Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top 10 Series I NEED to Finish

Hey, guys!

      I'm sooo behind on soo many series that I want to continue, but I just haven't. Time is so hard to come by when you're in college. I'm making it a goal to at least finish half of these series this year. I think I can do it! Some are ongoing, but some are going to be wrapped up this year, so it should be fun. Here are the series I want to finish or continue!



  1. The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas - This is pretty obvious, but I will always include this series in a list if I can. I HIGHLY recommend this series! It's fantastic and I hope everyone loves it too.
  2. The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare - I'm so behind on these series. I'm halfway through book 3 of TMI, but I've put it on hold. I know I'll back to it soon, but I hope to this year. 
  3. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard - I've read the first book (back when it first came out), but I haven't kept up with the series actively. It sounds interesting, so I hope I get back to it. I have The Glass Sword sitting on my TBR. 
  4. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo - I am so excited for the new Grisha series. I've read all but the last half of Crooked Kingdom and I haven't read Ruin and Rising, but I am so excited to finish the original trilogy, finish CK, and start the new series. 
  5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - this is such a great series! I just haven't read Fairest or Stars Above yet. I also think that the Wires and Nerve graphic novels go along with the series and I've been dying to pick those up. They look fantastic!
  6. Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige - I have yet to read books 4 and 5 of the series as well as the novellas. I loved the first 3 books, but I have not actively kept up with purchasing or reading the books. The 3rd book wasn't as good, so I'm okay to wait a bit more to read the books. I liked it well enough to finish the series. The world and the story were great!
  7. The Undertow trilogy by Michael Buckley - OH. MY. GOSH. I loved this book. It was fantastic and one of my favorite books of 2015. Michael Buckley has written some of my favorite books of all time (The Sisters Grimm series) and I love love loved Undertow. I have Raging Sea, but I have yet to read it. I didn't get it until a year after its release, so I need to reread Undertow before I read the sequel and final installment. I just cannot wait to do it. 
  8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I'm terrified to read Tower of Dawn and book #7. I don't want this story to end and I don't want my favorite character's stories to end either. I love this series so much. I am dreading and longing for October 30th at the same time. It will be a monumental day in the bookish community. 
  9. Anything by Tamora Pierce - One of my fantasy queens. The world of Tortall is so fantastically written. I love love love her Song of the Lioness Quartet. It is fantastic. I highly recommend. I have read two other series by her, but I want to read every single one of her books one day. It is long overdue. 
  10. The Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir - I adore Sabaa. She is a delight. I read Ember when it first came out and really loved it, but I haven't continued on with the series yet. I really need to. I know it will be something I adore. 
  11. The Trials of Apollo and Magnus Bane series by Rick Riordan (and any other books he writes) - I need to catch up on these series. I love Rick Riordan. Anything he writes is a slam dunk. 
    1. Magnus 1
    2. Magnus 2
    3. Apollo 1
    4. Blood of Olympus
    5. The Demigod Diaries
What series are you dying to finish or continue? Let me know down in the comments! Let's discuss the awesome series we love!

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Friday, February 9, 2018

{Cover Reveal} Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan


Hey, guys!

     Today I'm bringing you the cover reveal for CATCHING STARS by Cayla Keenan! This book sounds fantastic, so I'm so glad that I get to share this gorgeous cover and gorgeous book with you! Thank you, Ben, for including me in the cover reveal! 







Purchase Here:

Amazon: You can pre-order this book via e-book for $2.99!!


About the Author: 


Cayla has fostered a love of books since grade school, where she could be found reading on top of the monkey bars at recess or hiding The Magic Tree House under her desk. It wasn't long until she started writing, scribbling stories in notebooks that will hopefully never be read.


When not writing, Cayla works to earn her BA in English and Sociology at Fordham University in New York City and can be found exploring the city's many excellent parks and bookstores. She maintains a healthy diet of musical theater, Netflix television shows, and early 2000s pop-punk, and firmly believes in the magical properties of red lipstick.





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Happy reading!
Olivia
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

January 2018 Book Haul + Library Book Haul


Hey, guys!

      I managed to acquire quite a few books, but the majority were borrowed from the library. During the last two weeks of January, I was on a major graphic novel kick and I borrowed 8 physical graphic novels and 7 via the Hoopla app. I just had to continue the series I was reading physically. I also acquired quite a few physical books, whether from personal purchases or from friends for late Christmas gifts. Here are the books I bought and borrowed this month!





Purchases, Gifts, Review Copies
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  • The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women by Anna Todd
  • Rise of the Governor (The Walking Dead #1) by Robert Kirkman {given away}
  • Zenith (The Andromeda Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  • The Runaways Complete Collection Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
I haven't read any of these books yet. They are some of the books that I desperately want to read very soon. Once I get done and caught up with my review books, these are the books I'm reading. I'm so impatient to!


