The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to discuss the second part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers. This is a high fantasy series centered around this ring, and it honestly is a little bit too complicated to sum up. Since this is the second part of the trilogy, I cannot guarantee that all or part of this review will not spoil you for the first book, so if you don’t want to be spoiled and have not read the first book, I encourage you to leave, come back and then we discuss this book together! But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“The Company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was definitely a rollercoaster ride. From start to finish, it was action and danger and suspense. There was never a dull moment in this novel, and it was just really great. It really made me have more of an appreciation for some of the characters, such as Gandalf. He was just a super sassy character, and I never really noticed it before. He puts people in their place, and he does it so wonderfully. It was just my everything.

I also really loved my girl Arwen because she is badass, and I just really love her character. She wants the opportunity to go into battle and fight, and I absolutely loved that about her character. I really loved the relationship between Sam and Frodo, as always. Sam is just a precious little cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at all costs…

But a character that I really despised was, of course, Smeagol. He was annoyingly throughout the entirety of this novel because he was guiding Frodo and Sam on their journey. I never trusted him, and I never will trust him. All he cares about is that stupid ring. If he is telling you to do something, you likely should do the opposite because he doesn’t give a damn about anything other than that stupid ring. And I just hated every second of being in his presence.

The audiobook was absolutely fantastic, as always. It has a full cast with sound effects and music, and it literally sounds like I am listening to a movie, which I really loved. These audiobooks are my favorite audiobooks I have ever listened to, actually, and I highly recommend you get the BBC production audiobook of it because that specific version is what I listened to. Its nowhere near as long as the other ones because it cuts out the (s)he said/did and you just hear it. That really cut down on the time, so this audiobook was actually only about 4.5 hours long, and I just listened to this all the way through. It was just amazing.

I really enjoyed this second installment of the trilogy, and I am so excited to finally dive into the final part of this trilogy. I know it is going to be super epic and action-packed, and it is just going to be great!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien. What are you currently reading? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review 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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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited, but also apprehensive about giving this review because I know that so many people are in love with this poetry collection. And I just wanted to say that my critiques are not on the life experiences that Rupi Kaur has gone through. It is simply about the structure and emotional value of the some of the poetry. I am also not trying to offend anyone. I am just sharing my feels. But with that out of the way, let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

My Thoughts:

I was originally going to give this 3.5 stars because I did not like her writing style and I thought the poetry wasn’t good, but I decided to increase my rating after reading the last section of the collection. I ended up really enjoying it, surprisingly. I wasn’t expecting to love this because it has received mixed reviews and poetry is either hit or miss with me, but I thought the first and last section of the book both were really good. However, I was not a fan of the middle two sections.

I really liked the first section because of how much I could really feel Rupi’s pain through her writing. It was deeply personal, and I really loved the writing. It was so hard to read, so I would give it a trigger warning for sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse, but it did really make me feel things, which is kind of the whole reason for poetry.

I did not like the second and third sections. I just thought it was a step down from the first section of the poetry. I didn’t like the writing or the poems and I really just couldn’t relate to any of them, which was disappointing. It didn’t really share the emotional grip that the first section had, and it just was not my cup of tea.

I did really enjoy the last section as I definitely could relate to it because it was about femininity and staying strong through whatever you are going through, and I just really loved it. It definitely was a good way to end the collection, and ultimately what led me to enjoy this collection a lot more than I originally would have.

Overall, I liked some of the writing and found parts of this collection super relatable and had a powerful emotional grip that forced me to keep reading until the very end.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. What is your favorite poetry collection? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review 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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Happyland by Tes Mekonnen | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a different sort of book than I usually review, and that is Happyland by Tes Mekonnen. This book was sent to me unsolicited by the author, so thank you for sending this my way because I really enjoyed it! I will say that if you have any interest at all, do not read the synopsis. It like spoils the entire book. But I am super excited to discuss this book, so let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, an English gentleman with a book-for-a-head. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last for fourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?”

My Thoughts:

This book was definitely different from other books I have read. I do believe some of the language in the beginning of the book threw me off and confused me, but after I got used to it, the story flowed right along with the unique writing style. I think it really fit the story because it is a very quirky story. I think that the story was super cute, and I really enjoyed it. But I had a couple of issues with it.

