OMG. SUMMER IS OVER?! | Allie’s Biggest Book Haul EVER!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to talk to you all about the massive amount of books I have bought/received this month because it’s a lot. Like this is what I get for just not posting a book haul for a while. It is totally, 100% my fault for procrastinating. I am proud of myself because many of these I did not buy myself, but I still have a lot of books to go through. I received around 16 books, which is absolutely insane, even for my standards. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months!

Books I Bought:

The first book I bought was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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This is a book that I have read already, and I am sure most of you have heard of at least once due to the hype surrounding the Netflix series. But if you have not, this is a standalone that follows Clay Jensen, a teen boy who wakes up one day with a box of tapes on his doorstep, thirteen tapes exactly. Each tape is a reason as to why a teen girl named Hannah Baker killed herself. It’s a really great book, though I haven’t read it in years. I have seen the television show, and I absolutely loved that (though, I will acknowledge the television show did have some problems). I just did not own a copy of this, surprisingly, and when it was only like three or four dollars at Half-Price Books, I decided to pick it up. I am hoping to reread this soon, so hopefully, I can do that!

The next thing I bought was the box set of The Hunger Games trilogy, which consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

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This is a dystopian series that I have already read, and if you don’t know what this is about, where the hell have you been? This has literally been everywhere. The movie franchise was absolutely fabulous, and I did really enjoy the books when I read them, though I have never reread the series. I have not reread any of the books at all because I actually did not own a copy of them. That is absolutely crazy, right? But the reason I did not own a copy of any of these books was that I read library copies of this before I started collecting books. I read all of these in like seventh grade before there was even a thought of making them into movies (I pride myself on being a Book Hipster with this series). So I haven’t read these in like seven or eight years. I bought these because I didn’t have them (obviously) and because this $40 box set was marked down to $7.97 at Half-Price and only an idiot would pass up a deal like that. Also, I just like these covers so much more than the US covers. Aren’t they gorgeous?

The next book I bought was The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.

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This is the second book in the Bloodlines series, which is a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series, and I am so excited to finally have a copy of the second book! I read the first book like forever ago, and I have been meaning to pick up the next book, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. But I am just excited to be able to continue on with this series! Bloodlines has forbidden romance, alchemy, vampires, magic, and I just love it so much. I flew through the first book, and I know I will do the same with this one. I just hope I can get to this one soon! And please do not judge this series or the Vampire Academy series by their covers. All of the covers are cheesy and just romance novelesque book covers, but they make up for the horrible covers by being gorgeous on the inside. Highly recommend!

And the final book I bought was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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This is a classic that I am sure everyone has heard of, and I honestly had no intention of ever reading this until I saw it in Half-Price Books. It’s not for lack of trying. I have tried to read the original edition in the 1800’s English, but I just could not do it. But I read the back of this and it sounded really interesting (not going to lie, the cover is why I picked it off the shelf…), plus it is has been adapted into modern English (it says modern English, but it’s more like a mix of 1800’s and modern English). The combination of the easy-to-read modern(ish) language and the intriguing story line is why I have decided that I want to try to read it, the entire tome. This is something I am hoping to do before the end of the year, so wish me luck…

Books I Was Gifted:

The first book I was gifted was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.

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This is a book that my brother got me, and it is one of two Harry Potter books. He went to this bargain variety store in my hometown and turns out that they were giving away free books, and he saw this one and one other book in this series. There was this lady who was looking for the books in this series so before she could see them, he quickly snatched every Harry Potter book he saw and got them for me. This actually means a lot to me because my brother believes as my parents do, that Harry Potter is trash (though, probably not as vehemently as them), and for him to get these for me just means a lot considering how feels about them. But if you can’t already tell, this is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, and it was one of the books in the series that I do not have, so I am excited to have this (AND ITS HARDBACK, GUYS. ITS A HARDBACK WITH THE DUST JACKET AND EVERYTHING. *fangirls*)

The next book I was gifted was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

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This is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, and this is actually my second copy of the book. I now have two copies of Deathly Hallows, both without a dust jacket, because that is just my luck. But this copy is actually in better shape than my other copy, so I am still really happy that I have it. I have been trying to get a hold of the rest of the series because I want to reread the entire series as I have yet to do that, so hopefully, I can a hold of books 2, 3, 4, and 6! Fingers crossed…

The next book I was gifted was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.

