Sadie by Courtney Summers review

Hey-o! I is back and I’m on fire! Three post back to back in a week got to be some kind of record for me. Well, today I got a review of a very hyped book and that is Sadie by Courtney Summers. I’ve seen this book everywhere on BookTube which is why I finally decided to give it a chance.

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Title: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Genre: mystery, thriller

Synopsis:

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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This book is very hyped which is something that can be scary for some and by some I mean me. The thing about hyped books is that you set very high standards for them and they don’t always deliver. For example, The Cruel Prince is adored by everyone but I really disliked it. Then there are books like The Astonishing Color of After which is also really hyped but I really liked. Because of this, I was excited to read this book but at the same time, I was highly skeptical about it. Let me just start the review by saying that you should totally listen to the hyped because this book is amazing.

How should I start? Let’s start with the actual story. The story as you read on the synopsis is of Sadie and her search of her sister’s murderer. This is told in various formats. The book begins with West’s side of the story. His story is divided between a podcast he’s recording and conversations with Sadie’s surrogate grandmother. Then we continue with Sadie’s side of the story which is told in the typical novel format. In her narration, we get to see inside her head as she searches for the murderer and as she gets flashbacks to life before Mattie’s death. These flashbacks help the reader understand the story. These flashbacks are also there to cause a reaction as you get more attached to her and her story. The story as a whole is set months apart since West’s investigation is a couple of months behind Sadie’s disappearance. This back and forward works perfectly by giving you clues and then explanations so you can create your own theory of what happened.

This book is big on sister love as Sadie adores her sister with all her soul. She had taken it as her job to raise her sister and her devotion to her was endless. We can see all that she did for her sister and how she would switch places with her if she could. This is why it’s understandable that when her sister’s body is found something in her snaps. Honestly, I think the love and devotion she showed was beautiful and heartbreaking knowing how it ended.

I loved this story. It was so good but surprisingly dark. When I went into it I was not expecting it to be as dark as it was. It was shocking which just made the story more amazing. It makes you feel passionate about the story and it appeals to the soft part in you. This was definitely a page turner and the ending was perfect. Yes, it’s the kind of ending where you want to throw the book against the wall because you need more but to me, it felt perfect.

One of the reasons why I loved this book so much was the audiobook. This was definitely my favorite audiobook followed by Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. We got a full cast and even in Sadie’s narration we have other actors talking in their character’s part instead of having her say “she said, he said.” I honestly believe more audiobooks should be this way. The actors wowed me with their amazing performance. We also got music and sound effects, like crickets, which gives it a nice ambiance. It’s like watching a movie but better. If you want to give this book a chance I definitely recommend going the audiobook route.

Going back to the darkness of the story I must say that this story is full of triggers. If you’re worried about these go to Goodreads and check for those. I am not adding them just because they can be huge spoilers and not everyone is a fan of that.

This story is amazing and definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. You should totally check it out. I’m telling you that you won’t regret but again check Goodreads for triggers.

Rating: Honestly, I don’t think I even have to write it because I’m sure you guys already know. In case you didn’t, I give this book…

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Well, that is all for today. I hoped you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Don’t forget to like this post and if you haven’t followed me here please do so.

HAPPY READS!

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13 BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

Hey-o! I is back with a new post. I am so happy that I’m posting twice in a row. A couple of days ago I was so frustrated that I had decided that I was going to quit this blog but my amazing friend John told me not to do so and to not let my depression win and here we are. I love writing and I shouldn’t stop just because my brain is telling me. Thanks to him I’m motivated. ANYWAY so I’ve been watching lots of BookTube—I basically use the videos as background noise while eating, cleaning, cooking, and so on—and I saw Hannah from Clockwork Reader make this video called 7 books you NEED to Read and I loved the idea of it so much that I decided to do one but adapted for this blog. Basically here I will be talking about some recent reads that I loved and that I think you need to read. I have read lots of good books this year but I’m going to focus on the books I read from summer break all the way until today. I was never able to do a summer break wrap up which was something I was very excited about and since them I have read some really amazing books. I honestly can say I have found some of my favorite books of the year. So here we got 13 books you need to read.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself

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Let’s start by saying this is a middle-grade book. I’ve seen reviews talking about how the plot isn’t that complicated for it to be a Victoria Schwab’s book and how everything happened so fast and the book was so short. But they either don’t know or are forgetting that this is a middle-grade book and middle-grade books are targeted for kids age 8 to 12. I can’t see my 8 or 12 years old self completely getting This Savage Song or A Darker Shade of Magic. I know some 12 years old read YA books but I feel like 1) some are a little mature for them and 2) they probably won’t fully grasp the story the way they would if it was a book targeted for them. Still, this book is fantastic. I’ve read a couple of middle-grades this year and I believe that even though they’re fantastic, they’re not really for me. I mean I am 22 years old so I can’t expect them to be for me, but with City of Ghosts, I just fell in love with it. Even though the story is simple enough for 8 years old to read it, it felt more like a YA book. I honestly loved this story it was simple, fast-paced, fun, and the friendship aspect of it was beautiful. I truly recommend it if you’re looking for a spooky fun read. The simplicity of it also makes it perfect to follow on audiobook and the narration was great. I actually gave this 5 stars.

WARNING: I must say I think this might be scary for some kids since it deals with ghosts being real.

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Synopsis:

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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I discovered this book thanks to Emmmabooks on YouTube aka one of my favorite BookTubers ever. She couldn’t stop raving about it. I love the idea of reading from a villain perspective but I hadn’t done that because I don’t read a lot of retelling. That’s why when I learned this was a superhero story being told from one of the heroes and one of the villains I was excited. Honestly, how can you read that synopsis and not want to read it? I listened to the audiobook—I’m on an audiobook roll, most of the books on this list I listened on audiobooks—and it was AMAZING. I could not stop listening to it and I loved it so much that I got a physical copy of the book. I loved Nova, she is smart, she is a badass, and she is a villain but not just a villain just because she wants to do bad but because she has a set of beliefs. She’s not going all “today I want to be evil because I’m in the mood for it,” she is more like “this makes me a villain now but in the end, this is for the greater good with a touch of seeking revenge.” As you can probably predict from the synopsis there is a little bit of romance in it and let me tell you as a hater of romance in non-romantic books I actually loved it. It wasn’t instalove, it was slow to develop and it isn’t the whole focus of the story. I love Adrian. He’s smart, he has a set of beliefs, and he just wants to do good. In here we don’t just have a set of superheroes but a whole company with hundreds of it. They’re not just a random set of prodigies—even though they started that way—they’re a whole government. I won’t continue talking about it because if I do I’m going to spoil the whole book. Just read it because you’re just in time for the sequel. Archenemies comes out on November 6 so you can read it without having to wait months for it. Again, I recommend the audiobooks but I’m sure reading the book is just as good. My recommendation is to read it when you have time to because it has 496 pages long and you will not be able to put it down. It’s definitely one of my favorite read of the year.

