October TBR

 

Hey, guys! I cannot believe it is already October. September flew by like a witch on a broomstick (#sorrynotsorry). But I am really excited for it to be October because that means all the spooky books are coming out, the horror film classics are playing on tv, and it is finally going to be getting cold. I am so sick of this heat. It was literally sixty degrees yesterday and nearing ninety today. Ohio needs to get its shit together…But I am super excited to get into the books I want to read, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

The first book I want to read is a classic that I, surprisingly, have not read. And that is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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This is something that I am convinced that practically every human on the planet has heard of at least once, but I actually don’t know very much about it. All I know about it is it involves a monster that was created by Doctor Frankenstein. Literally, that is it. I think I might have seen a really, really old movie years ago based on the book, but I honestly can’t remember any of it. And I could be mixing that up with The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. But regardless, I am really excited to read this!

The next book I want to read is The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith.

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This is a trilogy that I have already read, but it is a very creepy story, and it’s by one of my all-time favorite authors. From what I can recall, as it has been a few years since I’ve read this, it follows a group of friends who get sucked into this game and are forced to confront their deepest, darkest fears. It creeped the hell out of me in high school when I originally read it, and it is also a love story, though not the typical one you would think of. I am super excited to be rereading this since I loved it so much the first time that I read it, so hopefully, I will be getting to this trilogy this month!

The next book I want to read is The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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This is the second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I am so freaking excited (and terrified) to continue on with this series. This is easily the creepiest series I’ve ever read, and I tried to start this last month, but I had to stop because it was freaking me out so much. This series is very psychological and Mara is a very unreliable narrator, so we don’t actually know if she is just crazy or if she is actually killing people. And it just really messes with your head. I started getting so paranoid when I tried to read this a few weeks ago, so while I am definitely apprehensive, I am still really excited to read this one!

And the last book I want to read in October is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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This is the first book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy, and this is another reread for me. I loved this so much when I first read it a few years ago, and I honestly have forgotten a lot about what happens in this book, so I just really want to reread it. This book is mixed media, as it does feature creepy photographs that go along with the story, and I just really am excited to dive back into this world. This is like the perfect book to read around Halloween, so I am just so freaking pumped to reread this!

And there you have it! Those were all the books I plan on reading this October. What spooky book are you wanting to read in the spirit of Halloween? 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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September Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the five books I read this month because I loved every single book I read. This month just feels like it has flown by so fast, and I have had a few changes in my life, one of which is that I started a BookTube channel! I will be making a full announcement post, so keep your eyes peeled for that! But let’s just go ahead and get into the books I read in September!

The first book I read was The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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Yes, it finally happened. I finally read this book, and I thought it was absolutely fabulous. This is the first book in The Wrath and the Dawn duology, and it is a retelling of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. It is so good, and I highly recommend it. But I actually read this for a twenty-four-hour readathon I hosted and vlogged, which is linked here, if you want to check that out. I really enjoyed the writing, the characters, the world, and just everything about it. I think it was a really interesting retelling, and I just really, thoroughly enjoyed it. I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars, and I also posted a review.

The next book I read was Masquerade by Victoria Vale.

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This is an adult romance novel that is set in Victorian England, and I actually reread this because of a topic we were covering in my Women’s Studies and Women Writers classes, which is the Cult of True Womanhood. True Womanhood stated that a True Woman had four traits, which are Piety (Protestant Christian), Purity (virgin until marriage), Submissiveness (submissive to husband, all men, and God), and Domesticity (stayed in the home, cared for the children, cleaned the house, etc.) During the Victorian era, this was something that was pretty heavily enforced in society, and it was prevalent in this book, so I reread it and loved it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I did post a review of this book, and I gave this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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I reread this for the billionth time because I was marathoning a bunch of HaileyinBookland’s reading vlogs where she was talking about buying all these new editions of this book, so I just got in the mood to read it. So I read it, and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. It was just as magical and quirky as the first time I read it, and I actually think I picked up on details I missed the first time around, so I just really thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu.

