I Dare You! Book Tag

Too long agoI was tagged by Karen Jo @sincerelykarenjo to do the “I Dare You” Book Tag! I’ve been excited to do this one so here we go 😀

Rules:

  • You must be honest
  • You must answer all of the questions
  • You must tag at least 4 people

 

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? Well, truth be told I still have some of those Rainbow Magic fairy books on my shelf. So–Holly the Christmas Fairy. If we’re only talking YA and up, The Royal Treatment by Lindsay Leatvitt. (Actually that might be classified as more as middle grade? But it was in the teen section in my local library lol). And there’s also Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (we have the UK edition), but it isn’t technically on “my shelf;” it’s on my older brother’s because my family has had that book longer than they’ve had me lol.

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2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? Current read: Carry On. Last read: Cress (it was a re-read). Next read: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (probably).

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? I usually don’t hate books, but I was definitely didn’t like Eliza and her Monsters, especially after all the glowing reviews of it I was seeing.

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4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? The truth it out–Lord of the Rings. I’ve heard the books are good but they’re just so long and I can’t commit to that when there are so many other good books I want to read.

5. What book are you saving for your retirement? Have you seen how disorganized I am? I can’t plan that far ahead haha.

6. Last page: read it first or wait til’ the end? Why on Earth would you read it first? End of course!

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? I usually don’t read it but it’s definitely not a waste of paper and ink; I think it’s amazing for the people who are in the acknowledgements!

8. Which book character would you switch places with? Probably Cress from The Lunar Chronicles (but after the series ends so I don’t have people trying to kill me all the time). She’s a super cool hacker (!), I love what she gets to do at the end of the series (!!), and she gets Thorne (!!!).

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9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) Tbh all of my books–I have so few since I get them all from the library that I can pretty much remember exactly when/where/how I got each one. For example, I got Ella Enchanted (my all time favorite!) at the beginning of the summer before fourth grade, and it reminds me of the trip I took that summer 🙂

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10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. Well I got this picture book that I don’t even remember the name of and also don’t know where it is when my kindergarten teacher lost my diy moon and stars mobile.

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11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? Um…no. I have, however, directed them to the library 🙂

12. Which book has been with you most places? Well some Harry Potter is older than me and I’ve moved 6 times so probably that one haha.

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13. Any “required reading” that you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later? Not high school but I read The Outsiders in middle school and really didn’t like it, but I know the story and want to reread it–I think I would love it now ❤

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14. Used or brand new? Most books I have are brand new (because I have no books…) and I love new books, but I also love cheap things more haha.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? Had to google him so nope.

16. Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book? Nope! Although I have to admit that I love The Princess Bride and I’ve never read that book so who knows.

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17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbooks included? The Bliss Bakery. It’s Raining Cupcakes. Sprinkles and Secrets. Frosting and Friendship. The Cupcake Queen. Pies and Prejudice. Pie. (Isn’t that just the best book title ever???)

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18. Who is the person who’s book advice you’ll always take. Me haha. I’m the one who knows me and my books best 🙂

19. Is there a book outside of your comfort zone that you ended up loving? I really liked the Tempest trilogy even though I usually don’t read time travel!

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Tagging these amazing people!

@bookgraphy

@breesbooks

@lilisblissfulpages

@theartoffeels

@malanielovesfiction

@emmareadstoomuch

@anyone who wants to!!!!

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

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This is my second time getting nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This is kind of old and I was actually nominated even more times (!!!!!) but ahh trying to get them all out people blogging is hard. I should really get more organized (I’m so in awe of all you amazing organized people with those gorgeous bullet journals) considering my planning pretty much happens in the margins of my biology notes (I swear I’m a good student…).Thanks so much to @Bookgraphy for the tag–I love you so much!

 

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog–thank you so much for being such an amazing blogger and commenting on my posts which makes me feel super awesome and writing even more awesome posts and eeeeee if you aren’t following Bookgraphy, DO IT RIGHT NOW!!
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog.

 

Bookgraphy’s questions.

1. Why did you decide to start blogging? I’ve always been a super avid reader, but I’ve been the only one that I know. So I really wanted to fangirl about books with other bookworms, but none of my friends and family were, and then I discovered Goodreads and shortly after, book blogs. I made them both in January 🙂

2. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Truth is out; I’m a lazy potato who doesn’t like exercise. I am on the school colorguard though, and we practice outside! If you don’t know, we’re the cool girls who spin flag, rifle, and sabre with the marching band ❤

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3. What was your first blog post and would you change anything about it now? My first blog post was just a book review, my review of Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Pretty generic and boring so no, I guess I wouldn’t change it lol.

