I don’t read anymore…

Hello book lovers! It’s been a while since I did a wrap up/haul post and that’s because I have hardly read anything this year! In 3 months I’ve only read four books and I blame that on school/work. This school year has been the most difficult thing I’ve faced and with work on top of that, I have had no spare time! I haven’t stopped buying books though which I’m kicking myself for because my TBR just keeps on growing! HeLp.

Anyways, here is what I read in the first three months of 2018:

  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – 3/5
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – 5/5
  • Hamilton and Peggy by L.M. Elliott – 4/5
  • The Final Six by Alexandra Monir – 4/5

This wrap up is so sad; it’s like I don’t have any time to read anymore! Reviews for all of these can be found here on my blog if you want to read about why I gave them the ratings that I did!

Okay, so here is the most shameful part of this post…all the books that I have bought in the first three months of 2018:

  • The Shack
  • Where There is Love, There is God
  • Come by My Light
  • Roar
  • The Valiant
  • All but My Life
  • Lilac Girls
  • Unbroken
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Complete Little Women
  • The Complete Grimm’s Fairytales
  • The Giver Quartet
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairytales
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Stuart Little
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • A Little Princess
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Animal Farm
  • Persuasion
  • The Bone Season
  • The Mime Order
  • The Song Rising
  • Inkspell
  • Astronomy Photographer of the Year
  • Wildwood
  • Under Wildwood
  • Wildwood Imperium
  • Here So Far Away (ARC)
  • The Smoke Thieves (ARC)
  • Dark of the West (ARC)
  • Onyx and Ivory (ARC)
  • Contagion (ARC)
  • Sea Witch (ARC)
  • These Rebel Waves (ARC)

Uhhhhhh, oops? I didn’t even realize how many books I got already this year. I’m still laughing at the comparison between how many books I’ve read and how many I’ve bought…

What has been your favourite read of the year so far? Let me know in a comment!

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The final page is a cliffhanger (spoiler-free review)

Title – The Final Six

Author – Alexandra Monir

Rating – 4/5

Release Date – March 6th, 2018

Publisher – Harper Teen

Format – ARC from publisher

Earth has been ravaged by freak natural disasters and has been left on the brink of uninhabitable. The Final Six are Earth’s beacon of hope. Twenty four are chosen, but only six will make the trip to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, to colonize it. During her training, our main character Naomi discovers that there is more to Europa than she thinks and she enlists Leo to help her with exposing that.

The book starts off in Italy which was a great first impression because it isn’t a common setting in books (in my opinion). Right off the bat the reader gets a taste of what happened and is continuing to happen to Earth with Leo’s story. I really enjoy Leo’s character because he is so realistic and just a great person in general.

We’re introduced to Naomi as a science-nerd (#girlboss much?) which I totally clicked with. Naomi is so much more amazing than I am but she is such a great fictional character to look up to because she’s interested in STEM!

As you may know, family dynamic is lacking in YA, so Naomi’s connection with her family was something I really adored about this book. Most of the family scenes had me choked up since I was really able to empathize with her (since I also have a little brother).

One thins I didn’t quite enjoy was the romance. I have really mixed feelings on it: it was cute sometimes (super cheesy) but I felt like it was unnecessary and could have done more for the plot if it was written as a friendship.

The ending was such a cliffhanger and was definitely my favourite part of the book. I am eagerly anticipating the next book because I really love these characters and I cannot wait to see what happens to them next!

I highly recommend this book to sci-fi lovers, especially if you are trying to get into sci-fi. It’s a nice light read with enough substance to keep you flying through the pages so it would be good for sci-fi beginners as well as people who want to get out of a reading slump!

Have you picked this book up yet? Are you planning on picking it up? Let me know in a comment!

A revolutionary novel! (spoiler-free review)

Title – Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship

Author – L.M. Elliott

Rating – 4/5

Release Date – February 13th, 2018

Publisher – Katherine Tegen Books

Format – ARC from publisher

Hello book lovers! I am so happy yo finally have finished another book and be back on my blog! I will address my absence in my wrap up for January/February/March but, long story short, school and work consumed my life.

