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Booktubeathon 2017 Day 1 Update

The first day of the Booktubeathon has now officially come to a close!

I hope everyone had a good start and read a lot.

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to but I’m not disappointed with my reading either.


By the time the Booktubeathon started last night…I was sleeping and I stayed asleep until noon….and didn’t start reading until 1ish. So yeah, not the most productive start to say the least ūüėÖ

But that’s alright. I still managed to read a whopping 161 pages of my first book, which is, Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Which puts me at a little over half way done. I’m hoping to power through and finish it early tomorrow so that I can start the second book of this trilogy. I may try and read a little more before bed, but I’m not completely set on it. I really like sleep haha.


So, that is going to be all for my first quick little update! Let me know down below what you’re currently reading and how your reading day went!


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Booktubeathon TBR 2017!

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It’s Booktubeathon time again!

I completely forgot that the Booktubeathon would be taking place this month and therefore I have no game plan for it. Not a complete plan anyway haha. But, I am very excited to be participating yet again and I hope that I will be way more successful than I was last year….because uhhh I decided that I would take a “break” from reading and watch Harry Potter….and that turned into a Harry Potter marathon….oops.

So, I am going to strive to be a lot more successful this time around. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to complete all the challenges, however, my main goal is just to spend the week reading and read as much as I can.


Also, because I don’t have a complete plan and I want to keep up with my reading and keep myself motivated for the week, I’m planning on doing daily updates! Just a small post everyday of the readathon to let you know how many pages I’ve read and what books I picked up and just an overall rundown of my reading day! I’m really excited to try it out and if it works or if I really like it then it may be something that I do for future readathons.


I’ll be linking the official Booktubeathon announcement and official challenges video below if you’d like to check those out! Please let me know if you’re planning on participating and what you’re planning on reading for the week!


The way I’m going to set this post up is going to be a little different.¬†First I’m going to share all of the challenges and then I’m going to share what I’m actually planning on reading for the week and then wrap up by linking the official Booktubeathon info.

I’d also like to mention that because of when this readathon will be taking place, there will only be one more day in July after it is finished. And therefore, my wrap-up for this readathon will be apart of my usual monthly wrap-up.

So, without further ado, lets talk about the challenges!


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I’m actually not the biggest fan of this years challenges. I think that all the previous years have had much, much better challenges. But, that’s okay; I’m still going to try and complete them.

The 2017 Booktubeathon challenges are as follows.

Challenge 1:

Read a book with a person of the cover

Challenge 2:

Read a hyped book

Challenge 3:

Finish a book in a day

Challenge 4:

Read about a character that is very different from you

Challenge 5:

Finish a book completely outdoors

Challenge 6:

Read a book you bought because of the cover

Challenge 7:

Read seven books


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Let’s start by talking about what I’m for sure planning on picking up and then I’ll let you know some of the things I’m contemplating reading after I finish those.

First, I will DEFINETELY FOR SURE, be picking up Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I’ve really been wanting to read this book for awhile now and after Lord of Shadows, I am in desperate need of a light and easy contemporary. I’m also wanting to pick this up because I think that for readathons, it¬†is a really good idea to pick up a smaller duology or trilogy. It’s easier to push through multiple books at a time if they’re apart of the same series because you don’t have to jump from world to world and it gives you a set number of books to get through instead of trying to just find a stack of random books on your shelf. So, in saying that, Peaches in apart of a trilogy and I will therefore be picking up the second and third books, The Secrets of Peaches and Love and Peaches.

I am also planning on picking up Scott Pilgrim Vol. 3: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I figured this would be a really fast and easy read to knock out during a readathon and I’m still slowly working through this series.

And the last thing that I’m¬†for sure planning on picking up is Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel. This is the official Booktubeathon pick. This is the first time that there’s been a “book club” pick if you will. I’m really excited that this idea is being introduced this year. But, I sadly¬†don’t actually have this book in my possession yet. I ordered it last week, however, I ordered from Book Depository, and although Book Depository is amazing and I love them, it takes forever to receive your books. I’m really hoping that I’ll receive it sometime through the week and that when I do get it, I’ll have time to read it or at least start it.

That’s all I’m for sure planning on picking up. And if I get through all of those, then I have a couple of things that I’m going to throw in to try and accomplish all the challenges and to have a total of 7 books.

