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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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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The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a book I had been meaning to read for forever, and that is The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed this even more than I originally thought I would. I thought the story was super original, I loved the writing and the world, and it was just really fabulous. But I am really excited to get into my thoughts, so let’s go ahead and jump right in!

Synopsis:

“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was definitely not what I was expecting. I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly, but this definitely was not it. It was weird for me because I originally thought this was magical realism for a hot minute until I came to realize it was actually dark fantasy, which I am totally okay with. Fantasy is my favorite genre, but it was just surprising to me is all. I was hoping to like this because it is one of my girlfriend’s favorite books, and I am so glad I did enjoy this.

This story in one word is definitely unexpected. I was not expecting the story to go in the direction that it did. I honestly went into this blind, which I am super happy about, and it just went to really dark places, which I was not expecting, but I really loved. I just really became immersed in this story, in the world and the characters and the mystery of it all. I just really loved seeing the limits that Neil Gaiman was willing to push, how far he was willing to go in terms of the impossibility of this plausible and dark fantasy tale about what really happened when this man was a young boy.

The characters also just seemed super real and tangible while also having this aura of mystery and intrigue and just impossibility. They had this magical and whimsical feel to them, which I thought was super interesting. I loved the mystery of only knowing the names of the Hemstock family while not knowing our main protagonist’s name or his family. It really showcased that the story might be told through the eyes of that boy, but its the story of the Hemstock family that is really the central focus, and I really loved how Neil Gaiman portrayed that.

This story overall was just really intriguing and interesting, and I just really enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the writing and I thought it was super interesting in regards to the characters we meet and the intense, gripping world we are introduced to. I think it was a solid read, and I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.

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And there you have it! That was my review of The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. What is one of your favorite dark fantasy tales? 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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ANNOUNCEMENT: I Made a Booktube Channel!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to announce that I have finally made a Booktube channel! I had been wanting to do this for years, so I finally decided to do it! This announcement post really should have been up a whole lot sooner, but I just have never gotten around to it. So here we are. I have really been having a lot of fun just filming and uploading videos. If you want the link, here it is! But let’s go ahead and talk about everything to do with my new Booktube Channel!

I just want to go ahead and say that just because I have a Booktube channel, does not mean I will not still be posting on here. I love my blog, I love you guys, and it would feel like giving a part of myself up if I were to quit blogging. I love talking about books with you guys, and I know I do not say it often, but you all mean the world to me. The fact that you would take the time out of your day to read my posts just really means a lot to me. But basically, I have noticed that sometimes it is just easier to make a video of a certain book tag, for example, versus a blog post, in my opinion. So that will mostly be what is going up on my channel.

Now I will definitely still be posting all of my book reviews to my blog because I am just much more comfortable posting them on here. I am still trying to be completely comfortable in front of the camera, and I am just not to the point where I think my book reviews would be well done if I were to make a video review. I will be posting my TBRs and Wrap Ups both on my blog and my youtube channel, but most of my book hauls will end up on my channel.

I started this channel in September, and I have really enjoyed making these videos, so I hope you enjoy them as well! But that is going to be it for this announcement post today, so thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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October Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the twelve books that I read in the month of October. I am really happy with the amount that I read this month. I participated in three readathons, which were Readathon By Zoe: Halloween Edition, the Spookathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I conquered all the readathons, and as a result, I ended up reading quite a few books, so let’s go ahead and get into them!

The first book I read in October was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

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This is the first book in a companion series with this first book following Monty while the next one is to be following Monty’s sister Felicity, I believe. But this book is about Monty who is a bisexual aristocrat who enjoys gambling, sex, and boys a little too much for this time period, but he goes on his grand tour of the continent with his sister and his best friend Percy, who he also happens to be in love with. This book was so good! I listened to this via audiobook, which I definitely recommend because it is narrated by Christian Coulson who portrayed Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He just does a really fantastic job of portraying all of the characters in different ways, and it just made me enjoy the book even more. I listened to the audiobook with my best friend Emily, which also just made for a more fun reading experience. I just really thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I did post a review, but I ended up giving it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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This is a Halloween classic that I read during the Readathon By Zoe: Halloween Edition that happened on Saturday, October 14. This was the first time I had ever read this story, and I am so glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it. If you are unaware of what exactly this story is about, we follow Victor Frankenstein who decides he wants to create something living, but he really isn’t prepared for the results of messing with nature. It is just a really good book that makes you think about a lot of things. I’m being very vague, but if you are curious as to what my full thoughts are, feel free to check out my review. I did end up giving this book 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee.

