10 Things You’ll Never Hear a Book Lover Say

10Things Never Hear a Book Lover say

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is going to be a funny (I hope) little thing on stuff you will never hear a bookworm say!

 

1. I totally have my TBR under control.

 

2. I already have a copy of my favorite book, I don’t need another one… especially not the special edition.

 

3. Keep talking to me, I’m only reading and it’s only the greatest scene in the whole book.

 

4. The Percy Jackson movie was so much better than the book – I loved that they made him like six years older than he should have been.

 

5. I can’t wait to set another Goodreads challenge – it’s not like it hangs over my head the entire year and nags at me.

 

6. I don’t judge a book based on its cover.

We all know you do.

7. I never wish guys in books were real, or would jump out of the pages and take me back to Prythian…

 

8. Magic isn’t real. Hogwarts isn’t real. I have never wished I had gotten a Hogwarts letter when I turned of age.

 

9. I’ve never written or read any fan fiction about boys in books or the movie adaptations.

 

10. I would never try to get out of plans with friends to stay in and read at night, who even does that?

 

What some things you think you would never hear a book lover say?

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

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An Enchantment of Ravens Review

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Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: September 26th 2017

Pages: 300

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS!!!

 

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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This is my fourth five star read of the year, and I have read them all in a row – I do have to say, it is one of the greatest feelings on this Earth. I do think that this one is my favorite of all of them, though, for reasons I will get to throughout this post. I am going to try my best to avoid spoilers at all costs, although I really need to rave about every single sentence in this book with someone.

If you have read this book, let me know down below what you thought of it!

This novel is super short, it’s only 300 pages, and I was able to fly through it in two days. Because it was so short, it was really fast-paced and was able to keep my attention the entire time since there was really no room in the book for anything that wasn’t absolutely essential to the story.

I have to start with our main character, Isobel, who is a prodigy in the craft of art, of which only humans are able to produce. We pick up with her being a renowned artist among the Fae beings, or the fair ones, and because of her talent, she often thinks as if she is painting in a way. The story is told in the first person, so we read as Isobel sees such different sides of people and locations and objects, and the descriptions of colors and textures is beautiful. The sensory additions is one of my favorite parts of the book. I also love Isobel herself as she is so utterly average outside of her talent. I related to her personality very well with her stubbornness and fragility, and it was nice to see in YA fantasy since the genre is generally overloaded with badass killer girls – which I also very much adore. Her feelings and path of falling in love are also very natural; there is a hint of insta-love in the beginning, but it is entirely understandable as most people would feel the same way in similar situations. In all, Isobel is such a down to Earth and distinctive character that quickly became one of my favorites.

Rook is absolutely adorable, by the way, and I love him despite his arrogant and oblivious tendencies. He is so pure amid the other fair ones, and he remains true to himself throughout the entire novel while being nearly entirely self-less. He is always up front about his feelings and what he believes, and I really appreciated it. I really enjoyed watching all of his pieces come together throughout the book.

The fae as a whole were really interesting. I was expecting a civilization much like that of the fae in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I found something else entirely. Every single fair one is severely arrogant and self-conscious and strictly cares about themselves more than they care about anything else. Now, I actually really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it really set some of the characters apart and it went along well with the fact that they cannot produce art. Because they cannot make literally anything, their lives are portrayed as empty and meaningless, which is entirely different from the fae of ACOTAR – in that series we saw the fae as far more fulfilled and able than the humans. So, in this book it’s a lot more empowering to be a human lol.

Also, the plot was beautiful – it was one of those forbidden love stories that just makes your heart wish they could be together. The ending really encompasses the entire story and really brings out its meaning, and it is such a satisfying end… even if I crave a sequel.

Again, let me know down below what you thought of AEOR!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch Spotlight

These Rebel Waves

Hello everyone!

Today I am back with yet another spotlight of another amazing upcoming release! I cannot wait to share more of this book – These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – with you all. It was great to work with Sara Raasch to bring you guys an in-depth look into the first book of the new series, Stream Raiders. The book is set to release on August 7th, 2018, so keep a keen eye on the horizon 😉

Sara’s Twitter: @seesarawrite

Facebook: facebook.com/snowlikeashes/

Pinterest: seesarawrite

Goodreads: Sara.Raasch

YouTube: sararaasch

And Website: http://sararaasch.tumblr.com/

Sara’s bio:

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her NYTimes bestselling SNOW LIKE ASHES trilogy is available now and her upcoming pirate fantasy, THESE REBEL WAVES, releases Summer 2018. None of those feature her hand-drawn pictures.

