September Wrap-Up & October TBR

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September Wrap-Up

I definitely meant to upload this blog post like, three days ago… but I have been deathly ill with a disgusting cold and I went to the Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour on Friday (which absolutely did not help my cold) so I completely forgot! I also have two upcoming midterms this week so I have been dedicating all my time to studying. Better late than never though, right?

September wasn’t the best reading month. Between going back to school, working, and attempting to do homework I haven’t had much time to read. However, I did finish a series I have been working on for a while, so I wasn’t completely useless!

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

I honestly have a pile of like 20 graphic novels that I have accumulated in the last few months, so naturally I was like “I’m going to read all of these in a week!” and then clearly did not. However, I am so glad I read this one before I failed at the rest! This was a fantastic continuation to the story. I was so much more invested in this volume and I have the third volume sitting on my desk already so I honestly don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet! 5 out of 5 stars!

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead

Probably the most stressful book in these series. So many things were going on, it was bound to go to shit at some point! I enjoyed this one, but definitely not my fave. 4 out of 5 stars, find out more in my series review.

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) by Richelle Mead

Definitely my favourite book in the series! I felt like this book was really reminiscent of Vampire Academy for me in that I could not put it down. I didn’t really feel that way with a lot of the other Bloodlines books. 5 out of 5 stars, again check out my series review for more thoughts!

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

I finally finished the series! I also felt like I could not put this one down, but more because I just wanted to find out what happened in the finale. I definitely think it was a good concluding novel, but I refuse to believe Richelle Mead is done with this world. 5 out of 5 stars. Do I need to mention the series review again?

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh my heart, this book. I honestly can’t even wrap my head around the events that occurred in this book. It was so upsetting and so dark, but simultaneously so heartwarming and beautiful. I literally cannot even form coherent thoughts. I just can’t. I’m not emotionally ready for Queen of Shadows, I’m just not. 5 out of 5 stars, can I even give her any less?

I guess I did okay this month considering how much I’ve got going on! I’m just ready to get these midterms over so I can read all my October TBR books!! Which brings us to…

October TBR

Okay, so I was at home sick last week and wanted to get some fresh air…? Yeah, sure we’ll go with that… So I decided to take pictures of my October TBR instead. Except for you literally cannot bring a camera out without attracting my puggle. She is the definition of a princess and thinks you just want to take pictures of her. Whereas my other dog is so camera shy you will never see him on camera, ever. So my little puggle princess Bella decided she also wanted to be part of the TBR.

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Here’s my Halloween themed October TBR.

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Here’s my Halloween themed October TBR featuring Bella and her “can I eat the Voldey now?” face.

I’m currently 222 pages into Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor so hopefully I can finish it this week!

What are you reading in October? Do you also have a Halloween themed TBR or are you just reading regular books this month? 

I’m off to watch Once Upon A Time! Who else is excited to see what’s in store for Dark Swan??

xx

Jacqueline

Bloodlines: Series Review

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Warning: will contain spoilers seeing as I will be briefly talking about all the books in the series!!

bloodlinesBloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: August 23rd, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Bought
Finished: January 29th, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: 

If I’m being completely honest, I don’t remember what happens in this book at all. All I remember is that Sydney Sage is back and gets sent to Palm Springs, CA to protect Jill Dragomir (Lissa’s half sister) from anyone who decides they want to remove Lissa from the throne, as you need at least one other family member in order to be King/Queen. Honestly, I was just super excited to be back in this world and I was so happy the first book started out with the same characters we know and love from Vampire Academy *cough* rose and dimitri *cough*. This was definitely a great introduction to the new series and it set the stage really well for what was to come.

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The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: June 12th, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Borrowed
Finished: July 14th, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: 

The second book to the series was definitely one of the most important ones. This is when we finally see Sydney start to question her Alchemist beliefs, which is such a relief. We also get more of an introduction into her as a human magic user and it’s really interesting stuff! Her teacher, Ms. Twillinger, is hilarious! I just loved that this book covered so many different dynamics. The magic, the group really becoming a family, the brewing love interests, and of course the weirdo vampire hunters.