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This is a classic that I absolutely love, and I have loved it since I first read it in eighth grade. This is a book that I think everyone should read, and you should go into it blind like I did, so I am not going to tell you anything about the story line. But this is a book that I end up referencing at least once in every book or story that I write, just because I love it so much. There is actually a story behind my brother getting this for me. He actually ordered this book for himself through my Amazon account and somehow our mail carrier screwed it up and did not send it to the correct mailbox. So I contacted Amazon Customer Service about it, and the guy was so nice. He not only called the mailing service to figure out where it was, he also sent my brother a replacement copy at no extra charge. And since the Customer Service guy also talked to the mail carrier about the original copy, we ended up getting two copies of it in the mail. So instead of just sending one back, obviously my brother and I just kept one each since we both just love this book so much. And this is a hardback edition with the original cover, so it just ended up being a fabulous adventure that we had. What started out as a very frustrating and irritating experience turned into a fun-filled adventure with a new book for each of us. That was a good day…

The next book I was gifted was The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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This is yet another book that I was gifted to by my brother (he is literally like the greatest, guys), and I am sure some of you are scratching your heads because you are well aware of how much I don’t like this series. I think I made it about six chapters into this first book before I gave up. And again, it’s not for lack of trying. I have tried several times to get into this series, but I just am not a fan of it at all. But my brother absolutely loves this series, so I think I am going to try to force myself to read this series someday. But that day is not going to be today. I just have no interest in this series whatsoever, but I will try to read it one of these days because my brother loves it so much. You’re lucky I love you, Andy…

The next book I was gifted was The Death Cure by James Dashner.

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This is the third book in The Maze Runner series, and you guessed it. It was gifted to me by my brother. I literally have no excuse not to read this series now since I have two of the books other than the fact that I hate James Dashner’s writing style, and I really think all of the characters in the books are annoying, but those are not legitimate reasons, right? If nothing else, at least the cover looks cool. And I actually love the movies, so even if I never read this series, I still have a love for those movies. So there’s that…

The next book I was gifted was Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

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This is yet another book that my brother gifted to me, and it is the fourth book in the Left Behind series. He had no idea what it was, just figured it looked like something I would enjoy, so he got it for me. I did at one time want to read this series, but I haven’t had that kind of desire since they did a reboot of the original book to movie adaptation. I don’t know. I might want to eventually read this. This series is a Christian fiction series that is centered around the rapture and those that are left behind in Tribulation (as in what happens in Revelation). I really liked the movie, so maybe I will gain a desire to read this series again in the future.

The next book I was gifted was The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the seventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I was, of course, gifted this to by my brother. We have had many conversations about me wanting to own and read this entire series, so when he saw this and one other book in the series at the bargain variety store, he went ahead and got it for me. This series follows the three Baudelaire children (Klaus, Sunny and Violet) who are experiencing the deaths of their parents and have been shipped off to a few “relatives” houses, the first of which was Count Olaf, a horrible man who wants their family fortune and is willing to do anything to get it. I really have been enjoying this series, and the Netflix series was fantastic, so I am just excited to get more into it!

And the final book I was gifted was The End by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the thirteenth and final book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I was gifted this to by my brother. I am so excited to have another book in this series. Hopefully, by having these two books, it will give me the nudge to continue on with the series since I have only read the first four books. This is a children’s series, and it is so unlike anything else I have ever read, which is why I love it so much. This series is so strange and manages to take the same general story line and make it different with each book, which is just so intriguing. Here’s to hoping I will read the rest of the series very soon!

Books I Received:

The first book I was sent is The Crowns of Crowswald by D. E. Night.

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This is the first book in a new fantasy series, I believe, and I was sent this by the author, D. E. Night, so thank you so much for sending this my way! This book follows Ivy Lovely, a girl who has been hidden behind the wall that separates the mundane world from the magical realm. When she crosses the border, her powers awaken and she ends up going to the Halls of Ivy, a magical school that helps students learn to master their magic and the gems of Croswald. When Ivy’s life and magic are threatened by the Dark Queen, Ivy is forced to unearth her own history to save all of Croswald. Not only does that sound like a kickass story, but the cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen. All of this just has me very excited to read this novel, so hopefully, I will get to this soon!

And the last book I received was Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela Elwell Hunt.

