The Real Neat Blog Award

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Thank You To @icebreaker694 for Nominating Me!!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Questions

What’s currently on your TBR?

Urgh the list is huge, you have no idea. But for this month, I am planning to read the Darkest Minds trilogy along with The Wrath and the Dawn. I have also yet to read the Throne of Glass series and the Fallen Kingdom series which I heard nothing but great things about so I am pretty sure I will start on them soon!

Who’s the best book boyfriend/girlfriend?

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME????

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To start of, there is no way I can pick one fictional boyfriend. Believe me, I have a huge list and its only going to get bigger! But if I have to name a few, I would say:

  1. Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles
  2. Patch from Hush Hush
  3. Warner from Shatter Me Trilogy (please read the entire series before you judge me lol)
  4. Tarver from These Broken Stars
  5. Jamie from the Doon series
  6. Li Wei from Soundless
  7. And of course Harry Potter – I mean he’s a wizard!

#SummerRaps (make your own #SummerRaps, visit Twitter for examples)

Oh Gawd, I’m gonna be horrible at this haha Ok here it goes:

Summer’s ma time
You don’t get it do you?
We be turnin up
Just hanging with ma crew

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Who’s your favorite pet in a book?

I think I would have to pick Hedwig. I mean how cool would it be to send messages to your friends/relatives using an owl. Its super cute! I want one!!!

Any summer plans?

Hmmm . . . I think maybe come camping trips, hanging out with my college friends who I haven’t seen for a while, trips to the beach, barbecue lunches, and possibly six flags!

Pick 3 book characters that you’d take with you to the beach for slushies, surf, and sun

Hmmm . . . I feel like I would take Laia from the Ember in the Ashes, mostly cause this girl deserves a break and goes through so much I just want to give her a hug. I would also probably bring Captain Thorne since he would probably put a smile on everyone’s faces with his silly remarks and antics. And lastly, maybe Minho since he is the most athletic and I am pretty sure he would enjoy running down the shoreline.

ERMAGAWD Thorne and Minho at the beach!!

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Book pet-peeves

I think for me it would be having a series in the same format. For example, I would like them to all be in paperback or all hardcover but not a mix. I don’t know why, it just irks me for some reason.

My Questions for You

  1. If you can live any fictional world, which one would it be and why?
  2. What made you start reading and why do you like it so much?
  3. Was there a book where you loved the side characters more than the main characters? If so, which one and why?
  4. Would you rather face Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Queen Levana (The Lunar Chronicles) on a one to one battle?
  5. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your free time?
  6. What is you typical coffee order at Starbucks?
  7. What is your favorite fairy tale or Disney movie when you were a child?

I TAG:

 Sarah @Critiquingchemist

Fiona @TheBookWormWhoLived

@ConfessionsOfALitAddict

@Merbsite

@TaylorMadeBooksYA

Sam@Sam’sLittleCorner

Michelle@BookAdventures

Sorry if you have already done this tag! You don’t have to do again if you don’t want to. But for everyone else, have fun! And let me know if you have your answers up and I will definitely check them out!

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Six of Crows Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“This isn’t a job for trained soldiers and spies. It’s a job for thugs and thieves.” 

Book Details:

Authors: Leigh Bardugo

Published on September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

465 pages

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Rating – 5/5

On a whole, this book was a fantastic read despite its minor flaws. The premise of this story truly did captivate me since it was unlike anything I have ever read. I have to say that the beginning of the book was slightly slow, but it could be because I was still trying to understand the world, which is quite rich and intricate. We have different locations and different races/religion/languages and I am quite thankful we had a map in this book or I would have been lost. Another issue was that I ended up caring for some characters over others, however, these were minor flaws which I overlooked since this was still a great read.Whats interesting is that the second half of the book is such an adrenaline rush where things keep escalating and escalating to the point where I was like

 I also dove into this book without reading the Grisha trilogy but I was informed that it was not necessary to read those books before picking up this one. Despite the slow start, we always had something happening in every chapter and that was what pushed me through the book. Leigh Bardugo’s writing style deserves appraisal since its very vivid, descriptive and so rich in detail that you can picture the world around you and these are the types of writers who I truly appreciate.

