August Wrap up & September TBR

I got a decent amount of reading done this month!! I’ve also realized that while I sometimes follow a TBR, I mainly just pick up any book I want and only refer to a TBR if I can’t decide lol.

Wrap up!

 

Dreamology by Lucy Keating, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker, Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, The Merciless by Danielle Vega, Alexander Hamilton Graphic Novel by Jonathan Hennessey

TBR!

 

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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OwlCrate Unboxing!

This is my fifth OwlCrate that I’ve ordered and I’m so excited for this one because the theme is Something Wicked This Way Comes!! I really did love this box and I’m really happy with both books that I got! If you’re interested in buying a subscription feel free to use my referral link, https://owlcrate.com/refer/Carol-VIVONAOE! This link just brings you to their home page and if you end up buying a subscription than I am one person closer to getting a free box.

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I loved these Edgar Allen Poe socks so much and I’ve already worn them out once because of how comfy they are! I’ve got a pair of socks from Out of Print before and they’re an amazing brand!

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This is such a cute sticker based off of the Monsters of Verity duology! The only complaint is that it is on a white background so it’s not the easiest to find a home for.

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This pen writes so smoothly I absolutely love it! It also came with refills so I’ll definitely be using it a lot!

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This pin came with the book and sadly it came a little bent so I’m scared to wear it out again because it fell off last time.

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I don’t actually have a copy of this book and so when I got this beautiful edition I was so excited! This is going to be the perfect book for October.

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Every month they include a pin based off the theme and this one is actually really pretty and I’m really glad that they chose to put the bird on the pin.

I’ve never heard of this book but I’m actually pretty excited to give it a go because of how interesting it sounds! This is an exclusive cover so instead of the cover having white lettering, it’s red! I am waiting till October to read this book though. Here’s the link to the books Goodreads!

This is a stunning bookmark based off of Six of Crows and it’s definitely one of my favorites! It’s aesthetically beautiful and the quotes are two of my favorites.

This coffee smells absolutely wonderful and while I have yet to make a cup with it, I’m really excited to in the future!!

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Wuthering Heights ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

I read this book for my AP Lit class and while I couldn’t read it in print without getting a headache, it was a great audiobook! I would definitely recommend listening to it over reading the text the first time around in order to better understand the story.

Goodreads Summary:

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

My Review:

This book had really interesting characters that I really liked to hear about. Of course, you had those that you were meant to dislike and that is exactly what I did. Many characters are incredibly self-absorbed, narcissistic and just plain rude to others. The main characters are those that are so terrible you can’t see exactly why Bronte chose them as the central characters until you get further into the story.

This book is a love story between Cathy and Heathcliff. That and the connection that the Lintons and the Earnshaws will always have. In this book you hear almost nothing about the outside town, you are focused in on Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. For me, this really showed how intertwined the two families were and the only real outsider in this story was Mr. Lockwood.

I think the only character I really liked was Nelly because she was the only one who wasn’t incredibly rude and cared for her charge. Even then she wasn’t a character I really loved, she was just someone who wasn’t a narcissist.

I will say that sometimes it would get a little confusing as to who was telling which part of the story because Bronte had the housekeeper telling the story for a majority of the book. Besides this, though it was an alright book and I really didn’t think it was anything special. This book is one that I can see getting better after each read but I don’t know when my next re-read might be.

I think I would only recommend this book to those who really like old classic books and don’t mind having to listen to a book. This is also a book I wouldn’t really recommend for anyone under the age of 16 just because of the themes in the book but everyone is different and everyone knows their own boundaries.

Now I Rise ★★★★☆

4 stars

This book was one that I had been waiting a long while for but to be honest half of it wasn’t what I was expecting. This book wasn’t bad but I only enjoyed reading about one of the perspectives because the other just annoyed me to no end. Overall this book was one that I found myself skim reading at points but still enjoyed most of the time.

Goodreads Summary:

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost

My Review:

I really do love Lada and enjoyed reading every other chapter that was in her POV. She is a strong woman and she really does a lot to get her home land back from those who are harming it. She does some questionable things but I understand most of her choices because she is attempting radical change.

I tended to skim read any section about Radu talking about how much he loves Mehmed and how he will do anything for him. I liked him in the first book but I couldn’t agree with how he pined after someone who knew he liked him and used it to better themselves. He just ended up becoming someone who I found myself annoyed with but I really did love his “wife.” She’s someone who really loved her religion and wasn’t doing everything because she was pining after someone who didn’t love her back. She had someone, in fact, we got to see more of her relationship with her girlfriend in this book and I really enjoyed those parts of the book because it showed that even in the past, homosexuality has been a thing.

I was also surprised to see how easily Ladas men follow her and listen to her orders. I really liked reading about a woman in charge of an army. It’s not often that you find a book where there is a female commander and it was really something to read about.

