May Wrap Up

I didn’t realize until I was typing up this post but last month was full of rereads and 3 star reads! What a time!

Goodreads pages are linked!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★★
This was a reread! My feelings haven’t changed since the first time I read it. I still think it is a super fun and quick read.

The One by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★★★
Reread! This is such a fantastic finale to a fun trilogy. I still can’t believe what all happened. These books are definitely a wild ride.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★
Again, this was a reread! Here are my thoughts from the first time I read the book.
I liked it, just not as much as the first book. There were a few cliffhangers that has me REALLY excited about the next book. I probably would have gave this 4 stars if it wasn’t for the whole Jace/Clary thing. It’s just so weird. We didn’t get a for sure answer, but I can still see the hints that maybe they aren’t actually brother and sister. But y’all, they think they are related & they (especially Jace) are okay with having a romantic relationship. Like Jace even said they could keep it a secret. What on earth?? No. 

The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
Rating: ★★★
This was an okay read for me. I loved the overall message but I feel like the book was trying to tackle way too much. Between work, family issues, college planning, friendships and romance, you ne we really knew what the main focus was supposed to be. 

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★★
Yet another reread. Here were my thoughts from the first time I read it.
I really loved this…like a lot. It was action packed & FULL of twists.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★
After three tries I finally finished this book. I enjoyed it more than I thought I was going to. I like the characters, but I didn’t quite connect with them as much as I did with the ones from TMI. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger so I am excited to continue on with the trilogy.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: —
Reread! Y’all, it’s Twilight. I don’t really feel like I have to say anything about it. Love it or hate it, we all have nostalgia over it. There is no way I can give this a rating.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes bu Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★★
I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Hinger Games. So you’re probably wondering why I read this prequel then. And to that I don’t really have an answer. I think I got caught up in everyone’s excitement so I picked it up on it’s release day. This book was divided into three parts. The first and second parts were fantastic. I was so invested and it was a solid  4 stars. But then part three hit and that’s when it fall apart for me. I lost interest basically. I don’t feel like this needed to be over 500 pages. I wish there was more a connection between this book and the original trilogy.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: —
Reread! Again, it’s Twilight so no rating! I will say that this is my least favorite book in the series. I didn’t like the whole Romeo & Juliet thing when I read it 10 years ago and still don’t like it now. 

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Rating: ★★★★★
Absolutely loved this! My review will go up on June 22.

What did you read last month?? Any 5 star reads?

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April & OWLs Magical Readathon Wrap Up

Y’all, I read 10 and a half books in April!! I have NO idea how that happened, but I am beyond happy about it. I am out of my weird slump and I’m reading at full force! 

Goodreads pages will be linked.

OWLs Magical Readathon

I decided to go for the Seer career which meant that I had to complete three classes. I changed up my TBR a little but I did in fact pass my OWLs. This readathon is so much fun and I can’t wait to see what I’ll have to read in August for the NEWTs!

➸ Astronomy: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Rating: ★★★★
This was my first time reading a Ruth Ware book and I can definitely say I will be reading more! I was so invested in the story and I never wanted to stop reading. The twists were wild and I didn’t seem the coming.

➸ Divination: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Rating: ★★★★
When I started reading this I was literally in my head thinking “Is this story about me?” Wilder Girls follows Hetty who is under quarantine because of a strange sickness. Sound familiar?? But wait, it gets better. Hetty has one eye and ummm I DO TOO! Needless to say I picked a super weird time to read this book! 😂 I did really enjoy this though. The writing was descriptive, the characters were complex and the setting was perfection! I have always heard that this book was full of gore and it is, but it’s not to the level that I was expecting. It’s the perfect amount of gross for a YA. I couldn’t give a full 5 stars because I didn’t care for the ending. It was a bit abrupt and too open ended.

➸ Ancient Runes: heart on the cover or in the title
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Rating: ★★★★
This is a companion to Letters to the Lost and I loved it! I know I can always count on Brigid Kemmerer to bring me a story that will leave me wanting more. Check out my full review here!

Everything Else

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood
Rating: ★★★★.5
I had an absolute blast reading this YA contemporary! This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. When I had to take breaks all I thought about were the characters. I could honestly read 500 more pages. Check out my full review here!

The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
Rating: ★★★★
If you haven’t picked up this duology, you need to!! It’s fun and suspenseful. If you love the Illuminae Files then you will most likely enjoy these books too. I couldn’t give this a full 5 stars because the ending was weird. It felt like there needed to be another chapter or two to wrap things up better.