In terms of the setting, this novel takes place in the Grishaverse where Bardugo had created her original trilogy of Shadow and Bone. She incorporates a bit of historical fiction in it as well since it is based in Russia. The main setting is in Ketterdam where we first meet the Dregs (Kaz’s crew). She also refers to the Barrel, which is the slums of the city and it’s not particularly the best place to grow up in. It’s definitely a darker YA novel, enough to make you go “Damn, we live in such a messed up world.”

One of the most interesting points of the story is that the plot is so different from other YA novels. Basically, Six of Crows is about a group of six criminals/outcasts who assemble together to perform an “impossible” heist in which in return they would receive tremendous amounts of wealth. Kaz, the leader of the group known as the Dregs, puts together the team to embark on this quest. Even though members are not in best terms with one another, they do go through a lot of character development and learn to work together to overcome multiple obstacles which are thrown at them. The storytelling is done through flashbacks (similar to LOST/OUAT style) in which we learn more about the characters while simultaneously not losing focus of the progress of the story. All in all, Bardugo has crafted a fantastic story with great characters, action, romance, surprising twists and turns but also a bit of deeper subtext which I appreciated.

Characters:

Kaz – Kaz Brekker is one of the most notorious criminals in Ketterdam and he does have the past to prove it. He is very tough, bold, strong and sometimes a smartass but that’s typically why all readers enjoy his character. But as we read more about his past and where he came from, we understand why he does what he does and what made his become like that. In the end, you can’t help but admire his character. Yes, I will admit there were moments he had me like

Inej – Inej is probably my second favorite character after Kaz. She is such strong as a female character but also has a few morals which she lives by, that Kaz sometimes teases her for. Her role in the group is a spy since she is hardly heard or seen by anyone and for this reason; she is nicknamed “The Wraith.” Out of all the characters, I feel that Inej was the one who truly appreciated everyone she was working with and therefore became sort of the glue/binder of the group. I approve!

Nina – Like Inej, Nina is a very strong female character but she is also the Grisha of the group, or more specifically, a Heartender, who has the ability to damage a person’s internal organs. For this reason, they are considered very valuable Grishas especially as soldiers. Even though she has strong abilities as a Grisha, she is also quite compassionate and a bit flirtatious. Another aspect I liked is that the two female leads were not pinned against each other. Instead, they were good friends. Most YA books tend to place women against one another but I appreciated that this one did not.

Matthias – Matthias is an interesting character since he has gone through a lot of pain and turmoil as Kaz had. He grows from being a cynical man to a strong comrade.

Jesper – Jesper might be my third favorite character since he brings so much comic relief throughout the story. I will admit there were a few times where I burst out laughing with his silly dialogues/antics like

Like all other characters within this novel, he is flawed. For one thing, he does have a gambling addiction which caused him to grow broke and that is the main reason why he joined the Dregs to complete this mission. His interactions with Kaz are quite amusing and it did bring a smile to my face. Nevertheless, he is a brave sharpshooter who found his place within the group and would follow them anywhere.

Wayne Van Dyke – Wayne is the last member to join the group and not much is known about until the second half of the book. Like the others, he does not have the best past but he discovers his talents while working with the Dregs.

What did you guys think of this book? Share your thoughts below!

The Birthstone Book Tag

I wanted to try something fun today so I decided on the Birthstone Book Tag! This tag was created by Jay G.  If  you like to do the tag then consider yourself tagged! Leave your link in the comments and I will definitely check them out 🙂 

January (GARNET):
Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

For me it’s definitely the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes. This woman is just pure evil with no room for redemption at all. I have never been so scared for characters in a book until I read this one. I was literally trembling in certain scenes, OMG my heart!

February (AMETHYST):
Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities… You can base this off of characters of choose the King of all books

A book associated with Royalty would probably be Red Queen. Everything within this story basically takes place within the palace once Mare, our main character is forced to live with the elite through the order of the King. We also see more than just figures of royalty but also the politics within the Monarchy.

