Plans for May (Bookish)

Hello darlings, and welcome to May! So I have good news and bad news. The good news is that May is here and that means so many anticipated releases are out this month! *cough* ACOWAR *cough* The bad news is that May is going to be a very busy month for me. This blog was created solely for my passion of books, and that is why most of you follow me. So this post will be for my book related plans for this month, and I will post a more personal post about what will be happening to me this month, and will give details about what will happen to my blog.

Anyway, my book related plans for May are not too crazy or extravagant. I’m currently in the midst of reading History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and I am enjoying it quite a lot. I will hopefully finish it by tomorrow so then I can begin, *drumroll please* A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! I have been waiting for this book for so long and I can’t wait until I have my hands on it.

After I finish ACOWAR and give myself time to recover, I’m going to read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! Yea, yea, I know, I’m behind on the times. I waited to read Lady Midnight because I wanted to read Clare’s Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy first, and then I just decided to wait until Lord of Shadows was closer to coming out so I could read them back-to-back, and then be distressed even more. 🙂

So that’ll be all for my Book plans for this month, and if you want to check out my personal post, you can do that here.

Happy reading,

Bri

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April Book Haul

om Well my friends, another month has come to an end. April was quite the interesting month, and my collection has grown quite a bit this month! This month I was able to add nine books, and two floating bookshelves to my possession.

Lets see what I got, shall we?

 

To start this list, I’m going to use two book I found on Book Outlet, and impulsively convinced my mom to buy me. *Thanks, Mom.(‘:*

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So to explain these books, I mainly got them because they were cheap, and because my agreed to getting them for me. The Creeping just sounded interesting, and for some reason I thought Extremities was about zombies. Spoiler alert, it’s not. However, Book Outlet did send me an autographed copy, so that was nice.

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These next two books I did together because they were both given to me by best friend, Mykenna. If you’ve read the first tag I’ve posted on this blog, Book Reader Confessions, then her name should be familiar. Kenna gave me P.S. I Still Love You as an Easter present, and A Shadow Bright and Burning was a reward for paying off our upcoming trip before buying another book. (Details about the trip will be in my Plans for May post.)

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So the remaining five books are the Legend Trilogy, which I have wanted for long, I don’t know why it took me so long to get them. I pre-ordered Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dead List, because she’s as auto-buy author for me, and I love serial killer/stalker books. I also bought This is Where it Ends from Barnes & Noble the other day because I had a coupon.

In the end, I’m still excited to own all these lovely little things, and I can’t wait to start reading more in the summer! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them! Coming up this next week I’ll have a Plans for May post up, and I will obviously have more information on what coming up in that post!

Happy reading,

Bri

Harry Potter Tag

 

I was tagged by icebreaker694, and the link will take you to their tag. This tag was created by Trang and Lashaan, and all of the graphics I’m using are theirs as well.

I’m going  to tag Sean and Stephanie! *If you have already done this tag I’m sorry.

Let’s begin!

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A book that you enjoyed but would like to rewrite

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I liked Stalking Jack the Ripper a lot, but there are things I would change if I could.

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The first books is series that got you hooked.

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I loved both of these books and their series! I was in a serious slump after I finished Vampire Academy, it was rough.

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A book you wish you had right now.

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Not only is this cover gorgeous, but I also want to read it before the movie comes out. (Probably not gonna happen though…)

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A killer book, however you take it.

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I loved this book so much! I thought everything about it was perfect, and would definitely reread it.

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A book you found to be very confusing.

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Oh goodness. We had to read this book in my junior year of Language Arts, and I don’t think I made it to the second chapter.

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Your spirit animal book

ACOTAR

Maybe this is a bit of basic answer, but this series gives me life. It was my savior when it came to my Vampire Academy slump.

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A dark and twisted book

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This book is probably the darkest book I’ve ever read. The Mara Dyer series was also a choice of mine, but Too Late definitely wins.

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A book that revealed to be more than it seems.

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Oh how I love this book. This book surprised me because I didn’t think it was going to impact me as emotionally as it did, and it definitely opened my eyes more to the subject.

Well readers, that’s it for this tag! I finished Crooked Kingdom today and will hopefully have my review during the weekend! I think I’m going to read History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and finish it before ACOWAR comes out! If you’ve read History is All You Left Me, let me know how you liked it, and thanks again to icebreaker694 for the tag!

Social Media Update

Hello darlings! Upon spontaneous decisions, I decided to make a twitter and Instagram to go along with my blog. (Specifically for books, not my personal accounts) If you’d go give me a follow, I’d appreciate it! I’ll mainly use them just to keep up with current authors, and minor updates for myself and plans for the blog.

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Happy reading,

Bri

Rewrite, Reread, or Burn Tag

Hello readers! Once again, I was tagged by Sean for another exciting tag and you can check out Sean’s tag here! I’ve decided to tag Beth, go check out her blog!

So this tag is a game where you pick three books at random and decide which one to rewrite, which one to reread, or which one to burn. I decided to do 6 rounds because I am ridiculous. (Sorry lol) I wrote a selection of titles down and I am drawing them from a mug, so lets begin!

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  • Divergent – Burn
  • Fangirl – Rewrite
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses – Reread

This one was kind of hard. I loved Fangirl and Divergent, but Fangirl won out.

 

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  • Six of Crows – Rewrite
  • The Hunger Games – Reread
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Burn

Mara Dyer was an ok book to me, making it easy to burn, and I loved Six of Crows but there are things I would change in that book.

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  • Obsidian – Rewrite
  • The 5th Wave – Reread
  • The Fault in Our Stars – Burn

Disclaimer: I LOVED TFIOS a few years ago, and I still do, but Obsidian and 5th Wave were sooo good.