***

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The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: February 12th, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Borrowed
Finished: July 26th, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: 

This book was definitely my least favourite in the series. I felt like too much was going on and I was getting confused and annoyed at some of the decisions that were being made. Sydney finds herself tracking down Marcus Finch, an ex-alchemist who has been on the run for years, while simultaneously tracking down a rogue witch who is using her powers to suck the life out of other young, gifted magic-users. She finds out a lot of important things about herself and is able to accomplish a lot in this book, but of course this is not without it’s consequences. At the end of the book we learn that Zoe Sage, Sydney’s younger sister, is to join the ‘family’ in Palm Springs to help Sydney ‘cope’ with the vampires she deals with daily. Also, I can’t remember if Angeline was introduced in this book or the last one, but she quickly sky rocketed to one of my favourites… She’s so hilarious and unpredictable!

***

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The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: November 19th, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Borrowed
Finished: September 8th, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: 

This book was so stressful!! OMG. Zoe’s presence definitely threw everyone off. Neil, the new damphir assigned to them, stirs up some ‘romantic’ feelings in Jill and Angeline. Sydney struggles to balance her sister’s presence as well as all the problems she usually takes care of for the crew, all the while trying to keep her secret relationship with Adrian under wrap and at the same time create two tattoo formulas that could one, break the alchemists hold and two, prevent damphirs/moroi from becoming strigoi if attacked by one. Sydney has many amazing traits, but the fact that she is so stubborn and self-sufficient isn’t helpful when she has so many priorities. Of course she starts raising suspicion and of course it doesn’t end well.

***

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Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: July 29th, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Borrowed
Finished: September 11th, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: 

This was by far my favourite book in the series, which is strange because I for sure thought I would hate reading an entire book of her being stuck in re-education. It was so good! I love that Sydney was risking everything to help the people in re-education even though they really didn’t deserve her help. I love that Adrian was struggling back at court without her. I love that regardless of the hell she was going through, she knew she had to find a way out so that she could be with Adrian again. I love that Adrian finally snapped out of it and enlisted Marcus and the rest of their friends to help break her out of re-education, and I love that they saved everyone else in the process. The end of this book was absolutely fantastic. The running from the alchemists, the shotgun wedding, the hope that being at the moroi court would save them, the fact that they didn’t care at all what anyone thought of their relationship… It was all fantastic!

***

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The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: February 10th, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Borrowed
Finished: September 17th, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts: 

A really good ending to the series. The fact that Jill was kidnapped was terrifying, but also the best way to end the series seeing as they were sent to Palm Springs to hide her away in the first place. There was just so much that still needed to be resolved and this book was certainly successful in resolving all of it. Adrian had to deal with his spirit demons. Sydney had to accept that her life would certainly not be easy as a full-fledged witch and wife to a vampire. They found Olive and although they couldn’t save her, they made and kept an important promise. Jill and Eddie finally accepted their love for each other in the end <3. Adrian’s mom accepted both Adrian and Sydney, while accepting herself as a divorced woman. THE BABY. OLIVE’S FRIGGIN BABY ❤ ❤ ❤ The end of the book was probably my favourite. Adrian and Sydney and their new little family. The fact that she speaks to the baby in Spanish… The fact that Rose and Dimitri got engaged… Ugh. Just so good. How can these books be over?

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I refuse to believe that Richelle Mead is done with this world. Even if she doesn’t write about the Moroi and Damphirs for years, I will be right here when she does. I will never be able to get over the characters she has created, she is so gifted. The series was so kick ass and emotional and hilarious and heart-warming… and just UGH.

For those of you who have read the Bloodlines series, which book is your favourite? Which character? Tell me your feelings! 

Until next time,

Jacqueline

xx

Most Anticipated Fall Releases!

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Ever since Queen of Shadows came out I’ve been thinking about all the amazing books coming out this fall (September, October, November) that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Some of them I actually didn’t even realize existed until I went on Goodreads and Chapters/Indigo to make this list… I’m not going to include synopses because I don’t want this post to be ridiculously long (also a lot of them are sequels and spoilers!), but I’ll include the link to the Goodreads page in case any of you are interested.

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Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Release Date: September 9th
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I have never been more excited for a trade in my entire life. Honestly after reading volume 4 I just wanted to keep following the single issues, but I knew I would be irritated only getting one issue at a time. I will be picking this up tomorrow (assuming my comic book store has some)!

