December 2016 Monthly Wrap Up 

Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone. I won’t lie and say that 2016 was my favorite year but I can admit that 2016 changed me as a person. But leaving that aside, 2016 was a big year of firsts for me. I started this blog, got my Instagram up and running, and knocked out some chapters in my novel.

I’ve decided that 2017 will be a year of writing. My New Years Resolution is to be more committed to his blog and work harder on my novel. I have some ideas for HarleeReads that I need to work out that will make this blog thrive like I know it can. I want to read more books. I want to expand my interests and read different types of novels. I also want to start working on my novel more often. I said last year that my goal was to finish it but that never happened. This year, I’d like to try and get a first draft done.

Enough about resolutions and goals and on with the books I read in December. This month was a rough month for me personally. It made me appreciate books and what they can do to a person. Just a quiet moment alone with a book makes me relax. I need more of that in 2017. I need to make more time for me and the things I love.

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Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3) by Morgan Rhodes | 4/5

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I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the others in the series. I found it slow and lagging. Not saying I hated it because I definitely didn’t, but it’s just not my favorite book so far.

Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver | 3/5

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Looking at my rating, it seems like I may not have enjoyed this book. But let’s be real…I did like it. It was your typical dystopian YA romance and I’m a sucker for those types of books. I want to continue with the series because the idea is intriguing and I want to see where the story goes. I wrote a review that should be up next week.

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes | 4/5

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Now this book was great! I could do without Lucia but oh well. I fell more in love with Magnus in this book than before. HELP.

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia | 5/5

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This book surprised me. I loved it. It’s sexy, funny, and intense. Read it, I promise you’ll love it.

Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6) by J.R. Ward | 3/5

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Didn’t like this one as much as the others. I was a bit let down, to be honest.
So there you go y’all. Those were my books read in December. Be prepared for new additions to my blog coming soon!

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November 2016 Wrap Up

Hello all!! It’s been about a month since I’ve last posted. I could list a million excuses as to why I haven’t been posting and none of them would be good enough. I got wrapped up in life and just left this blog neglected…BUT NO LONGER.

As you will notice in this wrap up, things will be different from now on. I have decided to include other things in my Wrap Ups. I want to get more connected with you guys and talk about other things besides just books. I want to talk movies, tv shows, bookstagram, and anything else I’m in the mood to talk about. I want to update you guys on my book writing as well. I want us to be friends and share our thoughts on the things we love.

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So for those who don’t know, I’m writing a novel! It’s a YA fantasy set in New Orleans with a hint of time travel and magic. I’m from Louisiana and New Orleans culture has been integrated into my life since a child. I’ve visited countless times and the atmosphere of the city is perfect setting for an epic.

I had this dream one night that was really dark and had this Gothic theme to it that I just couldn’t get it out my mind. A few nights later, I couldn’t sleep so I started think about this dream and my story started coming together. The next day, I wrote out the arc of the story from beginning to end and started writing.

I have to admit that I haven’t written in months. The laptop that I have is not the best for writing and I tried free handing it but it wasn’t working. I’m in a huge writing slump. NOT GOOD! I have a trip planned to New Orleans on the 12th of this month. I’m ready to be hit with inspiration. Until then, we’ll see if I progress.

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Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5) by J.R. Ward | 4/5

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The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her…

I love love LOVE these books. Just when I think it can’t get better, it does. I can’t wait to continue the series and read about the other Brother’s stories.

Doon (Doon, #1) by Carey Corp | 4/5

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Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!

I enjoyed this story. It’s like Outlander for a younger audience. It was bit fluffy for me and I kept waiting for more to happen but overall, it was an enjoyable read. I’ll definitely read the rest of the series one day. I want to know what happens in the end.

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes | 5/5

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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

THIS SERIES! I am obsessed already. I have read her spinoff series that go with these books and I wanted to check out Falling Kingdoms. I’m so happy that I did! I’m in love.

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2) by Morgan Rhodes | 5/5

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The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3) by Morgan Rhodes | 4/5

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In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic – all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica… but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

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The Magicians |Syfy

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Let me just say, I stumbled upon The Magicians while channel surfing when it first aired. I saw a trailer for the show and wanted to watch it. But of course, I missed the first episode in their two hour season premiere, so I gave up. I rediscovered it last week after there was a marathon.. OMG.
My friend and I binged watched the entire season in like 4 days. We finished it last night and I am NOT okay. January can’t come quick enough.
If you want a show about magic with humor and drama, watch it. And if you already watch it, comment below your thoughts on the finale. AHH!

