Cover Glory! » Some of My Favorite Covers of All Time

We can all admit it. We have ALL judged a book by a cover, at least once. Some covers are total crud and the book is fantastic, some covers are stunning and the book isn’t so good. And sometimes, the cover is fantastic and the story follows right along with it. Today I want to share with you guys some of my favorite covers!

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What are some of your favorite covers? Did the actual book live up to the greatness of the cover? Tell me below in the comments! 🙂 Thank you for reading! This was such a short post mostly because school is getting pretty tight and it is hard to get a post out there. Thanks for understanding! ❀

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Top Ten Tuesday » Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

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This meme is hosted by the amazing Broke and Bookish. She has an amazing blog and some cool tweets to share so go check her out! A five star rated book for me is a book that truly wows me. The entire book kept me hooked on, anticipating everything that will happen next and by the end of the book I’m breathless. This TTT I’ll be sharing some books that recently made me breathless.

1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I’ve been talking about Uprooted so much lately huh? Why? Because it is plain fantastic, it is so breathtakingly amazing. Everything about it was amazing, I had nothing negative to say about it and I highly recommend reading it if you want to be fully immersed in fantasy.

2. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I actually didn’t think I would like this one. Mostly because it leaned more towards historical fiction and historical fiction has never really been my cup of tea. Thankfully, someone slapped me out of my stupid trance with Wolf by Wolf. And thank god for that.

3. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

The Unbound is the second book to The Archived trilogy and if you haven’t read any of Victoria’s books, I need you to x out of this blog and head to the book store and buy a copy of any one her YA/Adult books because they are all stunning. Sorry for that run-on sentence! But The Unbound was even better than The Archived, and that book was fantastic so you can’t imagine how good The Unbound was.

4. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman 

Let’s just say Blackhearts cut into my sleeping hours. Blackhearts was drop dead fantastic. Every aspect of this book gave me the fangirlish feels. Yes, Blackhearts very much induces squealing, screeching and hyperventilating. Just a warning.

5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven was a book that I just loved. It was depressing as hell, but it was one of those books that I felt like I could understand. The way it was written was just really special and it made me enjoy this book even more.

6. Obsession by Jennifer L Armentrout 

Y’all know I have an intense love for anything by Jennifer L Armentrout. There shouldn’t be any need for explanation. Obsession did not let me down.

This is actually the end of this post! Mostly because I’ve been so busy that I hardly have time to read a lot of books, let alone 5 star books! Do you guys agree with some of my picks? Have a convinced you to pick any of these books up? Let me know down below!

Thank you for reading and have a fantastic day!

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Listen to the Music of Your Soul || Review » Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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By Sarah Dessen
Release Date: 04/06/06
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Page: 371

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MY RATING: 4 STARS 

Goodreads Description
Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

Review

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is definitely a read that is underrated. With a sweet romance story layered with darker secrets, Just Listen is definitely a must read. Not only for young adults themselves, but for any reader.

img_2167We start the story with our characters. As all books have characters, the first things noticed is the characters. Annabel, our main character is a well rounded character with a sweet personality. Personally I felt that at times her character could be whiny or needy, but all characters hold flaws and though perhaps Annabel would have been better off without her whiny neediness, it didn’t disrupt her character too much. I really liked Annabel. Our other main character is “tall, dark, and music-obsessed.” Owen is even more rounded than Annabel, at least I found this to be true. Owen has style, he has attitude, and he has morals, not to mention he never lies. I found all of these characteristics made him even more realistic as a whole.

We all like a well paced novel. Sometime we prefer fast paced, sometimes medium, it really depends. Just Listen is type of novel with ups and downs but keeping a continuously medium pace that keeps you hooked. Throughout the book you are kept wondering all the who’s and the what’s but by the end, it all makes sense. This was one of my favorite things about Just Listen.

As a final wrap up, let’s talk about the world building. Dessen obviously isn’t a fantasy author, but the world of Just Listen extends to nearly all of her books. And that is one of my favorite things about Just Listen. Just Listen has a world with characters from Dessen’s other books and I thought that was a nice touch. Overall, Just Listen was an amazing story with sweet characters and a great underlying message.