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Recently, I asked Sara Raach some questions about her upcoming, swashbuckling, release, and I am overjoyed to share her answers with you all! These Rebel Waves sounds like it is going to be quite an adventure with some pirate heartthrobs and a rollercoaster of emotions. I need to start preparing myself now for the August release.

Here were the questions and her answers:

1. How would you summarize These Rebel Waves?

A soldier, a pirate, and a prince have to fight for their futures while running from their pasts. And there’s magic plants and kissing and stuff.

2. What was your inspiration for writing These Rebel Waves?

I’ve always loved the Golden Age of Piracy, as well as twisted religion and complex politics. But what really spurred the idea (like the very original baby idea) was a geology class I took and the term “stream piracy.” It’s a real thing. Look it up. My super bored brain heard the word “piracy,” and river pirates were born!

3. What can readers expect in this new duology?

A lot of heavy themes and characters that make me incoherently squeal. Lu, Vex, and Ben all undergo a lot of growth and conflict, facing things that are incredibly personal to me, like belief, trust, and how to rely on themselves.

4. Who was your favorite character to write and why? Was there a least favorite?

My favorite character to write has to be Vex. He’s just so FUN, and 90% of his responses to things are some kind of snarky, sarcastic quip.

My least favorite has to be Ben (though, admittedly, he’s now the character that most makes me incoherently squeal). Nailing his motivations was such a process — every draft, for the first six drafts, brought a new and different version of his character. He just wouldn’t cooperate, but all his months of fighting me paid off in who is now my precious smol prince son.

5. How does this series compare/contrast with the past books you have written?

I like to think I took all the things I learned from writing SNOW LIKE ASHES and expanded on them. A deeper world, fuller characters. As an artist, I have to hope that each product I put out builds on the last one — so hopefully you find all the things you loved about SNOW LIKE ASHES in THESE REBEL WAVES, but more!

6. What is your favorite book/genre to read?

Generally, adult fantasy! But I am CRAZY picky. A few of my all time favorites are Sharon Shinn, CS Pacat, and Seth Dickinson.

So, that is an inside look into the new YA duology, the first book These Rebel Waves, and Sara Raasch herself. She was so great to work with, and she is so funny and sweet. I, personally, cannot wait for the book’s birthday in August!

You can preoder These Rebel Waves here.

Let me know down below wjat you think of These Rebel Waves or her past books of the Snow Like Ashes series.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Falling Kingdoms Review

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Title: Falling Kingdoms

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 412

Release Date: December 11, 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

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As I’m writing this, I am overwhelmed with so many emotions (primarily anger and sadness) because I just finished this glorious novel. I have heard this book described by some as a young adult version of Game of Thrones, and those people are so right. It’s based on the youths and heirs of a society facing serious political turmoil, and it is done extremely well.

One thing I really liked about this book was the magical element. Throughout the book it’s kind of a guessing game as to how it will play out, but in the end, so many questions are answered and things begin to fall into place. From the beginning, we can tell there is a strong elemental characteristic to the magic which is always fun. I also really enjoyed the magic not being the center focus of the entire book, it was utilized and it is important to the story, but it is not the driving focus of the series’ introduction.

The characters are phenomenal. Each character is so well thought-out with their own driving purposes so none feel as if they are only fillers in the story. In this book we follow four main young adults and three adult leaders. We come to learn so much about these characters, and even when you hate them, you can’t help but feel for them. I am very excited to see the development of some minor characters in the coming books as I can very much assume will happen, as well as the development of our already main characters. I cried at the end while reading this book because I had grown to love one character so much for some reason. Everything the characters face is so heart wrenching and really adds to the story in every way you can imagine – it’s as if every single action they take plays a part in a larger plot.

There were so many plot twists and so many turns of the story that I, personally, had not expected. So many things were done completely out of character of traditional YA novels, and although a lot of it was super sad in the book, it was really refreshing. After the first few things happened that I had not expected to see, I was so scared of everything happening to the characters. I tried to brace myself, but every single time I was wrong. It was like a really enjoyable guessing game.

As for love, there isn’t much, which is actually really nice. There’s budding romances and forbidden loves, but it doesn’t drive the story or distort the character’s personalities or thoughts.

In all, everything in this novel is very balanced in a great way. I loved it, and if I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!

Let me know what you thought of this book, or if you plan on reading it!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Books People Love That I Mildly Dislike

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Hello everyone!