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

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Synopsis:

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian.

In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life. A River in Darkness is not only a shocking portrait of life inside the country but a testament to the dignity—and indomitable nature—of the human spirit.

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As you can see this is a memoir and a damn fantastic one. It is eye-opening and it’s the type of book you cannot put down. Life in North Korea is a topic I’ve been very curious about. It’s a place we know next to nothing about it and what we know is sad and terrible enough to make us want to help them. Even though this book is not set in the current time, it’s still close enough for us to get a peak on how it’s living in this country. My personal belief is that from what I heard of it hasn’t changed much. Honestly, this is a heart hitting book. We are reading about one misfortune after the other which will probably frustrate you by reminding you that there isn’t much we can do but honestly it’s just such a good book. It isn’t a novel so there isn’t much I can say about it other than read it. I used whispersync for this book, meaning that I listened to it on audiobook and also read it depending on what I felt like doing during that moment. So I can say I recommend both. I am definitely going to check more memoirs of people that lived there. Another of my favorite books of the year. Fun fact this book is on Kindle store for $1.99.

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

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Synopsis:

From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

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This book is one of Goodreads Choice 2017 Winner and I can see why. This book is just fantastic. This is truly a guide to success. Her bits of advice are mostly different from what I’ve heard before and very valid. It motivated me to work harder to reach my goals and with excellent pieces of advice on how to do it. This book is highly entertaining not one second did I find it boring but the contrary all I wanted was to continue listening to it—yes another audiobook—and I just want to get a physical copy of the book and reread it so I can annotate the living out of it. Can you say living if its an inanimate object? She used modern-day references which made it easier to understand but I must say if you haven’t watched Game of Thrones you might be set for some spoilers. Honestly, I just recommend this book. The audiobook is fantastic because it is narrated by her, who is really good at it, and it’s the perfect book to keep you entertained while doing your everyday things. BUT the whole not being able to annotate sucks because you really will want to annotate it. I know some people might think that because she’s “just a YouTuber” she won’t have good advice or it’s not good but this is a woman who has made an empire out of youtube so she knows a thing or two. Just go check it out! If you’re not sure about it check it out from your local library.

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

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Synopsis:
How do you let go of something you’ve never had?

Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.

But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.

In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.

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This book man. This book. This book, like A River in Darkness, just killed me. Seeing how this girl deals with this trauma of having her mother being accused of murdering her abusive father was just wow. This is a hard topic to talk and read about. Having to go through it while trying to work for her goals, keep her family united. and discover herself is hard. This book does a fantastic job of showing this. Just a young girl trying to keep it together when everything seems to be falling apart. I honestly don’t know what else to say about this book apart from saying that it is amazing. I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic and I just loved the story and I need an actual physical copy of the book in my life. I really need to reread it.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Synopsis:

Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

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This book is just fantastic and important. YOU NEED TO READ IT. Yes, it is Adam’s first book so it isn’t the best thing ever but the message is such an important one. This book is the first book in over 6 years that has made me cry. But it didn’t just make me cry, it destroyed me. I have a whole post about it so I’ll just leave the link here.

Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe

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Synopsis:

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages’ Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents’ low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

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This book is fantastic and it makes me so sad to know that it’s a book most people don’t know about. THIS BOOK DESERVES SO MUCH HYPE!! It’s such a fantastic book. Wait, did I said that already? If you liked the Hunger Games you’re probably going to like this book. It’s like a hunger game with magic! We got a diverse cast, we got badass female characters and a story that will just grip you and not let you go. I have a review where I talk about it in more dept so go check it out.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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Synopsis:

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

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HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK! It is so important and it’s one of my favorite book of the year and of all time. It is such an important story that needs to be told. Here we got a transgender main character just trying to live the life she deserves, a normal life, but in a place where being different means not just being ostracized but being afraid. This is a very eye-opening story that gives us a glimpse of what is like being transgender. If I Was Your Girl will make you understand what it’s like to be transgender and hopefully help you see what you can do to help them and the right way to approach someone like Amanda. Yes, this is just one story and there are a million others that are completely different but glimpse by glimpse you’ll get a better picture. These are regular people that just want to be accepted and let live a normal life yet we treat them as if they’re less. We forget that being a little different isn’t a bad thing but on the contrary, it makes this world a colorful place to live in. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t written a review for this book because I just need to talk about it. Maybe, hopefully, soon.

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When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part…because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte–but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

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Because one transgender story isn’t enough, here we got George by Alex Gino. Here got a middle grade that will help younger audience grasp the concept of being transgender, how they’re not different from them, and how they can help them. This the kind of book I want my nieces and nephew to read. I can’t wait until they’re old enough to understand so I can present them this novel. It’s not extremely long, 213 pages, and it’s pretty simple, entertaining, and to the point. The audiobook is also less than 4 hours so there’s that. Honestly, this is such an adorable and important read and I don’t care that the main character is like 9 years old I would read and reread this book a hundred time because it’s just so adorable. Here we have a glimpse of what is like to be transgender and wanting to tell a world that doesn’t understand that you can be 9 years old and be a hundred percent sure that you’re born on the wrong body. Honestly, just read it or listen to the audiobook. It’s just so good and important. The audiobook is on Scribd and the Kindle is only $3.99. DO IT!!!

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

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Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

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In this one, I agree with Hannah. This story is beautiful and important. I feel like I’m saying this about every story on this list but I really think they are. Here we got a half Taiwanese main character that is struggling with grief, trying to understand her mom’s reasoning behind taking her life, feeling like she isn’t Taiwanese enough, and all these while trying to understand her feelings for her best friend and how it affects their friendship. The thing I like the most is the mental health representation. Here we see the various stage of her mom’s depression and how it affected her life and others around her. The story is sad but beautiful and the narrative and use of colors to describe feelings are just gorgeous. I really liked it. Again, do yourself the favor of checking it out.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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“Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.”

