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Windwitch: You Should Totally Read It Too!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard is the second book in the Witchlands series. Last summer I read Truthwitch and had enjoyed it very much so I was partially hesitant about reading this one. Luckily, I loved it just as much as the first book.

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This review will be spoiler-free for both books in the series, so feel free to read it (and learn why you should read this series too!)

Maybe for the first 70 pages or so, I couldn’t quite get into the story. This series has probably the most complex world I have ever read from, so I had forgotten a lot of the terminology, magic, and plot of the previous book. Thankfully, I got a hang of it once again and started enjoying it even more.

This book focuses on Merik–and I love Merik. Whereas in the first book he is mostly seen as a love interest that is kind of bland (I still loved him, but this is what I hear are the opinions of other people as well), in Windwitch, his character is almostly completely transformed. Throughout the book he goes through one of the best character developments I’ve read in a while. (It’s so great that the ending made me even happier). It doesn’t really have as much romance, because the characters are separated, but I thought it was nice to take a break from this.

All of the characters, the new and old ones, are awesome, badass, and three-dimensional. They constantly question themselves, as anyone normal would do, and often times you can’t really tell where the story is headed because they appear somewhat morally ambiguous (which I love).

On top of all the amazing characters and world, the plot was so well written. Susan Dennard cleverly switches between chapter to chapter from character to character so that you don’t get bored reading the same story. Almost all of the time each chapter ends in a cliffhanger and so you want to keep reading. And of course, there are lots and lots of plot twists–and who wouldn’t love plot twists?

Long story short, this series is probably my ideal high fantasy series and I urge everyone to pick them up. They deserve so much more recognition than they get! \

Have you read this series as well? Who’s your favorite character? (Merik is my favorite, but I love all of them).

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10 Bookish Confessions

Hello everyone! I want to quit apologizing for not posting so often anymore, but every time I end up writing a blog post, I say sorry. And the thing is, I am sorry. But I wanted to let you guys know of somethings, hence the ~confessions~ title.

Confession #1: It’s making me really, really sad, the fact that no one ever bothers to comment (or even like!) my posts anymore. May has been an all time low for me in terms of blogging feedback. I mean, I know I’ve been blogging less, but even when I do, I’ve never had this little reaction. And it makes me so freaking sad guys. I can’t explain it properly to you.

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Confession #2: I’ve only read 4 books all year. I know. It’s shameful. And again, I hate myself for it. All the books I did read were really good, but it’s depressing. To think that I could read 4 books in two weeks or less in the past makes it even worse.

Confession #3: I get super nostalgic about books. For example, if I see an old book I loved, in that moment I’ll want to reread it and fall in love with it all over again, and sometimes thinking about books I loved makes me sad.

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Confession #4: Most people in my day-to-day life don’t know about this blog. My family knows, and so do my close friends, but I don’t publicize it much in real life. It’s too close to my heart and I feel like people will judge me!

Confession #5: I rarely reread books. Then again, I haven’t had much time to read books in general, but I haven’t reread a book in forever. Maybe the last time I did was in 5th grade? I don’t even know. I really really WANT to, but all these new shiny books are too appealing!

Confession #6: I DO reread passages, though. I have this weird thing where I remember which page/where in the book passages I loved were. So occasionally, I’ll pick up the book and reread those scenes that I loved. Even if it doesn’t give the same effect as rereading the whole thing, I still love doing it.

Confession #7: I love recommending loved ones books, but I hate it when people I don’t like read the books I like. It’s like, if you’re my friend, then I will FORCE you to read it. But if I hate you, I will feel like you don’t deserve to read my favorite books, and it’ll really annoy me.

Confession #8: I don’t like fanfiction. Never read it, I don’t think I ever will. I love fan art, but I just don’t like how people may change characters so dear to my heart, and this may therefore ruin my vision of the characters. Also, I just don’t have the time, haha.

Confession #9: I can’t read (or enjoy reading) when I’m sick, tired, or anytime I don’t feel good. I just can’t. And this is why I’ve been reading so little now. Because even if I’m hating a book, I want to read it when I’m actually awake and processing. I can’t enjoy books when I’m tired and it’ll completely ruin my liking of a book if I’m not feeling good.