I am so happy to be reviewing this one for you all! Hamilton and Peggy follows the lesser-known story of the one and only Peggy Schuyler. Peggy feels like she is always pushed aside because of her beloved older sisters. When the war gets more chaotic Peggy finds herself using her talents to aid the Revolution and show everyone that she is just as intelligent as her sisters. Peggy also gets involved in helping a certain aide-de-camp win the heart of one of her sisters.

This book is truly amazing and needs to be read by everyone, especially fans of Hamilton the musical. I don’t know about you, but the musical left me wanting to know more about Peggy since she isn’t a huge part of it, but she is so interesting! This book totally fulfilled that want and it made me so happy to learn more about the amazing, intelligent, and witty Peggy!

I am so impressed by this book. I do not know much about American history so I appreciated how educational this book was, while also being so entertaining. There was a massive amount of research that went into the book as indicated by the extensive bibliography and afterword by the author which was fantastic!

I enjoyed this one because I love the time period that it takes place in. I really wish that I could have attended all the feasts and balls that Peggy did! I would have also loved wearing dresses all the time (even though I can do that now aha). I’m a huge fan of learning about history, so all of the information about politics and battles were so fascinating to me!

One thins I wish that would have been different about this book is that I wanted more of Hamilton and Peggy. We got a lot of them during the last quarter or so of the book, but I just wanted more. This was more of a me-problem though because what we did get is more than likely the most historically accurate.

I think that you should all pick this up and give it a read, but be super quick about picking it up if you enjoyed the Hamilton musical, history, and amazing women who want to change their place in society! I feel like this would be a book that anyone could enjoy!

Have you listened to the Hamilton musical? Are you planning on picking up Hamilton and Peggy? Let me know in a comment!

Best sci-fi of the year?! (spoiler-free review)

Title – Honor Among Thieves

Author – Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Rating – 5/5

Release Date – February 13th, 2018

Publisher – Katherine Tegen Books

Format – ARC from publisher

Earth was on the brink of ultimate self-destruction when an alien race called the Leviathan came and saved the planet and mankind as they knew it. Now humans work alongside (and inside) the Leviathan (which are living alien spaceships) though the Honors program. This program sends humans out to space with the Leviathan on a year-long Tour, after which some humans are chosen to venture out further into space with the Leviathan on the Journey…from which nobody has returned. Our main character Zara Cole questions the virtually unknown motives of the Leviathan, and she will stop at nothing to find out.

This book was amazing! The book starts off with an interview creating instant mystery about the Tour and the Journey. These sort of multi-media aspects were dispersed throughout the novel which held my interest and added a lot of intrigue to the story!

I feel like with a sci-fi there are endless possibilities and this book took advantage of very many of them. The different planets that we get to see because of the Tour was super interesting. All of the detail and potential of every aspect of the story was so addicting; I found it really hard to put down!

I am a very character-driven reader and that was checked off a million times during this novel. All of our characters were so realistic; they had a complete range of human emotions which I really appreciate when it comes to fictional books. I enjoyed and appreciated the other characters but I only have significant things to say about a few of them, so enjoy that!

Zara is our narrator and it was so easy to connect to her, not because I could relate, but because of how realistic she was. Zara is a known criminal, but not because she wants to be, but because she has to be to survive. Her back-story made me so emotional and made me feel so much for her (I just wanted to give the poor girl a hug). One thing about Zara that I did relate to is how she questions everything. I feel like this is a good trait for a character to have too because it’s a good way to reveal information!

Beatriz is pretty much our main character, she just isn’t our narrator. I really related to Bea (more than I ever do most characters). I ‘m not as intelligent as her, but I do love learning like she does. I mostly related to how worried about everything she is, but once in a while she does get a boost of confidence.

I adored how this book focused 99% on the friendship rather than the romance. There was only the tiniest hint of romance which is so refreshing since that is very hard to find in YA novels. Zara and Bea’s relationship made me so happy and Nadim’s human-like heart did too.

The ending of this was so unexpected, it gave me chills. I am so excited for the next book, it’s unreal!!

I really recommend this novel to everyone, sci-fi fan or not; it’s even out already so you can buy it now YAY!

Have you picked this one up yet? Have you read/started reading it yet? Let me know in a comment!