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Want to Cry? || Review » All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


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By Jennifer Niven
Release Date: 1/6/15
Published by Knopf
Genre(s): Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Page: 400 

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MY RATING: 4.5 STARS

Goodreads Description
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Review 

All the Bright Places was the ultimate romantic sob-fest. There were moments when I was grinning at the ultimate cute and fuzzy moments in All the Bright Places. Then there were moments when I wanted to cry.

All the Bright Places is set in at a high school with both of our main characters,  one being Theo Finch as the troubled type. Theo is the weird guy at school and beneath his ultimate weirdness, Theo has a troubling fascination with death. Our other main character, the star love interest of All the Bright Places, Violet Markey is the known stereotypical popular girl. Popular friends and a popular image. But what people don’t know, is Violet isn’t what she says she is. In fact, she holds a guilt that no one can see. Both of these characters, Violet and Theo are startlingly fresh characters. Theo Finch has a depth to him, though he does deal with depression, and many both can and cannot relate to him – the way his character is written in such a way that anyone can see where how he feels. Violet on the other hand does come from the more clichĂ© side, and though she does have depth, I honestly felt her character could have been even more than what was written. Violet, I felt, had more story to tell.

All the Bright Places is the perfect book for those looking for a sweet romantic contemporary with a darker twist. With suicide and depression as a major theme throughout the plot, clearly, this book is not a ‘happily ever after’ kind of novel. A plot perfectly paced with hints of romance and drama, this book grabs at your attention and keeps you hooked on. Though, I do admit – the beginning can be slower compared to other books, but once you hit page 100 it becomes relatively well paced.

To wrap things up, let’s discuss the writing of our author, Jennifer Niven. Jennifer Niven isn’t a spectacularly perfect author. I personally think that she still has a lot to learn. She isn’t terrible, she isn’t okay. Her writing is average and it isn’t her fault. All the Bright Places has a touch to it. The writing has moments where it is absolutely fantastic, with stunning lines. Though the writing of All the Bright Places isn’t perfect, everything else about it was amazing giving me a love for this book that made me laugh and cry.

All the Bright Places is a novel that gives readers a chance to peek inside the minds of broken characters hidden behind fake personalities. Though this is quickly becoming a trope in more and more young adult novels, All the Bright Places stands as a unique story with two characters, one learning to live, the other yearning to die.


 

Hey guys! This review sounded a little different than my usual reviews, yeah? A little more formal, better language? Can we all agree on that?

Do you like this type of review better? My other reviews?

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25 Facts About Me!

I’ve seen a lot of people doing a 25 facts post. I’ve ever seen it on Booktube a lot as well so I figured, why the heck not? I hope you enjoy this simple little post and maybe learn something about me!

1. I have double jointed feet!

2. I play volleyball, my position is libero.

3. I tried to create a Booktube channel before BlankSlaters Reads

4. I don’t smell books, honestly, I don’t think they have a special smell some people claim books have.

5. The first author I ever met was Kendare Blake

6. Instead of majoring in writing and possibly writing my own novel one   day like many other members of the book community I want to go into publishing.

7. I prefer physical copies of books over kindle copies

8. I love to take handwritten notes!

9. I have three bookshelves in my room. Two tall ones, about 7 feet tall and one shorter one about 4.75 feet.

10. I’m 5’2.

11. The first book that ever made me cry was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

12. I’m a black belt in mixed martial arts!

13. I hate tea. Yuck!

14. I was a Valedictorian in middle school, not like it counts much – but still!

15. I’m taking French I in High school. Parlez vous francais?

16. I don’t have an obsession with Hamilton.

17. I never wear makeup. Only for parties and even then I dislike wearing it.

18. Though I enjoy writing, I HATE writing essays. And I’m bad at writing them.

19. Once, it took me 3 days to read 12 pages of a book it was so boring.

20. I have a Pinterest obsession

21. I love to draw but can’t do graphic design to save my life.

22. I have a Dachshund!

23. I have a notebook collection of empty notebooks.

24. I believe in ghosts

25. I grin wildly and squeal whenever I read juicy parts of books. I look insane.


 

What did you guys think? I bet you learned something new about me! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading, have a great Easter if you celebrate it!

