Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to come at you with a review of the fourth installment to The Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Nothing But Shadows. I have been enjoying myself reading this series, and as added motivation to continue with this series, I am not allowing myself to read Lord of Shadows until I complete this series. But I almost want to say this ended up being my favorite of the series thus far, and I am really glad that I enjoyed it. Since this is the fourth book in the series, this might spoil the other books, and it will definitely spoil City of Heavenly Fire, so if you haven’t read any of those books, I suggest you leave, read it, then come back, and we can discuss it together! So goodbye, Nonspoiler people!

Now let’s just go ahead and jump into the review!

Synopsis:

“Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.”

My Thoughts:

Okay, so I started off hating this novella, and that is 500% of the narrator because I was audiobooking it. I don’t know whose insane idea it was to pick that dude for a narrator, but he was absolutely bloody awful. He was annoying, and his accent ended up in places where it shouldn’t. He did not read the lines as the character would, and I stopped listening after about twenty or thirty pages because I just could not stand to listen to him anymore. So I ended up reading the rest of the book using my physical copy.

I also started off with hating every single character except for James and his family (excluding Matthew). I cannot believe that Will wanted James to be friends with that complete asshole named Alastair Carstairs. He must not know what he is really like because I hated him with a burning passion. He is the reason that James was so miserable at that God-forsaken school. I just hated that bastard, and I kind of wish he had been killed off in this novella.

I just want to say that I actually did really hated Matthew before we came to know everything about him. Turns out he is not a pompous asshole, but actually a really great guy! I did think it was kind of weird at the end, what ended up happening, meaning what Matthew asked James, but I guess it works. I just am really glad that Matthew redeemed himself.

I absolutely loved James. He is my heart and soul. Like, he is the literal definition of a cinnamon roll. I just wanted to protect him from all those asshole Shadowhunters at that stupid school. He did not deserve to be treated the way he was just because he was different. I just hated seeing him so miserable, and I did tear up several times when he was just treated so badly. I just really felt for him, and I connected with him as well because he is awkward when it comes to talking to people, and he loves to read! It’s like we are the same person. But I am glad that everything ended up working out in the end.

And let me just say that I knew how everything would end. I knew he would be the school’s scapegoat, but it was a blessing in disguise because he could finally leave the school. Just seeing the way Shadowhunters treated something/someone that’s different just really pissed me off. It just made me start to build a pretty strong disdain for Shadowhunters. And I honestly never thought that would happen.

I still am not sure what the plot was supposed to be in this novella. But I am glad it finally taught Simon to trust his friends and those that truly care about him, and if you read Lady Midnight, you know about the thing that Simon asks someone, and I am so excited to see that scene, hopefully very soon. I also am just hoping this means Simon is finally going to stop being a dumbass and actually trying to build a relationship with Isabelle because I am a huge Sizzy shipper, and I need them to be a thing again. It has to happen.

But overall, I did really enjoy this novella, despite the audiobook narrator being really freaking terrible. I loved the writing, the little insight we got into James and his family and just how things are finally starting to look up for this series. I am just really excited to start getting more and more into this series, and I will read the next installment to this series hopefully soon!

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And there you have it! That was my review of Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. What is your favorite installment to the Shadowhunter Chronicles (this includes TMI, TID, and TDA)? 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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The Summer Biannual Bibliothon Tag

Hey, guys! Today is the first day of the Biannual Bibliothon, and to kick it off, the first blogging challenge is, of course, to do a book tag. This tag was originally created by the host of this challenge, the lovely Nana @ 4 Teen Liars, so you definitely should check out her original post. This tag is pretty self-explanatory. It’s just a bunch of questions about the readathon and summer in general. But let’s just go ahead and get into the tag!

1.) What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

I am hoping to finish The Book Thief by Markus Zusak today, but for the entire readathon, I also hope to read Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.

2.) What is your favorite genre to read in the summer?

I am always in the mood to read contemporary books in the summer. They just have that summer vibe, not to mention the fact that most contemporaries are set during the summer time.

3.) Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

I usually just read on my bed, no matter what the season is. The outdoors and I are not a great mix…

4.) What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

I really love the throwback challenge because it is giving me the opportunity to start the reread of one of my favorite series, Harry Potter!