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THIS BOOK THOUGH! Honestly, all the books on this list are amazing but since this one is one of my most recent read so it’s the one I’m most hyped about right now. I totally get why every single BookTuber I’ve seen mentioned reading this book has said it’s amazing. This book will keep you at the edge of your seat. The story been divided between her perspective, the actual podcast, and West when he’s doing the research just made it a whole lot more interesteting. I honestly just wanted to know what happened. I did not want to put it down. Okay, so maybe this post should be called audiobooks you should listen to but honestly, I can’t help myself. THE AUDIOBOOK FOR THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! It’s definitely my favorite audiobook ever followed by Waking Gods and Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. We got a full cast, we got sound effects, we got real acting and it was just like watching a movie but better. Honestly, I don’t know what’s better the book or the audiobook. I am definitely ready to dive into more Courtney Summers’ books. Huge trigger alert for so many things but they’re kind of spoilers so go to Goodreads and check it out. I honestly got so much to say about this book but I still need time to gather my thoughts. I think a review is needed so stay tuned for that. If by the time you read this the review is up then I’ll link it here.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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“A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?”

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This book is amazing! I’m going to start by saying that sci-fi is probably one of the genres I read the least from but this book got me wanting to get more into it. I also haven’t read Illuminae but I know the format is similar and I have heard fantastic things about it but I’m sure it still wouldn’t top this one. This book is highly entertaining. You won’t be able to put it down. The story will captivate the scientist in you who’s curious about how things work and who wonders if there’s life outside of our galaxy.  The characters are fantastic every single one is completely different which made it easier to follow. I hate when characters are so similar that you can’t tell them apart. They’re easy to love and gave some spark to the story. I finished this whole book in a day and I was listening to the audiobook so that wasn’t an easy task. I stayed up until 3 in the morning decluttering my room and then redoing my TBR jar just because I wanted an excuse to listen to the audiobook. The story is just gripping but it never gets confusing. Every single science aspect of it is explained in a way that you could understand it which is why I could follow along without a problem. Books like Artemis (which I also loved) are full of scientific content that I never understand in writing much less in audiobook format but like I said before everything here is told in a way that everyone from the scientist to the regular reader like me can understand—even when listening to it on audiobook. I honestly don’t know what to else say because I loved this book so much. It’s definitely one of my favorite book of the year and right now it’s fighting with Vicious by V.E. Schwab for the number one spot. The audiobook is fantastic because like with Sadie we got a full cast, sound effects and the kind of acting that’s like watching a movie. Waking Gods, the sequel, is even better when it comes to the audiobook and the story. Honestly, I don’t want to say too much because the least you know the better, but I’m just telling you that you need to read it.

and the last book I’m going to talk about is…

Odd Spirits by S.T. Gibson

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“It takes a lot of commitment to make a marriage between a modern ceremonial magician and a chaos witch work, but when a malevolent entity takes up residence in Rhys and Moira’s home, their love will be pushed to the limits.

Brewing up a solution is easier said than done when your magical styles are polar opposites; throw a psychic ex and a secret society in the mix, and things are bound to get messy”

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This book was so much fun to read. I sat down to read a couple of pages before going to bed and it ended up with me reading the whole thing. It’s only 71 pages and it’s a fast read. It’s witchy, it’s queer, it’s refreshing and such a great book. If you’re looking for a short book for a Halloween read-a-thon or just a Halloweeny spooky read then this is the perfect one for you. I loved following this marriage of complete opposites. We get to see them when they first met and now as they try to figure out a way to get rid of this entity. We got bisexual representation as one of the main characters is bisexual. Honestly just read it. The Kindle book is currently $0.99 so if you don’t like it, which I doubt, you really only lost $0.99. You spend more than that on a bag of chips. The author is also a self-published so you would be supporting someone who’s working to reach her dreams. Go satisfy the spooky person in you by reading this books.

Well, these are SOME books that I think you need to read. These are fantastic most of them some of my favorite reads of the year, really entertaining, and a big part of these very important reads that will give you a different perspective of things you thought you already knew and had formed an opinion about. I truly recommend every single one of them. If you’re not sure about it check them out of your local library, believe me, they’re worth the read. My goal is that I convinced you to check at least one of these books. Well, that is all for today. Thanks for reading and

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October Spooky TBR

Hey-o! I is finally back with another post. I really want to upload weekly guys, I really do. I just need to work on my mental health first so I can find the way to post. Today I am going to talk (write?) about my October spooky TBR. It’s a given that not all the books on this list are spooky but I would like to focus on those that are. This month we also got Mental Health Awareness Week so I added some books with these topics. This is the perfect excuse to read books I already love to read. This post is also a bit late for being a TBR but better late than pregnant, I mean later.

I must warn you that I’m definitely not reading every single book that’s on this list but I like to keep my options open. You should see them as options rather than musts.  This TBR is full of thrillers which is both exciting and scary because I’m not thriller experienced.  There are only four books that I really need to read and that’s because three of them are library loans and one of them is for class. Those are:

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Synopsis:

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

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Zombies, a latina main character, witches, friendship… Do I need to say more? This is the perfect Halloween read and I have heard nothing but fantastic things.

 

Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

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Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.

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Eating disorders are something that I’ve always been very interested in, in a nonmorbid way. I just want to understand them a little more. I want to know what’s going inside the head of those who have to live with this and how these affect their bodies. So when I heard about this book I knew I needed to read it. This week is the perfect week to educate myself and what better way than through a good book.

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

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Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

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Here we got animal to human creatures, a cruel witch, and a murder. I am more than intrigued of where this story will be taken. I don’t think I ever heard of a book where animals are turned human. It’s interesting because we usually see animals personified or humans that turn into animals but never the other way around. It makes me wonder how these humans are different from others and if they have any difference or special trait that differentiates them from the others. This is another spooky read perfect for October. It screams Halloween.

 

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.

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Now we got the opposite of Grim Lovelies. Here we got a human that turns into a bug. This book is considered a classic which is why it’s not surprising the fact that I have to read it for class. The reason I have included it on this list versus the other assigned readings it’s that I have read this book before and I truly enjoyed it. I actually want to listen to the audiobook because there’s one version narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and I just NEED it in my life. Also, there’s something kind of spooky about waking up only to discover you’re now a giant bug.

Now the first book on the list of books that I want to read but won’t necessarily get to is

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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It is no secret that Vicious is probably my favorite book of all time so any excuse to reread it is a good one. In this case, the reason why I decided to reread it is that Vengeful, the sequel, came out two weeks ago. I actually already started this book last month for the Emojiathon but didn’t finish it. I am moving surprisingly slow which I am surprised.26856502 I was expecting to fly through it like the first time but this time I keep picking other books so I read it small chunks at a time. Here we got two villains, a bunch of morally grey characters, people with powers, death, and revenge. I mean if this doesn’t scream spooky to you then none of the other books on this list will.

