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November 2017 wrap-up

This wrap up is a tad late, but I’m still enthusiastic about the fact that I read 9 books last month! How did that happen?! Either I’ve been slacking off on the constant piles of homework I have to finish or my time management skills have been improving. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

Books I’ve read:

Crown Of Midnight (Throne Of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas – improved writing +  furthered world building + badass Celaena (finally!!!) = solid 4 stars

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – great mental illness rep, but unfortunately written side characters + a formulaic plot = unsurprising 2.5 stars

City Of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare – the NOSTALGIA + kickass characters + kickass demon fighting + kickass world building = delighted 4 stars

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr – interesting themes, flat character writing + overall bland composition = disappointed 2.5 stars

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – unique mental illness exploration + thought-provoking, but too abstract and unfocused for me = inevitable 2.25 stars

Alex And Eliza (Aliza & Eliza #1) by Melissa de la Cruz – 18th century goodness + witty banter + too-cute-for-its-own-good romance = pleasantly surprised 3.75 stars

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – mostly predictable characters + unresolved plot points + forced romance = unhappy 2.5 stars

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – self discovery journey + relatable themes + sophisticated writing = emotionally affected 3.75 stars

Black Bird Of The Gallows by Meg Kassel – strong heroine + dark and atmospheric vibe, but a frustrating instalove-y romance = a very CONFLICTED 3 stars that is prone to change

November posts:

Anticipated releases: November 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake (review)

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (review)

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (review)

November mini-reviews

Anticipated releases: December 2017

The only other eventful thing (and relevant) that happened in November other than reading, was finishing season 2 of Daredevil. It’s kind of sad when you think about it, but I’m about to start Jessica Jones now and I’m hyped. Plus, speaking of Marvel, did y’all peep that Infinity War trailer???

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Anticipated releases: December 2017

Guys, can you believe it’s December already???

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It’s been a crazy and stressful year (in nearly every aspect) and I honestly can’t wait for these December contemporaries to close the year out in their lighthearted fashion. Yes, my anticipated releases this month are all indeed contemporary novels (surprise surprise!).

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Three Sides Of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles – Coming December 19th

You may think you know the love triangle, but you’ve never seen love triangles like these.
These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.
This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.
A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.
What do all these stories have in common?
The love triangle.

Never have I been so happy about love triangles! This sounds like a highly ambitious anthology and if there’s anyone who can turn the love triangle trope upside down, it’s definitely these authors. HYPEEEEImage result for page breaker
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Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – Coming December 26th

Everyone knows Abby Turner is in love with her best friend, Cooper Wells. Including Cooper Wells. But despite what people tell her, it doesn’t affect their friendship. And she’s practically over it, anyway. What she really can’t get over is when her boss at the local museum tells her that her paintings lack heart. 
Art is Abby’s passion and she hopes her future as well. She is determined to change his mind and earn her way into the upcoming exhibit at the gallery. So along with her family’s help, she compiles “The Heart List,” a series of soulstretching experiences that are sure to make her a deeper person and better artist in six weeks or less. When Cooper decides to complete the list along with her, she realizes this list is expanding her heart in more ways than one. Maybe she needs to start another project.
Love, Life, and the List is about a girl who, in an effort to bring more emotional depth to her art, compiles a list of soul-stretching experiences to complete with her best friend—a boy she also happens to be in love with. 
This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

God, I really need to catch up on Kasie West. It’s amazing how this woman puts out several books in a year when I take months to get a task done. Definitely looking forward to this one!

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33413929The Love Letters Of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle – Coming December 26th

When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

This sounds like such a sweet and diverse read. I’m glad mental illness is being represented more and more in YA literature and I hope this book doesn’t disappoint!

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Thanks for viewing guys! What are your upcoming December releases? Let me know in the comments 😀

 

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August 2017 Wrap Up

Me to the mess that was August:

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So can I debrief y’all on this month?? I totally expected to have hardly any time to breathe in the midst of SATs, summer homework assignments, dance, and getting ready for school, but I did expect to read between that mess. I tend to read more when I’m stressed and busy (and this month had me both, trust me), but right when I least expected it, BOOM. Reading slump. Blogging slump. Which, is why I only read a sad total of 5 books this month. Normally, I would be pretty happy, considering how much I used to read a year ago, but I was doing so well this summer, I thought I would hit at least 7 this month. Screw you, August. Damnit.

Anyway, let’s get into it. 🙂

18667779Everything Leads To You, by Nina LaCour (3.5 stars) – This contemporary novel didn’t blow me away in its romance (clearly the main focus), but I loved nearly every other aspect of it! The writing was casual, the atmosphere was well-defined, and the messages it carried were great. You can find my review here.

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25752041Royal Bastards, by Andrew Shvarts (2.75 stars) – I expected a shitton from Royal Bastards (a grave mistake on my part), and unsurprisingly it did not deliver. Stronger characters, more diverse world-building, and a more fitting narration would have done this book some serious good, but it decided to go a whole other route and there’s nothing I can do about it. I wouldn’t encourage reading this one if you want more than something mildly engaging. My full review can be found here.

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30971706Things I Should Have Known, by Claire LaZebnik (3.75 stars) – This novel was so, so sweet! The themes of family and friendship were expressed so subtly and the character development was equally strong. The topic of autism was also realistically talked about and was nicely tied in with the rest of the book. Would definitely recommend. You can find my review here.

