Everything, Everything | MOVIE REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to do this movie review because I absolutely loved this movie. It was so good. I could literally just keep going to the movies to watch this over and over. I loved this so much. I did end up seeing it twice because I love it so much. It was a super faithful book to movie adaptation, and it just made my heart happy. It was heartwarming and hilarious as well as amazingly well acted and well written, and I just loved it so much. Okay, enough with the gushing. Let’s just jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.”

My Thoughts:

This movie is probably one of my favorite adaptations of all time. It was really faithful to the book while also maintaining its own merit of creativity, and I just absolutely loved it. I think the actors did a fantastic job of portraying the characters in the movie, an created a really beautiful love story that stayed really true to the book. I loved so many different things about the movie, and I just am super satisfied with this adaptation.

One thing that my friend Megan and I were wondering prior to seeing the movie the first time was how they would portray the visual elements that were in the book into the movie. And not only that, but all the texting and emailing and all of that; like, how would that translate onto the big screen? And I actually loved how they portrayed all of that. I won’t spoil how they did it, but it was a really cool idea what the director did with it. I think it was a really great idea, and I loved how it came across.

One thing that I absolutely loved about the movie was the phenomenal acting. I think every single actor in that movie did a fantastic job! I was a little bit nervous about Amandla Stenberg portraying Maddy just because the only thing I ever saw her in was The Hunger Games where she portrayed Rue and that was years ago that I saw that. But from what I had seen of the trailers, she looked like she was going to do a really great job, and I am happy to say that she actually did really great! This has me super at ease about her portraying Ruby in The Darkest Minds (most people are mad because she is black and portraying Ruby, but that is nowhere near the reason I was nervous; I just wasn’t 100% confident in her ability to portray Ruby, and now I am), but that’s another discussion for another post.

But I also was kind of nervous about Nick Robinson portraying Olly in the movie because I had only seen The 5th Wave, and that didn’t really give me much of an impression on his acting ability, but he did a phenomenal job in this movie, and it definitely made me see him in a different light. Now I am super excited to see him in other projects, like Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda which is coming out next year. He just really delivered in his role, and I just loved him as Olly.

The rest of the cast was also phenomenal, and I just loved the entire cast. But something that they slightly changed, which I loved, was that they made Rosa (who is Carla’s daughter) a more prominent character in the movie. We only saw her once or twice in the book, and it was nice to see her more in the movie. I loved what they did with her character, and I think it really added another element to the story.

And oh my God; the humor in this movie was so on point. I found myself laughing to the point of tears throughout the majority of the movie, and I just found it so funny. There were so many funny lines, scenes, just so much humor, and I really appreciated it. It brought another element to the story, made it more lighthearted, and ultimately just added to my enjoyment of the film.

But overall, I really enjoyed this movie and adaptation, and I would give it an A on my scale. I absolutely loved it. This is definitely a movie I can see myself just watching over and over because it is that good, and the faithful adaptation just really warmed my heart and gave me all of the feels. I highly recommend you all check out Everything, Everything!

And there you have it! That was my movie review of Everything, Everything. Have you seen this movie or do you plan to? If you have seen it, what did you think of it? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Books I Want to Read This Summer

Hey, guys! Today I thought it would be fun to talk about the five books I want to get to most this summer. The majority of the books on this list are contemporaries because that’s what I usually feel like reading in the summer, but there are a couple of fantasy books thrown in as well. I am really excited to read now that I am done with my first year of University, so I am hoping that I will have more time to read. But let’s just go ahead and get into the books I want to read this summer!

The first book I am hoping to get to is Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows Simon Spiers who is currently in the closet about being gay. When an email gets into the wrong hands, he is at risk of being outed. Being blackmailed by the class clown Martin into being his wingman, if he doesn’t comply, his sexual identity will be revealed, and the privacy of Blue, the pen name for the boy Simon has been emailing, will be compromised as well. This sounds so good, and it has literally been on my TBR for forever, so I am very excited to get to this one this summer!

