Epic Recs: October

I can't believe it's already October! On this day I have officially been back in NYC for a full month. Time is flying way too fast.

Epic Recs is hosted by Judith at Paper Riot and Amber.

I've had my eye on this meme for a while. Pretty much, you find a friend and you both epically recommend titles to each other and then cross our fingers that the other likes it. It's the equivalent of the ultimate book club with many people, but we're all paired up with friends.

So...who is my epically awesome epic recs partner? 

None other than the amazing Bekka from Great Imaginations! Bekka and I have been friends for over two years now and while we don't always have the same reading taste, I think this can be super interesting for us.

Now for the fun part! For the month of October, I have recommended OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay to Bekka. I loved this dark fairytale retelling and try to push it on everyone that I can.


In response, she is daring me to read THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. I have read her most recent book, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, so I have super high expectations for this novel. Hopefully it does not disappoint.

Do you have any suggestions for future Epic Recs picks or thoughts on the two books chosen? Share below! <3 Comments are always appreciated!

September Monthly Recap

~*~On The Blog~*~

I have to say that this has been an awesome month. Things have been super hectic between two jobs, an internship, and community service for class, but I am loving every second of it. I'm so happy I'm back in the city and while it took some adjusting, I'm back to reading again. The blog...it lives!

Books Reviewed:
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson - 5 stars
Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton - 3.5 stars
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White - 2.5 stars
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson - 1.5 stars
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares - 1 star

The Broadway Review:
  • I introduced this new feature here if you want to check it out! This feature is dependent upon audience interest, so please comment on any of the reviews if you still want me to keep it! Two reviews will be going up in October!
Giveaways:
  • I am giving away a copy of ADRENALINE CRUSH that ends in one day! So check it out!
Discussion Posts:
  • Tynga from Tynga's Reviews is letting me transfer content from her blog to mine. Find out what I mean here.
  • I finally got around to doing my summer of series recap post. Do you think it was a success? 
  • I talked about my current obsession...Netflix. Have any suggestions for future shows? See why I need them here
  • Lili Repellent...find out which classes you will never find me in in honor of me starting my sophomore year of college this month! 

Guest Posts and Bonus Content: 
  • None this month, unfortunately. There will be some next month!

~*~What I've Been Watching~*~

Broadway Shows:
  • I saw A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder which was absolutely perfect in every possible way. My Broadway Review of it will be posted in early October.
  • I also saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch again, this time featuring Andrew Rannells as Hedwig. He definitely made it his own and it was absolutely hilarious the second time around as well.
TV:
  • Big Brother Season 16 has ended and I think we can all agree that the person who deserved to win did win. Nothing else to say on this topic since this wasn't that great of a season aside from the fact that Frankie sucks. A lot.
  • Breaking Bad is my current Netflix binge. I am in season two and LOVING it! I am currently on the hunt for a Heisenberg t-shirt. Any suggestions?
  • Once Upon A Time Season 4 has started and I am definitely curious! Not much happened in episode one, but there was a lot of set-up for craziness in the rest of the season. I don't want to say anything else since we are legitimately only one episode in and I don't want to ruin it for anyone who may have missed the premiere, but tweet me if you want to discuss since this is my favorite show and the only show I bother watching live these days.
  • Derek Jeter played his last game and is no longer a Yankee. My heart is breaking. Thanks for all you have done for us, Captain. You were the first great that I have been alive to witness, though I hope you will not be the last.
Movies:
  • The School of Rock is on Netflix, meaning that of course I watched it with one of my roommates. This movie was my childhood. I used to have the hugest crush on the drummer when I was younger. We searched him on the Internet and, ouch, he did not age well.
  • Anastasia is also on Netflix and I've already re-watched it at least two times in the process of forcing it on everyone I know that has never seen it.
  • The Maze Runner is in theaters and wow, this movie was great! I haven't read the books, though I definitely will after seeing the movie. That ending has me way too anxious to actually wait for the next movie. Has anyone read the books and seen the movie? What do you think? Did the movie remain true to the books?
  • I also watched Chinatown for my online class. This is a Roman Polanski film from 1974 and this murder mystery was super twisted and interesting. Watching from the perspective of someone preparing to write a critical film analysis paper made it super interesting. The ending totally made me mad, though, despite the fact that I understand its meaning and importance and power. The ending I wanted wouldn't have made the movie as grand as it was. It deserved all the recognition it received though. Definitely check this out if you want a unique, twisted oldie.
    Do you have a monthly recap or thoughts on anything I'm reading/reviewing/watching? Share your thoughts below! Every comment is greatly appreciated! <3

    Stacking the Shelves #82


    Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

    I seriously have the best internship ever.


