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Update & Writing

So I’ve been MIA for a while. Clearly. I’ve been thinking on what exactly I want to do on this blog. Should I focus mainly on books and reviews or should I widen my horizons and add in some other things as well? I’ve decided, it’s my blog and I might as well add in whatever I’d like. There will still be book reviews, but also bits of my writing since I am a writer and I’ve been working on it recently. This past year, I took a Creative Writing class which really motivated me to work on writing a lot more than I usually do. You’ll see some poetry and some short stories as well.

I’ve also decided to write more analysis on the books I’m reading, you might see more in depth posts on different tropes in literature, character analysis (those are actually a lot of fun to do). There’s a lot of discussions I want to hold on problematic and harmful tropes to a story as well as my perspective on diversity in literature. I also want to include my input on representation in literature, specifically on South Asian, Muslim and asexual representation (since I’m all of those things).

So overall, I have not given up on this blog and you will be seeing more posts in the future and I promise they will be more frequent. What should you expect from this blog as whole? Book reviews, T.V. show reviews, some writing and poetry and some other things sprinkled into the mix as well. 🙂

-Saowbia 🙂

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Monthly Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up 2017

Another month, another reading month gone downhill. I only read 3 books this month which is the least I’ve actually ever read in a month this year. I’m taking reading much slower and not reading as much which is working out a lot better for me. 🙂 Two of the books I read this month, I really loved and the other I hated, unsurprisingly. 😉

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Rankings (Least Favorite to Most Favorite):

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) By Sarah J. Maas

Allegedly By Tiffany D. Jackson

Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehesi Coates

Reviews This Month:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) By Sarah J. Maas

 

 

Book Reviews

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas

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Published: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Source: Local Library

Format: Hardcover

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance

Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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Quick sidenote: I would reccomend watching Marines at mynameismarines review on ACOTAR, it’s very well said and far more eloquent than I could ever be. Link is here.

Review:

This review had vague spoilers, proceed with caution. 

So if you couldn’t tell, I did not like this book. What a surprise. Going into this book, I knew that I wasn’t going to like it, it really isn’t the type of story I’m interested in. But since there is so much hype surrounding this book, I went into it as somewhat of a joke, seeing how long I could last. I finished the entirety of this book and it took forever by the way. I know Sarah J. Maas’ books are not for me but I can still see why so many people like it. But the result is that this has to be one of the worst books I’ve ever read. And I don’t usually say that about books. In the end, I thought this book was so bad and cringe worthy, it’s honestly pretty laughable.

The writing style of a book normally doesn’t bother me, but this one drove me crazy. I have read the first two books in her Throne of Glass series and didn’t have any issues with the writing, but at the time I wasn’t as critical of a reader as I am now. The ellipses was what drove the nail into the coffin. Why are there so many? How does it add to the story? “So much food– such salvation.” “You aren’t what I expected– for a human.” “The drums turned faster– louder.” I could literally turn to any page and point out a useless ellipse on the page. I mean, how does the audio book narrator even narrate this book? Do they just pause at an ellipse? That would sound like the slowest audio book ever. I’m actually tempted to listen to parts of the audio book just to see if it’s true. This book is filled with useless pauses and most of them don’t even make any sense at all.

Besides the ellipses, Sarah J. Maas writes the most conventional, cheesiest and cringe worthy lines ever. Her books are filled with the classic YA tropes, describing every single person’s skin color as tan or pale (no other skin color exists, apparently), having stupidly long descriptions of eyes (he can’t just have green eyes, he must have smoldering green eyes) and apparently every single character has flawless skin and is a Greek god/goddess.

The plot of this book was flimsy and predictable. In fact, nothing substantial happens for over half of the book. Majority of the action and climax all occur at the very end. Not to mention, I found the challenge or riddle given to Feyre to be a cheap cop-out. It was so blatantly obvious and cliche. The Beauty and the Beast elements was just meh and I honestly didn’t care much for it. I don’t have much else to say except that the book is not worth reading for the plot or much of anything for that matter.

