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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Review | Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: ARC from ALA13

Rating: 5 out 5 stars


Synopsis: "A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy - and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances - not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart. 

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review: I didn't want this series to get closer to ending, so it took me a few months to bring myself around to reading it. When I finally read and devoured it, I had a bit of a book hangover because it was just soooooo good, you guys, sooooooo goooood. 

Celaena is one of the most fierce and bad-ass characters I have ever read about. I seriously wish that she was my best friend. In this book, you continue to see how she grows becoming even stronger and more fierce but in different ways. I loved seeing a completely different side of her - she's a dynamic character that I find goes beyond the pages of the book. 

The romance took a different turn that I thought it would, there's not so much of a love triangle in this one that there is Celaena spending most of her time with a certain guy. The romance was another aspect of this book that I loved, they are perfect for each other. I can't wait to see where they go in the next book. 

The story and the world grew even deeper than I thought it could. Just to remind you, I LOVED ToG, it is one of my all-time favorites and I didn't know if this one could be better and it was. It took turns I didn't see coming, it developed things I didn't think would have been possible or even a part of the story. 

Okaaay, I suppose I have raved about this one enough. Now to await the release of Heir of Fire. Hopefully I can somehow acquire an ARC, squeal in delight and then dive in. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think of the deeper storyline? What are some good fantasy books you've read lately?   




Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review | Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Borrowed from the library

Rating: 4 out 5 stars


Synopsis: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. 

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him - and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth. 

Review: I'm pretty sure that I would have normally avoided a book like this one if it hadn't been for the consistent raving reviews I kept finding for it. Needless to say, thanks to the book-loving, blogging community, I decided to give this one a go and I'm pretty glad that I did. Thank you to all that have raved about this book - I wouldn't have read this one if not for you :)

This book delivers. Seriously, it delivers so many different aspects that bring it into one great story. I loved the story of the Paladins, it was completely unique to me and I haven't encountered any type of supernatural/mythological even remotely similar. I'm really intrigued to see how this aspect of the story will develop in the next book, I'd say I was most invested in this part of the book.

I really enjoyed the characters. Admittedly, at first I had a very hard time relating to Harper and I felt that the story wasn't going anywhere, I almost put the book down. BUT, after Harper became a paladin, I felt she was much more sensible, humble, and smart which made me really like her. David was a bit annoying at times mostly because it was hard for me to understand exactly why he was acting the way he was acting at times. However, I still think that Harper and David balance each other out well and are rather perfect for each other.

This book kept me surprised. Nothing that I thought would happen actually happened. Things that did happen were things that I didn't see coming. I found myself having a hard time putting this book down because I wanted so desperately to know what was going to happen next. Hawkins, you know how to hook a reader in, oh yes you do.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had a buffy-ish feel to it that gave it extra points for me. And I loved the southern setting and feel of the book that I haven't encountered all too often in books. I would recommend this one to any fans of Buffy, or those that are looking for a good, entertaining read.



Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What did you think of the concept of the Paladins? What are some good books you've read that are set in a southern setting?   




Sunday, May 25, 2014

6 Reasons Why I Love Buying Books

I have a confession. I broke my project 50 and bought some books. Surprisingly, I don't feel an ounce of shame, or regret. It went something like this

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It has been about two months since I last bought a book, and I have read 12 off  tbr pile(of my own shelves) in those two months. So, I got to thinking what happened to the bad feelings that I should be having because I broke my project 50. I came up with 6 reasons why I love buying books and therefore the reasons why I don't feel bad for buying books.

1. When I buy books, I'm supporting authors and the publishing industry. The more authors sell, the more likely they get the opportunity to write more. The more books sell, the more that are made and continue to come out. I love being a part of the success of a book.

2. When I buy books, I'm supporting bookstores, both "big" and local. I have shopped at both "big" bookstores, mainly Barnes & Noble, as well some of my local bookstores (I've visited all the ones I can find around the region that I live). More than anything, I don't want bookstores to disappear - I love simply being in them (the smells, the people, the books that surround you and welcome you in). I have no problem buying books through them to see them continue to thrive, or at least survive.

