Karou | #BookMadness

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I am participating in BookMadness hosted by the wonderful Maggie @ MaggersAnn on BookTube. It’s like a fun book version of March Madness! Which is awesome because I really really hate basketball.

There are over 60 people in the book community who have chosen their favorite book character and we are battling out to win! Obviously, I’m going to win, but y’know. Gotta give everybody a fair shot. There are going to be prizes and fun things so be sure to check out where to vote and enter the giveaways AFTER I remind you why my favorite character is the best.

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Surprisingly, I didn’t choose Ari or Dante for my favorite character. What?! I know, I’m keeping ya’ll on your toes. ūüėČ Today we are going to talk about one of my favorite characters ever…Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Let’s do this.

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First of all…she has”naturally” blue hair because¬†she wishes for it and she gets it. Like I want fucking blue hair!! I also would like to get everything I want, but that’s a story for a different day.

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She’s funny. She’s got wit and a huge sense of humor. Also: sassy. Gotta love the sass. She knows she’s not always right. Knows she is sometimes a bitch. But y’know what? Karou is aware and realizes she isn’t perfect and she works on her flaws.

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ZUZANNA. She wins alone for having Zuze as her best friend. She is the cutest little tiny cupcake muffin baby and I want to steal her for myself.

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She’s pretty damn bad-ass. She’s strong. She’s brave. She’s honestly everything that I wish I could be most days.

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Her family growing up? FUCKING DEMON CHIMAERA!! She had a snake lady has her motherly figure. A SNAKE!! Also, she never knew who her real family was or anything about her ancestry and she was so mature about it.¬†Eh, well kinda. WE CAN’T ALL BE PERFECT, OK?!

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She lived on our own in PRAGUE. A teenager. Apartment to self. IN. PRAGUE. 

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Umm can we also talk about how amazingly talented she is? She is so damn artistic. She could draw poop and make it look like a bowl of freaking roses.

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I think that’s enough for right now to prove to you why Karou is freaking awesome. If you agree (which c’mon, be real, it’s the truth) then be sure to head¬†here to vote!¬†You can vote for up to 5 characters for this round so MAKE SURE KAROU IS ONE OF THEM!! Don’t forget about the crazy awesome prizes you can enter for after you vote!

My Perfect YA Valentines | Hype or Like Friday

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Hype or Like Friday is a new meme started by myself, Larkin & Jill. Make sure to follow our Good Reads group so you can keep up to date with the weekly topics & book of the month.

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RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

February’s BOTM: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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I know we all have fictional boyfriends/girlfriends. If you say no, you’re lying. I’m not going to lie when I admit that I have tons of book crushes. Unfortunately, the ones that I fell most in love with were written to be assholes in later books to introduce other love interests. I’m looking at you, Sarah J. Maas. Today we thought it would be fun to list some of our favorite book crushes who would make your perfect Valentine! Grab some chocolate and wine and let’s do this.

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I literally finished Caraval last night and I couldn’t get enough of Julian. He is so gorgeous and sweet. Adventurous and considerate. Agh, I loved him so much.

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Peter. Yes. Please.

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Duval is one of hell of a man! He may piss you off from time to time, but that’s just reality! He’s a hunk.

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Captain Thorne!! Who else pictures Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time while reading this? Only me?

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Ezra Miller is just the right amount of adorable and smart ass for me. I loved his sense of humor. His love for Kady is unreal and I just couldn’t get enough of him.

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I feel like it’s not an accurate list from me unless I list a few of my boyfriends from TV & movies.

Jess Mariano from Gilmore Girls

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Han Solo from Star Wars

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Chandler Bing from Friends

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Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time

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Yes, please.

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I feel like I need to stop with the fangirling right now before it gets out of control.

Do we share the same boyfriends?! Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments! Make sure you link me to your Hype or Like Friday post below so I can check it out! Also, you’re more the welcome to use this topic again if you happen to miss it for Friday!¬†

What Kind of Name Is That?!

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It’s pretty common in YA novels for the character names to be completely out of the ordinary. Some of them I happen to absolutely love, Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone, for example, but for some I’m sitting there thinking “Why the hell did you choose this name?!” Some of them are extremely hard to pronounce and I end up just skipping over their name when I read or I pronounce it completely wrong, but in a way that makes sense to me. I know I can’t be the only one! Thanks so much to Savannah for giving me the idea to make a list of weird character names! Also, I haven’t read some of these books! But that doesn’t stop me from thinking the names are strange…

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Prince Po (Graceling by Kristin Cashore)

Is he Paris Hilton’s new BFF?