5.) What fictional character would you hang out with in the summer?

This is so hard, but probably Cath from Fangirl because we could stay inside and read together rather than actually go outside into the real world. It would be so much fun.

6.) What are your plans for the summer?

I don’t really have any other than to prepare for the upcoming semester in University.

7.) Do you have a summer playlist? If not, what would be on it?

I do have a personal one on my phone, and it has a lot of Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato on it, which should not be that surprising.

8.) What is your favorite summer movie?

I’m not really a summer movie kind of girl, but I am more likely to watch a Nicholas Sparks movie in the summer. I literally do not watch his movies any other time of the year.

9.) What book do you read every summer? If you don’t read a specific book, what do you do every summer?

Every single summer ever since I was like ten or eleven, I have reread the entire Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith, and I still love the story every time I read them. They are so good…

10.) What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

Oh, gosh. I have no idea. I was going to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag, but there really isn’t much to talk about since I have been in a reading slump since like March.

And there you have it! That was the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag. What is your favorite summer read? Sound off in the comments 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 tomorrow with my next post!

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TBR | SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to, for the first time ever, participate in The Biannual Bibliothon! This is a week-long readathon that happens twice a year, once in winter and once in summer. This is hosted by seven booktubers, who are Emma @ emmmabooksKassie @ MissSassyKassieRed @ Little Red ReaderKelly @ Kelly’s BookSpillBrittni @ Brittni’s Book FindMomo @ The Booktube Girl, and Catriona @ Little Book Owl. This readathon begins on July 23 and ends on July 29. All of the details about the Bibib and the various reading and video challenges is on the official channel, so you definitely should check that out. You don’t have to be a booktuber to participate in this, so there is also a list of Blogger challenges for each day. All of that information is in this post by the lovely Nikki & Amy @ Bursting With Books. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I plan on reading during this readathon!

1.) Read the Group Book.

23308087The Group Book is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, but I unfortunately will not be participating in this challenge. I don’t have the money to buy the book currently, so I can’t read it along with everyone else participating in the readathon.

2.) Read a book from a host’s favorite genre.

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Emma’s favorite genre is diverse books, so I want to read Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book follows a sixteen-year-old boy named Simon who is still in the closet about being gay. He has been emailing this boy in the school who goes by the pen name Blue, and Simon ends up getting blackmailed by the class clown. He has to help him hook up with Simon’s best friend or his secret will be out along with Blue’s privacy. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, and I am super excited to finally get to read it!

3.) Read a Book That Is or Has Been Banned in the Past.

harry-potter-1A banned book that is actually still banned in my household to this day is Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. It was banned originally because of the magic that is in this series, but my parents ban it because it has sorcerery and they believe all of the spells in the books are real spells. Sounds very ridiculous, but I am choosing the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This is actually a reread for me, and it will be the first time I have ever reread this book. I’m not even going to bother explaining what this book is about because at this point, if you don’t know what it is actually about, you are just a lost cause. Anyway, I am super excited to read this as I haven’t read it since freshman year of high school, which is when I first read it. I am just pumped to revisit this world and these characters, and it is just going to be so much fun rereading this!

4.) Read A Book That You’ve Heard/Seen Somewhere Other than Booktube or the Blogosphere.

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The book I chose for this challenge is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I actually learned about this book from my best friend Megan who absolutely loves this book and has been telling me for years to pick it up, and I am really excited to finally do that! This book is historical fiction, its set in World War II, and it is told from the POV of Death. How could anyone not want to read this? I actually am going to be audiobooking it as I have actually started the audiobook before and just have never finished it. But it is so good from what I have listened to, and I think it is going to be a very powerful read for me.

5.) Book-to-Movie Adaptation: Read a Book That Has Been Adapted Into a Film and Watch the Adaptation.

harry-potter-1I am going to be doubling up on challenges, so I am going to be rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling for this challenge as well. I haven’t reread any of the Harry Potter books, so I am very excited to start the process of rereading the entire series. I think it is going to be a lot of fun, and I just am excited to revisit this story and these characters and the writing and the world. It is just going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to reread this one!

