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-review- Roar by Cora Carmack

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"Your head may have forgotten, but your heart has not. Remember that in the future. Now go. She will wake soon."
This book!This book!

Okay, I've got to admit I was wary about reading it because of how hyped the book had somewhat become but guys... guys I don't know how or why or when or really what happened but there was this something about the writing of this book that instantly, just like that -makes clicking sound- had me hooked. 

I loved the innocence but fierceness that Aurora portrayed, she reminded me so much of how teens actually think, at least how I used to think as a teen, alas I wasn't born to be queen of a land plagued by mortal storms or twisters or fog or tidal waves or lightning or fires BUT I sill enjoyed that breath of fresh air that was her and the way she thought and acted. I rooted for all of her... be her Rora or Aurora or Roar or any other name she may come up with. I get ya girl, I get ya.

"I know the taste of a lie better th…

-review- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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"Know that I loved you," she said to the Darkling. "Know that it was not enough."
Wow. 
That took a while... 20 days to be exact. 
But I'm happy to announce it was worth sticking to it. I got hit by a major reading slump in the middle of reading this so I had to take long long breaks... 

Either way, while pretty predictable and kind of an anticlimactic ending I still enjoyed it.

My favorite parts were definitely the 'Before' & 'After' additions that were in all three books in the trilogy. 
They were perfect, introducing and then ending the story. And the 'After' or was it 'Now' lol either way the last part was one of my favorites of the entire trilogy, it even made me cry which was something I thought this book wouldn't be able to... And you know me and my love for books making me cry, if I cry it means I loved the book so of COURSE that small little part of writing made up for all the slow pace and things I didn'…

-review/thoughts- The Curse Of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

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Another excellent addition to the series guys!
What am I going to do when it finishes?!

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“What other secrets are you hiding behind those sparkling eyes?" He grinned. “You have my heart. That’s where I hide all my secrets.” “Then I guess I don’t have the key.” “Are you kidding? You forged the key.”
Could it be??? Could this really be one of my faves of the Charley-Reyes-Cookie saga? Surely it can't but then... we did get A LOT OF REYES on this one and I'm all for that. 
And can we address the elephant in the room right off the batt?? Like really, seriously. WHO OF YOU SAW THAT SIBLING THING COMING?Who in their right mind would've put two and two together. Math is definitely not my thing, just like Charley, proven by how I couldn't even add up those numbers. 
And BEEP I saw you girl and I imagined you beautiful!Raise their hands all the ones rooting for a spin off for Beep and you-know-who (meeeeeeeeeee)
“In the meantime, I had to get dressed and go to work, becaus…

-thoughts- Bubble And Geek

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Hey guys!

So I'm going to be spotlighting and even reviewing some bookish shops on the blog from now on and I decided to start with the one I'm currently repping for on my Instagram account @alba_bookpics




Bubble And Geek has an Etsy and a Website shop site as well and it's owned by Cathy <3
I've got a coupon code you can use at check out for 5$ OFF on your 20$ purchase.
 I'll write it at the end of the post

She has an extensive listing of soy wax candles, from bookish to TV related.

-Winter Is Coming-
Winter Is Coming is one of the candles I got in my rep package and I've got to admit it is my FAVORITE because it smells so incredibly good you guys!!



But guys! There's MORE!
She has lip balms, soap bars, soy wax melts and different sized candles!


The Pumpkin Pasties lipbalm is such a yummy thing! It keeps my lips hydrated for a long period of time and really, pumkin... Need I say more?

Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Beeswax, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter,…

-review- Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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"She watched the squares of sunlight that her windows threw on the floor. They ought to have moved with the angle of the sun, but she was sure they were frozen in place. Of course today would be the day the sun got stuck in the sky. The gears of the heavens had gotten gummed up, and now it would be daytime forever."
Wow you guys! WOW!
Isn't it a dream come true? To be alive while Laini Taylor is and even more so that she's writing this in my time?Thank you God for this amazing thing. T.T
I started this book really worried because I thought nothing could ever live up to Daughter of Smoke & Bone and all the things that said trilogy made me feel. I'm glad I was wrong.
This book has Laini Taylor written all over it-from the astonishing and delicious writing to the incredible and epic world-building, from the names that sound perfect for the characters in the story to the adventure and magic it made me get lost in.
"There was a kind of euphoria, he had …

-review- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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"I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important."
I waited over a month for this book to finally get to me after reading the first one, I don't know what made me wait so long to read the first one but all that's in the past and I'm so very very happy I'm almost done with the trilogy.