The next book I want to try to read is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This is a debut contemporary novel that follows Starr Carter, a black teen girl who lives in a pretty poor, predominantly black neighborhood but goes to school at a private, predominantly white, prep school who witnesses her black, unarmed best friend be murdered by a cop, and she is the only one who knows what happened, so what she does or doesn’t say could not only deeply affect her community, it could really endanger her life. Everyone has been raving about this book. It seems like such a fantastic book about a super serious topic, and I just think it is going to be amazing. I am so excited to hopefully read this one this summer!

The next book I would love to get to is Tales From Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and friends.

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This is a bind up of a series of novellas, and I have to finish this. Like I am really pissed at myself for not having read all of these yet. The reason I want to finish all of these is because I want to read Lord of Shadows so badly, and it just sits on my bookshelf, taunting me because I can’t freaking read it yet. I need to read this first. But I can’t tell you anything about the plot of this series because even saying the main character’s name is a spoiler. But this series occurs after the events of City of Heavenly Fire (hence the spoilers) and before the events of Lady Midnight. I just need to get off my lazy butt and read these already, dammit! Its going to happen. I am vowing that it will happen this summer. Hopefully…

The next book I want to read is The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

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This is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, and I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I think I am finally going to be in the mood to tackle this baby. I’ve had this since it was released last October, and I still haven’t read it. There really is no reason for it. I know that I am going to love it. I started it and got about fifty pages into it (laughing my ass off the entire time because its freaking hilarious) before I put it down. I think I just got distracted with University coursework. But anyway, this series follows Magnus Chase (obviously) who is an einherji, which is a warrior of Valhalla, tasked with helping to prevent Ragnarok (which is like Doom’s Day). This is based on Norse Mythology, and it is filled with sass, lots of humor, and a kickass story line. I love this series, and I am really hoping I can finally get to this one this summer!

And the last book I want to try to read this summer is Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

9781101935996This is the first book in a fantasy series that I have just been taking forever to read. It is definitely not that I don’t like the book. I actually really like this book. I just am having trouble actually getting the motivation to read it. But this book follows Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. This book is actually pretty good; I just need the motivation to read it. Hopefully I can finish this off this summer because I am already a little over halfway through it. Fingers crossed I finish it!

And there you have it! Those were all the books that I want to read this summer. What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to come at you with a review of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This is a book that has been on my TBR for what seems like forever, and I finally picked it up and read it, and I absolutely loved it. This book wrecked me, put me back together, and caused me a lot of emotional trauma, and I just fell in love with this book. It is by far my favorite LGBTQ+ book I’ve read thus far, and I guarantee you this will be on my favorites list for this year! But enough with the gushing and fangirling. Let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. For me, this tops History Is All You Left Me in terms of enjoyment because these are both phenomenal books, but this one takes the cake for me. I didn’t have many expectations going into this. A lot of people really enjoyed it, but I really wasn’t expecting a whole lot. This book blew my expectations out of the water, and I just got really attached to all of these characters, and I became emotionally invested in the story, and I just really enjoyed it.

Immediately, I did not particularly care about Aaron. I wasn’t as emotionally invested in his character until we started learning some more stuff about his past. From his asshole father and everything that happened to Aaron and his family. After some truths are brought forward, I started becoming much more emotionally invested, and I really felt for his character. We learned all these difficult truths about him and just all the shit that he has been dealt is so cruel, and it is just obvious that at some point he was going to break and he did, a couple different times. Even in the end, he didn’t get the ending that he really deserved, but I guess that’s how life works…

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Genevieve. She is another character that I never really cared for in the beginning, and that kind of continued throughout the whole book. I just did not connect to her character for some reason. Something with her just did not click with me. I do think she did something that was wrong just like there was something wrong that was done to her. I think both parties learned their lesson, even if it did take a shit ton of time. But I did not cry for Genevieve, and I do not appreciate her getting involved with someone in the story. If anything, they definitely should have waited a little bit. I think it was rushed and that really hurt Aaron. I just was not okay with it. But I digress…

Thomas is a character whom I immediately liked and continued to like for the entire book. Is he gay? Its sort of a mystery at this point. Its pretty murky. Could he be gay in the future? Possibly, yes. I honestly think he could be bisexual. Anyway, he is just one of those characters that is just instantly likable to me. He is just a really nice guy. He is hot, but isn’t arrogant. He genuinely cares about Aaron just like he cares about those around him. He has had some shit in his life, so his life isn’t perfect and he just seemed really real, and I just loved that about his character.