I actually wrote a review for it but I don’t dare to reread it just in case it’s cringy but in case you’re interested here it is.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

So I am not sharing the synopsis just because like I mentioned before it is a sequel but let’s just assume it’s fantastic. I actually haven’t read the synopsis just because I want the book to surprise me like I am sure it will do. I honestly hope I finish Vicious this month just because I really want to read Vengeful but not without rereading Vicious first.

 

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

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I found out about this book thanks to a book club I once in a while participate in and honestly I was automatically drawn to it. I don’t know why because I’m not a huge sci-fi reader but I just knew I needed to read it. It just calls me. I guess I’m in the mood for a sci-fi. I decided I am going to listen to the audiobook because I heard that it has a full cast and sound effects and it just sounds like the kind of audiobook that I am in dire need of. Also, can we talk about the cover? Most covers on this list are gorgeous but there is something about this one that makes me think that this will just be refreshing to read/listen.

 

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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I knew I needed to read this book the moment I read the first sentence. “This is how I kill someone”  HOLY CRAP! Let’s reread that. “This is how I kill someone” JESUS! This is not something you normally read on a YA book. We read of other people getting murder and you’re trying to figure out who did it but not someone being this straightforward about it. Also, every single person I heard mentioned this book has said that it’s fantastic. I got it for my birthday and when I was walking with it at the bookstore people kept stopping me to let me know how good it is. October is the month for thriller and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. Nothing like murder to spook you.

Paperweight by Meg Haston

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Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

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Another book to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. Another eating disorder one. This one, if I’m not mistaken, I heard is a pretty accurate representation of it so this makes me even more excited to read this particular one. It’s also 288 pages so it’s short enough that I might be able to fit it in. There are just way too many books I want to read this month.

 

Tomahawks and Tembleque

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Starting over, the dream of many and the reality of a few.

Abigail Echevarría flies from the warmth of the Caribbean to the cold land of Canada in search of fortune. Challenging herself to find a job in thirty days, Abigail wants to become the designer of her destiny–and throw away her return flight ticket. She thinks she has it all figured out. That is until a handsome Native American crosses her path and shakes off her plans with a hair flip.

Oz Blackmane is living a life he doesn’t want. He has a stable job, a loving family and his whole life its ahead of him. Nevertheless, he feels like something is missing. Not wanting to return to his old habits, Oz finds a breath of fresh air in an awkward girl he saw a streetlight. Maybe, Abigail is exactly what Oz needs to get out of his rut.

Resilient to fall in love, Abigail soon discovers that resisting the charms of sexy and determined Oz its easier said than done.

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Shout out to my friend Milady Zafiro for publishing her first novel. I am so excited! I am finally starting this book! THIS IS THE MONTH! I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. Well, actually I must say I already started it this month and even though I am not a huge fan of romance books I am loving it. I might be slightly biased but I’ve found it hilarious. I mean we got an afro-latina who’s Puerto Rican and a Native American as main characters. TALK ABOUT REPRESENTATION! I usually don’t share links of the books I talk about but I’m making an exception this time. Please check out her book! Support a self-published author. The Kindle version is only $2.99. If you’re interested use the link because I couldn’t find it on Amazon by the name so using the link will make your life easier. I don’t get anything by you using it. I’m just looking to make your life easier and support a dear friend.

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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This synopsis got me going all “oooh.” I am the worse when it comes to predicting how books turn out so I don’t do it but this book makes me want to try. Challenge accepted! I keep buying thriller books and never reading them but I really want to. This book seems so good and it’s October. Let’s hope I get to it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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Another thriller but this one is one I’ve seen everywhere. It’s everywhere on BookTube and I have not heard a single bad thing about it. I have heard that it’s full of triggers so if you’re worried about it then you might need to check that out. Fair warning these are probably spoilers so have that in mind. I am actually so excited for this one and I hope it’s one of the few I actually will finish this month. Everyone I’ve heard talk about this book mentions the audiobook and apparently it’s like Sleeping Giant in the sense that it has sound effects and a full cast. You know what that means? Yes, I am definitely choosing the audiobook route for this one.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

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Another book I’ve heard nothing but good things about. This story is one that I just know will grab me from page one. If I’m not mistaken it has two timelines at the same time which makes me kind of nervous because I get easily confused but I am still so hyped about it. This is just one of the book I need to read on this month of Halloween.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

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I must say I am not that excited to read this book. Even though I heard fantastic things about it. I don’t have a specific reason why. I’m just not really excited about it.  Then why is it on your TBR, Wilmarie? Well, this is one of Bookmark’s book club book of the month and I really want to go to it with my dearest friend John from John’s Tainted Fantasy. There just something about discussing a book with a friend and others and then being able to ask the author about it. It’s an amazing experience.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

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This is a modern classic but I just recently discovered it which makes no sense. So this is the perfect halloweenie story. By reading the synopsis I feel this embodies Halloween, therefore, I need to read it this month.

 

So this is my October Spooky TBR. Again, I might not read all of these books or any of them but I would love to try. I might also read other books that aren’t on this list because I’m an expert at not following my TBR so maybe I should do an October wrap up post. We’ll see. Well, that is all for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what book or books are on your October TBR.

HAPPY READS!

Emojiathon TBR​

This was meant to be posted yesterday but the only change is that the yesterdays are now the day before yesterday.

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Hey-o! It’s me Wilmarie and let me just tell you that college can be sucky and by that I mean it can suck the life out of you. Two and a half weeks in and I am already feeling dead inside. What does this have to do with my Emojiathon TBR? You’ll see now. So, I want to be a good student and I also want to take care of myself, physically and mentally. Physically I been doing pretty good but mentally I need a break. That break is in a shape of a book, many books, which is why it’s so important for me to take time to read but since classes started the only reading I’ve done is through audiobooks.

I really need to create a routine and stick to it. In that routine, I need to make reading a priority. My goal is to actually get up the moment my alarm goes off and take 30 minutes to read before starting my day and an hour before going to bed. This way I start and end my day relaxed. Again, what does this have to do with my TBR? Well, I have created a very ambitious TBR so that I can force myself to take a break. I never do monthly TBR, the only one I do are for week-long unofficial read-a-thon, and I never usually finish it. If I’m going to be honest, I’m probably not going to get anywhere near close to this one but that isn’t going to stop me from trying. I got lots of short books and books I know I will not be able to put down. This month is also emojiathon I thought it would be cool to create my TBR using these challenges. Emojiathon is a monthlong read-a-thon where the challenges are based on emojis. I’ve always wanted to participate on an official read-a-thon and this one sounds like such fun which is why this is the perfect one Anyway, the video down below should explain all the information of the emojiathon including the hosts and challenges. I must say this is a bit of a lengthy post but bear with me. I promise it will be an interesting one.

