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Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay is a young adult science fiction fantasy with a side of romance to it. A simple yet rich concept executed perfectly!

Title: Your One & Only

Author: Adrianne Finlay

Release Day: 6th February 2018

Pages: 320

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?

While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

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Honestly, I am not a big fan of dystopian, sci-fi stories. Don’t misunderstand me, I love The Hunger Games but I got tired of reading dystopian books. After a while, every story started to blend together. So, it won’t come as a surprise that I was skeptical going into this book. You might ask, Sush if you don’t like dystopia why did you pick this book up. For a tour no less. For that, I will say, because the synopsis caught my attention. It was different than anything I had read before and I really wanted to read about this world. And, obviously, I was not disappointed.

I loved the world building Finlay did with this book. The story is set in Vispera, home to a group of clones since 300 years after human life as we know it died due to a plague. However, before the humans died they perfected the science of cloning in the hopes that some part of them would live on. This story is about Althea 310 and Jack.

The book starts off slow because the author takes her time to build the world and set the tone. However, I did appreciate the slow start. Most times, it takes a long time to figure out the details in a sci-fi world but I didn’t struggle at all with this book.

As the plot progresses, the pace picks up and so does the action. Basically, when Jack is introduced into the world that Althea 310 is in, the conflicts start because of how different he is. The book is character driven, which works well since both Jack and Althea have different mindsets. I do not want to give too much away, but I will say this is one of my new favorite dystopian novels.

I wish Finlay would write more books in this world because I really want to read more.

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STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

This book was creepy, mesmerizing, and so different. I loved the writing, the loved the characters, and the world was so goooood!

Title: The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

Release Day: 30th January 2018

Series: Book 1

(Hopefully, there will be more)

Pages: 368

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Goodreads

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This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.

I wanted to read this book since Nov 2017 and I was so happy when the publisher approved my review request. I went into this book not knowing much of what it was about, all I knew was I wanted to read it.

The story follows Alice and her mother Ella who are always moving because bad luck keeps following them everywhere. After the death of her grandmother, Althea Proserpine (who is a famous but elusive writer), the mother and daughter think the dangers are done. That bad luck will follow them no more. This leads them to settle down in one place and the story kicks off when Alice’s mother is kidnapped. Alice with the help of Finch sets out to rescue her mother from the Hinterland.

I have said this before, I am always delighted and pleasantly surprised when a debut novel gets a 4 or 5-star rating. Albert does such an amazing job with The Hazel Wood. I don’t really where to start.

The writing, like I mentioned, was beautiful. I don’t usually enjoy flowery writing, but this book changed that for me. I loved the stories from The Tales Of The Hinterland. They were so creepy and so real – no happy endings. Because not every story gets one. I want an entire book of just those.

“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey’s left undone, fear the rising of the sun.”

I went from disliking to loving Alice over the course of the book. In the start, I wasn’t sure why she was the way she was because no explanations were given. However, towards the end, things started to fall into place and my feelings for Alice changed too.

Finch was another character I liked. But, unfortunately, he wasn’t as well developed as I would have liked him to be. If he was, I would have loved him. Though I did love his library. Can I have that for myself?

However, the book was slow. The book didn’t deliver what it promised until the second half. A lot of people might give up on the book rather than wait so long. Or they may not enjoy the book as much. Which is another reason I gave it only 4 stars. Overall, however, if you want to read a creative creepy story about fairytales, then pick this book up.

“My love he wooed me
My love he slew me
My love he buried my bones
His love he married
His love I buried
My love now wanders alone 

Also, can we please talk about the cover? It’s so BEAUTIFUL! The details and the colors, man I want to frame that on my wall. I really love black covers and The Hazel Wood cover is on the top 10 list of book covers I love.

Have you read it? Do you want to read it? Do you like to read fairytale retellings? Which one is your favorite? Mine so far is The Language Of Thorns

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Sooo, book covers. Who doesn’t love a good book cover? As much as I would like to be someone who picks a book for its story kinda person – it’s hard. Really. I love a good book cover – it satisfies my heart in ways nothing can.