It starts exactly where Shadow and Bone left off. Alina and Mal hiding and running but... Their luck runs out pretty soon, too soon for my liking. I felt like this book was a complete build-up for the third and final book, things just started happening one after the other, more power more secrets, more lies and more surprises, they all were the perfect combination for painful but extremely enjoyable heartbreak. I'm a goner for whenever something bad or sad happens in a book because then, I get to enjoy the happy parts that much more.

"I feel you slipping away from me, and I don't know how to stop it."
The Darkling, as always, gives just the …

-thoughts- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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The thing about this book is that... it is what it is.

Don't try to spin and twist it as anything other than that.

Why does art have to be a certain way? Doesn't it stop being art if you do that?

I'm not a huge fan of the genre but, honestly.
This is one of my favorite reads of the year.

I'll hold on to it and share it for as long as I can with as many people as I can.

It reads old and new but it was exactly what I needed right now. In the present.

Loved it.


"Loneliness is a sign you're in desperate need of yourself."

I give this book, 5/5 5=~sobs hard~too good to be true!

-review- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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DNF
Maybe another day... I read over half the book... 68% to be exact.
But the MC seemed a bit too idk, her voice just fell flat and after a couple of pages I just knew what was going to happen.
Nothing surprised me, well nothing except the incredible power that Mare has to overlook everything of importance.


How can someone be that dense?
I skipped to the last chapter and it was exactly what I had thought it'd be.


No surprises, no plot twist no nothing.

I'm so freaking disappointed and sad. I was doing so good reading a lot of YA but this book made me remember that not all YA is for everyone and this book really wasn't for me.

The only reason I'm giving it three stars is because,
1. The book title was in and on the book so, I loved it plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous and goes really well with the story.
2. Cal was sometimes the only thing keeping me going with the reading, he sometimes made me think the story would change somehow someway but his passi…

-mini review- A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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-No one was my master --- but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.-
I can't write a review for this book.

I loved it too much and no words can really showcase that.

So I hope you give it a try and let yourself be swept away by the great writing of the author and the impossible and unbelievable world she created.

Rhys, Lucien
Az, El...
Mor, Feyre
Tamlin, Mor
Cas, Nesta
Amren, the King

I loved and hated.

I can't get enough of this series but at the same time I feel so overwhelmed I feel like I need a long long break. Even though I know I'll pick up the last book in a couple of hours because I won't be able to put it on hold for longer than that.

-And I realized --- I realized how badly I'd been treated before. If my standards had become so low. If the freedom I'd been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.-
10/5 stars ;)

-review- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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"My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me."

So...

I think I made a terrible mistake by making this my second book read by this author after her ACOTAR book.

I liked this book. I did.
I like the story. The tinge of sass it had, the world it made me go to, the way the characters developed at exactly the right pace.
Not becoming too wise too suddenly or too good too slow.
I enjoyed that but also... I couldn't really enjoy it thoroughly and that's really on me and my personal taste because I'm a sucker for first-person POV as opposed to any others, doesn't matter the tense of it as long as it's 1st person. Alas, this wasn't so it took me two days exactly to really get into the book, two days and maybe 10 chapters, give or take, at one moment I even thought I would just have to give up.

I'm so glad I didn't.

True to …

-review- Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

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"You are a conniving, deceitful hussy. I stand in awe." "You're sitting." "I sit in awe."
Is it weird that I felt like I read the second book all over again while I was reading the first half (or a bit less) of this book?
Because it sure felt like that to me and that alone made me go a little crazy and get a bit bored sometimes but worry not...
Because author Laini Taylor writes, again, in such a way that even boredom isn't perceived as boring as one might think boredom is Hahahaha.

