retellings

Books I Brought With Me to College

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I brought a handful or so of books with me to college. Will I even touch them? I have no idea. I’ve been favoring audiobooks lately because the only thing that I legitimately read are textbooks. Yes, it’s a sad thing, but if you’re curious about which books I brought with me to college, stay tuned.

For the most part, these are books that I could theoretically fly through, so you won’t find any hardcore fantasy here.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Beauty and the Beast retelling with faeries, so I’m told. I’ve been aching to read this one for a while. I got about 20 pages in before having to stop because college got in the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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And I Darken

But there are many ways to be powerful. There is power in stillness. There is power in watching, waiting, saying the right thing at the right time to the right person. There is power in being a woman—oh yes, power in these bodies you gaze upon with derision…. When you have something someone else wants, there is always an element of power.

I have been utterly destroyed by this wonderful book, and you know what? I couldn’t be happier about it. I have no idea what to do with my life while I lie in wait for the sequel for another year, but that is beside the point. I actually called my (now ex) boyfriend after I finished the novel and told him that I didn’t know how to exist in a world where I physically cannot go buy the sequel instantaneously, right now. He didn’t have any suitable advice for me—not from a lack of trying, but because I was inconsolable. For that reason, I’m going to blather on about my feelings for this book here. I hope you enjoy.

And I Darken is a gender-swapped retelling of Vlad the Impaler, who was a notoriously violent prince in 1400s’ Ottoman Empire. In this story, Lada—our Vlad—grows up in Wallachia with her younger brother Radu. She is raised to be cruel as a means of survival in a world that clearly favors men of wealth. Used as pawns in a political game, Lada and Radu have to cleverly outmaneuver all of the foes that move against their very lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Mean Girls Book Tag

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Mean Girls Book Tag

I was tagged in this almost a year ago by the lovely Kacie at A Bumble in Books (see her post here), and if you haven’t checked out her blog, I suggest you do so. I’m so sorry that I haven’t done this yet, but I’m doing it now. I’m also currently watching the movie to get myself in the mood for it, and let’s be honest here. Mean Girls is fantastic and hilarious.

{Story time: my roommate literally came running when she heard the movie playing through my door. “Are you watching Mean Girls?!”}

On to the tag!

“It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.’” – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?

Basically everyone from And I Darken by Kiersten White. Ladislav Dragwlya, Mehmed. It’s not that I necessarily got their names wrong, but I don’t know how to pronounce their names in general. When I first read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I had no idea how to pronounce Carlisle. I vividly remember debating about the pronunciation with my friend in middle school. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

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Unhooked

Were I you… I’d not put my trust in stories. They tend to pass off lies as the truth and hide the truth in their lies.

Everybody who knows me or reads this blog knows that I have a passion for Peter Pan. (And if you don’t, welcome to the blog, my friend.) Anyway, this is a grand retelling of Peter Pan, and I ate it up greedily. I was completely sucked into the world, and I was not released until I finished the final page. It definitely satisfied my craving for some magic in Neverland.

So, a synopsis before we get into the meat of my review: Unhooked follows a girl by the name of Gwen. All her life, Gwen has been moved over and over again by her mother who believes that monsters are chasing after them. Gwen dismisses her mother’s worries, and after another move to a new location, Gwen and her best friend are kidnapped away to Neverland by those said monsters. From there, she struggles to hold on to her memories as Neverland calls her to forget, but what she wants is to find a way home. Read the rest of this entry »

The Olympics Book Tag

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Olympics

In the spirit of the phenomenal athletes working their hardest in Brazil, I thought I would do The Olympics Book Tag! I absolutely adore the Olympics, both the summer and the winter games. Obviously, the summer games are currently going on for the next week or so, and I encourage you all to at least watch one of the events because personally, I just find it all so impressive.

Jordyn at jordzthebibliophile created this tag, and you can find the original here. I wasn’t tagged, but I’m not going to let that stop me. So, let’s get to it! Read the rest of this entry »

July 2016 Book Haul

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I didn’t get too carried away this month, but I’m very excited about my selection. Now, this may be my last book haul for a while because I have a huge stack of books to get through, and to be honest, I’m starting to get intimidated by my looming TBR (to-be-read) pile.

Here we go!

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

This one is another Peter Pan retelling, so I obviously had to get my hands on it. It follows a girl named Gwen, who has been told all her life by her crazy mother about a magical place, but perhaps, her mother isn’t so crazy after all. When Gwen and her friend are kidnapped away to Neverland, she tries to hang on to her memories, but she has to choose who to trust. The pirate or the fairytale hero? Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

My bookish wishlist—like many other book lovers out there—grows all the time. I’m always discovering books that I want to read from family, friends, book blogs, and simply by chance wandering through the bookstore. I expect that my to-be-read pile will never diminish, and that’s completely alright by me.

Now, on to my list!

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Simses

The Irresistable Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

This one sounds like an adult romance with a twist. A woman is tasked with carrying out her grandmother’s dying wish of delivering her last letter to a former lover. While the task seems simple enough, she discovers secrets about her grandmother and finds out that one day isn’t long enough to complete the job. When she almost drowns in the bay and is rescued by a local carpenter, she becomes a small town celebrity. Just maybe, she’ll be pulled into a simpler life. Read the rest of this entry »