Book Traveling Thursdays Jul. 21st – Everyone Loves Music

BTT Jul 21

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! 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 loves music. Choose a book where music is a big part of the story. I haven’t read many books that have this topic, though I definitely should because I love music, except for one book so this post was very easy for me.

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T5W Jul. 20th – Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

T5W Jul 20

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 topis is Top 5 Most Recent Editions to Your Wishlist. Honestly, I’m a sucker for Goodreads recommends. I add books to my TBR on a constant basis, literally every day there’s something new on that shelf so this list was quite easy to get a hold of.

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Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello everyone!

I am here today to share an award that I was nominated for! Thank you to Gianna @ Book Coma Blog for nominating me! I really appreciate it.

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The Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

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Book Review – The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Book Review - The Fixer

The Fixer Cover

The Fixer (The Fixer #1)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publication: July 7th, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Read: September 2015

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.
And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.
Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is the kind of story that hooks  you in from the very beginning. It’s full of suspense and intrigue. There’s so much action and constant twists and turns. It’s filled with secrets, lies, conspiracies, politics and even kidnappings! It was entertaining and addicting that I just flew through it and was completely captivated.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style completely compliments the story. It’s quite simple but the medium pace keeps the reader engaged and focused on the story. While the story has quite serious parts, there’s also a lot of banter and sarcasm that lightens the moment and makes me laugh out loud.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I love the cast of characters in this book! They’re all so distinct and complex and they interact well with each other. Tess is our main character and one of the easiest words to describe her is as a fighter. She’s sarcastic and sassy and incredibly smart. She’s determined to be independent and to stick to how she is and how she wants to live her life. She’s honest and caring but tough and a little bit cold at times. I loved her attitude and how she took control of her life. The rest of the characters were also totally amazing. They’re complex and intriguing. And the friendships in this book are amazing! The group that forms in this book is so entertaining and to real. I loved getting to know each character by themselves and as part of the group. Asher is definitely one of my favorites because he’s so funny and sassy and a little bit reckless but he cares about his friends a whole lot either way. There’s so much intensity and insanity when it comes to how the relationships develop between all the different characters that it was actually quite hard  to keep up with.

Emotionally

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Booktube-A-Thon TBR

BooktubeAThon TBR

Hello everyone!

So I was really debating whether or not to participate in the Booktube-A-Thon this year which is from JULY 18TH – JULY 24TH. I wanted to do it last year while I was still an active booktuber but I was working at camp during that week. But even though I’m not a booktuber anymore, I’m a blogger, it still sounds super fun and a lot of people participate. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a readathon so I’m quite excited!

SO let’s get started!

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Series Review – The Jinni Wars by Amber Lough

Book Review - The Jinni Wars

The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish (The Jinni Wars #1 and #2)

Author: Amber Lough

Publication: July 22nd, 2014 and July 28th, 2015

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition 320 pages and Kindle Edition 352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, High Fantasy

Read: May 2015 and June 2016

Amber LoughGoodreads

The Fire Wish Cover

The Fire Wish

5 Stars

Synopsis
A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .
Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book hooked me right in the beginning. It’s so interesting because it’s about a subject and a premise that I’ve never read before. It’s mysterious and suspenseful and full of adventure. The mythology aspect is really interesting and the plot full of twists and turns. It kept me hooked the entire time.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
In general, it’s very simple but very descriptive which I appreciated because it makes it so much easier to picture such a vast and extraordinary world. The sentences are short and tight which made the story move very fast. My favorite part was definitely the world building  which is just amazing.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
This is the part where it got a little iffy for me. I was so enchanted by the world and the mythology that I honestly couldn’t care less about the characters, specially considering they were plainly stereo typical and totally opposites of each other. First there’s Najwa, the jinni and she’s the good one. She’s very brave and protective of her people and smart. She’s headstrong but also has a tendency to take a backseat when someone older doesn’t agree with her ideas. The only bad thing is that she’s very anxious and insecure. I understood it because of the situations she was placed in, but it got really annoying, really fast. Then there’s Zayele, who is the human and the bad one. She got on my every last nerve and I pretty much tried to ignore her when it came to her perspective and just focused on the plot instead. She’s selfish and mean and kind of a bully at some parts. She’s desperate to get out of her situation but resorts to something completely horrendous and ends up screwing things up even more for everybody. She has a tendency to act before she thinks and it gets her and everyone around her into hot water. She’s outspoken which I guess is the only good thing I can say about her character but it also backfired on her at times so I guess it can’t be that good. The side characters were so unmemorable that I didn’t write a note about them on my notebook and the romance was basically insta love times two.

The Blind Wish Cover

The Blind Wish

3.5 Stars

Synopsis
Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.
The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.
The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. But her new role comes at a price—she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. And as Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. Suddenly, she’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her.
The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.

Critically

Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
Gosh, I’m so disappointed in this sequel. The plot in this book was not as exciting as I expected it to be. It was slow and some parts of it were really boring. It felt like there were two separate plot lines, again both driven by the two different main characters but even that didn’t make it entertaining. I did like that it delved deeper into jinni life, death, grief and the different wishes. My favorite part of this series has always been the world building and it’s still top notch. But the end was really convenient and I didn’t get lost in this book like I did the first.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Pretty simple but incredibly descriptive, It’s very short and the sentences are tight so it makes it easy to read quickly. However, it became really redundant after awhile. The reader knows things before the character and things are constantly being explained again and again. There’s a lot of telling and not showing which didn’t bother me in the first book but did in this one because the plot isn’t as exciting. The great thing though is that the world is really creative and imaginative and I loved it.

Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is the worst part and the source of my biggest disappointment in this book. I hope that the main characters would improve and develop in this second book but that didn’t happen, at all. Najwa is still just as anxious and just as insecure in the beginning of this book. She feels very vulnerable after the events of the first book and is very withdrawn. She’s still obedient and loyal and brave and smart but it just doesn’t really matter to me. It was like meh. I didn’t care for her point of view but it was not as bad as Zayele. You’d think this girl would’ve learned something after the catastrophe she created in the first book but nope. She’s still stubborn and reckless and again she makes a wish without thinking the consequences through and causes so much mayhem and pain to other people. She means well but she’s too impulsive and ends up screwing things up instead of fixing them like she wants. By the halfway point I had no more patience for her and her tantrums so the bit of growth she did have went practically unnoticed. The biggest problem for me is that they remain two seperate entities. The relationship between the two main characters is practically nonexistent and that feels like such a wasted opportunity. Also, the romances are super weak and the insta love continues. And the ending definitely did not do justice to the amazing world and it’s history.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Jul. 14th – Because Some Sequels are Better than the First Book

BTT Jul 14

Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! 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 Because some sequels are better than the first book. Choose your favorite sequel. And I used this topic to do it again! That’s right people, I am mentioning my favorite companion series again, I have absolutely no shame. But in my defense, this second book is much better than the first one!

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T5W Jul. 13th – Books You Wish Had Sequels

T5W Jul 13

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 topis is Books You Wish Had Sequels. I’ve managed to read quite a few standalones since I started actively reading again and I absolutely love the ones I’m mentioning today but there are specific things that I would love to know more about beyond what the story talks about.

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

Birthday Post

Hello everyone!

As you can see, it’s my birthday today!! I am officially twenty two years old. It’s absolutely mind blowing to me that I am not only an adult, but reaching my mid twenties. Where has the time gone honestly? I decided, as a way to kind of celebrate my birthday with you guys, to share some of the things that I’ve learned and the things I want to do before I turn another year older.

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