Now, I do love books with great stories and bad covers. But let’s be honest here, I wish someone would design a better cover for said books. And sometimes (well, most times), one book has multiple covers. Some I can get my hands on, some I need to sell a kidney for (import charges :\). Since I don’t plan to part with either one of my kidneys anytime soon (ever) I will settle for this – longingly looking at a book cover through my laptop screen wishing I had that version.

Also, while I wait for the import charges to drop or disappear, I will host a battle of the book covers (insert dramatic music here).

Warring It Out Today: The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Goodreads tells me, there are 3 different covers of this book.

Version One

I love this cover. The font used for the title is amazing. The details in the books are really good too. They give wintery vibes which are perfect because the book is set in the winter.  The house, the woman, the snow – it’s all so fitting and perfect!

Version Two

The colors are pretty, and in print this cover looks good. If I hadn’t read the book, I would have picked this up because of the cover.

But since I have read the book I really do not understand why this cover was chosen.

Version Three

I straight up love all the colors on this cover. The details are SO BEAUTIFUL! The horse, the bear, the nightingale, the sword, the path, the girl. I mean everything is soooo perfect.

I don’t know about you, but this cover does give me fairytale vibes.

The Winner Is…

Drumrolls, please

This was so difficult! I loved both the first and the third version so much.

But if I had to choose one (which I did) I would pick the first one.

There is just something very magical and creepy about this cover. Which makes it perfect for a book filled be magic and creepiness.

What do you think? Which book cover is your favorite? 

Have you read The Bear And The Nightingale? 

Would you like me to continue with posts like these? I was thinking to turn this into a weekly feature, what do you think about that?

Let me know in the comments!

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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.

Featured Image by: Photo by Craig Strahorn on Unsplash

Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grishaverse 0.5, 2.5, 2.6

(Can be read as a standalone)

Pages: 281

Genre: Fairytale Retellings, Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Goodreads

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This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is a collection of six stories inspired by folklore and fairytales like The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker, and Hansel & Gretel.

Bardugo spins her magic yet again and takes some of our beloved fairytales and gives them new breath. 

These stories are hauntingly beautiful and heartbreakingly dangerous. The stories left me feeling uneasy in ways I cannot describe. What I can say is that unease came from how true the meaning behind the stories rang.

They made me question everything I thought I knew about my favorite stories. What if what I thought was a happy ending really wasn’t? What if prince charming was greedy and cruel? What if gain love, friendships were sacrificed?

I haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy, only the Six of Crows duology but Bardugo’s attention to details has blown me away every single time. This time was no exception.

If you love fairytale retellings, pick this book up. Even if you haven’t read any of Bardugo’s books before.

She is the QUEEN OF SHORT STORIES.

The illustrations by Sara Kipin took my breath away. They were beautiful. I loved how every time I turned a page a new element was added until the whole picture was revealed in the end.

STORY REVIEW Ayama and the Thorn Wood 
★★★★★

“This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do.”

Going into the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But after reading this story I knew I was in for a wild ride. The story follows a girl and a beast who weren’t loved by their family because of the way they looked. Because everyone thought they were expendable, their path kept crossing and eventually, together they build something so much better than beauty.

This story was a beautiful retelling of Beauty and The Beast. The way Ayama changed the endings to well-known stories was beautiful.

The Too-Clever Fox
★★★★

“The trap is loneliness, and none of us escapes it. Not even me.”

This story follows the cleverest fox in all of Ravka. He was shunned due to his looks and was always at a disadvantage. He outsmarts every danger he faces. Eventually, a hunter comes to town and the forest is terrified. Koja (the fox) takes up the responsibility to protect the forest by trying to outsmart the hunter. Only problem? The hunter is just as smart.

This story reads like fairytale you would read in our world. It made my spine tingle with fear. I did guess the plot twist though, which is why it gets a 4 star.

The Witch of Duva 
★★★★★

“There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls.”

