Everless by Sara Holland

My rating: ★★★1/2☆

“The old woman sits framed by the light of the window, looking out over Everless’s snow-covered lawn—she’s tall, elegant, but bloodless somehow. Her skin is dull and thin with age, and her hair long, once black and now white as bone. Her eyes are the color of weak and watery tea.”

Although from the synopsis this story seems to begin like many other YA books in the fantasy genre, the ending makes up for a slower beginning. Set in a land where the saying “time is money” is literally true, it slowly builds a world and mythology, which truly sets it apart. I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book, and I found myself pulling an all-nighter to finish it, which speaks to how good the ending was!

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Warcross by Marie Lu

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My rating: ★★★★☆

Fun fact: I’ve had this review written since this past fall, but I forgot to post it, so here it is!

“Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it’s a revolution. But for me and millions of other, it’s the only foolproof way to forget our troubles.”

This was so much fun to read, which is why it got such a high rating. The plot is fast paced and clever. The world is unique and the inclusion of Asian characters and it’s setting in Tokyo helped it stand out from other YA. I did have some issues with the writing style, though, and there are many cliche’s present in terms of the love interest, chosen one troupe, Emika’s tattoo/life philosophy, and her manic artistic father.

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An Overview of AP Lit: #it’sLit!

In which I do a brief review of all the books I read in my AP Literature and Composition class this past fall. This is going to be fast and loose because I’ve already written enough about these books to last a lifetime. Generally I actually enjoyed them all; even if I did not like the actual reading experience, they were really interesting to talk about. Also for those who want to take AP Lit, it’s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be at least in my experience. Also it is a nice AP class because the teacher doesn’t really have to teach to the test.

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ARC Giveaway!

Hey Guys,

This past month I’ve received quite a few ARCs that I probably will not get to reading. They all are coming out soon and in hopes of sharing the books with people who actually want to read them, I’m doing my first giveaway ever. It will be open until November 15th, 2017 at 12pm.

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

6a010536b33b69970b01a3fcbc5a63970b-320wi.pngMy rating: ★★★1/2☆

“Sonny, don’t you tell me what’s worth while—true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that.”

The meta framing of this book is clearly the highlight. There are so many self aware and satirical moments that were done really well, which is why it gets such a high rating. That said, I don’t think I actually enjoyed the actually story that much. Cliché fantasy tropes are used to make a point but didn’t actually make for a super enjoyable story. I finished it, though, which means it was still fairly interesting.

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How to Get Arcs for non-reviewers

As someone who is not a super popular reviewer, I’ve always had a hard time requesting books I actually want from publishers, and Netgalley rarely approves my requests, yet I’ve gotten quite a large collections of ARCs over the years and I thought it would be fun to share how. ARC, by the way, means Advance Reader Copy. They are a marketing tool to create hype for the book, so usually they are not given to the average reader. In recent years though, ARCs have gotten into more reader hands, especially because publishes have acknowledged the value of book bloggers and booktubers. Even more recently they have become very valuable for collectors in the same way that first additions of Harry Potter are valuable. The only catch is that they cannot be sold, so while you technically can find them on Ebay for absurd prices, it is not a legal way and will not be included on this list.

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A-Z About Me Tag

So I was tagged by Alyssa @bookhuntressworld to do this tag a while ago and I just decided to do it so ya’ll could get to know me a little bit better

A – Age: 17

B – Books you are reading: Loooooooliiitaaaaaaa for school right now 😦

C – Chore you hate: Walking the dog when it rains or it’s super cold

D – Dessert you love: Ooh, this is hard because I have a huge sweet tooth. Key Lime pie is up there, but also feed me anything with chocolate and I’m yours.

E – Essential start to your day: Washing my face with super cold water

F – Favorite author/book: MAGGIE STIEFVATER!! NEIL GAIMON!!! VICTORIA SCHWAB!! I CAN’T CHOOSE!! I HAVE SO MANY

G – Gold or silver? Silver all the way

H – Height: 5’6″ on a good day

I – Instrument you play: My sucky voice! Also I spent six horrible years learning to play the piano, which was a total waste!

J – Job title: Student

K – Kids: 0

L – Living arrangements: I live with mi familia

M – Most overused word in your vocabulary: Right now I’ve lowkey gotten into a bad habit of saying “lowkey.”

N – Nicknames: Chi, but don’t call me that

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in the hospital overnight

P – Pet peeve: When people talk too slow. I don’t know why but it makes me super anxious! My bookish pet peeve is when people doggy ear the pages. You have no excuse; literally anything can be a bookmark!

Q – Quote you like: I have a ton of them, but the most relatable one right now is:

“I feel ill,” he announced. “I’m going to bed, where I may die.”

-Howl in Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

R – Right or left handed: Leftie! #leftiesarethebesties

S – Siblings?  two half siblings

T – Time you woke up today: 8 am

U – Unique thing about you: Not to brag (but also, yes, to brag becasue I just got it back), but I got a perfect ACT score.

V – Vegetable you love: Bok Choi

W – Worst habit: Forgetting to take my medicine

X – X-rays you’ve had: A lot

Y – Yummy food you make: Onigiri

Z – Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

I’m tagging anyone who sees this post!