Admission by Julie Buxbaum
Rating: ★★★
This was an interesting look at privilege and responsibility. I read an eARC thinking the release date was this month, but it has been moved to December. I’m not sure when my review will go up, but I will say that this was just an okay read for me.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Rating: ★★★★★
Reread! It’s been a while since I first read this! I forgot how much I loved the world. It’s dark and super creepy. The characters are so unique too. August Flynn is a gem and deserves the entire world.

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Rating: ★★★★
A debut F/F romance set in Hollywood! My full review won’t go live until May 19, but if you enjoy slow burn romances….add this to your TBR! 

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★★★
My friend Lacey recently reread this series and it made me want to reread them too! I ended up bumping this up to a 5 star rating. Is this the best book ever? No. Is it an absolute blast to read? YES!

Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz
Rating: DNF
First I want to say thank you to the publisher for sending a finished copy. I wanted to love this book, but sadly that didn’t happen. The writing wasn’t for me. I was confused about half of the time. I even had to go back and reread multiple parts. After a week of trying my hardest to get invested in the sorry, I decided it was time to put it down. I’m super bummed about it. Release date is May 5.

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★★
Again, I am rereading the series. I still didn’t like America’s jealously in this book, but it’s still a great sequel.

What did you read in April??

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Review | More Than We Can Tell

Title: More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2)

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

Review:

I’m not surprised that I loved this book as much as I did. I have learned that I throughly enjoy Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. It’s so easy to get into and very hard to put down. I know I can always count on her to bring me a story that leave me wanting more!

More Than We Can Tell is a companion novel to Letters to the Lost, which I absolutely loved!  Personally, I don’t feel like you have to read the first book in order to understand this one. It can definitely stand on its own. I will say that you may get more out of Rev’s chapters if you already knew him from Letters. There are also some major spoilers about side characters so just be aware of that if you plan to read this book before Letters to the Lost.

I was so happy that Rev got his own book! He was such a great character in Letters to the Lost and I was excited to learn more about him! He has gone through so much in his life and honestly he deserves the entire world. Rev’s backstory is one that will break your heart and make you furious. As a child, he was abused by his biological father. The man who was supposed to love and take care of him used religion as an excuse to hurt Rev. After years with zero communication, Rev gets a letter in mail from his bio father. In a split second, he whole demeanor changes. It’s like he’s right back where he was as a 7 year old kid…absolutely terrified. His story really shows the long lasting effects of child abuse. It hurt me so much to see Rev struggling. He is the biggest sweetheart and I just wanted him to be happy and safe.

We get introduced to a new character named Emma. She  is really into coding and gaming. She even made her own video game that other people play!  How cool is that?? I did enjoy her chapters, but it was hard to like Emma at times. She’s not a great friend, she pretty immature and she so rude to her mom. She’s is a teenager though, so I mean weren’t we all that way at one point?

The relationship between Rev and Emma was sweet, but not my favorite thing about the book. I loved that they were able to open up to each other without feeling any judgement. Both characters had a lot in their minds and they needed someone to talk to. Other than that, I didn’t feel like they had any chemistry at all. I’m kind of bummed about it honestly.

More Than We Can Tell discusses the negative sides of the online community.  Emma is constantly harassed by a random person oh her video game. It starts at them saying she can’t play because she is a girl and it leads to so much worse. Emma goes about the situation in the best way possible, but even then the person finds a way back. Emma also learns the hard way that sometimes people on the internet aren’t always who they say they are or who they seem to be. The internet can be a wonderful place but there are definitely some scary things about it. Brigid Kemmerer did a fantastic job making Emma’s story so realistic.

My absolute favorite part of this book was getting to see more of Rev and Declan’s friendship! We met Declan in Letters to the Lost and ugh I adore him. It was good to catch up with him and see how things are going. He actually takes a really huge step in this book and it was so heartwarming to see Rev right there by his side. Their friendship is one of my all time favorites. They are always there to support each other no matter what.

So basically, More Than We Can Tell was wonderful and I highly suggest you read it. Go ahead and read Letters to the Lost while you’re at it! 🙂

March Wrap Up

I already talked about this a little last week, but wow last month was a dumpster fire. I had the hardest time paying attention to anything so unfortunately I had to scrap my TBR. It made me really sad to do that but I didn’t want my mood to affect my feelings for a book. Instead, I did a few rereads and thankfully, they really helped me get back on track.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Rating: ★★★★
Overall I did really like this book. I love the characters so much and I enjoyed learning more about them. The last 150 pages were incredible and has me very excited for the third book. My only issue was that there was SO much going on and I didn’t know where exactly the story was going. 

