Mini Reviews: Sequel edition

Hey everyone! Today I’m bringing to you a trio of mini reviews. Since these are continuations of series, I won’t be posting the synopsis of the books. All three of these were emotional reads for me for different reasons and in different ways. So let’s get started!

The first book is Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is the sequel to Beautiful Creatures and oh boy. My poor baby Ethan had a really rough time during this book. This book was emotional for me because of the characters. Especially Ethan. I could truly feel his emotions like they were my own. Plus I love Lena, but OMG did she make me so mad this book. The way this book ended, I’m so excited to get to Beautiful Chaos.

Next is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. This has been a long time coming. I started this series when the first movie came out. I actually read Divergent and Insurgent twice and watched both movies, but for some reason I never finished the series. Well I corrected that last month. Why did no one warn me I would ugly cry?? I mean I knew what would happen, but not how and omg I cried so hard. Then the author had the nerve to deal me another emotional gut punch. Whyyy?? I literally just laid there after reading trying to get myself together.

Finally we have The Rose Society by Marie Lu. My recent finish and man was this darker than I was expecting. This is the sequel to The Young Elites, and that book had multiple moments where my feelings got all kinds of ways. Well this delivered on that and then some. Adelina’s gradual descent had me on edge the entire book, and the very last chapter had me like šŸ˜³ even after I closed the book. I literally just sat there for a few minutes to gather my thoughts. I can’t wait to pick up The Midnight Star.

This is why I love reading. Especially being a character driven person. I get so emotionally invested and it puts me into the story so much more. I can’t wait to see what the next book is that makes me feel this way. Happy reading everyone šŸ’š

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Backlist Readathon TBR

Hey everyone! Here today to bring you a readathon TBR. The Backlist Readathon starts today (3/9/2020) and ends Sunday 3/15/2020. It is hosted by a group of people over on booktube, and I will link one of their announcement videos here. There are six prompts to go along with this readathon, and their definition of backlist is anything published pre-2020. So what am I going to be reading? Let’s find out!

Read your shortest backlist title

Coming in at 247 pages!

Read a book on your backlist that intimidates you the most

Not necessarily the length of it. It intimidates me because I loved A Court of Mist and Fury so much, and I’m worried of how much I will like this

Read a backlist you added as a recommendation from someone else

The whole series was a recommendation from booktube lol

Read a backlist you are most excited for

I’m so excited to get back to Gatlin and of course I will have the audiobook as well because they are amazing šŸ’š

Read a diverse backlist title

SnowBaz šŸ’›

Read a backlist with blue on the cover

All that pretty blue around my boys šŸ˜Š

Are you participating in this? If so, what are you reading? If not, wish me luck especially with two thick books I’m attempting to read this week.

Happy reading šŸ’š

First Line Fridays 3/6/2020

Hey everyone! I’m back with another First Line Fridays, hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first!
  • Finally…..reveal the book.
  • There is an uneasiness that remains after your best friend tries to kill you.

    This book is….

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    Another series review

    Hey everyone! Today Iā€™m going to review the Another series written by siblings Daniel and Dina Nayeri. I came across this series at an old job of mine (well the first book that is) and decided to give it a chance. Boy am I glad I did. Just a heads up, there may be possible spoilers.

    First book: Another Faust

    On a single night, five children from cities across Europe vanish, only to reappear years later at an š„š±šœš„š®š¬š¢šÆšž New York holiday party with their strange but beautiful governess, Madame Vileroy. Rumor and intrigue follow the teenagers as they attend the exclusive Manhattan Marlowe School, where they rise to suspicious heights using the “gifts” given to them by their governess. Though it seems like simple fun at first, the five soon learn that their newfound talents are far more potent then they ever imagined- and far more addictive. Even as the side effects of pursuing their personal obsessions begin to show, these ambitious teens are intent on achieving their goals at any cost…until two of them uncover a secret even more shocking than their own most unforgivable sins.

    I read this one a year ago. It started of slow than gradually kept getting better. These five kids (from left to right: Christian, Victoria, Valentin, Belle, and her twin Bice) are all a mess in their own right. However, my sweet cinnamon rolls that are Bice and Christian make me happy. They were my faves throughout the entire story. Belle eventually got on my good side towards the end. She wasn’t necessarily a bad character, but her actions at times made me keep her at a distance.

    Victoria and Valentin…..I said it in my original review on Goodreads, I don’t think I’ve ever hated anyone as much as I hate Valentin. He started out as one of my cinnamon rolls, but as the story progressed and his “gift” got stronger, he got worse and worse. His mouth made me want to punch him in it. Yes I still feel that strongly about it. Victoria was never a favorite from the start. Her attitude was always bad from the first time we met her. She also gets worse as time progresses.

    Madame Vileroy. I can’t really describe her without giving too much a way because she plays a big part in this entire series.

    To me, this whole story is more about the characters than any plot really. Like there is an underlying plot going on, but it has to do with all six of the main characters so it’s best to pay attention. Plus I’m not familiar with the Faust story so any similarities went right past me.