March (AQUAMARINE):
Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower

For me it wasn’t one character but a group of characters in book: 172 Hours on the Moon. Now, the book is AWESOME in terms of its thrilling aspect in the second half. However, I was not particularly connected to the main characters: Mia, Midori and Antoine. I did not see any depth to the characters other than they were teenagers and for that reason, they didn’t really appeal to me.

April (DIAMOND):
A diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known

Definitely Dark Inside. I have no idea why no one on booktube has ever mentioned it since it was just an awesome read. It was one of the books which got me out of my reading slumps. It deals with a group of kids trying to survive an apocalypse with deranged humans/zombies, and OMG SO GOOD! It may seem like a typical YA Dystopian book but what I like is that the author did not take the normal route for the reason behind the ending of the world, she added her own interesting twist to it which was pretty cool.

May (EMERALD):
Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well

Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows – I really feel like the two grow stronger with each others guidance. Kaz helped make Inej stronger with her freedom and Inej helped Kaz with her faith and morals.

June (PEARL):
Associated with loyalty – Name a character who is loyal to the end

A loyal character for me would be Minho from The MazeRunner. He stands firmly by Thomas’ side no matter what crazy dilemma they may be facing and he is willing to place his friends first before anything.

July (RUBY):
Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

I wouldn’t say this book made me angry but it did make me very disappointed since I expected more: Monument 14. The characters were quite lackluster and less appealing so I pretty much stopped with the first book.

August (PERIDOT):
Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character

ERMAGAWD! This would definitely be Kenji from the Shatter Me series. He is just so hilarious and the comic relief he brings to the book always puts a smile on my face. He also has a different mature side to him which I admire,especially with that one scene in the second book, Unravel Me, where he confronts the main character about her actions. He is such a great friend with the right balance of traits in a character 🙂 

September (SAPPHIRE):
Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you

DOON 🙂 Maybe this is because of the Scotland setting but my heart felt at ease when I was reading this book. A quick, simple read with great swoon worthy romance 🙂

October (OPAL): Iridescent
Name an iridescent book, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of color?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colorful?)

These Broken Stars. I mean, it was just gorgeous with the beautiful night sky with the stars in the background along with Lilac and Tarver. So pretty 🙂

November (TOPAZ):
Associated with resilience – Name a books with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity

Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen 🙂

December (BLUE ZIRCON):
Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be apart of

For me, it would be friendships within two books: Harry Potter and the MazeRunner. Maybe it’s because it was my childhood but the characters of Harry Potter would always remain close to my heart throughout my existence. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with Harry, Ron and Hermione? They have magical powers!

The MazeRunner is another book with a great friendship which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. I just feel like I would be safe with Thomas, Minho and Newt. Yes, they do tend to end up in crazy situations but they got each others back! Plus, Minho and Newt are just BAE ❤

I TAG

Jorelene@PageChronicles

Hannah@TheBookllama

@Raven&Beez

 

Most Anticipated YA Releases 2016

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great week. The weekend is finally coming yayyyy! I’m planning on seeing Captain America: Civil War

ERMAGAWD I get to see BAE ❤ 

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Ahem . . anyways, I just wanted to share a quick blog post with you all about my most anticipated releases this year. It’s already MAY and we have seen fabulous YA books so far but there are some upcoming releases which I am super excited for. So without further ado, let’s get right to it.

TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Fury Rising by Jeyn Roberts (May 16th 2016 – tentative) 

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This is actually the final book of the Dark Inside series and I am so surprised that no one on Booktube had ever mentioned it. This series is definitely one of those underrated books which deserves the recognition. It takes and interesting twist on dystopian/apocalyptic genre questioning human values, strength and courage and I would recommend you all to try it out for yourselves.

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (August 30th 2016) 

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If you have been following me, then you pretty much know how much I adored the first book of this series: An Ember in the Ashes. It is such a brutal world and you can’t help but connect and feel so much for the characters. I certainly hope the second book will be just as good or even better.

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Fever Code by James Dashner (September 27th 2016)

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I absolutely love The MazeRunner series as well as the movie line. The characters are just so awesome and they are equally well portrayed in the film. The Death Cure is going to be released next year and I don’t know if I will be able to handle it. THE FEELS MAN!