I'm not making any sense but that's because I feel like I just woke up from a dream that I've been dreaming for some days now.

Reading the whole trilogy back to back is a blessing and a curse at the same time.
Blessing because I can never get enough of the authors style of writing or Akiva and Karou and Mik and Zuze and Ziri and Liraz.
A curse because what do you do after this? What could possible come after delving into a world so full of magic…

-review- Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

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"A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all."

I've read sad books... Believe me, I have.

Books so sad they would keep me from reading another book for months, the sadness lingering long after I finished the book.

But I've never quite read a book as sad as Days of Blood and Starlight.
This book was so sad I wish they would've invented a new word solely to describe this book.

Oh, there were amazing things as well but the sad predominated throughout the entirety of it.

It was like a living thing that wouldn't go away even now that I've finished it.

And surprisingly I'm okay with it, if only for the fact that I've always liked heartbreak in books just to better enjoy and take in the un-heartbreaking, just as the author would put it.

I started this book expecting one thing but what I got was another thing completely and it blew my mind.

I loved it so so so very much that I suffered even more for it.

All the killing, the hatred…

-review- Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

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Such a dark, amazing, thrilling, sexy, inspiring, weird journey.

I loved every second of it.
All my senses were overloading, my heart beating miles a minute, my thoughts going every which way, my fingertips tingling from heartbreak, my head swelling from proudness.

I can't believe how fast I was able to connect and relate to Erika & Michael but I'm so very happy that I did and that the authors writing was such that I did so quickly and happily.

I read Bully long ago and it still holds a place in my heart to this day because it just was awesome.

But this book, -le sigh- this book had me thinking a lot about choices we make because of rules that others set for us.
It's okay to be a little crazy, it's okay to want more, it's okay to want to be happy and it's okay to make mistakes, you might say we've pretty much exhausted that topic in real life with everything going on around the world... But it doesn't hurt to be taught life lessons in t…

-review- The Gathering Dark (Shadow & Bone) by Leigh Bardugo

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A moment later the boy whispered, "I don't think you're ugly." "Shhhh!" the girl hissed. But hidden by the deep shadows of the cupboard, she smiled.
Two absolutely awesome books in a row, first ACOTAR and now this one.

Surely, my life is on the right path lol.

I had forgotten how amazingly creative most of YA books are.
I first started this book a year ago or so, but I thought it was some kind of history/set in the past-book that would be incredibly hard to read... well it wasn't and it was just too easy.

Leigh Bardugo's (name love) word art had the power to completely transport me to another world in a matter of seconds.
I stopped being on my living room's couch drinking some lukewarm water and instead I was sailing through the Fold or I was in a really hot place watching Alina try to practice and draw her power to no avail, or I was freezing beside Mal when he took first watch after tracking Alina down.

I loved Alina's voice an…

-review- A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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"Don't feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy."
Just as Feyre ... was that how it's spelled?? Mmmm
But, just as she couldn't possibly imagine herself painting those colors, those courts, those eyes, that skin, that night, that water...

I'll never be able to write a review that would make this book justice.
What it made me feel, how far inside my mind it's been ingrained, how incredibly amazing the story and writing flowed, the way my heart constricted from pain or expanded from joy, how I cried or how I laughed, the sweet torture of not having the other books at the ready to devour, I truly truly never in my wildest bookish-dreams thought I'd like a book with kingdoms and magic involved as much as I liked this.

So that's why I've been rendered completely speechless and thus wordless to even attempt a review.

I savor red every single word I read. Really I did.

I can't believe I waited so long to get this and rea…

-review- The Chosen by J. R. Ward

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Why

Why does it feel like the latest books that JRWard has published haven't been long enough?

I want more... I NEED more.

More of the brothers of the bastards. Of everything and everyone involved in this world!

I love how a lot is happening, a lot is going on throughout this book and my heart was almost always beating miles and miles an hour but I wouldn't have it any other way.

The way Xcor spoke up and up and up.
The way he loved. The way he fought. The way he touched. The way he cooked. The way he hugged. The way he kissed.

I loved everything.

And Layla. Sweet not-so-lost-anymore Layla.
I'm so happy she gets her story.
I enjoyed her voice and her passion.
That strength that I always knew she had but she saw come out of nowhere?
BEST PART EVER!