I am confused as to who the intended audience is. I don’t think adults would enjoy this book as much as children would, and I don’t think teenagers would either. I feel like its a story that fits the audience of children, but there are cuss words in this book that children do not need to be reading. The cuss words just felt super out of place and ended up pulling me out of the story when one of the characters cussed. Definitely wasn’t a fan of that aspect…

While I did say I really liked the quirky and different writing style, there were times where I thought it should have been dialed back just a little bit. It got to a point where I was trying to comprehend what was happening in one paragraph and I just could not understand it with the language that was used. But that is totally something that can be easily fixed.

I think my favorite thing about this book was definitely the illustrations. They really helped me to picture these characters as I was having trouble with the brief descriptions we are given in the story. I thought the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous, and its worth it to just read this for that alone. I think its some of my absolute favorite artwork I have seen ever, and I am so glad it was included in the novel.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I loved all of the quirky characters and the different writing style as well as the unique setting. I thought it was a super cute story, and I really enjoyed it.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Happyland by Tes Mekonnen. What is your favorite fairytale? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted by Joss Whedon | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the first volume in the Astonishing X-Men series as I am a huge fan of X-Men in general. I wasn’t sure if I would like this, honestly. Nothing could really live up to the amazingness of the movies, but this was still pretty good! I really enjoyed it, surprisingly. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

” Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of “astonishing” the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started?”

My Thoughts:

I actually was surprised by this one. I really enjoyed it. I think the plot is going in an interesting direction, and it’s interesting to see the direction the characters are going in this story. Originally, I only read the first comic in this series, and I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I really loved the entirety of this first volume. I really loved seeing the dynamics between all of the characters, and I became very invested very fast.

I do have one complaint, though. And I hate to say this. But I honestly find Logan (Wolverine) to be super freaking annoying. I really was not a huge fan of his character and his stupid obsession with Jean Grey. It was just annoying to see him arguing with Scott over Jean when the girl is dead. Like, come the fuck on. I just really didn’t like the scenes with him in them, which was super disappointing because he was my favorite character in the movies. This definitely makes it apparent they made him way more decent in the movies…

I do think I am missing parts of the backstory, but I really didn’t care because I fell in love with these characters anyway. I really loved Kitty Pryde and I actually did not know very much about her, but I am super in love with her character now. She ended up being the sensible one of the X-Men because the majority of the other ones had questionable morals, and I honestly thought they should listen to her more than they did.

But my God, I still hate freaking Emma Frost. Like I still think she’s a bitch. I can’t believe who she is sleeping with. I don’t understand why the fuck that person is sleeping with her. Like it makes me so heated because I just hate her character. And I know she is supposedly on the good side right now, but I don’t buy it, at all. I think she is a double agent who is still working for the bad guys, and until proven otherwise (with a ton of substantial proof), I will not change my mind about this. I still think she’s an evil bitch.

I also really loved the art style. It definitely fits the theme of X-Men. I liked the simplicity of it, and I honestly thought the portrayal of The Beast was actually really funny because he looks so adorable in the comics, but he is supposed to be like scary-looking, and I just thought it was super ironic. It had really accurate portrayals of the characters, which I really appreciated.

But overall, I really enjoyed the storyline, the characters, the world, and the art style as well as the writing. I am super excited to read the next volume, and I definitely recommend you check this out!

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the first volume in the Astonishing X-Men series by Joss Whedon. Who is your favorite X-Men character? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review 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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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters & Grace Ellis | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to discuss another graphic novel, one I really loved, which is a rare commodity for me, and that is the first novel to the Lumberjanes series! I went into it with no expectations. I just knew it was something super quick I could get through before the end of the year, and I am so glad I decided to pick this one up because it was absolutely fabulous. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. ”

My Thoughts:

I did not want this to finish! I just kept reading it, and it was giving me such joy because the characters are precious, and I swear two of them have to be gay, and they were women and just…I was so into this story. I was just having a good time, and then it was over, and I was like, “What? There has to be more!” And then I got all sad when there wasn’t anymore…But I really enjoyed this.

I loved the art style. I thought it was super cute and really fit the tone and style of the story. I thought it went well with the text and what was going on, and I just really loved it. I loved the colors that were used and just how this book was designed as well! I just thought it was really adorable and beautiful, and I really enjoyed it.

I also just really loved the characters. They were literally my heart and soul. All of them were super likable, even Jen. I didn’t find her annoying, even when she didn’t believe the others about what had been going on, and I really loved that. I don’t think there was a single character that I disliked, and I just really loved all of them and all of the relationships we got to see throughout this story. It was really beautiful just to be reading a story about a friendship between all of these girls!

I also really loved the premise. I don’t normally read books that have a camp setting, and it was even better because it was a camp for girls and the backbone of it was about these girls who could survive and do all of these outdoors things without a man’s help. This book really appreciated women, and I really loved that!