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Also, I hope Dylan O’ Brian recovers from his injuries.It’s just really heartbreaking since he is a pretty chill, down to earth guy that something like this would happen to him. But nevertheless, you have to stay positive so I wish him the very best.

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The Fever Code is basically  a prequel to the entire MazeRunner series which details everything that happened before Thomas first arrives in the glade. I feel like we are going to get more stories on our favorite characters (Newt, Minho hehe) and I can’t wait for this one. James Dashner also gave us a sneak peek into the book with the release of prologue in Newt’s POV. You can it check out HERE (Hope you Newt lovers are able to handle it)

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (September 27th 2016)

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I loved Six of Crows and I know I will definitely love the sequel, Crooked Kingdom. How awesome is the premise though? A group of criminals trying to pull off an impossible heist. It was so captivating and the world was so different from anything else I read that I was automatically drawn to it. I can’t wait to see where the plot goes from the ending of the first book. I NEED TO KNOW!!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 8th 2016)

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After reading the Lunar Chronicles, I have officially become a fan of Marissa Meyer and her writing. Her creativity and writing style is just so mind blowing that I am sure I will pretty much read every book that she releases from this day forward. As soon as I found out that she is writing another fairy tale re-telling/prequel, I was super excited. Heartless is going to be a prequel to the Queen of Hearts and I have a feeling that this is going to be awesome!

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Those are the books which I am looking forward to this year. How about you guys?

April Wrap Up

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Hello everyone! Happy Friday! 🙂

I wanted to share with you all the fabulous books I read in April! I finally started the Lunar Chronicles! Yayyyy! OMG I feel like everyone in the book community already finished the series and I just started! I am currently only up to the third book and I am planning on reading the last book, Winter, in May. I am so excited!! Marissa Meyer is a fabulous writer.

All the books I read in April I did end up giving a 4-5 stars out of 5 stars so it was a pretty awesome reading month. I will also have an in depth review of all these books in the future so please keep a look out!

  1. An Ember in the Ashes – 5/5; How is this a debut novel? This was super fast paced and the story is so addicting! LOVED
  2. Cinder – 5/5; A fairy-tale with a science fiction twist, how awesome is that? AMAZING
  3. Scarlet – 4.5/5; Captain Thorne is hilarious, I loved the comic relief he brings to the story
  4. Cress – 5/5; I love how we explore a different character and setting/country every time. The plot line just gets better and better, by far my favorite book is the series.
  5. Stolen Songbird – 4/5; This book exceeded my expectations. I was so intrigued by the characters, the plot, the mystery and the convoluted politics. A great start to a trilogy!

Happy Reading Everyone! 

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April OwlCrate Unboxing: Dystopia

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Hello Everyone!!

Hope you had a great weekend! I just wanted to share my first ever OwlCrate purchase with you all and I have to say, it was super awesome!! April’s Theme was Dystopia and OwlCrate included so many cute bookish items!

1. WCKED Decal – I pretty much love the MazeRunner series so I was super excited for this one. I took one look at it and I was like:

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2. Mockingjay Bracelet – YASSSSSS this was so gorgeous!!! I’ve always wanted a Mockingjay inspired jewelry. This was designed by the GeekyCauldron. Guess who is already wearing it? hehe

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3. Hunger Games Magnet – more Hunger Game items? Bring it on! Already stuck this on my bookshelf!

4. Shatter Me inspired Coffee Coaster – I read this series in two days, it was that addicting! The Coaster is just beautiful and this was designed by Eviebookish

5. 1984 George Orwell Notebook – more journals for me *squeals*

And of course the final item, THE NEW DYSTOPIAN BOOK: 

FLAWED BY CECELIA AHERN

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 – The author included a sweet personal message along with a mini book poster. And from just reading the summary, it looks like it will be a very interesting read so I can’t wait to get started!!

THANK YOU OWLCRATE!! ❤ 

Also, the Theme for May is Steampunk so if anyone of you guys are interested in this Subscription Box, check them out HERE