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Let’s start by naming the challenges I will be following. There are 14 books which is 3x the amount of books I would normally read in a month but between some being short, listening to some on audiobooks and the fact that there are books I know I won’t be able to put down I think I can complete at least 6. By the time I wrote this post I have completed one and started some but I’m going to leave those updates to twitter. I have made a thread where I’m going to try to update whenever I have new info or have finished books. I decided not to do a wrap up on here since I’ll be talking about the same books I mentioned here and for that there are Instagram and Twitter. You should totally follow me.

  1. 💓 Read a book by a favorite author
  2. 🍺 Read a book that takes place in college
  3. ⭐ Read a five stars predicted read
  4. 👀 Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
  5. 🏳️‍🌈 Read a diverse book
  6. 🌎 Read a book that takes place somewhere other than where you live
  7. 🎧 Listen to an audiobook
  8. 😱 Read a scary book
  9. 💯 Read a book that’s less than 100 pages
  10. ⏲️ Read a book in 24 hrs
  11. ✊ Read a book about a social justice topic
  12. 🌈 Read a book with your favorite color on the cover
  13. 😅 Read a book you said you were going to read but never did
  14. 📚 Freebie! Read whatever book you want

 

You are probably wondering why there are 15 challenges and 14 books and that’s ‘cause one of the book counts for two challenges.

1) Read a book by a favorite author 💓

I accidentally chose 4 Victoria Schwab’s book for this month TBR. I mean after Vicious she has become one of my favorite authors and I want to read most of her books. So, why not use books I’m sure I’ll love to get my reading motivation back and make sure I stay on track? For the first challenge, I am reading A Gathering of Shadows. This is the second book in her Darker Shade of Magic trilogy. The first book was a bit of a slow start for me compared to Vicious that hooked me from page one but after a couple of pages, it got so good but like so good. I had already started this book as a library loan but at that moment I had so many library loans that I had to read so I was only able to read around 50 pages out of 512. It took me a second to get into it but as soon as I realized what was happening I was in love. Of course, that was the same day I had to return it to the library but such is life.

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2) Read a book that takes place in college🍺

To continue with this very Schwabtastic TBR we got a reread. You might be thinking oh no and let me tell ya oh yes. I am rereading for the second time this year Vicious. I know, I know. I talk about this book in almost every single post, but can you blame me? It’s an amazing book! I actually have a review and you should check it out. So, Vicious is set between past and present. The past is when Victor and Eli are friends in college so a big part of this book, I dare to say half of it, is set in college. I was planning on rereading this book anyway because Vengeful, the sequel, comes out this month so it’s a win-win. Of course, I’m not excited at all.

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3) Read a five stars predicted read ⭐Seeing how much I loved Vicious and continuing with this month TBR, that should be called the Victoria Schwab read-a-thon TBR, this answer should not surprise you. I just know that Vengeful will be a 5 stars read. I am not ready. I am not okay. I need it already it! My birthday is this month so if you by any chance want to get it for me for my birthday I will not be opposed to that. I don’t know how those that read it when it first came out are okay because it’s been a couple of months for me and I’m definitely not okay. I mean I do believe that it’s an unnecessary sequel but that isn’t stopping me from wanting it with all my heart soul.

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4) Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere 👀

5) Read a diverse book 🏳️‍🌈

For these challenges I got, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan. I’ve seen this book everywhere and everyone seems to be giving it five stars. This book is magical realism which is a genre I don’t think I’ve ever touched and I’m pretty excited. I was actually on the library waitlist for this book for months now and my turn is finally here, and by that I mean in 1 to 2 weeks, making the timing perfect. I love contemporaries that deal with hard topics and even though this is magical realism, it is close enough for me. This fits the diverse challenge because the main character is half Asian. Honestly, I just can’t wait to dive into this book.

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  1. A book set somewhere other than where you live 🌎

For me, this is the easiest challenge of all because I live in Puerto Rico therefore 99.9% of the books I read are set somewhere else. But Puerto Rico is a United State colony and I am a US citizen so I thought it would be fun to try a little harder and read a book that isn’t set in the USA. That’s that’s why I choose The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. This book is set in Europe. The main characters are doing a year-long grand tour all over Europe. I actually discussed this topic in my History of Art class and I thought it was really interesting making this book an automatic buy. I’ve heard it has a very diverse cast and that it’s hilarious so it sounds like the perfect match. I actually started this book yesterday and so far I’m really enjoying it but I am not too deep yet so I can’t say too much. Stay tuned to my tweets for details.

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  1. Listen to an audiobook 🎧

You thought I was done with Schwab, but you were so wrong. I love audiobooks, I really do, so I’m always listening to at least one. That is why this is the second easiest challenge because it’s just an excuse to do something I normally would do—I was actually planning on listening to three other books from this list—I’m done with two. I own tons of audiobooks so I got plenty of options but because of who I am as a person I decided to not listen/read those but choose a book that just came out and that is City of Ghost by the amazing, the fantastic Victoria Schwab. This is a middle-grade book which is a genre I’m usually into but the synopsis is calling me and knowing who wrote it makes sure I’ll love it. I would say I haven’t read a ghost story in a while, if ever, but last week I finished Invisible Ghost by Robyn Schneider so I guess it wouldn’t be true. But before I read that book the statement could apply.

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8. Read a scary book 😱

  1. Thanks to Amazon I got a collection of scary books/audiobooks, that I can choose from and all of them are under 100 pages. I thought I should follow Lala’s, from BooksAndLala, advice and read a short one or in this case, listen to a short. I was looking for a scary book that would fit that category thought Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie by Harold Schechter would be a perfect one. This is a nonfiction so it isn’t really scary unless the thoughts of serial killers freaks you out. I mean I don’t get scared easily when it comes to books and movies and if I really wanted to challenge myself I would’ve chosen a book that would actually scare me, I’m looking at you Brick Slayer, but I’m not about that life. Since It’s under two hours I actually listened to and finished, it yesterday while cleaning. But I’ll talk more about it on my Twitter.

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  1. Read a book that’s less than 100 pages 💯

Another short book ‘cause why not? These are books I’ve been wanting to read and if they fit the challenge then why not use them? For a book under 100 pages, I got the novella or short story, not sure which the right category, The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo. This book is set in the grishaverse but you don’t have to have to read those books to read this one. This book is 54 pages long. I already read like 10 pages which are not enough for me to count it as cheating. I also already finished this book as an audiobook.

