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2016 March Bookhaul

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Total Books – 7
Total Price – $6.29

Giveaways – FREE
1.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians; paperback boxset (@awellwornstory IG giveaway)
2.) The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins; paperback ARC (@EpicReads)

Barnes and Noble – $6.29
3.) Theodore Roosevelt and the Badlands by Roger L. Di Silvestro; hardcover

There you have it!  While the list is small, the amount is decent :]  Hope you guys got all the books you wanted this month!

Happy Reading! xo

2016 March Wrap Up

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Not much to say about my reading month that you haven’t already heard!  Going to try something new and that’s keep track of how many pages I’ve read each month to give me a better idea of how I compare to other months ^_^

Total Books = 3
Total Pages = 1012
Average Rating = 3.33

1.) Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero – 2.5/5
2.) Fiend by Peter Stenson – 3/5
3.) The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins 4.5/5

Hope you guys had a great reading month!
Happy Reading! xo

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas **WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**

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Book Description:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Rating: 5/5

AHHHH! I HATE reading unfinished series! I NEED to know what’s going to happen next!

  • What’s going on with this war?
  • How does Aelin handle her new position?
  • How does Dorian handle his new position?
  • How does everyone adjust to their new beginnings especially with this war a brewin?!

And the witches! Manon getting…. feelings? I mean, yeah we’ve seen glimpses of it through out but now she almost resembles a human!

This book definitely made me appreciate Heir of Fire a lot more. With everything it built up to, wow, just wow.

I wasn’t sure I liked where the story was turning and how it has changed so much and now I am so glad it did. It’s more action packed, more suspenseful, less childish more adult through their experiences. If you want a book with great character development, look no further! Each character changes, grows in ways you don’t expect, it’s amazing.

I need to address some scenes:

Happy scene: I’m so so so so soooo happy Rowan came back. I mean, that bath scene with Aelin and Rowan, meow ;] I wasn’t a huge fan of him in the beginning but now he is complete and utter SWOONworthy. That sexy, sexy man. And if him and Aelin don’t do it within the first half of the next book, I’m going to explode. The sexual frustration is killing meeee!

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Ermergerdddd…. is it getting hot in here or what?…

Sad scene: When Aelin visits Sams grave and confesses her self to him – ughhh, pull on my heart strings why don’t you! So sad but so sweet and heart warming .. and did I mention sad?!

Shocking scene: Aelin helping Manon – I mean they were fighting to the death and Manon is about to die and Aelin saves her – what?! At first I was pissed, I was all, “LET THE BITCH DIE! WASN’T THAT THE POINT?!” but later when Aelin fully reveals her reason behind helping Manon avoid falling to her death, it made sense and dare I say it was quite noble of her!

Brutal scene: Chaol and Aelin walk up to the castle and all of Chaol’s mean are spiked outside the castle, mauled, tortured. INSANE!

I love all of the elements this series brings. From the raw emotions, to the brutality, to the excitement and the giddyness, these books have it all.

2016 February Bookhaul

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Total Books = 16
Total Price = $13.62

I almost forgot my early month thrift going when I first started putting my books together!  Somehow, I forgot to add them to my haul list :O *gasp*

Barnes and Noble – $7.50
1.) Doctor Who The Encyclopedia by Gary Russel; paperback

Thrift Store – $6.12
1.) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan; hardcover
2.) Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling; paperback
3.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; paperback
4.) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; paperback

Giveaways – FREE
1.) Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero; paperback: A special thanks to the author, Arnulfo Cantarero, for sending this my way!  Please check him out on Goodreads!
2.) Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Rites of Passage by Miguel Lopez de Leon; paperback (via Goodreads giveaway)
3.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling; paperback (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
4.) Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; paperback: (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
5.) Orchards by  ; paperback: (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
6.) Delirium by Lauren Oliver; paperback: (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
7.) Unwind by  ; paperback (special thanks to @thebookelves Instagram giveaway)
8.) Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Mists of the Three Lakes by Miguel Lopez de Leon; paperback: (A special thanks to the author, Miguel Lopez de Leon, for sending this my way!  Please check him out on Goodreads!)
9.) Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf by Miguel Lopez de Leon; paperback: (A special thanks to the author, Miguel Lopez de Leon, for sending this my way!  Please check him out on Goodreads!)
10.) Atlantia by Ally Condie; hardcover: (special thanks to @author_jenniferparr Instagram giveaway)

ARCs – FREE
1.) America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie; paperback

Not a bad month guys, not a bad month…

Happy Reading! xo

The Painted Lady by Amanda Moncrefe

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Book Description:

Sometimes the risks may not be worth the sacrifice…

Asha St. Claire is a young single mother who was willing to sacrifice whatever it took to secure financial freedom for her and her little boy. She believed those sacrifices finally paid off when she won a full academic scholarship to Natchez State University, a remote Mississippi college hundreds of miles away from her Chicago home-town. What she wasn’t aware of, however, was that in order to accept the scholarship, she would be forced to leave her son behind. Determined on becoming economically secure, Asha sacrifices her immediate wants, accepts the scholarship, and permits temporary custodial rights of her son to her mother in order to pursue her degree.