3. When I buy books, I'm able to make the book my own. With my own books, I'm able to mark my favorite passages or moments(with sticky notes), and keep them in the book. While I take good care of my books, when they're my own, I don't worry so much about carrying them around in my purse, or carrying them with me around the house, as I tend to do.

4. When I buy books, I'm able to revisit the story whenever I would like. As I mentioned already, I like to mark my favorite moments or passages in a book with sticky notes. When I own the book, I can re-visit my favorite moments or quotes anytime I would like.

5. When I buy books, I'm instantly in a better mood and mindset. Books make me incredibly happy, to which, I'm sure you if you're reading this, you can relate:). The whole experience of buying books is always a pleasurable one to me. Going into the bookstore, browsing through the books, picking out one or two(maybe more if I'm lucky), buying them, and coming home to dive into them is something I would do every day if I could. Alternatively, buying books online has a similar feeling, but more so when you receive the books in the mail.

6. I buy books, simply because I love to. For all the reasons above and some I've probably even forgotten, it's a great joy to me when I get to buy books. If I could put all of my money towards books, I would. Unfortunantely that is something that is not going to happen. The only time I get to buy books are around holidays or my birthday when I get gift cards or money. Maybe part of my appreciation comes from only buying books a few times a year. Who knows. But what I do know is one of the best feelings to me is giving a book or books a good, loving home.

And some other reasons, best explained through these gifs...

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I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that loves to buy books, what are your reasons for buying books? What good ones have you bought recently?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Review | We Were Liars

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Random House
Source: ARC (Thanks Rachel!)

Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars


Synopsis: 
A Beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies. 
True love. 
The Truth.

Read it. 
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Review: This book has been majorly hyped. Honestly, I think the hype got to me. I had such high hopes going into this one. I thought that it was going to exceed my expectations. I thought it was going to be mind-blowing. In actuality, I was a bit disappointed. I'm having a hard time trying to review this book because I think that it's best to go into it blind, because I feel my experience was ruined since I found out something that I don't think I should have. So here is probably the shortest review I will ever write.

Firstly, I LOVE the writing of this book. I was sucked in by everything the writer was carefully spewing from his fingertips. Everything was so enveloping and delicately developed that made the book a wonderful read in and of itself. 

I wish I had gone into this book without any pre-conceived notions of plot, as well as with zero expectation.  I would have told myself "Just read the book and see what happens". That's what I wish I had done. 

Here's why I wish I had done that...
While reading a review I read that there was a major plot twist that the reviewer had seen coming and had predicted. I was surprised because everyone had claimed that the opposite. Therefore, I kind of spent the whole book analyzing it and trying to figure out when/where/how the plot twist was going to come in. When it happened, I was surprised but also confused.  I'm not going into any more details because I don't want to even hint at any type of events in the book. 

If you're going to pick this book up. I'd say pick it up and read it, with no expectations or guessing as to what happens. When you're done, please share your thoughts on it with me :)

 




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review | Open Road Summer

Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publication: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: Walker (according to GR)
Source: Borrowed from the library

Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars


Synopsis: After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O'Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind.. and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah's 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. 

Review: Okay, so I really, really wanted to like this book. I think the hype got to me a little bit. I was expecting this book to be one of those perfect beach reads that you want to make everyone around you read. While I would still recommend this book, because I really liked it, I have some big problems with the MC. 

I love many aspects of this books, the road trip, country music, music road-tripping, a country boy love interest(intriguing since you don't see a lot of those!) and a friendship with a girl that has been said to be very similar to Taylor Swift. But when I started the book, I was instantly drawn away from it by Reagan's attitude. Here are a few things I wanted to tell her as I was reading...
 "I get it, you're one tough chick, but making fun of other people you don't even know is a bit immature and ridiculous"
"Really....."
"I'm not sure that happened that way, don't assume things"
"You're not better than everyone else, please stop acting like you are"(most commonly thought)
"Having a song written about you is incredibly romantic, stop acting like an idiot"
Guys, was I the only one that was completely annoyed with her sometimes? I just couldn't stand the way she put down everyone around her and acted like she was better than everyone else. Okay, rant over. 