Confession #10: The book blogging community has grown so much, I sometimes wonder if my blog even matters. I especially feel this way when I’m feeling down, but I remind myself that my blog is for me and everyone contributes to the blogging world.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading all my “confessions”! I’m going to try to continue blogging at least every week from now on, since school is *slightly* calming down (and when I feel better. I’m super sick.)

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My Signed Books (Part I) & Their Stories

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to write a blog post about something I’ve been meaning to do for a while: my signed books. Signed books are some of my favorite things. Regardless of if I met the author(s) or not, I will want that signed book. They’re kind of my fatal flaw, you could say. And so today, I am going to be talking to you all about part of my signed book collection. Without further ado, let’s begin!

I’m going to try to go in chronological order, but that probably won’t happen because I don’t remember everything.

The books in this list are of authors I didn’t meet, but bought their books anyway because they were signed. The next post will be about authors I met!

  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan–this was my first signed copy ever. I actually DID get to see Rick Riordan, but because he doesn’t have signing lines, I didn’t actually “meet” him. Nonetheless, because this was my first signed copy, it has a lot of sentimental value for me and it was a HUGE deal that I had it (still kinda is) by such a popular author. (I got it in 7th grade.)

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  • I think the second signed copy I bought without meeting the author was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I actually *still* haven’t read this book even though I bought it nearly two years ago on a whim, only because it was signed and looked pretty. (oops) Anyway, here are some photos:
  • Next is The Heir by Kiera Cass–I bought this when it was first published in April 2015 (or was it May?) and if you don’t know, Target usually has a lot of signed copies so this was one of them where I was already going to buy the book but ended up buying it signed!

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  • Similar to The Heir, I bought P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han also from Target, and again it was coincidentally also signed! ❤ (Gotta love Target haha)

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  • Next I bought Queen of Shadows–once again from Target–signed! I was super happy that I got it signed because everyone knows how in demand Sarah J. Maas’ books are…

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  • Then, in 8th grade, I went to another Rick Riordan event and I was supplied with a copy of The Sword of Summer, signed, of course. 🙂

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  • And finally, perhaps my most exciting signed copy that I got where I didn’t meet the author, is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I actually WON A GIVEAWAY and I was sent this as well as other awesome book merch from Molly’s Book Nook. I was going through a really hard time at that moment so it really helped me and it also became one of my favorite books. I still love this copy and it is so special ❤

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I also have a couple other books that were sent to me, however, they’re kind of stashed away so I couldn’t take pics of them. (Which makes it a total of about 9 signed books I have without meeting the authors.)

Here’s a pic with all of the mentioned books:

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Anyway, I really hope you enjoyed reading this! What I would recommend for finding signed books if authors don’t come to your areas is to keep your EYES OUT for promotions online. I know some indie bookstores have them, and you should also look out for Target’s books because they tend to have a lot of signed copies!

P.S…my next list should be even longer and more fun to read…;) I just calculated my total number of signed books and it’s around 30!! Some people don’t care much for signed books but I know I sure love collecting them.

What signed books do you own? Should I make a Part II? Hope you enjoyed this!

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The Midnight Star | Mini-Review

Hey everyone! I was just looking at the number of blog posts I published this month…and I only published three. I’ll talk more about this in my wrap-up, but needless to say, I’m ashamed of myself because this month I had a lot of breaks. Anyways, here’s a quick review of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu! 🙂

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*Note: do not continue reading unless you would like to be spoiled!

“…These are only rumors, of course, and make little more than a story to tell around the fire. But it is told. And thus they live on.”

I’m not crying, you are.

But in all honesty, I’m so sad. This was probably one of the most bittersweet endings to one of my favorite series. The Young Elites trilogy is one of the few YA series I anticipated from start to finish for each book: I was excited for TYE, then TRS, and now this one. This book isn’t perfect—it’s my least favorite out of the three—but damn is it good.