You can read the story for free here. Please read it. I am positive it will shake your world the same way it shook mine. The story takes place in a village that is living under constant terror because their daughters keep going missing. I don’t want to say more than that. But the ending left me speechless and in tears. This story made my HEART BLEED.

Trigger Warning for abuse (physical/sexual). These things are very vague but they are still woven into the story.

Little Knife
★★★★

“It is dangerous to travel the northern road with a troubled heart.”

This story was about beauty, greed, and freedom. It is set in a town that was known for the beauty of the Duke’s daughter. This story, like all others, turned age-old tropes on their head. I started out a little confused, but in the end, loved it. The enjoyed the moral of the story.

The Soldier Prince
★★★★

“This is the problem with even lesser demons. They come to your doorstep in velvet coats and polished shoes. They tip their hats and smile and demonstrate good table manners. They never show you their tails.”

This was a really twisted story but still amazing. It as a retelling of The Nutcracker but focused on finding our personal desires. Also, it mentioned Ketterdam! The story was from the land of Kerch and in true form the atmosphere was grim. The ending left me feeling very unsettled. But I would like to read more about Droessen’s backstory.

When Water Sand Fire
★★★★★

“This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart.”

This was a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid and it was a masterpiece. This story follows two girls – one who is ostracised for being different and the other her best friend (there is a story of that friendship as well). Eventually, the girls go above the sea and mingle with the humans. In the end, it shows what hate can do to you if you let it take over. I really want to read more of Ulla because I feel for her.

This story, ultimately, is about betrayal and friendship and hate.

If you noticed a pattern in the story, you wouldn’t be wrong. All these stories are about the underdog and I loved it. Like I mentioned above, Leigh Bardugo, turned so many old tropes on their heads.

Have you read The Language Of Thorns? Which stories did you love most? 

Do you love fairytale retelling? Which books would you suggest?

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Title: Love, Life, And The List

Author: Kasie West

Pages: 384

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Synopsis: Goodreads

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I don’t remember the last time I read and ENJOYED a contemporary YA romance. I went into this book excited but expecting to be disappointed. Because that is what happens with every other contemporary YA romance book I have read.

I was pleasantly surprised.

The story follows Abigail (Abby) Turner, a 17-year-old who loves painting. She has unrequited feelings for her best friend Cooper Wells. She wants her art to be displayed at a museum. But she is told, by a museum curator, that her art doesn’t have heart and depth.

Enter The Heart List.

Abby has one month to complete all the tasks on the list in an attempt to grow her heart and get into the show.

Abby recruits Cooper to help her and together they set out to complete all the tasks. One of the challenges is to face their fears, the other to try something new. Some challenges are harder than the others. All this, amidst the growing concern of her mother’s agoraphobia (a condition where a person doesn’t leave the house) and her feelings for Cooper.

Love, Life, and The List is full of sarcasm, challenges, friendship, love, and family. It is well written, the characters are well fleshed out, and the pace is perfect.

I loved Abby. I loved how she was so determined to complete the list so she could grow as an artist. Even though she was afraid of going out of her comfort zone, she still did it. She kept trying even when things went wrong. I loved that about her.

I loved her family too! It’s so important for a child’s family to support their dreams. And I loved how Kasie West showcased that in this book. I loved Abby’s Grandpa. He was a perfect character, full of sarcasm and wisdom. 

I wasn’t expecting to cry when I read this. But there was something in the end that I could relate to and I felt bad for Abby. I wanted to sit down and tell her it’s alright. These feelings won’t last. Things will get better. I was happy to see her get up and fix herself. I think that made me love her even more.

Overall, I loved this book. In case I haven’t already made it clear. If you love sweet, fun, contemporary YA romance, you will love this one!

Have you read Love, Life, And The List? Did you like it?

Have you read any other Kasie West book? Which one of her books should I read next?

If you are a contemporary YA romance reader, please suggest books you think I will enjoy. I really need to read more of this genre.