I really enjoyed the relationships between Reagan and Dee. I wanted to hear more about Dee. This book was equal parts friendship as it was romance and I really liked that aspect. Speaking of romance, Matt Finch. Matt freaking Finch. What a great guy. I think I may have a new book boyfriend here. He was perfect for Reagan if only to get her to change her stinky attitude. 

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. Reagan got on my nerves, but I devoured this book in a day. I couldn't put it down - I had to know what was going to happen next and I couldn't get enough of Matt Finch. Put this one on your summer reading lists, people. I don't think you'll regret it. 



Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What are your thoughts on Reagan, or Matt Finch? What are some of your favorite road trip novels?   




Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Review | Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Title: Since You've Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: ARC Borrowed from Rachel (Thanks Rachel!)

Rating: 5 out 5 stars


Synopsis: The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best  friend - the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. Theres' just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try... unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait... what?

Getting through Sloane's list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she'll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um...

Review: I finished this book over a week ago and it's still floating around in my head. I have to say this review will be a whole lot of raving, because this book was a whole lot of greatness. 

Let's start off with Emily. Emily was completely relatable to me, in fact, she reminded me a lot of myself, which made me love her even more. She's shy (unless she's with Sloane), sensible, and mature. She was a character that you don't see very often and I really appreciated that. It was a wonderful experience watching her become herself, and finding her missing pieces of herself when she thought they were gone forever. 

I love the lists in this book. From the list that Emily has to complete to the various playlists that are within the book, I loved them all. I find that I appreciate additives, such as playlists and (handwritten) lists within the stories because it makes them seem more real to me. 

The relationships in this book was a highlight for me. You get to see a variety of them with Emily. From her relationship with her brother, to making new friends. From her past loves to a potential new one (that car sunroof/rain scene had me glued to the book). They were parts of the book that I really enjoyed reading about. 

This book is a chunker, coming in at nearly 450 pages. My only minor complaint was that there were parts where the story felt that it was going to get slow, and I'd end up putting the book down for a bit before picking it up again. The story didn't drag for me or have parts that weren't interesting, I don't know if it was just my mood, but I would feel a lull at times. No worries about it, because once I couldn't put the book down for long, and once I picked it back up, the story got really good again. 

Overall, I hope you add this to your summer reading list and more importantly love it as much as I did. It's official that I will read anything that Morgan Matson writes, I think the only book of hers that I haven't read is Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, which I'm thinking I'll need to read this summer. 


Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Referring to Sloane's list, what do you think would be the easiest and hardest tasks for you to complete? Have you read any other books by Morgan Matson?   




Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 Goals and TBR.

The Bout of Books read-a-thons are some of my favorite times of the year. I have been waiting a few months for this one to roll around and it's finally here tomorrow. But this time it didn't come at the best time...I'm going to be getting married this week! While I'm excited, there's still so much to do and that day of I don't think I'll be able to get much reading in, if any at all. However, it seems when I have tons to do, I usually get more reading done, so maybe I won't do so bad this week.

What are my goals? In past Bout of Books read-a-thons, I've set a goal to read at least 150-200 pages a day. This time I'm going to try to read an average of 150 pages a day. I'm also going to try to finish at least three books. One of the books I finish must be City of Glass. I put this one down and haven't picked it up because I've been distracted by other books, but I want to continue to get caught up with this series in anticipation for The City of Heavenly Fire release. 

What am I planning on reading? Here's the stack I'm going to be choosing from.


The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
To All the Boy's I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I know there's no way I will finish all of these, but these are some books I've been wanting to read that I could end up reading. I could also end up picking a book not in this pile. I am very much a mood-reader and could end up being in the mood for a book not pictured above. Connect with me on twitter @aloveofbooks to get more frequent updates :) I'd love to connect with you too! 

UPDATES

MONDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 122.
Did I finish a book today and how many: Finished 1 book.
Total number of books I've read: 1.
Books: Finished Open Road Summer (100 pages) and started The Elite (22 pages).

TUESDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 40.
Did I finish a book today and how many: None finished.
Total number of books I've read: 1.
Books: Still reading The Elite

WEDNESDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 44.
Did I finish a book today and how many: None finished.
Total number of books I've read: 1.
Books: Still reading The Elite.

THURSDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 50.
Did I finish a book today and how many: None finished.
Total number of books I've read: 1.
Books: Continued reading The Elite.

FRIDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 166.
Did I finish a book today and how many: Yes. I finally finished The Elite.
Total number of books I've read: 2.
Books: Open Road Summer and The Elite are the two completed books. 

SATURDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 323 
Did I finish a book today and how many: Yes. Started and Finished The One.
Total number of books I've read: 3.
Books: Open Road Summer, The Elite, The One.

SUNDAY.
Number of pages I've read today: 276.
Did I finish a book today and how many: Yes. Started and Finished The Summer I Turned Pretty.
Total number of books I've read: 4. 
Books: Open Road Summer. The Elite. The One. The Summer I Turned Pretty.

I have to say that I'm impressed with my weekend reading. I think those few days of lacked reading due to getting married(!!!) really left me with a hunger to get some reading done after all was said and done. Overall I read a total of  1,022 pages which averaged me at about 146 pages a day. I had a goal of an average of 150 pages, so that's really close. Though I didn't read as much as I wanted, I would say this read-a-thon has been a success for me mostly because of those few great days of reading. How did you guys do?


Let me know if your participating in Bout of Books 10.0. I'd love to check out your TBR, etc.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yay, It's time for Bout of Books 10.0!

It's time for another read-a-thon! I love, love, love the Bout of Books read-a-thons. They are fun, encouraging and a perfect excuse to get some major reading done. If you haven't heard of this read-a-thon, here's some info for you:


Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My goal and tbr post is scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) so check back to see what I plan on reading and my goals for the read-a-thon. 

Are you guys participating in Bout of Books 10? :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Review | My Life Next Door

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publication: June 14th, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Bought it

Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars


Synopsis: "One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them ... until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decisions. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

Review: This is one of my favorite contemporaries I have ever read. It's such a fantastic summer read. I'm a bit hesitant to read books that have been hyped up and this one is one of those books, but it's worth the hype in my opinion. This book exceeded my expectations.

Samantha was a refreshing character to read about. She's smart, sensible and there's no whiney or angst which I greatly appreciated. Jase is the same way - I love seeing a decent, good guy as the romantic interest! Both of them were mature and had such a cute relationship that I was actually smiling as I was reading. 

Fitzapatrick's writing grabbed me in as well the story. I really enjoyed her style and flow of the story. Once I picked up the book, I didn't want to put it down. The plot twists were completely unexpected and had me completely pulled in by how everything was going to work out in the end. 

The only issue that I had with this book and why I took away half a star was because of an issue that I felt was resolved way too quickly and unrealistically. I don't want to give anything away by naming names but this character made a turn around that seemed unreal given their past. I kept waiting for them to turn back around and while I'm glad they stayed on the right track, it seemed to resolve in a way that diminished the story a little bit for me. 

Overall, I would highly recommend reading this book this summer (or anytime) if you haven't already. This is such a great contemporary read that I think everyone - even people not fond of contemporary - will love. I'm dying to get my hands on What I Thought Was True which is Huntley Fitpatrick's new book! 


Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Where you surprised with the plot twists? Have you read Huntley Fitzpatrick's new book? How was it?   




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May TBR

I'm not very good at sticking to TBRs but I love seeing other peoples. I love to see what people are reading and it gets me excited if we plan on reading the same book. That being said, I thought I would share some books I'm thinking of reading this month.

But, here's the thing, I'm a mood reader through and through, so I read what I'm in the mood for. Therefore when I've set TBRs in the past I never stuck to them because I was in the mood to read something else.

This TBR includes books that I'm thinking of reading this month. Books that I've been dying to read. Books that I'm doing read-a-longs with. So here's what I'm thinking of reading:




The bottom three are all books I'm currently in the middle of (I've been suffering from indecisive book-reading, there's just too many I want to read):

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins - Reading this one with my sister! I'm enjoying it so far.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - I loved Second Chance Summer and this new book of hers has summer written all over it. I'm definitely in the mood for some contemporary and this one is fitting the bill just right so far.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare - Working my way to getting caught up in the series in time for the City of Heavenly Fire release.