Library Book Haul (physical + ebook) 
  • Lumberjanes (Volumes 1-6) by Noelle Stevenson, 
  • Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Volume 1 (single issues #1-6) by Chynna Clugston Flores, Rosemary Valero-'Connell (Illustrator)Maddi Gonzalez (Illustrator)Jenna Ayoub(Illustrator)Kelly Matthews (Illustrator)Nichole Matthews (Illustrator)
  • The Faust Act (The Wicked + Divine Volume 1) by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles
  • Fandemonium (The Wicked + Divine Volume 2) by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles
  • Commercial Suicide (The Wicked + Divine Volume 3) by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles
  • Rising Action (The Wicked + Divine Volume 4) by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles
  • Imperial Phase Part 1 (The Wicked + Divine Volume 5) by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles
  • Imperial Phase Part 2 (The Wicked + Divine Volume 6) by Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles
  • Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Act by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarksky
  • Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic 
  • Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic 
As of today, I've read almost all of these books. I went on a irresponsible binge in the middle of the week and I read 10 graphic novels! I can't believe it! It's crazy!

What books did you acquire this month? Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 2018 Reading Wrap Up + Currently Reading


Hey, guys!

     This month has been a crazy productive reading month.. but not really. I've been working on reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for the longest time, but I've also managed to procrastinate everything with graphic novels! Hooray! I've also managed to finish 2 books for my classes and read too much boring textbook stuff. Today I'm going to share with you what I'm reading and listening to and about the books I read this month!


  1. Quests For Glory (The School For Good & Evil: The Camelot Years #1) by Soman Chainani
    • 4.5 stars
    • Review coming soon!
  2. Rebel With A Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
    • 3 stars
    • Review coming soon!
  3. A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni
    • 3 stars
    • This was an ok poetry and prose anthology, but there were only 3 poems that I actually liked enough to be excited about them.
  4. Turn of the Screw by Henry James 
    • I HATE THIS BOOK
    • I will not review this book. It would be a giant bash fest + uneducated psychological assumptions. 
  5. Friendship to the Max (Lumberjanes #2) by Noelle Stevenson
    • 4.5 stars
  6. Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Volume 1 by Chyna Clungston Flores
    • 4.5 stars
  7. The Faust Act (The Wicked & The Divine #1) by 
    • 5 stars
  8. Fandemonium (The Wicked & The Divine #2) by 
    • 5 stars
  9. (The Wicked & The Divine #3) by 
    • 4 stars
  10. (The Wicked & The Divine #4) by 
    • 4 stars
  11. (The Wicked & The Divine #5) by  
    • 5 stars
  12. (The Wicked & The Divine #6) by  
    • 5 stars
  13. Chip Zdarsky 
    • 4 stars
  14. A Terrible Plan (Lumberjanes #3) by Noelle Stevenson
    • 4 stars
  15. Two Worlds, One Cop (Sex Criminals Volume 2) by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarksy
    • 3 stars
  16. Don Quixote Book 1 by Cervantes
    • I DON'T LIKE THIS BOOK EITHER! This was for class.
    • I will not review this book. 
      I'm really behind on reviews, but I'm working hard to get some churned out. School takes up all of my time and I barely have any time to read at all. The only reason I could read this much was because I took a 5-hour break to binge the graphic novels. I really should have done my homework that day... Oops...


Currently Reading:


I also really wanted to show you guys the books I'm currently reading. There are quite a few and most are for classes, but whatever. Here they are!

  1. Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
    • CR // 91/169
    • I've already read half of this book for my second literature class and I actually really enjoy it. This book instigates a great discussion on mental health and mental health in the 1960s. 
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    • CR// 246/546
    • I've been reading this since the beginning of January, but school has stopped me from fully allowing myself to be immersed in it. I really want to continue, but every time I continue, I get irresponsible and want to just sit down and read instead of doing homework. I looove it though. I can't wait for a break to finish it. 
  3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    • CR// 0/329
    • I'm starting this book this weekend for one of my literature classes, so hopefully, it was better than Don Quixote... 
  4. Sass & Sorcery (Rat Queens Volume 1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
    • CR// 46/128
    • I started this today to pass the time before my hair appointment and I'm intrigued to say the least. 
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • CR// 305/374
    • Reread + first time listening buddy read with my boyfriend
These don't include the books that are on my currently reading shelf that I've put on hold. I'll get to them, but I'm still waiting.

I'm really excited to finish these books. 

What did you read in January? What are you going to read next?

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

{DNF Review} Secrets of the Tally by Halie Fewkes

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Page Count: 330
Published on: August 22, 2015
Published by: Tally Ink Publishing
Genre(s): Fantasy, YA
Source: hardback via author
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon // Book Depository



My Rating: DNF 









Goodreads synopsis:

Meet Allie: she's just woken up in an empty forest with blood on her hands and everything she's ever known wiped from her mind. In her survival-oriented world, people are hunted by vicious predators and it quickly becomes clear that they are specifically hunting her. 