Still reeling from the separation from her son, Asha is completely caught off guard when she meets Delphi, a man who not only rattles her focused and well laid plans for the future, but also every sensory nerve that makes her a female.
Delphi has everything Asha could ever want; however she finds he often holds back if pressed to reveal his past. Can she trust him enough to move forward and build the secured future she’s dreamed of? Or is his constant hesitation a sign that he is completely wrong for both her and her son?

Delphi Allen is a man who knows what he wants-and what he wants is Asha. In his single-minded pursuit, he chooses to ignore past events in his life that could negatively impact both their futures. Can he convince Asha that her current choices won’t make her happy without revealing secrets he’s tried to forget?

Or will his decision and her sacrifice ultimately cost them both?

My Rating: 0/5

**I would like to start off by saying that I received The Painted Lady by Amanda Moncrefe for free via Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways do not impact my reviews.**

The cover is so pretty and intriguing – but this is NOT the book I thought it was going to be.  I read up to page 35 and I can’t do it anymore.  I just didn’t like the content (and wouldn’t have entered the giveaway for this book if I had known).  IT’S VERY DIRTAYYYY!  I’m no prude, but I prefer my porn on screen and less “I’m gonna poke your ass all day in class..” type of thing….

Okay, since this is my blog, I’m going full force.  I was a little nicer on GR and the like, because I know I wasn’t the right audience for this and I’m not a complete dick.  It’s not fair for someone to judge something that they don’t like in the first place.  It’s like me saying a song is terrible because I can’t stand the genre of music.  Doesn’t make it a terrible song because I don’t like the style, get mah drift?  Again, I did not know this going in to the book.  BUT – this is my blog.  If the author or whoever cares to read a good review on this book and made it this far – wellll – that’s their fault.

One thing that threw me off – this is an urbanish book.  Red flag numero uno.  The other thing was how disgusting the males treat the females.  This dude is really gonna poke some girl in the ass while she’s in class because he likes “making her squirm” and then I get a wonderful description of how wet her pants were getting – again I only read 35 pages and this isn’t the first descriptive content you get to read OH and these people barely know each other.  If someone even accidentally touches my ass like that, you guarantee if I’m in class, my pencil’s going straight through their hand.  Glad this author writes about self respecting women.

Don’t get me wrong, I can read sex scenes, I’m down with the putang!  But there’s a right way of writing it and then there’s a pathetic way.  Needless to say, this writer did the latter.

So yeah, unless you want to read a rude, hard nippling, ass poking, disrepectful piggish book – YOU’VE FOUND IT!

Summary: Men are disrespectful pigs and women are eager tramps.

Also, I’m sad this book has a small setting in Chicago.  Being I’m from the Chicagoland area, I know we’re better than this…

This book is so stupid, I can’t even turn it into a craft.  What a waste of a pretty cover.

Happy Reading! xo

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Book Description:

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

My Rating: 4/5

I don’t know what happened with Heir of Fire or how it has the highest rating out of all of the books so far.  This book is definitely slower than the others – starts slow, continues slow, ends … well it actually ends really good *snicker snicker*.  There were maybe 2-3 scenes that could be classified as “exciting” but nothing at all like the novellas or the first 2 books.  I thought the book started to pick up around pg. 160, but it did not.  It faltered.  Even if it did pick up and soar, that’s still an unusual start for a Sarah J. Maas book!

Besides it being a suuuuper slow read, the story takes a different turn, different environment completely which took me a while to adjust to.  If the witches were from the get go, I might’ve enjoyed it more or if they were in their own story altogether, I just do not like them in this series.  It felt awkward.  I’m still confused by it!

I don’t have much to say about Heir of Fire because….well….there wasn’t much going on.  I still enjoyed reading it though.  It wasn’t TERRIBLE, it just wasn’t the same.

Conclusion: Sluggishly Slow But Good.

Happy Reading! xo

Beautiful Creatures Series (Wrap Up)

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Series Description:

There were no surprises in Gatlin County. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations.
Mysterious, suspenseful, and romantic, Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption introduce a secret world hidden in plain sight. A world where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen. Sometimes life-ending.

Series Rating: 5/5 (average rating = 4.5)

If you can’t tell by my rating, this series is definitely one of my favorites!  From the characters to the settings to the romances to the clever, witty lines of Ethan Wate, this series will live on my bookshelves for years and years to come!

If you’re a fan of YA/fantasy/magic, grab your hands on this series!

Favorite:  Beautiful Chaos
Least Favorite:  Beautiful Redemption

Talk about a series hangover.  I was devastated when this ended.  I wish it could have ended better, but I didn’t hate it.  Now, I know this series seems to be hit or miss with some people because they find it slow or cheesy, but I just could not relate to that at all, although I do understand the “slow” at some parts in the books.  The only reason I didn’t trudge through those parts was because of my love for the characters that I was willing to go in depth and hear all of those “boring” details that other people who are just trying to get through could care less to hear.

Here are my links to each separate review:

⦁ Beautiful Creatures
⦁ Beautiful Darkness
⦁ Beautiful Chaos
⦁ Beautiful Redemption

Now, as much as I ADORE this series, I also know that it’s not for everyone.  So while I completely think highly of these books, depending on the person interested, I may or may not recommend.  It’s kind of a balance between contemporary and fantasy/magic.  If you can read both of these, I might suggest this mash up for you :]