The First Kiss Hypothesis – ARC Review

★★

2.5/5


“For each person in the world, there is exactly one other person who, at first kiss, causes an immediate and intense reaction.” 

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Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction. 

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing. 

Game. On.

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Whichwood – ARC Review

★★


 

“Maybe it was not naiveté, but suffering, that inspired kindness. Maybe, she thought, it was pain that inspired compassion”

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Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

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The Dream Thieves – A Short Review for an Awesome Sequel

★★


 

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”

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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.

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The Last Magician – A Buddy Read

 ★★

4.5/5


 

“But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”

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Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Zombie Apocalypse Tag!!

Hello, hello! I’ve been tagged! Thank you so much to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to this!

I have said many times that I don’t read scary books nor do I watch scary movies, but I have always really liked zombies, as strange as it sounds. Maybe because zombies always seem less likely than a psycho killer or demon possession.

I also have to admit, I may or may not have had far too many conversations about the zombie apocalypse with my friends. No lie, it’s how I convinced one of my friends to go to the gym with me, by telling her that people who can’t do cardio always die first in the apocalypse.

So far, the gym thing isn’t going as planned, mostly because I hate going, but my chances of survival have certainly increased. Now, let’s see how much they decrease with this tag!

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1 Year Blog Aniversary!!!!

It’s been a whole year! Wow. I honestly can’t believe it!

A year ago yesterday (November 1st) my friend Rosie and I decided to finally start a book blog. Now the blog is one year old, and I feel like a proud mother!

It honestly feels like only yesterday that I wrote my first post. And yet, I also feel like so much has happened since last November. Blogging has become a regular, everyday part of my life, and I have loved every second of it.

Sure, there have been ups and downs, as there are with all things, but overall, I have loved this experience. And while I have lost co-blogger (Rosie leads a busy life), I have gained many friends. And I have gotten to participate in many cool things like giveaways, blog tours, and many, many book tags!

I wish I could have started this blog years ago and that I had been connected with this awesome community of people from the very start.  I have gotten to know so many of you throughout this year and hope to get to know many more! I love communicating with you all, it is honestly my favorite part of this whole thing.

So, thank you for welcoming me to the book blogging world! Thank you for fangirling with me and commenting and liking my posts. Thank you, to all that have made this a wonderful year. I hope to have many, many more!

My Life in October – Monthly Wrap Up

And so, October has come to an end. It seems it was only yesterday that the year began and here it is, coming to a close. I honestly don’t know how I feel about that. It seems like the days are getting shorter. Time flies and I find myself doing nothing with my life. It’s like I don’t have enough time to do the things I want, and yet, I find myself wasting all the time I do have on dumb things. I honestly have no idea how I get things done, and have no idea what the heck I am doing.

Woah, that started getting depressing. I’m listening to a marathon of My Chemical Romance as I write this (Cancer is currently playing), so that’s probably why.

But, back to happy thoughts, let us see all the things that I did do this month!

Books I read

Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel  –  ★★★★☆ (4.5)

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller – ★★★★

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green – ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

Gray Wolf Island – Tracey Neithercott – ★★★☆☆

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater – ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman –  ★★★★

Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart – ★★★☆☆

All in all, I think this month went well. But here comes November which is the time of exams and 10-page papers, So, we shall see how well I do the next month. Then again, I might surprise myself. I always do, somehow.

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Genuine Fraud – A Darker Novel than Expected

★★


 

“Do you think a person is as bad as her worst actions?…I mean, do our worst actions define us when we’re alive? Or, do you think human beings are better than the very worst things we have ever done?” 

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The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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5 Books I Want to Read Before the Year Ends

The end of the year is once again upon us and looking back I see all of the books that I have read. Also, since my brain hates me, it also looks at all of the books that I did not read in 2017. If I had it my way I would read every book ever written, or at least all the good ones, but that is not quite possible, much to my dismay.

While it is true that I have read a pretty good number of books, much more than the American average which is apparently 12, there are a few books that have in mind that I haven’t yet gotten to.

So, by making this list and making it public I hope to motivate myself to read it. If by the end of the year I don’t read these books you guys can feel free to call me out on it. Maybe knowing that will make me finally read these book. But, then again, maybe not. We shall see! Continue reading “5 Books I Want to Read Before the Year Ends”