    The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
    Silver In The Blood by Jessica Day George

    What did you add to your shelves this week? The cover for SILVER IN THE BLOOD is absolutely gorgeous, guys.

    Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    Publication Date: July 1, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen 
    Reading Level: Young Adult
    Pages: 258 (ARC)
    Source: Gifted
    Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

    The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

    I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

    All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

    From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.
    ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

    This book was not what I wanted it to be. Really, the only aspect that I liked about it was the writing. It was haunting and beautiful. Really, this was perhaps the loneliest book I have ever read. Every character, even those who are in love, is lonely. Well, everyone but Maggie's parents, that is. They're entirely in love and just weirdly out of place in comparison to the rest of the cast. The haunting writing style really made this book worth the read, as did the potential awesomness of the tale. Upon completion, I realized how unique this plot was supposed to be...

    ...but the issue is that this book has no real plot. The execution was just bad. I don't know how else to describe it. In the grand scheme of things there is a lot going on. There's a girl moving to a new town. There's a ton of mysterious disappearances and murders of girls. There's the discovery of friendship, first love, and back-stabbing. There's a small love triangle. There's near death experiences and exploring nature. There is a ghost. However, nothing happens. This is a book where the plot is utterly nonexistent. This is perhaps the best rating a book without a plot can ever get from me.

    I found all of the characters to be the literary equivalent of cardboard. Our main character, in the end, had a very large heart, but she was just bland. I didn't really feel for her aside from one moment where her world is temporarily shattered. Otherwise, I was just coasting along admiring the writing and shaking my head that such beauty was wasted. Our main character is obsessed with Pauline. A girl who knows she is very pretty, but goes out of her way to not be pretty. Pauline is selfish and annoying. Dealing with her as a character was rough enough, but having to hear about her all the time through our main character was frustrating. It's like the book was about Pauline when it's not! And then there's Liam. I liked a part of him for a little, and then I realized he's a bad friend and sucky person too. This book should just be named the sucky persons club.

    There's so many romantic matches. This guy is dating this girl even though the town things another girl and that guy should be together. Eventually, that guy does date the girl the town wants him with, but the new girl had to break another guys heart to get there. In other words, there's a lot of romantic nonsense. There's also a really boring love triangle with a supposedly good-looking, rich, and accomplished guy who is utterly obsessed with said girl and then takes it to extremes. Just no. Not okay. And, of course, the icing on top of the cake...there's insta-love for every single love match possible.

    The ghost POV is dispersed throughout the book and, really, it was confusing more than anything else. It only ever served any importance at the very end when you actually figure out the identity of the ghost, but even then you're sitting there wondering why this ghost event exists. But that's not the only loose end. We never get to learn the identity of the murderer or the motive. That plot line that was once so integral to the story is just dropped. We never get to revisit characters unless they were related to Pauline. Abe, the dog and the only character that I liked throughout the entire book, was lost at one point and then he miraculously reappeared. We were never told where he went or how he showed back up. We were left hanging with so much, but I suppose that's what you expect from a book without a plot.

    Read this book if you want something unique with pretty words. Don't read this book if you're looking for something that makes sense that leaves you with a happy feeling upon completion. More then anything, I wanted to chuck this book at the wall out of frustration.


    1.5 stars

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    Transferring Reviews from Tynga's Reviews

    Back in August I left Team Tynga's Reviews. The girls there are marvelous and I have absolutely adored them for the almost two years I was with them. However, with my internship and my two jobs on top of classes, I knew it would be a struggle to simply keep up my own blog, let alone contributing to theirs as well. So I left, granted rather guiltily. They waved me off with smiles and best wishes and made me feel like I was making the best decision for me, which definitely made things easier and reminded me how much I love those ladies.

    But now that my blogging future is questionable because of my busy schedule, I realized a few things. I realized that even when I stop blogging since this blog is not self-hosted it's still going to be here. And because Tynga's Reviews is self-hosted, if the lovely T decides to stop paying for her blog, all my reviews will be gone. So I'm going to start to transfer my two years worth of reviews from there to here, with her permission of course.