The Vampire Diaries | The CW

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I finished season 5 last night and I cried so much that I could barely see the screen. I’m not a cryer. I don’t cry often for ANYTHING. But for some reason, The Vampire Diaries has me crying ALL THE TIME. I didn’t even want to watch this show but I started it and now I’m obsessed.
I’m upset as to how the season ended but I’m happy that old characters are returning (Alaric, basically). I’m excited and a bit nervous to see what is going to happen to Daemon and Bonnie. My babies are in trouble and I want to save them! I’ll probably watch tonight because I can’t deal.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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OH MY GOSH. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. It was so perfect and brilliant and beautiful and I loved it so much. It was so wonderful to go back to the Wizarding World. From the moment the Warner Brother’s symbol came on screen to the end, I fangirled the entire time.
The story was great. It was suspenseful and filled with humor that it was evident that JK Rowling wrote it. The movie was everything I wanted it to be and more. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO NOW!

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Monthly Wrap Up: October 2016

This month felt like it flew by so fast! I feel like we just started October and it’s already over. Now the holiday’s are going to start and I will be a happy girl.

October was a slow month though, when it came to books. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to but hey, things happen. In total, I read six books. Not bad.

Here is my list:

Light of Dawn (The Crucible Series Book 2) by Angela Colsin | 4/5

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Hired to find a curse box, the draconian mercenary, Ulric Dra’Kai, is directed to seek out the human Charlotte Mulligan who’ll lead him to his ultimate goal. Expecting to get information from her with ease, Ulric instead meets a determined mortal who refuses to be intimidated—and draws him in like no other.

As that attraction grows, he comes to believe Charlotte may be his destined mate, but there’s a problem—he’s immortal, making that impossible. Answers could possibly lie in the dormant supernatural side of Charlotte’s lineage, but getting them proves difficult when vampires are out for her blood.

Charlotte thought she was an ordinary human living an average life until receiving an odd package in the mail containing a unique trinket box. Soon after, she’s attacked by vampires and swept up in a hunt by a dangerous but attractive stranger who not only reveals the truth of the supernatural world, but also informs her that she’s a part of it.

Trying to survive while her life is coming apart, a passion for the draconian protecting her sparks to life, one she has to guard her heart against when being mortal makes a union between them difficult, if not impossible.

I was given this book to give an honest review. I LOVED IT. You can check out my review for it that is linked above.

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 5/5

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

A perfect way to end a series. I loved it.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover | 5/5

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Colleen Hoover can do no wrong. I swear, every book by her that I read gets better and better.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco | 5/5

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

One of the best books I’ve read this year. You can find my review linked above.

Until Friday Night (A Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines | 4/5

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

This book reminded me of being back in high school. This book is like an episode of Friday Night Lights. I loved it.

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward | 4/5

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Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world—to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers…

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him…

These vampires are my fave. I really enjoyed reading Butch’s story.

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Monthly Wrap Up- September 2016

October is finally here! October is my favorite month because it starts to cool off here in Louisiana AND its holiday season!!! I’m so pumped for Halloween it’s unreal.

This month was a busy month for me. I started a new job that has be pretty busy. I love it but I’m still adjusting. I’m ready to establish my routine so that I can make sure to schedule time for my bookstagram and this blog. I’m getting better but I feel like I’ve been MIA for a while and I hate it. I promise to be better at updating and posting!! Next month will be better!

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Let’s get on to the books I read, shall we?

Paper Princes (The Royals, #1) | Erin Watt

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You can check out my review that I posted earlier this week.

Fortune (High Road Divide, #1) | Tia Giacalone

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I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think it was every fangirl’s dream. Having your favorite band memeber fall in love with you? Yes please.

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) | Samantha Young

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I liked this book. It was heartfelt and sexy. If you’re into New Adult, I would check that out.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) | Sarah J. Maas

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I’M STILL NOT OVER IT. I WANT TO CRY JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. You can go check out my review and cry with me.

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1) | Colleen Hoover

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This was such a brilliant love story. Such a beautiful, real life story. I loved every second of it.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) | Kendare Blake

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I liked this one. It hasn’t made it into my faves but it was very enjoyable.

There you have it. It’s a short and sweet list. I was going to make this post longer and kind of talk about my book writing progress but I’m in a wedding later today and I have to get ready.

Have a great day, ya’ll.

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July 2016 Wrap Up

Hello August! Another month has gone by. July felt like it went by so fast. I feel like I was just sitting down and writing down my last monthly wrap up. This month was a typical summer month for me. I watched a bunch of Netflix, read some books, and slept. I practically slept all afternoon and stayed up all night. That’s what summer is for right? : )

I read nine books this month. I recently got a subscription to Kindle Unlimited and it has changed my life! I’m venturing off into romance novel territory and Kindle Unlimited is perfect for that. They have so many different book to choose from. I love it.

Here we go.

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2) by Morgan Rhodes | 5/5

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This book was incredible. I was so excited about this sequel. You can check out my review of this book.

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1) by Helena Hunting | 4/5

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I really liked this book. It’s a great New Adult romance. Hayden may have moved to my Book Boyfriend list.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater | 5/5

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Such a wonderful ending to a great series. I loved every minute of this book. Review coming soon.

