Princess Academy – The Book That Took Me Eleven Years to Read

★★★


“No wolf falters before the bite, so strike.
No hawk wavers before the dive, so swing.
No sun pauses before the set, just strike.
No rain delays before the fall, just swing.”

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Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted-but it would mean leaving her home and family behind.

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Books I’m Probably Never Going to Read Tag

Hello, hello! I have a tag for you all today! I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but I saw it over at abooknerd13‘s blog and thought it was fun. The original creator is littlespider9.

So, yeah. There’s not much else to say. Let’s get to it!


A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

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Ok, I know, I know. This is THE book to a lot of people. And I know I’ve said this many times before, but I just think I’ll be getting to Harry Potter in this lifetime.

 

A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

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I won’t be finishing the Mortal Instruments by Casandra Clare. I stopped after City of Fallen Angels and that was enough for me. I also will not be starting The Infernal Devices, and especially not The Dark Artifices, and even more so whatever comes after that. Sorry, not sorry.

 

A classic that you’re just not interested in?

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This book is over a thousand pages and I the mere sight of it makes me sad. I tried reading an abridged version of it back in high school as part of a class requirement and I honestly couldn’t it. What ended up happening was that I sort of, somewhat read the first 100 pages and then kind of, maybe but not really, skimmed the rest. And this was just the abridged version! Just imagine if I had been reading the real thing!

 

Any genres you never read?

Horror. That’s it. I’m down to read anything except horror. Sorry Stephen King, but no. I am very superstitious and very easily frightened. I don’t need horror in my life.

 

A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

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Marley and Me by John Grogan. Why do I own this book? Because I was at a used bookstore and they had a whole stack of this book sitting in a corner, selling the books for 25 cents each. That is why. Also, the movie made me cry. But realistically, my TBR is way6 too large and Marley and Me isn’t exactly high on my list of priorities.

 

Since I wasn’t tagged for this one, I probably won’t be tagging anyone. If you want to do it, go on ahead! I would love to see what books you guys pick for these questions!


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Shadow Weaver – ARC Review

★★★☆☆


“To most people, shadows are things that remain stuck to walls and floors, but for me, they become whatever I wish-tacky, like clay, or as thin as smoke. I can mold them all to my will.”

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The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

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The Raven King – A Review

★★★★


“Depending on where you began the story, it was about Noah Czerny.” 

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All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

 

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Waking Gods – A Book You Simply Have To Read!

★★


 

“We’re not the greatest thing in the universe, certainly not the smartest. Seems logical there’d be a great many things in it we can’t comprehend.”

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As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

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Book Recommendation – The Themis Files

Sleeping Giants

(The Themis Files #1)

My rating: ★★★★

My Review

Published Del Rey on April 26, 2016

Goodreads Rating: 3.84

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A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

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This book was so good!! I can’t even describe how good it was, especially the audiobook. Listening to it was a whole experience. And book two, Waking Gods, is even better!!

Sleeping Giants is for anyone who loves sci-fi, action, political drama, and aliens. It’s being described as a mix between World War Z, and The Martian. Although I’m not sure how accurate those comparisons are, I guarantee that you will definitely like this one.

It’s told in a series of interviews, transcripts and audio logs that are being kept by a mysterious interviewer in what he calls The Themis Files. Basically, that means that the book is all dialogue which is why I recommend the audiobook since it has a full cast and each of the readers is absolutely amazing. I don’t anyone that listens to the audiobook can dislike the masterpiece that Sylvain Neuvel has created. The people I know that did not like it had a problem with the format, so again, I say, go for the audiobook. I promise you will love it!!

Also, I’m posting my review for the sequel up in a few days, so be on the lookout for that if you are interested in this series!

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My Life in November – Monthly Wrap Up

November has been a shit show. Simply put. Finals are coming, I feel like I’m dying, and I regularly think about just dropping out of college and joining the circus. The only thing that stops me is the knowledge that I don’t have any talents useful to a circus. That, and the knowledge that I am so close to graduation that if I was gonna drop out, I should have done it a few semesters ago and saved myself the student loans. So it looks like I’m getting that degree after all. Unless of course, stress kills me first.

But, quarter-life crisis aside, let’s talk about books! As always, I read more than expected, considering all the work I have to do. I honestly don’t even know where I find the time for this. Like, what are my priorities?

But who cares, moving on. Here’s what I did this month!

Books I read

The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell –  ★★★★☆ (4.5)

The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater – ★★★★

Whichwood – Tahereh Mafi – ★★★☆

The First Kiss Hypothesis – Christina Mandelski – ★★★☆☆ (2.5)

Blue Lily,  Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater – ★★★★

Renegades – Marissa Meyer – ★★★☆☆

Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel – ★★★★★

Well, considering that I will have finals in the second week of December, meaning that I will be studying for the entire first week of December, next month isn’t looking too great. But, let’s see what I manage to get out of it.

Average Rating for November: 3.7/5

Total Books Read in November: 7

Total Books Read in 2017: 85

Goodreads Reading Goal: 60

I Surpassed My Goal!!! 

 

Random Stuff I Posted

1 Year Blog Aniversary

 

 Tags and Things

Zombie Apocalypse Tag|| The Book Titles Book Tag

 

 Top 5 Wednesdays

T5W: November 22, 2017

 

Random Things I Did

Literally nothing. Like at all. Nada.

What I’m Doing Next Month

Probably just taking a lot of exams and writing a lot of essays. Yay. Hopefully, I can read after I’m done with it all. Unless, of course, I’m dead because of all the stress this semester has put on me.

 

Next Month’s TBR

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Every single one of these books has been up here for like the past four months, and here they are. At this point, it’s not even funny. But let’s see what happens. Maybe after finals, I’ll be motivated to read. Perhaps not. We shall see.

 

Well…

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Until next month!


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Renegades – A Long Introduction

★★


 

“One cannot be brave who has no fear”

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue – A Review

★★


“Queens and kings, Kings and queens. Blue lily, lily blue. Crowns and birds, Swords and things. Blue lily, lily blue” 

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Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. 

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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T5W- November 22, 2017

 Books I’m Thankful For

Twilight

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This is it. The book that started it all. I would not be a reader had I not picked up Twilight. I probably would not have become an English major or even started this blog.

The Bible

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I can’t not add this book to my list. This is the book that has shaped me and by whose teachings I strive to live by.

The Hunger Games

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While Twilight got me into reading, The Hunger Games made me the avid reader that I am. After reading this series I started reading more and more books. It probably started my book buying problems too.

A Light in the Attic

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In elementary school, I was a terrible reader. Then, a teacher assistant that I had told me to check out some of Shel Silverstein’s books of poetry and I absolutely fell in love with them all. A Light in the Attic has always been my favorite, I remember checking it out of the library like ten times and even memorizing some of the poems. It will always hold a place in my heart.

 


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