In the order I placed with Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index in it, I also ordered An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Illustrated by Cassandra Jean. I CAN NOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK. I’m so excited for it and I will probably read it as soon as I get it. So, if my order gets here in time, this will definitely be read for the readathon.

And, I’m pretty much just going to pick up whatever else I feel like for the rest of the week.


Here’s all the Booktubeathon official info and challenges if you need to know more about the readathon or if you’re thinking about participating!


And that’s all for my Booktubeathon 2017 TBR! I’m really hoping that I’ll be more successful this time around and that I’ll be able to get through all the challenges. However, I am remaining pretty laid back with my TBR and I really don’t know what I’ll end up reading by the end of the week. If you’re going to be participating, please let me know and share with me what you’re wanting to read this week whether you’ll be participating or not!


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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads Synopsis

I have finally finished this massive tome!

I’ve been working my way through it all month and just pushed through the last little bit. Literally, I just closed the book 5 minutes ago and I’m in pieces. I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to form coherent thoughts for this review but I have a lot to talk about and a lot to vent about so we will see where this goes XD

Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight; the second book in the Dark Artifices series and now the thirteenth Shadowhunter book to be released.

If you’d like to read my review for Lady Midnight, click HERE!


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I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I truly am in pieces. Clockwork Princess remains my favorite book in this world but this was a really, really, really close second. This definitely topped Lady Midnight for me. And both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows has topped all of my favorites within the original Mortal Instruments series. I’m loving these books, even though my heart is broken, I’m loving them. I don’t know how she will tie up this series but I’m looking forward to it.

My only problem? WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG FOR EACH NEW BOOK?!?!?!?!


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The rest of this review is going to contain SPOILERS. So if you have not read Lord of Shadows or the rest of the Shadowhunter books, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT KEEP READING. THIS IS AN AMAZING SERIES AND NEEDS TO BE READ IT ITS ENTIRETY AND IN ORDER. SO DO YOURSELF A GREAT FAVOR AND GO PICK THEM UP. NOW. I’M NOT JOKING. GO DO IT.

Now, onto what is sure to be an incredibly long review. You may want to grab a snack if you’re planning on sticking around because I’m really about to pour my heart out.

SO MUCH JUST HAPPENED.


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I truly don’t even know where to begin. I guess the sensible place to start would be the beginning.

I will say that although I loved the entire book, the beginning was my least favorite part. It was very, very slow. And I had so many questions left from Lady Midnight and they just weren’t giving me anything to work with.

I hated the tension between Julian and Emma. It felt wrong and I don’t like the feeling I got while reading it. It was just UGH. And I didn’t like that Emma and Mark were just pretending. I was shipping them really hard. I wanted them to develop into something real. I knew that it wouldn’t happen because obviously one of the biggest things in this series is their relationship but I really shipped Mark and Emma. I was hopefully. However, I like that they were actually developing a great friendship that was helping them. I thought it was really cute that Mark had been sleeping on Emma’s floor and that she would sleep next to him and it was all just really sweet. But it was so awkward when they were around anyone else and I hated it.

I didn’t like the Centurions at all. This was our first real look at the Scholomance and it was terrible. It was a bunch of ignorant brats who felt entitled to the world and wanted to undo what Alec and Clary and Magnus and Simon, etc. had worked for. They’re pushing so hard to undo so much. Their bratty, less educated Valentine’s and they’re pushing for the same war over again. It’s maddening. Also, Zara. She can die. That’s all.

I like that we got to see a little bit of Clary and Jace. They’re all grown up and it’s cool to see them but it’s also really odd. City of Heavenly Fire wasn’t too long ago. It feels like I was just reading it and it’s still hard to process that we aren’t following their story and that they’re now running an Institute and doing secret faerie missions for the Clave.

I’m really perturbed by the dreams Clary has been having. She’s worried that she’s about to die; she says that she feels it and that she knows it is coming. She said that’s why she hasn’t accepted Jace’s proposal. It’s heart breaking. I want Jace and Clary to be married and I thought that they’d finally get to live happily ever after BUT OF COURSE NOT. Of course Clary has to start having ominous death dreams. UGH. WHY.