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This is Mackenzi Lee’s debut novel, and after reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I just knew I had to read more from her, so I got my hands on this, and I think I loved this even more than the first book I read by her. This is such a Halloween book, and I also read this during the Readathon By Zoe. This is a Frankenstein retelling with fantasy and steampunk thrown in, and it was literally my everything. This is easily my favorite thing that I read this month, and it was just so amazing. You could clearly see that Lee did her homework with this one, and it was such an action-packed, amazing retelling. I just loved it so freaking much. It was everything I wanted and more. My review is a bit more coherent, but I did give this 5/5 stars because it was absolutely fantabulous!

The next three books I read are a trilogy, and that is The Forbidden Game trilogy by L.J. Smith.

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This trilogy consists of The Hunter, The Chase, and The Kill, and this was a reread for me. I did read this during the Spookathon that lasted from October 16-22. I read this back in high school, and it creeped me out so much that I was wondering if it would still be able to do that all these years later, so I reread it, and it still creeps the hell out of me. This is a series that follows these idiot teenagers as they play this game, and they actually get sucked into the game and have to live through their worst nightmares. Its super creepy, but in the best way possible. Back in high school, these books gave me nightmares. But my whole series review really breaks all of my thoughts down. I gave the first two books 5/5 stars and the final book 4/5 stars. I also did a series review for the trilogy. They were just as fantastic the second time around as the first!

The next five books I read were the last five books in Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and friends.

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This is a series that happens after the events of City of Heavenly Fire but before the events of Lady Midnight. I can’t tell you anything about this series without spoiling the end of City of Heavenly Fire, so all I am going to say is this novella series is absolutely fabulous, and I highly recommend that you read this series. I gave Pale Kings and Princes 5/5 stars, Bitter of Tongue 4.5/5 stars, The Fiery Trial 4.5/5 stars, Born to Endless Night 5/5 stars, and Angels Twice Descending 5/5 stars. My reviews for all of these novellas have been posted, and I am so happy I finally decided to read them.

The last book I read this month was Deadpool Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon, illustrated by Paco Medina.

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This first volume of Deadpool, unfortunately, has resulted in me deciding I am not going to pick up any of the other comics or graphic novels. This just was trying to be funny, but it just kept missing the mark for me. I thought the movie was absolutely hilarious, and I loved it so much. I was just expecting to really love this since I loved the movie, and that just did not happen. I really liked the artwork, but the writing was not the best, and I really was not a big fan of the storyline. I ended up giving this 3.5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books that I read in the month of October. I am really happy with all of the books that I read, and with the readathons that I participated in. But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Spooky Halloween Tag

Hey, guys! I am super excited to do the first book tag I have done in ages, and that is the Spooky Halloween Book Tag. I originally saw this tag on Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile‘s blog, so go and read her post and give her blog some love. She is awesome, and I just really love her blog, not to mention that she is super lovely and sweet! But I really love Halloween, so I am sure this is going to be tons of fun to do. Let’s get into it!

1: Fave horror or Halloween-themed song?

My favorite song to listen to around Halloween has always been Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold. This song just screams Halloween for me!

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2: Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a forbidden forest or abandoned building.

Just one thing? Definitely something supernatural in nature. The first thing to come to mind is a Dementor. *shudders*

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3: Have you ever played with an Ouija board?

I have seen people play with one before, but I have never personally played around with one of those things. People really should not be messing around with that kind of thing…

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4: Favorite horror monster or villain?