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Rating: ★★★★★
This was my first time reading an adult thriller and I was NOT disappointed! Full review is coming soon. 

Woven in Moonlight bu Isabel Ibañez
Rating: ★★★★
This was a pretty solid debut. The writing was beautiful and the magic was interesting. I will say it was a tad predictable, but still enjoyable! 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Rating: ★★★★★
If I could give this book 100 stars I would. This was a reread for me and I forgot how much I loved the characters. I don’t know if Becky Albertalli somehow knew me in high school because I swear this story was written about me. I was Molly and Molly was me. I so wish this book was around during my teenage years.

Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Rating: ★★★★★
Another reread! I needed to refresh my memory before continuing to the sequel. This time around I decided to bump it up to 5 stars because it really is that great! 

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Rating: ★★★★★
I LOVED this! I feel like a lot of people are sleeping on this series. It’s so much fun. I can’t wait for the third book! I highly recommend the audiobook. The narrator is absolutely incredible. She really brings life to the characters.

Have you read any of these books?? How was your reading in March??

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February Wrap Up

Even though February is the shortest month, I managed to read seven books!

Goodreads pages & reviews will be linked!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: ★★★★

This was a reread for me. I have been wanting to continue with the series but I needed a refresher. I loved this book even more the second time around. Audrey Rose is so ahead of her time and she doesn’t take crap from anyone!

The Final Six bu Alexandra Monir

Rating: ★★★★★

Well this book was a total surprise. I really didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. The concept was right up my alley and I was so invested in the story. This is a dystopian where the Earth isn’t a safe place to live anymore because of climate change. Twenty-four teens are chosen to do space training and eventually six of them will scout a new planet. I’m looking forward to the next book because I have a ton of questions that needs answers!

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Rating: ★★★★

I’m still in love with the circus setting that was in this book! Read my full review here!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Rating: ★★★★★

I read this for contemporaryathon and oh my gosh I loved it! It was everything I didn’t even know I needed. The romance was 10/10. It was enemies to lovers which is one of my favorite tropes. The Renaissance Faire setting was so much fun. I’ve never been to one but I want to go now. I am so excited for the next book in this companion series.

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus

Rating: ★★

Unfortunately, this book did not work for me at all. Read my full review here.

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Rating: ★★★★

A few months ago I saw a ton of people reading this book. They either really liked it or flat out hated it. I decided to pick it up at random one day. I really didn’t know anything about it going in and thank gosh I didn’t. This was probably the weirdest book I’ve ever read and I didn’t hate it?? It was a mindless & fun read. There definitely wasn’t much to it besides a whole bunch of smutty scenes. I’m not sure if I will continue with the rest of the series though.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

Rating: ★★★★.5

Wow, this book was a tough one to get through. I will have a full review up very soon! I have lots of feelings.

What did you read last month?? Have you read any of these books?

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A Pretty Late January Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

Even though it’s super late, they are back! I am so happy to be doing monthly wrap ups again. I stopped posting them last year because it was so overwhelming to me. Mostly because I waited until the very last minute to write them out. I am not going to do that anymore though. This year I am going to write out my thoughts after I finish each book. This way all of my opinions are fresh in my mind. I really hope this works out better for me.

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Rating: ★★★★★
I loved everything about this. The world, magic and characters were inedible. If this isn’t on your radar yet, please check it out. I know it is only February but I can definitely see this gorgeous story making my favorites list of 2020. Read my full review here.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Rating: ★★★★
The fifth book in the Wayward Children series. I loved that we got to see characters that we haven’t heard from in a while. I always enjoy learning more about Jack and Jill and their world. I am so excited for the next book in this beautifully strange series.

Lucky Caller by Emma Mllls
Rating: ★★★★
This was a classic Emma Mills book. It had wonderful friendships and a super sweet romance. Check out my full review here.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: ★★★★.5
At this point, I am convinced that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a pure genius. I have loved everything I’ve read by her. I thought the concept of this book was so interesting. Both paths came with it’s ups and downs so it was impossible to choose which was better. This book made me decide to read all of TJR backlist this year!