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Release Date: September 15th
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I am obsessed with Mindy Kaling and cannot even begin to express how excited I am for this book and for the new season of The Mindy Project. Her first book was so hilarious and authentic and I’m anticipating this one will be just as good.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Release Date: September 22nd
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Okay, so, I might be jumping ahead of things here. I haven’t actually read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children or Hollow City yet… But I want to marathon them in October because that’s in the Halloween spirit, right? They look creepy and so awesome!

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: October 6th
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This might actually be my most anticipated release of the year. Rainbow Rowell is fantastic. Fangirl is probably one of my favourite books of all time and I found myself just as invested in the Carry On story as I was for Cath’s story. This is going to be fantastic *cue 9th doctor’s voice*.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
Release Date: October 6th
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Honestly I’m just hoping that these short stories can hold me off until The Winds of Winter comes out… whenever that is… Anything happening in Westeros past, present, or future is good enough for me! Bring it on George!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay
Release Date: October 6th
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I didn’t even know this was a thing until a week ago when I clicked on Chapter’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2015” list. Another set of Harry Potter books will soon be on my shelves… I’ll probably ask for this for Christmas since I can’t justify spending money on yet another set of the same books, but better believe I’m getting my hands on this one way or another.

After Alice by Gregory Macguire
Release Date: October 27th
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I read Wicked by Gregory Macguire because I have been obsessed with the musical Wicked since grade 8. I have yet to continue on with Wicked’s sequels or any of his other books, but Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favourite stories of all time. I’m really interested to see what kind of spin he puts on this classic story.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10th
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This books is fighting Carry On for my most anticipated book of this year. Despite the fact that I questioned how cyborgs and fairy tale retellings would mesh, I found Cinder amazing, Scarlet was even better, and Cress literally blew me away. I even enjoyed Fairest, which is strange because I usually don’t like reading about the enemy. I hope Marissa Meyer never stops writing unique and charming books like these.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: November 10th
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I just started reading new adult books recently and I’ve completely devoured all of Colleen Hoover’s books in such a short span of time. This woman has a serious gift. As tragic as the underlying themes may be, they are hilarious, the characters are so real and the emotions can be felt on so many different levels. I doubt this book will let me down.

Soundless by Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 10th
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Honestly, I’m not even sure if I’m interested in this books because it’s unlike anything I have ever read or solely because Richelle Mead wrote it. She is literally a goddess and I’m going to be sad leaving her vampire world behind, but I’m sure this book will blow me away just the same. I’m pretty sure it’s also suppose to be a standalone, which is a blessing for my bank and my tbr pile.

What’s your most anticipated book coming out in the next few months? Is anyone else as excited as I am for these ones? Let me know!

Happy Reading!

xx
Jacqueline

RELEASE DAY RANT

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So, yesterday, as pretty much everyone in the world already knows, was the release day of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and The Assassin’s Blade in May/June and, needless to say, loved them all. Literally if I ever have the honour of meeting Sarah J. Maas I will bow down… But I haven’t actually read Heir of Fire yet and here is why.

Chapters/Indigo/a.k.a the major bookstore chain in Canada/a.k.a the only place I really buy books from (mostly online) had it noted that the paperback of Heir of Fire would be coming out on the same day as the hardcover of Queen of Shadows. This is why I haven’t bought it yet… because all of my other books are paperback and OBVIOUSLY THEY NEED TO MATCH. So my plan was to purchase Heir of Fire on September 1st, read it as fast as humanly possible, and then attempt to get Queen of Shadows either from the library or buy it as an e-book and then just rebuy the paperback when it comes out eventually… But then, CURVEBALL, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon and everywhere else is now saying the paperback of Heir of Fire doesn’t come out until October 27th, 2015.

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At first, I was a little confused.

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Then I was downright angry.

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Okay… I basically threw a tantrum.

HOW. WHY. WHAT EVEN IS LIFE. Now my whole plan iS RUINED. What do I even do now? The library has a wait on Heir of Fire so I have very limited options.