Last week I posted about the few books that the bookish community doesn’t like very much that I happen to really like… but this week I am bringing you all the books people love that I mildly dislike. Hate is a strong word, and I really have nothing over these books, I just didn’t find the same joy in reading them as others did.

lord of the ringsThe Lord of the Rings by R.R. Tolkien

I had tried to read this series, but I couldn’t get through the first book because of how slow it is. The Hobbit was so good, I loved the adventure, but Lord of the Rings just lacked the momentum that was in The Hobbit.

matchedMatched by Ally Condie

This book was not good, to say the least. There was no plot, the main character was incredibly dull, and I can’t even remember what happened in the book because it was just not happening for me. I’m sorry if you liked this series, but I couldn’t get into it.

 

shiverShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another book I really did not like. It’s mainly because the main male character is so whiny and a little pathetic. He is way too dependent on the main girl, and it gets really annoying. I liked the wolves and the idea of the story, but the main guy just makes me so unwilling to finish the series.

giverThe Giver by Lois Lowry

Honestly, I have no idea what the entire series is about, but I finished the first book and almost finished the second. The first one was alright, it was a little boring at times, but the second was far too slow.

 

 

QoSQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I love every S.J. Maas book, but for some reason this book was one I struggled with. I have a problem with slow books, and this one was a little too slow for me. I still loved it, but I liked it a lot less than the other books of the series.

Kings CageKing’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I still haven’t made it through the first 100 pages. Nothing happens, in the beginning at least, and I have heard a lot of complaints about this book, so I don’t really want to ruin the image I have for a series a really love.

 

cityofbonesCity of Bones & Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I have never been a part of the TMI fandom, though I really wish I was. I do plan on reading the rest of the series eventually, but I just didn’t love it like I thought it would. Really, I think I was expecting more than I realostically should have been, and that probably ruined it for me.

 

 

 

Let me know if there are any books you didn’t really enjoy so much that most people loved!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Books People Hate That I Love

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Hello everyone!

I love watching these kinds of videos on YouTube, so I thought I do one on here. Last week I did a controversial video on series I won’t finish, so I’m just making you all really hate me lately. Hopefully some of you can agree with me in some of these unpopular opinions! (I’m really just hoping my thoughts aren’t that unpopular lol). And this blog post will be a little shorter, but the next post will be a normal length because I dislike more popular books than I like unpopular books *hint.*

So, here are some of the books that are hated by a lot of the bookish community, but I love them:

mazerunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

I’m not exactly sure why people have issues with this series; I thought it was really complex and well thought-out, and the characters showed a lot of character development in my opinion.

In this book we follow a group of boys that are trapped I the center of a maze. Every day people run out to find an exit, but return before dark when the walls close and the monsters begin to roam. So, these boys must find a way out, but nothing is as they expected it.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugggirl online

I realize that there were rumors about ghost writing for Zoe, but honestly, I really don’t care. I still really liked the book, and Zoe is incredibly busy with all that she does. So, ghost writer or not, I enjoyed the story. It was super sweet and gushy as any good contemporary should be, and with the cutest names: Penny and Noah. It even has some rep for anxiety as Zoe suffers with anxiety.

Penny is a teenage blogger (not book blogger, unfortunately) called GirlOnline. As life starts to catch up with her, her family goes to visit New York where she meets Noah, although she has a lot to learn about him.

glass swordGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

There was a somewhat big following for the first book, Red Queen, but that fan base steadily faded with Glass Sword and really suffered during King’s Cage, which even I struggle with reading. However, I still really enjoyed this book because there was so much travel and political turmoil and Maven is just so awful in the greatest way.

In the first book, we learn of a world where there are those with silver blood who have amazing powers and those with red blood with no powers at all. However, when Mare Barrow accidentally exposes herself as having powers, she must disguise herself as a silver in the king’s court to save her life.

Maximum Ride by James Pattersonmaximum ride

This was one of my favorite books as a child. There was so much action and adventure, and everything 12-year old me desired in a book. Also, I loved Fang, he was also everything young me wanted.

Six kids were created in a lab as test-tube babies with their DNA combined with a small percentage of avian DNA… just enough to give them the wings of a very large bird. As they live their lives escaped from the lab that created and repeatedly tested them, the scientists continues to pursue them.

empire of stormsEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

So many people are losing interest in this series and it makes me SO sad because I have poured my heart and soul into this series. Rowan and Aelin are giving me life and the world is getting so complex and growing.

In the first book, we follow Celaena Sardothien who was raised an assassin and is entered into a trial of the deadliest people in the land for the king to see who will serve him as the royal assassin. From there mysterious things begin to happen in the castle and to the contestants, and Celaena quickly learns that there is far more at hand than she thought. AND there’s a great love triangle.

 

Let me know if you love any books that most people hate!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

 

 

My Top 10 Worst Reading Struggles

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Hello everyone!

