📚 June Wrap-Up! 📚

June is finally over, and so is my school year, your girl is now officially a senior in high school. In September I will be starting my hopefully last year of school and finally be away from this hell hole.


Reads

In June I oddly did not read as much as I had hoped I would. Especially since I had so much more free time, I honestly don’t know why I read so little. I never had that much time and I had a lot to wrap up at school, so I only read 3 books.

I finally finished Lord of Shadows, my review went up on Monday. I really enjoyed the book, I have a lot of thoughts on the book, so if you wanna know all of my spoilery thoughts, click here for my review. I did give the book 5 stars ’cause overall it was really good.

Then I read Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West because I needed something happy, I needed to read Listen to Your Heart. And I’m super glad that I did because I really loved Listen to Your Heart. I gave it 5 stars, Kasie West’s books just keep getting better and better, and I love seeing an authors evolution.

The last book that I read in June was Save the Date by Morgan Matson. I loved that book so much, wow I had a really good reading month, but it’s honestly now my favorite book by her and I can 100% say it’s a 2018 favorite.


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As of yesterday, I am obsessed with “That ’70s Show”. I don’t know why, but it’s really good and I’m so addicted to it, I have been binge-watching since yesterday and I’m already halfway through the second season.

I had a lot to wrap up at school, I was hospitalized, I had a lot of stuff on my plate for a while there, but I’m alright! Today, this very day, the 29th of June, my last day of school, I am going to the cinema to watch Love, Simon. I am super excited for the movie and I heard everywhere that it’s really good, so I can’t wait to finally be able to watch it in the cinema. I haven’t even streamed it illegally, I’m a good noodle.


Blog

As you may have noticed, I uploaded every weekday again for the entirity of June. I cut it super close this time, it’s not even funny. There have been more than a few posts that I wrote the day of when they were going up, I did not do that in May besides for WWW Wednesday. I always prewrote my posts on the weekend, but this month that just didn’t work for me. I’m hoping to pull myself together for July and be on top of my game again, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

This month, for my Blogiversary, I created my own book tag, which you can find here. I also posted my bookshelf tour which I’m really proud of since I waited so long, and I can finally say that I think my bookshelf looks beautiful, since I can finally see all of my amazing books.


That’s my June Wrap-Up, I have to say I’m really proud of everything that I did this month and all in all it was a really fulfilling month. I’m glad with what I got done, and I can’t wait for the summer! 🤗🤗

🛍 June Book Haul 🛍

Hey everybody, I did not expect to actually be posting a book haul, but I found a really good deal on books on amazon, so I kind of just went for it. P.S., when you click on the cover, you’ll be redirected to the Goodreads page to find out more about the book!

listen to your heart kasie west

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

First, let’s start off with my preorders that came in this month. I preordered Listen to Your Heart back in January, and it finally arrived, and I immediately read it. My review will be up on Monday.

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Then, my second preorder from January, my signed first edition of Save the Date, which I am honestly just so happy about, because I read it as soon as I finished Listen to Your Heart and I loved it to bits and pieces. Morgan Matson honestly can do no foul in my eyes, this book was amazing.

six of crows, crooked kingdom

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Yes, the time has finally come for me to be able to purchase Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom as my 200 book, and I’m so happy that I finally have them. They’re beautiful, my collection feels complete, and I can’t wait to actually read them.

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Final Draft by Riley Redgate

A book that literally no one talks about because I feel like no one knows about it, but I got really excited for it because it gives me such Autoboyography and Fangirl vibes with the whole book writing thing, and I’m super excited to finally pick it up, after my mom finishes it 😂

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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

I actually really enjoyed When Dimple met Rishi, so when I read the synopsis of From Twinkle, with Love, I knew it was basically made for me and I can’t wait to pick it up when I’m in the mood for a more fluffy story.

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

The long awaited book from Jenna Evans Welch, I am so excited that it’s finally here. I really loved Love & Gelato when I read it last year, and I have a feeling that I’ll love Love & Luck just as much. Characters from Love & Gelato make an appearance, it’s set in Ireland – I love it when books are set in Ireland, I’m just so excited for this book, but I’m going to wait a little bit until I pick it up, because it also has a wedding just like Save the Date and I don’t want to subconsciously compare the two.

So these are the books I purchased recently, I’m genuinely so excited for all of them, otherwise I wouldn’t have paid for them. The only book that I truly believe is missing from my collection is Obsidio, but I’m gonna buy that when I finally read Gemina, so I’ve got some time. 🤗🤗

 

WWW Wednesday: June 27th, 2018

Hey everybody, I’m back with another WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I honestly don’t know. I’m inbetween books right now and I had some health issues recently so I did not feel like reading, but now that I’m back home, I’m back in the reading vibe so I’ll probably be reading again by tomorrow.

However, the one book I actually got far into is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Yeahhhhhh, it’s something. If I do finish it, there will be a rant review. The only thing that I can say is that I pretty much hate it with every fiber of my being.

