Book Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

I’M BACK Y’ALL! I finally have a new computer that works and I can finally start posting more consistently. I’m really excited that I can get back to blogging and Instagraming because I miss it soooooo much.

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With that being said, instead of doing a Monthly Wrap Up, I am just going to post a book review. It’s been ages since I posted one so here ya go. Also, this was one of my favorite  books of the year in 2016! Continue reading “Book Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia”

Top Ten Best Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. You can find a new list of Top Ten things on their blog every at midnight on Tuesday.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is quite exciting! I get to talk about the best books that I read this year. There are a few books in this list that I love more than others but for the most part, the list has no order. I know I’ve been a bit MIA but I just had to post this today. I was too excited to talk about my favorites of the year!

(Now before anyone says anything, not all of these book came out in 2016. Some are but the others are just books that I picked up and ended up loving.)

Here we go!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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If you know me, you know that I am STILL obsessed with this book. I think ACOMAF is my favorite book of the year. Everything about this book was perfect. I honestly cannot wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin. May 2017 needs to hurry the hell up cause I can’t even deal.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I love everything dealing with our favorite Shadowhunters and this was perfect. It’s so nice to continue the story and see more of this world.

Empire of Storms by Cassandra Clare

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I’m still not okay with this book but I still loved it none the less. I’m sad and scared about what is going to happen in the next book. But I will say, this book exceeded my expectations.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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This is such a beautiful novel. Just this year, I was introduced to Colleen Hoover and I’m obsessed with her writing. Everything about this book was perfect. I laughed, I cried, and the story stayed with me for weeks.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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THIS BOOK! I should have put it higher on the list but oh well. I love love loveee this book. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this book. Pick it up and read it. It’ll change your life. I promise.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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I loved this series. I think the The Raven King was my favorite of the four, but the series as a whole is incredible. It has so many elements thrown into one story. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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I’m a sucker for time travel and a good romance. I was lucky because this book has both! I fell in love with Alex Bracken’s writing with The Darkest Minds and she did not disappoint with Passenger. I can’t wait for Wayfarer.

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

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I picked the first book in the series because this was my favorite out of all of them. The entire arc of the story from book one to book four is such a great and epic journey. I feel like this is Colleen Houck at her best.

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

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Bad boys, illegal car racing, true love…what more could you want? This book was fantastic. It was sexy, smart, and down right perfect. I loved every second of this!

Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward

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I became obsessed with the Black Dagger Brotherhood this year and I don’t regret a second of it. This was my favorite book in the series so far…now, I do have many books left to go so who knows. But I love Z. He’s my favorite and this book confirmed our love.

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So there you go. That was fun! It was kind of like a trip down memory lane and revisiting my fave books of the year just made me happy. I mean, now I want to reread many of the book listed above…

I hope ya’ll have a great rest of the holiday season!

See you all in 2017!

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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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Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Title: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5/5

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Contains exclusive content: songs from Griffin Peterson

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

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Sydney is having a rough 22nd birthday. She found out her roommate and her boyfriend of two years have been going behind her back, she lost her job, and doesn’t have a place to stay. But thanks to Ridge, she now has a roof over her head.

Ridge is her mysterious neighbor who lived across the courtyard of her apartment complex. He is a musician who likes to play his guitar outside on his balcony and Sydney never misses her chance to sit out the and listen to him play. He one night asks her to send him lyrics that she made up to one of his songs. She does and he instantly wants more. He’s in a band and he is having a rough patch with writing. But he also catches her roommate and boyfriend on her balcony. He doesn’t tell her at first but once he does,everything goes crazy.

Sydney finds herself staying with Ridge at his apartment. It’s there that he tells her he’s deaf. His friends are funny. Warren is always pulling pranks and the first time be met Sydney, he wrote on her forehead with a marker.

Ridge and Sydney’s story is heartbreaking. Ridge has a girlfriend, Maggie, and is completely devoted to her. But at the same time, you can see the love between him and Sydney develop. Their love for music connects the two of them in a way that is beautiful and raw.

Just like every other Colleen Hoover book, my heart overflowed with sadness and happiness and so much love. These two characters are so well written and their love story isn’t your typical “girl meets boy and they fall in love” story. Maybe Someday is a story about two people falling in love at the wrong time. Love doesn’t always happen when it should and sometimes people who are meant to be together, have issues with timing along the way. Their story, to me, was real. I felt many emotions for these two characters.

I really enjoyed this book. I laughed, I cried, I got angry…every emotion caught up with me at least once while reading Maybe Someday. The characters were relatable and the plot was beautiful written. Every time I read a Colleen Hoover book, all I want to do is fall in love. I know some say that “it’s just a book” but I rather spent my life waiting for my Ridge to come than settle for a Hunter.

If you want more information on Colleen Hoover, you can find her website here. If you want to read Maybe Someday, you can buy it at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Happy Book Review Thursday! I decided that every Thursday, I will upload a book review. I had something pretty cool planned for Friday’s but that didn’t quite work out. Maybe in the future..who knows?

Anyways, Halloween is only days away!! That being said, I decided to upload a book that is filled with all things spooky. Anna Dressed in Blood is perfect for the Halloween season. Any other horror books that I should be reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, if you aren’t following me on Instagram, you should cause I have a super cool giveaway going on right now on @harleereads that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Enough with the talking, on to the review!

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Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Rating: 3.5/5

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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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This story gripped me after the first chapter. Cas is a ghost hunter who spends his days rekilling ghosts and sending them back to the dead. He is following in his father’s footsteps and travels the country looking for jobs with his mother.
Cas’ next job is in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He’s out to kill a ghost they call ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’. She was a girl who was murdered on her way to a school dance and has been killing anyone who steps foot in her old house ever since.
The first encounter we have with Anna is pretty scary. It’s gory and creepy and everything I hoped it would be. She seems hauntingly beautiful and absolutely terrifying.

Everything about this books is scary. I liked how I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The mystery behind who killed Cas’ father and who was terrorizing people had me constantly wondering who it could be.

I like Anna. I think she is a strong young woman who died too soon. Her mother was horrible and her stepfather was even worse. The night the gang finds out about Anna’s death made me cry. She’s not a monster that everyone believes she is.

Cas has some of the coolest friends. Thomas and Carmel are the perfect sidekicks for him. Carmel is smart and the voice of reason and Thomas is the psychic who would do anything for his friend. They make such a great team.

I gave this book a 3.5 and I hate that I had to. Everything to me was great; the horror factor, the suspense, and the laughable moments. But what I didn’t like was how fast Cas and Anna’s relationship started. I would have wanted to see more of them bonding. I would have wanted more scenes between the two of them in general. I feel like they barely had any time together and for a love story, I need more.

Overall, this book was a fun read. I enjoyed myself while reading it and I’m super pumped about the movie coming out. I think Cameron Monaghan will be the PERFECT Cas!

If you would like to find more information about Kendare Blake, you can find here here.  And if you want to buy Anna Dressed in Blood, you can do so at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Book Two’s review will be up as soon as I read it!

Hope you enjoyed this review! See y’all soon 🙂

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