waiting On You and the outcomes of those...well you know if you’ve read it and if not, what are you waiting for! 

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Waiting On You and I recommend it to anyone who’s found an escape in online life or anyone who wants a quick, wonderful read. 

Disclaimer: I received an ebook of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

M.C. Frank's Couples Giveaway!

Its February and that means its the time for love and couples and GIVEAWAYS! Do you want to win $15 to the Book Depository? Of course you do! Read below about how to enter! 

 

 

This giveaway is hosted by the amazing couples from M.C. Frank's books: Ari and Wes from Lose Me (see above), Astra and Felix from No Ordinary Star and Beatrice and Dominic from Ruined

 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE

 

Want to know who these couples are? Read some of my review of Lose Me below! 

 

 

...Ari is a stunt double in a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which is actually pretty dang cool. Ladies, you don't have to be the leading actress. You can kick-ass by jumping off cliffs and driving cars around sick bends. Ari is an enigma the moment you meet her repeating “today is not the day I die” over and over again. Something’s amiss, obvious by the gentle cues from the writings, but you don't know what it is.

Wes is the leading man in the movie, literally the Darcy. And he’s just as you would picture as described by Ari before she meets him. But Wes isn't just a two-dimensional characters, smiling at the camera. He has feelings and demons that will haunt him throughout the novel....

 

Click here to continue reading my review! 

 

Aaaand that's it! Good luck everyone! 

 

Prodigy Prince Spoiler Free Review

Prodigy Prince (The Seven Covenant) (Volume 1) - Natasha Sapienza

 

Prodigy Prince is the first book in a new YA Fantasy series, the Seven Covenant, by Natasha Sapienza. 

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars 

 

Zephoris is a place of peace and harmony… or at least it was. Prince Nuelle discovers not all is as it seems when his entire life is turned upside down in one day. Traveling to the knight academy our young hero has his destiny thrust upon him: it’s up to him and his six prodigies to defeat the evil Antikai.

 

Reading Prodigy Prince is quite literally stepping into another world. Sapienza’s worldbuilding is epic and unique complete with magic, monsters and evil henchmen. Like any story with a new world, stepping into it takes some getting used to. However, the Tribe Guide and the Creature Guide provide ample knowledge whenever something new is introduced into the story.

 

It was quite easy falling in love with the array of characters in Prodigy Prince. There is a slew of characters in this story and it would have been very easy for each new character to appear to be a static, boring person. That is not the case in this novel. I felt that each character introduced had their own unique personality which was explored upon in great detail. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to see where further development can take these characters.

 

The plot was fast-paced. Every page I turned it seemed like something new was happening; there was always some action and hardly a dull moment within the pages of this book. This story wasn’t typical, the plot turned and spun in new directions that I couldn’t even see what was coming next. I enjoyed being surprised.

 

I recall shouting when I reached the end of the novel. Whether that was for joy, sadness, surprise or horror, I’ll leave that spoiler out. I was in awe at the ending and I am very excited to see where the next books in the series will lead.

 

I’d recommend this novel to anyone who loves high fantasy, adventures, and/or fast-paced reads.

 

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review)

Love Polygons and Oblivious Characters

Betrayed: A House of Night Novel by Cast, P. C., Cast, Kristin 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2009/9/29)] - P.C. Cast

I like the story. What I didn't like? The obnoxious love polygon and the fact that I saw all the major twists coming from a book away while the main character was so surprised even when she had thought about it herself beforehand. 

 

I'll be continuing this series I'm just hoping these things get better. 

Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 310 pages.

Betrayed: A House of Night Novel by Cast, P. C., Cast, Kristin 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2009/9/29)] - P.C. Cast

Mehhh...I'm not sure exactly how much I like this book? I defiantly don't like Zoey practically falling in love with every boy she meets in 5 seconds flat. Especially considering one of them is an Ezra/Aria situation and I am not down for that. And otherwise the amount of insta-love in the book? Not a fan. 

Okay for a Teen Vampire Book

Marked - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

A few years ago, when I was a teenager, I feel like I would have really enjoyed this book. I still did like the book I could just see the obvious flaws with it now. I can't tell if some of the things in the book are just tropes or plot twists, time will tell. I'm excited to continue with the rest of the series! 

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Happy New Year + Goals

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Here's hoping that 2018 is better then 2017 for everyone! 

 

What reading goals do I have for 2018? Well, last year I challanged myself to read 65 books and that was an unrealistic goal. I didn't even read half of my goal. So, this year I'm setting my reading goal at 30 books. 

 

What's my other goal? To read every. single. day. I don't want to fall into a reading slump again like I have the past two years. So, even if it is just one page of anything I want to read that one pay at least every day. 

 

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know below! 

