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Ten Books I Liked More/Less than I Thought I Would

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a a meme hosted by the lovelies @ The Broke and the Bookish where we create lists based on a topic given to us for the week. This week’s topic is 10 books I liked more/less than I thought I would. I’m sure that most of these aren’t going to be a surprise if you’ve been reading/following my blog for a while because I’ve mentioned liking or not liking them to some degree.

I’m curious to see which of these you share with me, if any so make sure you share your post with me in the comments! 😀 Without further ado, let’s get to the books.

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LootCrate “Dream Crate” Project

Hey guys! Today’s post is actually a pretty exciting one because I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while. Last month I was contacted by LootCrate asking if I was interested in creating my “dream crate” and writing a post about it. A couple emails later, here we are! I think this is beyond cool and I wanted to thank LootCrate for reaching out to me and giving me this awesome opportunity.

If you haven’t heard of LootCrate, they’re a monthly subscription box that sends you 4-6 items each month that retail for over $50. They offer multiple types of boxes and partner with brands like Marvel, Potterworld, and Saurio to bring you crates that they know you’ll love. OH, and the best part about the ‘dream crate’ project is that anyone can do it! So, if you want to create your own dream crate and post about it, go ahead! There’s a chance your dream will be turned into a reality!

I’ve been hemming and hawing about my theme until I finally decided to go with one that I think fits in nicely with Valentine’s Day (albeit belated now, but oh well): OTPs.

I want to apologize for any wonky formatting in this post. I sat for two hours fidgeting with html tags and nothing worked. Anyway, let’s open up this box and see what goodies await us!

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The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Sooo I know I’m a little late because Valentine’s Day was on Tuesday, but in case you haven’t noticed I’m just kind of running with the Valentine’s Day theme for all of posts this week. I was tagged by the lovely Heather (aka Sassy Book Geek) to do this super fun tag. I don’t have a whole lot more to say, so let’s jump right in. Continue reading

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Empire of Strangers and Deja Vu | Empire of Storms Critique

Empire of StormsRating: 4 Teacups
Title: Empire of Storms
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Format: Kindle/Audiobook
# of Pages: 704
Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


I just want to say that despite my [few] problems with this novel, I really enjoyed reading it and I cannot believe that I [still] have to wait over a year for the finale. *sigh* I’ve got a lot to say about this book, so let’s jump right into it. (I swear this is when being a BookTuber would come in handy.)

**There aren’t any spoilers until I get to the plot. I’ve marked and hidden them.**

Brief Thoughts

  • My best advice is to read The Assassin’s Blade first just because events are referenced (as they are in the other books) and it’d be good to have background information.
  • I enjoyed most of the character development in the book, however it felt stunted for a couple characters.
  • The pacing was weird; while it felt like there was nonstop action, it also kind of dragged. It took me a while to finish this book.
  • I felt like I was lied to a lot in this book; both by characters and Sarah.
  • The ending felt like it was recycled from another book I’ve read and loved (you will know which one the minute you’re done).
  • Lysandra’s loyalty and courage makes a huge appearance in this book and I just love her so much.

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Top Ten Books I Wish Had More/Less Romance

Hey, hello, what’s up? Today is Tuesday and that means that it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This is a meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish where we compile a list of ten books based on a given theme for the week. This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them. In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, I decided to do more/less romance in them. I’ve got a lot of repeat authors/series, so I apologize in advance, but what can you do? It’s either that or smut……lol.

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February 2017 TBR

I’m only making myself a TBR because right now I’m flailing around with no idea what to read now that I’ve finished The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows Duology. Soooo I decided to make myself an extremely tentative TBR for this month. As you’re all well aware, I’m being  careful with forcing myself to read books. This is just for direction (and I’m going to keep telling myself that, haha).

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January 2017 Wrap-Up

Ok, I have to say it. Where did January go?? I can’t believe that we’re already in February. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, hahaha.  This month was a pretty decent month in terms of reading as well as blogging for me. I’m tentatively getting back into the swing of things, picking up books, and putting them down when I’m not feeling them (only one book this month). Let’s see what I did, shall we? Continue reading

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How-est Did Thou Find-est Moi? | Romeo & What’s Her Name Critique

RomeoRating: 3.5 Teacups
Title: Romeo & What’s Her Name
Author: Shani Petroff
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Format: eBook
# of Pages: 224
Synopsis:

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

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You Are Precisely My Cup of Tea | Get to Know Me Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Heather (aka The Sassy Book Geek) a while ago to do this tag. Thank you so much for tagging me and I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get around to it! Better late than never, right? 😉 Anyway, this tag was a lot of fun to do because it gives you guys a chance to (as the name suggest) get to know the blogger behind the books. (I just thought of The King and I, then proceeded to listen to and sing along to ‘Getting to Know You.’)

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