The A-Z Book Tag Pt. 2 (N-Z)

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I did the first part of this tag earlier this month and decided to do the second part.

(N)UMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN

I own 4 bookcases with 6 shelves each. They’re super tall and I love them!

(O)NE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES

I don’t really reread books, but I’ve read both Matched and City of Bones three times.

(P)REFERRED PLACE TO READ

I have a couch in my “reading room” that I love to read on. When I look up from the book I’m reading, I see all of my books on my book shelves and it’s awesome.

(Q)UOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU

“We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold.” – The Gentleman’s Guide to VIce and Virtue

I love that it means that none of us are perfect but our imperfections make us even better.

(R)EADING REGRET

I’m not sure. I guess there are books I regret buying. One would be asking for the entire Foxhole Court trilogy for Christmas. I got through maybe 30 pages of the first one and hated it. I thought if I read another page of it my head might explode.

(S)ERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH (ALL BOOKS ARE OUT)

The 100 series by Cass Morgan. I own the boxed set of the series and still need to read the last two books.

(T)HREE OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is my all time favorite book and probably always will be. Another one of my favorites is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Matched is another. I have so many others that are tied, but those were the first to come to my head.

(U)NAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR:

This will be shocking. Cassandra Clare. I have another answer, too, though. Anything Mara Dyer. I could go on and on about my love for Mara and Noah for hours. I once spent $40 on books trading for a Mara Dyer poster because I love those books so much.

(V)ERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS

I have a couple. Queen of Air and Darkness more than any other, but I’m also super excited for The Reckoning of Noah Shaw, The Wicked King, and Wayward Son (which comes out in like 2020 but I’m so excited for it already).

(W)ORST BOOKISH HABIT

I am a super inconsistent reader. I get into reading slumps fairly often. For example, I read 7 books in January and then read 1 book in February and 1 book in March. Then I started reading an average of 10 books a month. I just wish I didn’t have the months that I barely read.

(X) MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. I’ve had this book for a while and still haven’t read it. I honestly bought it because they had it at Target signed. To make matters worse, I also have an ARC and a sampler of the book. I really need to get to it, because it seems pretty interesting.

(Y)OUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE

I bought six books during the Barnes and Noble 1/2 off sale. They were My Plain Jane, Star Wars: Last Shot, The Poppy War, Ash Princess, Sky in the Deep, and A Court of Frost and Starlight.

(Z)ZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE)

I read late a lot but one that comes to mind of staying up until like 5 AM to read is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I could not put that book down and it continues to be one of my favorites.


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Recently Read: The Darkest Legacy

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I read this book at the beginning of the month and really, really, really loved it.

Basic Review

This book was heartbreaking and beautiful. I had super high expectations and The Darkest Legacy didn’t just meet them but exceeded them times a hundred. I don’t think this book could have possibly been any better than it was.

Basic Info

(No spoilers)

  • Author – Alexandra Bracken
  • Genre – YA Dystopian
  • Number of pages – 569
  • My Goodreads stars – 5 stars out of 5 stars

My Review

(Minor spoilers)

Synopsis from Goodreads – Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.
Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

  • Writing – Alexandra Bracken’s writing was so good in this novel. Way better, in my opinion, than in her original trilogy. This was definitely the best book I’ve ever read by her. There was so much emotion in the writing style. It was really, really good. Also, she wrote Zu so, so, so well.
  • Characters – Oh my gosh. Zu was amazing. She was tough and smart and such a good person. She was perfectly written, and I loved her. Also, the two new main characters were so awesome. Priyanka reminded me of Vida and their interactions cracked me up. Priya was such a good example of a good person willing to do bad things for the girl she loved. I might love Roman even more than Liam, which I did NOT think was possible. He’s perfect. Literally perfect. He messes up so much, but he always tries to make it up AND he is just so loving. Also, he and Zu might be one of my favorite ships of all time. That lightning-kiss was so cute. UGGGHHH!!! I loved all the original characters just as I did in the original books. They broke my heart, though. Dang it, I just wanted Liam, Ruby, Chubs, and Vida to be happy but they didn’t get the justice they deserved. It really made me sad to see that they barely ever even talked to each other. There were also some pretty awesome side characters in this book. Lana was so complicated and I loved her. Jacob, Miguel, and Lisa really stole my heart, though. They weren’t in the book very much, but I really loved them. All in all, the characters in this book were ridiculously well written. My one complaint was not enough Nico. He was one of my absolute favorites in the original books and I wanted more of him in this book.
  • Plot – How did so much happen in 569 pages? Seriously? This book was all action and never stopped. I loved it. The characters didn’t have it easy and their story was so interesting to read about.
  • Ending – It broke me. How could it just end like that? I NEED another book about Zu. NEED. It was the bitter-sweetest ending I’ve ever read. Everything ended okay, not happy but not that sad. None of the characters really got justice, but it was realistic, which I enjoyed. I was just sad that nobody got the happiness they deserved. There really needs to be a sequel to this book.
  • Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – Please read this book. It is so beautiful and so important. Also, it’s just so good. Zu is just such a good narrator and this book is absolutely amazing.