Overall, I really loved the writing, the story, the characters, the world, and the gorgeous artwork. I have to get my hands on the next volume because it will probably be just as good as this volume, and I am looking forward to exploring more of these characters!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the first volume of Lumberjanes. What is your favorite graphic novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review 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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Worst Books of 2017

Hey, guys! I am very nervous to talk about the books I really did not like that I read this year as this is quite a controversial post. This honestly was kind of difficult to piece together as I did enjoy most of the books I read this year. There are, however, some books I was not the biggest fan of. Now as a disclaimer, I just wanted to say that I am in no way trying to offend anyone. Just because I don’t like these books does not mean you can’t like these books, and I am not personally trying to attack you. But with that out of the way, let’s go ahead and jump right into my least favorite reads of 2017!

8: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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I know I am going to get a lot of hate for this one, but it just was not my thing. I know that this is a very beloved book for so many people, but I just was not my cup of tea. I liked certain poems in here, and I definitely have a ton of respect for Rupi Kaur for putting these poems out there when they are so deeply personal to her. I commend her for being that brave. However, I just do not vibe with her writing style. I just did not like it, and I feel like if there really was some semblance of a flow between all of the sections, I might have liked it a little bit more, but it just was a little bit out of sync in my opinion.

7: Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman

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I am actually really sad that this made it onto my list because this was a reread for me, and unfortunately, I ended up having a lot of problems with it. Previously, this had been one of my all-time favorite paranormal romance novels, and it just is not now. I honestly wish I hadn’t reread it now. But I noticed a lot of sexist crap that was in here that I personally did not agree with, and it made me super uncomfortable while reading it. And it didn’t really get challenged, which was problematic, in my opinion. I think that the love interest was way too possessive and treated her like an object several times. He was way too controlling for my tastes, so I ended up just not enjoying this story. I just had a lot of issues with it…

6: Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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This is the first graphic novel in the Ms. Marvel series, and I really wanted to like it. It sounded so diverse, which is the number one way to get me to pick up a book, because the main character is a Pakistani American Muslim girl, and she kicks butt. That sounded really interesting to me, but unfortunately, this one ended up falling flat for me. I didn’t really love the characters or the storyline or the artwork, though I did really enjoy the family aspect to it, which was a plus, not to mention the Muslim culture aspect. Unfortunately, the things I liked did not make up for what I didn’t.

5: Deadpool Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way

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This is the first volume in a series centered around Deadpool, and I really wanted to like it. I truly did, but it just was not for me. I saw the Deadpool movie, so I knew I really wanted to read some of the comics, so I picked this one up, and I just did not like it. I really did not find the jokes funny, I really didn’t like the writing or the artwork or the storyline. This was just a really big disappointment for me.

4: Under His Protection by Alyse Zaftig

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This is a contemporary novella, and though it is probably categorized under the genre of romance, I personally cannot label this book romance as that would be insulting to the entire genre. I really hated this book. Like it is one of my least favorite books ever. I had a lot of issues with it, one being the horrendous writing. Alyse Zaftig is a pen name for a bunch of authors writing under one name, and you can really tell because the story did not flow very nicely at all. I am fairly certain that at the title of each chapter, it tells you which author is writing the chapter which is unnecessary and just takes the reader out of the story. Not to mention the fact that it really defeats the purpose of a pen name. But back to the actual story. It has no plot, the characters are completely two-dimensional, and I just really did not like this book.

3: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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This is a book that I am very disappointed in. I had high hopes for this story, but it ended up falling flat for me. What intrigued me about this story was the magic system. It seemed super interesting, but it just was not what I was hoping it would be. The story was too slow, I despised the romance, and I just kept wondering what the point of the whole story actually was. And the ending wasn’t even satisfying enough to make up for the lack of character development and plot. I just ended up getting super disappointed by this one, which is really upsetting. I just really wish this story could have been what I wanted it to be.