2017: Year in Review

Here we are everyone, on the final day of 2017. It's been a long year, for a lot of reasons. 2018 comes for me in less than nine hours. For many reason, I can't wait to put this year behind me and look forward to a new one. Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful New Year and 2018. Without further ado here's my Year in Review for 2017! 

 

Books: 

 

As this is a book blog I decided it would be best to start off with books of course. I read 30 books this year and even though I did not even get halfway through my reading goal of 65 books I'm still proud of myself. Below I'll talk about my two favorites, one least favorite, a special mention, and a recommendation. 

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen clocks in at my second favorite read of 2017. It has taken me years to read this novel but now that I finally have I love it so much. This is probably my favorite classic of all time and I love the timeless love story between Elizabeth and Darcy. (Love P&P? Check out Lose Me by M.C. Frank!) 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas has to be my favorite book of 2017, considering it may be my favorite book of all time. The series A Court of Thorns and Roses is a true masterpiece and the second book did not disappoint. It built upon everything from the first book beautifully, gave me all the feels and a new few new ships. 

 

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan makes the list as my least favorite of 2017. Being my least favorite does not make it bad considering I enjoyed every book I read this year. However, as a Riordan book, I expected this book to be so much more. I was just expecting it to happen the entire time and I felt like something was missing when I finished the novel. That being said, I still gave this book a four star review. 

 

No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank is my special mention of the year. This series is lovely and beautiful and will remain to be one of my favorite trilogies of all time. I was on the street team for this series and let me just tell you they're a magical group of people. Frank is one of the most wonderful person I have ever met. If you haven't picked up this series yet...well...you should. 

 

Emotions by Arnie Cantarero earns the recommendation slot. Arnie contacted me earlier this year and as he was the first author to contact me directly about reviewing a book I felt honored. Emotions is a science fiction novel unlike any other where an extraterrestrial named Jason has no emotions. The story follows his quest to gain emotions, something his society has lost. It's an amazing story; I also had the pleasure of reading the sequel and that book was just as awesome. If you're looking for a new indie book to read this is it! 

 

TV Shows: 

 

When I'm not reading I'm usually watching television. Thankfully, that gives me much material to create this list. As with the books I will be mentioning my two favorites, my least favorite, a special mention and a recommendation. These will include shows that I watched in 2017 whether they were new or binge-worthy on Netflix. 

 

Heartland is a show that I fell in love with years ago and continue to love to this very day. It is a Canadian show about a horse ranch named Heartland. But it is so much more as well. The relationships on the show are some of my very favorite and I eagerly wait each Sunday night until the episode is uploaded online. If you haven't checked out this show yet I suggest that you do. 

 

The Office deserves the top place in my favorites of 2017. I finally finished this series early in the year and I laughed, died, and cried along the way. I can finally say I understand that reference now when I see *stares into the camera like I'm on the office.* Jim and Pam were prefect, the humor was hilarious, and how I wished it could have gone on for seasons longer. 

 

Pretty Little Liars takes the spot for my least favorite. I fell in love with this show years ago, however in recent seasons it fell further and further down in my list. The show just didn't seem the same. And, actually, I hated the finale. I had my own opinions of how the show should have ended and how it did...well that just wasn't that. It's a shame because of how much I loved this show years ago, and all the memories associated with that. 

 

Stitchers is my special mention. I was truly surprised by this show. I had seen trailers for it when it first came out and really didn't think that it would be my cup of tea. But after pursuing Hulu I came across it again. And this time I loved it. I loved every second of it. And I got caught up...only for it to be cancelled. I feel like this show had so much more to give and I will grieve it along with the dozens of other shows that went before their time.

 

I have to recommend the entire Arrowverse. This includes the Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow (and any other show CW will release).  I am proud to say I have been on this bandwagon since Arrow started all those years ago and I am just immensely impressed with that the CW has done with it since. The crossovers are honestly just the best thing ever. If you have not watched any of these shows I will ask you a simple question...why? 

 

 

That's it for my Year in Review! What did you watch or read in 2017? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thrones and Roses Series Spoiler Free Review

Months ago, I embarked on a journey to finally read the ACOTAR series. Earlier this week I finally finished that adventure and let me tell you: I was not disappointed. 

 

I began reading ACOTAR because everybody on the internet was obsessed with them, everyone was obsessed with Rhysand. I held out, however, for a very long time. Why? Because I was very disappointed with the Throne of Glass series that I DNFed after a 100 pages of Empire of Storms. That being said, I did not want to get so invested into a Sarah J Maas series only to have my heart crushed by characters being ruined, plot events I did not agree with, and the like (I apologize if you like TOG, this is my personal opinion). But, reading ACOTAR was stepping into a whole other world. 

