Books that Disappointed Me

We all get SUPER excited about a book- whether it’s by an author we love, a hyped book by everyone, or just one that sounds like it would be perfect for us. But, you end up being really let down by it because it just didn’t live up to your expectations.

Recently, I’ve been feeling a little underwhelmed by quite a few books, which is why I thought I would share what they were! I decided to pick a few books that fall under these three categories and explain why I felt disappointed by them!

HYPE

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: This is one that quite literally EVERYONE loves. I have seen it hyped constantly, and when I posted on Instagram that I had started reading it, everyone told me how much they had loved it. I went into it expecting it to be a life-changing book, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. I kept waiting for something more from it, and that just never came. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t as good to me as everyone made it seem.

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: This book doesn’t come out until next month, and I’m actually going to have a whole review up for it (stay tuned), but I have seen all of the early reviews BUZZING about this book. The cover drew me in initially, and then I heard it was about magicians so I was completely sold. Unfortunately, I found the writing to be a little…off. It felt like pieces of the story were missing, and I was quite lost for a lot of it. I will say, the ~vibe~ of it was so fun, but the actual story wasn’t great, in my opinion.

AUTHOR

Finale by Stephanie Garber: This is one that I was disappointed by because I really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy. I was SO excited to see how this story would end. Unfortunately, the dual POV in this story just didn’t work for me. I appreciated what Stephanie was trying to do, but it fell really flat.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson: This is one that I know a lot of people will agree on with me- I’ve only read one other Morgan Matson book (The Unexpected Everything), but I loved it. A lot. When I saw a copy of her latest book—SIGNED, too—at Bookcon, I purchased it immediately. But…it was bad, in my opinion. I didn’t feel the same attachment for the characters, and I didn’t care about the story at all. It was all super exaggerated, to the point where I couldn’t enjoy the story.

SYNOPSIS

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman: This book sounded like it would be perfect for me. It was described as a romance about a bookworm, and I really thought I would relate to the character and fall in love with the story. Unfortunately, like the other books in this post, it was not for me. It was not very well developed or structured for me, and there was absolutely no chemistry between the main character and the love interest. I did like Nina’s character, though, I just wish the story dived deeper into different parts than it did.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: I don’t read quite as many mystery/thrillers as I would like to, but so far I’d say I’ve been pretty lucky in that most of the ones I have read were really good. That wasn’t the case with this one. I love escape rooms (even though I’ve never done one- the idea just sounds so cool, ok?), so I thought the concept for this book was great. The execution? Not so great. It was just boring, which is quite sad.

Obviously, these are only a handful of books that have disappointed me, so I am curious to know what some of yours were! Do they fall into one of these three categories? Or is there a different one?

Leave a comment letting me know!

My Biggest Wrap Up EVER! // June 2020

On average, I’d say I read between 8-10 books. During quarantine, this has gone up quite a bit, and I’ve been able to read around 12 books per month. I don’t know what happened in June, but I read NINETEEN books (and had one DNF). That is more than I have ever read in a single month before.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about all of these, but here they are!

Currently Reading

  • Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: Okay, as you all know, most of my wrap-up’s include the book I’m currently reading when I have plans to finish it before the month ends (I still have one day left to finish it, and I think I will!!). I will update you all on my rating after I read it, but I will also have a review up for it in August :)

5 Stars

  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody: I read the majority of this in May, so I don’t know if it reallyyyy counts, but I’m counting it anyway. This was really good for helping me with the structure of my novel, and I highly recommend it for all writers!!
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson: Jacqueline Woodson is one of those authors you absolutely need to read. This was a short book, but it contained so much inside of it. We get to see the lives of different family members through short vignettes, and I really enjoyed it.
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: Elizabeth Acevedo is forever going to be a favorite author of mine, so there should be no surprise that I gave this one 5 stars!
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: I have been loving adult contemporary novels recently, and this one was no exception. If you like books that focus on families and characters (rather than plot), you will most likely enjoy this!
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry: I know that this has been getting a lot of hype (and some mixed reviews), but I personally loved it. I thought it was so fun and light-hearted. Plus, I could relate to the characters in terms of having an interest in writing!
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I knew I would give this one five stars after really enjoying Six of Crows! I personally loved this one even more because I was much more familiar with the characters and the story.
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson: I picked this one up on a whim after seeing so much hype for it. It was a beautiful memoir, and I can not wait to buy a copy for myself.
  • You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson: This is quite possibly one of my new favorite books of all time. It was such a great book, and I don’t even know how to describe it in words. Please check it out!
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I really adored this story. I love Celeste Ng and she is now a new favorite author of mine! I probably liked Little Fires Everywhere a little bit more, but both were equally incredible!
  • Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon: This book was SO MUCH FUN. I loved everything about it, and I will talk even more about it in a blog post next week, so stay tuned for that 👀