    Second book: Another Pan

    Darkness continues to haunt Marlowe School. Wendy Darling, a headstrong junior, and her brother, John, a thirteen-year-old genius, struggle with being from the poorest family at the posh New York academy. Wendy’s new boyfriend, socialite golden-boy Connor Wirth, offers a solid step up in popularity, yet ambitious Wendy and John still find themselves longing for something more. When the mysterious and fabled Book of Gates appears at Marlowe along with Peter, a dashing new resident adviser, the Darlings are swept into a captivating world of “Lost Boys”, old-world secrets, and forbidden places. The book opens the door to a hidden labyrinthine underworld where Egyptian myths thought impossible become frighteningly real. Suddenly, Peter, Wendy, and John find themselves captive in the lair of an age-old darkness, trying to escape the clutches of an ancient and beautiful child-thief who refuses to let go.

    This one is my favorite of the series. I read this last summer I believe, and I absolutely love it. The synopsis seems to give things away, but it doesn’t really. Yes those things happen, but what comes before and after is just as important. This story has way plot in my opinion. They actually have something they are trying to figure out and whatnot. Man I just want to talk about this in full but I won’t lol I can do a spoiler review if anyone actually wants that.

    The Darlings are amazing. Especially their dad. He just loves his kids and his job, but of course dealing with teenagers is not easy. Wendy and John are typical siblings. I loved their relationship. Connor we met back in book 1. He’s the best friend of Thomas (remember the name) who dated Belle. That relationship caused some problems. I love how they made Peter an RA and his Lost Boys were the prep kids that lived on campus. Plus, nurses can be scary šŸ˜

    I forgot to mention earlier that each chapter starts (or ends in the case of this book) with either a scene or a letter or something that ties into the chapter. In the first book, we get glimpses of Vileroy. In this one we get “interludes” after each chapter, and it’s a characters thoughts or actions that tie into the character.

    Third book: Another Jekyll, Another Hyde

    When Thomas’s billionaire father marries French governess Nicola Vileroy, high society is all abuzz- but Thomas is just plain high. Ever since his girlfriend dumped him, he’s been spending less time with friends and more time getting wasted at clubs. As Thomas’s new designer drug-induced blackouts give way to a sinister voice inside his head, news of a vicious hate crime has students at the Marlowe School on edge. Thomas can’t escape the sickening realization that Madame Vileroy is far more sinister and powerful than your average wicked stepmother- and has made him a victim of a horrifying supernatural plan.

    This one you may have just recently seen because I finished it last month. Shortest book in the series yet it took me forever to get to it lol however I did manage to finish it all in one day. I could not put it down. By the synopsis alone you can tell that there is a trigger warning for drug abuse, both intentionally and unintentionally. Also there is violence in this book. To me this is the darkest of the trilogy.

    Remember when I said to remember the name Thomas? This is why. Poor baby Thomas has been through hell, and it only gets extremely worse in this book. In the first book, the things that happen to him seem minor in the grand scheme of that book. However, in this one, we see just how bad it affected him.

    Connor shows back up again and oh boy is he different. We also get call backs to both books 1&2. Not only character wise, but also plot wise. Vileroy is the absolute worse. You learn things about her past in each book, and all of those come to a head in the finale.

    The beginning of each chapter I can’t give away because it is a huge spoiler for the plot of this book. Plus I love how this book hurt in the best way possible. After I finished I felt satisfied with the conclusion of the series. Everything wrapped up nicely plot wise with all the connections between the series, but the stories themselves don’t really end all that happily. Feels way more real that way especially for this third one.

    WWW WEDNESDAY 3/4/2020

    Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

    What are you currently reading?

    Currently 200 pages in on The Rose Society. Currently a 3 star read, but maybe the last 100+ pages might bump that up. Also I was stressing out really bad last week about reading. So I put books down or sent them back to the library. Never even started Clockwork Prince or Passenger. I have been really wanting to read Ready Player One so it will be started either today or tomorrow.

    What have you recently finished?

    I haven’t finished a book since February 24. I have, however, DNFed an ARC. It was called Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony. I was pretty much confused by what I read plus it jumped from second person to third person each time the timeline shifted. It is a dual timeline perspective, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was about except politics and taxidermy (there is probably more but I didn’t make it through far enough to care tbh).

    What do you plan on reading next?

    March is going to be reread heavy due to a rereadathon happening in a book club I’m in on Facebook. It’s run by Jacqueline over at We Be Book’N. Here is where she talks about the book club. Here are a couple of books I plan on reading for that.

    Still continuing with my rereads of The School for Good and Evil series in lead up to the final book’s release in June. Plus I’m going to try and reread the entire Twilight Saga. I have three editions of this series plus the movie edition cover of Twilight as well as the gender flipped version of Twilight (yes I love it that much) so I have my pick of which version to read lol

    I’m also participating in Middle Grade March so I’m also planning to see how far into The Chronicles of Narnia series I can get. Also going to try and finish Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix this month. Fingers crossed I can manage. Wish me luck!!

    Happy reading everyone!!

    February Wrap Up 2020

    Hello everyone! February was a good reading month for me, even though I did hit a small slump the last week. I read a total of 11 books and only 1 of those was a reread. My ratings were as follows: 2 5-stars (1 was a reread), 6 4-stars, and 3 3-stars. Page-wise I read 3,443…another 3,000+ page reading month šŸ˜Š so let’s see what I read!

    4/5 stars (novella #1)

    4/5 stars (read in a single day)

    5/5 stars

    My review for this!

    Shatter Me 3/5 stars

    Destroy Me (included in this book) 4/5 stars (novella #2)

    My review for this two!

    4/5 stars

    3/4 stars

    3/5 stars (novella #3)

    4/5 stars and I’ve finally finished this series!

    4/5 stars and I love being back with Alex Cross

    5/5 stars (my lone reread)