Caymen Meyers (The Distance Between Us by Kasie West)

Was she conceived in the Caymen Islands?

America Singer (The Selection series by Kiera Cass)

Please don’t sing.

Jeb (Splintered series by A.G. Howard)

I hate him, so I hate his name.

Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)

Super cute boy and book, but not sold on the name.

Every character in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Enough said.

Just about every character from The Hunger Games trilogy by Susanne Collins

There is a ship named Peeniss. COME. ON.

Renesmee Carlie Cullen (Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer)

Carlie isn’t so bad, but still. Yuck.

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There are so many more terrible names but I tried to stick with novels and series that I’ve previously read. Names like Sodapop, Ponyboy and Huckleberry Finn were pretty much a given.

Do you agree with any of these horrible names? Would ya’ll be interested in a list of my favorite names in YA? Let me know in the comments! ¬†I would love to hear from you!¬†

Series I Want to Finish in 2017

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I am absolutely horrible about reading the first book in a series/trilogy and never picking up the rest of the books. Why? I’m not sure. It’s actually rather strange. I think I’ve only completed 3 series that I can think of and one of them was just completed this week! It’s unacceptable. One of my main goals for this year is to finish the series that I’ve already started. Stop buying so many first books in a series and focus on the ones that I have already started. It’s a lot easier said than done! Today, I’m sharing with you the top series that I am GOING to finish this year. I’m trying to be optimistic.

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The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor is already one of my favorite series of all time…but I still haven’t finished the third book. I’m scared! It’s a chunker and I’m not ready to part with Karou & Akiva quite yet. Taylor’s writing is so absolutely gorgeous and her storytelling is just amazing. Karou is one of my favorite characters of all time and I don’t want to say goodbye to her ever but I know it has to happen sometime.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo¬†was my first read of 2016 and I loved it. Why have I accumulated over 100 books from then and now and one of them is Ruin & Rising? Not sure. Can’t exactly read that without reading Siege and Storm first. I make no sense.

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I buddy read Grave Mercy with my friend Lauren in November and we both fell in love with the series! Ismae & Duval are up there on my favorite characters list. The story was so interesting with it being a mix of medieval England and fantasy elements. The next two are companions novels but I’m still so interested in the world and want to know more of what happens.

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Another series I’m not quite ready to finish yet! It took me until Cress to really love The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer but call me hooked! All I need to read to finish the series is Winter, but I won’t call it official until I read the companion novels, too. I’m obviously trying to make this harder on myself.

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I read Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin near the end of this last year and it was amazing. She was able to take something mundane such as riding a motorcycle over a period of time into something action packed and adventurous. I’ve always been really interested in World War II and it was interesting to see an alternate reality of the world would be like if the Axis powers won. I really hope to get to this one soon. It ended on a huge plot twist and I need to know what happens.

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The Cahill Witch Chronicles have been on the top of my to-read series list ever since I saw Kayla Rayne & Trina from Between Chapters gush about it on their separate BookTube channels. The first in the series, Born Wicked, was my first read of 2017 and it was so good! It’s a historical fiction novel that is similar to the Salem Witch trials. It was so intriguing and interesting and I really want to complete this series before the end of the year!

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There are so many more that I want to complete this year, but these six are at the top of my list! Have you completed any of these series? Which one should I finish first? Let me know in the comments below! 

Top OTPs | Hype or Like Friday

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Hype or Like Friday is a new meme started by myself, Larkin & Jill. Make sure to follow our Good Reads group so you can keep up to date with the weekly topics & book of the month.

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RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

February’s BOTM: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Super late HLF today! So sorry guys. I have been swamped with work this week and it completely slipped out of my mind. But better late than never, eh!? Today we are sharing our favorite or top OTPs. I feel like I have a lot but I think I ship my favorite characters with me soo… I don’t think that counts. You can click on the book cover to take you to its Good Reads page if you want more information on the novel!

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I feel like Ari & Dante are a given? Considering how much I talk about how much I love this book and these characters, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see that they are a part of this list. I love that their friendship slowly turns into something more and how they always have each others back. They teach each other so many things. They’re just perfect, end of story.

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Ismae & Duval gave me ALL the feels. I love Ismae on her own for many reasons, but their relationship really works well together. They’re both headstrong and stubborn, but need each other in multiple ways. It was a nice, sloooow burn and I love those!

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Jo March & Laurie. I’m still extremely pissed about this.