4 Stars

  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta: This was another very beautiful book. It is the story of a boy figuring out his identity and sexuality- I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend it. The cover is also one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve seen.
  • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi: This is a non-fiction book about the history of racism in America. There was so much that it taught me, which I never would have learned otherwise. It is such an important read, and I think everyone should pick up.
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender: I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but whenever I do, it always blows me away by how good it is! This one was no exception. It explores grief, racism, and sexuality.
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: This was such an incredible read. It’s very different from other books I’ve read, in that the voice of the main character is so unique and fresh. She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind, but she’s also self-destructive and hits some low points. I will be thinking about this one for a long time.

3 Stars

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: This was a solid story, but not my favorite of the three Jacqueline Woodson books I’ve read. It was a good read, and I enjoyed it!
  • Letters to the Lost by McKayla Debonis: McKayla is coming out with a new poetry collection, and you all need to read it! Her collections are always so personal and raw, but I love them all because of this! You can really relate to her words.

2 Stars

  • You Are Not Your Thoughts by Frances Trussell: This was a nonfiction guide to mindfulness and meditation, but it just felt way too basic for me. The first few pages were really good, but then the rest kept repeating itself and it felt more like the author was spouting cliche philosophy. I wanted more from it.
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abi Waxman: I was SO excited about this book. It’s about a girl who works in a bookstore, loves to-do lists and routines, and loves to read. Hello- that’s basically me. Unfortunately, there were just too many flaws with the structure of this book. It’s pitched as a romance, but the romance was so cringeworthy- there was absolutely no chemistry between the characters. I would have preferred to learn more about the newly discovered family of Nina, but that fell short, too. Just not for me, unfortunately.

DNF

  • Cursed by Thomas Wheeler: I started the audiobook for this and I was so lost the entire time. I got up to 30%, but I honestly couldn’t get into it at all.

How was your reading in June? Did you read any new favorites? Let me know in the comments :)

Books by Black Authors I Want to Read

Hello everyone. As you may have noticed, I did not share a post last Thursday. A lot was going on in the world, and I wanted to pause my previously scheduled content so that I could instead focus my efforts on spreading awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, educate myself on the history of racism as well as modern racism, and boost the voices of Black creators.

Today, I wanted to share a list of some books that have both been on my TBR already and some that I just recently added due to all of the lists that have been shared online. I recognize that my reading has not been as diverse as it should have been, and I am going to make an active effort to correct that, not only this month, but for the rest of my life—and I highly encourage you do the same!

I also want to note that while social media may look like it is going “back to normal,” the fight is not yet done. We must continue to actively fight against racial injustice. Continue to educate yourself so you can become a better ally, have difficult conversations with your family members, donate, sign petitions, and support Black owned business on the regularly. Diversify your life, your online feeds, your media, etc.

Here is a link to a comprehensive document with many helpful resources:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-0KC83vYfVQ-2freQveH43PWxuab2uWDEGolzrNoIks/mobilebasic

Without further ado, here are the books I hope to read in the near future written by Black authors!

(Somehow, all of these are contemporaries, but that’s just because it’s what I prefer reading, so I’m sorry that I do not have any other genres on this list)

YA Fiction

  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: I recently came across this novel after seeing it mentioned on Twitter. I have seen amazing reviews for it, and I am excited to read it. In this story, the main character interns for her favorite author (who is a feminist icon) after coming out to her family and not knowing whether she’ll ever talk to them again.
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta: I have been looking for more novels written in verse recently, as these books are always some of my favorites and yet I do not read them often enough. When asking for recommendations, someone had recommended this one! It has incredible ratings on Goodreads, so I am sure it will live up to all of my expectations!
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: I have now read two books by Jacqueline Woodson, and she is easily becoming a favorite author of mine! I checked out the audiobook of this novel next, so I am hoping to get to it later this week! I have no doubt that it will be incredible.
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender: I own one book by Kacen Callender, though it is a fantasy (and I have not yet read it). This is a contemporary novel about a transgender teenager who is being bullied anonymously. I have heard that it is a really powerful novel, so I would love to read it soon!
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: If you’ve been in the bookish online world recently, I’m sure you’ve heard of this book. It just came out last week and had sold out on Amazon!