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It’s a new year which means its time to sign up for ALL the 2018 challenges. So far I have signed up for five (yes, FIVE). God alone knows if I can even complete one of these. But I will try! Since there is a lot to keep track of, I have decided to compile a list of everything I need to know.

If you are participating in any of these challenges, the books in these lists might be helpful.

A Series A Month

Created by: Dani @ Dani Reviews Things

This challenge is about reading series that are new to you (series you haven’t started yet). Each series needs to be completed within a month. Or at least 12 series should be completed in a year.

Series I Want To Read*

  1. Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray
  2. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
  3. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  5. The Archived Series by Victoria Schwab
  6. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  7. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  8. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
  9. The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff
  10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
  12. Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
Beat The Backlist

Created by: Austine @ Novel Knight

This challenge is all about tackling that TBR pile. There is only one rule – all the books you read should be published in or before 2017. You can choose your own goal, your own books and read at a pace you feel comfortable. I am on the Novel Knights team! Let me know which team you are in.

Books I Want To Read*

  1. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  5. The Nightingale by  Kristin Hannah
  6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendaby Becky Albertalli 
  7. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
  9. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  10. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  12. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  13. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  14. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  15. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  16. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  17. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  18. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  19. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  20. Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  21. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  22. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
  23. The Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I will add more books with time

Commenting 365 Challenge

Created by: Nori at ReadWriteLove28

The goal is simple. Comment on 365 blogs in 2018. You can comment on one blog every day or comment on multiple blogs in a day and skip others. You don’t HAVE to comment on book blogs, all kinds of blogs count. I am so looking forward to meeting new bloggers.

Blog List*

  1. Amy’s Bookshelf
  2. Book Cheshire Cat
  3. That Artsy Reading Girl 
  4. Book Allure
  5. Read By Nicka
  6. Vicky Who Reads
  7. Books. Bags. Burgers.
  8. Erica Robyn Reads
  9. LIL Book Lovers
  10. Tea Time With Tiffany 
  11. Books Like Wolves
  12. Novel Knight
  13. She Is Bookish
  14. The Cursed Books
  15. Geronimo Reads
  16. Books Tale By Me
  17. Jess Just Reads
  18. Kayla Reads And Reviews
  19. Between Folded Pages

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So, a few weeks ago I came across the 101 things in 1001 days idea. It is the brainchild of Michael Green over at Day Zero Project. The concept is simple – you accomplish 101 tasks in 1001 days. I have created a million lists of ‘goals’ but never achieved more than a few. Which is where 101 in 1001 days comes in. It is supposed to make goal making and achieving doable.

I fell in love with this idea and set out to make my list. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I put a lot of thought into this list because I wanted to make sure I really wanted what I was challenging myself to do. Some tasks on this list are for fun – everyone deserves to do something fun once in a while. Some tasks are goals I want to accomplish for this blog or as a reader. But like I said, everything on my list is something I really want to do. I hope I will be able to finish most of them.

I will also try and update the list as much as I can. Whatever I can make a blog post about, I will. However, I do plan on documenting this on Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to check out #FC101Things