My Favorite Quotes

“I don’t want to be your stranger.”

“I’m going to remind you that heroes frequently die, but the morally mediocre people almost always live to see another day. Don’t do anything that’s going to piss me off.”

“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”


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If You Liked This Book…

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I’ve been seeing this going around on booktube and book blogs and thought I’d do it.

1. If you liked Red Queen, you’ll like FURYBORN by Claire LeGrand.

In Red Queen, Mare is revealed to be something different than she always thought she was. It is the same for Rielle and Eliana in Furyborn. Also, both revolve around royalty, deception, and magical elements. In my opinion, Furyborn is like Red Queen but a million times better.

2. If you liked The Cruel Prince, you’ll like AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson.

Both The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens have fae and the enemies to lovers trope. Also, both have beautifully written worlds and strong female leads. An Enchantment of Ravens is like The Cruel Prince’s younger sibling, much less intense but still a good read.

3. If you liked The Infernal Devices, you’ll like JACKABY by William Ritter.

Jackaby has a historical setting like The Infernal Devices. What makes them so similar, though, is the magical creatures. Both have werewolves, ghosts, and “humans” who can see the creatures and have to control the rogue ones. Jackaby is a really cute murder mystery with only a little romance, but Abigail reminded me of Tessa because she was a super smart girl who wanted more from life than was offered to her at that time.

4. If you liked Illuminae, you’ll like INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin.

While Illuminae is super unique, it does share some qualities of Invictus. Both have spaceships that you might start to care about, super high stakes, and super awesome female characters. Invictus is a time travel story about the future of Earth. Like in Illuminae, the characters in Invictus are super smart and caring. I love both books!

5. If you liked The Darkest Minds, you’ll like CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi.

The Darkest Minds and Children of Blood and Bone are very different – the setting, the stakes, the origins of their powers – but they remind me of each other so much. Both are about people with powers being oppressed and persecuted. Both have backstabbing characters, super charismatic love interests, and girls trying to reclaim their rights – along with the rights of everyone else with powers. Also, both are simply amazing.


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The A-Z Book Tag Pt. 1 (A-M)

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This tag looks really fun, but I’m going to do it in two parts because 26 prompts would make a seriously long post.

(A)UTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM

Cassandra Clare. I’ve read 16 books by her, which is by far the most from any author.

(B)EST SEQUEL EVER

This is a hard one, but I’m going to go with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Lady Midnight was amazing, but Lord of Shadows was somehow even better.

(C)URRENTLY READING

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton!

(D)RINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING

COFFEE. I almost always drink coffee while I’m reading. I read a lot at night so I can spend my day with my family, so I drink coffee so I don’t fall asleep while reading.

(E)-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK

Physical book 100%. Reading on a screen for too long gives me a massive headache.

(F)ICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL

Well, I’m still in high school and haven’t dated anyone, but I guess the type of boy I like is Julian from The Dark Artifices. He’s just so cute and a good person and I love him so much.

(G)LAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. She ended up being my favorite author and that book got me through some tough times.

(H)IDDEN GEM BOOK

I’m going with Furyborn by Claire LeGrand for the simple fact that it has a lot of really bad reviews, but is actually super good. This book truly is a gem. It’s beautifully written.