However, I think that it’s connected to what’s going on with Magnus. I’m really worried about him. His magic has been draining so easily and it just sounds like he’s falling apart. I think that what’s going on with them is definitely foreshadowing what’s going on in Faerie and with the downworlders and what I think is about to break out into an all out war.

I still love all of the Blackthorns. I love them SO, SO MUCH. I love them more than the Herondales, the Carstairs’, the Lightwoods. ALL OF THEM. I love them. However, Julian is no longer my favorite of the family. I love Ty. Ty is the best character Cassandra Clare has ever brought to life. He is amazing and I love him. He’s so complex and interesting. I love his relationship with his twin *excuse me while I go weep*. And I love his newfound relationship with Kit. I honestly don’t know if I ship them more has parabatai or as a couple. I think that either way they’d be amazing together and I just ship that together, it doesn’t matter in what sense of together they end up in. Kit has really come to surprise me as a character. He was introduced pretty quickly in the beginning of Lady Midnight and we didn’t really figure out the mystery behind him until the very end. I think that everything to do with Kit and his backstory and his personality has been executed so well. He’s a fantastic character and he’s become one of my favorites over Lady Midnight and this book especially. I hope he continues to be an important part of the story and again, I ship him and Ty so much. I think they’ll be needing each other even more now. *I’m still weeping*.

Speaking of Ty. I just love that Cassandra Clare writes these eclectic and important and DIFFERENT characters. Through all of her books we have a huge array of gay, bisexual, straight characters. But now, we have characters like Ty and Diana that represent even more people. Ty is majorly autistic. And I love seeing how his family has strived to find how to help him with that and how they really try to understand his brain and why he does the things he does. And in this book we learned that Diana is transgender. I really loved how we learned about her and her past. It was very sad but it was really interesting as well. I love that she writes characters that represent and can resonate with so many people.

I also wanted to touch on the whole Mark, Cristina, Kieran thing. This is a love triangle that has been developing a little bit in Lady Midnight and completely through this one. It’s intriguing. It’s not your typical love triangle and it’s actually really interesting. I’m not sure who I ship with who and who I want to be with who in the end and to be perfectly honest, I kinda hope the three of them are just in a relationship together XD

Moving on to Faerie. A lot happened in and with Faerie in this book. I’m still confused about a lot of it. And who knows what will come of it. I honestly don’t know how she’s going to conclude this particular series in just one more book. It’s crazy. First of all, Clary and Jace are on some weird faerie mission that’s top secret. We learn that they’re going there but we don’t hear anything else about it and don’t see them again after they go. Then Mark, Cristina, Emma and Julian take off into Faerie to rescue Kieran. And literally have a showdown with the King of the Unseelie. Like WHY. And then, the Queen of the Seelie strike a deal with them for them to help her get the Black Volume of the Dead in exchange for ending the Cold Peace, helping defeat the Unseelie King, and giving Julian information about the parabatai curse. THEN, weirdest of all, Drusilla freakily gets transported to some underground Faerie tunnels and meets who I am assuming who the Seelie Queen said the Unseelie took from her. And umm I can’t be sure but I think this is Sebastian Morgenstern’s spawn. With the Queen. Of Faerie. Like…what????? I can’t begin to process this. And then she weirdly gets transported right back like nothing happens so I’m just really confused about all of that. Majorly. But yeah. The center of what goes on in these books are the Cold Peace and all the things to do with Faerie and it’s inhabitants. I think everything is about to get a hundred times worse. If that’s even possible.

So, we learned a big lesson in this book. Don’t assume that a warlock is dead. In the London Shadow Market, Ty, Kit and Livvy meet a warlock that helps them…..and he has green skin…..ummm…..guys……I THINK ITS RAGNOR FELL. I mean, he was hiding his face and skin….but they caught a glimpse of the fact that he was green. And who else would’ve helped them? And talked about Catarina? I mean, he was the High Warlock of London…their in London. It’s Ragnor. I’m sure. And I hope that we learn how, and why, and that we get to see more of him because omg.

I also want to talk about Annabel. She’s a really important part of this series. However, I was really frustrated about her plot line. The epilogue of Lady Midnight was Annabel moving around in her grave….but she didn’t come into this book until literally page 278. I wrote it down because one of my biggest questions from the previous book was what was up with Annabel in her grave in the end. But anyway, we see Malcolm (who didn’t die *dramatic eye roll*) finally raise her from the dead. And then….she killed him. I was reading and was just sitting there in shock like “did that really just happen?”. But yeah. Awkward. And then she proceeds to keep the Black Book of the Dead. She only talks to Julian. She is manic. AND SHE CAUSES THE WORST THING EVER TO HAPPEN. I CAN’T.