End Date: September 28, 2020 Personal
  • Finish list of 101 things
  • Learn how to drive
  • Try 5 new foods
  • Write a letter to me to open in 10 years
  • Make a list of what I’m looking for / what is important to me in a relationship
  • Go to bed by 10 PM every night for two weeks
  • Wake up by 6 AM every day for two weeks
  • Find a practical daily routine.
  • Get a plant and take care of it
  • Don’t wear jeans for a week
  • Develop a skin care regimen that keeps my skin glowing and clear
  • Get a new job
  • move to a new town
  • Write 10 handwritten letters
  • Volunteer
  • Have a journal
  • Write a letter to me on each birthday and tuck it away
  • Graduate college
Blogging
  • 5,000 Pinterest followers
  • Reach 5,000 Twitter followers
  • Receive 3x the amount of hits per month
  • Connect with a blogging friend in real life
  • Guest post on 10 “big” blogs
  • Blog consistently for 2 months
  • Be a guest poster on a blog
  • Create an online course
  • Collaborate with another blogger
  • Create a new ‘visually appealing’ Media Kit
  • Publish at least five ‘how to’ posts
  • Join a blog society
  • Blog once a week for an entire year
  • Make successful Blogmas
  • Host a giveaway
  • Launch a new blog post series
  • Publish an e-book.
  • Visit other blogs and comment for a year.
Travel
  • Travel to 3 new places
  • Go on a trip with friends for a week
  • Go on a solo trip
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Get another stamp in my passport
  • Visit a city in India that I’ve never been to before
  • Go skydiving
  • Visit a famous landmark that I’ve never seen before
  • visit an overseas country
  • Go kayaking
  • Go snorkeling
Indulge
  • Get a massage
  • Get another tattoo
  • Invest in a classic handbag
  • Build a solid shoe collection
  • Dye my hair
Hobbies & Skills
  • Learn how to use all the functions on my camera
  • Learn to cook one difficult me
  • Learn how to better use photoshop
  • Learn how to make & edit videos
  • Discover some new podcasts to listen to
  • Improve my photography skills
  • Get a polaroid camera
Finance
  • Learn about investing money
  • Create a savings plan
  • Pay off my student loan
  • Create and maintain a budget
  • Go a month without buying anything that isn’t a necessity (Books are not a necessity)
Health
  • Get fit
  • Complete a 30 Day Yoga Challenge
  • Try kickboxing
  • Donate Blood
  • go two weeks with no take out
  • No sugar for 30 days
Reading
  • Read 20 diverse books
  • Complete the beat the backlist challenge 2018
  • Complete the NA Reads challenge 2018
  • Read 10 award-winning books
  • Get an article published on a major editorial site
  • Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
  • Spend an afternoon reading at a park
  • Reread the Harry Potter series.
  • Read 5 Shakespeare plays
  • Read 10 graphic novels
  • Make a reading corner
  • Re-read a favorite book (NOT Harry Potter)
  • Go to a book signing
  • Read 10 Classic Books
  • Join a book club
Writing
  • Finish my Quotes’ book
  • Write twenty short stories
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo
  • Write 50 book reviews on Goodreads
Friends + Family
  • Give my mom flowers
  • Treat my parents to dinner
  • Give 5 “just because” gifts
  • Surprise a loved one with flowers, cookies or something nice
Random
  • Make a list of 50 places I would like to visit in my lifetime
  • Watch 5 documentaries
  • Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
  • Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
  • Unsubscribe from all unwanted email lists.
  • Create a vision board
  • Paint something good enough to frame
  • Receive 100 postcards from postcrossngs.com

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Since I moved away from home, I’ve had a very hard time reading. Netflix is a trap, it is a never-ending trap. Which is why in I have only read about 30 books in 2017, most of them I read in December (shameful, I know). This has to be the worst reading slump I have ever been in. However, I love making lists and I couldn’t pass on making a list of the best books I have read in 2017.

I have read some really good books this year (this month). I have also delved into genres I never did before. And I didn’t regret that either. Here are some of my favorites from this year!

Disclaimer: Not all these books are 2017 releases. 

A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I kept hearing such amazing reviews about this book since it’s release (2015) but I was terrified of the hype. Because I do not trust the hype. It came back into my radar a few months ago and I was finally ready to read this. I loved every minute of it. Coming back from a reading slump to this? WOW. I loved the concept of the different Londons, the magic system was wonderful and unique (not something I see usually). I loved the characters, the plot and the writing style. Basically, it was book heaven. This was the best book I have read all year. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do it. NOW.

A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

The second book in the Shades Of Magic trilogy. It picks up four months after the last book ended and I was hooked from page one. I can’t say much about this book without spoiling the first one. What I can say is this book allows for more world building and character growth. It is about a competition between magicians (which was amazing btw). And the ending, oh my God! It will tear your heart into pieces.

