Mask of Shadows – ARC Review Of An Over Hyped, Underdeveloped YA Fantasy

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I’m not gonna lie, for all the hype that this book seems to be racking up, it sure wasn’t that good.

The book starts out decently enough. It begins with a robbery as we are introduced to our gender fluid main character, Sal, and the competition that would change their life. Notice I used ‘their’ instead of he or she, for Sal chooses to be addressed as whatever they dress for the day. If he dresses as a man, he will be addressed as such. If she dresses as a woman, the same applies. This was interesting as I never read from such a POV.

And I guess that’s where the originality ended.

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Pretty on the Outside, Bitter on the Inside

Bad Books With Pretty Covers

We in the bookish community love to lie to ourselves. We like to pretend that it’s only what’s on the inside that counts. And while this is a nice sentiment and whatnot, a pretty little quote to put on t-shirts and mugs and stuff, it’s not always true when it comes to books. We love to judge book covers, it’s in our nature. Sure, the inside matters, as we are about to see, but let’s be honest with ourselves, our bookshelves are all about the aesthetic. At least, mine are. I am not ashamed to say that put all the ugly books in the back (sorry, not sorry)

So, without further ado, I am going to list a couple of extremely beautiful books. Book’s that would make my shelves shine. Books that I have read, and even bought, solely for the aesthetic of their covers.

Books whose deceitful covers have filled me with regret after reading.

Here we go.

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All the Crooked Saints ARC Giveaway!!

Hey, guess what? I’m giving away a book!

A week ago I wrote a post about a giveaway that I was hosting here in celebration of getting 300 followers on my blog. Again, I want to thank you all. But, for those of you who might not have seen that post and don’t know about the giveaway, here it is again!

The Book Cover Girls is hosting am hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a new, free, signed ARC of Maggie Stiefvater’s upcoming book, All the Crooked Saints. While at Book Con 2017, I acquired two copies of the novel. I am keeping one to read an am giving the other one away.

And yes, I know, there is controversy about this book. But, let’s also keep in mind that none of the people that were originally making their judgement had even read the book at the time. I haven’t read it either and if I find a problem with it then I will state that in my review, but I will go into this book without bias, as should we all. So, if you are as excited as I am to read this book, and live in the continental united states, please feel free to enter my giveaway!

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Scrappy Little Nobody – A Funny Little Memoir

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The other day, while bored out of my mind at two in the morning, I scrolled through my Netflix hoping for something to watch. Having found nothing that caught my attention, I logged into my HBO account and watched The Accountant, starring Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck.

I liked the movie. It was entertaining and it gave me something to do, other than stare at the ceiling and contemplate the meaning of life. (As one does at 2 AM).

That was a few weeks ago. As of right now, I have watched that movie four times.

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T5W: August 2, 2017

 Book Covers You’d Live In

I love book covers. Obviously. The words “book cover” are even in my blog’s name. As such, I talk about book covers a lot. I talk about the ugly ones, the pretty ones, the ones that are misleading, the ones thank God they changed, and the ones that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Still, I must admit, that it has never occurred to me talk about the ones I would want to live in. It has never occurred to me to live in a book cover in the first place. But, now that it has, let’s see what I come up with in my top five.

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300 Follower Thank You + Giveaway!!

I honestly cannot believe that my small little corner of the internet now has 300 followers!!!

Me realizing I now had 300 followers:

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But all joking aside, I really am thankful. Thank you to all that  support my blog and take the time to read my posts! Y’all have no idea how much that means to me.

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The Giveaway Has Come to an End!

The $20 Book Depository giveaway that The Book Cover Girls was hosting has closed and a winner has been chosen.

The winner would have been contacted by the point in which this post gets published and they have 48 hours to return contact. If they do not, then they forfeit their prize and a new winner will be choose. Those 48 hours begin at the time this is published.

Thank you to all who participated!

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