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Better than the first time!!!

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Actually this one was a reread for me, to get me ready to start the next book.

The book is better than I remember it, and that makes me happy 

Why does that make me feel happy? Because I already know I loved it, but I forgot how much, until I read it again. I freaking love both Citra, and especially Rowan. My other review is up still, so I am not going to do another full review. I am so excited to start Thunder head, sometime before the middle of the month, so you'll find out what I feel about the book pretty soon. 

A very disappointing read.

Ink - Alice Broadway

I really don't know what to say about this book, I was really looking forward to it and it totally let me down. I really didn't like any of the characters, and I felt it took a really long time to get to the plot. I was so bored that I found myself skipping ahead, just so I could get to the end. And I didn't know it wasn't a standalone, so it surprised me, when just as it was starting to get interesting, the book was done. And I just have no desire to pick up the next book, to find out what happens next. I still think I might be being nice given the book 2 1/2 stars. 


A fantastic ending of the series.

A Conjuring of Light - Gustav Schwab

I really loved this book, it was definitely my favorite of the three books, with a gathering of shadows, being my least favorite. I definitely think AGOS, just suffered from dreaded second book syndrome. While this one took me on a journey from the very first page, until the very end. My favorite character was most definitely Rhy.i liked both Kell and Lily, but I don't know if I would have loved the book so much ,if there wasn't my baby Rhy in it. There were a couple of times I wasn't drawn into the story as much as I wanted or thought I would be. But not enough to make me want to give it a low rating. Or to throw the book across the room or anything dramatic as that.

One of my gripes is that I wish the end of the book was tied up a little bit better and I didn't like some of the relationships. I did love Rhy and his love interest. My favorite parts also was when they separated and they all had different things they had to face. 

Pretty good read, especially around Halloween.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

I have never read Frankenstein, but I still really enjoyed this book. I thought Elizabeth was an interesting character, I didn't hate her but I didn't think she was a really great person either. I didn't like some of the things she did in regards to Victor,but I understand why she acted the way she did. I didn't like Victor at all, to me I thought he wasn't as flush out as I would have wanted him to be. I can understand why the author made him this way, because Elizabeth was the main character and she wanted us the readers to be more drawn out, out of the two

 But I just wanted to feel his characters motivated a little bit more. 

I really loved the storyline, and I did go back and read about Victor's character in Frankenstein. And I liked how the author kept some of that Victor but also changed things about that Victor as well. 

One of the things I didn't like was the ending, I felt it needed to be just a little bit longer, the ending just felt a little rushed, and I wish I could have connected more with the other characters. But I still really enjoyed the read.

It was an alright read.

What the Woods Keep - Katya de Becerra

Really don't have much to say in regards to this book. I really didn't care for the characters so much. It wasn't the worst book in the world but it wasn't the best, it was just a ok book. I don't know what it was but I just didn't enjoy as much as I was anticipating. I can't even remember the characters names, and I don't really want to find the book, just to look up their names. I think it's because I read one of my absolute favorite books of the year before I finished this book, and that book was Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton. 

So just take my review at face value, and read it for yourself. I didn't like the ending of the book either, I don't know if there is going to be other books, or if this is a stand alone, but to me, the ending was left off in such away, that the story could be continued. 

Also I am going to try and review other books, that I have read and haven't gotten around to reviewing yet, or just forgot to review. So in the next day, and coming weeks, I am going to try and get all of them up on my blog.


Awesome End to a Fantastic Series.

Kingdom of Ash  - Sarah J. Maas

I still can't believe that this was the last book in the series. Some books I loved more than others, but it was one heck of a ride. What a journey for everyone, but especially for Chaol, Dorian, and Celeane/Aelin.

Don't want to go into spoilers, so I just want to say for me I loved the way it ended, how everything wrapped up. I still love Dorian the most, but Chaol, and Aedion, I feel in love with more in this book. 

This book made me laugh and cry, and I wouldn't change a minute of both of those emotions. I will miss my Aelin, Rowan, Chaol, and Dorian. But I am positive we will see them again someday, and I can't wait!!!!!

