The Thanksgiving Book Tag

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Happy Thanksgiving! I had so much fun doing this tag and hope you love it!


1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

I am going to have to go with Dreamology by Lucy Keating. I adored this book but the plot was a little all over the place and it really was purely an adorably ridiculous love story.


2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I wanted to love this book so bad but it was just so boring. Even with the somewhat dual timelines.


3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

I am going to go with Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This series is not one of my favorites but I think Laini Taylor really stepped up her game in this book.


4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. This was an epic conclusion to one of my favorite trilogies of all time and there was so much action!


5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This book was sold to me as a love triangle in which the two boys fall in love. I have never seen that before, so I was so excited to read this. The two boys had literally no chemistry and it seemed like the author only made them fall in love because he wanted to do a play on the love triangle trope. They didn’t even seem like they really liked each other.


6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand has a super subtle, super cute subplot and it is incredible. Even thinking about the two characters who ended up together right now gives me goosebumps. This book was so well done!


7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer. This is one of the stupidest books I have ever read. There is no substance, it is purely entertaining.


8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

Wilder Girls by Rory Power. I really enjoyed this book but thought it dragged in certain places. I think the book could have easily been 25-50 pages shorter.


9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

I don’t really reread books but if I’m in a reading slump, I will reread bits and pieces of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. My favorite series is bound to make me excited about reading again.


10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Mac and cheese. My mom makes homemade mac and cheese for Thanksgiving every year and it is incredible. To be honest, it is one of the only things she is really good at making!


Thanks for reading! ❤

 

Recently Read: Serpent & Dove

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I read Serpent & Dove in early October and absolutely adored the entire book!


Brief Thoughts

This is a fun, action-packed enemies to lovers fantasy book. It has high stakes, a lot of angst, and an incredible romance.


Info About the Book

Author – Shelby Mahurin

Genre – YA Fantasy

Number of pages – 528 pages

Star rating – 5 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.


My Review

Writing – The writing was so immersive I felt like I was actually in the stories. The author pays such incredible attention to sensory details and it honestly made me feel so connected to the story.

Characters – Lou is a witch, and so is her best friend Coco. They are different kinds of witches who come from different backgrounds but support each other nonetheless. Lou is headstrong, tough, and just an incredibly strong character. Coco is also strong but in different ways. While Lou is always ready for confrontation, Coco is more held back and very good at devising plans. The love interest, a witch hunter named Reid, is loyal to a fault, religious, and well trained. He and Lou’s interactions are so interesting because they come from two different worlds. I loved how the characters interacted with each other.

Plot – This book is a slow burn romance but it is also an intense fantasy with high stakes. The book revolves around Lou getting herself into more trouble than she can keep up with and the reader just has to watch to see if she can get herself out. There are intense battle scenes, political intrigue, and a few amazingly well thought out plot twists.

Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – I would absolutely recommend Serpent & Dove. It is such a fun, intriguing book and has something for everyone. Romance? Check. High stakes? Check. Girls supporting girls? Check. Magic? Check. This book truly has everything.


Thanks for reading! ❤

October 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing

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October’s Fairyloot theme was Love at First Bite! Since this is an unboxing, there will be spoilers for the October 2019 Fairyloot box, so be aware of that before scrolling! I hope you enjoy!

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The spoiler card this month was beautiful! The stuffed cat is mine, not a part if the box.

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The first item was a book sleeve inspired by Dracula. This was done by @noverantale on Twitter and it is beautiful!  This is my first ever book sleeve!

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The next item was a beanie by @kdpletters that says BITE ME. There was also a bat enamel pin done by @taratjah that I put onto my hat! Both are adorable.

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Then there was this absolutely stunning coaster set done by @blanca.design that I am so excited to use! There is a sword, a bat, a cup, and a rose.

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The candle was inspired by Interview with the Vampire by Anna Rice! I haven’t read the book but I loved the movie! It was by @themeltinglibrary and smells amazing! The sticker done by @catarinabookdesigns has a quote from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and I gave it to my sister, who is a huge fan.

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The paper items that came in this Fairyloot are amazing! We got an incredible print of two vampire ladies by @monolimeart and a map of New Orleans by @kat_adara that is also stunning.

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The book we got was The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh! This is the reason I wanted to buy the box! I cannot wait to read it.

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The book has red sprayed edges and a design on the inside of the dust jacket! The artwork is by @merwildandco and is so nice! I love it!

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The book was signed by Renee Ahdieh, which was cool because I went to a signing of her and Holly Black last year and all of my books of hers are signed!

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Lastly, we got these tarot cards! There is no information about them on the spoiler card, but I know they are from Shatter Me. I don’t know who the characters are, though.