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Rating: ★★★★
I went into this book knowing that I should expect the unexpected, but wow. I really enjoyed this story. It reminded me a lot of the Illuminae Files which I loved. It was wild, creepy and suspenseful.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Rating: ★★★★
Really enjoyed this! It was a fun & quick read. I loved Josh & Hazel so much. Their chemistry was 10/10. The only reason I couldn’t give this a full 5 stars was because of the ending. It took a turn and I thought it was kind of unnecessary. Other than that, the story was great. I will definitely read more from Christina Lauren in the future.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Rating: ★★★
I originally gave this 4 stars, but looking back I have to drop it to a 3. I enjoyed Tweet Cute but it was just an okay read for me. Definitely fun & quirky.

Havenfall by Sara Holland
Rating: ★★★★
I had such a great time reading this book. It was just so enjoyable. I was deeply invested in the plot, characters and worlds that I never wanted it to end. Check out my full review here.

What did you read in January? Any 5 star reads?

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ARC Review | Bent Heavens

Title: Bent Heavens

Author: Daniel Kraus

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Release date: February 25, 2020

My rating: ★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Liv Fleming’s father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that he’s dead, though that doesn’t mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.

But Liv is done with childhood fantasies. Done pretending she believes her father’s absurd theories. Done going through the motions for Doug’s sake. However, on the very day she chooses to destroy the traps, she discovers in one of them a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing. In that moment, she’s faced with a painful realization: her dad was telling the truth. And no one believed him.

Now, she and Doug have a choice to make. They can turn the alien over to the authorities…or they can take matters into their own hands.

Review:

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy.

Unfortunately Bent Heavens just wasn’t for me. I went into this thinking it was going to be a really cool alien science fiction, but what I got was something completely different. I’m really bummed out honestly.

I am going to start with the one thing that I did really like about the book. There were quite a few twists and turns at the end that I was not at all expecting. They definitely kept me on he edge of my seat. The stakes were so high so I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know how things were going to end up.

Okay now for the things that didn’t work for me. This book is Young Adult, but I think it reads more as an Adult. While the characters in this story are teenagers, I feel like the content is better suited for a more mature audience.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters. Liv was so unlikeable.. She had such a bad attitude and with that came random bursts of anger. She was also very disrespectful especially to her teachers, who literally did nothing to deserve it. In the begging, I liked Doug. He was misunderstood and I felt really bad for him because Liv was such a terrible friend. As the story unfolded, his character went in a direction that I didn’t like whatsoever. Bruno was another character that I could have really liked, but sadly he was so underdeveloped. There were other side characters that we could have done without. We learned nothing about them except for their name and relationship to Liv.

Liv’s home life hasn’t been the same since her father’s disappearance. Her mom works two jobs to pay the bills and when she comes home she drinks pretty heavily. There is a point in the book where Liv pushes her mom to drink even after seeing that she was trying to make the better choice of drinking water. Not only that, but Liv mixes some pills into the drink. There’s a reason why Liv thought she had to get her mom drunk, but I didn’t care. That whole scene was not okay and definitely not needed. It left a really bad taste in my mouth. 

Bent Heavens has a massive amount of torture scenes. I mean, it’s a lot and it’s brutal. I’m not usually one to get triggered by anything, but I honestly couldn’t read certain parts. It was just way too much. I ended up scimming through those sections. I also couldn’t get over the fact that teenagers were performing some of the torture. Like they literally had a book of the ways to torture someone and just went down the list. I was so uncomfortable reading this. 

I really am sad that Bent Heavens didn’t work out for me. It had so much potential in the beginning, but wow did things go south very quickly.

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Favorite Books of 2019

Hi everyone!

It’s time to share my favorite reads of 2019!! They way I do this is…if I read it last year, it can make it onto this list. It does not have to be a 2019 release!

Let’s talk about some good books!

TEN: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

If you have been around my blog for any time at all, you will know that Leigh Bardugo is my favorite author. Not only do I enjoy her writing, but I just really adore her as a person. I’ll admit though, I was pretty nervous to pick up Ninth House. I very rarely read adult fantasy because it intimidates me so much. Thankfully, I got through this book just fine. Ninth House was ark, gritty and definitely graphic. The characters were complex and fascinating. The ending was so exciting and I am DYING to read the sequel. 

NINE: The Wicked King by Holly Black

This is the second book in the Folk of the Air series. I literally got a book hangover from reading this. It took me almost a week to pick something else up. The Wicked King was absolutely wild. The politics were intriguing, Jude & Cardan were everything and Holly Black’s writing was beautiful. Read my full review here!