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  1. Read a book in 24 hrs ⏲️

I am a fan of the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles so when I saw that the Kindle version of Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen was under $5 I knew I had to get it. I was planning on reading a poetry book for this challenge but I hate reading a poetry book in a day. I prefer to read it little by little. If I’m honest I was probably going to read this in a sitting anyway because it’s so short and hilarious. I just know I’m going to reread it over and over again. I also need the physical copy and the other books in this series.

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Well, those are the books I was originally going to read but because life happens I added four more.

  1. Read a book about a social justice topic 

I still wanted to read the poetry book The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace just not in a day. Looking for a challenge that would fit it I found this one. This book does deal with social justice since it deals with the way women are treated by society. It’s a topic I am very passionate about and a book I have already started. So far so good.

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  1. Read a book with your favorite color on the cover 🌈

This one is tricky because the version with the color is not the original but I think it’s the cover of an edition on a different language. Still, I am still using it. The color is black. I wasn’t planning on reading this book at all but my dad got it for me and wants me to read it before the movie comes out so I guess I’m doing it. I’m going to try to read it in a day so I won’t get behind with the rest of the reads. This is another middle grade and I’m honestly a mix between intrigued and meh about it. That book is The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.

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  1. Read a book you said you were going to read but never did 😅

This is another book I wasn’t planning on reading. I’m going to listen to City of Ghost on Scribd and there the book doesn’t come out until the September 3 and since I had listened to my two other audiobooks on this list I was in great need of another. I don’t like cleaning without an audiobook so I looked through the challenges and the audiobooks I own and decided on this one, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. On cleaning days I go through audiobooks so fast like today I listen to The Witch of Duva and over 6 hrs of this one. I’m expecting to be able to finish this and City of Ghost before the month ends. I saw this book on Walgreens on June and ever since I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but it’s the kind of book you say you want to read but never actually buy. It wasn’t until there was a 2 for 1 sale on Audible that I got it and so far I’m loving it.

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  1. Freebie! Read whatever book you want 📚

This book I discovered thanks to Twitter. Different authors were talking about how did you know that a book was written by them and I saw her tweet and I got instantly curious. The book is Odd Spirits by S.T. Gibson. The book is It’s 70 pages and $2.99 so I don’t have much to lose. Plus this way I get to support a self-published writer. I have high hopes for this book.

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Well, that is my Emojiathon TBR which I know is very ambitious but it’s better to die trying than to not try at all or as Lilah Bard would say “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.I am very excited to read all of these books, so the motivation should be there. Thank you for reading this really long post. I hope you enjoyed it and…

HAPPY READING!

Bi The Way… by Adriana M

Hey-o! I is back with another #QueerPostsByQueerPeople and today we got Adriana M. talking about her bisexual experience.

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When I was seventeen, my then-boyfriend proclaimed that seeing two girls kiss was hot, and it filled me up with confused and righteous anger. When I asked him why he didn’t think the same about two men kissing he shrugged and said it just wasn’t the same. On the way home that day, I couldn’t help but realize that I had for a long time been thinking about kissing girls, not my boyfriend. Not long after that, I broke up with him.

Back then I rationalized the breakup many different ways: he was already in college while I wanted to enjoy my last year of high school; I had plans of going to the US to study; I didn’t feel the same about him as I did when I was fifteen. Really, it could all be boiled down to the fact that I wanted space to grow into who I was and he wasn’t going to give me that. Along the way, I broke two hearts, mine and his, but mine learned to mend faster than his because I was ready.

Throughout my senior year, I spent more time with my friends, and with myself. I was trying to relearn who I was before I got brainwashed into thinking my entire existence revolved around my desire for boys and men. What did it mean to have so many “girl crushes,” and what did it mean when I overcompensated with how many men I found hot (I had a list of over 100 hot male celebrities that I made with my friends because of course, I did).

A year later, I was well into my first year of college. I had a solid group of friends, a roommate who didn’t hate me and in fact became a close friend, and though struggling with my classes, I felt great. And yet, I kept coming back to my main questions: who did I like? Did I really like boys? What did it mean that I found girls pretty, and not always in a platonic way? I took so many online surveys it’s hilarious in hindsight. And yet, I did what I’d done many times: shoved the feelings aside, brushed it off as a passing phase (after all, people say that college is the time for your sexual exploration, to find out what you liked). My sexuality was like a suitcase I kept packing and repacking. I didn’t know where I was going, what the climate was going to be like, but I knew I had to have this suitcase because it was essential for my travels.

I kept going about my life, and in my second year of college, there was a girl flirting with me. And I didn’t know what to do. It was exhilarating and confusing, I was still in the middle of figuring out myself. She invited me to a house party, and I gladly accepted the invitation. One, I’d never been to a college party, and two, there was someone interested in me! And I was gladly reciprocating, my suitcase left disheveled once more.

That party ended up in disaster though. The girl spent the entire time drinking and then tried to make a pass at me, even after she told me she had a girlfriend who was just out of town. I made my escape, but I was in shock. Here was this girl who was indeed interested in me, who I’d confided about the newness of my sexuality. And I felt betrayed and heartbroken.

All this time trying to figure out who I could be able to love, I didn’t realize that it just opened me up to even more heartbreak. It opened up a new monster: biphobia and the ways in which I had internalized it. I had so much to learn, and so much to unlearn. Even though all of this journey, all the inner and external turmoil just made me wish harder to find someone who’d accept me for me. I learned that I didn’t have to be out to everyone, I didn’t have to do something that could put me at risk of discrimination or toxicity, and there has been a lot of it. I found community online, I found visibility in media (I’ll attach at the bottom a list of books that have made me feel seen), and in the process, I’ve come to terms that this suitcase I’ve been carrying for the past six or more years is ever-changing.

Right now, I’m steadfast in my belief that I identify as bisexual, in that I’m attracted to people of the same gender with which I identify as well as to other genders. But I also believe that it won’t necessarily be that way in six more years. Identity is a fickle thing for me. I just know I gotta board my flight, no matter what is in the suitcase, because I’ve been looking forward to this trip for the longest time.

Five Books with Bisexual Characters that Have Made Me Feel Seen:

  1. Labyrinth Lostby Zoraida Cordova
  2. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  3. How To Make a Wishby Ashley Herring Blake
  4. They Both Die at the Endby Adam Silvera
  5. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Adriana’s social media handle:

Blog: boricuareads.tumblr.com

Twitter: Boricuareads

Intagram: Boricuareads

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Well, that was Adriana. I really hope you loved it as much as I did.

HAPPY READS!