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This is a historical fiction novel that was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers, so thank you for sending this my way! This novel follows Chava, a friend of Urbi who soon becomes Queen Cleopatra. When Chava and Urbi have an argument, Chava finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. That is literally all I know about it, and that is all I need to know. This sounds like it is going to be amazing and very interesting, so I am super pumped to read this. I am in love with Egyptian history and historical fiction, so this definitely seems like it is going to be a book that I enjoy, so I hope to get to this in the near future!

And there you have it! That was my August Book Haul. I told you there were a crap ton of books to haul. I received most of these mostly due to my generous brother, so thank you, Andy, for getting me all of these books and thank you to every author and publisher who sent me a book! What is your favorite book that you have read this summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for sticking with me and reading all of this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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July / Summer Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I read this month because I finally kicked this stupid reading slump that I’ve been suffering from since March. Not only that, but if you remember me talking about being around nine (going on ten) books behind schedule on my Goodreads Reading Goal, then you should know that I actually caught up and am on track, all because of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. Not only that, but I am ahead of my reading goal, which is crazy! But we will get into that later. I ended up reading ten books, which is absolutely insane for me. But you know what this means? I am officially completely out of my reading slump! Oh, what a glorious feeling this is. All of these books I am about to mention I actually read in the last week and a half of July, so I actually thought I wasn’t going to be posting a wrap up. Wow, that has changed. But let’s go ahead and get into the books that I read in July!

I am going to be separating the books I read outside of the readathon with the ones I read during the readathon. So I am going to start with the ones I read outside of the readathon.

The first book I read this month was Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan.

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This is the fourth book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, and I really enjoyed this. It gave me a snapshot of what The Last Hours series is going to look like. I did start out not liking this book at all, and that is totally because I was listening to the audiobook, and I hated the narrator. But I ended just reading the rest of it using my physical copy, and I absolutely loved it. While I was disgusted and appalled at the blatant prejudice in the Academy and how they were so mean and cruel to anyone who was different (see: James), I ended up loving a lot of the characters in the book, especially James. He is like a little cinnamon roll, and I just loved him. This novella ended up making me super excited for The Last Hours. I did review this, so feel free to check that out, but I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Ms. Marvel: Meta Morphosis, written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona.

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Okay, I know that this is a comic book. But if Goodreads counts it, then I am counting it. This actually is not a graphic novel. I read the first single issue of the series, and I really enjoyed it. While it was short (comic book, duh), I ended up really liking some of the characters, and I thought it was really refreshing to see a Muslim Pakistani-American as the main character. The end definitely raised some questions, so I think it’s going to be interesting to see the blowback from the end of the comic. But I am really glad I enjoyed it, and I will be posting a review, but since I did not have a whole ton of things to say about this, it definitely will be in a post with a bunch of mini reviews of other comic books I’ve read (I have just been in the comic book mood). But I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan.

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This may or may not seem familiar to some of you because this was actually a reread for me. I have just been in the mood to reread books I have loved (I heard that is one of the best ways to get out of a reading slump), and I am glad I did because I forgot how much I love this story. This is an adult novel for mature readers, and I still stand by my review from last year. If you are interested in my full thoughts, you can check that out, but keep in mind that was before I started improving on how I did my reviews and before I started writing extensive reviews. It is kind of an old one. But back then, I gave it 5/5 stars, and I still stand by that. I just really love this story, no matter how many times I reread it.

And the last book I read outside of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon was Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman.

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This is another reread for me. It’s a good book with an unfortunate title. But the name of the series still cracks me up because it’s a pun. It’s called Shift Happens. But upon rereading it, I actually have changed my opinion about the story. Originally, in my initial review (another old review, but you can still check it out), I thought that this was complete and utter instalove. I actually have changed my mind about that. These two characters have known each other for years and years, they dated previous to this book and had been dating since she graduated high school, they’re mates, and they still both love each other. They have a history together. This is not instalove. I originally gave this 4.5/ stars, and I still stand behind that. I just really enjoyed this much more than I originally did.

Now let’s get into the books I read for the Biannual Bibliothon, but bear with me. This is going to take a while because I read a lot during the readathon (the most I have ever read in a readathon ever). I did end up reading 1,337 pages over the course of the week, which I am super excited about. But let’s jump right in!

The first book I read during the Biannual Bibliothon was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.