EIGHT: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

I picked this book up on a whim and I am very happy that I did! Stay Sweet was so much fun & just what I needed at the time. It is the perfect read for the summer months. Honestly, I am forever wishing I had a place like Meade Creamery in my hometown! Read my full review here!

SEVEN: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

This book follows a girl who goes on a road trip with friends to get an abortion. I can’t even begin to explain how eye opening and important this book is. To read what the characters had to go through was infuriating. It is heartbreaking to know that women all over the United States have stories just like Camille’s. These characters and their story will definitely stick with me for a long time.

SIX: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is probably the most unique book on the list. Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in the Wayward Children series. It follows characters who have come back from worlds that they opened doors to. This was kind of a murder mystery which I was definitely not expecting, but I loved reading about. I flew through this story. Not because it is short, but because I just couldn’t put it down. I am now all caught up on the series and I am impatiently waiting for the fifth book’s release!

FIVE: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I love everything about this book. The cover is gorgeous, the writing is addicting and the characters were so determined. The Bone Houses was creepy, sad and unique. Read my full review here!

FOUR:  Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Declan and Juliet’s story completely broke my heart, but in all honesty I loved every second of it. Letters to the Lost was such a difficult and realistic read. It deals guilt, anger and loss. Brigid Kemmerer did an incredible job bringing light to such heavy subject matters. Read my full review here!

THREE: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I say that but it’s still so hard for me to explain why I love Evelyn Hugo so much. This book is about being who you want to be regardless of who you are expected to be. It’s about finding your own definition of family. It’s about loving whoever you want to love. The author does an incredible job making you think that all the characters in this book are real people. It’s crazy. If you haven’t picked up Evelyn Hugo yet, I beg you to give it a try!

TWO: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

In all honestly, I could put the entire Illuminae Files on this list. I absolutely loved these books and I am so mad at myself for not picking them up sooner. Gemina is the second book in the series and my favorite! I loved the new characters we met in this one. Hanna is such a gem and will totally surprise you. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen. The authors made you believe one thing and then a twist would happen and you would be left in shock. I am really looking forward to a reread very soon. Read my full review here!

ONE: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

When I read this back in May of last year, I really didn’t have any expectations for it. I knew people were really liking it, but I had NO idea that I was about to read my favorite book of 2019! I completely fell in love with the characters and I think about them all the time. In particular, Grey is now one one my all time favorites. He is hardworking, protective and so loyal. I really adore him. Read my full review of Curse here! I have already read it’s sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken and WOW! I am so excited to see where this story goes next. 

What were your favorite books of 2019?

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Least Favorite Books of 2019

Hi everyone!

So I’m actually going to be putting these books into groups…least favorite, disappointing and DNFs. In lists like these, I will include any book I read from last year, they didn’t all have to be 2019 releases.

Please remember that everyone has the right to their own opinion! If you love any of these books, that’s great! I want you to continue to love them. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t fully enjoy them and that is perfectly fine.

Least Favorite:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★

Starting off with a bang here. I am so sad that I didn’t love this book or the entire series honestly.  I was expecting the conclusion to be mind blowing and wild, but it just wasn’t. It was actually pretty anticlimactic. I was bored throughout most of the book. It kind of felt like a chore to read at times and that is never a good thing. I am still debating whether or not I want to read the prequel coming out this year.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Rating: ★★

I know this book means a lot to a ton of people, but unfortunately it just wasn’t the book for me. Perks is only 200 pages long and I really think that was it’s downfall. There are so many tough and important issues in this book, but they were barely touched upon. The author didn’t take the time to fully address each topic. I had a big problem with that. I know some people may not agree with me on this and that is okay!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Rating: ★★

I absolutely love Blake’s Three Dark Crown series so I was very excited to read something else from her. Anna Dressed in Blood though, it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I loved the first half, but was annoyed with the rest. Honestly once certain things were revealed, I was kind of done with the story.

