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On Audiobooks: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Valuable lessons were code words for pain that no one apologized for.

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I didn’t expect much walking into this novel. I have heard vaguely good things about it, but I didn’t expect it to sweep me away. It was bloody fantastic. The False Prince follows four boys as they compete for the opportunity to become the prince in a deadly plan forged by a man named Conner. Here, you grow especially close to the main character, Sage. He is so sarcastic and confident, and he is simply irresistible as a main character. For him alone, I would reread this book. (Seriously, I would. Actually, just thinking about this book makes me happy.) Read the rest of this entry »

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On Audiobooks: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.

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Yes Please is Amy Poehler’s autobiography, which compiles a mixture of actual advice, anecdotes, and general hilarity. I laughed out loud multiple times in the course of this book, so I view it as a success. It was a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse inside of her head. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

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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.

This week, the topic is about characters that you wouldn’t want to be. Often times, we talk about characters that we would love to be, so this time, we’re switching it up. My mind went straight to fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction, so let’s get started.

Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Now, I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but I would never want to be The Chosen One. There’s a lot riding on his shoulders. I’d love to be his friend, but I wouldn’t want that kind of responsibility of saving the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

With that lovely quote, I will begin by merely saying that I did not like this book. If you loved it, I’m a little hesitant on whether or not you should continue reading this review/rant, but I shall leave that up to you. I will be explaining exactly why certain things did not work for me, and it will probably come out harshly. So, you have been warned.

{Story time: I actually had an encounter with someone at a shoe store. The lady behind the counter commented on my HP tank top. She said, “Have you heard that a new book was released?”

It’s terrible. Stay away from it.” I still can’t believe that I had the knee-jerk reaction to say that.} 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 »

Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

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As You Wish

You have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your coworkers, and in the evening you gather together over coffee or a drink and rehash the highs and lows of the day while getting to know one another. It can be an intense, almost claustrophobic environment. But with the right group of people, and the right director, it can also be the adventure of a lifetime. And so it was with The Princess Bride.

When I was a young girl, I was first introduced to the movie The Princess Bride and then the novel however many years later. Regardless, both have now been a part of my life for years, and they are both very dear to my heart. You could say that I am essentially the perfect audience for this book. With that said, I’m heavily biased towards this beautiful, wonderful book. 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 »