How can I go with anything other than the classic vampire?

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5: The creepiest thing that has ever happened to you while you were alone?

I’m just going to refer to my Halloween Story Times video. That has all the creepy shit that has happened to me over the years…

6: If you were dared to spend the night in a “Haunted House,” would you do it?

Hell to the no. I would hear one noise and be like, “Peace. I’m out, bitches.”

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7: Are you superstitious?

Not really. I don’t believe in the whole Friday the 13th BS or black cats or whatever.

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8: Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

If by “figures” you mean seeing my younger brother try to sneak up on me and scare me, but instead I catch his ass every single time, then oh yeah. I see figures on the daily…

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9: Which Urban Legend scares you the most?

Probably Bloody Mary. I don’t believe in that superstition bullcrap, but that Supernatural episode still freaks me out…

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10: Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

I 100% prefer thrillers. I hate gore. There is a reason I don’t watch The Walking Dead. True Blood is about as gory as I get…

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11: Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

Nope, definitely not. I’m a Christian, so I don’t believe in that. But I do love to read about that kind of thing!

12: Have you made a potion of any sort?

Does trying to make myself into a mermaid from H2O: Just Add Water when I was 10 count? (and yes, I seriously did try this…)

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13: Do you get scared easily?

When it comes to Haunted Houses? Yeah. But like movies and such? Not really.

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14: Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

Heck to the no.

15: Do you believe in demons or the Devil?

I believe in both.

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16: You’re home alone in your house and you hear footsteps. What do you do?

Grab my pepper spray, flashlight, and a switchblade, and then I make a circle of salt around myself. What else are you supposed to do?

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17: If you got trapped in one scary movie, which one would you choose?

If I get trapped, I wouldn’t have a choice, would I? But I probably would choose Children of the Corn because that is one of the least scary horror films I can think of…

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18: If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I would be Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series because I basically wear everything she does on a daily basis anyways!

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19: Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

I won’t even go to a graveyard during the day…

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20: In a Zombie Apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?

Probably a blade, like a Machete or something. But I would probably be more likely to find a gun. My family owns so many that it is kind of ridiculous.

21: Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

Halloween Party all the way. Not even going to disclose why, but you can probably guess.

22: You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I probably would be a combination of a skeptic and the smart one. But I definitely would not be the first one to die. Given the amount of horror movies I’ve seen, I definitely could build up some strategies to take down that SOB.

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23: Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

I can usually just go to sleep. I don’t need to balance the negative with the positive.

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24: Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who is yelling at the characters, the one with their eyes covered the whole time or the person who falls asleep?

I am a combo platter. Half the time I’m covering my eyes and the other half I am yelling at the characters.

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25: Are you the one who gets scared or the one who does the scaring?

Oh, I definitely do the scaring. One time I hid under the bed while my sister was watching the Woman In Black, and during one of the really scary parts, I grabbed her ankle. It was the greatest thing I have ever done, I swear XD

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26: Favorite scary book?

My favorite book to read around Halloween is The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith. It is so creepy and thrilling, and I just love it so much! Highly recommend!

27: How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I was probably seven or eight. I stayed at my grandmother’s and watched Hide and Seek with my grandmother, without my mom’s permission. My mom was so livid when she found out, so the next time I stayed at my grandmother’s, she made sure to show me that movie again, just to spite my mother…My grandmother is great, I know XD

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28: What was your first Halloween costume?

Well, I was not allowed to dress up when I was growing up because my dad believed (and still does) that Halloween is a celebration of the devil and blah, blah, blah. So I have no idea…

29: What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

I dressed up as Isabelle Lightwood this year! It was so much fun.

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30: If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

I am obsessed with wolves, so I would definitely choose to have a wolf. I think they are just such beautiful creatures!

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And there you have it! That was the Spooky Halloween Tag! What/Who did you dress up as for Halloween this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. If you want to participate in this book tag, but have not been tagged, then consider yourself tagged! But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am really excited to discuss the sixth book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, Pale Kings and Princes. I really enjoyed this novella. It just made me so nostalgic for The Mortal Instruments series. I think this series is so great, and it feels like an actual book, not just a novella bind up. But I don’t really want to spoil anything, so let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.”

