April ’16 Wrap Up

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Hello everyone!

I am here today to wrap up all the things I read, posted and accomplished in April. I honestly thought I was going to die this month. I convinced myself that it was a great idea to be part of four different buddy reads along with reading my regular TBR books. So it happened that I ended up reading 5 books at once for two weeks and only have 3 read books the first two weeks of the month. In the end, it was actually quite fun but maybe I won’t do that many again.

SO let’s get started!

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Potter Challenge: Whatchu Know About Wands?

Potter Challenge Whatchu Know About Wands

Hello everyone!

I am here today to share another very special post!

My friend Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks joined me in accomplishing my Potter Challenge this year and last month we read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, book two of the series. We are having so much fun buddy reading as well as sharing our thoughts with you guys.

In this post, I’ll be sharing a mini review with my thoughts on the book, the wand that I got and the kinds of charms and spells I would love to learn and my thoughts on the movie adaptations that we’ve watched!

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Apr. 28th – Everyone Needs a Companion

BTT Apr 28

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! Yep, that’s what I’m calling it now. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is Everyone needs a companion. Choose your favorite bookish pet. I swear this is the last time okay? I promise to you that I will stop using this series (until I read the second trilogy). I have no regrets except that I’m in the last book and I can never use them again.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Apr. 27th – Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures

T5W Apr 27

Hello everyone!

Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures and I think the reason that Sam picked  this topic is because it’s actually quite hard to find in books, specially YA books. So I had to sit down and look through my Goodreads read books to try and find some picks for this topic. Lucky for me I found five!

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Book Review - Beastly Bones

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Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2)

Author: William Ritter

Publication: September 22nd, 2015

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Thriller

Read: March 2016

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4.5 Stars

Synopsis
“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”
In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.
First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Everything was just better in this second book. It had a faster pace, it was more action packed and it even had a creepy and spooky element that had me on the edge of my seat. There’s suspense and mystery, even more intriguing than the mystery from the first book. It was just as funny as the first, thanks to Jackaby, and full of entertainment and themes of friendship. I’m hopeful that the last book will be the best by far.

Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
The writing style is getting better but it takes me awhile to get into it in the beginning. It’s light and fast paced. The dialogue is a cross between totally hilarious and informative in regards to the paranormal creatures that are featured. It’s really descriptive and detailed and follows the time period its set in really well. It’s silly and quirky which I appreciate because it fits the story well.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I am really starting to fall in love with this quirky group. Abby is burrowing into my heart little by little. I love her personality and how she’s developing. She’s really smart and clever and that shines in this book a lot. She’s headstrong and determined and I love how she pushes for what she believes in and defends herself against people who think less of her. But at the same time, she’s feminine and wants to be a woman but a woman who can have adventures. She’s trying to figure out how to be herself and what that means and I loved her development! And then there’s Jackaby, who is amazing! He’s exactly the same as he was in the first book. He’s clever and quirky and extremely peculiar. Obviously, he’s incredibly smart about paranormal creatures but he shows a lot of compassion and understanding for Abby in this book. She’s struggling with some of her other relationships and he does the bare minimum for a normal person when it comes to advice but for him, it’s out of this world. I love his character and I want to know more about him and his past. There’s also some new side characters introduced in this book and they were all really interesting and complex. There was a really hilarious rivalry as well as some rough and tough men. AND THERE’S A FEMALE FRIENDSHIP! WOO!

Emotionally

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Sara 101: Unfinished Series

Sara 101 Unfinished Series

Hello everyone!

I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

I’ve mentioned quite a few times on my blog that I have an unhealthy amount of unfinished series. Over 60 in fact. But I’ve never really talked about which those are so I thought this month’s Sara 101 would be a good time to share that since that’s a part of me.

I’m going to be sharing the series from the oldest to the newest added to my list so you can completely experience my disgrace.

SO let’s get started!

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Freadom Speaks About Original Content and Why It’s the Bane of My Existence

Freadom Speaks about Original Content

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my discussion feature, Freadom Speaks!

I’m a little hesitant about this one mostly because it’s just me rambling about a specific topic that has been a struggle for me since I became a bigger part of the book community. Original content has eluded ever since I started my Booktube channel and I kind of wanted to talk about what that means to me and why it’s such a hard thing for me to accomplish.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Apr. 21st – World Book Day

BTT Apr 21

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time again! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is World Book Day is in a couple of days! Choose one of your all-time favorite books. This is hard because I have a lot of favorite books, but then again, I’ve shared the grand majority them for this meme already. Then I decided  to share one of my all time favorites for life, one of my favorite standalones ever because everyone needs to read it!

SO let’s get started!

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