  1. Rebuy all books in hardcover so that they will match and I will have them all in their glory by the end of the week.
  2. Buy Heir of Fire as an ebook and then buy Queen of Shadows as an ebook and then eventually buy them in paperback.
  3. Buy Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows in the UK paperback editions, which yes are beautiful, but this means I would have to rebuy the other books in the UK paperbacks because MATCHING.
  4. Last, and probably the option that makes the most sense financially, wait for Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows to become available at the library and read them then…  LOL AS IF. If I’ve learned anything on the internet it’s that one SPOILERS two SPOILERS and three SPOILERS. So no, I cannot wait.

The moral of this story is basically that matching books is the most important thing in life and I firmly believe everybody should have an endless supply of cash to purchase said matching books. Has anyone else had the misfortunate of experiencing something like this?!

Rant over… For now.

xx
Jacqueline

JULY & AUGUST WRAP-UP!

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Well after almost two months of not posting I’m back and ready to buckle down, which is ironic since school starts next week and I will have little time to blog. In July I finished my summer school class so I had a ton of last minute readings, papers, and my final exam to focus on. I thought I wouldn’t have a lot of time for pleasure reading but I still managed to finish 7 books in the month of July, which honestly I’m pretty surprised with.

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth 

I was spoiled for this book so I was really dreading reading it… I picked it up as an audiobook instead to provide some incentive to listen to it, but it still took forever… I enjoyed the story and I really cared for the characters, but the end still pissed the hell out of me. I still rated it 4 out of 5 stars though, because honestly, I don’t think it could have ended any other way.

2. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones 

For some reason I can’t find Castle in the Air anywhere in the edition that matches mine… So I skipped it and read House of Many Ways, but seeing as they are only companion novels it didn’t really matter. This book was really cute and quirky and I really enjoyed reading it. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars as well.

3. Confess by Colleen Hoover 

Holy moly. I literally am blown away by Colleen Hoover. I think this book replaced Ugly Love as my favourite CoHo book. I had to put the book down to accommodate my sobs. Such a beautiful story. 5 out of 5 stars for the Queen of New Adult.

4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han 

I’m sitting here drawing blanks when trying to recall what this book was even about… This is why I shouldn’t do wrap-ups two months late… All I remember was that I loved it and Jenny Han is so adorable and her writing is fantastic. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars though so something must have annoyed me??? Don’t remember??

5. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead 

My goal was to read the rest of the Bloodlines series…
I love this series and I really loved this book! There was enough action, romance, humour, and everything else I love! 5 out of 5 stars!

6. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead 

As you can see I did not complete my goal…
After I finished this book I kind of needed a break, I didn’t enjoy the third book as much as the second. I feel like too many things were going on that I couldn’t really enjoy it because my head was in too many places. But of course the Sydrian romance still made me give it a 4 out of 5. The suspense and plot twists were also on point.

7. Every Day by David Levithan

I had this book on my shelf for ages and for some reason I could not get myself interested enough to read it. So, as I did with Allegiant, I got the audiobook. I actually really enjoyed the narrator of the audiobook, I think she did a really fantastic job. The story was really interesting to listen to and at some points I felt myself so entranced that I forgot what else I was doing, but I feel like had I have read it I wouldn’t have liked it as much. Still can’t decide if I will pick up the sequel. 4 out of 5 stars.

Honestly, I wish I had a legitimate excuse for why I didn’t blog in August, but I really don’t. Between working full time and trying to enjoy what bit of summer I had left, I really just didn’t want to sit down and blog. Then I went to NYC and the next thing you know August is almost over! I somehow managed to read another 7 books (well 6 books and a graphic novel). Apparently 7 is my lucky reading number! I also read a ton of single issue comics, but I couldn’t even begin to list them.

1. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I got my really good friend at work hooked on Colleen Hoover so we binge read all of her books this summer. The only one I have left is Losing Hope. However, I let my friend borrow all of these books before I even read them. So I had her hounding me to read them every day after she finished them… As soon as I started reading this book I was obsessed. It was so cheesy and adorable, how could you not love it? Will was annoying as hell sometimes, but overall I loved it! 5 out of 5 stars, obvi.

2. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

I didn’t think it was possible to love these characters anymore… Kiersten was probably my favourite character and she’s 11… I loved this book! It was so funny and so touching, but also so freaking sad near the end. You can see the conflict coming from a mile away and Will got even more annoying, but I still loved him and the story. 5 out of 5 again.

3. Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron

This comic is fantastic! I started to buy the single issues a while ago, but then decided just to wait for the first volume and I’m glad I did, I wouldn’t have been able to read only one issue at a time! Amazing art and I love the lady version of Thor! It was also really funny! 5 stars here!

4. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

For some reason I really felt like reading something sad and a bit dark and Ellen Hopkins is good at writing about tragic things so I gave this one a whirl. I read Burned years ago, so I had to look up a plot summary, but nevertheless I really enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it all started coming back to me and I’m really glad she wrote a second book so you could get some closure with the characters. It was a bit slow, but definitely worth the read! 4 out of 5 stars.

5. This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Okay this book really annoyed me. I thought it would be like a real third book in the series, not just Will and Layken replaying their whole relationship thus far. To be quite honest, I didn’t really care to know his perspective on things since it just seemed to annoy me even more. Boys are so stupid sometimes! But I’m glad I read it and I, of course, loved the end of the book when all the other characters come back into it! 4 out of 5 stars.

6. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

I was pretty disappointed with this book. I felt like considering it was a lot shorter than the first book it should have packed a punch, but it really didn’t. It started out slow and I felt like nothing really happened. Even at the end when most people said they were like “WOAH, the ending!” or “Give me the next book!”, I was pretty much like “oh, okay, well that’s bizarre and kind of makes the whole book pointless”. I hope the next one is better! 3 out of 5 stars… Can we also briefly mention that the covers are getting uglier and uglier as we go along? The third one is kind of hideous.

7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Wow! Way to go Morgan Matson! I liked Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, but I loved this! I could relate to Emily so much and I just loved her character. I loved the friends she made and the development of all of them throughout the novel. To be quite honest I spent the whole book hating Sloane because of how sketchy she was and the things she put Emily through, but of course I cried at the end. The ending was adorable and I just loved everything about this book!!! 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to everyone who reads this! I didn’t have many followers to begin with, but hopefully some of you stuck around even after my absence. I have a couple blog posts planned for this week and I’m hoping to start making use of this scheduling post feature. I have a feeling blogging will become my way to procrastinate when school starts.

I’m going to dive into Ms Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why and hopefully finish it before I fall asleep!

Until next time,

xx

Jacqueline

JUNE WRAP-UP + JULY TBR!

And here we are again… Back for another wrap-up/tbr post. This month was quite honestly the busiest month of summer so far. I spent the first week of the month working and packing for my trip to Cuba. I left for Cuba on the 11th of June and got back on the 18th really late at night. I was sick for the last two full days in Cuba/for the first two days of me being home.. and the weekend I came home was Father’s Day weekend, which is the busiest weekend at Dairy Queen (yes, I work at a Dairy Queen)… I’m the ice cream cake maker, so the weekend was insanely hectic selling cakes.. and then I worked straight through the next week and had to catch up on all my summer school work! I even worked yesterday on Canada Day, which is a holiday for most people but I got extra pay so it’s all good! However, now I’m completely stressed out because I have my final essay for my summer school class due in two weeks and all I do is work!!

Nonetheless, I still managed to finish a few books… Not as many as I’d hoped… but a few!

June Wrap-Up

1. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I definitely thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish this book in one go with it being multiple separate stories, but holy crap, I couldn’t stop! I liked that all of the stories began right where the last one left off. It was almost as if I was reading one book instead of multiple novellas. I loved meeting all of the different characters that Celaena came in contact with, but OH MY GOD SAM…. I mean it’s not a surprise what happens, but I didn’t expect it to be so awful. 5 stars for Mrs. Sarah J. Maas.

2. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This was the first book I finished in Cuba and oh my goodness gracious. I almost started bawling on the lounge chair at the pool… Miles’ back story is so freaking tragic. I could not stop reading until I figured out what happened in his past. The ending was absolutely amazing. 5 stars for Colleen Hoover!

3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This was the second book I read in Cuba and I honestly don’t really know what I was expecting going into it, but I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely like nothing I have ever read before. It was vulgar and hilarious and so real. I laughed so hard out loud at some passages that my friends made me read them aloud so they could laugh too. At this point I’m just giving away 5 stars!

4. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

This was my third book that I completed in Cuba and my first book by A.S. King. I hear nothing but good things about her books, but honestly I was a bit disappointed. I liked the story and I thought it was an interesting concept, but the end was a huge let down. It builds you up so much to want to know the truth about what happened and once you find out and Vera talks to the police it’s just like .. “okay, now what?” and it’s over! 3 stars for this one.

5. Allegiant (62%) by Veronica Roth

After my amazing experience listening to Cress on audiobook I thought getting this on audiobook would be a good way to force me to get through it. Unfortunately, I’m still not done. I’ve been listening to this on and off for the last 3ish weeks and I’m just getting so annoyed at the readers’ voices! Tris and Four just don’t sound like this in my head!

6. House of Many Ways (32%) by Diana Wynne Jones

This was the fourth book I started in Cuba and I probably could have finished it and the last one I took (Shadow and Bone) if I didn’t get sick. Usually being sick doesn’t prevent me from reading, but I was completely nauseous and out of commission for a solid 48 hours. I think I got sun stroke, it was awful. I want to finish this because it’s a companion novel to Howl’s Moving Castle and I love that book.

July TBR

My July TBR looks pretty similar to my last few TBRs… Finish up series/books I’ve already started.

1. Finish Allegiant and House of Many Ways 

2. Four by Veronica Roth

3. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

4. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I’m not sure how much reading I will be doing this month considering I have my final paper/final exam for my summer school class in the next few weeks. However, I seem to always be able to find time to read so I’ll see what I can do. I’ve also been really obsessed with Netflix lately and I’ve watched the first and second season of Orange is the new Black in about a week so… I definitely need to chill with the TV and start reading/blogging. But it’s just so funny!!

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I need to start making use of the different tools on WordPress so I can write a few posts when I have time and set them to upload later… I also just need to better organize my life. I can’t wait for this class to be over so I will finally have one full month to do nothing before back to school!!

What have you been reading this month? What are you looking forward to reading/doing/watching in July?

For all of you that still read my pathetic one post per month, thank you!

Cheers

Jacqueline

MAY WRAP-UP & JUNE TBR!

I feel like I’m starting a trend here… *falls off face of the earth* *comes back with wrap-up/tbr* *falls again*. Honestly, when I finished exams I thought I would be free to do whatever I pleased for 4 months. Boy was I wrong. I’ve been working 8 hour days, 5 days a week and the days I do get off I spend doing my readings and homework for the online summer school class I’m taking. It’s history, btw, so LOTS of reading… sometimes it’s very boring. However, I have still been managing to squeeze in reading for fun (of course). So without further ado…

MAY WRAP-UP

So let us reflect on my “May TBR”… My goal was to continue/finish series and companion novels. Did I do this? No, of course not. I kind of did, but then strayed a little..

1. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

All I have to say is that this book was a fan-freaking-tastic concluded novel. I honestly don’t even understand how I read all three of these books back to back because the EMOTIONS. Holy cow. I literally don’t think I have cried so much while reading in so long. To top it off I have terrible seasonal allergies that make my eyes really red and itchy so just imagine how swollen my eyes were from crying… 5 stars for Jenny Han.

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer

Listening to this on audiobook was the best decision I have ever made. I have never been so engrossed in something in my life. I cannot wait to read Winter. I actually have to stop thinking about this book right now or I’ll go crazy with longing. 5 stars for Marissa Meyer.

3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Okay, first mistake, I was so into Cress that I really should have continued with fantasy/dystopian. However, I just really wanted a cutesy romance so I started this instead… Second mistake, I kept forcing myself to read even when I wasn’t feeling it. But once I got into it I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a good story, a nice romance, and there were really great characters! 4 stars only because the mood wasn’t right when I read it.

4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I should have learned after reading one contemporary that I shouldn’t continue onto my contemporary streak… but no, I continued. This book was just really random… I should have known the insta love would bother me since that’s exactly what the book is about, but the family aspect of it was really nice and unexpected so it gets a 3 star rating.

5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Holy moly. The mixed reviews of this book made me hesitant, but DAMN. I am so glad I read this when I did, I definitely think I prevented a serious reading slump. Levana’s story was so interesting and I’m glad I now know why she never shows her face. However, some other things I wanted to know and felt were important were just brushed off. 4 stars for Marissa Meyer this time.