6.) Throwback: Read a Book From An Author You’ve Never Read Before.

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For this challenge, I want to read Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. I have been meaning to read this for weeks, but it has just been sitting on my bookshelf, collecting dust. But this book follows a girl named Reggie who goes to the pharmacy to get her antidepressants and meets a guy named Snake who is there to get his antidepressants as well, and the story just takes off from there. I have been dying to read this, but I have just kind of lost motivation to read, so it has remained unread. This is apparently an amazing book on depression, and I think I will personally relate to these characters and this story a lot, so I am just really excited to read this!

7.) Read a Book With LGBTQIA+ Rep.

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I am also going to be doubling up on this challenge and reading Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book features a gay main character, so it fits perfectly with this challenge. I have been meaning to read this story for forever, and the movie is coming out next year, so I just really want to read this before that comes out. Now just seems like the perfect time to do that, so I am really excited to see what all of the buzz is about that is surrounding this book!

And there you have it! Those are all of the books I am hoping to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I actually am participating in this readathon solely for the purpose of getting back into reading. I really need to kick this reading slump. Do you plan on participating in this readathon? If not, what is your favorite book with LGBTQIA+ representation? Sound off in the comments 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!

June Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! It is that time again. Time for an extremely overdue monthly wrap up! I am sorry for the brief hiatus I had. I was dealing with some University problems, and I just lost track of the amount of days it had been between the last time I posted and now. I enjoyed most of the books I read in June, and I definitely read more than I expected to. I read three books that month, and that is pretty decent considering I am going through a reading slump right now. And because of that reading slump, I am currently eight books behind schedule on my 2017 Goodreads Reading Goal, which is to read seventy books by the end of the year. Hopefully I can kick this reading slump before the end of the summer, but who knows. Its a toss up right now. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I read in June!

The first book I read in June was Train Wreck by Elise Faber.

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This is a standalone adult contemporary romance novel that I was sent for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this my way, Elise! This is a book that I absolutely loved and read in one sitting. This novel is one that I think you should go blindly into. That’s what I did, and it surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. Just know it is gripping and very addictive, despite the super cheesy cover. But I did review this, and I ended up giving it 5/5 stars. It was just a really amazing novel, and I highly recommend you check it out!

The next book I read was Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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Yeah, that’s right. I finally finished it, and I am really sad to say the blood, sweat and tears that I went through to force myself to finish the book were not worth it. I ended up being really disappointed by this book, and you could arguably say this only made my reading slump so much worse. But 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. While that may sound very intriguing, I did not like this book, like at all. I had problems with the writing, the story line (or the lack of a concrete one), the so-called romance in the novel, and the magic system. I just was really disappointed by this one because I thought I was going to like it, and I did not. If you are interested in my full thoughts on this novel, I did review it, but I ended up giving it 3/5 stars.

And the last book I read in June was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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I am so proud of myself, guys. I finally did it. I finally finished off the Shatter Me trilogy! But if you are somehow unaware of what this series is about, it is a dystopian series that follows our main character Juliette whose touch literally will kill you. That is all I can tell you. But I flew through the last half of this novel in one sitting because I was loving every single second of this novel. This is hands down my favorite book of the trilogy, and it was the best one, especially in writing, in my opinion. I think Tahereh’s writing grew a lot with this novel. But I did review this, and it is mostly about me gushing about the novel, but if you want to read my full thoughts on this finale, I definitely recommend checking that review out. I gave this novel 5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in June. What books are you most interested in reading before the end of 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 this, and I will see you next time!

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Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner | BLOG TOUR

Hey, guys! I am super excited to be a part of the launch for the final book in Raye Wagner’s fantastic Sphinx series! Fates and Furies will definitely mess with your feels, rock your world, and take you on a roller coaster ride you will not want to leave. My review will be up soon, but it is just so exciting to be working with Raye again, and I am super excited to be a part of the launch of her very first blog tour! So let’s get into it.

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Title: Fates and Furies
Author: Raye Wagner
Release Date: June 29, 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

The Olympian gods cause nothing but chaos…

Hope escaped the Underworld with her life, but her memories are as blank as the Book of the Fates she brought back. Still determined to break the curse, she and Xan take an offering to the Olympian temple to solicit the goddess Artemis for aid. But the petition has disastrous results, and now the gods are hunting her.