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I will go down with Mary Anne and Logan until the very end. UNTIL THE END!! They are perfect.

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I know I’ve talked about this amazing new adult book by Ginger Scott many times, but if you still haven’t read it maybe this will change your mind? Avery & Mason 5ever.

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There is a little list of my favorite couples! Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my picks! Also, let me know if you’re going to participate and read the BOTM Truthwitch with us! We’re super excited for it and can’t wait to start!

December & January Wrap Up 2016/2017

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Well hello! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted something that wasn’t a book review! I was having a very massive blog slump and self-esteem issues when it came to blogging the last few months, so I decided to take a break. I keep forgetting to remind myself that I’m doing this for fun and not to impress people or make a career out of it. Everything I post doesn’t have to perfect. Every post doesn’t always have to be original and creative. As long as I’m having fun and providing entertaining content, I’ll be happy. While being in a blog slump, I also was in a reading slump for a couple of months. I read maybe one or two books during August & September? I also moved in August, so there’s an excuse for that month at least!

In December, I read a total of 13 (!!) books! Now majority of these books¬†were e-books that have either been on my Kindle for forever or new adult books that I sped through within a day. I won’t be listing reviews for the books listed– just the cover, link to Good Reads page & my rating. ¬†I will have links provided for the books that I’ve already reviewed, though. If you want reviews on any of the other books, let me know! I’m totally open to doing another mini review post too if ya’ll would like that more.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 4 stars | The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes 2.5 stars | The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak 4 stars | The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter 2.5 stars | Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn 5 stars | Easy by Tammara Webber 3 stars | A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 5 stars | The Space Between Heartbeats 3 stars | Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers 4 stars | Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington 2 stars | Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington 1.5 stars | Clockwise by Elle Strause 3.5 stars | The Year I Became Isabella Anders by Jessica Sorensen 2.5 stars 

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Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood 4 stars | The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3 stars | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 4 stars | The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner 5 stars | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 3 stars | The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black 3 stars

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That is a total of 19 books read during December & January. I’m pretty damn stoked about that. If I had to recommend you a couple of the books listed, I highly recommend A Thousand Pieces of You, Cracked Up to Be, Clockwise and The Serpent King. Clockwise is perfect if you want something new to read that’s cheap, since it’s free on Kindle!

I would definitely stay away from the Kill Devil Hills series, though. They were addicting and that is why I read them both in less than 24 hours but they are terrible when it comes to important topics such as suicide and LGBT+. The second book is literally about a girl who has claimed to be lesbian her whole adult life and then all of a sudden “turns straight” for some famous, hot male actor. There is such a thing as being bisexual, but apparently the only mind that crossed in the book was the 10-year-old sister. SO, with that being said…stay away.

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Let me know if ya’ll have read and enjoyed (or not so much) any of the books listed! I would love to discuss them with you. And again, if you want more in-depth reviews on any of these books, please let me know and I will hop on it!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black | Book Review

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

 

 

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I’m not a fan of vampires. Every book that I’ve attempted to read that included them (yes, including Twilight) I never finished. I’m not sure what it is about them but I would rather read books about magic over books of “people” biting and sucking other people for their blood.

After reading and loving Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest, I wanted to read more from the author which is why I picked up The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I haven’t heard much about it, but it seemed interesting and thought that maybe this would be a vampire book that I could get into. Spoiler alert: I finished it.

This novel centers around a trio: Tana, Aiden and Gavriel. They all are wound up at the same party where tragedy strikes. Together, they journey to get to the closest Coldtown, which are towns that are walled in to keep vampires in and nobody gets out.

While I did enjoy the story, I didn’t love it. The pacing was very slow in the beginning and then by the end, everything was happening so fast that it felt extremely rushed. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, which I was thankful for considering it is a stand alone novel, but it still left me wanting more. The transformation from human to vampire was also a little confusing. In this universe, once you’re bitten, you’re not immediately turned into a vampire like other novels and movies portray. I liked her creativity with the genre and I think that is what kept me interested in the story.

I didn’t connect with the characters immensely, but I do appreciate their development. Gavriel probably is my favorite just because he knows he’s a bad guy and doesn’t try to change that or lie about it.

If you love novels about vampires and like fluent and beautiful writing, I’d definitely recommend The Coldest Girl in Coldtown to you. I’m happy I finally decided to pick it up.

3 stars

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Published September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 419

Source: hardcopy bought myself

Genre: young adult, paranormal, urban fantasy

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