I thoroughly enjoyed P & L those babies are too precious.

And overall I, simply put, devoured Ward's writing. Because yet again she delivered even more than I had hoped for.
In this long (hopefully longer sti…

-review- You Own Me by Mary Catherine Gebhard

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Wow
I've never read a book that made less sense than this one, that dragged on and on like this one, that went round and round in circles like this one but still made me love it.
I loved every single thing.
Call me crazy, cuz I know I am.
But this was such an amazing read for me... from fudged up relationships, to stalkers, to mental illness, to physical and mental abuse, to friendships, to broken families, to sad upbringings, to therapist after therapist after therapist, to sexy times and clouds were those sexy times, to amazing inner monologue.
Lenny's "voice" was so much fun yet a nightmare to read.
I immediately identified a lot of myself with her, reading things from her POV was a blessing and a curse but I loved it either way.
Even after all the poop she's gone through she still manages to somewhat be an amazing woman on a daily basis. And whenever she wasn't? Those days just made her even more real to me.

The one thing I've got to say …

-review- Dark Domination by Lili Valente

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(Read this February this year when I was in a Dark Romance kick)

Still more dark romance.
While there was no romance in this one I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and characters.
I don't exactly know what it was about the author's writing style, story and character development but I can't complain. I was hooked since that first sentence.

The one thing I will say is, this is definitely NOT a full-length novel, it reads more like a novella. Roughly 100 pages long from how quickly I finished it.
I felt like things were just starting to happen when it ended and by the glimpses of reviews I've read on other sites I'll heed to the recommendation of buying the "book bundle" that has all novellas in it. Although it is really pushing the limits on the price scale since alone, the 100+ pages novellas are 3 bucks and the entire series which is 300+ is like 6 bucks. And I have something with ebooks and printed book prices haha.

Anyway. It was so good I…

-review- The Beast by J.R. Ward

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(Read September 2016)
Even though I'd pre-ordered this book so it could be all signed and be a surprise for my sis I hadn't had the chance to even hold it until recently.
And now, after I talked and talked and talked away the time so I would put it off as long as I could.
I could talk no more.

And here I am.
Having just finished yet another awesome book by J.R.Ward I am now heartbroken because I have no more book to read.
And okay the legacy second book is coming soon but it's not at all like reading about the brothers.

Anyway.
Delivered exactly what was expected.
My heart melted and hardened and then expanded and then did some stop-restart stuff because
Mary and Rhage's story (continuation) was/is not for the faint of heart.
Specially with EVERYTHING else going on in the book.
I can't believe I just read ONE book.
I feel like I've read multiples of books and have zero complaints about it.

I cannot wait for what's to come for the blue-black-silv…

-mini review- Royal by Winter Renshaw

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Guilty pleasure read right here.
I enjoyed it so freaking much haha.

I'm thinking of getting the next book.

While the story grabbed my attention right from the start. I think the ending was a bit rushed.
I wish I could've read how the problem was exactly solved instead of the half-explanation that "they're still working on" so there's that.

But I loved the pace up until that ending.
I loved and thoroughly enjoyed the writing.
Simple. Sexy. Cute. A bit on the heavy emotional side sometimes but all in all an enjoyable quick read.

Will definitely check out some more work by this author. ^_^


4/5

-review- This Is War Baby by K. Webster

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-Goodreads- "Because the queen always protects the king." And then she whispers the last part. "Even from himself."
I've never been happier about the fact that I rarely read newly released books as I am right now.
But boy am I happy.
I love the name of the series.
I love the name of him and her.
I love and hate everything right now and I'm so incredibly ready to know what in the world will happen in the end. As in the end of the series!
This is a really dark book at the beginning that turns a bit brighter as the story progresses but only a little brighter.
There's a lot of scenes that happen that can potentially trigger some episodes so beware of it.
A lot of physical and psychological abuse.
A lot of mental illness involved.
But aside from that. I am really shocked at how much I liked this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
From the writing, even if there are some typos and editing errors here and there, to how the story flowed and you never really knew w…