On an unrelated note, let’s talk about Gwyn. He’s the leader of the Wild Hunt. I had come to actually hate him for everything that happened to Mark and for what happened to Jules and Emma. But it turns out that though he leads the Hunt, he isn’t completely responsible to everything. And I really liked what started to happen between he and Diana. It was really sweet and humanized him and caused me to look at him differently.

And I know that I’m probably leaving a lot of important things out but I think that this brings me to the ending.

My heart is gone because of it. Ripped out. Gone. I’M DESTROYED. I was really enjoying Livvy’s character. I loved her in Lady Midnight and I just kept loving her more and more as this book went on and then literally, on the last page, SHE DIED. WHAT EVEN. WHY. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THE REASONING. I’M SO UPSET. WHY HER? WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO TY? TO KIT? WHERE IS THIS GOING TO LEAVE JULIAN? WHY? JUST WHY?

The whole ending was just a mess and left me in tears. I was really crying as I closed the book. Why does Cassandra Clare destroy me like this? It always happens and I don’t know why I don’t expect it. I’m never ready and it leaves me in shambles.

Who knows where the story will go from here. I don’t understand how Cassandra Clare writes all of these books. I don’t know how she keeps this story straight in her head. It’s amazing and I will keep buying everything that she continues to write within this series. However, I need to go and try to figure out how to cope with everything that just happened.


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I honestly had so many favorite parts. I’m not sure how to narrow it down to one thing so I think I’m going to cheat and share the top three scenes that I really, really¬†loved. This list¬†could go¬†on forever so I’m going to just keep it to these three and let you know why I loved¬†them and why these were the top three out of so many amazing things to choose¬†from in this book.

First is on page 420. This is when Kit followed Ty onto the roof after Livvy got injured at the London Shadow Market. Ty was freaking out and blaming himself that Livvy was hurt and Kit asked him what he needed. And he told him that he just needed Kit to put his arms around him. That he just needed to be held. It was a very powerful scene and it was a big thing in the relationship between them. I really loved it. It was really beautiful and gave me all the feels.

Second is on page 442 when Emma and Julian were sitting on top of the roof of Malcolm’s house when they were catching Piskies. They started joking about all the Shadowhunter family mottos and it was just so hilarious. It was a great scene between Emma and Julian. With none of the tension that has become so terrible and expected with them. It was light and again, hilarious.

I don’t want this to drone on and on. I could make a really long list of all my favorite parts but it would take forever. So I’m going to end with one more so you’ll see my top three¬†favorites and why.

And my last favorite part¬†that I will be sharing is located on page 613. Which is something else¬†that caused me to cry with this book. This was when Julian was telling Emma why he was sure that they weren’t going to destroy anything with their love. That they were going to fix everything and that they’d be together. He says such beautiful things sometimes and what he told her on this page was the most amazing and romantic¬†line ever spoken. I’m actually going to¬†put it right below in the Quotes section of this post because I loved it so much, so you can read it down there.¬†But I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, it was amazing. This scene¬†was beautiful.


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As with the¬†Favorite part section, I have a list of¬†¬†quotes that I absolutely loved in this book. I kept an ongoing list while I was reading and it just kept getting longer and longer. But again, I’m going to narrow it down to my top 3.

First, I’m going to share the quote that I mentioned above. With Emma and Julian on page 613.

“Do you know why I’m sure?” he whispered, kissing her temple, her cheek where it tasted like salt. “Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone’s are, but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That’s why we’ve always been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together.” He held her tighter. “Your name, Emma, means universe, you know,” he said. “Doesn’t that prove I’m right?”

My second favorite quote is on page 58. This was when Clary and Emma were talking on the roof. This wasn’t a particularly sweet quote or anything but I thought it was really important.

“I’d spent so much time running and fighting and desperate. And then things were ordinary. I didn’t trust it. We get used to living one way, even if it’s a bad way or a hard one. When that’s gone, there’s a hole to fill. It’s in our nature to try and fill it with anxieties and fears. It can take time to fill it with good things instead.”

