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If You Had An Endless Bank Account {Bookish Edition, Part II}

5.23.2016
Ages ago, I wrote a post about what bookish things I would buy if I had an endless bank account. Being in college, I can say that that is definitely NOT THE CASE. I'm nowhere near as broke as I could be, but every time I see adorable things on Etsy or Society6 that I want, I force myself to ask DO I REALLY NEED THIS? and then close the tab. But IT CAN BE FUN TO DREAM, CAN'T IT?

I thought I'd start off nice and easy. There's even one for The Raven Cycle!


They're actually almost $30, but we all know the devil that is Amazon makes our bank accounts SLIGHTLY happier. Anyway, I love Maggie. I love The Raven Cycle. I'm unfortunately NOT an artist, but I do love art. So it's logical, right? Except $30 is like almost a week of groceries and that's how I think of my money these days.

Review: Burning Glass

5.22.2016
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Published: March 1st, 2016 by Katherine Tegan Books
Source: Edelweiss
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
Kathryn Purdie certainly knows how to create and develop her characters. Sonya, an empath who is now being forced to live at the emperor's side and detect threats for him, is always flooded with the emotions of those around her. It can cloud her own thoughts and feelings. Anton, the prince, is a very complex character that I couldn't help but love. Valko, the emperor, is a pretty manipulative dude, but he's complex in his own way, too, even if I wanted to stab him the face a few times. And other unmentionable places. Purdie made each character and their actions feel very authentic. 

Review: The Unexpected Everything

5.18.2016
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published: May 3rd, 2016 bY Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought (ebook)
Andie had it all planned out. 

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. 

And where’s the fun in that?

Okay. So. This was my first Morgan Matson book. (Cue the scandalous gasps, I know. I'M SORRY.) Honestly, it's only been in the last year and a half or so that I really got into contemporary and even then I feel like a lot of marketing has been dedicated to fantasy, and I love fantasy, so those are kind of the books I knew about. BUT NEVER FEAR. I HAVE DISCOVERED MORGAN MATSON AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK.

Okay, I have to talk about this first and get it out of the way: THE DOGS. You see all those dogs on the cover? YES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF DOGS IN THIS BOOK. Bertie, that big white fluffy dog? BASICALLY MY NEW GOD. He's adorable. He causes all sorts of trouble in the best ways possible, and I'm genuinely sad that he's not a real dog. And that I don't have a dog. Or a cat. But seriously, Bertie seems like the kind of dog I just want to hug forever. There's a moment where he gets into a bit of serious trouble, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. IT WAS STRESSFUL.

Review: Summer of Sloane

5.16.2016
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Published: May 3rd, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Bought (ebook)
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. 

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.


But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

Okay, so you look at this cover, and you read that description, and you have high hopes, right? I know I did. And for a lot of people, it sounds like those expectations were mostly met. On some levels, they were for me, too. I LOVE the setting. I mean, come on. Hawaii, right? What's not to love? Schneider does a fantastic job of giving off a tropical and summery vibe in her novel. Sloane was an awesome character who wasn't afraid to back down, and I loved that. Her relationship with her twin was cool, too. There are lots of things woven in like swimming and surfing and being afraid to do what you love, of being hurt by those who matter the most to you. It was all beautiful.

But. But. I found myself getting frustrated. A lot. Considering what Mick and Tyler had done to Sloane, that's not surprising. Of course it's frustrating. At one point Mick even calls Sloane selfish for ignoring all her texts and emails, and I wanted to scream. The hypocrisy! But it was in the last 10% or so that I really couldn't stand it anymore, and this time it wasn't related to her skeevy best friend and boyfriend. No, it was the dramatic miscommunications and misinterpretations that just wouldn't end between Sloane and Finn. It felt so over the top and ridiculous. Honestly, before that last 10% I think I would have given this 4 stars. I do, however, appreciate that everything with Tyler and Mick wasn't all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. It would have been incredibly unrealistic to me if Sloane got over everything that had happened in just three months.

4 Reasons to Preorder My Lady Jane Immediately + Giveaway

5.11.2016
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication: June 7th, 2016 by HarperTeen
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane,coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.


#1. The Authors
I have not made it a secret over the years that I love Jodi Meadows and everything she writes. Incarnate was one of the first ARCs I ever read, and I absolutely fell in love with the story, even when it made my heart hurt. Which happened a lot. The Orphan Queen was very different but still awesome. This? This is in a whole 'nother ball park but IT WORKS.  And Brodi Ashton? She brings the emotions too in her Everneath series. Cynthia Hand wrote the Unearthly series, which I'm sure you've heard about, plus a heart-wrenching book called The Last Time We Say Goodbye that I haven't been able to bring myself to read yet simply because I am not ready for the sobfest that will turn into. Clearly they are each amazing authors in their own right, but bring all of them together? IT BECOMES MAGIC. MAGIC, I TELL YOU.

À la fin + Giveaway (INTL)

5.07.2016
Well, would you look at that? I actually do remember I have a blog that exists.

I wanted to write a quick post as the semester comes to an end. When I finally started blogging again last year, I had every intention to continue it into the new school year, albeit at a slower posting rate. But it didn't happen, obviously. It wasn't my first year of college, but it was my first year at a big university like mine is, and let me tell you, 17 credits at this school is like 25 credits at my old one. I didn't have time to breathe, let alone read for fun, and I honestly don't know how other college students and people who are full time workers and full time moms at the same time can manage to keep a blog running.