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4. What is your favorite post you’ve written? My notvery serious and detailed list of why books are better than boyfriends xD (Books > Boyfriends). It was so much fun to write 😀

5. If you could be transported to any world from a book, where would it be? Hogwarts. The wizarding world. Harry Potter. Whatever you want to call it, IT’S AMAZING!

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6. Summarize your life with three songs. Not Like The Movies by Katy Perry. Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainor. And When Will My Life Begin from Tangled.

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7. How do you come up with a blog post? The truth is out; I’m pretty unoriginal so far. Mostly I just write book reviews, memes, and tags. I guess it’s just what I want to write at the moment.

8. Do your friends and family know about your blog? Parents–yes. Friends–lol no.

9. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging? Um, that people are awesome? And everyone here is so friendly and I don’t have to be alone in my holed up in my room bookworminess because everyone else here gets reading just as much as me ❤

10. What is the longest book you’ve read? Winter by Marissa Meyer at no less that 827 pages. It’s one of my all time favorites 🙂

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11. Where are you from and what is the most common stereotype or misconception about your home town/state/country? We California girls (oh maybe I shoulda used that song xD) are not all blonde and tan babes ok I don’t leave my roombooks enough to get tan.

 

 

My questions:

1. OTPs?

2. Favorite author?

3. Favorite classic?

4. All time favorite book?

5. Favorite place to read?

6. Favorite Disney movie?

7. Book character you relate to the most?

8. Favorite book to movie adaptation?

9. Some book boyfriends?

10. Book villain you would be bffs with?

11. Favorite book with a pink cover?

(these were so random lol just go with it pls)

 

Tagging:

Kalina @kalinareads

Chrissi @chrissireads

Kat @theartoffeels

Caro @thebookchesirecat

Jasmine @jasminesreading

I’m going to try to do the other awards/tags I’ve been nominated for/tagged in soon so if I don’t tag you here I might tag you there tomorrow 😉 And as always, if you don’t want to do it, you don’t have to, and if you do, feel free to tag yourself  😀

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Review

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Goodreads Summary: Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen 

 

away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Review:

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

It’s not easy to be a human in a faerieland, a place full of beautiful and cruel immortals who see you as a disgusting being who will soon be dead. For some this might lead to keeping your head down and fading into the shadows, but for Jude, it means fighting to be taken seriously, to fit in, to be better than them.

Jude, her twin sister Taryn, and her older sister Vivi, were just kids when their parents were murdered and they were brought to faerie to live with Vivi’s biological father, a vicious faerie named Madoc. As a result, Vivi does everything she possible can to annoy Madoc, constantly going to the mortal world, Taryn tries her best to appease the faeries and fit her place, and Jude tries her best to be better than them, becoming more ruthless than one would think possible and playing a dangerous game of politics, and soon, more.

In the beginning of the story, Jude and Taryn go to lessons with the youngest cruel prince, Prince Cardan, who seems to delight in high school like bullying of Jude and her sister, doing terrible and cruel things to anyone who might cross him. But the book gets far darker quickly, as it is clear that people are ready cheat, deceive, and murder for power, and Jude gets swept right into the middle of it.

Jude is not a perfect character. She’s dark, and willing to be completely ruthless to get what she wants. There were some parts where I felt like she was going full on antagonist, and was motivated by the wrong things. However, I loved how powerful and strong she could be, all while still caring about her sisters.

I’m pretty sure The Cruel Prince of the title refers to Prince Cardan, although really, I think that he was the least cruel of the three princes. In the beginning of the book he seems to fit the archetype of an arrogant jock, but it becomes clear that he’s more complex that that, and I found myself loving him by the end of the story.

All of the supporting characters were really complex as well. My personal favorite was Vivi, Jude’s faerie sister who cares fiercely about her family. Then there’s Taryn, who at first appears to be a passive nobody, but harbors deep secrets. Madoc, too ends up being far more than he seems. Most of the characters are.

The romance in this book was a lot less than I expected it to be. When it was there, it almost felt out of place and extra; I really wanted there to be more, but since there was so little, it almost felt tacked on and took away from the main plot. This book was definitely much, much darker than a fluffy romance.

