July Book Haul | #1

So I’ve never done a book haul before, mainly because I don’t usually buy a huge pile of books. Most of the time I’m very good at buying one or two books, reading them, and then going to buy more. However, since I’m going on vacation and moving abroad, where the main language isn’t English, I’ve bought a fair amount of books to keep me occupied. So here’s the first book haul:

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

World War Z by Max Brooks

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: After reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, I decided I was in the mood for more hard-core mystery, thriller type things. I’m not quite sure what this book is about, but I’m planning on keeping it that way so I can dive into this book blind.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: I’m so excited to read this book. The premise sounds so intriguing and I’ve been in this huge historical fiction mood lately, so this read will be perfect.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (new edition): I’m planning on rereading the entire series before Season Two of the show comes out in January, so here I am.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown: I finally got this!

11/22/63 by Stephen King: This too, sounded absolutely intriguing and I can’t wait to get to this

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan: It’s Rick Riordan. How could I not?

Not Pictured: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: I’ve been dying to read this for a long time but wanted to read the Tales of a Shadowhunter Academy first. So far, I’ve only read the first novella, but I’ll get to the rest of them soon.

 

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Mini Spoiler-Free Review: Tell the Wind and Fire

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Title: Tell the Wind and Fire

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher: Clarion Books

Rating: 4/5

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.

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Series I’m Dying To Finish

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be talking about the book series I need to finish but somehow haven’t gotten around to it. These are all the fabulous series I’ve started but haven’t read more of, even though they’re amazing. And if this post doesn’t show it, I’ll just going to say that: I’m bad at binge reading a series. It takes me a really long time to finish a series even if its absolutely fantastic.

  1. The Redumqxjlfoedq7lj67v7w0 Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown: I remember reading this a while back and really loving the first book, and I don’t know why I haven’t picked up Golden Sun. My excuse has been that it isn’t out in paperback…except that it is so that excuse is not even valid. I’ll get on it soon, I promise.
  2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marrissa Meyer: I read Cinder last year and absolutely loved it, and thefavelunarn I read Scarlet and didn’t really like it. So, I put off reading Cress for the longest time but I am finally getting on to it. I’m currently listening to the Cress audiobook and while it isn’t as good as Cinder, I’m still enjoying it immensely and can’t wait to read Winter.

 

 

 

 

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Lyre Spoiler-Free Review

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Title: Lyre

Author: Tina V. Tatum

Rating: 3/5

*Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are my own. Special thanks to the author and publisher for sending me the review copy*

The daughter of the great warrior Kitonga, protector of the Yimbe village, Lyre was always aware of the beauty of combat which led her to dream of becoming the first female warrior. She received what she asked for and more, but becoming a hero like her father came with a price.
She must battle warriors unlike any the Yimbe village has ever seen and face challenges both physical and mental. Lyre is truly a hero unlike any other.

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was taken with the concept and intrigued. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, though, I can see how others might enjoy it.

I really did like the concept of a society regressing. It was really unique and I’ve never read a book where it is set in the future where society seems to actually have regressed.

I had a bit of a problem with the protagonist, Lyre. In the beginning, her life’s dream is to be a warrior but throughout her story, she seems to disregard that dream. I understand that there were many crazy things going on in her life, but still. Yes, she technically can fight like a warrior, but that really isn’t what she wanted to be.

Another thing I didn’t like about her is how quickly she fell for Amour. She always talked about how irritating he was and the minute he expresses feelings for her, she falls head over heals. She says she loves him, but there was no build-up in their relationship.

Around the middle of the book, there is a two-year time jump. When I first came across it, I was a bit weary, but it flowed pretty smoothly and moved the story along nicely.

I enjoyed Miata immensely and loved her friendship and loyalty towards Lyre.

The ending kind of threw me off a bit. Throughout the whole book, there was this huge build-up for a big battle that never really came. I did see that there will be a sequel, so perhaps that’s where everything will be concluded.

That being said, I did see improvements in the plot and fluidity throughout the book and the girl friendships in this book were very well represented.

 

HAMILTON BOOK TAG

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Now if you’ve been living under a rock, Hamilton is a Broadway musical about one of America’s founding fathers, treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton and it is told through hip-hop songs. And I, like the rest of the world, am obsessed. It’s the best thing in the world and I can’t believe I didn’t start listening to it sooner. The tag was originally created by MaureenKeavy on Youtube. I thought it’d be a really fun thing to do.

So, here is the Hamilton Book Tag:

1.The Room Where it Happens: A Book World You Would Insert Yourself In

Sorry to be so predictable, but I have to say Harry Potter. If I had the one option to go into any fictional world, it would always be Harry Potter’s world. Always.

2.The Schuyler Sisters: An Underrated Female Character

So I wanted to say Ginny Weasley, but I need to stop limiting myself to Harry Potter. So instead, I’m going to say Lesley, from the Ruby Red Trilogy. Lesley is the definition of a best friend. She’s always there for Gwyn whenever she needs her and she’s just the best.

3.  My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Yael from Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. She literally goes after what she wants. She sets out and competes in a motorcycle race to kill Hitler. It’s known to be dangerous and she has to impersonate someone else in order to do it, but she is determined to kill Hitler and does whatever necessary to do so.

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Review: And I Darken

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Title: And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: 4.5/5

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Ever since I heard about this book a couple months ago, I was really excited for it. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. The simple premise of this book completely drew me in. The idea of an alternate history where Vlad the Impaler is a woman was extremely intriguing. I loved that it took place in the 1400s during the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

I loved the beautiful setting, the characters, and especially the way they were actual people in history.

It was so much fun reading through the characters as they grew; I thought that was really interesting and added to the roundness of the characters. All in all, amazing, intriguing read.

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Harry Potter Tag

Hello, all! True to my word (for once) I’m here to post for the second time this week. That’s an improvement from what I’ve been doing the past months. Anyway, a couple days ago I saw another book blogger post “Cursed Child Countdown:  Ultimate Harry Potter Tag” and it seemed like a really fun little post to do in appreciation of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play and script book release.

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It was originally created by Just Keep Reading on Youtube a couple years ago.

Mild spoilers.

1.Favorite Book

I’m going to go with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. To me, it’s always the one that stands out. And we get to see Draco’s character change and develop with the threats of Voldemort. I loved the climax of this book, how everyone seemed to be holding their breaths. I loved Slughorn and Harry and Ginny’s relationship.

2. Least Favorite Book

This is really hard for me to choose, but I’m going to go with Chamber of Secrets, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because if I were to reread any of the Harry Potter books, this one isn’t one I’d gravitate towards. It’s a great book, I love the events and the characters, it’s just not the most “dazzling” of the books.

3. Favorite Movie

I’m torn between Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 and Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m just going to stick to both of these. I loved Lupin in the third film and I just loved Hermione and Ron in this movie. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1, we get to see Bill and Fleur’s wedding, something I was really looking forward to in the films.

4. Least Favorite Movie

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I loved the book, but I felt that the movie left out many things (understandably) and it didn’t really have that many interesting plot points to it.

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