2: The Book of Teezus Thus Spoke Yeezus [Through Me] by Tes Mekonnen

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This is quite possibly one of the worst written books I have read. Which makes zero sense because I have read an actual story by Tes Mekonnen, and the writing was pretty decent! This one, however, just didn’t make sense whatsoever. It was trying to be ironic and funny and failing miserably. At times, I thought it was making fun of Christianity while other times I thought it was glorifying it. I just did not get it at all. It had no flow or story to it, and all it did was give me a horrible migraine from forcing myself to finish reading it. It just was awful, and I really wish I did not read it because it wasted about 45 minutes to an hour of my life…

1: Now I Know It’s Not My Fault by Laurie B. Levine

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This is a book that I am so disappointed by that it is kind of hard to put it into words. This is a book centered around a different type of abuse, which we have like no representation of, which I think should change. This book was supposed to fill that gap, and I think the science and knowledge of the abuse is sound and accurate, but the execution was not great. This story is set during the eighties and it follows this fourteen-year-old girl who has this sort of motherly relationship with a female teacher who uses that bond between the two of them to her advantage, to manipulate the girl and abuse her. That part of the book was done really well. Everything else was a train wreck. The writing was the worst part. I am almost 100% certain that this book was not edited by someone who isn’t Laurie B, Levine. That isn’t okay. I kid you not, the exact phrase–no variations–used about ten to fifteen times or more is, “She let out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding.” It was on my last nerve. I just really wanted to love this, and I was so disappointed in it, unfortunately.

And there you have it! Those were my least favorite books of 2017. What book was really disappointing to you? 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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December Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I read in December. December was absolutely insane, from finishing my third semester of University to finals and Christmas and my birthday, and it was just crazy. But I did end up finishing fourteen books in December, which I am super satisfied with. I also ended up increasing my Goodreads Reading Goal for 2017 from 70 books to 80 since I was going to make it to 80 anyway. And I did! I surpassed it, actually, by reading 88 books, which I am super pleased with. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I read in the month of December.

The first book I read was Popular by Maya Van Wagenen.

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This is a memoir that I have been meaning to read for forever, but I ended up picking this up for like seventy-nine cents during this bargain store’s Black Friday sale. I randomly decided to go ahead and read it, and I read it in one sitting. I found this book to be super relatable to me because it does really dive deep into the topic of popularity and what popularity actually means. I saw a lot of myself in Maya, and I really loved seeing her take on popularity, so I really thoroughly enjoyed this. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

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

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This is a book that I have been wanting to read ever since its release, and I am so glad I finally got the chance to read it! This is a super powerful story that was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which I am super supportive of, and it deals with a variety of different topics from racism to police brutality. It really just has a focus on getting your voice heard and the importance of speaking out against oppression, which was super inspiring to me. It follows sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who witnesses her unarmed black best friend get murdered by a white cop, and it is just such a powerful story, and I highly recommend it. This is one of my favorite books of the year and of all time, and I also reviewed it. I obviously gave this 5/5 stars because it was absolutely amazing!

The next book I read was Unlearned by Haley Pierce.

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This is a book that was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this my way, Haley! I actually read this book twice this month. I definitely did not go in with super high expectations. That’s not to say I went in with low ones, but I just was not expecting much. This blew whatever expectations I did have out of the water because I absolutely loved this book. It just went places I wasn’t expecting it to and it explored some serious topics that I wasn’t expecting at all. It had a lot of substance to the story, but this is also a New Adult book with adult content, so if you can’t handle explicit sexual scenes, I think you should steer clear of this one. But if you can handle that kind of thing, I highly recommend you give this book a go because it was absolutely fantastic, and I really enjoyed it. I reviewed it, and I gave it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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This is a standalone dark fantasy novel that is centered around this man who has come back to his childhood hometown and finds himself at this pond at the end of the lane, whom his friend Lettie called the Ocean, and he remembers things from his childhood, though not in quite the same way as he had been recalling for years and years. I freaking loved this book. It was so mysterious and intriguing, and it just went to places I wasn’t expecting it to go. The writing was so addicting and had this aura of mystery that I loved, and it just had such an intricate world and well-developed characters, and I just really loved it, so I did review it, and I gave it 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Book of Teezus: Thus Spoke Yeezus [Through Me] by Tes Mekonnen.

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This was actually more awful than I was anticipating this would be. It’s a book that was sent to me by the author unsolicited who apparently is a mega Kanye West fan. I was hoping it would be kind of funny, but it was not, unfortunately. I think it might have been quotes or short poems or I just don’t know what to call them, but they weren’t good. I would say the poetry was very convoluted, controversial, confusing, problematic, and just not good. I didn’t like it at all, and the bad writing just gave me a migraine after I finally finished reading it as it did make me feel like I was reading for fifty years versus thirty minutes. I ended up giving this 1/5 stars. Do not recommend…

I also read Blue Ivy Carter: A Little, Big Story by Tes Mekonnen.