Just as an aside, I really loved his whole family, even if I had a weird vibe about Eric. He still genuinely cared for his brother. I loved his mom because she did accept Aaron for who he was, even if she made a pretty bad decision. I hated pretty much all of Aaron’s friends, especially Brendan. The douche gave me weird vibes. Asshole vibes…And I actually did like Collin, even if I thought he made a lot of bad decisions. He still was an all right guy in the end.

But I absolutely loved the story line, and I loved getting the point of view of a character who is just realizing or coming to terms with the fact that he is gay. He finally acknowledges it, and that is a really powerful moment in the story. And then shit hits the fan from there. But I did really enjoy the plot of the book, even if I thought it was more of a character-driven story. And there was this thing that happened, and it kind of wrecked me. I did not see it coming. I didn’t. I should have seen the signs, but I didn’t, so good job, Adam. You fucked with my mind. Like I put the book down and was like, “ARE YOU SHITTING ME RIGHT NOW.” Totally screwed with my head and made me question the meaning of life. Kudos to you, man.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I am super excited to read more from Adam in the future. I think this is a really important book that everyone should read. I am just so glad I finally got off my high horse and read this baby because it was fantastic!

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And there you have it! That was my review of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. What is your current favorite book featuring a lot of diversity? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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A Very Overdue Book Haul!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to finally come at you with a (finally) new book haul. I haven’t come out with one since like February, which is kind of crazy. So I have accumulated some books since then. Some I have been sent by authors and publishers and others I have picked up myself. This is going to be my only post for the week because I am super busy, but hope to get more up next week! But I am really excited to share these nine books with you guys, so let’s go ahead and get into the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months!

The first book I got my hands on was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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This is the third and final book in the fantastic Shatter Me trilogy, and I am like one of the only people in the world that hasn’t finished off this series. This is a dystopian series that follows our main character Juliette whose touch literally will kill you. I know that I will fly through this book as I do with all of Tahereh’s other books in the series, but I am just kind of terrified of what she will do to my babies. I know that she takes one of the characters from the earlier books and twists him somehow in this novel, and I am kind of not ready to see that. But I am very excited to read this because I love the story and I am in love with Tahereh’s poetic writing style. Its just beautiful. But hopefully I will get to this one soon.

The next book I picked up was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This is a debut contemporary novel that is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and I have heard nothing but fantastic things about it. I am super excited to read it, but it follows Starr Carter, a black teen girl who lives in a pretty poor, predominantly black neighborhood but goes to school at a private, predominantly white, prep school who witnesses her black, unarmed best friend be murdered by a cop, and she is the only one who knows what happened, so what she does or doesn’t say could not only deeply affect her community, it could really endanger her life. Everyone has been raving about this novel, so I finally decided to pick it up, and I am very excited to get to this!

The next book I bought was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the third and final book in Sarah’s fantastic A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I am absolutely terrified to read this. I just am scared of what is going to go down in this book. It will wreck me; that’s for sure. But this is a high fantasy series that follows a girl named Feyre who is a huntress because she needs to put food on her family’s very poor table and one day she ends up shooting a faerie, thus angering one of the High Fae so much that as payment, she will be forced to live as his prisoner. This is a series of retellings with the first book, ACOTAR, being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the second book, ACOMAF, being a retelling of Hades and Persephone, and I am not aware of what retelling this book is portraying. But I am very excited to hopefully get to this one soon!

The next book that I bought was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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This is a book that I bought because I figured it was about damn time I read Adam Silvera’s debut novel that everyone fell in love with. And I kind of can see why everyone was so obssessed with it. I have already started this and am about a hundred pages away from the end, and I am so nervous, but also very excited, to see how everything wraps up. This novel follows sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto who is dealing with the affects of his father’s suicide from a few months earlier and trying to find happiness again. His girlfriend and mother are trying to help him, but when Genevieve leaves for a few weeks, he finds himself spending a lot of time with a guy named Thomas. He begins to grow feelings for Thomas as they spend more and more time together, and since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off those feelings, he turns to the Leteo Institute who have a procedure that can alter and bury memories. He wants to forget he ever had feelings for Thomas or any guy for that matter. This book is so amazing from what I’ve read so far, and it has made me feel all the feels. I am super excited to see where the rest of the story takes me!