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764347Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (4.5 stars) – I’ve decided to reread this beloved series, starting with one of my favorite books ever, Unwind. It was just as amazing and I can’t help but think of all the heartache I’m going to suffer while reading the rest of the books. It’s worth it, though. 🙂

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23447923The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (3.25 stars) – I don’t need to reread Aristotle And Dante to conclude that this book paled in comparison to it. There are many elements of this book that were done wonderfully, but others I simply couldn’t ignore or push myself to enjoy. Look out for my full review coming soon!

Thanks for reading, guys! Let me know what you thought in the comments below. Meanwhile, I’ll be praying September turns out to be better. 😀

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Waiting On Wednesday #3 | Leigh Bardugo’s ‘The Language Of Thorns’

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine where each week we discuss upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Hey guys! This week’s ‘Waiting On Wednesday’ book is The Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales And Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo! (YEEEEEEEEEE)

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Release Date: September 29, 2017

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

I’m so hyped for this, y’all don’t even know. The Grishaverse is probably my favorite fictional universe ever and I was not prepared to let it go when the Shadow And Bone trilogy and the Six Of Crows duology ended. So ready for the slayage.

What are your guys’ anticipated releases? Let me know in the comments 🙂

-Haven

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June 2017 Wrap-Up

One month of summer vacation is over. YAYYYYYYYYYY.

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I actually thought I’d read so much more this month, but I practically had no free time. Adding to all the classes and places I had to go to, there was barely a sense of organization in which I could manage my reading time, but I did what I could. 8 books, guys!

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Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer (4.25 stars): I think I read this on the very day I finished school and it was absolutely great. I liked it so much more the second time around. Scarlet and Wolf are EVERYTHING.

 

 

 

 

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Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars): This has to be my favorite of the series. The Darkling is still amazing, Alina’s sass in unreal, and Nikolai is my actual husband (among others).

 

 

 

 

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Lola And The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins (4 stars): This was a cute little contemporary that managed to successfully blend relatable teenage themes with high doses of adorableness. You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

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The Year We Fell Apart, by Emily Martin (2.25 stars): I was really looking forward to this contemporary, but after reading it, I can clearly say that it bit off more than it could chew. My full review can be read here.

 

 

 

 

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Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers (4.25 stars): The His Dark Assassin series continues to surprise me with its twists and turns in a number of aspects, from political discussion to romance. Mortal Heart will forever be a fantasy favorite. You can read my review here.

 

 

 

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Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars): This conclusion absolutely ripped me apart but I loved the pain. That ending had me in my feelings so bad, and if this series’ epilogue affects me so much, just imagine my reaction to Crooked Kingdom?! I’d probably go into cardiac arrest.

 

 

 

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13206828Cress, by Marissa Meyer (4.5 stars): Cress has always been my favorite of the series and it still is. I’m so ready for Winter.

 

 

 

 

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Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins (3.25 stars): While I moderately enjoyed this fast and cute contemporary, I was disappointed in lack of balance between deeper themes and fluffiness, the balance that made the other two books so enjoyable. Check out my review coming soon!

 

 

 

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Best books I’ve read in 2017 so far

Half the year is over, y’all. WHAAAAT.

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It’s already summer and I feel as though I’ve accomplished barely any of my goals besides my 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I’ve read about 40 books as of June and not many of them had been strictly 2017 releases, but I had decided after a month or two from January that I would be especially focusing on books that have been on my TBR since … years. This has caused me to miss out on the immense amount of fantasy novels getting the praise (and hate) this first half, and if I were to name all those books, I’m sure I’d lose my voice by the end of it. However, I have read some great stories so far even if they all weren’t released in 2017.

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Dark Triumph + Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

When you’ve lost faith in well-written assassins, proper political discussion, and realistic romances, the His Dark Assassin series is right there, waiting for you. I read Grave Mercy last year and found it pretty enjoyable, but these two are so good, Grave Mercy is no longer as memorable. The leading ladies, Sybella and Annith, are perfectly flawed and realistic. And did I mention it was badass? It’s totally badass.

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A Darker Shade Of Magic + A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab

I don’t know if A Darker Shade Of Magic counts as something I’d read in 2017 (since I had initially read it in 2015, whew) but I loved re-reading it. A Gathering Of Shadows was even more entertaining, and while I do agree it is somewhat filler, I love it too much to give it a 4 star-rating. I’m a quarter through A Conjuring Of Light so far but haven’t been reading it for a while, because I want to experience a paper version of it rather than an ebook. Still ready for it to emotionally destroy me, though.

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The Raven Boys + The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

THESE BOOKS. UGHH. I haven’t even gotten to the third book yet and I’m already drowning in FEEELS.

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Ah, the standalones. Absolutely love these two, regardless of the emotional turmoil they’ve caused me. I’m still not over that shit Marissa Meyer pulled at the end of Heartless.

Thanks for reading, guys. What are the best books you’ve read so far this year? Leave a comment below 🙂

-Haven

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Waiting On Wednesday #1 (6/21/17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine where each week we discuss upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Hey guys! This is my first time participating in this meme and I’m currently scolding myself for picking a terrible time to start. Most of my anticipated upcoming releases have, er, already been released but thankfully there are still more (there’s always more…). This week’s anticipated release is Wild Beauty, by Anna-Marie McLemore! 

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Release Date: October 3rd, 2017

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

I haven’t read too many magical realism novels but this one sounds quite interesting. The already-great reviews are only hyping me up more. October, where you at?

Thanks for viewing this post, guys. What upcoming releases are y’all excited for? Leave a comment below! 🙂

-Haven