6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, what even was this book. I started off reading it and taking my time like tralalalala… Honestly, it was like I was taking a stroll through the park. Then, BAM. Love, happiness, betrayal, death, hatred, surprise, badassery, more surprise… Then the very last chapter…. MIND = BLOWN. I honestly think I am the world’s most naive reader.. I NEVER see things coming. Literally. Everyone else: oh yeah I totally saw that coming, I definitely had a feeling, I guessed from the beginning…
Me: WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK JUST HAPPENED? LITERALLY. WHAT IS LIFE.
Also, Chaolena forever. Dorian is cute, but not for Celaena. 5 glorious stars for the Queen herself, Sarah J. Maas. Like girl, where did you even come from because you’re actually unreal.

JUNE TBR

So because I’m so extremely terrible at following TBRs, I’m not really going to make one. I would like to continue on with series… I’m currently reading The Assassin’s Blade and I’m about to order Heir of Fire online.. So we’ll see how that goes. I’m going to Cuba for a week on June 11th and I plan on taking and finishing as many books as I can, so for that week I’m probably just going to try to read only books under 350-400 pages. I want to try to knock as many books off my TBR as possible and I think that will be an excellent way to do it.

What was your favourite book you read this month? What’s your most anticipated book on your June TBR? Let me know!

Happy Reading!

xx

Jacqueline

RANT!

So yesterday, as almost everyone knows, was the release date of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t really believe in pre-orders, mostly because there really is no guarantee it will come on time anyways, but also because I’m just lazy and don’t care to do them. So, this book is no exception. I didn’t preorder it. Instead, I went to the bookstore intending to buy it and they didn’t have it… Okay, not a big deal. I thought maybe it was just because the bookstore I went to was a small one inside of the mall near my house. I thought about going to Chapters later on. Then, I came home and looked on the Chapters/Indigo website. Boy, was I surprised at what I saw…

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WHAT?! APPARENTLY, this book is not available to buy IN THE STORE?! And, it’s also SOLD OUT ONLINE?! My first reaction was something like…

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Then once it sunk in all the way it was a little bit more like…

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Needless to say, I’m more than a bit annoyed. ALL I WANTED WAS THIS DAMN BOOK. IT SOUNDS SOO GOOOD. It’s not like I really NEED the book, I have like 50 books on my TBR pile, but that’s besides the point! I’m more annoyed because I’m seeing so many Instagram pictures of everyone with the book, or people buying it at the bookstore, or going to a signing and the shelves being full of them… I’m more annoyed at the fact that I live in Canada and it seems like Canada is the only place in the entire world that DOES NOT SELL THIS BOOK IN THE STORE. Not to mention the book is also sold out on Amazon.ca. Which, again, is typical for Canada. Thank god for the book depository. I’m going to order it right now.

Has this ever happened to any of you, whether it be for this book or another book? Is this a sign that I should start to take pre-orders more seriously?! Ugh. 

xx

Jacqueline

APRIL WRAP-UP & MAY TBR!

April Wrap-Up!

I’m seriously so confused as to how it is already May. I finished all 5 of my final exams and by the end I was seriously ready to just lay down and give up. I finished my last exam on April 24th and since then I have been working and sleeping. Yesterday and today I marathoned all of the episodes of season 10 of Criminal Minds that I had recorded on my TV and unfortunately on Monday I have to start an online class that I’m taking in the summer. On the bright side, I’m planning a trip to Cuba with two of my girlfriends and I can’t wait to just lay on the beach and read! So without further ado… here are the measly 5 books I read this month!

1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

I finished this one about two days into the month. After reading Maybe Someday I needed to devour more Colleen Hoover as soon as humanly possible. I had Hopeless and Losing Hope from the last time I did a bookoutlet order, so I immediately started it. I honestly was so emotionally invested in this book. I still had class that week, and let me tell you, I cherished those moments on the subway when I could read. However, I’m extremely thankful I was at home reading when I got near the end because I cried like an absolute baby. I did not see such a tragic story coming… but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I’m giving myself a cooling off period before I pick up Losing Hope. 4 out of 5 stars for this one.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I bought these book last year and after reading a ton of mixed reviews on goodreads I honestly did not know if I was even going to try to read it. However, the good seemed to outweigh the bad and I was really intrigued with the idea of a female, teenaged assassin. I’m so glad I decided to start… this book is fantastic. A lot of the reviews seemed to have a problem with how childish and annoying Celaena is, but I hardly noticed. I mean yeah she’s cocky, but if I was a teenage girl known as Adarlan’s gratest assassin, I would probably be a little cocky too. Such a wild ride, 5 out of 5 stars!