The next book I bought was Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that I picked up because I have been meaning to pick this up for forever and the movie comes out next year. But this story follows a sixteen-year-old boy named Simon Spiers who is currently in the closet about being gay. When an email gets into the wrong hands, he is at risk of being outed. Being blackmailed by the class clown Martin into being his wingman, if he doesn’t comply, his sexual identity will be revealed, and the privacy of Blue, the pen name for the boy Simon has been emailing, will be compromised as well. This sounds really good, and pretty much everyone has been raving about how fantastic this book is, and I figure now is a good time to give it a shot. I am really excited to read this!

And the last book I bought was Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

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This is the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, and I am so pumped to read this book. This series takes place in the world of the Shadowhunters Chronicles, and it follows two parabatai, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. If you remember them, they were in City of Heavenly Fire, the finale to The Mortal Instuments. Five years have passed since the events of The Mortal Instruments and another body has shown up with the same mysterious symbols that were burned onto the dead bodies of Emma’s parents. She is trying to figure out who really killed them and there may even be some forbidden romance thrown into the mix. The first book was fantastic, and it ended on a cliffhanger, so I have been waiting for over a year for some answers. I am so excited to get to this!

The last few books were sent to me for review by either the author or the publisher, the first of which is Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner.

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This is a standalone novella set in the same world as the Runes series by Ednah Walters, and this follows a Valkyrie named Aricela who has been tasked with earning the trust of fallen athletes and warriors and taking them to Valhalla for the final battle. When her lack thereof in that department catches the attention of the Norns, they say that she has two options: she either collects the souls of those that are destined to die or she will be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel. I have already read this, and I really enjoyed it. I think I gave it 4.5/5 stars. It surprised me with how good it was. I was not expecting much, and it gave me much more. Really enjoyed this!

The next book that the author sent me was Son of War by Raye Wagner.

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This is a companion novella to the Sphinx series by the same author (one of my all time favorite series), and it tells the origin story of a character you meet in that series, Xan who is the son of Ares, thus making him a demigod. This story really tells you what Xan was like prior to meeting Hope (the main character of the Sphinx series) and why he was who he was. I have also already read this, and I gave it 4/5 stars. I talked more about my thoughts on it in my April Wrap Up, but I did really enjoy the insight we received on Xan’s character, and I thought this was a good companion to the Sphinx series.

And the last book I received in the month of May was from Penguin Random House, and they sent me Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that follows this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. I have already read this as well, and I really enjoyed it. I gave this 4.5/5 stars, and I am really excited to see where the rest of the story can go with the last two books. It will definitely be interesting!

And there you have it! Those were all of the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months. What is a book you have bought recently? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Allie’s #EndofYearReadathon Announcement + TBR!

Hey, guys! So this is going to be a first for me. It is officially the end of my first year of college and to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to host my first ever readathon. I was inspired because I actually finished my first year of University! That is absolutely insane to me. But I really just wanted to celebrate the fact that I am done with my first year ever of University and the fact that I can actually get back to reading, so this seemed like a fun idea, and I asked a couple of people on twitter and Instagram if they would be interested in this, and people seemed into it, so I figured we could ahead and do it! Let’s just get some information about it out of the way before I go into my TBR!

The Info:

This readathon is spontaneous and a little bit last minute, and as such there are no specific challenges attached in which you have to follow in regards to your TBR. This is really just celebrating reading in general, so feel free to read whatever you want. With that said, this will be a 24 hour readathon that lasts from Friday May 12 at 11:59 PM in your time zone to Saturday May 13 at 11:59 PM. I will be hosting reading sprints sporadically throughout the readathon on my Twitter, and for the readathon to keep track of everything, we will be using the hashtag #EndofYearReadathon. This will be on both Twitter and Instagram as I will be pretty decently active on both, though I will be more active on Twitter.

My TBR Pile:

The first book I am hoping to read and finish for this readathon is Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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This is the first book in what is supposed to be a trilogy, I believe, and I have already started this, but I haven’t gotten super far into it. I am only about 150 pages into it, and I haven’t picked it up in days, so I really just want to finish this. This is a story involving this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. Its been pretty good so far, and I am just super curious as to where the story is going to lead from here!