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I actually liked this one a whole lot more than I did the previous one because it had a semblance of a plot line. This was also sent to me unsolicited by the author, and it just tells this cute little story about Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce and Sean Carter, and I really enjoyed it. It was only like ten pages long, but it was super cute, and I really loved it. The writing definitely improved with this one, and I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Happyland by Tes Mekonnen.

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This is a standalone fairytale that is just a super wacky and unique story. While I had a few issues with it, overall, I thought it was a solid story. I honestly can’t tell you anything about it because it is so hard to describe where it is so wacky and abstract, so just know that if nothing else, it has gorgeous illustrations! The illustrations were my absolute favorite part of the book because they were so freaking gorgeous. I am in love with the art style. Anthony Resto illustrated the book, and now I just want to see more of his artwork. But I ended up giving this 4/5 stars, and my review will be up soon!

The next book I read was Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

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This is a poetry collection that literally everyone has read. Everyone has been hyping this book up and talking about how amazing it is, but there are the select few who decided this was not their cup of tea. I am one of those few. I am not disrespecting the experiences that inspired this poetry. This poetry is extremely personal, and I commend Rupi for being brave enough to share it with the world. However, there were parts of the poetry that I did not feel emotionally connected to, and it was all just things I had heard before. But I did enjoy parts of this, and the parts I did enjoy I really loved. I just don’t think her style of poetry is my cup of tea, and that is fine. It just was not for me. But I gave this 4/5 stars, and my review will be up soon!

The next book I read was Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters.

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This is the first book in a graphic novel series that is centered around this group of friends who go to this all girls camp to teach them survival skills and they end up fighting and kicking butt against a bunch of supernatural creatures. This was a super great story about friendship and just women, and I loved it so freaking much. This was my heart and soul, and I just really enjoyed it. I really loved the art style as well because it was super adorable, and I just really recommend this series because I really enjoyed this first volume. But my review will be up soon, and I gave this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Three Under the Mistletoe by Tia Siren.

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This is probably pretty self-explanatory from the cover and the title. But this is an adult romance novel, so there is adult content and if you aren’t comfortable with that, don’t read this. I just picked it up while it was free because I knew it was getting close to Christmas and I had read Tia Siren’s other works before and really liked them. I also really like this one. As always, there is great writing, an actual plot, three-dimensional characters and some really great romance. I really enjoyed this book, so I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars. I would have given this 5/5 stars, but the ending was just a little bit too abrupt for my taste…

The next book I read was Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted by Joss Whedon.

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This is the first volume in an X-Men series that is centered around Scott Summers and Emma Frost running Xavier’s School and trying to change the public opinion towards mutants. I thought this first volume was very action-packed, very interesting, and it really set up the plot well. I loved the development of the characters along with the dynamics between all of the characters. I just thought it was a solid first installment to what seems like is going to be a fantastic and badass series I am super into! I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Mirror & The Maze by Renee Ahdieh.

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This is a short story that happens right after The Wrath and the Dawn ends, so I can’t tell you anything about it. I just randomly decided to read it because I realized it was in my Kindle library (no idea how it got there). I don’t think this is required reading or anything, but I think it was interesting to see a certain character dealing with the end of The Wrath and the Dawn. I did still enjoy it, even if it was only eleven pages long. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Big Bad Billionaire (Part 1) by Tia Siren

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This is the first part of an adult romance novel, which was published in three parts in total. This story does have some graphic adult content, so if you can’t handle a lot of graphic scenes, I don’t recommend this book, but I did enjoy this. It wasn’t my favorite work by Tia Siren, but I still really enjoyed this. The ending of this first part really pissed me off to no end, and I am so upset. Like, I want to know what happens, but at the same time, I really do not want to know what happens, if that makes any sense at all. Either way, I did enjoy this first part, and I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

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This is a comic I was not expecting to pick up, but it was free on Prime Reading, so I figured I could go ahead and give it a go, and man. This comic blew me away. I absolutely fell in love with it because not only was I learning more about this dark town and story I knew nothing about, I was also learning more about things from Riverdale (the comics) that I didn’t know before, and that is just so exciting and interesting. I loved the art style, and I really loved seeing the crossover of the Archie Comics and Sabrina. Not that they interacted, but characters from Riverdale do appear in this issue, and I really loved seeing that. I just think this story is definitely going to go places, and I am super excited to see that. I obviously gave this 5/5 stars!

