ARC Review: “The Names They Gave Us” by Emery Lord

It’s been such a struggle to put together a coherent review of this book. I fell in love with Lord’s When We Collided, so I didn’t have any doubts about how brilliant The Names They Gave Us would be, but wow. It blew me away. I needed this book 10 years ago, but I’m so glad I have it in my hands now.

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ARC Review: “Royal Bastards” by Andrew Shvarts

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book has been on my radar since I first heard about it. While I felt the synopsis gave a lot away, I’m always up for a YA fantasy, and thankfully, this book didn’t let me down.

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NerdyPost’s December Unboxing!

Ah, I feel like I’m super late posting this! I try to wait at least two weeks after getting the box so there’s no spoilers or anything. I believe we’re safe now. 🙂

If you don’t know about NerdyPost, it’s a monthly subscription box filled with hand lettered designs based on certain fandoms. This is actually the third NerdyPost box I’ve bought and I haven’t been disappointed! The theme for December was “Fantastic Beasts.” It’s so fitting since the movie released at the end of November (I saw it twice! <3), and to say I was excited for this box is an understatement!

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Review: “A Shadow Bright and Burning” by Jessica Cluess

Heavens me, it’s over, it’s finally over. I don’t think I could have read another page which is saying a lot because I read the entire book! There were so many times I wanted to DNF but I plucked up the courage to pushed through. Reluctantly. So reluctantly.

I’m sad that I didn’t like this book. It sounds freakin’ awesome! I mean, Victorian England and fantasy? What’s not to like? Those are my two favorite things…ever. Seriously.

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ARC Review: “Glitter” by Aprilynne Pike

I was provided a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Random House Children’s and Netgalley!

Breaking Bad meets Marie Antionette? How can you not? Well, granted I’ve never actually watched Breaking Bad but I absolutely love anything about foreign royalty so I thought this would be right up my alley. While I did like the book’s fast pace and the faux royalty, due to the fast pace, certain parts felt very rushed, and the world building was confusing.

Disclaimer: There might be spoilers! I’m sorry. I know I normally don’t do spoilers but in this case, there were some things I wanted to talk about that I couldn’t unless I included a small spoilers disclaimer!

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Review: “Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer

I’ve managed to tackle a majority of September’s TBR thanks to my local library and their audiobooks. I listened to Cinder on audiobook a few months ago and enjoyed it, so I was excited to dive back into the Lunar Chronicles world with the next book in the series, Scarlet.

While it’s safe to say I wasn’t wholly disappointed, I didn’t like this book as much as Cinder. It’s also safe to say that I will continue to listen to the rest of the series in audiobook format because the narrator continues to do a fantastic job!

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