It was again one Hell of a ride, from the first book Throne of glass ,until the ending book, Kingdom of ash!!!! Thanks so much Sarah j maas, for the good, happy, parts of the entire series, and even for the sad parts, and the times, you even made me angry, or upset, and for all the tears. Because that's what a great writer, is suppose to make you feel.

Favorite books, Heir of fire, and Queen of shadows. Least favorite books, The Assassins blade, and Tower of Dawn.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 992 pages.

Kingdom of Ash  - Sarah J. Maas

Taking my sweet time with this heavy baby!!!!!

Still not a favorite from the series.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

So on my YouTube channel I am participating in a readalong called potterwatch. Each month we are reading a Harry Potter book and watching the film that goes with it. Last month we did the first book and first movie. So this month it's book 2 turn. I still have to watch the movie for the book.

So this is only my second time reading this book, I never reviewed it before, because at the time the book first came out, I just read books and didn't rate them. If I would have back then, it would have probably been only 3 1/2 stars, but on the reread, u really felt I liked it much more this time around. I love the flying car scenes, the ending scene with Harry and Dobby. Things I didn't like and annoyed me was any scenes with Lockhart, and any scenes with Heromine and Molly, falling for what he was trying to sell. Heromine is suppose to be so freaking smart, but falls for that shit. And at first Dobby gets on my freaking nerves, but of course I start to love my adorable little house elf. 

Really can't wait to read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the first time I read it, I would say it was my favorite book and movie as well. So I can't wait to see if any of the positions of my book love changes. 

I will tell you my least to favorite, which I told you already my favorite and least favorite. 

7. chamber of secrets. 

6.the Goblet of fire 

5. The sorcerer's stone 

4. Order of the Phoenix 

3. The half blood Prince 

2. The Deathly Hallows 

1. The prisoner of Azkaban. 

So there we go 

Not as good as the rest of the series.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas

I liked this book better than I thought I would considering I am not the biggest Chaol fan. Still not a big fan of his, but I like him more than before. I would have to say my favorite parts happened during the last 150 to 200 pages. I think the end was set up at a good point, for when we get to dive back into the final book, which I am super excited to see how everything winds up. I liked that we have a lot of armys to help the good side, fight the war. 

Don't really want to say anything else because of spoilers. 

Figured the big reveal from almost the beginning.

Damsel - Elana K. Arnold

The book was just okay, not the best book ever but I have read a lot worst, that's for sure. I figured out the big reveal if you can consider it, a big reveal. I really liked Ama a lot, but Emory and all the other guys in the book were all major assholes. They treated women like there only around to serve them in the bedroom. And Emory was very cruel, I just couldn't stand him at all. I liked the ending for one reason but don't want to mention why because of spoilers. I did like that the author didn't try to make Emory change, because it definitely wouldn't have even gotten one star, let what I gave it which like I mentioned was 3 stars.


Still loving this book, even if it wasn't my favorite of the series.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  - J.K. Rowling

I really loved my reread of this book, its the only book that I have ever reread. So from here out, it will be like I am reading the series for the first time because it's been along time, since I read the rest in the series, since around 16 or 17 years


Now I really love how Harry meet Ron, his family, Hagrid, etc. The first time I read it, was the first time I ever read a book for a younger age group. And this series, is what took me away from just reading romance novels. So its always going to have a very big part of my heart. 

I think this time around of rereading this book, it was my favorite time, next to what I can remember from my first time. I just love the characters so much, even the bad characters, I love to hate. I love that Harry has his scar, I love the scenes with the letters and the owls. I love Harry and Hagrid's first time meeting each other. I know Hagrid already knew Harry, but Harry was a lot baby then. 

I love remembering how much I thought Hermonie was a snobby and a know it all. And then realizing how wrong I was about her, later on in this book. I love how young and innocent, those 3 were in this book. I just love their friendship through the good, bad, and ugly parts. Loved the ending and how much Harry learned in his first year at Hogwarts!!!!! Had so much fun reread this book. And I can't wait to see if  I am going to love the rest of the books as much, less, or even more, if that's possible, after all my rereads are finished. I am reading a book a month, so I won't be finished with my rereads until March. So it's going to take a while, but I am so down for it.