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This is a book that satisfied two reading challenges, the first being to read a Banned Book and the second being to read a book that has been adapted into a film and then watch the film. This book, I think, was the reason I got out of my reading slump. It just reminded me why I love to read so much. I actually think I enjoyed this story more the second time around than the first time. I know. All of you are probably thinking that that is kind of impossible, but it’s true. I had so much fun reading this book. It just made me laugh so much, and I just loved revisiting this world and these characters. I, of course, still stand by my rating of 5/5 stars, and I haven’t written a review ever for this book (it was pre-blogging), but I am considering writing a review based on my reread experience. If that is something you would like to read, let me know in the comments down below. But again, I really enjoyed it.

The next book I read during the readathon was A Curve of Claw by R. E. Butler.

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This is another reread for me, and I didn’t choose it for any of the challenges, but I read it during the week, so I am counting it. I have reread this book countless times, but I just wrote and posted a review of it, which was exciting. I have always loved this book, and every time I reread it, I pick up on something new. It is an adult novel with explicit sexual scenes, but I just love it. I love the characters, the magic, and the shifters, and so much more. It’s just one of my favorite books ever. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was A Flash of Fang by R. E. Butler.

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This is the sequel to A Curve of Claw, and I actually enjoyed this one even more than the first one. This is shorter than its predecessor, but there was more action in this one and more of a concrete plot line. My review of this is up, and obviously, this is a reread for me, but I really enjoyed it, as always. I just love the writing, plot line, characters and just everything. This book is so great. I really need to pick up more books by R. E. Butler…But I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Saga #1, which was written by Brian K. Vaughan, and it was illustrated by Fiona Staples.

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This is a comic book and not a graphic novel because I read the first single issue. But I absolutely fell in love with this story. This is the first comic book I have ever read, and it is just a really beautiful story. It’s a story of love, badassery, and how much two parents will sacrifice for their child. I just loved this so much. This is what made me fall in love with the comic book world. While I loved the writing (the humor was so on point!), I absolutely loved the artwork. It was just so stunning. And I probably should mention this is an adult comic book with explicit sexual scenes, and with it being a comic book, you see the sexual scenes. Just wanted to warn you in case you decide to pick this one up. But I did review this, so I recommend you check that out. I gave this 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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This book satisfies the challenges in which you read a book that you have not seen or heard of on the booktube/blogosphere. This book was recommended to me by my best friend, Megan because it is one of her favorite books of all time. I am so happy to say I freaking loved this book. I don’t think there are words to describe what this book means to me, but I am pretty sure that this replaces Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as my favorite book of all time (I know; it’s practically blasphemy!) just because it really touched me, and it really just connected me to the story. I just cannot express the love I have for it. This is a book where I cried more for this book than I have cried in my entire life. And that is the truth. I did write a review where I tried to convey what I thought about this book as concisely as I could, so feel free to check that out. But I just loved this book, and it kind of broke me. But I (as I’m sure you can guess) ended up giving this 5/5 stars. Wow, this book was bloody fantastic…

And the last book I read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor.

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This book satisfied another reading challenge, which was the Throwback Challenge in which I would need to read a book from an author I have never read before. I am so glad I chose this book because I absolutely loved it. I devoured this story. I just really connected with these characters because this book is really focused on depression (as I have depression), not only because of depression being the sole focus of this novel, but also because it features a character that never had a trigger for their depression, which we like never see in Mental Health fiction, and I never had a trigger. But this book is not just about depression, and it is not a depressing book. It is at some points, yes, but this book was absolutely hilarious. I literally was laughing out loud on the first page, and I didn’t hardly stop laughing throughout the novel. At one point, I was crying on one page and laughing on the next. I just really thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I am so glad I decided to read it. My review is up, so feel free to check that out. I gave this 5/5 stars.

And there you have it! That was my wrap up for July and for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. What book of these, if any, is your favorite or that you find intriguing? 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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Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to come at you with a review of a book that has definitely worked its way onto my All Time Favorites list. Definitions of Indefinable Things really sheds a realistic, but entertaining, light on depression. Sprinkled with humor all throughout it, I can positively say that I laughed my ass off reading this. It was hilarious, relatable and absolutely fantastic. I flew through this book, and I definitely recommend it. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was hilarious and the most relatable book I have ever read.