A Conjuring Of Lights by V.E. Schwab

The final book in the Shades of Magic Trilogy. This was BEAUTIFUL! Seriously, this is how fantasy should be written. A Conjuring of light was intense, magical, heartbreaking and the perfect end to this trilogy. It made my heart bleed and made me feel whole again. If I haven’t made myself clear yet, READ THIS SERIES! This entire series is a “best books” series.

“Scars are not shameful, not unless you let them be. If you do not wear them, they will wear you.”

Percy Jackson And The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

I wasn’t planning on starting this series at all, but I did want to read The Hidden Oracle and wasn’t sure if I should. After a lot of research (hoping to hear someone say I didn’t need to read 10 books before I started The Hidden Oracle) I realized that I need to start from the first book. I am so glad that I did! For those who don’t know Percy Jackson and The Olympians consists of 5 books:

  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea Of Monsters
  • The Titans Curse 
  • The Battle Of The Labrythin, and 
  • The Last Olympian

I loved all five books. I loved them so much, it took me only five days to finish all five books. It was amazing to see Rick Riordan writing improve with each book. I loved all the characters. The trio from this series is right up there with Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This debut novel blew me away! It was magical, whimsical and romantic – the perfect blend! From the start to the end, there was never a dull moment. Every time I thought I had this story cracked, Stephanie Garber would throw me off. There were so many puzzles, twists, and turns! I wish I could be a part of Caraval too. It was so magical, I don’t really know how to describe it. Caraval left a lot of questions unanswered and I can’t wait to read Legendary!

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”

 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I have had this on my TBR since June of 2016. I was hesitant to read this because sci-fi is a hit or miss for me.This is yet another book I wish I had read a long time ago. This book is told via IMs, emails, stolen files, interviews etc (in case you didn’t already know) and that left me feeling completely lost in the beginning. BUT, 30% into the book and I started to understand what was going on. It may seem like a long wait, but it is worth it. The authors had me at the edge of my seat from page one and NOBODY in the book was safe. The character development of one particular character left me in complete awe. The romance was SO sweet!

If you can listen to the audiobook, please do. That is also an experience you do not want to miss. It’s like a movie but without the images.

“They are beyond me.
These humans.
With their brief lives and their tiny dreams and their hopes that seem as fragile as glass.
Until you see them by starlight, that is.”

 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I still don’t know how to describe this book. It was devastatingly beautiful. It’s a book about childhood, fear, resentment, cruelty, love, and friendship. The book was magical, scary and nostalgic. I longed for my childhood, I wanted to go back to being a 7 year old and understand her as an adult. This was the first book I read by Gaiman. Let me tell you, it won’t be the last.

A Court Of Wings And Ruin By Sarah J. Maas

This was my most awaited book of 2017. Sarah J. Maas blew me away with her writing yet again. I love how Maas perfectly juggles so many characters in this book. The way each and everyone finds a different way to be strong. I was completely wrecked! The perfect ending to the trilogy. I know I will be repeating myself but this is another “best books” entry (in case the title didn’t make it clear).

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish (seems like a recurring theme for most books on this list). Every time I thought things would be calmer now, something would happen. This book had zero chill, seriously. I loved the characters and how unapologetically they are, well, them. The friendships were beautiful, the ending was realistic and perfect. Basically, if you haven’t picked up this duology. Do it.

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you.”

Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

This is the very first graphic novel I have read and I picked the right book. I read this horror graphic novel right before bed. BAD IDEA. Yet, I couldn’t stop till I finished. The book consists of five short stories – all of them spooky.The writing was simple, but it worked. The graphics – oh my God, they were so good. If you want to pick up a graphic novel and don’t mind spooky stories, then go read this.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you have a safe and happy new year!

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Did I ever mention how much I love Christmas? Spending an entire month listening to Christmas songs, gift shopping, and decorating, what’s not to love right? It’s the perfect time to cuddle up in a cozy blanket with some hot chocolate and watch The Holiday right now.

You know what else it’s the season for? Reading! There are so many amazing holiday themed books out there (You can find a list here). I, however, wanted to do a little something different with this article.