My Thoughts:

This is one of the shortest novellas in this series, but it is my new favorite. We got to see Isabelle and Helen, and it was my absolute favorite. I hated how these stupid prejudiced Shadowhunters just had to treat Helen, who is and always will be a Shadowhunter, like the devil incarnate. She is not responsible for what the Fae did. Yeah, the Fae in the Dark War were freaking sons of bitches, but she fought alongside the Shadowhunters against the Fae, against Sebastian. She has been and always will be a Shadowhunter, and how did the Shadowhunters repay her? They sent her into exile on this frozen tundra of a land, and they treat her like the devil. It just burned me up inside…

I didn’t know the true story of everything that happened with Helen’s dad and his brother, Arthur, and everything with Lady Nerissa. Now I know why Arthur is so messed up in The Dark Artifices–he literally went through hell. And then the Shadowhunters forced Helen to tell that story and to say that is why Faeries can’t be trusted. The professor and the students treated her like something you scraped off the bottom of the shoe, and it just really made me realize even more why Downworlders hate Shadowhunters. They are arrogant, cruel, and just awful bastards who treat anyone who isn’t a Shadowhunter like they are so beneath them that they would need to dig far into the center of the earth for a fraction of who they are, and it just pisses me off.

Now the other storyline we follow is the one with Isabelle and Simon, and my God. I was living for this entire section. I love them so much. There is a reason they were my favorite ship in TMI. Sizzy is my favorite thing. It’s sexy, but also geeky and awkward, and it is the best thing ever. I was so excited to see them in this novella, and I just could not stop smiling the entire time. While the beginning of the novella may have royally pissed me off, I freaking loved this part of the novella. It made me so happy, and it just made me excited to continue on with the rest of the series!

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And there you have it! That was my review of Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. What is your favorite in the series so far? 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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The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith | SERIES REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to talk about one of my all-time favorite trilogies, The Forbidden Game trilogy by L.J. Smith. This is a very creepy series that I read back in high school. I absolutely loved it then and I still am in love with it now. I had been meaning to reread this for awhile, and I finally did. I am so happy I finally got around to rereading it because I loved it just as much as the first time. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.

But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.

One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…”

My Thoughts on The Hunter:

I forgot how much I freaking love this series. This first book is equally scary and creepy and it is just an interesting world that L. J. Smith has created, and I still love it. I think I forgot this was based on Norse Mythology, and I honestly forgot a lot about what happened in this first book. There is only one part of this book I could never ever forget, and that is the bug scene. It was like my own twisted nightmare brought to life. It scared the crap out of me the first time I read this, and it still scares me to death. I had nightmares for months after finishing this first book back in High School. It is everything I want in a spooky, scary novel. There are family elements, friendship, love, and so much creepiness. I just fell in love with this series all over again.

Something that I picked up on in my reread of this book was the similarities I saw in Julian’s character with Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I don’t think they are the same by any means, but Julian looks a little bit like him (they’re both unbelievably sexy with white hair), they have similar background in who/what they are (literally can’t say because spoilers), and they are both obsessed with a girl who is taken by another guy and who they really can’t have (which is frustrating as hell because I ship Jenny and Julian with a vengeance). My mind just kind of connected the two of them while I was reading, and now I can’t not see the similarities, even if the stories are completely different. I just thought it was interesting, considering this book was published over 20 years ago.

But I loved the storyline, the writing, the love story, and just everything about this. It is still my favorite thing to read around Halloween, and I think it is just great. Highly recommend!

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My Thoughts on The Chase:

Oh, this was so good! This one had the creep factor, but it was different. It was scarier, more suspenseful. When you’re reading this book, you kind of become paranoid. Like, who is going to disappear next? How are they going to disappear? It just kept me on the edge of my seat, and the last fifty pages of this book were like terrifyingly suspenseful. I literally could not stop reading! With this one, while the actual romance is not touched on a lot, I was living for every single scene that had Julian and Jenny together because I am absolutely trash for those two. I freaking love them, and I will ship them until my last dying breath.