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This is a recent release that came out on September 26, and I really freaking loved it. I already knew I was going to love it. It involved feminism, so I was sure I was going to love it. And I did. This book follows a teen girl named Vivan who is fed up with all of the sexism in her school, so she decides to make a feminist zine in order to fight back against it. This was so freaking good, and I am honestly having trouble expressing how much I loved this. I think men and women can gain something from this, young or old. I think everyone can relate to this story in some way, so I think everyone should just read it. I did post a review, so you should consider checking that out for my full thoughts. But I ended up giving Moxie 5/5 stars.

And the last book I read in September was Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and it was illustrated by Fiona Staples.

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This is the first volume in the Saga series, and it was a reread for me as I did read this last month. I reread it again because it was Banned Books Week last week, and I wanted to read a banned book, so I chose this one. I knew I wouldn’t have time to read anything else because at the time I was also trying to finish Moxie. But this story follows two parents as they make sacrifices and are willing to do anything to give their daughter a good life. It is also science fiction. I loved it just as much as I did the first time, so I gave it 5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in September! What is your favorite book that you read this month? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this video 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 Lady With the Dog by Anton Chekhov | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today we will be discussing a short story I read for my Critical Reading and Writing class that I had so many strong feelings about that I just had to write a review. To be frank, I had a strong dislike for this story. I was not a fan of the topic in question in this story, and I just did not like it. But let’s go ahead and jump into the review!

Synopsis:

The Lady with the Dog is a short story by Anton Chekhov first published in 1899. It tells the story of an adulterous affair between a Russian banker and a young lady he meets while vacationing in Yalta. The story comprises four parts: (I) describes the initial meeting in Yalta, (II) the consummation of the affair and the remaining time in Yalta, (III) Gurov’s return to Moscow and his visit to Anna’s town, and (IV) Anna’s visits to Moscow.”

My Thoughts:

I did not like this book at all. I knew I was going to hate it from the second I started reading it. I can handle many different topics in literature, and I can remain objective in most of them. But I absolutely cannot like a story if it has even a small aspect of cheating in it. This book was nothing but cheating. I knew I did not like the main character, and I would never like his character because he was a misogynist through and through. I didn’t approve of the relationship. I did not like the age gap between them. I did not like them sneaking around their spouses to be together, and I just felt like Anna could have done worlds better.

The writing was decent enough. I think Anton is a very talented writer, but I hated this storyline. I was not a huge fan of these characters, and I don’t think things should ever work out between those two. I don’t care if they think they are in love. Leave your spouse, if you are that unhappy. Disappear and start a new identity, if you want. But do not cheat. That is one thing that just makes me instantaneously hate a story, and this story had it, so I was not a fan of this story, and I don’t think I ever will be.

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And there you have it! That was my review of The Lady With the Dog by Anton Chekhov. 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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#BookOutletHaul

Hey, guys! Now I know what you’re thinking. “Allie, you just posted a book haul!” And yeah, I did. And then, like always, classes started and because that gives me anxiety, I just went and bought a crap ton of books to make myself feel better. Yeah, it’s not a great reason, but it is the true reason I ended up buying thirteen books in like less than two weeks. I can’t say I regret the decision because of the books that I brought to college with me, I had no desire to really read any of them, and I just needed new books to read. But let’s go ahead and get into the haul!

The first book I bought was from Amazon, as I did buy a couple from there, and that is Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan.

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This is the first book in the Saga series, and it is absolutely fabulous. You all are probably aware of my love for this series, but if you are not, then you should know this is my favorite graphic novel series of all time, and I highly recommend you all pick this one up. It follows two parents who are willing to do anything in order to give their child a good life, and it was such a good story. This is for mature audiences only because there is some graphic language and some sexual scenes, so keep that in mind before you read this, but I highly recommend it because it is so damn good.

The last book I bought from Amazon was Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, and it was the only book in the series I did not own, so I bought it. I love this series and consider it to be one of my favorite series of all time, and it really sparked my love for retellings. This is such an interesting take on fairytale retellings, so I just loved it. If you have not read this series yet, you definitely should consider picking it up because it is absolutely fantabulous, and I highly, highly recommend it!

Now let’s get into the real reason for this post, which is my Book Outlet binge. I kind of went a little crazy. But the first book I bought from Book Outlet was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

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This is the first book in The Bone Season series, and I have had my eye on this for a while, but when I saw the reduced price on Book Outlet, I just had to get it. This book follows nineteen-year-old Paige who is attacked, drugged and kidnapped. I think this might play around with Stockholm Syndrome a little bit, and because of that, I have heard pretty mixed reviews about it. So I definitely would have to be naive to set that aside, so I am keeping that in mind, but I am still very excited to read it and get my take on the whole story.