A Closeted Heartbreak by Jann Ma

Hey-o! I is back with another #QueerPostsbyQueerPeople—no, it’s not over just because Pride month is over—and today’s post is a little different. I’m sharing five poems written by my gorgeous and talented friend, Jann Ma. These are some of my favorite queer one she has written and I’m so excited for you guys to read. Her Instagram handle is down below. Check her out! Well, no more chit chat from me and let’s go on with the post.

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Just a Friend

“Staying inside the closet is easy when you don’t know how to love. Because if you did, then you’d know the pain it brings me when you say I’m just your friend while my heart’s under your bedsheets”

Capability

I never understood what she meant when she told me that she couldn’t be with me.
Until she had to kiss me behind corners, so no one would see.
Until she stopped texting me because that was too much commitment.
Until she pretended nothing had happened because no one could know that she was capable of loving a girl.
But I am capable, and I did.

Sinning hours

You said you didn’t want to talk because it was 1 in the morning, and those were sinning hours.
Turns out we were both sinners;
But you hid your horns behind my fallen wings.

Forget

How I wish I had your lack of memory,
your cruel ability to easily forget.
How I wish I could forget the words you echoed into my head,
cross my heart, and shuffled on repeat
until I could only hit pause when I fall asleep.

Hoping

When things get tough, people like to say it’s like stormy weather.
But with you, it was like a hundred million stars burning in a distant universe,
maybe one where you and I can be happy together.

Jann’s Instagram: @jann.ma

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Well, that is all for today. I really hope you loved it as much as I did.

What was your favorite poem from this post? What is your favorite poetry collection or favorite poet? Leave your answers down below.

HAPPY READS!

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Hey-o! I is back with my very book tag and it’s one I’ve been dying to do. It’s the mid-year freak out tag. I can’t believe it’s mid-year already! Where did time go? New Year feels like yesterday and an eternity ago. I’ve just couldn’t wait for it to be June/July so I could gush about the books I read so far this year which is I thank God for this tag. It was the perfect excuse to gush non-stop. I’ve read 38 books so far and my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal was 29. I really liked and loved everything I read except for a book or two. So, it has been a good mid-year and I’m hoping for an even better rest of the year.

This tag was created by the lovely women whose videos are down below. Now I must say this post might seem really long but it’s only because I’m adding the synopsis, but I promise I tried to make the answers as short as possible. Okay, time for the fun part.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018

I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but I think Vicious by V. E. Schwab is my favorite one yet which is funny because when I first read the synopsis I thought it wasn’t going to be my type of book. I had a library copy and I loved it so much that I went and bought a signed hardcover edition. Yes, yes, I am trash. I have a review, so here read my feelings away.

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Synopsis:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end.

Rating: 5/5

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018

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I didn’t really focus on sequels so there are not many. I mean I only read The Crown’s Fate which is the sequel to The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye and the Vampire Academy graphic novels. My very biased self has to choose Shadow Kiss by Richelle which is the third book in the Vampire Academy series and my favorite book ever. I won’t give the synopsis because it’s filled with spoilers, but just believe that’s really good. Vampire Academy is my favorite series ever, part of it because it’s one of the first series I read, partly because my mom and I read the books and would talk about it, and also because it’s so good. But from the whole series, my favorite book is Shadow Kiss.
Rating 5/5

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I actually preordered this book but Amazon ended up sending it like 2 weeks later *cough* like always *cought*. I was so excited to read it and I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on reading before this summer break is over. This book has so much hype around it, there’s a movie coming out and it’s even Jimmy Fallon’s Book Club pick of the summer, so I’m really hoping I love it. Honestly, I’m not really hard to please.
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Synopsis:
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.Now we rise.Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The other new release I haven’t read but want to is Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. This is the second book in the Creekwood series. I don’t know if there’s going to be more books though. YOU SHOULD NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA because of

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SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS. In this one, we follow Leah who’s Simon’s best friend who’s a closeted bisexual, and it’s struggling to come out. It deals with not being privilage, accepting oneself and a bunch more stuff that I don’t know because I haven’t read it. It’s also Book Blogs PR Book Club book of the month. You should totally join us, it will be fun.

Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018

For this one, I got three which I just can’t wait to have in my hands and those are The Dark Between Stars by Atticus which comes out on September 4, the sequel to Vicious, Vengeful by V. E. Schwab which comes out on September 25 and What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera which comes out on October 9. September is my favorite month ’cause it’s my birthday month and this time I have even more reasons to love it. There are a couple of more interesting books coming out on October so it’s also looking good.
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The Dark Between Stars is a collection of poetry by the famous Instagram poet Atticus. This is his second book and I loved Love Her Wild so I can’t wait for this one to come out like I NEED IT IN MY HANDS LIKE NOW. This is a poetry book so there’s no synopsis which freaking suck and I don’t know any of the poems that are in this collection which also sucks. Let me just tell you that I’ve read like 5 or 6 poetry book this year and Love Her Wild is the only one I’ve given 5 stars to. I must say that if there’s one thing I hated about Love Her Wild is the fact that it’s only 240 pages long and a lot of these pages are pictures, just pictures with nothing written in them. The pictures are gorgeous so there’s that but they should at least give me more poems to make it up. Anyway, all I can say about Love Her Wild and Atticus is Rupi Kaur, move over because Atticus stole my heart. As soon as you finish reading this go get Love Her Wild and preorder The Dark Between Stars.
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Vengeful, Vengeful, Vengeful… As you just read Vicious is my favorite so far this year and I don’t see any book stealing that place anytime soon. My copy of Vicious has a sneak peek and I will not read it because I know I will suffer it, so I’m crying internally while trying to ignore it. I’m so hyped for it that I’m marking that date on my calendar. Again, no synopsis because of spoilers, but just go back to question #1 to read the synopsis for Vicious. Now go and get it. I’m honestly so glad that I discovered this book this year because it took the author 5 years to publish the sequel. This was the sequel no one was expecting, and it’s also sequel nobody knew they needed until they heard of the possibilities.

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What If It’s Us is written by two gods when it comes to queer books and I just can’t wait. I mean they had my money the money I saw it, read the synopsis and I saw that there were Broadway references. S O L D! My queer heart just can’t handle these emotions that are bubbling in me.

Synopsis:

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

5. Biggest Disappointment

I don’t have disappointments even though I have books that did disappointment. They’re two different things like those books disappointed me but I still enjoyed them. One that did truly disappoint me was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Everyone seems to love this book. I’ve heard a lot of people calling it their favorite read of the year or one of their favorite book ever. This even has a fantastic rating on Goodreads, which is pretty much impossible, but I just truly did not love it. I was so disappointed because it has a lot of typical tropes that I detest with all my soul which made me so mad, annoyed and heartbroken but at the same time, I couldn’t stop reading it because of how addicting it was. I must say that it was pretty predictable even for someone who can never predict what’s going to happen. I actually wrote a review for it. Check it out!