Other books I'm thinking of reading this month:

To all the boys I've loved before by Jenny Han - I've heard some great things about this one and I've been wanting to read it since it came out.

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish - I love me some fantasy. My sister and I are going to read this one after we finish up Rebel Belle.

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid - This book sounds so good. It comes out in August, but I want to make sure to read it before R. needs it back.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord - Another I've been dying to read since it came out. I've read a few pages so far and I think I'm going to pick this one up once I finish Since You've Been Gone.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han - I think its about time I read this one. Another summer contemporary...yes please.

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters - Received this one for review from Quirkbooks (Thank You!). The premise sounds so unique, I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Some others I forgot to add to the stack: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima and The Elite by Keira Cass as well as The One by Keira Cass. AND Attachments by Rainbow Rowell for the Booksplosion read-a-long of the month.


There are a few readathons going on this month and since I am finally done with school for the summer, I will be doing all the readathons I come across. However, I am getting married this month (yay!) so I'll be a bit busy that week or just one whole day, which unfortunately falls during the Bout of Books readathon week. But it's okay, reading will be my relaxing, and I'll be doing some relaxing too.

What are you planning to read this month? Are there any readathons you are participating in or any that you have heard are going on this month? Have you read any books I plan on reading this month, if you have what did you think of them? Any recommendations for me to read this month?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up | April 2014

First and foremost an apology for my absence at the end of last month, but I have one word why I was absent.....FINALS. I know I'm not the only one out there who had finals, but we all know they suck time and just all around suck. Anyways moving on, I had a decent reading month...reading a total of 9 books. So let's talk about 'em.

Books Read

 The Bone People by Keri Hulme- I had to read this one for class. While it was interesting I found it a bit hard to get through at times. Rated this one 3 out of 5 stars.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - This one has been hyped up so much, I think I let the hype get to me a little bit. While I enjoyed this one, and it surprised me, it didn't blow me away. More to come in a full review next week. Rated this one 4 out of 5 stars.

White Cat by Holly Black (audiobook) - Jesse Eisenberg is the voice for this book and that was my favorite part. It took me 2 months to work my way through the book though, it just didn't really keep its intrigue for me. Rated this one 3 out of 3 stars.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare - This book was better than City of Bones. I'm working my way to get caught up for City of Heavenly Fire later this month, I don't think I'll make it, as I'm still reading City of Glass, but as long as I avoid spoilers for it, I don't mind. Rated this one 4 out of 5 stars.

Every Day by David Levithan - This book was more than I thought it would be. I loved, loved, loved all the amazing and differing elements that Levithan put into this book. The way that A lives non-judgmentally and free-loving was a fresh breeze. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - I went into this book thinking it was a fantasy and I was way off. I had a little disappointment, but that's because I thought the book would be something completely different than what it was. However, after I told myself to get over it, I really enjoyed the book. The writing was awesome, the story was unique, I have found myself recommending this book to a few people. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas - This book was amazing. There were so many amazing elements in this story that I was hooked and pulled along through the pages. I couldn't stop thinking about this amazing world. I wasn't too impressed with the writing (the footnotes through me off) but the story and world were so good that I couldn't stop reading, but at the same time I wanted to take my time so I could live in the world just a little longer. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - OMG. THIS BOOK WAS SO F'N GOOD. SERIOUSLY. I know this one doesn't come out until October and I'm sad that I read it so early that I can't share how good it is with anyone because barely anyone has read it (if you have, let's talk about it!!) I had to read it so it could be passed on to another reviewer, but I'm thankful to have the chance to read it! If you haven't caught my drift in the first line, just know that this book was amazeballs. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith - This was a required reading book for my poetry class. Therefore, it is a book of poetry and a very good book of poetry. I loved the variety of poems and the beauty of the poet's voice. Rated this one 5 out of 5 stars.


March Reviews


Other Fun Posts I did in March


How was your April reading month? What was your favorite book you read in the month?