The next book I bought was The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.

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This is the second book in The Bone Season series, and this was also discounted, so I just had to get it. I am just really excited for this series, and I really love the new covers, so I really wanted to get the second book while it was cheap. I think the main reason I wanted these so badly is I love the new covers, and I think these books are just beautiful. Hopefully, I will get to this series soon!

The next book I bought was The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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This is a retelling of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, and I am so excited I finally have my hands on this! I have been wanting to read this for literally like ever, and when I saw that Book Outlet had the beautiful hardback edition of this marked down, I had no choice. I had to get it. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this series, and I am honestly a little bit obsessed with Renee Ahdieh because that woman is freaking beautiful, and I need to know her make up ways. But this book sounds like it is going to be a good one, and I am so excited to read it!

The next book I bought was The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

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This is the second book in the Wrath of the Dawn series, and this was also another hardback, beautiful edition of a book I really wanted to read, and I just could not say no to it. I physically could not. I have been so excited to read these books, and I am just so obsessed with these covers, so I needed to get my hands on it. I am definitely reading this series next, and hopefully, I will love them as much as I think I will!

The next book I bought was The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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This is the second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I am so freaking excited to finally have my hands on this. Several months back, I read the first book in this series, and I absolutely loved it. I was immediately obsessed with it, and I just never got around to reading the rest of the series, and I am just really happy that I finally can continue on with the rest of the series. The first book was creepy and thrilling and just a rollercoaster ride. I loved it, so I am sure I am going to love this one. It’s going to be great!

The next book I bought was The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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Are you guys noticing a trend here? I keep buying books in pairs. But this is the third and final book in Michelle Hodkin’s fantabulous Mara Dyer series. Admittedly, I am very apprehensive about this final book because I have heard lots of mixed reviews about it, but I am still excited for it. I am sure this finale will break me and cause me lots of emotional trauma, and I am just ready for this! But at the same time, I am not ready. I’m pretty sure this book might kill me…

The next book I bought was The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan.

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This is the second book in the Kane Chronicles trilogy, and I am excited that I finally have my own copy of this book! If you are not aware, this is my favorite Rick Riordan series. I freaking love it. This series is centered around Egyptian Mythology, and I just am so in love with it. I know a lot of people are not a huge fan of this series, but I think it is better than Percy Jackson. I was not a huge fan of that series, but this series is so under appreciated, and I think it’s great, so I highly recommend it!

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Are you guys surprised? This is the third book in the Kane Chronicles series and hot damn. I love this book. This finale is so fantastic and just everything I wanted, so I am so happy I finally own a copy of it. All I need to do now is buy a copy of the first book, and then I can do a marathon reread of this series because I haven’t read it in forever. But I am so excited to finally have these books, and I highly recommend them!

The next book I bought was Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

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This is the second book in the Vampire Academy series, and I am so happy I can finally start my collection of this series. I have loved this series for many, many years, so I am glad I can finally start building a collection for it. This series has forbidden romance, magic, vampires, badassery and so much more. Like, why would you not like it? It is just great. But I am hoping to reread this series since it has been so long since I have read it, and see what I think of it, so hopefully, that can happen sometime soon. Because I just love this series so much.

The next book I bought was These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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This is the first book in the Starbound trilogy, and this was an impulse buy for me. The only thing I know about this book is it is a science fiction book, and it is set in outer space. I literally bought it because the cover is freaking gorgeous and because I want to read more books by Amie Kaufman. That is it. But I am really excited to read this soon, so hopefully, I will really enjoy it!

And the last book I bought was Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

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This is the first book in the Tiny Pretty Things series, and I am so excited to read this. I know that this book follows three girls who are dancers, and I think it might deal with some aspect of either mental illness or possibly an eating disorder. But I am not 100% sure, so don’t quote me on that. But I really became interested in this when Emma Giordano of Emmmabooks on YouTube really enjoyed it and reviewed it, so hopefully, I will enjoy it as much as she did!

And there you have it! That was my Book Outlet Book Haul! What is your current favorite 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 next time!

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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