There is something about it, something about the way it’s written that makes it so special for me. It’s different: there are dark characters, but you don’t know a truly dark character unless you’ve read this series. Adelina is…me. She is me if I had the powers, if I didn’t control myself, and I love that about her. She’s so unstable. She’s evil. She enjoys the feeling of being better, of being above, and no one says it, but it is true. We all savor things like that, that doesn’t mean we’re terrible, but we do. She’s jealous and petty and greedy and all the things we all are inside but are too scared to say.

As I said, this book was not perfect.

In fact, for a majority of the book, I wasn’t even enjoying it so much. I was disappointed, either because my expectations were so high, or because I wasn’t reading it at the right time. But then I sat down and read the last 70 pages and…I remembered why I loved this series so much. And how much it impacted me emotionally. How much I felt for Adelina and her relationships with everyone. The ending? The ending was precisely what I was looking for.

[If it had ended happily, I would not be satisfied this right now. In fact, I’m not even giving it five stars because it just wasn’t THAT good. The others were definitely better…but my heart aches thinking about it and it’s sentimental value for me is too much.

I am so happy with the ending. It wasn’t extremely sad, but it was the perfect amount. If Adelina and everyone else came out unscathed, that would be unrealistic considering the circumstances they were in. So I like how she died, and how Violette made a deal and how she came back as a star and met up with Magiano. Oh, that was perfect. I can’t explain how much I adore that. (hide spoiler)]

I just…

I…

I don’t know what to say. The definition of this book for me is: bittersweet. I am for sure going to miss this world and these characters and the craziness of it all. :’)

4 stars. (Though I’m still indecisive, honestly).

Have you read this series? (Or this book?) How did you like it? Do you agree with my opinions? Let’s talk!

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Rapid Fire Book Tag *insert fire emoji*

Hello fellow bloggers! I am writing this post three months in advance–its August right now–in order to save some time during the hectic school year. Anyways, the point of this tag is to answer these questions as quickly as possible so I’m going to try not to elaborate so much.

Let’s begin!

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E-Book or Physical Book?  

Physical book!

Paperback or Hardback?

Both are good, but I’d prefer hardcover.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store. I don’t have a credit card yet and every time I want to buy something online my parents interrogated me.

Trilogies or Series?

Series 🙂 I think trilogies are done too often and usually have similar, annoying flaws.

Heroes or Villains?

Ooh, it really depends on the character. I love a strong hero or a strong villain, as long as the character is awesome. But I have a thing for reading anti-hero stories…

A book you want everyone to read?

AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE ❤

 Recommend an underrated book?

Most of the books I read nowadays are not underrated, but one of my favorites from the past was The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers 🙂

The last book you finished?

Since I’m pre-writing this in August, right now its Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes but until November…I have no idea.

The Last Book You Bought?

Again, in August that would be Truthwitch by Susan Dennard but I’m pretty sure I will buy more by the time you’re reading this haha.

 Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I don’t really use a bookmark if I don’t have one right next to me, so no answer!

Used Books: Yes or No?

Totally yes! Especially if they’re in good condition.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy (including all sub-genres), contemporary, and magical realism. This is making me realize I need to read more sci-fi and historical fiction…
Borrow or Buy?

Buy, if I have the money and want to own the book.

Characters or Plot?

Characters. Even if the plot is slow, good characters can make up for it. (Unless the plot is TERRIBLE.)

Long or Short Books?

Neither? I like my books between 300-450 pages long. Depends what you call long/short.

Long or Short Chapters?

Definitely short.

 Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Lady Midnight, And I Darken, Truthwitch.

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

I usually don’t outright laugh or cry while reading, but Rick Riordan’s books always make me crack up 😀

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

No matter how terrible fictional worlds may be, I always prefer reading fictional ones to ours.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Never listened to one, though I want to try!

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Initially, yes. Who doesn’t? But I won’t not read a book because it has an ugly cover, though I may not buy it.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Neither…I’m really not a fan of adaptations, honestly.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Paper Towns by John Green! I actually think I would have liked the book much better, as much as the movie, if I had read it now. I just think I read it at the wrong time.