And lastly, on page 479. Between Kit and Ty when they went to the Cornwall Institute on their own in the middle of the night. Kit asked Ty what he was murmuring under his breath. And Ty explained. It was super cute and really interesting.

“Just words I like,” he said. “If I say them to myself, it makes my mind — quieter. Does it bother you?” “No!” Kit said quickly. “I was just wondering what words you liked.” Ty bit his lip. For a moment, Kit thought he wasn’t going to say anything at all. “It’s no the meaning, just the sound,’ he said. “Glass, twin, apple, whisper, stars, crystal, shadow, lilt.” He glanced away from Kit, a shivering figure in his too-large hoodie, his black hair absorbing moonlight, giving none of it back. “Whisper would be one of mine, too,” said Kit. He took a step toward Ty, touched his shoulder gently. “Cloud, secret, highway, hurricane, mirror, castle, thorns.”


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Lord of Shadows!

Did you think this was a good sequel? Who is your favorite character and has it changed since you started this series or do you still prefer characters from the Clockwork series or the Mortal Instruments? What were some of your favorite parts? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here? Are you excited for the series to keep going? Did the ending rip your heart out too?

Leave me a comment with all your thoughts and feels!!


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July TBR 2017!

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I have a really brief TBR for this month. I don’t want to put too many things on my list because I didn’t get to everything I wanted to last month. Also, I’m wanting to conquer quite a huge book so I really don’t want to put too much on my plate.

I have a list of three single issue comics, one book and a few possibilities if I’m able to finish what I want to.

So, let’s get to my July TBR!


Image result for tbrThe first thing on my list is Saga issues #43 and #44. I have #43 and I’m planning on picking up¬†#44 when I go to the book store tomorrow.

After that, I plan to FINALLY read Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I was sadly unable to get to it last month and it is killing me that I haven’t been able to read it yet. This is a¬†HUGE book and it took me quite awhile to get through the first book, Lady Midnight. So, once I start this, I’m planning for it to take me most of, if not the entire, month to finish it.

I am also planning on picking up Saga issue #45 when it comes out on the 26th.

And that’s pretty much what I’ll for sure be reading this month.


If I am able to finish¬†Lord of Shadows, I have a series that I’ve really, really been wanting to pick up.

Which is, the Peaches trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my absolute favorite books and I’ve really been wanting to pick up her other novels. I bought Peaches awhile ago and I’ve just recently got my hands on the other two in the series. If I am¬†unable to get to it this month, this will definitely be on the top of my list for¬†August.

I’m also on the hunt for the rest of the books in the Cirque Du Freak series. I wasn’t able to find book 9 the last time I went to the book store but I am going to keep looking for it. If I am able to find it then I will be reading it as soon as possible.


Well, that’s everything that I’m wanting to read this month and a few things that I’m wanting to pick up soon.

I’ll hopefully be able to get through everything I’m wanting to and¬†I’m really excited for everything on my list.


What are you currently reading? What are you planning on reading this month? Have you decided to be ambitious or do you just have a few things you’re wanting to get to? Are you planning on participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and let me know!

If you’d like to know what I read in June, click HERE.


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June Wrap-Up 2017!

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Unfortunately I was unable to read everything that I wanted to this month. But, I did still get a good number of things read. My TBR¬†was really up in the air and a little ambitious so I wasn’t really expecting to get thorough everything I set out to.

I was able to get though a total of five books and two graphic novels. Which came to a total of 1,832 pages!!

I pretty much loved everything that I read this month and I was really proud of the reviews that I wrote.

So, lets talk about everything I read this month!


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The first book that I finished this month was Love Me Two Times by Christie Ridgway.

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I’d been looking forward to reading this for a long time. This is the eight installment in the Rock Royalty series. I really love this series and this book lived up to the rest of the books. I loved following Beck and Jewel and baby Soul. This was the shortest of the series and I wish it was a little longer. But overall, a fantastic read and I’m very happy with where Beck’s story ended. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the spin off book that is supposed to be coming out soon though.

 

I gave this book :

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If you’d like to read my review for Love Me Two Times, click¬†HERE.


Then, I picked up Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh.