    This is so that they can be stored on my blog and not disappear, so all my thoughts can be in a single place. This makes me really happy, just knowing that there's an opportunity that everything can be together and I'm lucky that T understands what I'm trying to do with this review transfer. Technically speaking, all reviews written for her blog are meant for her to control and she didn't have to do such a thing, but she's an angel.

    If you see an abundance of reviews coming up soon, this is probably why! There will be no lack of reviews for a bit, that's for sure. This also leaves me breathing a sigh of relief because there's less pressure on me as a blogger.

    This post serves to give you some background information on what's going on so nobody thinks there's any plagiarism going on. I've been granted permission to do this and all content in the reviews was initially written by me anyway.

    Yay for more common postings!

    Top Ten Books on my Fall To-Be-Read List


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

    There are so many amazing books that I will be reading in the next few months!

    In no particular order...

    1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab- Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors and VICIOUS, her adult debut novel, was delicious twisted and dark and remains one of my favorites to this day. I have super high hopes for this one and died when I got my greedy little hands on an ARC.

    2. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis- Who doesn't love a good fairytale retelling? A Disney retelling can never do no wrong.

    3. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay- OF BEAST AND BEAUTY was one of my favorite retellings from all of last year, so I have super high hopes for this one.


    4. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas- Czukas writes these super fluffy and adorable contemporaries that are impossible to hate, thus I have high hopes for this one.

    5. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord- I am freaking out over this one. Emery Lord is such a cuter writer and I can't imagine myself being disappointed in anything she writes.


    6. Liars Inc by Paula Stokes- I've loved everything Paula has released whether under her real name or her pen-name, Fiona Paul. I'm sure this won't be an exception.

    7. Chaos by Sarah Fine- Sarah is among my first ever author friends and she's also the first author to ever acknowledge me in a book. I am so excited to finish her debut series that made me initially fall in love with her.

    8. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows- Just read the synopsis and try not to get excited! It looks so awesome!


    9. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- I absolutely adored I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, so I can't wait to read this book since I never read it. I automatically equate Jandy Nelson with all of the feels now.

    10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- This book looks so freaking awesome that the mere idea of it blows my mind.

    I had such a great time making this list. Do we have any books in common? What are your thoughts? Don't forget to link your own TTT lists below! <3

    Review: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton & Giveaway

    Publication Date: September 23, 2014
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Reading Level: Young Adult
    Pages: 180 (ARC)
    Source: From Publisher for Review
    When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

    Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.
    ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

    I saw the synopsis of this book and I knew I had to have it. However, I have to admit, I had my reservations. I mean...the official page count of this book is 192 pages. I scratched my head at that. How can you tell a full story without leaving any questions in a mere 192 pages? Well, I don't know how she did it, but Laurie Boyle Crompton definitely made that happen. Despite its short length, ADRENALINE CRUSH is one of the most powerful books I have ever read, though admittedly slightly underdeveloped. I will definitely be checking out Crompton's other works when I have the time.

    Our main character, Dyna, is very easy to love. She's confident in herself and her abilities and risk-taking runs in her blood. She's a take-charge kind of gal and I love that. However, after her accident and her subsequent dating of Jay, she learns to melt into him and look to him for guidance. His careful attitude plus her healing ankle changed her. She learned to be fearful and allow her fear to control her. But then she went to her support group/physical therapy group and met Pierce. He re-awakened the fire within her which scared her even more than any new-found fear of falling could, and re-awoke the dynamite within her. Pierce is perhaps one of my favorite love interests ever. I love how his character signifies the struggles of war so simply despite his young age. He's a man who simply did what was right, not for the sake of heroics. He's passionate and strong, he doesn't allow his lost leg to control him. He is perfect for Dyna and very easy to love. But Dyna has Jay...careful, smart, clean, non-risky Jay who saved her life and loves her instead of scaring her because of his intensity. What is a girl to do? I know which team I'm on!

    Honestly, I can't complain about anyone in this book. All characters were very strong, memorable, fleshed out, and unique. The support group was perhaps my favorite. I don't want to give away any surprises, but they certainly are a patchwork quilt of abnormality that makes up the best group of people one could ever encounter. Crompton hit their characteristics right on the money.

