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The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka[COMP ADV OF CHARLIE & MR WILLY][Paperback] - RoaldDahl

So far I only read the first book, which is willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. I didn't read the glass elevator one, but I will be next week. If I decide to do a update review, it wouldn't be until next year. I will probably just do a review for just this story.

I really enjoyed the first story it was just a funny cute little read and perfect for a readathon, the readathon I read it for was, #tistheseasonathon.

Favorite character like always are Charlie and his grandfather grandpa Joe. This is the first time I have ever read the book, I have watched the movie (the one with Johnny Depp,) so many times. I always love the different ways the naughty kids get their just reward. It was a book that I really needed for the Holiday season. 

Very disappointing read for me.

Shadow of The Fox - Julie Kagawa

When I heard about this book and finding out that there was going to be an assassin in it and a mysterious scroll(sorry if I spelled the word wrong,) in it. I thought it would be my type of book, boy even my friend that I was buddy reading it with, though I was going to love it. My friend didn't even finish it, and the only reason I didn't dnf it is because I was also reading it for a readathon I was participating in. 

My main problem was I think the author was trying to give you a lot of information at one time. The problem is that so much stuff was going on and my mind couldn't process it all. So I was very confused on what was going on.  I thought the characters were ok, my favorite character was Kage who was the assassin and also had a sword that had a demon inside of it. I forgot what the main girl character name was. She was an okay character, but not a favorite character. 

I did love the different places we got to visit and some of the characters we meet on the way.

After saying all of that, I do think I will try and read the second book, because I really loved how it ended. But I wouldn't have it on my must have books list.

 

Loved this book the second time around even more!!!

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

I read the series before but I will be rereading one book each month from the series, to see how I feel this time around. 

I really loved the characters so much more this time around, even though Dorian is still my favorite character in this book. I know that might be an unpopular opinion but I love characters that aren't perfect and I love guys who are considered "playboys," who really have a sensitive side. I really don't consider him a player at all, but I know some readers do. I also love his friendship with Celaena.

Celaena I still get mad at a lot, I really feel like she was just using Dorian, not the friendship part but the relationship part. I really liked Celaena and Chaol's relationship a lot more this time around. Last time I didn't care at all for there relationship and I didn't really care for Chaol. The first time around I just was like okay his just there, and the only thing I liked about him the first time around was his friendship with Dorian. I actually felt more of a chemistry between Dorian and him. Of course not in a sexual way, but as brothers. If they didn't think about themselves as brothers then, I wouldn't have minded them as a couple. But they definitely had a Bromance going on that is freaking awesome. 

I thought Celaena for being an assassin was pretty stupid at times. And I really wish she would have used that skill set more. I did like the ending but of course you could know what was going to happen. Even if it is your first time reading the book. 

Favorite scene was the library scene with her and Chaol. And when she wanted to read some books, and the note she sent someone, to get permission. And of course my absolute favorite part with the puppy. 

Favorite side characters Nox and Nehemiah, (sorry if I spelled her name wrong. )

 

 

A Cute short read.

Angel And Bavar  - Amy Wilson

So this is a retailing of beauty and the beast for 8 thur 12 year olds. Its definitely a different take on the beauty and the beast story that's for sure. If you're in a mood to be a kid for a day or 2 than you should read this book. The book is nothing earthshaking but I enjoy the plot. And I really loved both Angel and Bavar. Bavar is my favorite of the two, but I think that's because he doesn't want to do what he knows he needs to do, but his got that call in his veins. Angel is the one that wants to fight and if you read the book, you'll find out why Angel wants to fight and Bavar doesn't. I only gave it 3 1/2 *, because it was a little young for me, which of course is because I am way past the age group for this book. Also just because I wish a few things were better explained and I wanted to know how one certain thing tied up. But it was a fun read, had characters you could really root for. And there were some funny moments that had me totally cracking up. So I am glad I bought and read this cute little read. I started the book yesterday, I could have finished it the same day but I wanted it to last just a little bit longer. Which is exactly what a book should make you want to do. 

 

So far, my favorite book still.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

So I haven't read the series, in about 15 or 16 years, so I am doing a reread of the series. This month I am reading Goblet of fire and the order of the Phoenix. But now onto the review of my favorite book in the series. 

Boy it's been so long since I read this, that I forgot how much I freaking loved this book. I also forgot, so many freaking details. And I forgot how much I freaking loved this book. I swear the book just kept me on my toes, and I caught myself gasping at certain parts in the book, that I completely forgot happened. 

I think one of the reasons I love this one so much is for one reason, the 3 bestfriends, after this book, really starts to lose their innocence. And #2, Siras black and Rupin!!!!!

I am just so happy that I love the book even more than the first time I read it, so very long ago. I can't wait to continue on with the series, even though they get darker and darker. Which is a good thing Because that's the way it should go. 

Loved it and can't wait to read Muse of nightmares.

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would. I will say until I got use to the author's writing style, the book really dragged for me. But after that and some setting up of the story, the book took off for me. And once that happened, i couldn't and didn't even want to put the book down. 

I loved Lazlo and Saria a lot, Lazlo was definitely my favorite thou. I loved that he had a very active imagination and he loves to read books. I have to say I didn't see that ending happening, even though it shouldn't have really surprised me but it still did. I can't wait to see how everything ends, but I am also scared at the same time. 

Another reread that was even better than the first time around!!!!

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

Just like Scythe, illuminae is another book I wanted to reread before the New year begins. 

I just love the character of Kady what a badass she turns out to be in this book, I loved that she wasn't winne and she did thinks for herself and didn't need a man to save her. 

I really also loved Ezra as well, but I wish we got actually scenes with them together but I still loved the banter between them. And I loved the parts we get with Ezra.

Since this is a reread, I won't go really into review mood for this review here today. 

I will say I am definitely going to reread the other two books in the series, but unless I can find the time, than it will be sometime in the upcoming months. 

 

 

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. 

Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Arizona Bride by F. Rosanne Bittner, Rosanne Bittner
The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Not Even Bones (Untitled, #1) by Rebecca Schaeffer
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Wildcard by Marie Lu