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I really, really loved this book. It was absolutely amazing. I loved the setting and the writing and just everything was so, so good. I had a few problems with it. Mostly I just didn’t like the tense that it was written in. Other than that, it was a great book. It really surprised me. I didn’t think that I would end up liking it as much as I did when I first started it. I’m really glad that I read this.

 

 

I gave this book:

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If you’d like to read my review for Ivory and Bone, click HERE.


After that, I then picked up Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh.

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Obsidian and Stars¬†is the sequel to Ivory and Bone. I was luck enough to receive an early copy of this book through the amazing Epic Reads. I loved this even more than the first book. We followed in a different POV than the first which I found really interesting. I loved the story line and the characters were still fantastic and I really, really love the writing style. I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.

 

 

I gave this book:

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If you’d like to read my review for Obsidian and Stars, click HERE.


The next book that I read was, Hunters of the Dusk by Darren Shan.

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This is the seventh installment in the Cirque Du Freak series. This was a really good addition to the series. I’m getting closer and closer to being done with this series. This wasn’t my favorite of the series; not a lot happened. It was more of a bridge book and was building up for the next installment. I’m really loving this series and am enjoying working through it. I loved the characters that were introduced in this one and I like the mission that Darren is now on and I can’t wait to see where it leads.

 

I gave this book:

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And after that, I immediately picked up Allies of the Night by Darren Shan.

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This is book eight in the¬†Cirque Du Freak¬†series. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the seventh. Everything that happened was really interesting and I liked that we got to see some characters that we haven’t seen since the earlier books. It left things a bit unfinished and so I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. Sadly, they didn’t have it the last time I went to the book store so I’ll have to keep checking. My boyfriend tells me that book nine is crazy so I really can’t wait.

 

I gave this book:

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I also picked up Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples this month.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile then you know that I am a HUGE Saga fan. I love this series so much. It took me awhile to get my hands on this volume but I finally got it ordered. I waited very, very impatiently for it to arrive and when it did I read it as soon as I got it out of the package. This was a great volume. It was no where near my favorite but OMG THAT ENDING. It tore my heart out and I have no idea where this series could possibly go from here.

 

This was my favorite read of the month!

I gave this:

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And the last thing that I picked up this month was, Scott Pilgrim, Volume 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

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I finally picked up the second volume to this series. I read the first volume last month per my brothers recommendation. I didn’t like this as much as the first one. The story line was a lot choppier and jumped around and the ending felt really rushed and then just ended. It’s still an enjoyable, easy read and I’m liking the story. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever read but as I said, it’s very enjoyable.

 

 

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And that’s everything I read in the month of June!!

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ARC Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

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Goodreads Synopsis

I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this book through the amazing Epic Reads. Thank you so much Epic Reads!

Obsidian and Stars is the sequel to Ivory and Bone, Julie Eshbaugh‘s debut novel.

If you’d like to read my review for Ivory and Bone, click HERE!


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I really loved this book! It was an amazing sequel and I loved it infinitely more than the first. I still had a few problems but it was still amazing and again, way better than the first in the series. I flew through this even faster then Ivory and Bone; I couldn’t put it down. It was so easy to stay engrossed in the story. I really loved that we were in Mya’s POV this time around. I¬†thought it was great to hear more from her and it allowed us to see more into her character. I did miss Kol’s voice though and I hope that the next book is in his POV again. The writing was again so beautiful and descriptive; I love that it really paints the picture in my head. I’m really loving this series and I hope that it keeps continuing and being amazing!


This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Obsidian and Stars and do not wish to be spoiled, please go read it and then come back so we can discuss together!

Now onto the review!


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So, first things first. My biggest problem with the first book was thankfully not repeated in this book. I hated the tense that Ivory and Bone was written in and hated that it was only for a certain portion of the book and then stopped; it was really annoying. So I’m really happy that the same thing didn’t happen in this book. It wasn’t as hard to get in the story and the flow wasn’t as choppy because of this.

I liked that this one was in Mya’s POV. She really kept to herself in the first book and it was hard for Kol to understand her and get in her head. So, I’m very glad that we got a chance to be in her headspace. It was really nice and refreshing and her head was a very interesting place to be. I did miss Kol’s voice though and I hope that the next book is in his POV.

The book started off with Mya heading to Kol’s clan with the intention of being betrothed to Kol. I was really excited for¬†Mya¬†and Kol to be betrothed. I like that the relationship between them continued not to feel¬†forced.¬†Although they have so¬†much going on and their relationship is really¬†tested with everything that took place in this book they were still really¬†sweet together. I loved the interactions between them. Their story together is very interesting.

