Review (reread): “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski

(And by “reread” I mean I listened to this on CD while driving to and from work. Hehe.)

Can I even talk about this series enough?ย Initially, I reread this because of the North Texas Teen Book Festival and the fact that the author was there, but I didn’t finish it in time. Regardless, I loved the bookย more than the first time I read it.

The narrator for the audiobook is Justine Eyre and she does aย fantastic job narrating. I’ve learned listening to audiobooks that a narrator can really make or break it for me. (I listened toย The Wrath and the Dawn on audiobook and wonder if I would have liked the book more if I had read the physical copy…) She added an accent for the Valorians while the Herrani sounded normal, which really added to the overall story.

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Review: “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while now. When I found out that the author was going to be at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, I figured I could finished it in time (I didn’t) so I could get it signed (which I did).

I’ve seen this book floating around on the #bookstagram community for a while, and it won Goodreads 2015 Debut Author Award. One reviewer described it as X-Men set in a dystopian high-fantasy world. Hello, that’s my cup of tea!

Overall, I was glad I read it but I did have some problems with it…

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Book buying ban…broken!

Ah, alliteration, I love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Alas! I did break my book buying ban because I just can’t help myself! I mean, when you come across a great deal, do you really pass it by? (Okay, sometimes I do and sometimes I walk through the entire store carrying the item I want to buy but then put it back at the last minute only to go home and slightly regret it. I’m not the only one, right? Right?)

So yes, I did ban myself from buying books due to the North Texas Teen Book Festival this weekendย but like I said, I found some great books at a good price and I even had a coupon! That seems to be a running theme with me…

Welp.

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Organize (those bookshelves)!

At one point, my bookshelves overflowed. Is that even surprising? I just kept buying books when I didn’t have room and stored them haphazardly on my shelves until itย looked like a whirlwind swept through.

I wish I had a “before” picture to show you but I do have an “after” picture, and I can’t stop staring. โค (I think that’s just the neat freak in me).

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Review: “Legend of Rhyme” series, Books 1 – 3

A few months ago, I requested a middle grade fantasy novel on Netgalley calledย Elora of Stone, book 1 in the Legend of Rhyme series. I was contacted a few days later by an agent who gave me access to not only book 1 but also books 2 & 3! I was so pleased at the opportunity.

I wrote all my reviews on Goodreads but since I finished the books I was given, I decided to write a full (spoiler-free) review here. I haven’t read a middle grade novel in a very long time and this series was fun and quick to read.

Also, did I mention there are unicorns?

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Reviews: “The Wrath & the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh & “First & Then” by Emma Mills

Boom boom! Knocking these hyped books off my reading list one by one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of thanks to my local library (they deserve a blog post of their own soon) for also providing audiobooks. I never knew how much I could listen to on a drive to and from work. XD

Today I review the very hyped The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, whose sequel releases on the 26th of this month and First & Then by Emma Mills, which claims to beย ย Pride and Prejudice meets “Friday Night Lights” thing (can’t say this is true because I’ve never watched “Friday Night Lights” so…)

Keep readingย for spoiler-free reviews! ๐Ÿ™‚

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