5.23.2016

If You Had An Endless Bank Account {Bookish Edition, Part II}

Ages ago, I wrote a post about what bookish things I would buy if I had an endless bank account. Being in college, I can say that that is definitely NOT THE CASE. I'm nowhere near as broke as I could be, but every time I see adorable things on Etsy or Society6 that I want, I force myself to ask DO I REALLY NEED THIS? and then close the tab. But IT CAN BE FUN TO DREAM, CAN'T IT?

I thought I'd start off nice and easy. There's even one for The Raven Cycle!


They're actually almost $30, but we all know the devil that is Amazon makes our bank accounts SLIGHTLY happier. Anyway, I love Maggie. I love The Raven Cycle. I'm unfortunately NOT an artist, but I do love art. So it's logical, right? Except $30 is like almost a week of groceries and that's how I think of my money these days.

5.22.2016

Review: Burning Glass

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Published: March 1st, 2016 by Katherine Tegan Books
Source: Edelweiss
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
Kathryn Purdie certainly knows how to create and develop her characters. Sonya, an empath who is now being forced to live at the emperor's side and detect threats for him, is always flooded with the emotions of those around her. It can cloud her own thoughts and feelings. Anton, the prince, is a very complex character that I couldn't help but love. Valko, the emperor, is a pretty manipulative dude, but he's complex in his own way, too, even if I wanted to stab him the face a few times. And other unmentionable places. Purdie made each character and their actions feel very authentic. 

5.18.2016

Review: The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published: May 3rd, 2016 bY Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought (ebook)
Andie had it all planned out. 

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. 

And where’s the fun in that?

Okay. So. This was my first Morgan Matson book. (Cue the scandalous gasps, I know. I'M SORRY.) Honestly, it's only been in the last year and a half or so that I really got into contemporary and even then I feel like a lot of marketing has been dedicated to fantasy, and I love fantasy, so those are kind of the books I knew about. BUT NEVER FEAR. I HAVE DISCOVERED MORGAN MATSON AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK.

Okay, I have to talk about this first and get it out of the way: THE DOGS. You see all those dogs on the cover? YES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF DOGS IN THIS BOOK. Bertie, that big white fluffy dog? BASICALLY MY NEW GOD. He's adorable. He causes all sorts of trouble in the best ways possible, and I'm genuinely sad that he's not a real dog. And that I don't have a dog. Or a cat. But seriously, Bertie seems like the kind of dog I just want to hug forever. There's a moment where he gets into a bit of serious trouble, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. IT WAS STRESSFUL.

5.16.2016

Review: Summer of Sloane

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Published: May 3rd, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Bought (ebook)
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. 

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.


But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

Okay, so you look at this cover, and you read that description, and you have high hopes, right? I know I did. And for a lot of people, it sounds like those expectations were mostly met. On some levels, they were for me, too. I LOVE the setting. I mean, come on. Hawaii, right? What's not to love? Schneider does a fantastic job of giving off a tropical and summery vibe in her novel. Sloane was an awesome character who wasn't afraid to back down, and I loved that. Her relationship with her twin was cool, too. There are lots of things woven in like swimming and surfing and being afraid to do what you love, of being hurt by those who matter the most to you. It was all beautiful.

But. But. I found myself getting frustrated. A lot. Considering what Mick and Tyler had done to Sloane, that's not surprising. Of course it's frustrating. At one point Mick even calls Sloane selfish for ignoring all her texts and emails, and I wanted to scream. The hypocrisy! But it was in the last 10% or so that I really couldn't stand it anymore, and this time it wasn't related to her skeevy best friend and boyfriend. No, it was the dramatic miscommunications and misinterpretations that just wouldn't end between Sloane and Finn. It felt so over the top and ridiculous. Honestly, before that last 10% I think I would have given this 4 stars. I do, however, appreciate that everything with Tyler and Mick wasn't all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. It would have been incredibly unrealistic to me if Sloane got over everything that had happened in just three months.

5.11.2016

4 Reasons to Preorder My Lady Jane Immediately + Giveaway

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication: June 7th, 2016 by HarperTeen
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane,coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.


#1. The Authors
I have not made it a secret over the years that I love Jodi Meadows and everything she writes. Incarnate was one of the first ARCs I ever read, and I absolutely fell in love with the story, even when it made my heart hurt. Which happened a lot. The Orphan Queen was very different but still awesome. This? This is in a whole 'nother ball park but IT WORKS.  And Brodi Ashton? She brings the emotions too in her Everneath series. Cynthia Hand wrote the Unearthly series, which I'm sure you've heard about, plus a heart-wrenching book called The Last Time We Say Goodbye that I haven't been able to bring myself to read yet simply because I am not ready for the sobfest that will turn into. Clearly they are each amazing authors in their own right, but bring all of them together? IT BECOMES MAGIC. MAGIC, I TELL YOU.

5.07.2016

À la fin + Giveaway (INTL)

Well, would you look at that? I actually do remember I have a blog that exists.

I wanted to write a quick post as the semester comes to an end. When I finally started blogging again last year, I had every intention to continue it into the new school year, albeit at a slower posting rate. But it didn't happen, obviously. It wasn't my first year of college, but it was my first year at a big university like mine is, and let me tell you, 17 credits at this school is like 25 credits at my old one. I didn't have time to breathe, let alone read for fun, and I honestly don't know how other college students and people who are full time workers and full time moms at the same time can manage to keep a blog running.