However, we are immediately thrown into sadness with the death of Kol’s father. This is not only sad¬†because his father died and Kol himself was hurt but it means that Kol becomes the High Elder of¬†his clan. It puts a huge amount of responsibility on him very quickly and¬†is¬†just the¬†first strains in puts on¬†all of our characters.

After Kol’s father dies, Kol and Mya¬†are betrothed and so are Pek and Seeri. ¬†But then the next devastating thing happens; Mya’s brother Chev, the High Elder of her clan announces that he is going to marry their youngest sister, Lees to his friend Morsk. Mya is angered by this not only because he’s not giving Lees a choice but because she is significantly younger than Morsk. Lees is still a child and Morsk is no where close. Even though I know that this wouldn’t be a big thing in the time these books take place, I still didn’t like it. It made sense for the story but I really didn’t like it and it caused so many problems for everyone.

I know that the reason Mya took Lees away was because she knew that Chev wouldn’t pay attention and listen any other way. But I think the bigger reason was that she felt so selfish and in a big way felt responsible for Chev making the decision to marry Lees to Morsk. I think it was a very childish thing for her to do but I also completely understood why she did and it ended up allowing her to save¬†Noni which was a very good thing.

Everything that took place on the island happened very quickly. By the time you processed one thing, something else was already going on. Mya and Lees found Noni and helped her, Chev came to apologize and rectify the decision he made to marry Lees to Morsk, Chev died, they were once again betrayed by the Bosha, Kol’s health continued to deteriorate, they had to fight their way off the island. It was all just one big mess.

Chev dying was what put the most strain on Mya and Kol’s relationship and betrothal. Them both becoming High Elder of their clan made what was right and wrong very hazy. They wanted to be together so badly but they also had to think about what was right for everyone else and the survival of their clans.

I’m happy with how everything was resolved. I’m glad that their two clans merged and that Kol and Mya were married. It made me really happy. Their clans being merged will make future books really interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing Kol and Mya lead together.

There wasn’t anything that I really disliked about this. I had a few problems but they were all miniscule and spread out; nothing really bugged me too much. I really enjoyed everything that took place; I think it all made sense for the story and carried on from the first book really nicely. I still loved all the characters and I look forward to where they will be taken next.


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My favorite part was when they were all in the tunnel trying to get to the beach. I loved how Pek had carried Black dog up and how Lees and Noni got to lead. And I love that Kol and Mya exchanged some really important moments.


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‚ÄúThat’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.‚ÄĚ


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And those were all my thoughts and feels on Obsidian and Stars!

Did you think this was a good sequel? Did you enjoy reading from Mya’s POV? Would you like to continue reading from Mya’s perspective or did you prefer Kol? Has your favorite character changed since the first book? What was your favorite part? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Where do you think the series will go from here? Are you excited for the series to keep going?

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Goodreads Synopsis

Ivory and Bone¬†is the first book in¬†this series of the same name. This was¬†Julie Eshbaugh‘s debut novel in 2016 by HarperCollins. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile and it got pushed up on my TBR because I received an ARC of the second book in the series, Obsidian and Stars and well, you have to read the first book before you can read the second XD

This review is going to contain SPOILERS. So, if you have not read Ivory and Bone and do not wish to be spoiled, please do read it and come back so we can discuss together!

Let’s get to the review!


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This was a fantastic book. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first started reading and had to push myself through the first couple of chapters or so, but once it got going, I was hooked.

Julie Eshbaugh‘s writing is so beautiful and addicting. She¬†really brought the world to life in my head.

I found the way of life in this book so interesting. It takes place in prehistoric times where the people hunt mammoths and live in clans. I found it fascinating to read and think about how they lived. I found their “religion” if you will, to be very interesting too.

I loved all the characters. They felt like real people and everyone was very unique and had their own important role in the story. There was also a lot of character development in this book, not only for our main character but for pretty much everyone in the story.

I really enjoyed Kol and his family. I like their family dynamic and interactions. I liked that though Kol was to be the next leader of the clan and the oldest son that he never was stuck up or acted entitled. He was a very courageous, calm, smart and already showed signs of a great leader.