This Author’s Rising!! (spoiler-free book review)

Title – The Queen’s Rising

Author – Rebecca Ross

Rating – 5/5

Release Date – February 6th, 2018

Publisher – Harper Teen

Format – ARC from publisher

On her seventeenth summer solstice, Brienna wants her years as a passion to pay off; to be chosen by a patron and master her passion. Brienna struggled to choose a passion, and ended up as a passion of knowledge. She thought that since she didn’t have a natural passion , she wouldn’t have a patron either, did she think right? This is only the first part of the story; the second half has Brienna tied up in a revenge plot and nothing goes as expected, for everyone.

I adored this book. You know the feeling you get when you realize you’re reading a new favourite book? Yeah, this book gave me those feelings the whole time I was reading.

The beginning was a little slow, but in a good way. We were given the history of the world and its people in a very unique way, through Brienna’s learning as a passion of knowledge. This technique really worked well because it connects the reader to the world while also connecting them with the character.

I loved the Arden-sister’s dynamics; they were like family and they made me so happy. Merei was my favourite; everyone needs a friend like her, she’s so kind and caring.

This book added a book boyfriend to my endless list (surprise, surprise). Cartier is an angel, his backstory had me in tears, and he is so sweet (always wanting the best for the people he cares about). He’s perfect.

The friendships in this book made me so happy. Brienna and Merei and then Brienna and Yseult had the best and most caring friendships ever. I wish I had a best friend relationship like those two pairings; they made me so happy!

Speaking of Yseult, she low key reminds me of Aelin because of how bad-ass she is and how she’ll stop at nothing to protect her people.

I’m a huge sucker for royalty in books, and this book’s royal system was really refreshing. For once the Queen was valued way higher than the kind was; and so were the daughters. It was a really nice change. I’m also a sucker for political intrigue in books and this book was packed with that!

Jourdain, Luc, and Sean were some other characters I loved. These characters and their relationships just pulled at my heartstrings; other than Cartier I love them the most!

Brienna was so realistic and relatable. She was far from perfect, she wasn’t completely fearless, and she was a book lover! She is definitely a new favourite female character of mine.

I absolutely adored this book so much. It was action-packed, made me cry, had deceiving twists and turns, kept my interest (I was turning pages like a mad woman haha), and left me breathless. This book is high up there on my favoruites list with Sarah J. Maas’ books, which is saying a lot since that never happens!

This book would totally be a good slump read too because it was so addicting that I stayed up really late reading it which I never do because I always go to bed early!

If you like action-packed fantasy with amazing characters, royalty, and a richly written and developed world, then The Queen’s Rising is perfect for you!

Are you planning on reading The Queen’s Rising (I think you should)? Let me know in a comment!

The Hazy Wood?! (spoiler-free book review)

Title – The Hazel Wood

Author – Melissa Albert

Rating – 3/5

Release Date – January 30th, 2018

Publisher – Flatiron Books

Format – ARC from publisher

Alice and her mother have been on the run for years. On the run from the bad luck that they just cannot seem to escape. When something happens at the Hazel Wood and Alice and her mother catch word of it , the Hinterland comes hunting. Alice makes an alliance with someone that she never thought she would, and together they go to take back what the Hinterland stole from her.

The reason for the low rating was the beginning of this book. It was confusing, nothing happened, and it felt like it was trying way too hard to be creepy. The first half of the book read like a contemporary to me, which I did not like at all. I honestly thought it was going to be a 1-star read, until I got to page 120-ish.

Around page 120 the first “plot-twist” happened. It surprised me because at that point I had lost my expectations for the book. It was a nice surprise and turned the book completely around for me. It really picked up after this point and lived somewhat up to my original expectations for the book!

The fairytale aspect only played a part in the second half or so of the book which was really disappointing because, to me, there was not enough world-building to warrant needing to wait that long to fully introduce the Hinterland. The same thing goes for the creepiness aspect of the book; it took really long to be a part of the story which was unnecessary.

To be honest, I found it really hard to connect to the characters, which really sucked. I enjoyed them, but I just couldn’t put myself in their shoes. Finch was definitely my favourite character, but I couldn’t even feel for him. There wasn’t much character development until the end which was too late in my opinion.