(I)MPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE

I’ve told this story a million times and I’ll tell it again. Matched by Ally Condie changed my entire reading life. Before that book, I enjoyed reading occasionally. After it, reading became my favorite thing to do. Before Matched, I just hadn’t found what kind of book I liked. It turns out YA is  because Matched started me down a path of reading hundreds of YA books.

(J)UST FINISHED

Wires and Nerve Vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer! It was my last Lunar Chronicles Book and I will never be sad that there aren’t any more.

(K)IND OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ

Adult. I really can’t do adult romance. I’ve tried reading books like Landline by Rainbow Rowell and I just can’t read them. I pretty much only read YA and very occasionally middle grade.

(L)ONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ

Winter by Marissa Meyer. It’s 800-some pages long and definitely the longest book I’ve ever read.

(M)AJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF:

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Whenever I finish a Cassandra Clare book, it’s hard for me to start another book because I know it won’t be as good.


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Book Character Scavenger Hunt Tag

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I saw this tag on Nose Stuck in a Book‘s blog and decided I’d give it a try! This tag is really long, so I cut a few of the questions that I didn’t have answers for.

Find a character with the name that starts with the letter “B”

The first character that came to my mind was Balekin from Cruel Prince. He’s so awful and I don’t like him so much! Cardan, on the other hand…

Find a character with dark personality

Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites. I’ve only read the first book in the trilogy and she already has such a dark and terrifying personality. I love her so much and know she’s been through so much that it broke every bit of kindness in her.

Find a dynamic character

I’m going to say Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. He goes from being a petty criminal to a hero. He changes for his friends and the girl he loves, while still being the same person. I love that he became a better person but didn’t sacrifice his sense of humor and personality.

Find a character with a weird personality

Marlee from The Selection. I love how she’s usually so hyper and excited and weird! I also love how she and America are friends despite being competitors. I’ve only read the first book, but so far they are such awesome friends.

Find a fat character

Molly Peskin-Suso from The Upside of Unrequited. I love her and Reid so much and the fact that they’re two fat characters that fall in love. I literally have never read another book where both the characters in the relationship were fat. Also, they’re so nerdy and cute and I just love them both so much!

Find a character with an unusual name

Glass Sorenson from The 100. I’ve never heard of anyone being named Glass, but I actually like the name. That might have to do with her being my favorite character in the books, but still – I think it’s a cute name.

Find a character who is included in a love triangle

I have a billion answers for this one, but I’m going with Peeta from The Hunger Games. Him, Katniss, and Gale were all involved in the whole love triangle thing, but did anyone really think Katniss was going to end up with Gale?

Find an awesome supporting character

Everyone is going to be shocked by my answer. Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’ve not shut up about her since I read DoSaB and don’t plan to. I say this every time and I’ll say it again: she is such a badass! Seriously, she’s like the best ever! She’s an amazing, loyal friend, who would literally do ANYTHING for the people she loves.

Find a hot male character

I could make a list a mile long, but the hottest book character ever, in my opinion, is Ky Markham. I don’t talk about him much, but he was my first ever book boyfriend and I haven’t stopped thinking about him in the four years since I read the Matched trilogy. Everything about him makes me imagine him being so hot.

Find the most annoying female character

Lada from And I Darken. I loved everything about that book – Radu, the setting, how dark it was – but I DNFed it because I can not stand Lada or Mehmed. Seriously, they deserve each other because they’re both terrible characters. I got like 350 pages in but I just can’t stand the both of them so much that I’ll probably never finish it.

Find a funny character

Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments. He’s so witty and hilarious all the time and I can never get enough of it. I love how he brings humor into the books when they get kind of serious.

Find a family

The Blackthorns in The Dark Artifices. They are so close and love each other so freaking much. I love how they all pitch in to help each other out and how time and distance could never tear them apart. They stand up for each other and let each other know when they mess up. They are like my favorite family in books ever.


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TBT: The Love Interest

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I realized I pretty much only review books I really enjoyed, so I thought I’d change  it up. I read this book right when it came out last year and was so disappointed. This was one of my very most anticipated releases of 2017 and I just didn’t like it.

Basic Review

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I barely ever give books one star, but I really, really disliked this book. It made me feel really uncomfortable, which I’ll get to. All in all, I can’t stand The Love Interest for so many reasons.