And the last book I read in 2017 was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

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This was a super short, but still very good, installment to the Sabrina comic book series, and I really enjoyed this! It definitely was exploring our villain more than anything. It really gave a lot of backstory to her character and was trying to give some context to her motives along with hinting at some of her plans for Sabrina. I think this was really setting up for the rest of the series, but learning about everything to do with Madam Satan really made me super excited for the rest of the series and what it will hold, so I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all of the books I read in December. What is your favorite book that you read this year? 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, I hope you have a happy new year, and I will see you next time!

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Heather Renee’s Now Completed Falls Trilogy On Sale NOW!

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To The Falls

The Falls Trilogy: Book One

By: Heather Renee

Free Dates: 12/28/2017 to 12/31/2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Kaliah “Kali” Atwater is awaiting two things, finishing sophomore year in college and her upcoming twentieth birthday. The day before Kali’s birthday, she finds out that the dream she’s had every night for almost a year of a beautiful land isn’t a fantasy at all. It’s her birthplace.
Every twenty years a new generation of Guardians return to Arvata to bring life back to their world and renew the magic of the Falls. Now it’s Kali’s turn, but dark magic has made its way into her new home preventing the Falls from replenishing.
Kali must accept the role assigned to her by the Fates or let Arvata crumble. Can she and her friends save Arvata in time? Will new love make her stronger? Or will the darkness finally win? Only the Fates know for sure…

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From The Falls

The Falls Trilogy: Book Two

By: Heather Renee

Sale Dates: 12/28/2017 – 12/31/2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Arvata is thriving and Kali is finally getting a handle on being an Elder. The only thing missing from Arvata is their town healer, who left unexpectedly six months ago and didn’t tell anyone why.

Lorelle finally returns to explain what the Fates had assigned her to do, but she now needs the new Elders 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.

Unknown magic lurks within these hybrids and they possess powers, unlike full Guardians. 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?/


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Embracing The Falls

The Falls Trilogy: Book Three

By: Heather Renee

Available: 12/29/2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Rebellious animals have threatened Strix’s realm and Kali is determined to help him reclaim his home. There’s only one problem… she’s eight months pregnant.

As Kali battles Lucas and her family’s disapproval, help comes from unexpected places. When Otherworld allies pledge their assistance, her friends and family reluctantly agree to accompany her to Dásos, Strix’s world, in hopes of resolving the rebels’ complaints peacefully.

Their journey to Dásos makes one thing clear. There is far more behind the sudden change in the creatures inhabiting the land. Nothing is as it seems, and Kali will have to overcome more than she’s prepared for. As darkness encroaches upon the Elders, it will be up to each of them to embrace the light before it’s too late.

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Heather Renee is a new indie author that 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 to Multnomah Falls.

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Favorite Books | 2017 Edition

Hey, guys! I am super excited about my favorite books of 2017. I read so many books this year, so it was really hard to narrow this list down to ten of my favorite books that I read this year. This was such a fantastic reading year for me, as I did read more than I ever have before. I have read eighty-six books this year, which is absolutely insane for me. But I am super excited to talk about these books, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

10: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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This is a short little children’s classic that I thought was just going to be a super cute story, but this one actually packed quite a punch for me. This book actually really hit me with the feels because it actually is a story that contains all of these really deep life lessons that I ended up really enjoying, and they really made me emotional. I think you can learn something from this no matter what age you are. It did make me cry, and I just really grew attached to this story. I loved the illustrations throughout it and the absolutely gorgeous writing, and I just absolutely loved this. It was just super incredible.

9: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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This is a historical fiction novel with a ton of comedy, and I absolutely adored this book. It is the first book in a companion series, and I audiobooked it, which I highly recommend because it was narrated by Christian Coulson who portrayed Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and he does a fabulous job. The humor was so on point in this novel, and it honestly went places I wasn’t expecting. There was so much more adventure and action than I was expecting, and I just absolutely loved it. There is also bisexual representation as our main character is a bisexual male who is in love with his best friend, Percy, and I just really loved seeing that as I am also bisexual. I really enjoyed this novel, and I cannot wait to read its sequel when it comes out next year!

8: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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This is a book that I originally picked up just because it was by Mackenzi Lee, and I knew I wanted to read more from her, and then I was completely sold when I realized it was a Frankenstein retelling. I read Frankenstein right before I read this, which I totally recommend doing because it just made the reading experience even more enjoyable, and I ended up falling in love with this story. It really had a unique take on the classic story of Frankenstein as it incorporates fantasy and steampunk elements into it, which I really loved. It also included the physical book of Frankenstein and the actual person of Mary Shelley into it, and I ended up really loving that aspect. It also had some lesbian representation, which I loved seeing, so I am just so glad I got the chance to read it because it was absolutely fabulous.