This book, if you didn’t know, focuses heavily on depression, and it actually presents it in a very honest and relatable way. But this book was not just doom and gloom. It is possibly the funniest book I have ever read in my life. And it’s just random funny moments that have literally made me laugh out loud. I lost count of the number of times I LOL’d. Just to give you an example of how funny this book really is, there was a scene where Reggie had to go on a rollercoaster, and she is deathly afraid of heights (another relatable thing; I am deathly afraid of heights as well. Like, its bad. I freak out if I am at the top of bleachers.), so naturally she was trying to stay calm and not freak out. And there is one point where she talks about how she is feeling and doing, and this is what it was:

“The remainder of the ride was a haze of track, sky and terrified screaming. I even swallowed my gum on one of the coaster loops. That was pretty memorable. Memorable because I was choking for the last few seconds of the ride and prayed my mother’s infamous Jesus-take-the-wheel plea before I realized I would, in fact, live.”

It was just a random moment when she was talking about what she was thinking and doing, and I just burst into uncontrollable laughter. And that happens all the time throughout the course of the book. Like, it was absolutely hilarious to me. And it kind of sounded like something I would be doing, to be completely honest.

Moving onto the relatable factor, this book, unlike many other books about depression, presents a character who has no trigger. In pretty much every other book about depression, the character always is triggered by something for depression. And this time, there was a character who had no trigger at all. And that is exactly like me. I have no trigger for my depression. It is just something I have been struggling with for my entire life. In one scene, Reggie and Snake are talking about depression and their experiences with it. At one point, Reggie asks Snake how he knew he was depressed. Snake’s response is singlehandedly the most relatable thing I have ever read. He said:

“How does anyone know they’re depressed? You feel equally alive and dead and have no idea how that’s even possible. And everything around you doesn’t seem so full anymore. And you can’t tell if the world is empty or you are. That’s how I knew. I realized it wasn’t the world that was empty.”

That just was so relatable to me because that perfectly described my experiences with depression. That is exactly how I feel because as you may or may not know, I have been suffering from depression for most of my life. And this was the first time that a book had a character who was not triggered. Is it important that we see characters that do have triggers? Oh, definitely yes. There are definitely people out there who do experience triggers with depression. But it is also very important to have characters who don’t have a trigger because there are definitely some people that have never had a trigger. It is definitely very important to show both sides of depression because everyone experiences depression differently, and that should definitely be portrayed more in literature.

But let’s go ahead and get into the characters because they all went through a tremendous amount of development over the course of the story. Reggie definitely went through a shit ton of character development. At the beginning of the story, Reggie is this super cynical and sarcastic (okay, she still is cynical and sarcastic at the end) girl who did not get close to anyone and chose to feel nothing because, in her mind, that was just easier because feelings got you hurt. By the end of the book, she slowly starts to realize that while she acted like she didn’t care at all for people, she actually has a really big heart and cares so deeply that she is concerned she cares too much. She just goes through a tremendous amount of character development, and it was actually really beautiful to witness. Also, she was absolutely hilarious. Like, I strive for the amount of cynicism she has (I’ve already got the sarcasm down to a science at this point). Her cynicism actually was very relatable, not to mention entertaining, to me. This is literally on the first page of the book, and it just made me realize that I would love this book:

“Nothing made me want to get hit by a bus more than Tuesday night happy pill (see: Zoloft) runs. After a lengthy car ride with my mother, who spent all ten minutes singing a God-awful Christian melody and praying for the state of my wayward soul, I’d have to physically restrain my hands to keep myself from shoving the door open and rolling out onto the highway. Sometimes I prayed, too. That a piano would fall from the sky and crush my miserable, suburban existence. Or that God would set CVS on fire to spare me from having to choose between Mickey Mouse and Flintstones gummy vitamins. Since I was, quite unfortunately, still alive, I took it that God couldn’t hear me over my mother’s off-key rendition of ‘Amazing Grace.'”

Let’s talk about Reggie’s mother because man, do I have problems with Reggie’s mother. Basically, her mother sees Reggie’s depression as a failing, as evidence that she has fallen away from God, and of her blaspheming against God. The woman physically made me want to strangle her for the majority of the book. I physically had to restrain myself from trying to reach through the book and kill her. But, she did go through some development. I will give her that. We get to finally understand her towards the end of the novel. Turns out she quit her job that she loved so much (working at a daycare) because she wanted to take care of Reggie where she was diagnosed with depression.

She also eventually gets off her “holier than thou” high horse and calms down the judgments (man, does that woman know how to judge). She starts to become a decent human being, and I didn’t wish her dead. I’m not saying I grew to like her character. I’m saying that I just don’t want her dead anymore, which is major progress, trust me. This woman is so religious, however, that it puts my mother to shame (this is a really great feat; I never thought anyone could top my mother in terms of being religious). Reggie at one point says that her mother is so religious that it probably makes God embarrassed. Another Reggieism that I found absolutely hilarious.