Kol’s brothers were all very interesting as well and all possessed unique qualities. I never found it hard to distinguish them from each other because they were all so different. Which I really liked and appreciated because sometimes younger sibling end up being very similar and hard to tell who is who because their not given a lot of time or individualized characteristics. I loved all the characters names in this book too; they were all so unique and cool haha.

I¬†really loved the relationship between Kol and Mya. Although the sole purpose¬†of Mya’s family¬†visiting Kol’s clan was to find a mate for Mya and Kol was of course the ideal choice, it never felt forced to be this great romance.¬†When Mya’s character was introduced I was a little worried that we¬†would have this really forced and fast relationship but I was very pleasantly surprised. Not¬†only did she not like him, but their clans didn’t even try to force them to feel something or to forge¬†an alliance through them which I really enjoyed.¬†Which was another thing I¬†liked about Kol’s family. I really liked Mya’s family and clan as well. Though they differed from Kol’s, they were still interesting and pleasant.

I found the clan “politics” to be quite cool too. Like what¬†was considered rude or polite or too forward or out of custom etc. It was all very interesting. And all the clans we saw were different from each other with their own customs and rules. However, they were very similar too.

I really enjoyed Kol’s voice and personality. He was an amazing character and I’m glad that we saw the story through his eyes. I liked Mya’s character and found it refreshing that she was different from all the other girls and kind of played by her own rules. I hope that we get to see more of Pek in the future; I found him to be a very refreshing character and loved the relationship between him and Kol.

I hope that we get to read more about the world and way of living in the novels to come; it was probably what I enjoyed most about this book. I hope that we get to see the relationship between Kol and Mya move forward, however I don’t want to be rushed or move really fast either. And I would love to keep reading about Kol’s brothers and family moving forward with the series as well.

Now, let’s get onto what I didn’t like so much.

I hated the tense this book was written in. This was the thing I hated the most about this book. It was what took me awhile to get used to in the beginning and caused me to force myself through the first chapters. I didn’t like it at all. Past tense doesn’t usually bother me; it takes me a minute to be like “oh, alright” and get used to it and it’s fine. However, not only was this in past tense, but Kol was also telling the story to Mya. So, it would be like “That’s when I saw you”, etc. Which caused the flow to be quite choppy in my opinion. Especially in the beginning. I don’t know but I just didn’t really like it and felt that it was unnecessary. And considering that the story that Kol was telling to Mya ended before the end of the book and then kept going just made it even more unnecessary. I hope that she doesn’t do that in the upcoming books because it really bugged me. This would have been a five star book for me had she not written like that.

I also didn’t like Lo’s clan. They weren’t really introduced and were only there to cause conflict and bring Kol and Mya’s clans together. They were introduced very quickly and then the conflict that came with them arose very quickly and the resolution was very quick as well. We didn’t get to see a lot of them and then they were almost immediately out of ¬†the story. The resolution between Mya and Lo wasn’t really this big thing, it just sort of happened. I just didn’t like how anything to do with her clan was executed. I feel like it could have been a lot smoother and could’ve been made to be really interesting and it wasn’t. I hope that the conflict in the future books doesn’t continue to be other clans because I think that it will become very tiring and repetitive very quickly.


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My favorite part was actually the very end of the book. I like how things were left. I was very satisfied with how things came to a close yet, I was also very excited to see where things would go from there. I liked that scene with Kol and Mya and thought that it was very well executed and it was very, very sweet.


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My favorite quote was,

‚ÄúIt’s odd, I think, how the thing you love most in a person can also be the thing you sometimes wish you could change‚ÄĚ


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I’m rounding it to four stars on Goodreads. I know I’ve said it a million times but I mean it, GOODREADS NEEDS TO ALLOW HALF STARS!

There were a couple of things that really aggravated me but overall it was a fantastic read.¬† I flew through it. Once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and the story and it was all so very interesting. The writing was gorgeous and so descriptive and visual. I can’t wait to see where this series goes!


And those were all the thoughts and feels on Ivory and Bone!

Do you think that this was a good start to a series? Did you like the writing style? Did you find the tense to be annoying or do you think it added to the story? Did you like the characters? Who was your favorite? What was your favorite part? Any quotes that really resonated with you? Are you looking forward to continuing on with the series?

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