Adult Fiction

  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert: I read the first book in this series, and I was head-over-heels in love with both the characters and the story. On top of that, the writing was so swoon-worthy, so I know that I will adore this next book, too. Plus, my good friend Olivia read this one just this past week, and she gave it 5-stars! I trust her opinion on her favorite reads, so I am looking forward to picking this one up once it is released!
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: I actually just purchased this book last week, and I cannot wait to have it in my hands! This is another that has been raved about so much recently, and I am very excited to read it for myself.
  • The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon: This is another romance novel which actually comes out the same day this post is going up (so definitely check it out if you’re interested!). This book sounds like everything I love- live Tweeting, girl pact to swear off men, and a girl who develops apps (women in STEM? phenomenal.).
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: This novel has been talked about for months now, and it has been on my TBR for quite a while. Every time I see the cover, it catches my attention. The book is about a Black woman working as a babysitter for a white family who gets accused of kidnapping the child. I’m sure that this book will be incredibly eye-opening.
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: Last year, I picked up Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” for my literature class, and I absolutely loved it. The writing style was so unique and beautiful, and I can’t believe I haven’t yet picked up more books by Morrison. The Bluest Eye is one of her most popular titles, so it is one I am probably going to pick up next- though I want to read all of her books eventually.

Nonfiction

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This book explains the history of racism in America through a letter written to the author’s son. It is part-memoir/part-historical nonfiction! It has been one that was talked about on tons of different lists of Anti-racist reads recently, and I am definitely interested in it.
  • The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle’s the Master’s House by Audre Lorde: Audre Lorde is a popular name in terms of poetry about race, feminism, and sexuality. I am very interested in reading her work now that I have learned more about her. I think starting with a collection of essays will be most beneficial to me before diving into her poetry because it will give me a sense of how she thinks!
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper: I believe this book is another collection of essays, which is a genre of nonfiction I have not explored much of, but I am definitely interested in. This book focuses on feminism, specifically from a Black woman’s perspective!
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: As I am trying to become more educated on the history of racism, I am also trying to learn how to be a better ally, and how I can actively fight racial injustices. This book focuses on exactly that. It is not enough to be “not racist,” but rather be antiracist!
  • How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones: The finally book on this list is another memoir! I heard that it is beautifully written, and the author is also a poet, so I definitely want to check out his other works as well.

If you have any other recommendations for books by Black authors, please leave them down below! Also, let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought of them!

Again, please remember to continue this momentum- sign petitions, donate, read diverse books all year round, support Black creators, etc.

Signed Book Collection

Over the years, I have acquired a decent amount of signed books, and I thought I would share them with you guys! I am also working on making my site a lot better, in terms of graphics and design! Let me know what you think of everything :)

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  1. The Universe of Us- Lang Leav: I was at Barnes and Noble one day and decided I wanted to finally buy something by Lang. The first book I grabbed happened to be the Universe of Us and it was signed! It seemed like fate.
  2. Temporary Storms- McKayla Debonis: I received this book from the author, and again, it is a poetry collection!
  3. Losing Hope- Colleen Hoover: I actually have about 3 or 4 books by Colleen Hoover signed because I won them all in a giveaway. However, a couple of them are personalized to the previous owner, so they say to Ashley. But, it is still cool to own because I love Colleen’s books!
  4. Bright Souls Empty Minds- Jennae Cecelia: I have a lot of signed poetry collections, mostly because i received them from authors. This one is obviously another one of them. I absolutely loved this book and Jennae is so sweet!
  5. A Work In Progress – Connor Franta: I was able to attend Connor’s book signing a few years back, so that is how I got this one signed! It is actually the first singed book I own.
  6. Can’t Buy Forever- Susan Laffoon: This is a book I got from the author, but I actually ended up DNF’ing it. I’m really thankful that I was able to receive it, but it just wasn’t for me.
  7. The Princess Saves Herself in This One- Amanda Lovelace: I saved the best for last. I attended one of Amanda’s first book signings about 6 months ago (I think) for the release of her traditionally published poetry collection. I was able to bring my previous copy (self published version) and buy the new one! I got both signed.

