– Monthly Recap: October 2015

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Happy Halloween, y’all! I hope you got a lot of candy or if you didn’t go trick-or-treating, I hope you had a great time looking at costumes! I had a pretty good month; I hope it stays this way!


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Unfortunately, due to the amount of work I’ve been getting since the beginning of the school year, I haven’t had much time to read and review books! I only got to read 3 books this month, but hopefully, I can figure out how to get my time management down.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★

World After by Susan Ee ★★★★½

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks ★★★½ (review to come!)

3 Books Read | Favorite:

World After by Susan Ee

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American Horror Story: Hotel:  AHS is on its 5th season this year, and it’s incredible. It stars some of my favorite people, such as Lady Gaga, Finn Wittrock, and Matt Bomer. The showmakers have done a great job in the past (even though I’ve only watched Murder House and Freak Show). Nonetheless, I’m really excited to see how this season pans out.

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The Middle: The Middle has been on its 7th season, and I’m eternally grateful to see more of the Heck family. The actors have such great dynamics together, and the episodes always make my day a little better. I hope this show never ends!

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How was your month?

– Waiting on Wednesday (#9)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely Jill at Breaking the Spine.

It is to share upcoming releases that bloggers and readers are excited about!

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This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is:

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

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Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.

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What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment!

– Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (#10)

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As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find it here.

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  1. Make Aaron Warner my boyfriend. (Shatter Me)
  2. Make Kenji my best friend. (Shatter Me)
  3. Bring Stalker back to life. (Enclave)
  4. Meet Tahereh Mafi.
  5. Meet Jandy Nelson.
  6. Be able to take out the right amount of money to pay for a book whenever I want to read something.
  7. Own a wall-to-wall bookshelf.
  8. Be friends with Day and June. (Legend)
  9. Go to Hogwarts.
  10. Be in the Jace and Clary’s squad. (Mortal Instruments)

What about you? What 10 wishes would you ask the book genie to grant you? Leave a comment!

– Stacking the Shelves (#8)

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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I hope you had a fantastic week! I am currently having an incredibly busy week because I have so much homework!

This is what I got this week:

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I also got a finished copy of Sarah Crossan’s ONE, but I wasn’t able to take a picture it!

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What did you get this week? Leave a comment to your own STS or if you don’t have a blog, just comment what you got! I’m excited to see what you acquired!

– Review: World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

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Genre: YA Paranormal, Fantasy

ASIN: B00DBE1P2Y
Published: November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Length: 320 pages
Source: eBook

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

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– Waiting On Wednesday (#7)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

It is to share upcoming releases that bloggers and readers are excited about!

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This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is:

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

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The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

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What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment!

– Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together (#9)

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As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find it here.

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As the title suggests, this is 10 author duos I’d love to see write a book together! Let’s go!

  1. Sarah Crossan and Jandy Nelson
  2. Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo
  3. Patrick Ness and Rae Carson
  4. Mackenzi Lee and Mikaela Everett
  5. Mindy McGinnis and Robert L. Anderson
  6. Tahereh Mafi and Jandy Nelson
  7. Susan Ee and Tahereh Mafi
  8. Sarah J. Maas and Susan Ee
  9. Rainbow Rowell and Jandy Nelson
  10. Meg Cabot and Sarah Crossan

What authors would you like to see write a book together? Leave a comment below!

ARC Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Genre: YA Contemporary, Fantasy

ASIN: B00QQO83U8
Published: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen
Series: none
Length: 336 pages
Source: eARC from publisher

A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Hereis a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

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Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was honestly something. It was different, but in all the good ways. It was realistic fiction, but it was also fantasy and science fiction. I want to start off by saying it took me way too long to finish this book, but I did in the end!

Mikey and his group of friends are not the Chosen Ones. Instead of dealing with demons and angels and people who want to kill them, they deal with alcoholism, eating disorders, sexuality, mental illnesses, and others—stuff that people realistically deal with. What makes this book really special is that every chapter starts off with the Chosen Ones fighting or solving their own problems, and the contrast between what they have to deal with physically and outwardly is so different from the inner battles that the main characters have to fight.

What I loved about this book was that it so honestly captured the real lives of teenagers; Mikey was in a car accident; his sister has an eating disorder; Mickey’s friend is gay. Ness perfectly expresses how things will get better, even if they don’t seem like they will. It really shows how their stories are just as important as those demon-fighting heroes you usually read about.

"The thing about scars, though," she says. "Nothing you can do 
except wear them with pride."

The only thing I would add to this book is that throughout reading this novel, I wanted to read about Satchel and Finn and the Chosen Ones; honestly, it seems so interesting, and I would be down with reading a spin-off of THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE, but in the Chosen Ones’ perspectives.

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Overall, I really did enjoy the premise of this story and the themes Ness covers throughout the novel. I totally believe that I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t spent like, a month reading it; it was mostly me not feeling as connected to the characters as much as I should have been if I had read it quicker.

Although this might not have been my cup of tea, I’m very excited to read more of Patrick Ness’s novels!

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– Stacking the Shelves (#7)

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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Happy Saturday! How was your week?

This week was quite a busy bookmail week for me! This is what I got:

Paperbound:

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What did you get this week? Leave a comment!