Athan sacrificed everything for Hope, but she’s leaving him behind to travel with Xan to Mount Olympus. But the closer they get, the more Athan’s mortality becomes a liability. Forced to seek refuge in mists and darkness, Athan tangles with deities that weave the very threads of fate. But these goddesses also wield the immortal blades that lay ruin to destinies.

With everyone she loves damaged or destroyed by the blood of Olympus, Hope must face the power of the past to change the fate of the future…

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About Raye Wagner:

Raye Wagner grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by chaos, and escaped the mayhem by reading.
Raye studied the art of medicine long before she had an interest in the Gods on Mount Olympus.
One sunny afternoon, the history of Apollo’s ancient curse and the myth of the Sphinx dropped into Raye’s consciousness. She started scribbling notes down after her sister convinced her the story was worth writing.
She writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.

Connect with Raye:

And there you have it! That was my post for the Fates and Furies Blog Tour! What is your favorite book/series involving Greek mythology? 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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June Book Haul

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I bought/received in the month of June! Now I was on a book-buying ban, but you know me. As soon as I get enough cash to buy a book, I immediately run to the bookstore. But I actually only ended up buying two of the seven books, so I didn’t go crazy. I am on another book-buying ban, though…But let’s go ahead and get into the book haul!

The first book I bought this month was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows two depressed teens who end up meeting while getting prescriptions for their antidepressants. This is a love story, but from what I’ve heard, it is not the sort of novel where love cures you of depression or any other mental illness, which has me really excited to read this. In addition to this, I believe this novel is different from other novels about depression because our main character, Reggie, doesn’t have a trigger. There was no trauma or abuse or anything like that growing up, which mirrors my experience with depression, so I definitely feel that I will connect with the story and the characters a lot, so I am just really excited to get to this one.

The last book I bought was Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewe.

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This is the second book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, and I actually don’t have the first book, but this book was marked down to a quarter at a local bargain store, so I just bought it. All I know about the series is it involves some aspect of vampirism. I know a lot of people really enjoy this series, and I’ve been meaning to read it for like ever. So maybe having the second book will give me incentive to buy the first book and start reading this series. But I am really excited to maybe one day in the near future read this.

The first book I received was Train Wreck by Elise Faber.

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This was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this to me! This is a standalone adult contemporary romance novel that I actually have already read and reviewed, and it was absolutely fabulous. I didn’t really know much of anything regarding this novel going into it, and I definitely think that’s the way to go. But this book gave me all of the feels, and I cried several times while reading this. It just was so good, and I am so happy that Elise sent this to me because I loved it. This book was released on May 31 of this year, so I definitely recommend you pick it up!

The next book I received was Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner.

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This was sent to me by the author, so thank you so much, Raye, and I am so freaking excited to read this. This is the fourth and final book in Raye’s fantabulous Sphinx series, and I am so hyped for this novel. You all should know by now how completely obsessed I am with this series, and I am so excited that I get another opportunity to work with Raye Wagner because she is like the sweetest person ever. But this series has greek mythology, kickass characters, amazing plot lines, and just general badassery. This is one of my all time favorite series, and if you haven’t picked this up yet, what are you doing with your life? You have got to read this series! But I am super excited to see how this series wraps up in the final installment! I am sure it will give me all the feels and it will be epic an everything I want, so I am so down for this novel.

The next book I received was The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase.

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This book was sent to my for review by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, so thank you so much for sending this book my way! This book is scheduled to be released on July 25, so definitely keep your eye out for it! From what I can tell, this book follows four very close sisters in 1959 who are spending the summer at Applecote Manor, a place they haven’t returned to in over five years, not since their sister, Audrey, vanished. They begin to discover the dark secrets of the Manor and end up starting to drift apart until one explosive night when they form a powerful bond that is much thicker than blood. This book sounds so interesting! It seems like it will be a bit of a mystery and definitely a thriller, so I am very excited to get to this very soon!

The next book I received was Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas.