The foreshadowing was a really big part of the story and I missed all of it. A really enjoyable part of this book was that it was so unpredictable and at the end it all came together.

I personally did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to, but I think that it has the potential for a lot of others to enjoy it. If you’re like me and you’re struggling to get through the first part of the book, keep reading, the end it worth it!

Are you planning on reading The Hazel Wood? Let me know in a comment!

The most unique Valentine’s Gift?! (+ giveaway!

We all have someone who we love; this Valentine’s Day what better way to show them that you love them than  Jord wood watch! To make it even more personal you can choose the option to make it an engraved wood watch with your special message to your loved one(s)! Stay tuned until the end of this post for a special giveaway to help you out with your Valentine’s wood watch or engraved wood watch gift!

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Each wood watch is sleek, lightweight (which is amazing since the watches are made with 100% wood), stylish, and modern. If you’d like, there is even a measuring tool that you can use to find the perfect size for yours or your loved one’s watch!

A Jord wood watch/engraved wood watch is the perfect gift. It is made to be a gift because you are given everything you need in the box to make it stand the test of time. In the package you will find care instructions, a cloth for the face of the watch, and finishing oil and a cloth to protect and maintain the beautiful wood of the wood watch!

Besides the practicality of the things that come with the watch, the natural engraved cedar wood box that it comes in is even more amazing. It is made with a little utility drawer (where I personally keep my finishing oil and cloth for the watch face) which is so handy! The box is a nice touch because it makes it so you can even store your watch in style!

If you need a watch recommendation, I would 110% recommend the one that I have! It is pictured in the various photos throughout this post but I’m going to let you know more about it!  I have the Frankie35 series watch in Dark Sandalwood and Slate (click here to see the wood watch that I have on Jord’s website). The dark wood beautifully contrasts with the slate watch face and the rose gold detailing. The neutral colours are very pretty and go with any outfit that you could imagine; a common theme among the Jord wood watches.

I did not choose to get an engraved wood watch because the watch is just for myself, but when you get your Jord wood watch for a loved one I think that engraving their watch with a message would make it even more special!

If you want to see more of the wood watches that Jord has to offer, you can follow these links:

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I’m sure that now you know all of this information about Jord’s wood watches and choices, you want one for yourself and all of your loved ones, right? Now, to make the good news even better, I am hosting a giveaway!

If you click the link here  you will be taken to a form that you can fill out to enter $100 towards a Jord wood watch (or watches if you choose to purchase more than one) of your choice! You also get 10% off just for entering so it’s a win-win!

Now is a better time than ever to purchase the Jord wood watch(es) you’ve been eyeing for forever for yourself and your loved one(s) because you can enter a giveaway and get 10% off!

The giveaway ends on 02/11/2018 at 11:59pm.
The $100 code for the winner will expire on 02/25/2018.

  • Click here for the Jord wood watches homepage!
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What is your favourite watch from the Jord wood watches site? Let me know in a comment!


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I only read 5-star books now…

Hello book lovers and Happy (late) New Year! I hope your reading is going well so far and that 2018 treats you well!

I’m first going to address something really important since this is my first post of the year: my posting schedule. For most of 2017 I was posting twice a week and that was working until I started school in September. I’m in my grade 11 year and it’s been the most difficult year I’ve had. I thought it wouldn’t be bad but I literally have no time anymore. With school on top of work I think I’m going to have to start posting once a week again. I wish I could post twice a week but I feel that if I did then the posts would be rushed. i would (and I think you would too) rather have one amazing post than two mediocre posts a week. I’m now going to be posting every Saturday for the foreseeable future. I hope you all understand!

Anyways, since this is my December wrap up, let’s get onto what I did and read in the month!

I got my first rep packages from the shops I’m currently repping for and I was chosen as a rep for another shop! I’m so blessed and grateful for the opportunities that Bookstagram gives me and that I am able to help out small businesses.

I won some giveaways, got an ARC, and bought a lot of books (*hint* if you keep reading, you’ll see which ones *hint*) I also got contacted about a very exciting collab that you’ll find out about next Saturday since that’s when I’ll have my blog post up for it! If you follow me on Bookstagram (which you should) then you’ll already know the collab I’m talking about!