    I also liked the "unconventional" family in this one. Her parents are covered in tattoos. Her mother has purple hair, her father runs the most successful tattoo parlor north of New York City and has very long hair. Also, they both ride Harley's, though they have a van when they go on family trips. Her older brother, Harley, is very intelligent, but has decided to waste his life away by smoking pot and jumping out of planes as a skydiving instructor. And then there's Dyna, just as much of a thrill-seeker, but full of surprises. I love how the fact that her parents, outwardly, don't look like loving people was addressed. Crompton definitely made it clear that a family is a family no matter what they look like. Outer appearances do not change one's capacity to love. I support this wholeheartedly. They're passionate people and well...Crompton describes it best:
    "Mom has always said we come from a long line of passionate people and passionate people do not sit around discussing things calmly. They scream and holler at their loved ones and sometimes throw endearingly small objects in their general direction. Harley and I quickly head out of the kitchen before Mom starts lobbing the plastic spice shakers again." - Page 98 of my ARC
    This family is one of my favorite family's ever. I will definitely not forget them. Plus, I love that quote and was dying to somehow get it into this review. This book is full of unexpected laughs at the weirdest moments, which perfectly lightens up the sometimes serious tone of it.

    Crompton's writing is beautiful, her character arcs are superb, and her storytelling skills really shine in this one. The ability to weave such a powerful tale with unforgettable characters--I literally cannot stop thinking about them--is no easy feat in so few pages, but this just serves to display her amazing literary abilities.t, 

    If you enjoy characters with haunted pasts, a love triangle done right, incredibly strong heroines, and a family dynamic that is absolutely to die for, I highly recommend this book. It completely surprised me in the best way possible and I am so, so glad it did.


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    FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for this honest review. 

    ~*~Giveaway~*~
    The lovely folks at Macmillan have provided a copy of this book for a giveaway! Use the rafflecopter below to enter. It ends on midnight on the last day of the month and is US only. If you cheat, you will be disqualified from any and all giveaways that I host in the future.

    Good luck!
     

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    2014: Summer of Series Recap Post

    If you don't remember or if you're new to the blog, back in June I decided that 2014 would be my summer of series. You can find that post here, but if you don't want to read the outline, I'll do a quick recap of why I did this and what my goals were. And then I've gotta tell you if I met those goals.

    I decided to do this because I have a terrible issue with finishing series. Of course, this was a worse problem for me prior to blogging. Now that I am a blogger, this issue of mine is getting better, but it's still an issue. This summer was meant for me to pick up some series I was scared to because of my inability to say goodbye to characters, as well as finish some series that I've been waiting to for a while.

    It happened in stages.

    ~*~Stage One~*~

    Read a full series each month, with the exception of August where you can read a duology or the last two books in a series because of school.

    Verdict: 2/3 of the way there  


    1.  I read the entire His Fair Assassin Trilogy and fangirled over all three books: Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart.
    2. I'm counting Dangerous Boys & Dangerous Girls as a duology because they sort of are related, you know?

    ~*~Stage Two~*~

    Read the last five books in a series over the course of the summer. It's five and not six because of August being a month to pack for school.

    Verdict: 3/5 of the way there.

    1. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
    2. False Future by Dan Krokos
    3. Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

    ~*~Stage Three~*~

    Start my re-read of the Harry Potter series. 

    Verdict: 2/7 of the way there.
    1. Sort of obvious, I re-read the first two books.
    ~*~How I Think I Did~*~

    Statistically, it looks like I failed, but in the end this was a challenge. It was a challenge to not only read a lot of series and complete many, but to help break me out of a habit. Every book on the list above was a struggle for me to get through. Why? Because of my weird "I don't want to say goodbye therefore I'll just never finish the series" syndrome. There were countless times where I picked up UNDER THE NEVER SKY or another trilogy/final book then just put it down because it didn't feel like the right time to read it. But I got through those two series as a whole and completed another three. And furthermore, I started the Harry Potter re-read, though I'm just going to re-start it over winter break so I can truly read them back to back.

    Honestly, I think that I could have completed my realistic goals if I had a better start to my summer. July and August were absolutely awesome, but I ran into some unecessary drama in June that makes me laugh constantly now at how high-school it all was. But with that behind me, I know that when I attempt my summer of series #2 in 2015, I can do better than this. And, furthermore, I'm a few steps closer to conquering a really weird reading habit of mine.