7: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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This is the final book in the Passenger duology, and I absolutely freaking loved this book. This book was actually my favorite of the duology, which is actually an unpopular opinion, and that is because most people prefer Passenger due to the amount of romance that is in it. The romance took a backseat for this one, which I actually really liked because I wanted to see what Nicholas and Etta could do when the other was not around, how they behaved, and how they reacted to things. I thought it was important to see them interacting with other characters without the other one there, and this book really delivered on that point. I just really love this series as well because it is super diverse due to some lesbian representation with a couple of the characters along with a biracial relationship, all of which I thought was represented really well. I just think this is such a well-rounded series with lots of action, and this finale did not disappoint.

6: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that I actually ended up really loving, which is kind of another unpopular opinion just because I know so many other people don’t think this is his best work, but it’s actually my favorite book that I have read by him so far. I think the reason I really loved this book so much is how it really examines how you are born just the way you are, and there is no reason why you should try to change yourself to meet other people’s needs and wants because there is nothing wrong with you. Specifically, this is attacking the topic of being born gay. You are born this way. It’s not a choice. It is just who you are, and this was super influential for my personal growth to accept myself being bisexual, so because of that impact on me, this had to be one of my favorite books of this year.

5: Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

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This is a contemporary romance novel with a central focus on depression, which is what originally piqued my interest because I struggle with depression, and I just don’t read enough books with depression as a central theme throughout the story. I especially was really interested in this one as it definitely is super relatable to me since it involves depression without a trigger. Some people have a trigger for depression while I never did. Its just something that I have kind of had for most of my life, and I thought it was really important that it was represented in this novel. The representation was amazing in this novel, but the other element that really sold me on this book being one of my all-time favorites was the humor. It was just so on point. Every two seconds I was bursting out laughing, meaning I was laughing out loud. It was just absolutely hilarious, and the combination of the kind of darker topic with the humor really made me absolutely love this novel.

4: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

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This is another standalone contemporary, but this one has a significantly darker theme than some of the other ones on this list. This is a novel that is based on a real rape case (the Steubenville High School rape case) and if you read this novel and then read the Wikipedia page on it, you can definitely see the similarities. This does have a trigger warning for rape and sexual assault, but it actually does not follow the victim in this one. It follows a girl who did not witness anything but is trying to piece together what happened. I think it is really important that we got to see that perspective because we actually get to see what the other people in the town are actually saying, how they side with the rapists, and how they treat the girl who was raped. They all think she is totally lying and wants our main character to shut up about it. This novel really challenges rape culture and brings up the conversation, which I really think is important. I just think it is such an important story that everyone needs to read.

3: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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This is another contemporary novel that involves feminism and challenges sexism with empowering women and uniting them, and it is just such a kickass and inspirational story. This book just was everything I wanted it to be and more. Our main character Vivian just gets so fed up with all of the sexism in her high school that she creates this feminist zine inspired by the Riot Grrrls Movement of the 90’s. This story was just so inspiring and so empowering. It also really stressed that feminism isn’t just for women. You can be a man and be a feminist, and I think that was such a powerful message that really needed to be expressed, and I just absolutely fell in love with this novel!

2: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that deals with a lot of important topics, such as racism and police brutality. This is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and I think this is such a relevant and important topic in our day and age. I think it just is a story that everyone needs to read because it doesn’t shy away from the topic. Angie Thomas really approaches the topic in a very realistic and authentic way, which I think is super important. I just am so glad I read this because, at its core, this story isn’t about justice for our main character’s best friend. It is about gaining the courage to speak out against oppression in general and police brutality as well. It really is preaching the message of how can we expect change if we do nothing to provoke it? I just thought this was a super important story that everyone should read, and I highly recommend it!

1: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This is literally my all-time favorite book now. I don’t think I have ever loved a book as much as I have loved this book. This is a historical fiction novel set in Nazi Germany told from the perspective of Death, and it is just absolutely amazing. I almost have no words to describe how this book makes me feel. I have never cried harder in my entire life than when I was reading the last one hundred and fifty pages of this novel. This is just such an important novel about the importance and value of family and the power of words. I just fell in love with this story. It touched me so much, and I just have no words to describe this book other than it is just absolutely amazing. I think everyone needs to read this because it is just so fantastic, and I just love it so much.

And there you have it! Those were my favorite books of 2017. What is your favorite read of 2017? 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, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the year, and I will see you next time!

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Reindeer Book Recommendations!