I don’t feel like I have much to say about this book but I really did enjoy it as a whole and would recommend the duology to anyone who likes a strong female lead. I would recommend reading this book directly after the first book because there were some characters that I had forgotten about.

How I Choose My Books Tag

I’ve finally put up my shelves and took pictures of each of the books for this tag! This is my last post before school officially starts and I’m just hoping that I can keep a consistent schedule because it really means a lot to me.

Find a book on your shelves with a blue cover. What made you pick up that book in the first place?

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner and I picked this book up because I fell in love with The Serpent King after I got it in my Owlcrate. TSK has officially made Jeff Zentner an auto buy author for me and so that’s basically why I bought this book and I’m really happy I did.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

Confess by Colleen Hoover and I read this book because I was going on a long road trip from northern Colorado to the southern part and I was looking for a book to read in Barnes and Noble. This was a book I was debating and if anything I thought it would be a book I only liked a little but I ended up really loving it.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor! I actually checked this book out after getting a pin with the logo on it from a book festival I went to a year or so ago and while I still haven’t read it, I’m excited to.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick! I read this book such a long time ago that all I can remember was that 7th grade me really did love it. I don’t think I’d have the same opinion if I picked it up now but who knows.

Pick a book you discovered through book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. If you’ve seen my review of this book than you already know the answer but no, this book sadly did not live up to the hype. It just fell short for me and I wish it hadn’t but what can you do.

Find a book on your shelves with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout!! I had heard so much about this book from booktubers and just people in bookstores but omg I fell in love with the cover and the idea of aliens living among people.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson!

Think of your all-time favourite books. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!!! I adore this book, as anyone who’s read more than two of my book tags can tell you, and I picked it up because I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy.

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Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon! I picked this book up because I’ve always liked historical fiction and Scotland was always on my list of places I wanted to visit so it was a no brainer from me!

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman! This book was one that I bought based only on the blurb because of how interesting it sounded!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! This book was one I just had to get because I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing style and when I heard about who the characters were I just knew it was going to be good!

4 Reasons to Read Rebel Mechanics

So many of you thought the idea to do a review like this was great so I thought I’d do another for a book I might not have reviewed other wise!

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I ended up giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

1. It has really cool magic and even though only the rich, upper crust people have it, you get to see a lot of it in this book. I really liked reading about how their magic worked and how many of the magisters, or magpies, stopped learning how to cast their own spells because they’ve made everything automated.

2. I love historical fiction and this is a version of that, even if it really doesn’t feel like it because of how made up it all feels. Then again, if you’re going to write about how the American revolution didn’t happen because the British had magic then I guess you do have to make up a good portion of it. I know that in the third book there are mentions of the Colonial Assembly and I really like how the author is writing about how the Americans still would have won eventually.

3. There is love and betrayal! I know most people don’t like love triangles but the one in this book isn’t even that concrete. The main character, Verity, has two love interests but when you finish the book it is obvious who she ends up with and there isn’t really any debating who she is with throughout the book. To me, this is just how the real world works. Sometimes a relationship will work out but sometimes you have to move on and for Verity, moving on just meant she ended up on the other end of the triangle. I also ship this new relationship so I may be a little biased because they’re adorable together.

4. The main character is 15. Verity is 15 and she’s helping start the non-magical American revolution. I love Verity as a character because once you realize how young she is, you realize why she sometimes acts like a child. That being said, I can only really think of one big scene where that happens. She is so composed and interesting to read about because you’re always finding out new things about her.

Dreamology ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!! When I’m in the mood for it, I absolutely love mushy romantic stories and this was just that! Of course, everyone knows how it’s going to end but I just love all the cute moments and everything about the story. This is exactly the type of book you read if you’re in a book slump because it’s only 300 pages and you just get swept away in the unrealness of the love story

Goodreads Summary:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

My Review: 

I read this book in a day and every time I put it down I kept finding myself thinking about it because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. While the ending might have been predictable, the events leading up to it weren’t. Of course, the book follows a basic romance book outline but with the added detail of the book having dream melding in it made it so much more interesting.

I really enjoyed reading about Alice and overall she was an okay character that handled most situations alright. For a junior in high school, some of the things she does can be seen as too childish but I never held any of that against her.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the relationship between Alice and her mother. I know it was essential to the plot because it gave Alice the nightmares but it just really hurt me to see how her mother never talked to her. I know that not all mothers have the best motherly instincts and the character wasn’t put there for anyone to love but I just wanted better for Alice. This isn’t really a negative about the book, it definitely wasn’t something that made the star rating change, it was just something I wanted to mention.

I also want to say, the 3.5 star rating isn’t because I didn’t love the book. Because I did. I just feel like the book isn’t something any more than four stars, which is why when it comes to a full star rating it’s got 4 big ones. I just feel like this book was more than three stars because it was exactly what it set out to be with a little extra something thrown in there.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in a reading slump or just wants a cute, quick, contemporary read. I can definitely see myself picking this book back up when I find myself becoming less interested in reading.