3. The 5th Horseman by James Patterson 

I’ve been reading the Women’s Murder Club for years and I’m only on the fifth book… I tend to read like one a year because I can’t really take too much murder mystery at once. This one was kind of disappointing because it started off slow, got really good, and then ended kind of bizarrely. It was still really interesting though so it was a 3 out of 5 stars for me.

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I wanted to start this series in the spring because I figured it would be the perfect way to get ready for summer. I really wish I had of read these books when I was a bit younger so I could identify with Belly more. Regardless, I really enjoyed this book and I loved the family aspect as well as the romance. 4 out of 5 for this one!

5. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

As soon as I finished the first book, I immediately had to pick up the second. I became so invested in the characters and I couldn’t sit around without knowing what happened next! I actually stayed up until 2am last night starting/finishing this one… But I’m counting it in my April wrap-up because I read it before I went to sleep! I enjoyed this one so much and it was such an emotional ride. I cried for a good chunk of the book. 5 out of 5 stars!

6. Cress by Marissa Meyer (37% finished)

I’ve been listening to this on audiobook for the last few days and I’m loving it so far! I can’t wait to find out what happens! This is my first audiobook and I’m really loving listening to it whenever I’m doing stuff around the house or on the go!

May TBR!

This month I’m planning on finishing up/continuing on with some series I have started. First, I want to finish up listening to Cress. Then I’m going to move into finishing We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. Followed by as many of the following as I can:

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

2. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

4. Four by Veronica Roth

5. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Hopefully I can read more than that in the month of May, but we’ll have to see! Well, that’s it for now!

What did you guys read this month? Link your wrap-ups below! Have any of you read any of the books on my TBR? Which ones should I prioritize? 

xx

Jacqueline

The Longest Ride: Movie Review

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The Longest Ride 
Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel), Craig Bolotin (screenplay)
Release Date: April 8th, 2015
Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Storyline 

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

My Thoughts: 

Well, I’m finally done exams, which means I get the next 4 months off of school! I decided to start my break by seeing a movie I have wanted to see since I finished the book and holy crap… This movie was seriously so good. I’m really glad I read the book beforehand because obviously the book gives a more in depth story, but I was very impressed with the movie. My bestfriend also really enjoyed it and she didn’t read the book, so it’s not like it’s confusing or unenjoyable if you don’t read the book. Although it did cut out a lot from the book and it did make a few major changes, I think they were for the better. The movie flowed really nicely and the way the two stories came together worked a lot better the movie way than it would have the book way. tumblr_nmo4hs5WCs1tm2ekjo1_500

The actors did a fantastic job. I think the only other movie I have ever seen Britt Robertson in was The First Time with Dylan O’Brien, which is kind of just an awkward movie in itself so I couldn’t really appreciate her as an actress. This movie, however, she was awesome. She’s also amazingly pretty! Scott Eastwood is also quite the looker… I definitely think he fit the role of Luke really well. Let’s just be real here for a second. Eastwood’s abs were the real MVP of this movie. Could he get any more good looking?! Alan Alda, the man who plays Ira, also did an amazing job. I can’t even count how many times he made me tear up in this movie…

The only thing that bothered me was the beginning when Sophia and Luke first started hanging out there were some parts that were super awkward and embarrassing and that is not at all how it went down in the book. But again, I understand changes had to be made to fit it into a 1 hr 45 m movie. Even my friend agreed the beginning was a bit cheesy but then it got really good. We also cried like babies, so that’s a testament to how good the movie was. If you like Nicholas Sparks’ book to movie adaptations, you will certainly love this. I even think some men would enjoy it because of the bull riding aspect. Definitely a must see romance movie!

I’ll be back with a ton of book reviews soon!

xx

Jacqueline