Inked Armour (Clipped Wings, #2) by Helena Hunting | 5/5

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I liked this book better than the first one. It was a great way to wrap up the series.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo | 4/5

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I was surprised by this book. Shadow and Bone was good. It was a thrilling read that kept me engaged the entire time. Check out my review.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) by Colleen Hoover | 5/5

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This book. I can’t even begin to express my love for Hopeless and Colleen Hoover. My review is up on the blog, go check it out.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover | 5/5

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Another Colleen Hoover book, another beautiful novel. Loved it so much.

STONED (Wrecked Book 1) by Madi Beck| 2/5

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There were a lot of good reviews of this book so I was quite disappointed that I didn’t like it too much. Plot was good but I just didn’t enjoy the writing style.

Touched (Touched, #1) by Elisa S. Amore | 3/5

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I liked this a lot. I have a thing for angels and this book is so romantic. Evan was so swoon worthy.

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For the month of August, I am preparing myself for the release of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I plan on re-reading the entire Throne of Glass series and do a review on each of the books. I’m really excited about it.

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I also have some fun surprises coming up in September like a giveaway and some free downloads inspired by the Throne of Glass series. So stay tuned to my blog and Instagram this month for more information.

Until next time..see ya’ll later!

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Monthly Wrap Up-June 2016

Another month has come and gone. It felt like a super long month. Maybe because it’s too hot in Louisiana to do much and I basically just stayed in the house almost the whole month. Yes, that is extremely lazy but I was sick for about two weeks this month so that didn’t help. Overall, June wasn’t too thrilling…except for the beginning. Going to music festivals with your best friends is always fun.

When it comes to books this month, I was a huge slacker. I think I watched more TV this month than read. I basically watched two seasons of The Vampire Diaries and started rewatching Merlin. I was like a walking Netflix zombie.

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That being said, I only read seven books this month. Now, I know what you are thinking. “Harlee, last month you only read six books. What are you complaining about?” BUT this is summer, I don’t do anything in the summer except read and occasionally lounge at the pool. I had a very ambitious reading list this month. I wanted to read about 10, but that didn’t happen.

Enough of my rambling. Onward to the Wrap Up!

The Dream Thieves– Maggie Stienvater | 5/5

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This series is so great. I enjoyed the second book in The Raven Cycle almost more than the first one. Review coming soon!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue– Maggie Stienvater | 5/5

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Maggie Stienvater just keeps getting better. This book broke me in half. I’m not ready for The Raven King!

The Reflections of Queen Snow White– David Meredith | 5/5

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Mr. Meredith sent me this book and it probably turned out one of my favorites to review so far on this blog. I loved it so much.

Obsidian– Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4.5/5

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Aliens. Enough said.

Onyx– Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4/5

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Just keeps getting better. A review is coming soon!

Opal– Jennifer L. Armentrout | 5/5

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Best one so far and I’m not even done with this series! Can’t wait to read the rest of this wonderful series.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves– Morgan Rhodes | 5/5

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Even better the second time around! All I do is talk about this book. Go read my review and fangirl with me.

And there you go! Thanks for reading! See ya’ll soon.

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May 2016 Wrap Up is finally here!

It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded. And I know that on Instagram I promised that I would have this post uploaded on Thursday but that just didn’t happen. Lately, I’ve been off my blogging game. I’m trying really hard to stay on top of everything and trying to make time to sit and write my reviews. But I promise, better things are coming and I will be more active! So without going on and on, let’s get to the wrap up.

The Forbidden Wish– Jessica Khoury | 5/5

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This book was everything I had expected from an Aladdin retelling. I’ve always loved the Aladdin story and this concept is different. Such a beautiful, lush story. Loved every second of it. I plan on reviewing this book soon so look out for that!

A Court of Mist and Fury– Sarah J. Maas | 5/5

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If I starting talking about this book, I will be talking for hours. Favorite book I’ve read so far this year. You can check out my review for it here.

The Raven Boys (The Rave Cycle series)– Maggie Stiefvater | 4/5

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Very different. This book was a memorable one for me. Concept and characters stayed with me for days. I am really pleased with how this series turned out. The Raven Boys is a perfect Book One to a great series. If you want to check out my review, you can find it here.

Angelfell (Penryn & the End of Days Series)– Susan Ee | 3/5

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This book was alright. I have a thing for angels so I was really excited to read it. Also, everyone raves about this book but to me, it wasn’t my favorite. I enjoyed it, but I could have lived without it.

World After (Penryn & the End of Days Series) – Susan Ee | 4/5

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The sequel to Angelfell was better. There was more action and it really drew me in from page one. There was substance, and there was conflict. I liked reading this book so much more that the first. This book redeemed the series for me.

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days Series) – Susan Ee | 3/5

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The last book in this series was great until the ending. I felt like this ending fell short for me. I had such high expectations after the second book got my hopes up for this series.  The last few chapters did not leave me satisfied about the ending. If it wouldn’t have been for that, I’m sure this book would have been a perfect 5/5.

There you go folks. I had a lot of opinions on this month’s read books but I am currently packing for a mini vacation whilst typing this post. Just be prepared for a more active blog!

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