Synopsis:

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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6. Biggest Surprise

I don’t want to sound like a broken record and mention Vicious again—oops, I guess I just did—but apart from that book I was really surprised by how much I liked Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read how good this book was ever since it came out six years ago, but I wasn’t into the synopsis or the book cover. When I started getting interested I saw that there was a deal on Amazon and that they had a gorgeous new cover so I got it. I really wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, but like with most YA books lately,

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I did have some problems with it, but at the end of the day, it was amazing.

Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or new to you)

I got two authors for this one and those gotta be hands down Victoria Schwab (V. E. Schwab) and Adam Silvera.

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Victoria Schwab: I had read This Savage Song before and I wasn’t impressed, but this year I read Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic and I fell in love. Now there’s a bunch of her books on my TBR. Also, I must say that if you’re following on Twitter, what you even using Twitter for? I usually ignore most of the content writers tweet but I just adore this woman’s tweets. Honestly, she just seems like an awesome and fun person to be around. I dream of the day she’ll come to Puerto Rico on a book tour.

Here are some:
Vengeful
A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light (book #2 & #3 in the A Darker Shade of Magic triology)
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Vol 1 (prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic)
The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue (she’s currently writing it)
– The Archived
– City of Ghost
and I’m stopping there or I’ll never finish.

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Adam Silvera: This man is bringing the queer literature I didn’t know I needed—okay, I kind of did but never actually searched for it—and I am so happy I discovered him. The fact that he’s Puerto Rican/Newyorican and his characters are usually Puerto Rican just makes my life 10x better. I’ve never felt more represented than the moment I read my first Adam Silvera book, They Both Die at the End. I got so excited, I started fangirl and I just felt this happiness that I’ve never felt before while reading a book. I also love the fact that his books are queer af because we need more great queer books like these. Honestly, he needs to bring his queer Puerto Rican ass to Puerto Rico as part of a book tour before I die. This year I read the three books that are officially out, History is All You Left Me, More Happy Than Not and They Both Die at the End, all the kind of book that makes you bawl your eyes out. He truly knows how to break your heart. I know I am going to read What If It’s Us before this year ends—I’m hoping it’s more on the cute, happy and fluffy side, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m getting all the books in hardcover because I need the physical copies in my life and I need to make sure they don’t get destroyed when I reread them. He’s actually writing a couple more books including a fantasy and I just can’t wait to read them. PLEASE FINISH IT ALREADY!

 

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

I’m no longer the type of reader who gets fictional crushes, but if I had to choose the amazing, the badass, the gorgeous Diana Prince from Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Let’s be honest the real reason of why I have a crush on her is because I was imagining Gal Gadot even thought Gal Gadot and Diana from Warbringer are the complete opposite when it comes to how they look. I mean there’s also the fact that I just adore Wonder Woman. I adore her since I was little and I would watch the tv show with Lynda Carter. So, she’s my not-so-new fictional crush.

9. Newest Favourite Character

WHY IS IT SO HARD NOT TO REPEAT? I really want to say Victor from Vicious, but let’s talk about someone else. I think my second favorites were Jazz Bashara from Artemis by Andy Weir and Rocío Lopez from Ruthless by Megan Crewe. They both were badass female characters. Jazz was hilarious, sarcastic and freaking smart and Rocío was also hella smart, badass and kind. Act,ually both of these characters are of color, Jazz father is from Saudi Arabia and Rocío’s family are from Mexico. I actually have a review for Ruthless Magic. Check it out here.

 

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10. A Book That Made You Cry

I never, ever, ever cry while reading books so I did not cry while reading a book this year BUT More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera destroyed me, triggered me, and made me a whole different person. I read it during a read-a-thon and I remember while I was warming up my lunch I started sobbing and it took all my strength not to curl myself in a ball right there and cry all night. My poor queer heart couldn’t take it. BLESS ADAM SILVERA! I actually wrote a post talking about why this book is so important. You can check it out here.
Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

11. Book That Made You Happy

I’m stuck between two books so I’m mentioning both. First I got Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. This book made my Hamilton fangirl heart very, very happy. I love them so much and ship them way too much. The other book that even though the book isn’t a happy one it still made me happy was, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I finished this book with all the feels and this happiness that just made me want to start it again. The fact that I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by my husband Lin-Manuel Miranda just made it even more perfect.

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Synopsis Alex and Eliza:

Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Synopsis for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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I mean if you don’t say Love, Simon are you even okay? I ADORED Love, Simon. I was blessed to see a prescreening and then again because I just loved it so much. We need more mainstream queer movies. I hope that the success of Love, Simon will bring us that. This movie needs to be on Netflix like NOW. I just laughed, cry and felt so identified and touched that I couldn’t handle life. I must say it isn’t perfect and it definitely wasn’t that accurate compared to the book but it’s still amazing.
Synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (the book this movie was based on)

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year

I think I’ve only written three which were for Vicious, The Cruel Prince, and Ruthless Magic, but by far the one I’m the proudest of is the one for Ruthless Magic. I just know I won’t be able to top it. If you’re interested in reading it, here it is. Actually, I already link them all when talking about them but let me link them again. Vicious and The Cruel Prince

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year

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OKAY. THIS IS HARD! The number of books I’ve bought this year is enough to be embarrassed about so choosing will be impossible. Let me look at them and see if I can make a decision. I think that to make it easier I should choose from the one I got this year and actually read and that is Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. That cover killed me and was the main reason for me getting the book. I just want to use it as part of my decor. She just revealed the cover for the sequel and I am dead.

Synopsis:

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

If we’re talking about books that I already own those has to be either La Isla bajo el mar (island beneath the sea) by Isabel Allende, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. These are all pretty big books and I just need to sink my teeth into them as soon as possible. For books that I don’t own read the Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018 part.

Synopsis for Island Beneath the Sea:

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Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarité — known as Tété — is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tété finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his baggage and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint-Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. It will be eight years before he brings home a bride — but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.

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Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

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Well, that was my mid-year freak out tag. I really hope you enjoyed it because I had so much fun writing it. My reading this year has been really good and I’m hoping for an even better rest of the year. I tag John from John’s Tainted Fantasy, Kevs from Drowning in Book Land, Coral from Palomitas literarias, and Adriana from Boricua Reads. I hope y’all will do it and enjoy it.

What has been your favorite read of this mid-year? What has been your least favorite?

HAPPY READS!