    So tell me, do you have the same issues as me? Do you like my series idea? Would you be interested in making this an event for a group of people in the summer or doing your own version of it? Comment below with your thoughts! <3

    Stacking the Shelves #81


    Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

    Well, this week was full of awesome. I managed to obtain three books I really wanted and had the awesome-sounding FINGERPRINTS OF YOU forced on me. Full of bookish fun to say the least.


    A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
    Soulprint by Megan Miranda
    Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

    What did you add to your shelves?

    Stuck in Books Blog Hop & Giveaway

    This hop is hosted by the awesome Stuck in Books and I Am A Reader.
     I decided to participate in this hop because, hello, good books! And my choice of a prize is...

    a signed copy of CINDER by Marissa Meyer!
    As a devoted fairytale nut, I can say that this is one of my favorite series ever and I obviously have to share the love!
     
    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

    Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
    ~*~Giveaway~*~
    1. International! Yay!
    2. One entry per household.
    3. Must be 13 years or older.
    4. If you cheat, I'll disqualify you from all future giveaways. I do check entries.
     
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    Review: I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

    Publication Date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Dial
    Reading Level: Young Adult
    Pages: 384 (ARC)
    Source: BEA 2014
    A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

    Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

    This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
    ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

    Warning: This book is so perfect and beautiful and full of awesome and amazing feels that this review may not be coherent. At all. Seriously.

    I have a confession...I have never read a novel by Jandy Nelson before this one. For a while I simply wasn't a contemporary fan. When you look at it in retrospect, you'll see that my love of contemporary really only emerged in the last year or two. Rest assured after reading this gorgeous gem, I'll be reading THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE as soon as possible. I'll kick myself if I don't.

    Noah and Jude are weird yet perfect twins. There's no other way to describe them. Noah's chapters are in the past when he was the perfect artist at age thirteen. Him and Jude were very different but incredibly close. Fast forward three years and you find Jude's chapters. Noah had lost what it meant to be Noah and Jude lost herself along the way, instead living in fear of everything and focusing on the insanity that was her grandmother's entertaining made up bible. Seriously, guys, I'll never look at oranges the same way again because of Jude. At this point in time, her and Noah have drifted apart and they're two completely different people that are shockingly dissimilar to their past selves. Through a series of self-discovery, coincidences, and perhaps even fate, they unwittingly rediscover themselves and learn about the chaos that broke apart their family while realizing it may not be too late to piece their shattered lives back together. 

    Noah and Jude's story isn't a single story. It's the culmination of several different stories found in a single novel. Truly, this book can only be described as a roller-coaster of despair. But through it all there is a shining beacon of hope that truly displays itself in the end of the novel and you can't help but be wowed. For such a convoluted, tumultuous novel, you can't help but smile, and that honestly says something about the author.

    Nelson's writing is so vivid and beautiful that words cannot even begin to describe the emotions she evoked from me. I think that her prose was more evident in Noah's chapters since he is the most wonderfully eccentric blow-in I have ever come across, though the way she wielded words was evident in Jude's chapters as well. Both of them are written so differently that it's hard to wrap your head around the fact that this is one author blowing your mind with her descriptions and quirky yet devastating characters over and over again. 

    This book can also be described as an unlikely romance. Both relationships are rocky roads, but they both have the potential to lead somewhere amazing. With Noah being very eccentric and gay, his love interest is seriously out of this world and perfect. And with Jude being closed-off and weird, you know it's going to take a cocky bad boy to get her out of her shell. Both Brian and Oscar are deliciously complex characters that can rival Jude and Noah's insane lives, which is what makes them perfect as well. OSCORE *smashes keyboard* WE NEED MORE OSCORE. Just read the book and you'll understand.

    With perhaps the strongest cast of characters I have come across to date, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is a novel about passion, first love, discovering oneself, and learning to forgive. It is full of hope and strength, struggle and despair, and coming to terms with who you are. It is full of love and beautiful prose, metaphors that will take your breath away, and a plot line that can rival the best of them. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is powerful and Jandy Nelson is a literary goddess.


    5 stars

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    FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for an honest review.

    Waiting on Wednesday #50


    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

    My pick of the week is...

    Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay


    Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

    Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

    Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

    ~*~Why I Am Waiting~*~

    I absolutely loved OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay. Her retelling skills are so awesome it's nuts and I am a retelling nerd so this is an obvious win-win. Plus, it's not like this book is just Sleeping Beauty...it's Sleeping Beauty's daughter! Instant curiosity and excitement on my end!