 

I'll say it now, I believe that ACOTAR is my favorite series, a seat that has been held by the Mortal Instruments for over five years. At the very least, they are tied. 

 

Staring with the first book, A Court of Thornes and Roses, I had some prejudices going into it. If you have a social media account and follow anything Sarah J Maas related I'm sure you've seen Rhysand. So, I believed that Rhysand would make an appearance in the first chapter or so. But no, reading the summary its clear to see that this is a story between Tamlin and Feyre. 

 

That being said, I never truly hopped onto the Tamlin and Feyre train. I was always looking at Tamlin, wondering what he would do to make people not talk about him. By the end of the novel, I knew. I also knew why everybody was talking about Rhysand. And why yes, I did guess about a couple things in the novel and I'm still pretty proud of myself because I never see anything coming, ever. 

 

The plot? It was epic and amazing. I loved the aspects of Beauty and the Beast thrown into fey myths. It was familiar yet mysterious and exciting at every turn.

 

As a series starter? For me, this book was not as strong as other first in a series I have read. That being the case, I only gave this book a four star review. Yes, I compared it to Throne of Glass, probably one of my favorite firsts in a series of all time (right behind City of Bones, of course). ACOTAR just didn't start off the series in the same way, not that it was bad. It was wonderful. It was a necessary start to the series.  

 

I would like to say something...the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury, may possibly be one of my favorite books of all time, ever. With that, let's carry on. 

 

There's not a lot I can say about this book without giving away spoilers from the first novel. Just the fact that its based upon Hades and Persephone, which is common knowledge. 

 

I can say, however, that I loved everything about this book. I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the ships, I loved the Night Court. I think most of the fandom will agree when me when I say that I also hate the one person most people hate. I hate them with a passion. 

 

The ending on this novel tore my heart into pieces. It was so beautiful and epic, the one statement that was said, I nearly cried. And then SJM goes crushing my heart. 

 

The final book, the epic conclusion to the Feyre-centered novels was as epic as I expected. I rated this book five stars. Why didn't I love this novel as much as its predecessor? I'm not entirely sure. I got all the feels from this novel but something about ACOMAF just made me love it so much more, not that ACOWAR wasn't amazing, because it was. 

 

The events at the end of the second book play out in the third and I was so frustrated for the first part of it. I just kept reading and flipping the pages because I had to know what would happen next. I needed that certain thing to happen. Probably as much two characters needed each other. 

 

As I got further into the novel I kept wondering what would happen next, kept being surprised, kept being impressed, kept being attacked by feels. And then, I stopped and stared at page 600 of the book and wondered how everything would be tied up in 99 pages. 

 

Let's just say that SJM created a masterpiece. It was truly wonderful and I couldn't expect a better end to the main series of books. 

 

Have you read ACOTAR? Keep watch for my next review which will contain spoilers of the series! 

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell, Holly Black, Laini Taylor, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Matt de la Pena, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, Kelly Link, David Levithan Emotions - Arnie Cantarero, Arnie Cantarero, Kiyomi Sakamoto

End of Year Book Goals!

2018 is just around the corner and I have some bookish goals I want to tick off the list before 2017 is finished! 

 

1. Restart my Blog! Done! I've been wanting to do this one for a while but my hectic schedule hadn't allowed me to. I'm glad going into 2018 that I will have an active blog once again! 

 

2. Finish Emotions #2 Done! Earlier this year Arnie Canterero sent me a paperback copy of his sci-fi novel, Emotions to read and review. I LOVED it! And graciously, he also sent me the second book - which hasn't been released yet. I LOVED it as well! I finish the sequel last night! 

 

3. Finish ACOWAR To be completed...I started this book months ago when I finished ACOMAF. Nothing is wrong with the book, it was amazing, I was just so busy that I could never find the time to read a 699 page book. But I've got nothing but time now so I'm so excited to finally finish this book (and series?). 

 

4. Finish Lord of Shadows To be completed...The last time I read a page from this novel was five months ago. What's wrong with me? I don't know. Since I've been caught up I've ready every Cassandra Clare book within the first week is has been released (er...let's not talk about the Bane Chronicles). But, when LOD came out I was busy I believe finals were around the corner for me. And then...I'm not sure what happened. I just never read it. I love Shadowhunters, I love Jules and Emma, I love Carstairs, I just couldn't finish reading. Somehow, I haven't been spoiled completely. So, before the end of 2017 I am forcing myself to finish this book. 

 

5. Reread My True Love Gave to Me To be completed...I read this book when it came out two(?) years ago and loved it. In fact, if you scroll back through my posts I did a review of it. It's the perfect holiday novel so I would love to reread it, or at least reread the stories I enjoyed the most. 

 

 

Aaaaaand that's it! What goals do you have for the end of the year? Let me know below in the comments and good luck!