 

I am so happy that I own a few signed books. I know they can be hard to find or expensive, and not everyone has them. I cherish all the books I own, but these have a special place in my heart.

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Do you have any signed books? Which ones? Also, I want to do a Q&A when I hit 400 followers, so feel free to ask me questions down below!

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Bookworm Pet Peeves

If you are anything like me and carry a book around with you everywhere you go, I’m sure that this list of pet peeves will make you cringe. Let me know which one you relate to most in the comments!

  1. Stickers on books
    This is my number one pet peeve ever. Who thought it would be a good idea to put stickers on books? Especially when they are hard to come off or leave the glue residue. It makes me so mad.
  2. People who try to talk to you while reading
    When other people listen to music with headphones on, I don’t disturb them. So why do people think it’s ok to bother me when I’m in the middle of a sentence? My sister does this to me the most.
  3. When someone asks “why do you even like to read”
    I need it to live and breathe. The real question is why don’t you read? Reading is an escape for me and it has helped me cope with hard times. That’s why.
  4. When you have to wait a year for the next book of a series to come out.
    *cough cough* To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before *cough cough*
  5. Someone who says they liked the movie better
    I BET YOU DIDN’T EVEN READ THE BOOK!!
  6. Spoilers
    The absolute worst. At least put a warning before you tell someone the ending of a book or movie. It’s just cruel.
  7. Having a friend that doesn’t like your favorite book
    I actually consider not being friends with them anymore. It takes everything in me not to scream at them.
  8. When people ask to borrow your books
    I hate this so so much because I have very little trust in people. But at the same time, I can’t say no because I want them to experience the love I have for the book. I am so afraid that they will ruin it or not give it back though. This one is a huge struggle.
  9. Being judged for not going out so you can read
    I usually have to come up with an excuse, so the only person who judges me is my sister. But it’s worth it.
  10. Books you don’t like that end in cliffhangers
    I hate when I’m reading a book that I didn’t enjoy at all has a crazy ending that has me so SHOOK that I need to read the next one. I need to know what happens next but I don’t want to suffer through another 300 pages of boring writing to find out.

Have anything to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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How To Write a Book Review- pt. 2

If you remember, I wrote a post about how to write a book review-the note-taking process a while back. Today I have the second (and last) part of the mini series, in which I will describe what I write and include in my book reviews.

This might be helpful for some of you just emerging in the blogging world, or if you want to improve your reviews!

What To Include:

There are a few things that I think are necessary to include in a book review. They will help the audience understand what your review and the book is about and give some insight to what you think about it.

  1. Title and Author- As obvious as this seems, I often forget to include the authors name in the title of the post, so it is crucial to include it somewhere else. It is usually the first thing I write in case if anyone decides they want to read it. There are sometimes books with the same or similar titles, so this will provide ease to the audience.
  2. Synopsis- I don’t like writing my own synopsis because I feel like I don’t do a good enough job, so I usually use the Goodreads one. I find this helpful when I read other reviews if I haven’t heard of the book before. That is why I like to include it in my own reviews.
  3. Rating- I like seeing a rating depicted somewhere. The rating is really good to get an initial or final standpoint from the blogger. I usually include mine at the end, but in the beginning is fine as well.
  4. Review- And of course, you can’t forget the actual review. Let me break down what I write in the review for you now.

In The Review:

There are certain topics most reviews should cover as to get the most from it. For me, this includes the characters, plot, writing style, and overall feelings.

  1. Characters- It is a good idea to talk about your thoughts on the characters. This could range from whether you liked them or not to the character’s growth. I love reading about characters because I like to connect at least one, and this gives me a good idea about if I will. If I read the review and don’t like any of the characters already, I know I won’t enjoy the book as much.
  2. Plot- A no brainer. If the plot isn’t good, what is the point of the book? Is there a lot of action? Will it make you cry? Are there plot twists? Those are all great questions to address in your review!
  3. Writing Style- If the author has a good writing style will be a deciding factor for if I finish the book or not. I try to talk about the author’s writing style and what I thought about it in every review as well. Especially if the story was slow or fast paced, or if the writing style made it difficult to read.
  4. Overall Feelings- This is the fun part. All those notes you took on the book earlier- use the thoughts you jotted down and include them in your review. This can be your favorite scenes, funny dialogue, cute quotes, etc!

I hope this mini series was helpful for you, and maybe you’ll use some of these tips for your own review! Let me know in the comments what you think is important to include in a review.

