One Dark Throne – Welcome to Fennbirn, Where Everyone Is Insane…

one dark throne-1One Dark Throne was in my top 5 most anticipated books of 2017, and after devouring it within a 6 hour time span, I can confidently say that it did not disappoint!

I am such a huge fan of this world that Kendare Blake has created, and while Fennbirn is not exactly a place I want to visit, I cannot help but be mesmerized by the island’s  unapologetically savage way of life.  I am fascinated by the Triplet Queens, their destinies, and the fact that not one person has ever said “hey, this whole concept is a little twisted dontcha think?”

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Shatter Me Trilogy – Am I Being Punked by the Whole YA Community?

shatter me-3After strong urging from the little sister to read the Shatter Me trilogy, I finally gave in. (Well, to be honest, she sent me her extra copies of the books, so it was like I was almost doubly obligated to read them.)  With little hesitation, I finally dove into this bizarre, kind-of-a-mess-but-you-keep-reading-anyway series, and… I have a lot to say now.

On one hand, I am really glad I checked these books off of my “absolute must read YA books” list, but on the other hand I kept thinking to myself: “these are not the type of books I like WHAT AM I DOING!?”

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A Little TBR Purge to Start the Day

I have been perusing the blog-o-sphere lately for a fun new book meme, and I came across the perfect one: “Down the TBR Hole” created by Lia @ Lost in A Story!

Basically this is a post dedicated to cleaning out your Goodreads TBR (because don’t lie, you’ve gone on a “want to read” button pushing spree as well) by sorting through books you know you will never read and figuring out which ones you will actually read!

So, it works like this:

  • Head on over to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort the books by ascending date added
  • Take a closer look at the first 5 -10 books (How adventurous are ya feeling today?)
  • Read the synopses of the books (Oh I will be taking a good look at the covers too!)
  • Decide: should I keep it or should it go?Screenshot 2017-08-30 at 7.40.29 PM

I won’t be participating in this meme every week because I am the worst book blogger eva, but I am excited to really filer out my entire TBR… eventually!  Alright, let’s get to it!

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This is Really Happening – I Bet You Will LOL Too

I don’t often read books without reading the synopsis before hand, but that wasn’t the case with This is Really Happening.

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I had just gotten the book in the mail from Penguin, and the combination of the adorably fun cover, plus the short length of the book itself meant I dove right in without a second thought.

Probably shouldn’t have done that.

This is Really Happening is a collection of essays / stories of Erin Chack’s life.  She is a senior writer at Buzzfeed (awesomeness), is insanely weird (love it), and is also a cancer survivor (wasn’t expecting that).

The book opens with Erin discussing her cancer diagnosis which was the exact diagnosis I received myself almost four years ago.  The first essay was a fun and playful take on an extremely nonplayful topic, and Erin discusses how awkward it was for her to share her diagnosis with her friends and extended family.  I have consistently switched back and forth between the two extremes of being a cancer survivor: either the “I’M A SURVIVOR HEAR ME ROAR” or the “wow, I want to forget that ever happened to me“.  So, when I picked up TiRH, I couldn’t immediately decide which of these mentalities I was going to embrace, and it put me into a mild panic.

BUT.  I worked through the trigger, kept reading, and I am really glad I did.

I hard-core connected to Erin regarding our similar cancer experiences (and the morbid gallows sort of humor that goes along with that), and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.  While I did think that a couple of the stories didn’t really serve a point, and there were a few instances of redundancy that probably would have gone unnoticed if the book was a bit longer, overall I really enjoyed the read.  Erin has a pretty distinct writing voice, and this was a great book to tackle while I was in the tub over a couple of days.

If you like essay style books but you are looking for something with a younger feel, I would definitely recommend picking up TiRH!  Big thanks to Penguin Teen for sending this book my way, the cover is so adorable too!

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The Sunday Post – August 20, 2017

I have been gone for a while, I realize this.  I don’t really know how it happened, life just gets away from you sometimes, you know?

Anyways, I thought I would kind of do a ‘catch up’ post: tell you all a little bit about what I am currently reading (spoiler alert; a lot), as well as just some random happenings in my life that have kept me away from my blog for longer than I intended.

Alrighty, let’s get to it!

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I am a polygamist reader.  I don’t think ever in my life I have had 100% of my time and energy focused on one book.  At the moment, I am doing some serious multitasking when it comes to my currently reading.  You should see my nightstand!

So, candidly, here is a quick rundown of my current reads:

  1. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I want to finish because I was hooked up with an awesome promo pack for this book from Bloomsbury but I hate the font and the story is a bit slow.
  2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – sneaking pages in at work when I am not that busy, but annoyed that I want to finish in the first place because I just learned that the author is problematic.
  3. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – I am neck-deep in Percy Jackson stories and I never want them to end.
  4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Wondering why there is so much hype for this book when I have been nothing but mildly bored so far…
  5. SpecOps by Craig Alanson (audio) – I don’t think I will ever finish this monster of an audio book.

It has been a couple of months since I have read a book that knocked my pants off, and unfortunately I don’t think I any of these current reads will change that situation.  Which sucks.  I need a book that will reignite a passion to read at every moment of every day.

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Strange the Dreamer – A Review Months in the Making…

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I finished Strange the Dreamer two months ago, and I am still struggling to put my feelings into words.  BUT.  I think about this book all the time.  Like, ALL THE TIME.  I am borderline consumed with thoughts on what my precious Lazlo is up to, and how everything is going to play out in the next book.

So, since it has been on my mind for months now, I thought I should at least attempt to write a semi coherent review.  Here goes nothing!

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Warcross – Read. Flail. Bask in Endless Colors.

Are you ready for a flailing review of one of my favorite books of the year so far?  Strap in kiddos, this is a wild ride (both the review and this freaking book!)warcross -1

I read Warcross in one sitting / walking / standing / peeing / cooking / bathing session because I legit did not put the book down for six straight hours.  From the moment I started reading, to the last turn of the page and subsequent toss across the room (BECAUSE THAT ENDING WUT),  I was so completely entranced by the world that Marie Lu threw me into, I had to know how everything plays out.

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