The next book I am going to try to read is Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

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This is a standalone novel that I have been trying to read for forever. But I own the audiobook, and I am close to halfway through it, so I figure I can pretty easily knock this out in the readathon. This book is a retelling (of sorts) of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, but it is the origin story of the Queen of Hearts. This is usually a hit or miss book for people. Some people absolutely love it while others just don’t get what all of the hype is about. I am hoping I will be the former, but I guess we will see when I finish it!

And the last book I want to try to read for this readathon is Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare & friends.

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This is a collection of novellas set in the Shadowhunter Universe, and these take place after the events of City of Heavenly Fire, but before the events of Lady Midnight. There are ten of them, and I have already read the first two, but I am going to try to read the next two, The White Chapel Fiend and Nothing But Shadows, for the readathon. I have been enjoying these so far, and I am really excited to hopefully read these two for this readathon!

And there you have it! That was all the information you need to know about the #EndofYearReadathon and my TBR pile for it. I highly recommend you all participate in this readathon because I think it is going to be tons of fun, and I hope to see you there! If you want me to look at your TBRs whether that be on Instagram, Twitter, or your own blog post, feel free to link those down below, and I will definitely check them out! But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Allie’s Overly Ambitious May TBR

Hey, guys! I know I am a little bit late, but there are a few books I want to try to get to in May. Literally the only thing left of University is finals week for me. I have two finals this and then I am home free! Which reminds me I probably should start packing at some point…But because of this, I am definitely going to have more time for reading, and I am just really excited to finally have time to read. This really explains why I have more books on this TBR than I anticipated, and there is probably more than I can read, considering its finals week for me. But without further ado, let’s get into the books I plan on reading in the month of May!

The first book I am going to be reading is Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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This is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy, and this was sent to me for review by Penguin Random House, so thank you so much for sending this my way! This is a story involving this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. I have already started this, and I am loving it. I am about a third of the way through, and I just think it is super interesting. I have very strong feelings about each one of the characters, which will definitely make for interesting review. Overall, I am just really excited to see where the story takes me next!

The next book I want to try to read is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

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None of you all should be surprised. I have been dying to get my hands on this book, and its finally here. I have it. I got it the day of release, and I am so freaking excited to read this! If you aren’t aware, this is the third and final book in Sarah’s fantabulous A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It is my favorite series that she has written because it incorporates two of my favorite things: fantasy and retellings. If you are not aware of what this series is about, the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty & The Beast retelling, the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, is a retelling of Hades and Persephone, and I actually don’t know what retelling this one is, but either way I am super pumped to see how this series wraps up. I know this will wreck me and I will have all the feels, but I think it is going to be an epic and heart wrenching conclusion.

The next book I want to try to read is Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

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Yeah, you read that right. I am actually going to give the book another shot. I have heard so many great things about the audiobook, and I listened to a few minutes of it and really liked it, so I used my one Audible credit for the month to get this audiobook. I have heard that audiobooking this is the way to go because the narrator is fantastic, so hopefully I will finally finish this. That’s kind of the reason this wasn’t on my list of books I DNF’d. But if you aren’t aware, this is a retelling (of sorts) of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, one of my all time favorite books. This is really the origin story of the Queen of Hearts, so I think it will be interesting. I am really hoping I can finish this. Fingers crossed, guys…

The next book I want to try to read The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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This is the second installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and if you don’t know what this is, where the hell have you been for the last 60+ odd years? This is a high fantasy series that I have been slowly making my way through via audiobook, and I have been absolutely loving it. The audiobooks are definitely the way to go because they are so interactive. It cuts out all the “he said, she did this, etc” and you just hear the cast doing it. There are sound effects and a whole cast of voice actors, and these audiobooks are just so good. But I am very excited to continue on with this series!

And the last book I want to try to read is Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Robin Wasserman, and Maureen Johnson.

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Yeah, I want to read this entire thing by the end of the month. The second book in The Dark Artifices series, Lord of Shadows, comes out at the end of the month, and I already preordered it, so I will be reading it very soon. I need to have read this before I start that book. That whole series ties into this series, and I don’t want to miss anything, so I have to read this first before I read that one. I can’t tell you anything about this book, not even the main character’s name because it spoils the end of City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments series. Just know this series takes place after the events of City of Heavenly Fire, but before the events of Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices series. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this series, so I am just really excited to finally read this whole thing!