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Illuminae- Book Review

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Goodreads Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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My Review:
I recently read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and let me tell you- it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

This book is sci-fi, so definitely not my normal read. I went into it without knowing anything, besides that the book community really loves it. I think that really helped with my overall enjoyment, because I don’t think I would have bothered to pick it up otherwise, and I didn’t know what to expect. It tells a story through conversations, interviews, emails, and so much more. It is definitely not your typical YA book. Every page is like a new adventure. It shows different point of views, including a computer’s, and the overall concept was so unique.

The co-authors did an amazing job piecing this book together. The writing was really good, and the page editors knew what they were doing. The layouts are so intriguing and it was cool turning the page and not knowing what was going to be there.

It is so clever and well done, because you learn so much from just snippets of information.

I will admit, the beginning was a little hard to get through because there are a lot of technical science terms introduced, but they are essential to the story. It was a little confusing because there were so many names and characters. Once you get through the first few pages you get a feel for it and get used to the terms.

I totally and 100% ship the main characters, Ezra and Kady. Their connection is just so real and so honest. I love the sarcastic and teasing relationship they have because that relates to me a lot. I really felt connected to these characters, even if I have never gone through something like this.

There are a couple of plot twists at the end that I did not see coming at all. They were completely shocking to me (my literal reaction: No no no no no no).

I will definitely pick up Gemina, the sequel, soon because after the cliffhanger I need to know more.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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March Wrap-Up

Another month, another wrap-up! March was a good book month for me overall. Most of the books I read I really enjoyed (besides one or two). I read a total of 9 books this month which is really good as well. Plus, I bought a ton which never happens, so if you want you can check out my haul here!

  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: This is the first book I read in March and I posted a review that you can check out here.
    -Summary: This story follows Scarlett and her sister Tessa, as they escape their isle in search of the magical Caraval. They get there (along with a mystery man) to try to win the grand prize- a wish. But when Tessa is kidnapped, there is more for Scarlett to lose than just a reward.
  2. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: I bought this really long ago and I finally had the chance to read it and watch the movie. It wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, but I am glad I got it off my TBR.
    -Summary: This book is set in the World War II era, and follows a young boy. When his family moves to a new country, he feels really lonely since there are no other kids his age. He eventually meets another boy, on the other side of the fence that his parents told him to stay away from, and a friendship ensues. (Warning- will probably make you cry)
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This was my second time reading this book- both times for school. It is an essential read for everyone.
    -Summary: It is a story about a family living in a small, southern town in which a trial erupts between a black man and a white woman. Super important novel about racism told by an adult through child’s eyes.
  4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I will have my review for this up soon! I really loved this book.
    -Summary: Told from a futuristic time period, where two corporations are at war, forcing an entire planet of people to evacuate. It documents the journey of the people and the struggles they faced.
  5. It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh: This is a poetry collection that I highly enjoyed and definitely recommend. It is one of my all time favorites.
  6. Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon: I DNF’d this but I am still going to count it because I really tried. You can read why I DNF’d it here, plus a summary.
  7. Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour: I wanted to read this book for so so long and I finally did. It is a great diverse lead, as the main character is part of the LGBTQ+ community.
    -Summary: Emi is an intern as a set designer for films, and hopes to pursue that career in the future. When her brother leaves town for a couple of months for a movie shoot, he leaves his apartment to her and her best friend. The one catch- she has to do something meaningful/exciting while she’s there.
  8. The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson: Another poetry collection that wasn’t really my favorite, but there were a few poems I loved.
  9. Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz: This book deserves way more recognition. The story was so mysterious and kept me on the edge of my seat.
    – Summary: Sanctuary Bay is an elite prep school for some of the most important and wealthiest families in the country. When Sarah, an orphan, receives a letter saying she’s been given a scholarship to attend, she is extremely skeptical. After she arrives, it seems like a miracle. However, secrets and trouble seem to be stirring up, and no one notices but her.

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{HUGE} March Book Haul! 

March was a great book buying month for me. I purchased from BookOutlet for the first time this month and I am so glad I did. Most of the books I bought just based off the covers and synopsis, and haven’t heard anything about them previously. I am excited to see if I like them or not. I also received a lot of books, or bought them at other places! Trust me, I wouldn’t have the money to buy all these books if they weren’t in sale!

I won’t be able to give a long description of the books because it would be too long, so there are just my initial thoughts!