There wasn’t one large plot twist in this book; rather, it seemed like the entire last third of the book was one plot twist after another after another, and I guessed NONE of them! I absolutely LOVED the end of this book, and was kept completely on my toes; even when I thought I knew what was happening, I didn’t.

I love the complex faerie world. The faerie politics, and their ruthlessness, were incredibly well done. I loved reading about all the different courts and circles. It is clear that Black knows her stuff on faerie mythology. Furthermore, I was really happy to see Kaye and Roiben, as well as Ben and Severin from Holly Black’s other faerie books.

I think The Cruel Prince might be the darkest of all of Holly Black’s books that I’ve read. The fey here are no happy fairies; the book is full of dark plots, deception, and murder. As someone fascinated with the darker aspects of faeries and fantasy, I loved this.

4.5 out of 5 thorny black stars.

 

You can also read my review on Goodreads.

Check out The Cruel Prince on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. 

Books > Boyfriends

Today is Valentines Day! Maybe that means that you’re going to have a romantic date with your partner, enjoy chocolates and flowers, etc, etc. But if you’re anything like me, it means that you’re going to be sulking alone, buying yourself chocolate tomorrow when it goes on sale, and contemplate why you’re going to die alone! (Honestly, I’m sure it has nothing to do with my social awkwardness; wouldn’t everyone much rather be curled up in their bed with a book than out with friends on a friday night? Not that anyone ever invites me to hang out on friday nights…yeah…anyways….).

So on behalf of all us single people out there, I’ve compiled a list of why books are infinitely better than boyfriends!

1. They’re much better shared. Whenever you read a really good book, of course you forcewant all your friends to read it! And then you can all fangirl about it and talk about how awesome it is, and overall, it’s much more full when everyone has read it! None of this being jealous over its relationship with another girl. Please, all the girls (and guys!) in the universe READ IT!

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2. And they’ll share you! Your book isn’t going to get upset and jealous when you read another. You can read hundreds of books. Thousands. Millions. Every single book in the entire universe! (I wish…)

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3. You can brace yourself for the end. Inevitably, of course, a book must come to an end. But there will not be an unexpected breakup over text! You can count exactly how many pages are left and mentally prepare yourself so you have a tub of ice cream handy when it comes.

4. But it doesn’t really have to end. Even after it ends, you can read it again. And again. And again. For the rest of you lifetime and then AGAIN!

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5. You can skip all the sad parts. If you’re reading a book for the second or third or 40233103849th time, you know exactly what to do. Where to go. Where to avoid so all can be happy go lucky yay!

6. There’s no shortage of them. Just look at that mile long TBR! And walk into the library and see shelves and shelves and shelves of books you might never get around to reading! Maybe I’myou’re having a boyfriend shortage, but you’ll never have a book shortage!

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7. You can make them look however you want. Maybe there’s a guy who’s super nice and awesome but also lowkey ugly. Well if you’re reading a book that’s awesome, you can imagine the characters and world and everything just as perfect as you want!

8. They won’t complain about your habits. Have you ever had a book complain about something you do? About you always being late or biting your fingers or being super disorganized? No! Books love you just the way you are!

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9. They’re so much cheaper. No paying to buy them a valentines gift, a birthday gift, pay for a date, etc, etc. You can get them for 10 bucks paid once and that’s it. Or better yet: go to the library and they’re absolutely FREE!

10. You can get rid of them easily. You read a book from the library, don’t like it, return it and never think about it again. Or, if you bought it, sell it/give it away. You won’t have to deal with a messy breakup, or have pictures of your relationship haunt you forever. Just pick up another and never look back!

 

(I’m not sure how I ended up with the Beauty and the Beast gifs but eh).

Well, from one single girl to the world, here were my ten reasons why books are better than boyfriends. For all of you having romantic dates tonight, BE JEALOUS because I’m having a romantic date with A BOOK! xD

Top Ten Tuesday: My OTPs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Love Freebie. I decided to go with my Top Ten OTPs. Ah, how much I love a good romance.

1. Cinder and Kai from The Lunar Chronicles: It’s no secret that I love The Lunar Chronicles. And I formed an attachment to Cinder early on; she’s so badass and I love her so much! So cute!

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2. America and Maxon from The Selection: Maxon is so adorable and cute and caring and America is such a relatable and likeable heroine and their conversations are so cute I can’t even ahh!