Basic Info

(No spoilers)

  • Author – Cale Dietrich
  • Genre – YA Romance (I guess??)
  • Number of pages – 373
  • My Goodreads stars – 1 out of 5 stars

My Review

(Minor Spoilers)

Synopsis from Goodreads – There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

  • Writing – Not good. Although the writing style definitely wasn’t the worst part of the book, it wasn’t good. It didn’t intrigue me or have anything unique about it. The writing was just okay. It didn’t make me want to keep reading. I still wonder why I suffered through 373 pages of it.
  • Characters – Caden was so boring. There was nothing unique, cool, or interesting (AT ALL) about him. He’s not the worst, though. Not by a longshot. Dyl had to be the worst love interest ever. Ever. In the history of books. He was not in love with Caden. Not for one single second. They had NO chemistry. I don’t remember the main girl’s name and I don’t care anymore, but she was okay. She obviously wasn’t memorable, though, because I can’t remember one single thing about her. There was a side character I LOVED and the author had him cheat on the girl he loved. WHAT THE HECK? He couldn’t have just not. What irks me more, though, is that the girl is fine with it. They get back together like he didn’t just totally betray her trust??? That made me so uncomfortable while I was reading this book. The characters were just so poorly written. They had no depth.
  • Plot – Everything that happens in this book is so strange. I can’t even remember what happened for the majority of the book because I just didn’t care. Nothing got addressed, though. I was so confused all throughout the book because things would happen and never be addressed. Also, there were like death robots or something (???) that really confused me.
  • Ending – How could this book possibly have had a happy ending? I don’t understand how Caden and Dyl ended up together. NO CHEMISTRY. Did they even like each other? I got the feeling that Caden’s feelings for Dyl were VERY unrequited… BUT THEY ENDED UP TOGETHER???? They would have been WAY better as friends.
  • Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – Don’t waste your time with this one. It’s so disappointing because if the concept was done right, it’d be awesome. Since, in my opinion, this book is so poorly written, I would recommend not to waste your time with this book.

I know this was more of just me yell-writing about why I don’t like this book, but I have really strong opinions about The Love Interest. Thanks for reading my yell-writing; it felt really good to get out.


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My Top 5 Science Fiction Recommendations

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I probably read less science fiction that I do any other genre, so I thought I’d put together a list of the very few sci-fi books that I actually do like.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book is awesome. The formatting is super unique and it defies a very popular YA trope within the first couple of pages: the main ship used to date and broke up at the beginning of the book. This book is so interesting and I loved everything about it – from the characters to the setting to even the spaceships. If you like uniquely formatted books or not-you-average romances or books set in space, you’ll probably love this novel.

The 100 by Kass Morgan

I really enjoyed this book when I read it. It’s pretty much a romance novel set in space / in the future. I love Bellamy and Clarke, for starters. Also, Glass, another main character, is one of my favorite characters of all time. I really liked that there were no robots or aliens or weird space creatures in this book. If you enjoy romance-heavy books or books about the future of Earth, you’ll probably enjoy The 100.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

I usually hate time travel, but I love this book. While having a very fun and fast-paced plot, I’d say this is a very character driven story. The best thing about this book is the complex character relationships, in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading about major historical events, such as the sinking of the Titanic, through the eyes of the characters who live in a completely different time. If you enjoy character-driven stories, time travel, or heartbreaking novels, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

This is one of my all-time favorite books. Everything about it is just so good. This one has aliens but they’re inside of humans, so there are no creepy looking creatures throughout the story. This is one of the most complex and beautiful romances I have ever read. Also, Melanie and Wanda are both super strong, super badass female lead characters. The stakes in this book are high and the plot is so interesting throughout this entire 600-some page book. If you enjoy strong female characters, aliens, or dystopian-esque books, you’ll probably enjoy The Host.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I saved the least science fiction-y books for last. This is one of the best series I have ever read. Each book follows another badass female character based on a fairytale princess. All of the 7 main characters are amazing, complex, and different from each other. Basically, these books are about a future Earth that is trying to get along with Lunars – people (some who have powers) from Luna (the moon) – and it going terribly wrong. The main characters are trying to save the Earth from making a terrible decision of uniting with the Lunars. That was likely the worst description of the series ever, but trust me that this series is amazing. If you enjoy slow burn romance, teamwork, and books with crazy high stakes, you’ll probably love The Lunar Chronicles.


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