Hey, guys! I am super excited to come at you with a Christmas Book Tag that was created by the lovely Hailey of Hailey In Bookland on Booktube, and I will go ahead and link her original video right here. But I am super excited to do this because it is super recent and I think its a unique little tag that sounds like a lot of fun, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A Book With an Underdog

For this one, I just had to go with Emika Chen from Warcross by Marie Lu.

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Emika Chen is definitely considered to be an underdog because, in this novel, we consistently come to know that people believe her to be at a disadvantage, and she is. She definitely is at a disadvantage compared to the other players because she hasn’t been spending countless hours on Warcross. She has been using outdated equipment, and she just cannot afford to be doing that. But despite all of these odds stacked against her, she doesn’t back down. She does what she set out to do, and I just admire the shit out of that!

Dasher: A Book You Read Very Quickly

I could not go with any other book for this because I just found myself flying through it, and that book is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

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Dancer: An Artistically Inspiring Book

This book should not be a surprise at all since this book is so artistic that it is a little bit crazy, but I just had to go with Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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Prancer: A Lighthearted Book

There are so many book I could name for this one just because I love fluffy contemporaries so much, but one that I don’t think everyone would necessarily think of Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, so I just have to go with this one.

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Oh my gosh. I love this book so freaking much. This is so freaking lighthearted, and I don’t know that a ton of people have read this story. Its the cutest story in existence, and it will just make your life better if you read it. It is every fangirl’s dream as it follows a girl named Delilah who is obsessed with this fairytale book and one day her favorite character literally leaps off of the page and starts talking to her. It’s super cute and fluffy and like my favorite thing ever, and I highly recommend this book because it just makes my heart so happy!

Vixen: A Trickster Character

There are so many characters that could be labeled as tricksters, but the one that immediately came to mind, and I don’t care if you say its a cop out, and that is the Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

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Like are you kidding? You all had to know this one was coming. Would it really be a post on this blog without at least one Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland reference? The Cheshire Cat is the ultimate trickster. He loves to play games and mess with people. It’s literally his favorite thing. He is literally like the OG Trickster. I just couldn’t not go with his character because he is the ultimate trickster.

Comet: A Book That Is Out of This World

I definitely would go with Illuminae for this one, but I have already used Gemina, so another book that is totally out of this world is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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This is a book that I feel like I don’t rave enough about on my blog. It takes place on Mars, so it is definitely out of this world, and the story is just completely out of this world amazing. Its definitely science heavy, but its told in a way that is totally easy to understand and kind of comprehend, but what I truly love about this novel is the humor that was in it. On every single page, I was just laughing hysterically. I just have so much love for this book, and I highly recommend it because it is just absolutely fantastic!

 

 

Cupid: A Couple That You Really Want to Be Together

There are so many ships I could say for this, but the one I desperately wanted and never got is the first one to come to mind, and that is totally Clary and Isabelle of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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This is probably a surprising one because I never talk about this ever, not even in real life. But dammit, this is a ship that I will freaking go down with. I want this to be a thing, and I am sure there is fanfiction that I just haven’t taken the time to look up, but stay with me on this. Do not roll your eyes. Can you just imagine the badassery that would totally erupt from this freaking power couple? They would kick so much ass together and it would be so amazing, and they would be so cute together, and I just need this in my life, okay? So if someone knows of a really good fanfiction of this, definitely leave it down below because this would just be my everything!

Donner: A Book That You Constantly Shout About

I think there are quite a few books that could fit this one, but I definitely shout about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a lot, and I haven’t in a while, so this is kind of perfect.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I just can’t help but shout about it because I love it so much! Our main character Cath is literally me. She loves to write and read and she has social anxiety. She is literally me. Now she does make some questionable decisions throughout this book, but she is super relatable to me personally. She is so socially awkward, and she is just me. There’s no other way to put it. I just love this book so much, and I will always love it because it is absolutely fabulous!

Blitzen: A Powerful Book

I don’t think I could physically talk about any book (though there are a few that would totally fit this) other than The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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This is literally my favorite book of all time. I think that it is a book that everyone should read. It is such a powerful story centered around this polish girl in Nazi Germany during World War II just trying to live her life during the war. It is so powerful, so emotional, and told in such a unique way as it is told from the perspective of Death. I just have so much love for this incredibly powerful story, and I just think this should be one of those books you should be required to read because it is just about the power of words and so many other things, and I just love it so much, and I highly recommend it!

And there you have it! Those were my Reindeer Book Recommendations. What is a couple you want to be together? 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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