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A Few Reasons Why I’m Excited to Read The Crown’s Game

51kexjqvb2l-_sx329_bo1204203200_The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is probably my most anticipated debut of 2016. Seriously, it sounds fantastic.Though I haven’t read the book yet, today I am going to be sharing with you guys some of the reasons why I am excited for The Crown’s Game. 

Reason #1

Russia! The Crown’s Game is Russian inspired. There aren’t many YA books out there with that involve Russia so The Crown’s Game will be a breath of fresh air in the YA world. The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is also Russian inspired and is such a great series.

Reason #2

That love triangle!!! As you may know, I am a big fan of the infamous “love triangle” and The Crown’s Game has one! SQUEEEE! Pasha and Nikolai sound like such a great pair, and I am very excited for this love triangle. With the guaranteed amazing plot and characters, I’m pretty sure this triangle will be an epic one.

Reason #3

The magic. I love fantasy. All fantasy, seriously it is my favorite genre after I read Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. The Crown’s Game sounds like a mix of The Hunger Games and Shadow and Bone. And not only is the concept of magic a prominent theme in The Crown’s Game I’ve read based on the synopsis that the magic isn’t just magic. Does that make any sense? The magic is more like abilities, which is pretty normal in books, but the magic itself sounds unique. It isn’t like fire powers, or the ability to see the future or something. Instead, our main character can “summon the snow and turn ash into gold.” Now that sounds cool.

Reason #4

I’ve actually met Evelyn and it was a really cool fun experience. She was super sweet. If I like an author, I will probably be checking out what book they wrote. I already knew about Evelyn’s book, but that’s besides the point. I know that authors are usually nice, but you never know, sometimess you come across authors that are just bad eggs. 😩

Those are all of my reasons for wanting to read The Crown’s Game. What are some of the reasons why you want to read it? Have you read it yet (you lucky peeps with ARCs)? Thanks for reading guys, until next time! 🙂

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The Parabatai Book Tag

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Art by Phantom Rin 

I am such a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. They were some of the first YA I got into and I loved them, especially the The Infernal Devices. Just recently, Lady Midnight, the first book in the The Dark Artifices trilogy came out and though I didn’t give it an A+ grade, you can see my review here, I still enjoyed the relationships. Especially the parabatai bond between Emma and Julian.

That you so much Lizzi at Belle of the Books for tagging me!

Name a pair of books that are complete opposites, but compliment each other perfectly.

I have to say Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Though these books are exactly polar opposites, like literally as far apart as opposite can get, but I thought both characters were similar. Celaena may not seem misunderstood, or alone, but she is – it is really shown in Heir of Fire. In All the Bright Places , Theodore Finch is VERY misunderstood and I think these two books would in a way, work well together.

Name a pair of authors that you would love to see collaborate.

Mmmm Sarah J Maas and Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie would create glorious heartbreakingly real characters and Sarah would create a magical world with romance and action and adventure.

Name the fictional character from any book or series that would be your Parabatai.

Lena Duchannes from Beautiful Creatures. I feel like I can really relate to her. She likes to read, she is cool and smart. And she has a love for words!!! Just like me. I really think I could depend on her as a true friend.

Name the author that you think is your perfect Parabatai.

Maggie Stiefvater for sure. She is so cool and her answers on social media makes me laugh! She has a dry sense of humor like me and well, she’s just a cool author.

If you were a Shadowhunter, which of Cassandra Clare’s characters would be your Parabatai?

Definitely Cristina. Cristina was one of my favorite characters in Lady Midnight. She is so cool and badass and sweet all in one. She is really caring to the Blackthorns, especially Mark and she sounds like the perfect parabatai!

This tag was fun! And it was quick to write, it only took me one night! Usually tags take like two days for me to write because I put too much thought into them. Have you guys read Lady Midnight yet? If so, did you enjoy it?

I Tag:

Em @ Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf
Kaitlin @ Next Page Please! 
Mish @ Chasing Faerytales

And I also tag anyone who wishes to do this fun book tag! 🙂

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