Allie's friends and sister have no insight as to why she's a target, and her only clue is a list of tally marks she finds tucked away, detailing how many lives she's saved and how many deaths she's caused. Judging by the amount of ink slashed across the page and the fact that nobody seems to know about it, Allie knows she used to have secrets that need to be recovered. 


Without knowing whom to trust, she finds herself drawn to a new stranger in the caves they call home, and even though he won't talk about his own past, he's ready to help Allie recover hers. 


The problem now is that Allie's instinct to survive is the only thing strong enough to bring her memories back. Flashes of her old self will only surface to save her from life-threatening danger, so if she wants to avoid living as an echo of her former self, danger is what she must seek.



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Hey, guys!

     I was sent Secrets of the Tally for an honest review by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own. See my review policy for my policy on review copies and DNF'd books.

    The premise of Secrets of the Tally had such promise but I, unfortunately, did not enjoy this book at all. I had quite a few problems with the book, but I really wanted to love it. I'm really disappointed that I did not enjoy this book. I adore Halie Fewkes, her Instagram feed, and her journey to being published is so inspiring. I can only wish her the best in her future endeavors. Unfortunately, her book was just not for me.

     Secrets of the Tally follows Allie who has woken up without any of her memories. She soon realizes that no one really understands her past fully and that she has to rely on her survival skills and intelligence to figure out who she truly is. She finds out that her memories only come to her when she's in true peril, so she has to seek out as much danger as she can.

      I initially started this back in May of 2017, but I really wasn't in the mood for it, so I set it down for a bit. I was starting to get into a slump and I felt like it wouldn't be fair to Fewkes if I read it when I wasn't in the mood. Well, at the end of the year, I was finally in the mood to read the book, but unfortunately, I just didn't like it. I was just really bored throughout the book and I couldn't even get through it. The plot was just so slow and the events were just so predictable or just so random. On top of that, I felt like the characters were really two dimensional and boring. I didn't connect to any of them and they were just so irritating and annoying. 

     There were a few instances where the story got interesting, but within a few pages, it just got boring again. I just could not get behind it. Many of the scenes that happened were just so irrelevant and annoyingly random. The whole plot was just so inconsistent and boring. I really did not enjoy the magic/fantasy element of this story. Within the first half of the book the system wasn't really adequately explained. I was just confused. I originally thought it was going to be really interesting, but I really didn't get anything from it. 

    Overall, I felt like this novel lacked development. I really wanted to love this story, but it wasn't for me. I was just bored and annoyed with the characters and plot. The concept was really intriguing, but this book just fell flat for me. 


Happy reading!
Olivia
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Monday, January 29, 2018

{Cover Reveal} Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf


Hey, guys!

     I've been asked to help with the cover reveal for Entangled Teen's most highly anticipated YA novel Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf! This series has been listed by Publishers Weekly as "one of the most anticipated YA's of 2018!" NYT bestselling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.


Here is the gorgeous cover! 


Synopsis:

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.



Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.
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This book comes out on June 5, 2018!

I am so excited to read this book! It sounds fantastic and right up my alley! 

Where To Purchase/Preorder:

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About Sara Wolf:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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I hope you guys are as excited about this book as I am! I can't wait to get my own copy and read and discuss it with all of you!

Happy reading, everyone!
Olivia
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

{Reading Challenge} A-Z Reading Challenge



Hey, guys!

     I originally saw this challenge on Instagram, but it's been so long that I'm not sure where it originated. There was a similar challenge on Goodreads, so I'll link that below!

Original Goodreads Challenge: {click here}

I didn't actively try to complete this challenge throughout the year, but I found this towards the beginning of November. I thought it would be fun to fill out the list and see how I did this past year.


The Goal: 
✩ Read 26 books in which titles begin with the letters of the alphabet. 

The Guidelines: 
✩ Articles like "A", "An" and "The" at the beginning of the title can be ignored.
✩ For the letter "X", it's acceptable to use any book title with the letter "X" in it. 
✩ Feel free to join the challenge any time during the year. As long as the books were read in 2017, you can go ahead and backdate. 
✩ Have fun! Be sure to check out the lists of other players...it's a great way to find new TBR's!


Here are the books that I read that fulfilled this challenge!

G - (The) Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
J -
M - Moral Tribes by Joshua D. Greene (no review)
O- 
V - 
X -
Y -
Z - 

20/26 Books Read!

I think I did pretty good for not really trying. I don't think I'll actively try to complete all 26 letters in 2018, but I think this could be really cool to fill out again at the end of the year. This just kind of shows how different my reading taste gets over the year. 

My 2017 Goodreads Year in Books: {click here}
My Full 2017 Reading Wrap Up: {click here}

Happy reading!
Olivia
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