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This is a YA contemporary novel that follows a girl named Chloe who is having a pretty terrible time at the moment because everything is going wrong. From crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of one of her not-so-nice coworkers to being caught in a snowstorm that has ruined her hair and the way she looks, resulting in absolutely zero progress with her crush and coworker, Tyson. And to top it all off, she is being accused (along with the other teenage employees) of stealing $10,000. So this follows her dealing with all of this and trying to prove her innocence in stealing the money. I received this from Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile who hosted the Fun In the Sun giveaway, and I won the YA box! So thank you so much, Rachel, for hosting the giveaway and sending this my way!

And the last book I received in the month of June was Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn.

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I really can’t tell you much of anything regarding this novel, to be honest. I’ve never heard of it, the synopsis is really confusing, and from the couple of reviews I read, you will spend the entirety of this novel wondering what the hell is going on. I do know that this is a psychological mystery novel with apparently a very explosive ending, so if one has patience, the ending makes all of the frustration and confusion of the rest of the novel worthwhile. I can tell you that this was the second book I received from the Fun in the Sun giveaway hosted by Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile, and I am apprehensive, but still very excited to get into this!

And there you have it! That was my June Book Haul. What is your favorite psychological thriller that you have read? 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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LIFE UPDATE: Finishing My First Year of University! (& the Aftermath)

Hey, guys! So I have finished my first year of University, and I figured its about time that I talk about that because I have just been dragging my feet about actually writing this post. I completed my first year on May 12, and it has been a few weeks, so I think I can finally broach the subject. This post is going to have some personal things that have been going on in my life right now, so please hold back on any negative comments you may have. But let’s just go ahead and jump right into this!

First Semester:

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Far Left: Ally Rellinger; Middle: Tori Wigal; Far Right: Me

This first semester was so much fun. I made so many friends, I was doing well in all of my classes, and I just was having fun on campus. I went to almost all of the 9:09s and 7:17s (those are the events on my campus where they have like comedians, vocalists, magicians and various other acts brought in), and I dragged my best friend Emily along to most of those. I voted for the first time in the presidential election, which was exciting, and it was just a really great semester for me. I participated in Make a Difference Day 2017, which is the first thing I’ve ever done in regards to volunteer work and it just made me want to volunteer so much more. I loved helping people. It just made me really happy. I also managed to get a 3.6 GPA, and I even made Dean’s List! I got straight A’s aside from my math course, so I just had a really good semester.

Second Semester:

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Now this is where everything kind of went south for me. This last semester, I was hit by depression. But not like a slap from a human hand. It was more like I was hit by a bus, it came back for seconds and thirds and ran me over a couple of times for good measure. This analogy summed up: Depression kicked my ass. Because my depression hit me so hard (I was off my meds and had been for a few years), I kind of completely lost motivation (which is the exact opposite of what you need to happen in University).

I mean, I literally lost motivation for everything. I stopped reading pretty much completely (excluding February when I read everything I could get my hands on). I skipped class. A lot. Like I almost failed my English Composition class because of the amount of times I had skipped. Sometimes I just forgot to turn in assignments. A lot of times I forgot to do basic things, such as eat or sometimes take a shower. I wanted to live in my room and never leave it. I slept past my alarms a lot, so I was always late to class when I did go. And the reason I slept past my alarms is I couldn’t sleep. I literally stayed up till 5 and 6 am and tried to wake up at 9 for class. That was not working, so I just ended up skipping a lot. I felt very alone, especially when everyone else was celebrating Easter with their families, and for the first time in my life, I had to miss it. That day was one of the worst for me. I was very emotional and cried almost the entire day because I missed my family so much.

And because of all of this, my grades suffered. I did pass all of my classes, but that was it. I did enough to get by all semester. And it bit me in the ass in the end. I got a pretty low GPA, lost my scholarships (they weren’t a ton of money, but they helped a little bit with tuition), and even worse, I disappointed my parents. I don’t know if they think its because I just didn’t care or because I was very depressed. Either way, I did get yelled at by my mother for losing my scholarships…

The Aftermath:

But as soon as I got home, my mom scheduled me for a doctor’s appointment. So I went, thinking I was just going to get antidepressants, but turns out my body is actually falling apart. In addition to the antidepressants I have to take, I also have to take insomnia meds to make me fall asleep, iron pills because (Surprise, bitch!) I was diagnosed with anemia, and I have to start taking a multivitamin because I am not getting the vitamins I am needing to get due to me being a vegetarian. But that’s pretty much where I am at now.