Recently Finished: I recently finished Save the Date by Morgan Matsonand I loved it soooo much. It was amazing, so worth the wait. My review will be up soon.

Next Read: I have no clue. It depends on what I’ll pick up next to actually read, but probably Six of Crows. I read like the first chapter and I enjoyed it, so I’ll probably read that.

🏷 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!! 2018 edition 🏷

Everybody has been doing this lately, and I wanted to do it too because I did it last year and it’s great to look back at how my reading year has been so far.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

2018 has been a really good year for me so far, reading-wise. I’ve read 26 books and 16 of those books were 5-stars, so I’m just gonna name my top 5 favorite so far.

  1. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  5. Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

I loved so many books this year, naming my top 18 at the end of the year will be really hard.

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018..

I didn’t read that many sequels this year, but the best sequel is Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. The sequel is, in my opinion, the best book in the series. Nikolai is introduced, and he’s my favorite character out of the series, so it’s no surprise that Siege and Storm is my favorite sequel

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3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

I have a few, but I’ve been looking forward to Love & Luck for over a year now, and I have it, but I just haven’t read it yet. Plus, I just finished Save the Date and that also had a wedding, so I really don’t want to subconsciously compare the two to each other.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I am so excited, but much more so scared of Kingdom of Ash. I have no idea what to expect, and it’s a series finale, so I feel like it will be pretty dramatic, but I’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Everyone knows that my answer for this is The Cruel Prince. I think that maybe what ruined it for me were my expectations and the hype but also the book in general.

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6. Biggest surprise.

I feel like a broken record saying this, but Illuminae really surprised me. Going into the story, I had no idea what it would be about, I didn’t have such high hopes since Sci-Fi isn’t really a genre I pick up, but I enjoyed it so much more than I thought it would.

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7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

It’s safe to say my favorite new author to me is Leigh Bardugo. I read the Grisha trilogy and it completely blew me away, and I’m currently reading Six of Crows which I’m also enjoying so I can only say positive things about her.

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8. Newest fictional crush.

My newest fictional crush is Eamon from Now a Major Motion Picture. He’s such a cutie pie, with his curly hair and sweetness in general, he’s super cute.

9. Newest favorite character.

Since I already mentioned Nikolai earlier, I think I’m going to go with Julian Blackthorn. I love the Blackthorn family in general, but Julian is just such a great character, I love him.

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10. Book that made you cry.

I have surprisingly not cried too much when it comes to books this year, but recently I cried when I finished Save the Date. My reason: because I finished the book. It was that good, I didn’t want to ever finish it. I also cried at the end of The Sun Is Also a Star.

11. Book that made you happy.

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy made me really happy because it’s just a happy book in general, it was super fluffy, but it also had depth and I loved it soo much.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I’m cheating for this one and hopefully not jinxing myself when I say Love Simon. I’m watching the movie on Friday, but all the other book to movie adaptations I watched this year were just not good or I didn’t like them that much.

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13. Favorite review you’ve written this year. 

I’m impressed with myself because I wrote a review for every single book that I’ve read this year, which kind of makes this hard. Although I have to say, my favorite one is probably Autoboyography. I loved that book so much and I felt like I could very easily express myself and I got my point across well.

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14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year 

I feel like an obvious answer for this would be A Court of Frost and Starlight, because the cover for that book truly is stunning, but I also really love the cover of Emergency Contact. It captures the story really well, plus it’s simplistic in a good way where there’s not too much going on, and I really love that. I also loved the book obviously.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

So many, but I think I’ll just name 5.

  1. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

This was my mid year book freak out, and all in all I’m really satisfied with how my reading year has been going so far, I must say it’s been really really good, and I hope that I can keep up the momentum until at least the end of the year. If you also did this tag, please tell me in the comments below, because I love reading them. 🤗🤗

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

lord of shadowsTitle: Lord of Shadows

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

!! Spoiler warning for basically all of Cassandra Clare books !!

Goodreads Summary: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Wow, I can’t believe we’re finally here. I have, so many thoughts.

This book, is long. It’s not only long, it’s loooooooooong. So much happens in this book, it’s insane. Going through all of the events, in this book, it’s a pretty long list.

Starting, I obviously feel bad for Emma and Julian. More so Julian, he goes through so much and all he wants, the only thing that he wants is to love Emma with all of his heart, but he can’t have that either.

The relationships in this book are exactly as tangled as the relationships in the Shadowhunters TV show. Julian loves Emma, Emma loves Julian but knows about the curse so she pretends to love Mark, Mark loves Emma as a sister so he helps her with her lie but is somehow conflicted between Kieran, who doesn’t remember betraying Mark in the first book, and Cristina, who doesn’t want to confront her new feelings for Mark and still remembers her history with Diego. Plus, let’s not forget the other teenagers Ty, Kit and Livvy. Livvy just wants her first kiss, I honestly think Kit is low-key bi and I now get why everyone ships him with Ty because I ship them too..