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Thanks for reading! ❤

Horror Movie Book Tag

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I love horror movies and since it is Halloween time, I thought this would be a super fun tag to do!


Rules: 

  1.  Please credit Princess @RoyalReader (or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules.
  2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!
  3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs.
  4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you!

I actually was not tagged and do not like to tag people but instead just say do this tag if you want to!


1. THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: A BOOK YOU WOULD SAVE WHEN CIVILIZATION ENDS?

This is shocking but City of Bones by Cassandra Clare! Everyone knows this is my favorite book of all time and I would totally save it!

2. THE VAMPIRE: A BOOK YOU WOULD STAKE THROUGH THE HEART?

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. This is my least favorite book of all time and I find David Levithan’s character to be extremely fatphobic. This is definitely a book I would want to stake through the heart!

3. THE HAUNTED HOUSE: A BOOK THAT STILL HAUNTS YOU?

The Merciless by Danielle Vega! This book is not particularly scary, but some of the scenes in it are super disgusting and I still think about them over a year after I read the book.

4. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER: A BOOK WITH A TWIST YOU DID NOT SEE COMING?

This is not a horror book, but We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal has two of the best plot twists I have ever read. This book is honestly a masterpiece.

5. THE CREEPY DOLL: A BOOK THAT SEEMS INNOCENT BUT ISN’T?

The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand. This book comes out in November and it is amazing. I read an ARC, expecting it to be a nice, interesting coming of age story about an adopted girl. This book pulled my heart out and I was in tears while reading a lot of this book. It is exceptional.

6. THE MONSTER: A BOOK YOU COULD BARELY TACKLE/DEFEAT?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This book is long and I hated it. This is my least favorite sequel of all time and I barely ended up finishing it. What a disappointment!

7. THE COMEDY-HORROR: A BOOK WITH MIXED GENRES THAT WORKED (OR DIDN’T)?

My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies is a mix between comedy and historical fiction and it is one of the funniest books I have ever read. This book worked so well and will forever be one of my favorite historical fiction books. Jane is hilarious and badass.

8. THE (CLICHED) TEEN HORROR: A BOOK YOU FOUND SUPER CLICHED/STEREOTYPICAL?

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. This is one of the most cliched, stereotypical YA paranormal books out there. I absolutely love cliches (and think they are used a lot for a reason) and this is one of my favorite books that I read in 2019. Rose is one of the most awesome, badass heroines I have ever read about.

9. THE DEMONIC POSSESSION: A BOOK SO GRIPPING YOU NEEDED AN EXORCIST TO ESCAPE IT?

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. This is one of the cutest, most interesting romantic books I have ever read and I could not put it down. I would pick this book up every chance I could because I loved Shane, the main character, so much.

10. THE SCIENCE FICTION: A PRECIOUS BOOK YOU WOULD PERMANENTLY SACRIFICE TO ALIENS FOR THE GOOD OF MANKIND?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This book is an essential when it comes to YA and I think it is special enough to offer up to any aliens. Also, it is science fiction, so I thought it fit perfectly for this question.


Thanks for reading! ❤

TBT: Jackaby

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I read Jackaby last year and enjoyed it but did not love it.


Brief Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jackaby but did not think the writing style really worked for me. I do plan on continuing the series, though.


Info About the Book

Author – William Ritter

Genre – YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery

Number of pages – 299

Star rating – 3 out of 5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.


My Review

Writing – The writing style was not my favorite. The story was very interesting but not very well written. This book did a lot of telling and a lot less showing, I did still enjoy the story overall, though.

Characters – I really like Abigail. She was a smart, outspoken young woman ahead of her time. She thought objectively, worked hard, and was just really cool to read about. I also enjoyed Jackaby, the investigator Abigail begins working for. He is funny and an overall interesting character. Charlie, the sort of love interest, was also a good character but not in the book enough to really make a lasting impression.

Plot – This book is all about murder and fantastical species and investigating what the police cannot. I really enjoyed all of the fantastical elements. I also enjoyed reading about the murders and watching Jackaby and Abigail solve the case. It was so centered around that and I really did not mind.

Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – I would totally recommend this book. While the writing style wasn’t my favorite, the story was interesting, the plot was fast-paced, and Abigail is a seriously awesome young woman.


Thanks for reading! ❤

 

Books With Vampires or Werewolves Recommendations

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It is officially Halloween season, so I thought I would recommend 5 YA books with vampires or werewolves in them! I was inspired to make this post because The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh released on October 8th and I am beyond excited about it!