Here is a perfect book to read based on your favorite Christmas song, because there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and ignoring the world on a cold December day! 

If You Love “All I Want for Christmas is You,” you should read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

The story starts when Louisa, loses her job at a local tea shop and starts looking for another one. Soon after she starts working as a carer for a man who was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him wheelchair-bound and with no desire to continue living. Hoping to show Will that his situation doesn’t limit his life, Lou does everything in her power to lift his spirits. What she doesn’t plan on, however, is how Will causes her to question her own choices in life.

Keep tissues handy because this book will make you weep! It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking and very real story. I hope this Christmas, you realize just how important it is to choose YOU and just live.

If You Love “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” you should read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, and David Levithan

Dash and Lily are polar opposites. Dash never recovered from his parents’ divorce; Lily stayed at home while her parents celebrated their second honeymoon in Fiji. Lily, out of boredom, leaves a notebook in a bookstore to see if someone will find it and take up the dares. Dash finds the notebook and is curious to find out who wrote it and leaves clues for Lily. That’s when the exchanges start and the story moves forward.

This is one of those, fluffy romances that will make you want to go on your own adventure. It’s a perfect Christmas read because it really will make you think it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

If You Love “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” you should read We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 

The story is about Marin, a girl who has a very hard time dealing with difficult things in life. She lost her grandfather and flees to New York to start college early. When her old best friend and girlfriend, Mabel, arrives is when Marin is forced to face her demons. The love story between Marin and Mabel is beautiful. It’s the kind of love what you will want for yourself.

This book is about grief, sadness, and hope. Over the course of the story, the characters learn about themselves, about growing as individuals and dealing with issues that real people face.

If You Love “Let It Snow,” you should read Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Let It Snow is three short stories by three bestselling authors that are so seamlessly together it does an amazing job of creating one Christmas tale. The first part of the story is written by Maureen Johnson.The second section by John Green is without a doubt the best part of the novel. The last story is written by Lauren Myracle.

I really loved how these 3 winter short stories were all connected! They take place in the same town in a snowstorm and all of the characters come together in some way.

If You Love “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” you should read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The story is about Cath, a Simon Snow fangirl. She has been writing a very popular Simon Snow fanfiction for years. In her freshman year of college, she is having a very hard time managing everything. And starts to feel like she is missing out on something. In this book, Rowell explores friendship, fiction, family, and relationships.

It’s a heartwarming story with relatable characters. It took me back to the days when I was struggling to let go of my childhood fears and take a leap of faith.

If you decide to pick any of these books up, let me know what you think! If you find this post helpful please share the image below on Pinterest.

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Do you want to write better blog posts? Wondering how to make your blog better?

Simple!

Follow the footsteps of bloggers who have “been there, done that”.

It’s never a bad thing to learn from other peoples mistakes and success. When you read tips and tricks from successful blogger, you realize there is so much you can do to improve your blog.

As much as I wished blogging was simply about writing to the best of my abilities, it’s far from the truth. There is so much else that goes on – research, link building, promoting etc.

This months roundup is all the best pieces of content I found on the web about blogging. I hope you find them as helpful as I did.

  1. 5 THINGS A HIGH TRAFFIC BLOG NEEDS
  2. 5 BEST PINTEREST TIPS AND TRICKS IN 2017
  3. 7 MISTAKES MADE BY AFFILIATE MARKETING BEGINNERS
  4. WHY YOU SHOULD DO LINK ROUND-UPS ON YOUR BLOG
  5. TIPS FOR BETTER STYLED BLOG PHOTO SHOOTS
  6. AFFILIATE MARKETING FOR BEGINNERS
  7. BLOG SEO: 10 TRICKS FOR OPTIMIZING YOUR BLOG POSTS
  8. 200+ Blog Post Ideas For All Types Of Blogs
  9. How to Overcome Your Fear of Blogging
  10. HOW TO USE FACEBOOK IN 2017: MY 4-PART STRATEGY

Do you have a favorite link roundup you look forward to? Or do you have your own? Share it in the comments!

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