Other than having a cold, I ended 2017 off on a really good note!

It was a really good reading month for me, everything I read was a 5-star read!

I read:

  • Through the Eyes of Jesus by C. Alan Ames
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

As you read earlier, I’m changing my posting schedule. Due to this I’m going to start combining my monthly wrap ups and book hauls into one!

So, without further ado, here is my abnormally huge book haul!

  • The Hazel Wood (ARC from publisher)
  • A Lady Raised High
  • Plain Jane
  • Schindler’s List
  • Born Survivors
  • Testament of Youth
  • Unlikely Warrior
  • Caraval
  • Saturn Run (my dad got this for me for Christmas)
  • The Beauty and the Beast interactive illustrated edition
  • The Outsiders
  • 1984
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • Peter Pan
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Valiant
  • A Conjuring of Light
  • A Dog’s Purpose
  • A Dog’s Journey
  • A Dog’s Way Home
  • The Dogs of Christmas
  • The Dog Master

I know, I know. This is literally my biggest book haul ever, but to be fair, I got most of these on BookOutlet and won a few of them.

What is/was your first read of 2018? Let me know in a comment!

Best books of 2017!

So I can’t believe it, but the year is over and 2018 is on it’s way;tomorrow is literally the last day of 2017! Anyways, welcome to this year’s favourite books post! I didn’t do this last year since I just did a year in review post but since I changed up the way I do my monthly wrap ups I don’t need to do a huge year in review post!

If I’m being completely honest it wasn’t that great of a reading year for me. I’m not really mad though because from what I can tell from my 2018 ARCs that I’ve been reading through, it’s going to be a great reading year in 2018!

Here are my favourite books that I read in 2017:

  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
  • The Twelfth Angel by Og Mandino
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Through the Eyes of Jesus by C. Alan Ames
  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

What were your favourite reads of 2017? Let me know in a comment!

Best fantasy book of 2018?! (spoiler-free review)

Before I start this review, I just wanted to say thank you for sticking with my blog! I just realized that the blog post before this one was my 100th! I’m so grateful for each and every one who supports my blog in any way.

Title – Everless

Author – Sara Holland

Rating – 5/5

Release Date – January 2nd, 2018

Publisher – Harper Teen

Format – ARC from publisher

In the world of Everless, time is a currency. It’s extracted from your blood, turned into coins, and consumed to gain more time. Time is money and money is time. Jules and her father were made to flee the Everless estate because of an accident. She never thought it’d be possible, but now Jules has returned to save her father. Everless is dangerous and corrupt, but nobody really know how true this is; Jules wants to find out and once again entangles herself into the workings of Everless.

I’ve pretty much only been reading YA fantasy for the past year or so and my love for the genre has kind of been dying down. Then Everless comes along and is now my ray of hope; it blew my expectations out of the water.

The world in Everless is so unique and we get such a rich taste of it perfectly dispersed throughout the book. There`s no info-dumping, the world-building starts right at the beginning and continues in bite-sized pieces, making the world so vivid and enjoyable.

The character dynamics in this were fantastic. You never knew who was good, bad, or genuine which was nerve-wracking but amazing! Roan was a perfect fluff, Jules was strong and determined, Ina was genuine, and Liam was complicated (I was drawn to him even though I felt like I shouldn’t have been). Those are the only main characters that I care about but the other characters were beautifully developed according to their importance.

Everless was such a refreshing read. Other than the concept (which was brilliant) and no romance (perfect because it’s almost impossible to find a fantasy where romance isn’t a main plot device) it is such a slow burn and perfectly paced novel. Suspense and intrigue built up throughout the book and left you with a heart-wrenching, nail-biting, and very worthwhile conclusion. I always felt like I was on the edge of my seat hungry for more because of the plot-twists.

I literally don’t have any complaints about this book. It was so enjoyable to read. The author guides you though the world so well that it’s east to comprehend. I think everyone should give this book a try and I strongly believe that this would be a great book for new and old fantasy lovers alike.

Are you going to pick up Everless when it’s released? Let me know in a comment.