At first I wasn’t the biggest fan of Kit, he reminded me a bit too much of Jace, and it made me feel like Cassandra Clare just introduced him and plopped him down, so that we would have another Jace, another snarky sarcastic boy. But, the more we got to see him, the more I loved him and I am really shipping him with Ty, I am hoping to see a lot of fan art of them.

I have a feeling like this series is very character driven, obviously, but the fact that Cassandra Clare even gave Diana a back story. I feel like this is the first trans ya character that I’ve ever seen, in a book where it isn’t all about a trans main character. I love the diversity, and the normalcy to it, especially since Gwyn still wanted to be with her, high key on board. Plus, Cortana is a character on her own, cause that sword is just all up in there, she killing a Rider, she breaking the Mortal Sword, if you want to aspire to be as strong willed as something, aspire to be Cortana.

Plus, to understand this book, you really need to remember every single detail. And you always need to be aware, you cannot half ass it with this book. There is so much going on. There were chapters where the characters were at three different places from three different perspectives, and it somehow worked. It was a lot, since there was so much to take in, but Cassandra Clare made it work.

Everything is so messed up, and the reason for that is Annabel Blackthorn. I thought she was really cool with the whole killing Malcolm immediately, because he deserved that, but then she went batshit crazy. I can’t believe what happened at the Council Meeting. Emma and Julian were so close to finding a solution to their parabatai problem, and their key was Robert Lightwood, but Annabel just had to kill him. The next Inquisitor isn’t going to be that nice, and they’re not going to just randomly exile Emma. And then she also had to kill Livvy. Julian was so destroyed when Livvy died, I don’t even get why Annabel did it, Livvy was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and I can’t believe Cassandra Clare had to kill her off. The next book is going to be so sad, Ty is also really going to struggle, and Julian too because with everything that he tried to do, it just wasn’t enough.

So much happens in this book, I have no idea what will happen in the next one. I don’t know how Cassandra Clare is planing on wrapping it up, and I’m honestly terrified. It did take me a while to get through the book, but it’s just because it’s so long. I’m really glad that I’m up to date, and I am now anxiously anticipating the finale. Please no more hard hitting deaths, please don’t let any more Blackthorns die, I can’t. 🙏🙏

⭐ 5 Star TBR Predictions ⭐

Hello everybody, I still have a lot of things on my plate right now, thanks to school, which I don’t even know how that’s possible, and I had a different post planned for today, but I don’t have enough time to write said post, so we’re gonna have to do it like this now. From the title, you can tell that I am predicting books that I might give 5 stars.

geminaGemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I read the first book Illuminae, and I completely loved it. I have really high hopes for the second book, which, nothing against the book, I need to dial down a little bit, because moments have come where I didn’t like an amazing book due to my ridiculously high expectations. I, however, do believe that Gemina is gonna make the cut.

save the date morgan matsonSave the Date by Morgan Matson

So, I’m currently reading this, and I’m loving it so much. It’s Morgan Matson, before I bought the book I already thought I was going to give a 5 stars, and so far it is definitely living up to my expectations. There is always so much depth and detail put into a Morgan Matsons’ books and I’m just incredibly excited.

six of crows, crooked kingdomSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I low-key get the feeling that if I don’t like this book, I will be sent into exile by the entirety of the book community. However, that being said, I loved the Grisha trilogy, and people say that it’s not as good as Six of Crows, so I really think Leigh Bardugo will make it. I love how she creates worlds, it’s the next book on my tbr, and I can’t wait to just finally read the book and find out my thoughts on it.

RenegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer

I loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and I have heard nothing but good things about Renegades. The plot seems really trusting, and I can’t wait to finally read it and be on track with the Renegades series, because I’ve been wanting to read this book for the past year now, it’s finally time!

shatter meShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Everyone on BookTube and here has read this, and I have owned this series for nearly 3 years now, and I still haven’t read it. Even my mom has read it and really enjoyed it, and I have yet to read it. I am really planning on reading it during the summer, since I really want to know what the story is actually about and what happens, since I only know that her touch kills and there’s some dude named Warner that everyone loves?? I think??

These are my 5 star TBR predictions, let me know your thoughts on the books if you’ve read them, I’m super excited to find out since these are the next books on my TBR and I have really high hopes, which I might have to dial down.

🎬 Vampire Academy Movie Review 🎬

Hello everybody, I’m back for another Thursday with another movie review. This has apparently been a very consecutive thing for me, which I did not intend. Any how, today I’m reviewing the movie adaptation of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

For starters, why on earth is Lissa British? Like, seriously, who thought of that? They did hit a majority of the characters spot on though.

Overall, I actually think the movie did a really good job of keeping true to the story, watching the movie I was one of those annoying people who was constantly like: yeah in the book it was like this’ or ‘they changed that’, but still if I were to give a recap of the story, it would be the exact same recap as the one for the book.

It’s obviously at times cringey, but I think that it was alright. It’s a good adaptation, I didn’t think it was anything ground breaking, but it was super enjoyable. 🤗🤗