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I obviously had to include my favorite series of all time! There are so many vampires and werewolves in this series – some that I love and some that I don’t. One of my favorite characters of all time, Raphael Santiago, is in this series. His life – among other vampires’ lives in this series – is one of the most interesting things to learn about while reading The Mortal Instruments and The Bane Chronicles, which has a whole story dedicated to him. Jordan Kyle is also an important character that has such an interesting past.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I have only read the first two books in this series and did not love the second one, which is why I am only recommending the first book for the moment. I do plan on continuing the series, though. This book is absolutely amazing – and the epitome of YA paranormal books. I loved reading about the politics of vampires and reading about the different roles of the different classes of vampires. Rose is a totally badass female character that is so, so fun to read about.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my favorite books ever. It follows Simon, the chosen one who goes to a magic school, and Baz, his vampire roommate, who has disappeared. This has one of the best hate to love stories I have ever read. Baz is probably the most interesting, complex character on this list and reading about him is a ride. The love story between Simon and Baz is so good and the fantastical elements in this book are so well done.


This is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans

This book is middle-grade but I absolutely loved it! It is about a boy who secretly turns into a werewolf and goes to see his mom who is stuck as a wolf. It is set at a boarding school and has all the makings of a fun middle-grade book. There are scary teachers, an atmospheric setting, and a kid who doesn’t follow the rules. It is fun and easy to read!


The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

This is a bit of a stretch but I thought I would include it anyway. Some characters have been scientifically modified to partially wolves, partially humans. The main one is Wolf, who appears in Scarlett, the second book. He is an amazing, charismatic character that is super fun to fall in love with. This series has magic, science, and romance – a perfect combination.


Thanks for reading! ❤

Blog Tour: The Bookwanderers Review

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If you could speak to your favorite character who would it be? What would you say?


Today I have a super exciting post! I am a part of the blog tour for The Bookwanderers by Anna James and cannot wait to review it!


As you can see, I am the last stop on the tour but you can still go and check out these posts about the book!

Blog Schedule

Week One

September 16 –Because.my.mother.read – Creative Instagram Picture

September 17 – Wishful Endings – Moodboard

September 18 – Dad Suggests – Reflection Piece

September 19 – Novel Novice – Top 5 Fictional Characters I’d Like to Meet/Hang out with

Week Two

September 23 – Vicariously & Voraciously – Dream Cast

September 24 – The Bumble Girl – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

September 25 – Brandi O Donnell – Top Five Favorite Quotes

September 26 – Imaginary Book Stack – Bookstagrammers Interview: What character they would most want to meet, where, etc + Creative Instagram Picture

Week Three

September 30 – Two Points of Interest – Review + Favorite Character + Dinner Theme

October 1 – AEB Book Reviews – Review


BOOK DESCRIPTION

An enchanting story about the magic of books and the power of imagination from debut author Anna James. Perfect for fans of InkheartThe Land of Stories, and Story Thieves. Soon to be a major television series!

     Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favorite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, start showing up at the shop,Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their books, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly’s new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, but danger may be lurking on the very next page…

When new secrets are uncovered, it’s up to Tilly to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. From debut author Anna James comes a charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop that will delight book lovers everywhere.


OTHER INFO ABOUT THE BOOK

Author – Anna James

Genre – MG Realistic Fantasy

Number of pages – 278

Star rating – 4 out of 5 stars


MY REVIEW

Writing – This book is so whimsical! The author truly does an excellent job of creating the atmosphere of the bookstore and of channeling the personalities of well-loved book characters. I really enjoyed how this book was written.

Characters – Tilly was a great main character! She was so adorable and fun to read about because she had such a fun personality. She was a really good main character and I really liked learning about her throughout the book. I also adored how the author used well-loved book characters, such as Anne Shirley, in this book. Going back to the italics question at the top of this post, the author does a fantastic job showing the interactions between Tilly and the characters she loves.

Plot – This book has such an interesting plot. When Tilly is sucked into a book, the first one being Alice in Wonderland, you just have to know more. Going on adventures with the characters in this book was so fun and I am so excited to see what other adventures they have waiting for them.

Enjoyability / Would I Recommend – I would totally recommend this book! Tilly and all of the other characters are fun to read about and the setting is amazing. Getting to read about a cozy bookshop is such a good feeling and this book really did make me feel cozy. I felt like James did an amazing job of showing what Tilly would say to her favorite characters,


AUTHOR BIO

Anna James is a writer and journalist. She was a school librarian before joining The Bookseller as their Book News Editor. She now writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and chairs events at bookshops and literary festivals across the UK. She lives in north London, in a flat full of books. Visit Anna online at anna-james.com. Follow her on Twitter @acaseforbooks.


Thanks for reading! ❤