Snake does not go through the amount that Reggie goes through, but he definitely changes by the end of the book. In the beginning, he is kind of just a slightly immature teenager. By the end of the book, he grows to be kind of a man. He becomes much more mature, which is great considering he is having a kid, but it isn’t just that. He becomes to realize that he cannot rely on other people to make him feel happy. He shouldn’t try to make someone else fix him because the only person who could fix him was himself, and that just really showed a lot of character development.

I also cried during this novel. It definitely didn’t read the level of The Book Thief (I don’t think I could ever reach that level of sobbing again), but I was crying a good amount. I am not telling you why, but so many sad and depressing (pun intended) things were happening in the story at that point that I just could not handle it. And then about two pages later I started laughing because that’s the way this story goes. It was literally about Reggie saying that catfish were the ugliest things ever to be made and that God made the “ugliest possible creature his mind could ever have the displeasure of imagining.” This book just makes me laugh and cry almost at the same time throughout the novel, and that is just an amazing feat for me. I am so not the crying type when it comes to reading…

This was definitely a character-driven story, and I just loved it so much. It was hilarious, it was relatable, it talked about depression in a very realistic light, and it is definitely my favorite book I’ve read thus far about depression. I loved the writing style (it was very different than any other book I’ve ever read, and it just made the book even more entertaining, in my opinion), I loved the plot, I freaking loved most of the characters, and I think this was an excellent debut novel for Whitney Taylor. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future!

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And there you have it! That was my review of Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. What is your favorite book featuring a character that suffers from a mental illness? Sounds off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to come at you all with a review of this book, The Book Thief! It has taken me forever to finally finish the entire thing, but I have finished it, and I absolutely loved it. This is easily right at the top of my all time favorites list, and I almost want to say it is my favorite book of all time. But this book is set in World War II, its narrated by Death, and it is beautiful. Highly recommend this story because it was absolutely bloody fantastic. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.”

My Thoughts:

Jesus, Budah and Allah, I am a sobbing mess right now.

It’s kind of hard to express how much I love this book. I totally get why so many people have been obsessed with this because I almost want to say that this is my new all time favorite book. Like, ever. I just was so in tune with all of these characters. I cared about them, loved them, and by God, I can positively tell you this book has made me cry more than I have in my entire life for a book. I have never cried this much for a book. And the fact that I did cry is pretty miraculous because I am not a book crier. I don’t usually cry. And I nearly went through an entire box of tissues that my brother conveniently had. But I don’t think anything I can say would do this book justice, but I will try my best.

Let’s just talk about Mama and Papa (Rosa and Hans) for a bit. From the beginning, I absolutely loved Hans Hubermann. He is such a caring and selfless man. He loved Liesel so much. He wanted to help the Jews. He knew that what Hitler was doing was absolutely wrong. He kept a Jew in his basement, for crying out loud. He was easily one of my favorite characters from this story (I have a lot of favorites). Rosa Hubermann was not someone I liked right off the bat like her husband. She is more of an acquired taste for me. It took me a bit to really understand her character and just to love and connect with her. But while she is definitely rough around the edges, ultimately she does truly have a big heart and she loved many people very deeply. I really grew to love and respect her character.

Now, let’s get to talking about Rudy. I loved his character. I loved how much he really loved Liesel. He cared about her so much, and they were so close. I think under the right circumstances they might have moved past the friendship barrier and started dating. But I was not focused on any semblance of romance. He just was always there for Liesel and she for him. They were best friends, and they would have died for each other. That kind of friendship just made a lasting impression on me. I think it was a very powerful and wonderfully portrayed friendship, and it was one of my favorite things about the book.

Oh, Liesel. You have lost so many people. And yet, she still gets up in the morning. She doesn’t let her past cripple her. She is so strong. She truly cares about the people in her life. She loves them so deeply, from Max to Rudy to Mama to Papa to her neighbors around her. And that isn’t even close to how she feels about books. She loves to read so much and she spreads that love to the people around her. She allows reading to help distract her and everyone else from the air raids. She reads to them and they don’t think about the dangers of the air raids as much. She really teaches us the power of words and how words can make or break a person or situation. Words are a very powerful thing. Not to mention the fact that she is the book thief, the girl who steals books every chance she gets and stealing from one particular person actually ends up giving her a friendship later on. I just think Liesel is the strongest person ever, after all she has been through, and I just really love, respect, and admire her character.