Didn't love it as much as the first book, a darker shade of Magic.

A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

I didn't hate this book by any means, it just took me awhile to really get into the storyline. I will have to say that, it could have been just my mood at the time. I might do a reread of the whole series, sometime next year, and who knows, maybe the rating will change. But for right now, I have to go with this rating. 

I loved the Magic tournament in the book, kind of gave me a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire vibe. The characters I freaking love, especially Rhy, and Kell, and there relationship as brothers. The world building and Magic system is just plain awesome. I am also currently reading a conjuring of light, and that book, is giving me a whole lot of feelings. I still would recommend this series and this book, too readers that love this type of world, and have some awesome and amazing characters and a bad ass, female like Lila Bard. 

Was pretty bored, until the last half of the book.

The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson

I found myself, just not being able to get into the storyline. The last 100 to 150 pages is what saved the book from being a 2 star, or maybe even a dnf. I really love Rafe, and the other two main characters, I was so, so, with. I really love once the heroine realizes what is going on. I just found her very clueless and just pretty boring. Rafe was the saving Grace, his parts of the story is what kept me going. I also always knew whom the Prince was and the assassin was from there being scene. So I don't think I am going to finish this series. I am planning on reading the authors new series, in this world thou. I haven't read much in dance of thieves, but what I read so far, I am already loving more than what I did at the being if this book.

What a freaking rollercoaster of a ending!!! (For now. )

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

I know I said I thought this would be a 4 star read, that ending, just made me have to give it 5 stars. I am still in love with my King Dorian, and I am starting to fall for Rowan. I really don't want to say anything else. But I am so glad I am in love with Manon. Especially if her and Dorian get together, because my king, has to get with someone I love, and think would do him justice!!!!!

After that ending, I am excited, but scared to see how everything ends. And I decided I better read TOD, so I will know what is going on there. I also am glad that I read the assassins blade, or I would have really been lost, in regards to certain parts of this book. 

I probably won't get KOA, until a few days after its release, because I preordered it from Barnes and noble. Because I just had to get the special edition. 

Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 689 pages.

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

I am enjoying this book so far. My favorite things are Dorian and Rowan's scenes as well as, Dorian and Manon's scenes. I just still freaking adore Dorian, so much!!! And I am finally on the bandwagon of the Manon love. I didn't like her at all until the ending of QOS. It's weird that I am not a big fan of Aelin, but I really loved her when she was Celaena (I know I spelled her name wrong).

This is my first time reading this one. I read books 1 and 2 twice, and 3, and 4, once. So I don't know how I am going to feel about Chaol, once I get to Tower of dawn. Since I really didn't like Chaol that much, until QOS, towards the ending of course. I am hoping I will like him, but who really knows .

I really like I said, am enjoying this book, but I don't know if it's going to be a 5 star rating, like the rest of the series, especially 3 and 4. I still am super excited for Kingdom of ash, next month, to see how everything ends. But super scared that one of my favorites will die. I will be super sad if my Dorian or Manon dies. I also really love Aedion and Lysandra as well. I am not sure how I feel about Elide and Lorcan, as of yet.

I was already spoiled about how this book ends, but I don't know how everything came about, so I am still super excited to finish this book and move on to tower of dawn. 


One of my favorite books in this series!!!!!

Leverage in Death - J.D. Robb

I really thought the reason for the killings was just interesting because I know nothing about the topic.(All I can say about that without spoiling it.)

Ti will say that one trigger Warning would be abuse of Children, but more for the wife. Loved the ending and I was crying but it was a happy reason why I was crying 

I will say Eve and Roarke had a small fight and of course angry sexy. And that the candy thief made an appearance again. There was a really cute Eve and Belle scene,that had me gushing and laughing. 

I really think one of the reasons I love this series so much is because of the friendship as well as the different relationships in the book. And there was a part with Peabody that had me freaking laughing like a loon. 

The book makes you think, what would you do if you had to choose between your family or many other people dying? Could you choose to let your wife, child die? I think it would be a very hard thing to choose. I wouldn't want my spouse and child to die but I wouldn't want to kill innocent people either. Very hard because either way, even if you had no choice, you would be a killer. 

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