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? 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 book more than the first time I read it.

The narrator for the audiobook is Justine Eyre and she does a fantastic job narrating. I’ve learned listening to audiobooks that a narrator can really make or break it for me. (I listened to 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! 😀

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 weekend 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 it 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. ❤ (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 called 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! 🙂 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 be  Pride and Prejudice meets “Friday Night Lights” thing (can’t say this is true because I’ve never watched “Friday Night Lights” so…)

Keep reading for spoiler-free reviews! 🙂

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