Feyre is a huntress and while reading the first half of the book, all I could think is Katniss Everdeen. The only difference is Katniss has far more common sense. A successful huntress should be clever, while Feyre was a bumbling mess. Even with her immediate distrust of Tamlin and Lucian, it didn’t take much to trust them and fall in love. But that is how most YA/NA fantasy work sadly.  Of course, I can’t go without mentioning her sheer stupidity at not listening to what anyone tells her and going straight into danger. She reminds me of stupid white people in horror movies. Besides Feyre, there’s Lucian who at first I thought was an utter asshole, but considering he has the most common sense, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Tamlin is your quintessential, tortured soul–scratch that every character in here has a tragic backstory. (Oh look, I used an ellipse) He’s brooding, territorial and utterly boring. SPOILERS: Not to mention, his abusive tendencies sprouted from the very first book. When ACOTAR first came out, not many people noticed Tamlin’s abuse. The scene where he assaulted Feyre and she immediately forgave him was disgusting. In fact, when Tamlin apologizes, the actual apology isn’t even shown in context. It was just brushed aside. Bottom line is that Tamlin was abusive, controlling and territorial towards Feyre from the very beginning.

Now comes Rhysand (Rhys), the character everyone seems to love but I hate. I kind of understand why, he’s the more charming one and seems to care about Feyre. There were even instances where I though that Rhys did seem like the better one for Feyre. However, forcing Feyre to do sexual dances, forcibly kissing her and making misogynistic comments about having sex with Feyre made me hate him. How exactly is he better than Tamlin? He might have been doing this all for show, but the least he could have done was apologize. Part of Feyre’s trauma and PTSD could come from how Rhysand treated her and that is not the foundation of a healthy relationship. I cannot condone his behavior nor the start of a relationship with Feyre.

Overall, A Court of Thorns and Roses has a horrible writing style, a flimsy plot, idiotic controlling characters and it was an all around bad reading experience. I did have fun writing this review, so I guess that counts for something. I would say I’m absolutely not interested in reading the next book, but I kind of am? Many people say it’s a huge improvement and the series gets better. But I really just want to read it to analyze Tamlin’s abuse, Feyre’s PTSD and Rhys’ behavior. If you couldn’t tell, I’m somewhat of a masochistic reader. I hope you found some enjoyment out of reading this review. Please don’t come at me for not liking this book, it is simply my opinion. 🙂

Rating: 1.25/5

Book Reviews

Review: The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern

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Published: September 13th 2011 by Random House Audio

Source: Overdrive Audiobook Library

Format: Audiobook

Audiobook Length: 13:40:10

Genre: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism, Romance

Synopsis: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Spoiler Free Review:

The amount of hype this book has is insane. I finally caved and decided to listen to the audiobook of The Night Circus which was very fitting at the time. It was the perfect story to escape and get lost in. Though I didn’t outright love this story, like many others, I still really enjoyed the ride this story took me on.

The audiobook experience was really what made me continue this story. I actually tried to read the physical book, but I couldn’t seem to get into it. Jim Dale’s voice is entrancing, dream like and has a similar vibe as The Raven Cycle audiobooks which are narrated by Will Patton. Erin Morgenstern’s writing style is very atmospheric and flowery and she spends a lot of the time describing the scenery and the lush environment of the circus. It’s definitely not for everyone and if it wasn’t for the audiobook, I probably would give up on this book. In this case, I loved the descriptions because it was easy to imagine the circus and each of the scenes. It was like listening to a movie, playing out in my mind.

On top of the descriptive writing style, the plot is very slow paced. I usually like slower paced stories better, but it was bothering me towards the middle. On top of the pacing, there are huge amounts of time skips and it becomes extremely confusing. There was a point where I had no idea what was going on in terms of the plot. It all connects and makes sense towards the end, but the time skips were so irregular and confusing that it took away from my enjoyment.

The actual duel was completely different than what I was expecting. I waited the entirety of the book for an intense, magical duel, similar to ones in Avatar or Legend of Korra. What I got was pretty disappointing, but it does make sense for a slow burn story. Celia and Marco are the star crossed lovers who must compete with each other in a magical duel. To be honest, I didn’t care much for their story lines. Individually, Celia was devoted and observant, Marco was charming and scholarly. I could feel the chemistry between the two characters, but I didn’t feel it., if that makes any sense. Their love story didn’t entrance me, they were very much the average star crossed lovers. I don’t know if it’s my inability to ship heterosexual relationships easily, or relationships in general. (Probably) That being said, the romance was definitely there, but the story didn’t just revolve around their love story which I appreciated.

The side characters were far more interesting to me. Poppet and Widget were adorable and hilarious with their cute kittens. I had a lot more fun reading about Bailey’s adventures with the twins than Celia and Marco’s chapters. Also, Jim Dale does an amazing Scottish accent. By the end of the book, I realized I would have liked the story a lot more  if it revolved around Tsukiko who was the most interesting character. I would love to read a spinoff about her story.

Overall, The Night Circus was the perfect entrancing story to get me out of the reading slump I was in. I found the best parts to be the audiobook experience and the side characters. This book is not for everyone but if you’re looking for a story to get lost in, if you like The Raven Cycle By Maggie Stiefvater, if you like slow paced stories and magical realism, I would recommend The Night Circus. 

Rating: 3.25/5

Monthly Wrap Ups

April Wrap Up 2017

April was a month of I honestly don’t know what. I just wasn’t in the mood to read a physical book. I got into an audiobook kick so that’s what I listened for most of the month. The thing is, it takes me a really long time to finish audiobooks so I only read 4 books this month. But that’s okay because I’m back into reading for May. 🙂

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Rankings (Least Favorite to Most Favorite):

See No Color By Shannon Gibney

The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern

Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood & Accidental Fame By Mara Wilson

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Reviews This Month:

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern

Book Reviews

Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Published: March 7th 2017 by Clarion Books

Source: Local Library

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 452

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Family Dynamics

Synopsis: The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

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Spoiler Free Review: 

If you’ve read Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets the Universe, you may know how beautiful Benjamin Alire Sáenz stories are. This story is no exception. I don’t consider myself as someone who cries over books. I can fangirl and my heart can fell heavy and feels like it’s being torn out, but I don’t ever cry. I can only think of two other books that have made me cry, Black Beauty and The Honest Truth By Dan Gemeinhart. I think that if a book can have that much emotion out of me, it is definitely a good one.

Sáenz’s writing is very similar to some free verse poetry I’ve read. It’s very simplistic but has the same nostalgic, out of this world tone to it. It’s a little difficult to explain, but his writing is one of my favorite types of styles I’ve read from. Here is a line from the book:

“Life had its seasons, and the season of letting go would always come, but there was something very beautiful in that, in the letting go. Leaves were always graceful as they floated away from the tree.”

So like Ari & Dante, there isn’t an actual substantial plot to this story. Really it’s Salvador going through the trials and tribulations of life, along with his friends and family. The story is also very slow paced and there are chapters where nothing important happens. Normally, this would bother me but when it comes to Sáenz, I love his slow burning, character driven stories. There was also quite a bit of character deaths in this book, more than I expected. One of the most significant elements is the grief and moving past a loved ones death.

As always, the character truly made the story great. Sal was a mixture of both Ari and Dante. He had some of the anger that Ari had and a lot of the sweetness Dante has. His behavior was very naive and childlike, but it was actually more endearing than annoying. I mean the dude refused to say the f and b word. Which is relatable since I feel the same way. I didn’t like Sam at first because she talked down to Sal and it seemed like she was manipulating him. Her character development was done really well so she did make up for her earlier behavior. Fito was a total complete Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle. His backstory and personality was so similar to Adam’s that I immediately loved him. I wonder if Benjamin Alire Sáenz read The Raven Cycle.

Hands down, my favorite character was Sal’s dad, Vicente. Out of all the parental figures I’ve read about in books, he is by far my favorite. This is not an understatement, trust me. Vicente truly teaches Sal what it’s like to be a man. There isn’t any stereotypes on how hunting will “make you become a man.” It’s shown through compassion and kindness for your lived ones. He values Sal’s opinion and actually holds meaningful conversations with him. He isn’t just a father figure to Sal but to Sam and Fito as well. He’s really a too pure for this world kind of guy and I can see why so many people were all over him. He truly is an amazing father and character.

My one issue with this book was the sexism and gender stereotypes that seemed to be pokes between the characters. There was a joke on how Sam didn’t throw like a girl as well as others. There were also some homophobic statements and stereotypes on gay people. Those were added for character development and showing Sal’s own ignorance. However, the sexism still rubbed me the wrong way and I really wish it wasn’t included.

Overall, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is another beautiful story written by an amazing author. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Rating: 4/5

T.V. Shows

Predictions & Theories: The Flash Season 3 Ep. 19

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So I actually planned on doing an entire Season 3 Review, but since I have a lot of theories on this week’s episode, I need a place to let my feelings out. This will be more of a theories/predictions rather than a review, but I will have an overall season review coming when Season 3 ends. Also, this will have MAJOR SPOILERS for Episode 19, so if you haven’t watched it, I would strongly suggest you do. Otherwise, you can read my nerding out below. 🙂

SPOILERS:

So Episode 19 was all about Barry going to the future and try and find a solution to beat Savitar before he kills Iris. Caitlin has become Killer Frost, things have gone sh*t. The episode was pretty gloomy and sad, but it did get intense towards the end. Barry returns with a lead and the goal is to find Caitlin/Killer Frost before she teams after Savitar. Little do they know, Savitar has already found her. The episode ends with Savitar wanting Caitlin to accept herself as Killer Frost and to show his trust he reveals himself. Now there was apart of me that actually thought Savitar’s true identity would be revealed, but that wouldn’t work. If they’ve been teasing us for a while, why not tease us a a little more. The episode ends with barely a glimpse of a human coming out of the suit. Caitlin widens her eyes and immediately trusts him. Now the question is, who is the person Caitlin would trust immediately? Who is Savitar?

The rest will be a bunch of theories and ideas. So my first thought was Savitar is totally Ronnie (which I’m sure everyone believed). But then after some consideration and looking through other people’s predictions and thoughts, I came to the conclusion that it couldn’t be true. I can totally understand why some people might say it could be Ronnie. In season 1, Ronnie sacrificed himself and supposedly ended up dying in the wormhole. But what if he survived and ended up in the speed force. But why would he want revenge on Barry and want to kill Iris? Also, in the future, who Wally saw as Savitar traumatized him and he doesn’t know Ronnie. Also I feel like that the writers want us to think Savitar is Ronnie.

Another prediction is Cisco being Savitar. Cisco definitely has the motive and is someone Caitlin would trust. But Cisco isn’t a speedster so I’m not sure how that would work. My main prediction is Barry himself. When Savitar said to Barry “I am your greatest enemy”, the implication was that Barry’s greatest enemy is himself. My sister actually had the prediction that Barry could be from another Earth and in that Earth, Iris ended up dying. Barry’s twisted idea of revenge is to go to all of the Earths and kill Iris so the other Barrys can feel his pain and anguish. Or Barry is the time remnant that he made in the Season 2 finale and he’s somehow after Barry. Another theory is that it is Barry from the original timeline and he’s come after Barry. Or since Savitar is from the future, Future Barry is Savitar from when he went missing when he went after Reverse Flash. I also saw a theory that what if Savitar showed himself to Caitlin as the person she is most closest to which in this case is Ronnie. Somehow, Savitar is able to morph himself into whomever the person is closest to. Which means whoever Wally saw as Savitar must be himself because it traumatized him so badly. This theory is really interesting and the one I agree with the most. The question is who truly is Savitar?

So here are all of the theories, some are mine and some I’ve seen on Twitter or Tumblr. I’m really excited and dying to know what happens next in The Flash. Let me know some of your theories in the comments!

T.V. Shows

Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 (Ep.1-10)

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Season 2

Episodes 1-10

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) Review

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) Review


Spoiler Free Section: 

If you’ve watched my reviews for the Mortal Instruments series, you would know I am not a fan of it. I have a multitude of issues with it which I do go in more depth in my reviews if you like reading rants. So why would I even bother watching the show? I could say one word: MALEC. But also because I see so much more potential in the show to remedy some of the flaws I’ve seen in the books. Also, there are a lot more POC as well so that’s of course a plus. 


The first season of Shadowhunters was obviously terribly cringe worthy and all around cheesy. But I was honestly impressed with how much improvement there’s been in Season 2. There’s been little to no cheesy dialogue, the pacing did suck for the first few episodes, but that improved as well. Also, in my opinion, I genuinely like where the story is going and there’s a lot of conflicts that I hated in the books that’s been improved. Is there room for improvement? Always. But in general, I really liked this half of the season and I’m excited to see what 2B holds. 


Spoiler Section:

PLOT: So I’m going to be honest, I don’t pay nearly as much attention to the plot as I do the characters. Basically, the season begins with Jace being with Valentine and Clary and crew are trying to find him before the Clave does. I wasn’t too interested in this aspect of the plot. I never liked Jace so you can see why (nothing against Dom Sherwood, he’s great). Jocelyn, Clary’s mom ends up dying, which was a total surprise. I guess they didn’t really have a use for her but she really didn’t need to be killed off. I think her death might be a plot point later on. Also, the whole thing with Simon and his mom wasn’t really handled realistically either. His mom seemed to accept of Simon so easily, I mean if it was my mom she would demand answers out of me for disappearing for so long. Not to mention call the police to come and find me.


Izzy ends up addicted to yin-fen which was an interesting character arc. I don’t think Raphael should have been brought into it, since their relationship was extremely unhealthy. Then of course we get to Valentine wanting to activate the Soul Sword which would ultimately destroy the entire Downworld. Clary has angel blood, Jace thinks he has demon blood and can destroy the Soul Sword, but he ends up activating because turns out he has angel blood as well. What a surprise. But what was really disappointing was when he activated the sword, only the Downworlders in the room died. It really undermined the power of the Sword. I mean, they could have activated the sword without any Downworlders in the room and no one would have to die. Right? Why go through all that trouble in the first place?


Also, the big “you’re not siblings” reveal happened, which was a pleasant surprise. Personally, I hated that whole aspect so I was glad they got rid of it pretty quick. In the books, it was super uncomfortable and felt like incest(even if it wasn’t). But I think the way it was revealed was underwhelming. Why would Valentine all of a sudden reveal that Jace and Clary aren’t siblings without an ulterior motive? I think there’s a lot more to it than was revealed. Episode 10 ends with a mysterious shadow walking off with the Soul Sword. Who could that be? I mean we’re all aware it’s Sebastian. Even if Sebastian was super creepy in the series, he was pretty interesting so I’m excited to see his introduction to the show. Overall, the plot started off a bit messy and all over the place, but it did improve and I am genuinely interested to see where it goes in the second half of the season.


CHARACTERS: Starting off with our main protagonist, Clary Fairchild. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I like T.V. show Clary so much better than book Clary. Book Clary annoyed me to no end, but this Clary is so much more mature. A lot of the girl drama and shallow attitude wasn’t present which I really appreciated. Also, Kat MacNamara is a total cinnamon roll and so sweet. Not to mention, Clary and Izzy’s relationship is one of the best aspects to the show. They took out a lot of the initial girl hate between the two in the books. I think you could take it as both platonic or maybe something more. I don’t care what’s supposed to be endgame, I will always ship Clizzy. 😉


Jace was actually a lot better in this season, in Season 1 he felt pretty bland and boring to me. This season, there was more of an internal struggle with his character. In addition, what I hated about the books, specifically City of Ashes was the way Jace treated Clary when they were “siblings.” The T.V. show took out a lot of the obnoxious attitude and petty drama. I especially loved the scene where he respected Clary and Simon’s moment and didn’t intrude. Also, the scene between Jace and Simon in episode 8 was too great. I ship them. You could say, this show has me shipping the “never to happen” non-canon ships. 


As for Malec, AKA the main reason a lot of people watch the show, I thought it was done really well. When they fought, (more so Alec being a dick) Magnus didn’t take his shit and they talked it out like a healthy couple. There was a lot of development for their relationship and they’re pretty much the power couple in Shadowhunters, let’s be real. Of course there was a lot of controversy surrounding the cut off sex scene. Which I definitely understand, since we had to out up with that extremely uncomfortable scene with Jace having sex with a Seelie which lasted a few excruciating minutes. Of course, there was barely anything of LGBT couple. It’s really unfair that so many Malec scenes are cut off or very short. Considering, they are the more popular ship, they should be getting more screen-time. They could be teasing us so we’ll see. The Malec scene at the end of episode 10 was my favorite and I probably watched it like 10 times.  


So that was an unnecessarily long review and I honestly was not expecting it to be this long. Overall, this first half of the season was mostly a success and I can’t wait to see what the next half of the season holds. 

Rating: 8/10

Monthly Wrap Ups

March Wrap Up 2017

So March was definitely the worse month so far this year. The reading slump hit me really hard. I really wasn’t in the mood to read which is totally fine, since we all have those moths. Nonetheless, I still read four books, which is still pretty good for a reading slump. Also, I barely reviewed any books this month because like I said, I was in a funk. Also, the pictures are all (except for Every Falling Star) from my bookstagram @everthereader.

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Rankings (Least Favorite to Most Favorite):

The You I’ve Never Known By Ellen Hopkins

The Sun Is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon

Every Falling Star By Sung Ju Lee & Susan McClleland

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

Reviews This Month:

The You I’ve Never Known By Ellen Hopkins

(I know there’s only one review listed here, but the others are coming soon, I promise!

Monthly Wrap Ups

February Wrap Up 2017

So February went by way too fast, but it was pretty good reading month and I ended up reading more than I did in January, despite it being a shorter month. But clearly the out of the ordinary is the norm for me. 

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Rankings (Least Favorite to Most Favorite):

Wires & Nerve (#1) By Marissa Meyer

Windwitch (Witchlands #2) By Susan Dennard

Don’t Let Him Know By Sandip Roy

Room By Emma Donoghue

Dreadnought (Nemesis #1) By April Daniels

Another Brooklyn By Jacqueline Woodson

Piecing Me Together By Renée Watson

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) By V.E. Schwab

Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult


Reviews This Month: 

Windwitch (Witchlands #2) By Susan Dennard

Dreadnought (Nemesis #1) By April Daniels

Piecing Me Together By Renée Watson

Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) By V.E. Schwab