How I’ve Changed:

I actually did change a lot over the course of this year. I definitely gained a lot more self confidence, I learned how to do my makeup 10x better than what I was doing, and my fashion sense improved a lot. But aside from that, my stance on certain things definitely changed. I do not consider myself to be a Conservative Republican. I don’t even consider myself to be a Republican. I now consider myself an Independent because I am in the middle on a lot of issues. I fluctuate between Republican and Democrat on a lot of issues.

Prior to this year, I would have been just like my parents, I think. I would have been anti-gay (because there is no denying it; they are 100% anti-gay, and my mother admitted this to me. She also thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn’t anti-gay as well…). However, now, I’ve definitely changed in regards to the LGBTQIA+ community. While I don’t consider myself a complete ally to the community, I don’t full out say that I think they are abominations set on this earth. I’m more in this stage where I’m like, “You two like each other? Cool. Love who you love. Doesn’t make a difference to me.” And apparently thinking like that is akin to Satan in my parents’ eyes…

I also no longer consider myself to be Pro-Life. I know! The horror. What is wrong with you that you are no longer Pro-Life? Do you want to kill babies? Pretty much the reaction I received from my family. But its not like I am Pro-Abortion, either. I personally identify as Pro-Choice. I personally think it should be up to the mother whether she wants to have the baby or not. I’m not saying its okay for knocked up sixteen year olds to have abortions because they don’t want to have a baby. But I don’t think a rape or incest victim should have to have the baby. And of course there are other cases where it would be a viable choice as well, like when a mother’s life or the child’s life would be in serious jeopardy if this woman were to have the baby. But that’s just my opinion. (And apparently its the wrong one in my family’s eyes).

And guess what? I voted Hilary Clinton for President. Not because I think a woman should be president or because I really like Hilary (to be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the woman), but I had two options. I either voted for a murderer or a rapist. I chose the murderer. With the way Trump treated women, and the way he thought about them, I just could not support him, no matter what Hilary did. I am 100% a feminist, and as a woman, I could not support him. I picked, in my opinion, the lesser of two evils. But Trump won anyway. My dad keeps saying, “We finally got a great President in the White House!” and it takes every ounce of my willpower to bite my tongue and not start an argument with him. My brother feels the exact same way. And he gives me shit because I voted Hilary and not Trump. And I kind of want to let him know that he shouldn’t give me crap because he didn’t vote. He shouldn’t even have an opinion to shove down my throat. But I digress…

And there you have it! That was my Life Update in regards to the fact that I finished my first year of University! I had some ups, had quite a few downs, and I changed quite a bit, too. Overall, I can’t say this was a bad first year, and I am super excited for the upcoming year! I think it will be great! (Because I am getting an apartment with my best friend, and it is going to be EPIC.) But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for sticking with me and reading this entire thing. I love you all. I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my first year of University, and I will see you in my next post!

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Souls Discovered by Miranda Brock | PROMO LAUNCH

Hey, guys! I am very excited to be a part of the promo launch for this book since the price has been reduced, making it much more affordable. The original Print Price for this novel is $16.99, so you are saving around $16. I am really looking forward to reading this book as I will be taking advantage of this reduced price. It looks like a super interesting book, and Miranda is such a lovely person, so I am really excited to get my hands on it! But let’s go ahead and get into the details of this book!

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Title:  Souls Discovered

Author: Miranda Brock

Genre: Teen & Young Adult

Price: Now only $.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

What Reviewers are saying:

“A tangled web in the battle of good versus evil, fated responsibility and feelings from the heart as one girl must rise to the occasion and go beyond the call of duty.”

 “Exciting and magnetic, drawing the reader into the action and emotions of the characters.”

“The interesting characters and fast-paced action had me captivated to the end.”

“You will love the characters, you will love the story, you will scream and cry and try to slam on the brakes as you ride the roller coaster of this plot.”