So today I am going to run through my 10 worst reading struggles. I love reading, don’t get me wrong, there are just so many environmental factors that can make the experience… troublesome. There are also some aspects of books that make it a struggle, but there are only a few things that really make reading hard with the book itself.

In kind of a start to finish of the reading experience, here are the 10 worst reading struggles:

  1. When all of a sudden every book seems so interesting but unappealing at the same time.

Whenever I finish a really great book that I was just so involved in, the book hangover is so hard and sets a bad mood for starting the next book. You just know you won’t like any book as much as the one you just finished.

2. When any sort of comfortable position is just not working.

Trying to get comfortable, and stay comfortable while laying on your stomach with your book under you is so hard, but it’s such a convenient position.

3. When you get hungry or have to go to the bathroom as soon as you start reading.

It’s usually both, and I end up starting to read an hour after I thought I would.

4. When you finally get to that really good part of the book, but people will just not stop talking to you.

Can’t you see that Harry is meeting Voldemort? Back. up.

5. Having to re-read the same few sentences over and over because your brain is just not cooperating.

ALL. THE. TIME. This is the main reason why it takes me a while to read a book.

6. When you turn on music, can’t read with it so you turn it off, but then can’t read without the music.

Especially when you found the perfect music to go with the book, but it’s just too distracting and you’re no that invested in the story yet.

7. When the female characters become so enticed in a guy that she loses track of her responsibilities and the guy is entirely un-phased.

I’m looking at you Firebolt.

8. When you get too caught up in eating your reading snack to actually read.

I swear, I sit down with a box of crackers and then the box of crackers is halfway done and I’ve read one page.

9. The feeling while reading completely fine in the car, but then looking up too fast.

Then there is no more reading being done after that and you’re forced to look out the window and listen to music like some bad music video.

10. When you finish a book, feel entirely un-phased although you loved it, then get hit several hours later by the BIGGEST book hangover.

Fangirl was a sneak attack. I had no idea how badly I was invested in that book until I tried reading An Abundance of Katherines and it just wasn’t Cath and Levi.

 

So, those are my 10 most troubling reading struggles – I hope you can all relate… or I hope you can’t so you don’t have to feel my pain. Leave your reading struggles in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

April TBR

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Hello everyone!

I had a HARD time trying to decide which books I wanted to read in April, and I honestly will probably only get to like 2 of them so it doesn’t even really matter anyway… but I like making lists so. Just so I can make this at least slightly attainable, I am limiting myself to four books (this is going to be a crazy month with three papers, three exams, and a shadowing day with a magazine editor). I cannot wait to read more, I miss it so much. Every time I pick up a book it’s so hard to put it down.

I also feel like having a TBR will make my need to read feel more real, and not like I’m procrastinating homework (which I still may be doing).

Anyways, these are the books I want to read throughout the Month of April:

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I started this book at the end of last month, but I am loving it and really want to finish it soon! I love the rich world, and the characters already feel so developed and I’m only at page 200.

We follow three main characters in four different, but connected, lands and walks of life – there is a prince, a sorceress, a princess, and a peasant seeking revenge. As all of their worlds become intertwined, their fates force them to squabble for power.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I need more fae books in my life, and I received this book for Christmas from my parents, so I am going to start with this one. I love the background of the fae unable to create woks of art, so they rely on the humans – it is nice to see the supernatural rely on the comparatively “weak.”

In this novel there is a mortal, Isobel, who is an incredibly skilled painter, and is hired to paint the autumn prince. However, she paints mortal fear in the prince’s eyes, and the mistake sends her away to the autumn court to await her trial.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I had started this book a while ago, but I just was not hooked like I was expecting to be. I heard so many amazing things about this novel, though, so I am DETERMINED to finish it. The magical circus aspect, as well as the writing, was enchanting and whimsical so I really hope I can get into it.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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The sequel for this book is going to be released in June I believe, so I’m really hoping I can beat the release and finish it this month. I also really adore Renee Ahdieh’s writing – she’s so empowering in her words and her stories are so unique and cultural.

It follows Marika, the daughter of a samurai (hence the awesome ninja stars), who is raised for marriage and nothing regardless of her talents. On her way to meet her betrothed, she is attacked, and as the lone survivor, she dresses as a peasant boy and seeks to find who placed the target on her back.

Let me know below what books you plan to read in the month of April!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Book Outlet Haul

Hello everyone!

A couple weeks ago, I posted about a bunch of really great deals going on at Book Outlet (I am not promoting Book Outlet in any way, I just think they’re really great). Today I am going to go through the Book Outlet unboxing that I posted yesterday to my YouTube channel!