    What're your thoughts on this book? Anything that you are looking forward to? Don't hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below! <3

    Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

    This list sort of makes me ashamed of myself! haha

    1. Stacey Jay - OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is among my favorite retellings ever, so I need more! I just got THE PRINCESS OF THORNS in the mail, so I can't wait to cross her off this list.

    2. Robyn Schneider - Her debut, THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, is one of my favorite books of all time. It truly spoke to me, so I can't wait to see what punny book she produces next.

    3. Maria V. Snyder - I have only read POISON STUDY by this author, but I can't wait to read more.

    4. Jenny Han -I read TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE and I now need more. Like yesterday.

    5. Leila Sales - THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I have a feeling that I will love everything this author ever produces.

    6. John Green - I read and loved THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I hold this book on a very high pedestal. I'm hesitant to read more of his books for fear that I won't love them as much. However, in the back of my mind I know I'm being an idiot because it's John Green and everything he writes is amazing.

    7. Megan Whalen Turner - I absolutely adored THE THIEF and I have to finish the series! I just have to find the time!

    8. Michael Barakiva - ONE MAN GUY is among my favorite LGBTQ books ever. I know he only has one book out, but I will happily read anything else he writes!

    9. Paula Stokes - Technically, I've read several books by this author but the others were under he pen name. I have only read one book under Paula's real name and I know she has 5 more contracts currently. I am eagerly anticipating each and every one of them.

    10. Kendare Blake - I have only read ANTIGODDESS by her and I loved it. I can't wait for its sequel, but I'm hesitant to read anything else by her because she's primarily a horror author and horror novels don't sit well with me.

    11. Always, one for good luck! Jandy Nelson-  I just finished I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and now I have to read her debut stat. Enough said.

    My Current Obsession: Netflix



    Over the summer I barely touched my Netflix account. Of course, that all changed when I had to start packing for school and I welcomed all forms of procrastination possible in my life. I could stick my headphones into my ears and make it look like I'm doing some of my online class's homework, but instead I was really watching ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.

    This show, guys. THIS SHOW. I am absolutely obsessed with this show. I binged both seasons in under ten days, which is absolutely ridiculous for me. I never do things like that.


    The sad thing is amidst my roommate issues my first year here, I did attempt to start this show when only the first season was on Netflix. I quit the first episode about twenty minutes in from boredom and didn't look back until a few friends yelled at me to watch it. I forced myself through the first episode and part of the second and before I knew it, I was on episode seven of season one. I missed out. But Red is seriously my life now.


    While this show is gritty and groundbreaking, it's also funny and sentimental. I feel connected to so many characters for so many different reasons. This cast is so diverse and talented and all I want is for season three to be available now. I don't want to wait until June!

    Because I'm now back at school, Netflix is a usual part of my life again. I wasn't really anticipating it to be, though, until one of my roommate's decided to force BREAKING BAD on me. Needless to say, I'm currently on the brink of being in season three of five already. Granted, there's only seven or thirteen episodes a season, but whatever.


    This show also has me hooked, though I have to admit it's probably not something I would have watched while it was airing on TV. It's gritty, at times downright disgusting, and the darkest subject matter I've ever seen shown on television shows and not movies. And that's what makes it so amazing. It's so easy to get attached to these characters except I hate Skyler because she's so annoying. And I've discovered I also desperately want a Heisenberg t-shirt.

    So, here is my call to all you fellow devoted Netflixers that are much better at year-round Netflixing than I am. What should I watch when I finish with BREAKING BAD?  What should be my end of September and an unknown amount of October binge? What can my new obsession be?

    Comment below with your thoughts! <3 Also, any opinions on either of the aforementioned shows that don't include spoilers for people who have yet to see them would be awesome. I need to geek out, guys!

    Stacking the Shelves #80


    Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

    Now that school has started up, I can't post an STS post every week. So, this is actually three amazing weeks in the making. I am just so delighted with every book on this list because I was and still am looking forward to each and every one of them.


    From Author For Review (Thank you, Stacey!)
    Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

    Bought
    Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


    Edelweiss (Thank you, Harper!)
    Polaris by Mindee Arnett
    The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
    The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer

    Netgally (Thank you, Skyscape!)
    Chaos by Sarah Fine

    What have you added onto your shelves this week?