Let’s Talk: Favorite Book/Series

I’ll be honest: I don’t have a lot of non-internet friends that like to read. That means I don’t have a lot of people to talk to face-to-face about books, which is the whole reason why I started this blog. That being said, I’ve been wondering what everyone’s favorite book/series is and why, because I’ve been thinking about expanding my horizons and reading something I wouldn’t normally pick up (or maybe something I would read but never knew existed). Also, I’m going down the rabbit hole and trying to expand my TBR list to combat my ongoing TBR cleanse.

So now I ask: What is your favorite book or series and why?

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I’ll go first.

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Stars Above by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

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Image result for stars aboveTitle: Stars Above
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: young adult, sci-fi, fantasy
Pages: 400
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

Some of these short stories have spoilers from the series. If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet, I wouldn’t read this review.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Book Review

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Image result for children of blood and boneTitle: Children of Blood and Bone
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, #1
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Pages: 544
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
Goodreads page

There are no spoilers in this review.

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Synopsis

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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First Impressions of Books pt. 3

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these, so I thought I should bring it back again. Basically, the premise is to find the covers of books you don’t know anything about and try and guess the blurb solely based on the cover. It’s literally “judging a book by its cover.” I’ve done this before in the past, so if you want to check out my first two attempts click here and here).

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The “official” rules of first impressions is that I take a bunch of books that I have no idea what they’re about, look at their cover, and try and judge what the story is about. Then I’ll read the blurb and figure out how close I was to the actual story. I chose only standalones or the first books of series to avoid any spoilers when I reveal the actual blurb.

Let’s get started!

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Throne of Glass Characters as Songs | Book Playlist

Okay, hear me out: I was listening to the radio when I heard this song that sort of reminded me of Lorcan. Weird, I know, but I couldn’t help but think that it perfectly summed up his character and attitude. I know authors sometimes make playlists for their readers to help them understand the vibe of the book they wrote. So those two elements combined are the inspiration for this post. I thought it would be cool to find a song that represents each main character in the Throne of Glass series. Some of these songs I think the lyrics reflect the character while others I just think the overall vibe of the song sums up the character nicely.

That being said, I might miss a couple characters here and there.

Also, I have the most basic music taste so I apologize if your music taste is more refined than mine. I’m an easy to please gal, alright?

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Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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“I’m guessing the sky is full of stars?”
“It is, but the only ones that matter are the ones you see.”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout, Storm and Fury

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Title: Storm and Fury
Series: The Harbinger, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: YA fantasy, romance, paranormal
Pages: 512
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

There are no spoilers in this review.

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Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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Image result for kingdom of ashTitle: Kingdom of Ash
Series: Throne of Glass, #7
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genre: YA fantasy, romance, paranormal
Pages: 992
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

READERS BEWARE: This review has KoA spoilers.

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YA Character Superlatives

I’m back from the dead (for a little bit)! I found myself wanting to write something because I’m happy to announce that I got a new laptop (my old one was about to turn eight years old and barely functions).

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Exploding batteries aside, I wanted to write a little post reflecting the end of the school year. One thing I always look forward to is the superlatives. Of course, I never was nominated for a superlative because I’m not that well-known among the students or teachers, but I don’t mind because I like keeping a low profile.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to put YA characters to the test and see which superlatives they would get if they were in school.

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April Wrap-Up and Planned Hiatus

GUYS! I just realized something very, very embarrassing. I was typing up this post when I realized that I don’t quite remember what I normally put in my monthly wrap-ups. I decided to do some hunting and found the last wrap-up I’ve done, and it happened to be in September of 2018. S E P T E M B E R.

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… ANYWAYS, I’m finally doing another wrap-up after six months have passed. Huzzah. (please don’t hate me)

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TBR Cleanse – Kick or Keep? Pt. 8

I can’t wait to be done cleaning out my TBR… It’s so long that this series will take a while. I might start doing 20 books at a time instead of ten. Or maybe I’ll comprise a post about all the books I kick out of my TBR. I dunno. I’ll think about it later.

Regardless of what I’m going to do in the future, I’m excited to revisit these next 10 books in the list to see if they’ll make the cut.

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Here are the rules to the “cleanse”:

  1. Choose the first 10 books in your TBR list.
  2. Read the blurb.
  3. Decide whether to keep it or “kick” it out of the list.
  4. Repeat with the next 10 books every week until you go through the whole list.

(All the blurbs were taken from Goodreads.)

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