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I had actually forgotten exactly what books I had ordered, so opening all of them felt like Christmas all over again. They were all super cheap (under $11) as well, which was great for my college student budget.

So, let’s move on to the books I ordered!

and I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

In this novel we follow Lada and her brother who are stolen from their home empires and raised in the Ottoman. There, Lada plots her vengeance, but the only person she finds worthy of her attention is the heir to the throne she despises.

It seems like there will be a lot of political intrigue and spoiled friendships, which I love. I also feel like there will be a hate to love relationship between Mehmed and Lada.

 

Roar by Cora Carmackroar

In this high fantasy novel, we follow Aurora Pavan, who is the heir to the Pavan throne, but she has yet to show any of the powers of her ancestors to protect her people. Her mother attempts to remedy this by arranging a marriage for Aurora to stay in power; however, Aurora begins to uncover some secrets about the man, and decides to take matters into her own hands by unknowingly joining a group of storm hunters. Legend says that her ancestors first gained their powers by facing a storm and stealing its essence.

This book sounds amazing. It has a lot of elemental magic, but a kind that seems very unique. And again, there seems to be some political dealings, but in a different kind of political landscape.

 

truthwitchTruthwitch by Susan Dennard

In this book there is Saifya. She is a truthwitch, which is a highly desired power, especially among the nobility she is born into (they are, like, willing to kill for this power) because she can discern any lie from the truth. She attempts to keep her power a secret, but Iseult, a threadwitch, can see all the ties bearing down on her.

Everyone has raved about this book for so long, so I am incredibly proud to finally have it in my possession. It’s another high fantasy novel, which I adore, and I am really feeling the unique-ability witch vibe.

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoffnevernight

Mia is a prodigy assassin that attends a school for youth just like her. After her father’s failed rebellion and his execution, her ability to talk to the shadows leads her to a retired assassin. From there, she joins the deadliest group of assassins in the Republic, and she must prove herself worthy of induction.

This book sounds dark, with dark magic, and I am so ready for it. Yeah, it’s Spring and everything is supposed to be very light and magical, BUT dark fantasy is fantastic. I am also really interested in the kind of magic that will be introduced.

 

scytheScythe by Neal Shusterman

Ina  world where all causes of death have been eliminated, Citra and Rowan train to be a Scythe – the only thing that can kill these practically immortal people. In their apprenticeship to a Scythe, Citra and Rowan must prove that they can master the art of death.

This book is all anyone has been talking about since it’s second book recently came out, and there was a time on bookstagram where every other picture I saw was of Scythe. I am so interested in how this will play out and what this really peculiar world where death isn’t a thing unless it’s done by a Scythe.

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So, those are all the books from my Book Outlet order! Let me know down below what you think of these books.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Fangirl Review

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: September 10th, 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!

 

 

 

 

 

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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This may have only been the second book I finished in 2018 (wow, I’m slacking), but it’s my favorite book of the year so far. I also undoubtedly know that this book will make most likely the top 5 for my favorite reads in 2018. Fangirl was just such a fun read that had me completely invested before I even realized I cared that much. There were a couple of times where I put it down, looked at it, then picked it up again and kept reading just because I couldn’t leave Cath and Levi.

Cath and Levi were so amazing together – they were such a great contrast to each other. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to see more of them happily together, but everything leading up to how the ended up played out perfectly. There was absolutely, in no way, any kind of insta-love. It actually took them slightly annoyingly long to get together fully, but they didn’t even have to be together to be perfect. It felt like every weakness one had was contrasted in the other, and it resembled a really great meshing of two people because neither dominated the other – they were entirely equal and equally dependent on the other.

Cath was also one of the most relatable character I have ever read, which is something I have heard several other people say before I even read it. I, personally, used to write Harry Potter fanfiction a long time ago, so I found that aspect of her so personal to myself, as well as her being a freshman. I would not go to the dining hall alone either for at least the first half of my first semester of school for the same exact reasons; it was so hilarious seeing things I didn’t realize in myself in her, and I feel like I even had a little bit of character development of my own in realizing those things.

As a person who doesn’t typically enjoy contemporary, I feel that other readers like myself will greatly appreciate this book. This is a great intro to contemporary book for fantasy lovers as it includes Cath’s fanfiction of Simon Snow, which is a take on Harry Potter. So it’s kind of like an adorable love story mixed in with some fantasy. If you really like Cath’s writing of Simon Snow, you can even read her whole fanfic, Carry on, which is the companion novel to Fangirl.

Let me know what you thought of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, or if there are any books you know of that are similar to it because I would love to give them a read!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor