Library Book Haul (1)


Did I need to go to the public library to check out more books? No.

Do I have plenty of books in my dorm? Yep.


A Painted House – John Grisham

A Painted House

This is the first book I picked up because my boyfriend recommended it to me. He is not a reader at all, so whenever he gives me a recommendation I pick it up wherever I can. I don’t know much about this book because I’ve never read a book by John Grisham. This is a murder mystery set in the 50s in Arkansas.

I don’t know if I’m going to like this book but I’m going to give it a chance.

 

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Yay continuing my reread of this series! I’m way further behind than I wanted to be with my reread, but I’ll catch up these this summer. I love this series and if you’ve been around for awhile, then you also know this. I love rereading this series. Enough said.

 

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Again, I’ve reread this but it was SUCH a long time ago. I saw this at the library and really wanted to read it again! I remember loving this book and decided to pick it up.


yay books from the library

Review: Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein

Title: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Release Date: October 21, 1994 – originally: 1818

Publisher: Dover Publications

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 166

Source: Foundations of the English Major Class

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

4 out of 5 stars


I read this for my Foundations of the English Major class and I was pleasantly surprised, but I still didn’t love it.

The synopsis of this book explains everything so I’m not going to go into detail, but I liked the framing of this story. It started off with letters from a captain of a ship to his sister and Frankenstein’s story is told by him in his letters. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of shocked when I found out how the letters connected with the story.

I don’t know if this was just me being clueless, but I thought the creature/monster was named Frankenstein. Nope. The man who creates the monster is Frankenstein and the monster doesn’t get named. This is apparently a big deal, should probably learn a little more about why that is before I write my essay over this book… ha.

This book took me forever to read. I read it when it was assigned, but it just went so slowly. There were so many words on each page in the edition I have and omg it was dragging on and on and on. I listened to an audiobook I found on YouTube while reading through it.

I annotated this and there’s honestly nothing better than flipping through an annotated book. #englishmajorlife It’s so cool seeing what you thought was important while going through it. Love it.

Yeah, I don’t want to talk a ton about this because I do have to write a paper on it (ugh why tho). I would recommend this, but only if you’re going to be talking about it in a class. It’s hella boring if you aren’t.

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) – Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 624

Source: TBR Shelf

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

5 out of 5 stars


Wow.

I don’t even know how to explain my love of this book other than rambling and going on tangents, so here we go!

This is the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, and everyone said these books were absolutely amazing, and I 100% agree. This book follows Feyre in the Night Court with Rhysand after she gets away from Tamlin and the Spring Court after what happens in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

If you haven’t read the first book you should refrain from continuing on reading this post because there will be hella spoilers coming up. If you haven’t read this book, same goes for you too.

Holy shit. Okay Rhysand and Feyre are the best couple of all time because they understand each other and love each other so much it’s painful sometimes. I love that Rhysand is so soft and kind while keeping up this hard-ass face because he has to protect his people of Velaris. I love that he loves her so much, and I love all of the banter and conversations they have.

The sexy times in this book had me shooketh. Ummmmmm. Yeah. So I don’t know how to explain this without getting too graphic, but the cabin scenes. Oh my lord. I literally had to stop reading when I had about 100 pages left because I was too overwhelmed by the sex scenes. This was much more sexual than the first book, but I think it was done in a way that wasn’t too much. There were lots of details that younger people should NOT be reading, but let me tell you. I love Rhysand and Feyre together.

I never thought I could be on board with enjoying reading about the politics of a world, but there was so much of it throughout this book. I didn’t even realize how much I enjoyed the political intrigue in books until this one. I love that all the characters have to be so careful with everything they say and manipulate other High Fae in order to get what they want. I love that they’re working for the greater good of Prythian and I’m living for it.

I love Mor, Cassian, and Azriel and cannot wait until the next books to find out what their deal is. I want Mor and Azriel to be together forever, and I think that Cassian and Nesta are going to be a thing. Oh yeah. I’m here for all of these romances because at some points of this book you could literally cut the sexual tension with a butter knife.

So much happened in this book I can’t even.

The ending. I was so shaken up by what happened. So Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Feyre just decide to go and attack this Cauldron thing. Okay, cool, but you do realize this is what apparently created this world. Right. Okay so they go to the castle in Hybern in order to destroy this so then everything can be happy and great, and of course Tamlin shows up.

Tangent. I literally almost punched myself in the face for while thinking about how I shipped Feyre and Tamlin at the beginning of this series. He locked her up in her own home just to “keep her safe.” Okay well she was going insane because she couldn’t use her powers that she had just been gifted from everyone. Helloooooo is that not concerning.

Anyway, Tamlin and Lucien are there working with the evil King of Hybern. Why did it surprise me? I knew they were going to come up again sometimes. They made this deal with the King that as long as Tamlin got Feyre back from Rhysand everything would be great for everyone, but wait. Tamlin sold out the entire land of Prythian in order to get this girl that doesn’t love him.

Then Nesta and Elain show up and then Tamlin feels bad. *anger* The King shoves them into the Cauldron and makes them into High Fae, then Lucien realizes that Elain is his mate. OF COURSE SHE IS. I have faith for Lucien because I don’t think he’s an awful guy, so I can be on board for that relationship. But Lucien has to break away from Tamlin in order for that to happen, so I think in the next book Lucien and Feyre are going to work together to get rid of Tamlin.

Another thing, Feyre had to pretend that she was terrified of Rhysand and all of her friends in order to save the entirety of the fae realm. I get that it’s the right thing to do, but she went with Tamlin. The emotions that I felt when the bond was being broken between Rhysand and Feyre actually hurt my heart. I felt like I was being ripped up just like them. And Rhysand played along. I’m sure that they talked about something like that happening, but oh my lord I just want them to be happy. So Rhysand is all broken up and sad and when he gets back to Velaris he explains that Feyre is going to destroy Tamlin from the inside out. So she’s going to be the spy and then I was fine. I NEED the next book.

Lucien is onto what Feyre is doing, but he can’t say anything because he’s already obsessed with Elain. Ugh so much drama. But I love the drama. I think I’m going to throw a fit if Feyre and Tamlin have sex in the next book because I think that will break Rhysand more than she thinks it will.

Okay. So that’s that. I need to read the next book now, but I also think that I need to take a break for a hot second so then I don’t get burnt out with the books. I LOVE THIS SERIES!

Series:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Review: The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5) – Renee Ahdieh


The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5) – Renee Ahdieh

The Crown & the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.5)

Title: The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 18

Source: Nook

Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.

3 out of 5 stars


This novella was so short, and I just wish that it was longer. I liked getting to see inside Khalid’s head because you never got his perspective at the beginning of the series. You saw his initial reaction to Sharzhad which was fun, but it also kind of broke my heart because I don’t want to see them not together.

Khalid is such a broken soul and Sharzhad helped him through one of the hardest times in his life, so seeing him before he knew here just made me sad :( I honestly don’t think this was a necessary novella because his perspective wasn’t really anything I would have thought unique. I knew that he was apprehensive about her at first. Of course he would be. He also thought she was beautiful right away which didn’t change throughout the story. So I don’t know.

I like being back in this world because this was a great series, but I don’t know if I would spend money on this novella like I did. It’s not really anything special. It was still good, but not anything special.

I only have one more novella and then I’m done with this series! Go me :) I’ll try and have the final review up soon!

Series:

The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 262

Source: Author

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!

3 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book with a subtitle
  • A book with career advice
  • A book with pictures

Huge thank you to Iain for sending me his book to read! Like I always say, being able to connect with authors is my favorite part about blogging.

Kitty Hawk is just a normal teenage girl, except she loves flying her plane instead of driving a car. She loves being able to take adventures and travel where she wants, so she decides to follow another passion of hers and learn more about her favorite animal: the humpback whale. She decides to fly to Alaska to stay with her best friend’s family and research whales in the ocean and in inlets while flying her plane. Her adventurous summer of whale watching turns into a crazy adventure with gold smugglers after she finds herself in a sticky situation with some brothers and a cooler full of gold.

Starting off, this book was pretty slow for me. I didn’t really understand why she was going to watch whales and the title was about gold, so right away my interest wasn’t peaked. I would have enjoyed this book much more if she would have gotten involved with the Yukon Gold earlier in the story. It took half the book to even be introduced to the characters she would soon become friends with. After she had met the guys and had started the real adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The second half of this book held my attention, and I’m excited to read the next book of this series.

Kitty was a cool main character to read about, and I liked the relationships she had with the brothers. I wanted her and Charlie to be a thing, so I can hope in the books to come. It’s my prediction that Charlie will insist upon going around the world with her, but all I can do is hope ;). Although it took me quite a long time to read this book, I am excited to read the series. I love adventure books, and don’t get a lot of them in my everyday reading life!

Thank you Iain Reading!

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4)

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)

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Lady Midnight Release!


THE RELEASE IS TOMORROW! I have been waiting for this for so long, and I am so excited to start this book tomorrow!! Now, I am going to try and finish Lady Midnight before the 13th because that’s when I get to go and meet Cassandra Clare at her signing. I would love to have it done by then, and I think I’m going to try and make a short video about the trip as well. You guys. I am so fricking excited. I totally get that ARCs are cool and all, but there really isn’t anything better than starting a book on the actual release date. This is a super short post, but I just wanted to tell/remind people that it does come out tomorrow, so order it on your e-readers or stop into a bookstore and pick up a copy!

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Excitement


Do you ever just get randomly super fangirly and giddy because of your excitement for something? Oh my gosh me too! Same. I get so excited for the most random things in my life, but here are just a few of the most exciting things happening in my life soon(ish).

  1. I have a show choir competition on Saturday (I’m in combo. I play tenor sax.)
    We leave at 4:30 a.m. We get back at 2:00 a.m. Well, it’s going to be a long day, but it will be a ton of fun.
  2. I have a dance audition for a special dance for recital on Sunday.
    We are only having 14 people this year… AHH!
  3. I have an audition for a dance scholarship for a summer intensive that I go to on the 20th!
    I have been going to this dance camp for 3 or 4 summers now, and last year I got $300 off my tuition for it. Crossing my fingers it will be the same, or more this time around!
  4. My boyfriend and I will have been dating for 2 years on the 26th!
    That’s a really long time, but it doesn’t feel like that long, but it also feels like we’ve been together forever. Yay for us! Thanks for putting up with me, Mark, if you’re reading this ;)
  5. LADY MIDNIGHT. I REPEAT. Lady Midnight is coming out in March!
    That is so soon oh my gosh more Cassandra Clare. Mm.
  6. I get to go to my first prom on May 7th!
    I have been asked before, but I wanted to go with my boyfriend for my first prom, and this is the year! I can’t wait to get dressed up and go to grand march!
  7. I get to go to Italy this summer!!!
    I’ve never been out of the country, and I get to go across an ocean the first time I do. My gosh I’m so fricking excited for this.
  8. I’ve been blogging every other day for this whole year so far.
    *pats self on back* This is a huge accomplishment for me, because I was really inconsistent previously. I either posted everyday for a week, or once a month… Very happy I’m keeping up with this!

These are just some of the things I’m excited for that are coming up! What do you get excited about?

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