Series or Standalone’s?

Series, unless the book is bad, haha.

Not tagging anyone, but that’s it! Do you agree with my answers? Or not? Let’s talk why in the comments!

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I Need YOUR Opinions!

Hey everyone! As you may or may not have realized, I haven’t posted for nearly two weeks and I haven’t been very actively commenting as I used to (before school started.) First of all, I’d like to apologize for this reason. I thought last year was hard, this year is a million times harder, and though I’m happier, school is taking ALL of my time.

The spare moments I do get for myself I tend to watch Turkish shows or read, although little. (I haven’t finished a book besides Empire of Storms since September.) And when I blog, I absolutely hate blogging about random stuff. I like spending time and writing a really nice post. Because I haven’t had the time, I couldn’t post.

On top of that, I’m feeling very uninspired to write. I WANT to read and write so much; there are so many things I want to tell you guys about, so many books I am excited about, but I don’t have time to even think about these things let alone write about them. So, I decided I would set myself a goal: publish at least one post per week, according to what you guys want. Lately I’ve been getting very little traffic which has to do with the fact that I’m posting very little but also because…are you guys not interested in what I post?

So I am asking you guys what you want. Leave me suggestions, I’m up for anything honestly! Some choices can be:  book tags, book reviews, rants, discussions on certain topics, favorite books, least favorite books, top ten tuesdays, funny posts, etc. Please please PLEASE comment!

Thank you so much for baring with me and my blog. If you care just a little bit, I would love it if you commented as if no one comments…well, then I am going to be even less motivated to post.

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High Fantasy Book Recs That are NOT S.J. Maas Books

Hello everyone! In today’s post I want to give you some high fantasy book recommendations. If you’re not familiar with the genre/or are confused about what it is: high fantasy means that the book is set in a completely different world (or there are multiple worlds) with complex creatures, characters, magic, etc. Lately I’ve realized that most of the fantasy I read is actually High Fantasy rather than Urban fantasy, which is set in our world.

However, whenever someone says “high fantasy!” the only recommendations I see are of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. And don’t get me wrong: I think those are amazing too. In fact, ACOMAF is one of my favorites. But I want to give more recommendations for those of you have already read these. Also, this post is being written by August-Silanur so of course my opinions may change.

Without further ado, let us begin!

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard–this is the first book in a new series which I read back in August and LOVED. The world is really interesting, with a lot of political intrigue and the magic is so cool. It also happens to be one of my favorites of the year! (5 stars)

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  • Six of Crows & the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo–this is actually a pretty popular series, but for a reason. The Grisha world that Leigh created is one of the best fantasy worlds I’ve ever read. I like SoC better just because I think the characters are more developed, but the Grisha trilogy is amazing too. I gave SoC 5 stars, Shadow and Bone 4 stars, and Siege and Storm 4.5 stars.

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  • Next I have The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh. Some may argue that this is more romance than fantasy, but I disagree. It is set in a Middle Eastern, Arabian nights fantasy setting with beautifully written characters and magic. I am actually currently reading the second book right now (but in August) so you’ll have probably read my thoughts haha!

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  • Then, The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is a dark story, and I love it. The third book is coming out soon and I can’t wait. Everyone loves Legend, however, I hear few people discuss this series although I think its even better. I highly recommend it–I gave both books that are out 5 stars! 🙂

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  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir–this is also pretty popular, and it makes sense why. The brutal world is addicting to read about and the story itself is so intricately thought of. I can’t wait for the remaining books in this series to come out!

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor–this is actually kind of urban fantasy as well, but it is also set in a completely different fantasy world and when I read it two years ago I loved it and still do ❤

The books above are my favorites–I’ve rated most of them 5 stars–but there are also some other High Fantasies that I enjoyed reading that I will list below without detail:

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The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (4 stars, 4.5 stars, 3.75 stars)

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Only read the first book so far) — 3.75 stars

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik–3.75 to 4 stars

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessi Khoury–4 stars

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoy my recommendations! Please let me know some of your favorite high fantasies that aren’t ToG or ACOTAR 🙂

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