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3. Lara Jean and Peter from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: They’re just so adorable together! I love how much they care about each other! And Peter is so good to Kitty. And always looking out for Lara Jean. Awwwweeeee!

4. Mia and Michael from The Princess Diaries: How can you not love these two after watching them grow up for ten whole books? They are just so perfect for each other! Who needs a prince or a jock when you can have this nerd?

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5. Mia and Adam from If I Stay: Another Mia xD. I love how these two are so completely different, but were brought together by their mutual love of music. It’s amazing what music can do to us. And they’re willing to sacrifice everything for each other.

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6. Lila and Cassel from The Curse Workers: These two have been through so much yet they’re still so in love. They would know each other anywhere. Even when they’re not themselves. Literally. Eeek!

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7. Zara and Astley from Need: I love how these two can choose each other even when the world is telling them not to. When everyone they know (especially Zara) says it’s wrong, but they find each other anyways.

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8. Holly and Jackson from Tempest: These two have literally fallen in love something like four times in all different timelines. No matter what happens, even when history is erased over and over again, despite all efforts to stay away, they find each other. No matter what.

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9. Bianca and Wesley from The Duff: I love how they both change for each other, grow better for each other. They’re there when they most need it, and form the most unlikely and beautiful love.

10. Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice: Do I even need to say anything about this one?

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And those are my Top Ten OTPs! Writing this post made me feel all happy and giggly and cute, and then I remembered that I have no boyfriend and will be forever alone, and now I think I’ll go eat some chocolate by myself (or on the day after Valentines Day when it’s on sale). Did you do TTT? Comment below and I’ll check yours out 😀

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: Review

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Goodreads Summary: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

 

 

Review:

“I know that I don’t want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all.”

In the sequel to Jenny Han’s beautiful To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean has been thrust into the spotlight with a scandal involving her and her boyfriend, the absolutely swoon worthy Peter Kavinsky. All is not well; someone has taken a video of their makeout session session in the hot tub and now the entire school, students and staff, think that the two of them had sex in the hot tub.

This is more than enough to put a strain on their relationship, the relationship that was never supposed to happen in the first place because they were pretending. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly evident to Lara Jean that Peter still isn’t over his manipulating ex girlfriend, Genevieve. In the midst of all of this, another of her past loves, John Ambrose McClaren has just received his letter, forming the beginning of a heart wrenching love triangle.

I was pretty set on which side I was on in this book, but unlike the first book, there were definitely moments for both of the love interests, and I really think that Lara Jean could have been happy with either of them. Just maybe one more than the other. Lara Jean matures a lot in this book as well. The video is more than any high schooler should have to go through, and she really grows for having to deal with it.

The relationship between the three sister is just as endearing as ever. Peter and Kitty’s friendship is adorable; it’s clear he really cares about her just as much as Lara Jean. This book spent more time at the retirement home than the previous. Stormy was a hilarious and endearing character, full of all her own stories.

There was the addition of a game to this book that really put Lara Jean in a competitive spirit. That was a large part of why I liked this book less than the previous. I feel like she took it far too seriously, and at times it just seemed plain ridiculous when real life events and relationships were being compromised all for the sake of a silly game.

In the end, I enjoyed the first book in the series more than this one. However, I feel like it was still a cute and beautiful follow up. Like the first, it was a quick read that I devoured in a couple of hours in one sitting and I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoyed the first book, or who enjoys teen romance in general.

4 out of 5 pastel pink stars

 

You can read my review on Goodreads here.

Check out P.S. I Still Love You on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. 

Spell Your Name With Fictional Characters Tag

I saw the Spell Your Name With Fictional Characters Tag on Rachel @BeachBookworm’s blog, and thought it looked fun so I tagged myself lol. Pretty straightforward; I had to spell “Kay Wisteria” with fictional characters 🙂

KKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

AAmerica Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

Y — Tally Youngblood from Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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WWarner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

IIssie from Need by Carrie Jones

SScarlet from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

TTina Hakim Baba from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

EElla from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

RRuby from Frostblood by Elly Blake

IIsabella Linton from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

AAdam Wilde from If I Stay by Gail Forman

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Guys this was actually hard. I might have cheated on Y, but hey, last name is still name! The only other Y character I could think of was Yoda and that’s not a book character xD And W was hard too! And thinking of not one but two “I”s.

Why do I have such a strange name?

If you want to do this, tag yourself 🙂 Be like me and take initiative when nobody tags you xD This was pretty fun (if frustrating!)