BookOutlet:

 

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– I heard great things about this book so I had to buy it! I already finished it so a review will be up soon.
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour– This is a book I have heard good things about for a while, so I look forward to reading it! (Update: It is AMAZING)
  • Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco– This cover is so beautiful and the synopsis really intrigued me.
  • Joyride by Anna Banks– I don’t even remember what this is about but it’s probably a contemporary based off the cover! I really like the cover and that’s why I bought it.
  • Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz– Another gorgeous cover, this book is more of a mystery though, if I remember correctly.
  • Thin Space by Jody Casella- Mystery/Thriller book!
  • Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams- The synopsis sounds interesting! It’s about a murder/er I think!
  • Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley- I don’t like the cover of this but I wanted to make my order an even number (10 instead of 9) so I just added it to my cart last minute.
  • The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting- I didn’t realize until after I made the purchase that this is the 3rd book in a series, so I probably won’t read it anytime soon.
  • The Fall by Bethany Griffin- I don’t think I will be a huge fan of this book, but I want to give it a try.

If you have ever thought about purchasing from BookOutlet but were unsure of the state of the book, I can assure that they come in great condition! All the books I bought came unharmed in any way, and because they are so cheap, I was surprised. BookOutlet buys the extra stock of books that sellers have at a cheaper price, so they are brand new. I am so glad I made this purchase. I bought 10 books for only $30.

Target:

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  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- This book has both good and bad reviews but it was hyped a lot so of course I bought it (it’s about time).

Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC):

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  • The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger– I received an ARC of this book this month and I am extremely excited because it’s the first arc I have ever received. It doesn’t come out until June, and I am really excited to read it.
  • Carmer and Grit by Sarah Jean Horwitz– I’m honestly not sure how I received this book because I don’t remember entering to get it. I am happy though and it looks like a great read! It comes out in April.
  • Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon– This is not an ARC but the author sent it to me to review. It is out, so you can purchase it if you would like! My review is up if you want to check it out here.

Used Books:

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  • Second Sight by Philip R. Craig and William G. Tapply- I purchased this book at a used book store near me! It is the first purchase I made there, so it was a bit rushed and I picked this book randomly.

E-Books:

  • It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh- This is a poetry collection that I have been wanting to read for a while, so of course I knew I needed it when it went on sale!
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas- I have been wanting to read this for ages, and someone on Twitter was kind enough to lend it to me through kindle!
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- Another book that was lent to me, and I can not wait to read!
  • The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson- Another poetry book that has great reviews.
  • Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia- I think I might have gotten this in February actually, oh well. After reading Jennae’s first book, I wanted to give this one a go, too.
  • Because You’re Mine by Colleen Cobble- I got this book on NetGalley to review so I need to post a review of it when I finish!
  • Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti- I also got this book for free (I don’t like e-books so I only get them if they’re free LOL) but it sounds interesting!

So that is my whole haul! I can’t believe I received/purchased 22 books this month (new record for me). Let me know if you have any of these and what you think about them. Also, let me know If you want a review of any of these.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber- Review

Book: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Goodreads Synopsis: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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*Spoiler Free Review*

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

There has been tons of hype surrounding this book for the past month or so in the book blogging community. Of course I had to join in because the synopsis was really intriguing. Let me tell you, it definitely lives up to its reviews. I read page after page in the course of a couple of days. I stayed up late just to finish it because I wanted to know what would happen next. I genuinely could not put it down.

No, this book is not perfect (is any book?). But the storyline was just so interesting that it makes up for it. For one thing, you don’t know which direction it is headed in. You might be expecting one event to happen, but the plot takes a total turn. There were points where I was internally screaming because I didn’t see something coming.

The introduction of this book is what really got me. Stephanie Garber really knows how to draw in her readers. It was so sad to read about, but when a book can pull out my emotions, I know it is a good one.

The characters are also amazing. You feel like you can’t trust anyone, because the whole island is so mysterious. But at the same time, I still shipped a lot of the characters together, even if I wasn’t sure I should. There were some relationships I secretly wanted to happen, and some that were happening that I didn’t want at first.

I don’t want to share any more details because it is important you don’t go into the book knowing more than the synopsis above. It will make the enjoyment and initial confusion so much better.

Overall, this book really lived up to my expectations. It was clever. It was well written. I am really hoping for a sequel to this because the story can’t just be left there. I will be the first to buy book two if it happens!

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