Synopsis:

Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family’s farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as “The Keeper.” Autumn’s discovery of the necklace activates “The Window” and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn is pulled from everything she knows and tossed into a life of unknowns. Enigmatic enemies called Dehmons hunt her at every turn and if captured the very world she lives in will fall into destruction. With the help of seven Searchers Autumn must learn to use the power she has been given before it is too late.

Will she choose to follow the dangerous destiny thrust upon her?

Will she be able to withstand the temptation of a relationship that could jeapordize everything?

Most importantly, will Autumn be able to find the strength within herself to fight the dead-eyed evil Dehmon souls?

About Miranda Brock:

From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn’t live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.)

Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered.

Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance.

See those links below? You should click on them for more info on the book and on Miranda:

Amazon: bit.ly/SoulsDiscovered

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1416251748438878/

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheKeepersWaySeries/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14708215.Miranda_Brock

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Miranda_Brock1

 

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And there you have it! That was all you need to know to buy this book for a reduced price. 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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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talk about the third and final book in Tahereh Mafi’s fabulous Shatter Me trilogy. I freaking loved this book so much. It gave me all the feels, there was so much character development, and it was just fantastic. I highly recommend this entire series because I love it so much. This is a dystopian series, but it doesn’t really feel like dystopian. It feels like a mixture of dystopian and fantasy, and its just great. But since this is the third book, this review will spoil you for the first two books in the series, but will not spoil you for the third. So if you haven’t read the first two books, then I suggest you leave, read them and then come back and we can discuss them together! So goodbye for now!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout Shatter Me and Unravel Me, don’t read any part of this review.***

Now let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.”

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book broke me and put me back together and just made me feel so many things…I absolutely loved this book. I think it was a fantastic finale to the series. Like I am super critical about finales because most finales are too rushed and aren’t very great. I’ll be honest. I would say I do not like the majority of the finales of series that I have read, especially for Dystopian series. Like the endings to those series are always so bad, and this finale to a Dystopian series was just absolutely fabulous.

I’m still kind of numb from reading this just because its’s kind of late, and I just marathoned the last 200+ pages of that book in one sitting with no breaks. My brain is a little bit foggy, but this book just hit me right in the feels on multiple occasions. I teared up several times, for happy times and then also very frustrating, angry and sad times. This definitely hit me in all of my feels, and I just really loved the emotional aspect to this book and this series.

But we really need to talk about Juliette. The amount of character development this girl has gone through over the course of this series is kind of crazy. In the first book, she was kind of still not okay. She wasn’t in the right mind. She was suicidal, terrified, paranoid, and very weak. She trusted no one but Adam, and that kind of hurt her. Adam made her weaker. He liked her being weak because he wanted to be the hero and the protector, but we will get into that in a minute.

And then in the second book, she is finally starting to use her powers a little bit more, and she is working on her trust issues. She learns to trust a lot of great people who want to make a difference in the world. And then in this book, she was very strong, and she was not backing down. She was learning that you definitely cannot assume things about people when you don’t know them because those assumptions tend to be very misguided and often quite hurtful. She learns who she really is, what she can do, and she learns to become emotionally vulnerable, and that it is okay to be vulnerable at times. This strong, passionate woman in this book is so different from the girl we came to know in the first book, and it was just a powerful and very beautiful transformation.

Now we have to talk about Warner. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but I have been a die-hard shipper of Warner and Juliette (I really don’t know what the ship name is, but I love these two regardless). Now you wouldn’t really know who Warner truly is if you didn’t read the Destroy Me novella that occurs between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. But you get to see who Warner truly is versus how everyone perceives him. He is the epitome of someone who could actually kill you, but is in fact a cinnamon roll. I freaking love him, and I will ship these two until the day I die.

