June’s OwlCrate Unboxing!

I received this box about two weeks ago but I wanted to wait a while because I know some people don’t get their boxes as quickly as I do. 🙂

The theme for this box was “Royalty” and if you know anything about me, I am basically obsessed with all things royal (but I love the British royal family the most <3) so getting this box was a no brainer for me!

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Review: “When We Collided” by Emery Lord

Well, here I go with another contemporary YA book that I liked. I must be picking up a lot of good ones lately or something because wow! This book!

There’s been a trend in YA recently about writing believable characters with mental illnesses. I found myself falling in love with this book. I laughed out loud, I teared up, and I closed the book with such satisfaction, I didn’t want it to end. Not many books do that to me but I’m so glad this was one of them.

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June’s NerdyPost Unboxing!

NerdyPost is a new subscription box service made by Alexis Lampley (Instagram). It’s a box based around a certain fandom each other (June was Hogwarts and July is Game of Thrones). What’s cool about this box is that all the products are calligraphy prints. Calligraphy is all the rage now and while I’m not particularly overwhelmed by the thought, I thought I’d go ahead and subscribe to June’s because I mean, HELLO. HOGWARTS. HARRY POTTER. How could I not?

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ARC Review: “What She Wanted” by Julie Anne Lindsey

I’m shocking myself by the amount of contemporary YA fiction I’m reading right now. I’m tentatively exploring the genre, trying to find some goods books, since it’s one of my least read sub-genre in YA.

So when I came across this lovely (I mean, that cover says a lot) on Netgalley, I immediately requested a copy and a lucky chosen one!

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: “Golden Son” (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

After I finished listening to Red Rising, I reserved Golden Son right away and was so flippin’ excited to dive right back into the series.

I’m so glad I have the change to read such a great amount of books that have turned the tides for me in genres that I didn’t initially like. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve just read crappy books in that genre so I just decided then and there that I didn’t like it.

Case in point? This. Freakin’. Series. Curse you, Pierce Brown, and your writing skills. I don’t think I’ve talked to myself more or shouted randomly more than I have while listening to Golden Son. I’m just a hot mess.

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Review: “The Crown’s Game” by Evelyn Syke

Dude, I was so excited when this book came out. I didn’t do a “most anticipated releases” for the month of May so I skipped over a few books…

But I was too poor to go out and buy it.

I love my local library for having it. ❤ (I’ve really been meaning to make a blog post just about the wonderfulness of the library system where I live but I’ve been distracted.)

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Discussion Post #1: E-reader vs. Physical books

That’s probably not the best title but hey, what can I do? I seriously suck so bad coming up with actual titles for things. Like I don’t even have real titles for any of my own books! ^_^’

I feel like this could be an endless discussion post and even a pretty common one but I think it’s always appropriate, especially with the rise in technology and other companies coming out with tech pads whose sole purpose isn’t for reading (like the Kindle or Nook).

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A few of my favorite things… (Part 3)

I rarely talk about classics. I love classics. I mean, I majored in English when I was in college, how can I not love the classics?

I’m prone to British literature (is that a surprise?) so I’ve read my fair amount of it but I stick with a lot of female authors during this time period so no, I haven’t read Dickens or Trollope. (Gasp!) But in my head I keep telling myself, “Eventually” but that just hasn’t happened yet. XD

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ARC Review: “Paper & Fire” (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine

Okay, so I did not expect to love this book. I didn’t even think I would like it but alas, I found myself requesting it on Netgalley, thinking “There’s no way I’ll get approved.” Wrong, Nicole! So wrong! And thank goodness, I was.

I had some problems with the first book in the series, Ink and Bone. So much that I wrote a meh review about to on Goodreads. But man, I read book 2 like nobody’s business. Everything I just thought was “meh” about the first book becomes everything I really loved about this second book.

Thank you Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy! I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 🙂

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