This book just gave off a very cool vibe to me, and I was here for it. It was interesting how L.J. Smith took the Game, and just made a new one, but on their turf in the real world, in reality, and not the Shadow World. It really forced us to see the repercussions of looking over their shoulder constantly. We got to see the aftermath of Summer going missing and how everyone thought that Jenny and all the rest of them killed her. We also saw how the Game was affecting their familial relationships. They were having to lie to everyone they cared about, and people were noticing how changed they all were. It just really put a strain on their relationships with everyone around them, and it was really cool to see.

I just really loved the different take on The Forbidden Game, the writing, the development of all of the characters, and I just think this was a solid installment in the trilogy. I loved this, I think, even more than I did the first time around, so I am really excited to finish up my reread of the trilogy with the last book, The Kill!

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My Thoughts on The Kill:

This book was very creepy, I’ll give it that. It was a scary experience, and I am convinced that this book is the reason I find my local amusement park so creepy, but it was just missing a certain element. The romance. One of the reasons I loved the first two books so much was the romance between Jenny and Julian. You could see how much he cared about her. You could see how much Jenny really did care about Julian. But that element was just missing from this book. It was in the first part of the book, so I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but then that element was just suddenly gone, and that was why I was dragging my feet when I was reading this. It was missing my favorite part about this series.

I would say the character element to this story was what was really lacking. You don’t really get much character development because this time the story was plot-driven, and I just missed all of the character moments we got in the first two books. With this last one, it was just plot. And the storyline was really interesting, but it should not have taken precedence over the characters and their development, and I just feel like that is what happened. There was no chemistry between any of the characters in this book. I just didn’t feel emotionally connected to anyone in the story except for Julian, even if I do think he was behaving off in this book.

I had problems with this book, compared to the other two books, but I still really enjoyed it, and I want to continue my reread of L.J. Smiths’s other works! The writing was on point, as always, I still really enjoyed the first half, and I do think it was still a good conclusion to the series!

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And there you have it! That was my review of The Forbidden Game trilogy by L. J. Smith. What is your favorite urban fantasy novel? 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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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to discuss a Gothic Horror Classic, and that Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This was my first time reading it, and I am so glad that I did because I really enjoyed it. If you love spooky Halloween reads, then I definitely think you will like this, so I highly recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever. ”

My Thoughts:

I definitely understand why so many people love this story. I had mixed feelings about the monster that Frankenstein created because, at the beginning, I felt it was unfair for Frankenstein to seem so repulsed and horrified by the monster. He never gave him the chance to be a good person at all. The continual revulsion and mistreatment of other people along with Victor Frankenstein led to him becoming a very resentful, evil being that was hellbent on destroying Frankenstein’s life. If he had been afforded kindness he probably would have been a pretty decent guy, but because of the treatment of every human he had come into contact with, he truly became a monster. If you treat someone like a monster, soon enough that is what they become.

I honestly was not a huge fan of Victor Frankenstein at the beginning. I liked his character a little bit, but my opinion of him just went south after he treated his creation the way he did coupled with the fact that he had this immense hatred for the monster. But I did end up more on his side when everything the monster had done was revealed. I think he was really trying to just keep his family safe from this monster that was hellbent on destroying it based on the treatment he had received from Victor and other humans alike. But Victor did end up winning me back in the end.

I really loved seeing the huge family dynamic in this book as well. There are not a lot of books out there that feature a theme of family, and it was really refreshing to see. Victor’s love for his family is really the core of this story, and it was nice to see his family so prevalent in this story. We really got to know his family, and I just really appreciated that.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story, the characters, and the writing. I just think it was a really fascinating book, and I am so glad that I finally read it!

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And there you have it! That was my review of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. What is your favorite spooky read? 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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