And there you have it! Those are all of the books I want to try to get to in the month of May! What is your most anticipated release of this month? Comment down below! I would love to know! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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March + April Reading Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! So two months have passed, and I am finally able to post a wrap up. I ended up reading only one book in March, but in April, I did manage to read five books, which I am pretty satisfied with. I sort of burned out on reading after I read like fourteen books in February. It was insane, and that prompted a mini reading slump. But I think I am getting back into things, and I am so excited to be able to read once finals are done and over with. I have one week left until I am done. But let’s just go ahead and get into the books I read over the course of March and April!

The only book I read in March was The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows a girl named Frankie who is being forced to move to the Downs, which is the really bad part of town when she lived in the Heights previously because she got a DUI (she moved in with her dad who is an undercover cop). She is dealing with the fact that she witnessed her best friend/boyfriend get beat to death right in front of her, and she can’t remember who did it. So she shuts everyone out, deciding to believe that absolutely nothing matters anymore. She ends up learning about the Street Racing scene and catches the eye of one of the best street racers in the Downs, Marco Leone. I ended up really loving this story. I read it in like a day or two, so I completely devoured it. This book actually gave me a book hangover for the rest of the month because all I wanted to do was read this book. But I ended up giving this 5/5 stars, and my review is also up.

The first book I read in April was Confess by Colleen Hoover.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows that follows Auburn Reed, a girl who has everything mapped out, but that all changes when she walks into an Art Studio, looking for a job, and meets Owen Gentry, an artist who works there. She puts her heart into control and starts a relationship with Owen, but he is keeping major secrets, and these threaten to destroy everything important to Auburn, so she decides the only way to preserve those things, is to cut Owen out of her life. He doesn’t want to lose her, but the only way to save their relationship would be to confess, but the confession might be infinitely worse than the actual sin. I really enjoyed this novel, though I still prefer Ugly Love to Confess. I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars, and my review has also been posted.

The next book I read was The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the fourth book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I really enjoyed this one. This is a series that surrounds the three Baudelaire children (Klaus, Sunny and Violet) who are experiencing the deaths of their parents and have been shipped off to a few “relatives” houses, the first of which was Count Olaf, a horrible man who wants their family fortune and is willing to do anything to get it. This was a solid installment to the series, but ultimately it was not one of my favorites. It was quite slow in the beginning but picked up quite a bit at the end. With that said, I did really enjoy the mystery aspect to it, and I thought it was an interesting addition to the story. I gave this 4/5 stars, and my review is also up.

The next book I read was What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that is focused on the topic of rape. It is based off of the Steubenville High School rape case, which occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, which is less than two hours away from me, actually. It is kind of crazy, but this book was such an important novel. I honestly think you need to go into this practically blind like I did. Just know there is a trigger warning for rape, but if you can handle this story, I highly recommend it. It was so good. I think I read it in like a few hours. I gave this book 5/5 stars, and I also have a review posted.

The next book I read was Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner.

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This is a standalone fantasy novella that was released on April 18, and it is set in the universe of the Runes series by Ednah Walters. I was sent this book by the author for review, and I ended up really enjoying it. This is centered on Norse Mythology and romance and general badassery, and I just really loved it. I wasn’t sure how I would like this. I was very apprehensive going into this, but it took me by surprise. While I wish this would have been a little bit longer, I still really enjoyed it. Its yet another book by Raye that I have fallen in love with. I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars, and my review is also up!

And the last book I read in the month of May is Son of War by Raye Wagner.

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This is a companion novella to the amazing Sphinx series, and this was released on April 27. I was also sent this one by the author for review, and this one I was pumped for from the beginning. This novella focuses on my favorite character from the Sphinx series, Xan. In this novella, we get to know his backstory, and it just fills in a lot of blanks about his past and why he is the way he is prior to meeting Hope (the Sphinx). I thought this was a great story, and I really appreciated the backstory we received with this novella. I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars, and my review has also been posted.

And there you have it! That was my reading wrap up for March and April. What is your favorite book that you read in April? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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