Most Disappointing:

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Rating: ★★★

I loved Helen Hoang’s debut, The Kiss Quotient. It was cute, heartwarming and steamy. So I was expecting this one to be along the same lines. I for sure thought this would make my favorites list, but boy was I wrong. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. The Bride Test was cute at times but for the most part I felt like there was a lack of chemistry between Esme and Khai. I mean, they never got the chance to actually get to know one another. It made it really hard for me to root for them. So yes, this was a disappointing read, but I am still happy that it exists. Helen Hoang, who is Autistic herself, does such a beautiful job showing that Autism is vastly different from person to person. I am still very excited for the next book in this companion series!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★

I literally hate that this book is on this list. After reading the Illuminae Files, I was so looking forward to a new story from this author duo. I really struggled to get though Aurora Rising. I didn’t love any of the characters and the plot wasn’t really original to me. As of right now, I will not be continuing on with the series. **Swimming in my ocean of tears**

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Rating: ★★

Y’all, don’t hate me for this one. I am so sorry to have to include Jude and Cardan on this list. I originally gave this 3 stars, but after thinking about it…I dropped it down to two stars. To me, this didn’t feel like a finale at all. It seemed way too rushed. I don’t know if that was because the publication date was pushed up or what. I think this book needed to be another 100 pages. Some things were left unresolved and others were resolved too quick. It really drives me nuts. There were a ton of other little things that I didn’t like but this isn’t the post for a full review!

DNFs:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I only got 40 pages into this before I decided to put it down. I was so confused by what I was reading. I tried to go back and reread certain parts, but it didn’t help anything. I don’t know if I am just dumb or if the writing made everything confusing, but I definitely didn’t want to spend the entire book feeling that way.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

After looking at it’s Goodreads page, am I the only one who didn’t love this book? I got 100 pages in and I just couldn’t get into the story at all. This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 too. Big time mad about not enjoying it.

What were some of your least/disappointing reads of 2019?

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Every Book I Read in 2019

Hi everyone!

Today I’m sharing all of the books I read in 2019. If I did a review, then it will be linked!

  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 4 stars (reread)
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: 4 stars
  3. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: 3 stars
  4. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare: 4 stars
  5. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith: 4 stars
  6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: 3 stars
  7. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: 4 stars
  8. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black: 4 stars
  9. The Wicked King by Holly Black: 5 stars
  10. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: 4 stars
  11. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: 5 stars
  12. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake: 5 stars
  13. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: 5 stars
  14. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 4 stars
  15. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett: 5 Stars
  16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: 2 stars
  17. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry: 4.5 stars
  18. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars (reread)
  19. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars (reread)
  20. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
  21. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 5 stars
  22. Legendary by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars (reread)
  23. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: 5 stars (reread)
  24. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson: 5 stars
  25. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: 5 stars
  26. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: 3 stars
  27. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: 5 stars
  28. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: 2 stars
  29. Finale by Stephanie Garber: 4.5 stars
  30. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: 4.5 stars
  31. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 4 stars
  32. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian: 5 stars
  33. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: 4 stars
  34. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: 3 stars
  35. Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone: 4 stars
  36. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver: 5 stars
  37. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: 5 stars (reread)
  38. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 3 stars
  39. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: 3 stars
  40. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston: 5 stars
  41. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: 3 stars
  42. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: 5 stars
  43. She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller: 3.5 stars
  44. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: 5 stars (reread)
  45. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: 4 stars
  46. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 2 stars
  47. Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins: 3 stars
  48. The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie: 5 stars (reread)
  49. Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 5 stars
  50. A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone: 5 stars
  51. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones: 5 stars
  52. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka: 4 stars
  53. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: 3.5 stars
  54. House of Salt ad Sorrows by Erin A Craig: 4 stars
  55. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: 4 stars (reread)
  56. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: 3 stars
  57. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: 5 stars (reread)
  58. Reverie by Ryan La Sala: 4 stars
  59. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: 5 stars
  60. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw: 4.5 stars
  61. Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: 4 stars
  62. Sawkill Girls by Claire Lagrand: 4 stars
  63. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: 2 stars
  64. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: 2 stars
  65. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: 5 stars
  66. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: 4 stars
  67. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: 4 stars
  68. Coraline by Neil Gaiman: 3 stars
  69. The Diviners by Libba Bray: 4 stars
  70. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire: 5 stars
  71. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
  72. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake: 5 stars
  73. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: 4 stars
  74. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell: 5 stars
  75. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: 5 stars
  76. The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord: 5 stars
  77. It’s My Life by Stacie Ramey: 3 stars
  78. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black: 3 stars
  79. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller: 4 stars
  80. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel: 4 stars
  81. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: 5 stars
  82. The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young: 4 stars
  83. Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller: 5 stars
  84. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 5 stars (reread)
  85. The Actor’s Life by Jenna Fischer: N/A
  86. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread)
  87. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread) 

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