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  • Vampire Academy – Reread
  • The Shadow Queen – Burn
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper – Rewrite

Okay, in all fairness I really did enjoy The Shadow Queen. However, if I rewrote SJTR I think it would be better than Shadow Queen. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Reread
  • Shatter Me – Burn
  • Enclave – Rewrite

Okay, we all know how I feel about Shatter me. I liked Enclave a lot but there were things I would change, and how could anyone even think of editing/burning J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece???

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  • Pawn – Burn
  • Holding Up the Universe – Reread
  • Pulse – Rewrite

I read Pulse so long ago, I can’t remember much other than it being a semi-good book. Pulse had such a good concept going, but I feel the execution was poor. Holding Up the Universe was honestly actually really cute and I’d have no problem rereading it.

 

So that’s all for this tag. If you agree or disagree with me, why? Let me know in the comments, and lets talk about it! Before this month ends, I plan on doing a book haul post and Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom review. I might also throw in another tag, but that one might have to wait until May. (:

Thanks for reading,

Bri

April Update

Hello readers! Once again, I apologize for being absent, and I will try to make up for that in this post. For the sake of your sanity though, I will try to keep it fairly short and exciting. Since I posted my Shadow Queen review and Easter Book Tag, I haven’t been doing much. I had a few sick days, but for the most part I’ve been focusing on reading. This weekend I celebrated Easter with my family, and I finished Six of Crows! I’ve decided I’m going to do a Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom review in one post, so the next review will hopefully be later this week. I also think I’m going to do a book haul at the end of the month, what do yo think of that? Let me know in the comments, and happy reading!

 

Bri

Easter Book Tag

Hello and Happy Easter everyone! And for those of you who don’t celebrate Easter, Happy Spring!

I was tagged by Sean, and I’m going to tag Bunny.

Rabbits – A book you wish would multiply, or have a sequel. Image result for eleanor and park

I chose Eleanor and Park for this because I would love to read another book about these two!

Egg – A book that surprised you.

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I chose Looking for Alaska for this book, mainly because I was surprised at how emotionally attached I got to the characters.

Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on.

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This one was hard for me! I’ve never really had a struggle trying to get a book, but the first one I bought was delivered to my house with a giant hole in the cover..?

Lambs – A children’s story you still enjoy.

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I still remember reading FableHaven for my first time. I will never not love this series.

Spring – A book with a cover that reminds you of spring.

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I chose All the Bright Places for this one because the pastel colors are so pretty and bright.

Rising from the dead – a book from a deceased author

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Baskets – A book in your wishlist right now.

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I’ve had these books in my wishlist FOREVER. I’ve just never gotten around to buying them.

Candy – A book that is sweet.

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Nothing is sweeter than Cath and Levi. Nothing.

 

That’s it for this tag! Do you agree or disagree with any of my picks? If so, let me know in the comments!

Review: The Shadow Queen – C.J. Redwine

WARNING: This post does contain spoilers, but I will specify before I mention them.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

5/5 stars

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Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Okay, for starters I LOVED Redwine’s book Defiance. (I’d rather not talk about Deception and Deliverance) So when I found out Redwine had released another series I excited, and even more excited that it was a retelling of Snow White. I loved the characters in this book. I loved how brave and brilliant Lorelai was, I loved how loyal Kol was to his friends and Lorelai, and I loved how witty and funny Leo was. I also loved the way Redwine executed this book. I loved the tale of different kingdoms, and the Draconi warriors. I loved how the fairytale world fit so nicely with the story, and I didn’t feel like I was reading a children’s book.

 

 

This next bit will contain spoilers!!

 

 

So, I gave The Shadow Queen five stars, but there were only two things I didn’t really like, and they’re pretty minor. I didn’t like how early Leo died in the book! That part honestly made me so sad. Throughout the entire rest of the book I kept thinking, “No this is fine. Leo isn’t really dead. He’ll come back and everything will be fine. This is fine.” (Another spoiler: It wasn’t fine) I thought it was weird how attached I was to Leo even though he died fairly early, and I wish he would’ve been able to help Lorelai take back the throne.

The other part that I didn’t really like was that Kol and Lorelai didn’t really get to be together. I understand that Kol has to look over Eldr and Lorelai Ravenspire, but I still wished that they would be able to work something out.

 

So that is all I have to say about The Shadow Queen! Overall it was a great book and I’m glad I’ve read it. I will not be reading The Wish Granter quite yet, because I discovered that it doesn’t involve the same characters, and I’m not sure if I can return to that world without Lorelai and Kol right now. So instead I’ve started Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! If you have any opinions on either of these books let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

Bri

Plans for April

Hello dearest darlings! I am SO sorry I’ve been absent lately. I’m graduating high school in May so I’ve been busy making announcements. However, back to the important things. March has ended and here come the April showers. (Seriously though, it poured all day yesterday.) I must admit that my plans for March didn’t fall through like I wanted them to; I only managed to read about 3 books worth. I was able to read Too Late by Colleen Hoover, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, part of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and most of The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. And I’ve been happy with most of them! I haven’t completely decided what I’m going to read next other than The Wish Granter, but my current options are:

  • I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
  • Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti
  • The Starbound trilogy – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

I also plan on doing reviews for the books and I plan on doing some fun tags I’ve seen others do! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them! Also, tell me what you plan on reading this month in the comments!

Update

Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been missing lately, I been busy with work, school, and some graduation things. I’m still reading Shadow Queen and I love it so far! If I had more time I’m sure I would’ve finished it by now, but like I said, I’ve just been so busy. However, I am back now and ready to blog! (That sounded so corny.)

Things coming up in the future:

  • Plans for April
  • Shadow Queen review
  • A-Z Book tag maybe?
  • A Disney Princess tag maybe?

Well, that’s all for this update, if you have any recommendations on tags you think I should do, let me know in the comments!