Now, the plot. I guess you could say the main plot is just everything that goes on in Liesel’s life. We see the kind of things Death must do, how he truly does care for the souls he collects. Even the ones he doesn’t, like Liesel Meminger. It was super interesting for this story to be told in the perspective of Death. I think we really got to see the entire scope of the story by being in the POV of Death, and it ultimately really added to my interest and enjoyment of this book. We get to see Liesel grow up and face so many things in her life. We see how the war affects her family and the people around her, and it just really put the war in a new perspective for me. We don’t normally see the German side of this war. Usually, we see a character who is a Jew going through this war, but I loved seeing the opposite side of it. It really added even more to my understanding of this terrible war.

Also, this book just hit me right in the feels. I just was so happy in some parts, scared in others, and so sad for the last half of the book. Speaking in particular of the last one hundred pages or so, I did not stop crying. I was a sobbing mess throughout that entire section of the book, and it was nonstop sobbing. I just was so upset and so not okay with what was happening at the end of that book. It was really convenient that my brother had a box of tissues right by his bed because I ended up going through almost that entire box. I just was so connected to all of these characters that with what happened, I could not deal with it. The injustice of it all, though it is very accurate to the kind of thing that was bound to happen because it was the war. It just still upsets me. There are tear stains on multiple parts of that book just because of how I was feeling, how upset I was, and how I just wanted more chances for the characters at the end.

I need to talk about the audiobook version of this book. I did audiobook it for the majority of the novel but ended up reading the last one hundred and fifty pages using my physical copy. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I thought he was so unbelievably good. And that is high praise coming from me because I am very picky about the audiobooks I like, especially if there is only one narrator rather than an entire cast of characters. He just was really fantastic. Also, while I thought it a bit odd, I ended up really liking the format of this book. It was pretty different compared to a lot of other books I’ve read and while it made me question my decision to read the book in the beginning (that’s why I mostly audiobooked it), it ended up growing on me, and I think it really fit with the story. I really enjoyed it.

And my God, the writing. I loved the writing of this novel. Markus Zusak is so talented with words and with stories, and I just really loved the writing of this novel. It was not distracting at all, and it really helped me to keep going with the story. I think he is just a phenomenal writer.

Overall, I absolutely loved this novel. I loved the characters, plot, setting, writing and so many other things that I can scarcely describe. I loved the historical fiction aspect of the novel as I really felt like I was in Nazi Germany. The overall tone of the story was very accurate to the story and the content of the story, so I just ended up really enjoying it. I am really excited to read more books by Markus Zusak because he is just such a talented writer and this book really reflected that.

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. What is your favorite historical fiction novel? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. What is your favorite installment to the Shadowhunter Chronicles (this includes TMI, TID, and TDA)? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Summer Biannual Bibliothon Tag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6.) What are your plans for the summer?

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

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

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

8.) What is your favorite summer movie?

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

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

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

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

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

And there you have it! That was the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag. What is your favorite summer read? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you tomorrow with my next post!

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TBR | SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

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

1.) Read the Group Book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.) Read a Book With LGBTQIA+ Rep.

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

And there you have it! Those are all of the books I am hoping to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I actually am participating in this readathon solely for the purpose of getting back into reading. I really need to kick this reading slump. Do you plan on participating in this readathon? If not, what is your favorite book with LGBTQIA+ representation? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

June Wrap Up!

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

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

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

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

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Yeah, that’s right. I finally finished it, and I am really sad to say the blood, sweat and tears that I went through to force myself to finish the book were not worth it. I ended up being really disappointed by this book, and you could arguably say this only made my reading slump so much worse. But this is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that follows this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. While that may sound very intriguing, I did not like this book, like at all. I had problems with the writing, the story line (or the lack of a concrete one), the so-called romance in the novel, and the magic system. I just was really disappointed by this one because I thought I was going to like it, and I did not. If you are interested in my full thoughts on this novel, I did review it, but I ended up giving it 3/5 stars.

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

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

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

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Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner | BLOG TOUR

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

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

Synopsis:

The Olympian gods cause nothing but chaos…

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

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

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

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About Raye Wagner:

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

Connect with Raye:

And there you have it! That was my post for the Fates and Furies Blog Tour! What is your favorite book/series involving Greek mythology? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
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June Book Haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And there you have it! That was my June Book Haul. What is your favorite psychological thriller that you have read? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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