But Warner is actually a really good guy when you actually know him. We come to know the lengths to which he will go to help Juliette and some other people I can’t name because spoilers. But just know that there is a reason to everything he does, and he truly does care very deeply for Juliette and, unlike Adam, he doesn’t want to protect Juliette and to hide who and what she truly is. He wants her to embrace every part of herself and be able to protect herself. He wants her to embrace her strengths and annihilate her weaknesses. He just wants to see her be the best and strongest version of herself that she can possibly be, and I just love that. Also, the man is freaking hot. Just saying…

Now let’s talk about Adam. I am going to be completely honest here. I spend the majority of this book wanting Adam dead. Like the turn that his character went through in this novel was crazy dark and pretty violent. I did not like his character at all. He would not listen to a thing Juliette said. He analyzed things before knowing the facts, and he just became crazy violent, had severe rage issues, and just couldn’t understand why Juliette would trust Warner. But that’s kind of his fault because he wouldn’t let her explain anything at all. I just hated him, and he didn’t even become tolerable until the last forty or fifty pages of the novel. And I suspected just because of his absolute hatred of Warner that he was in cahoots with someone in this novel, but turns out he wasn’t. But I will never trust his character ever again after this novel.

I just want to briefly touch on Kenji. Can we just appreciate his character for a minute? Can we? I freaking love his character. I love his friendship with Juliette, and I just love him as a person in general. He’s funny, he’s warm, and he is just a really great friend to Juliette. Now I’m not saying he doesn’t do a stupid thing here and there, but he is just a really great guy, and I kind of want a Kenji in my life because he is just such a great person and a great friend. I just love him.

Obviously I am going to touch on Warner and Juliette a bit. I will say I spend the majority of this book just saying, “Just make out already!” because I was kind of getting frustrated with Juliette and Warner not saying what they are feeling (that’s more on Juliette, though), and just being together. But when they did get together, it made me all kinds of happy, and I literally have not been able to stop smiling because I love them so much, and I am just so glad they ended up together because they both deserve each other. I just love them.

Overall, I think the plot was very interesting, there was a crazy amount of character development, and I just really, thoroughly enjoyed the last installment to this trilogy. And I absolutely loved Tahereh’s writing, as always. Just the way she says things in this novel just hit me right in the heart, and I just love her writing style. But I am so happy I finally decided to read this, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Tahereh Mafi.

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And there you have it! That was my review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. What is your current favorite dystopian series? 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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COVER REVEAL for FROM THE FALLS by Heather Renee

Hey, guys! I am so excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for the second book in the Falls trilogy that is titled From the Falls! This is the second book in a YA fantasy series that I am super excited to read because it sounds really interesting to me and you all know that my favorite genre is fantasy. But this cover is absolutely gorgeous. Its one of the most beautiful covers I have seen like ever, and that just makes me want to buy a physical copy of this when it releases on August 4 of this year. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the Cover Reveal of this gorgeous book!

From the Falls

 

Title: From The Falls

Series: The Falls Trilogy, Book Two

Author: Heather Renee

Release Date: August 4th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Amazon US Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2rivByA

Amazon UK Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2sPAtgs

Amazon AUS Preorder Link: http://amzn.to/2rNXoue

Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/2r4osme

Synopsis:

Arvata is thriving and Kali is finally getting a handle on being an Elder. She’s been learning her Arelia abilities, while enjoying being a newlywed. The only thing missing from Arvata is their town healer, who left a year ago and didn’t tell anyone why.

Lorelle finally returns and explains to the Elders what the Fates had assigned to her, but she now needs their help with the mission. Half-Guardians, that shouldn’t even exist in their world, are out there and need to be protected, but time is running out.

Dark magic lurks within these hybrids and nobody knows how they came to be. They possess powers unlike full Guardians and it’s up to Kali and her friends to figure out how to protect the half-Guardians and prevent more from being created.

Trust will need to be earned, unseen powers will emerge and loved one’s lives are threatened. Will the risk be worth it in the end?

About Heather Renee:

Heather Renee lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in Oregon. She writes YA Fantasy that has a mixture of suspense, humor and a little romance.

When Heather’s not writing, she is spending time with her beautiful daughter and amazing husband. Two cats and a dog who loves the snow, complete their household. On weekends, if she doesn’t have a book in her face, you can find Heather going on different adventures with her family. Her favorite being hiking Multnomah Falls.

She loves to hear from her fans, so visit her webpage and the Contact Me link for ways to connect. http://www.HeatherReneeAuthor.com

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And there you have it! That was the cover reveal for the second book in the Falls trilogy, From the Falls by Heather Renee. What is your opinion on the cover? 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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