The Lunar New Year Book Tag

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I’m here today to share a tag with you! I haven’t done one since December so I’m feeling kind of rusty so bear with me. I was tagged by the awesome Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts who created this tag with Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit all about the Lunar New Year. I don’t really know much about this particular celebration but I know it was actually on January 28th and (as found on Tiff’s post) it revolves around the Chinese zodiac, which based on the year you were born and a corresponding animal. There are 12 animal signs and they each represent different personalities. They created the book tag based on those.

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January ’17 Wrap Up

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Can you freaking believe that it’s the last day of January?! Like when did this happen?! How is life moving so fast? There are so many crazy, fucked up things happening in the world right now and I just want to tell all of you beautiful book people that take the time to read my ramblings, that I’m so thankful that you’re alive. I’m so thankful that you are the person that you are and I hope you know that you are loved! Now that I’m done with being a bit sappy, I’m gonna tell you what I did this month!

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Book Review – Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Author: Paul Krueger

Publication: June 7th, 2016

Publisher: Quirk Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 288 pages

Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Read: January 2016

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4-stars1

Synopsis
In this sharp and funny urban fantasy novel, booze is magic, demons are real, and millennial Bailey Chen joins a band of monster-fighting Chicago bartenders instead of finding a “real” post-college job.
Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school.
But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out that evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and rum lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a “real world” job beckons?
This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and grown-up readers of Harry Potter. Includes 14 recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked this book which was kind of surprising for me. I feel like the premise is really new and interesting, I’ve never read anything like it before. It’s action packed, there was mystery, it was entertaining and I enjoyed it. I liked that the paranormal creatures described and involved were unique. There was some graphic descriptions but the ending was conclusive though slightly open ended which is great!

Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
The writing style is really simple, descriptive and detailed. I found that the world building was really interesting and thorough, there were a lot of special elements that made it so much easier to understand and to immerse myself in. It’s kind of graphic but also kind of funny and engaging. I was really invested in the book while reading and flew through it.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I liked the majority of the characters in this book but they all have their annoying moments. Some of their decisions and actions were questionable and irritating but in general, I liked them and their personalities and they made the story fun and entertaining. Bailey is kind of annoying but I really liked her determination and bravery. She actually reminded me (and my book club) of me which I don’t really know what that says about me since she has a kind of anal and obsessive personality. She’s smart, hardworking, curious, kind and defiant. She had moments when she was kind of petulant and moments where I just wanted to shake her silly but overall, I liked her as the narrator. There are quite a few side characters in this series. Some that I loved that totally brought a lot of energy and joy into the book and into what was going on. Others that I did not like at all and that I was totally suspicious of. However, I feel like they were all really individual and complex by themselves. Some weren’t as fleshed out as I wanted them to be and I would’ve wanted to get to know them a lot better but they all added something special to the story. There was a lot more drama than I was expecting, specially for an urban fantasy book and we definitely talked about that in our book club book chat. Some of the characters had shitty stuff happen to them and that made me so sad and this whole paragraph makes no sense, sorry guys haha.

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T5W Jan. 25th – Favorite Underrated Books

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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 Underrated Books. I have a really hard time with the word underrated. I never really know how to classify a book as underrated. I know there’s a lot of books that I’ve read that not many people that I know have read as well, but that doesn’t mean anything in comparison to the rest of the world. So what I did was go on my read shelf on Goodreads and picked the books that I’ve enjoyed the most that have the lowest average rating.

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Top 10 Books of 2016

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It’s that time of year where I talk about my favorite books of 2016. I did this last year as well and on the very last day of the year too. It’s very important for me to spend every single moment that I can reading to make sure that this list is super accurate, because you never know, I could read a new favorite in this last week of December!

I will be sharing the books, their Goodreads link, my review if I have one and two sentences for why I love them.

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Book Traveling Thursdays Dec. 29th – 2016 Is Coming to an End…

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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 2016 is coming to an end… Choose a book you want to read in 2017! Obviously, there’s a huge gigantic list of books that I want to read next year. Starting with all the new releases and continuing with all the books that I didn’t manage to get to this year that I really want to read still! So this one was kind of hard to choose but I picked a book that I’m really surprise I didn’t pick up this year because I was really anticipating it and I want to make sure to pick it up in 2017.

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Tis’ the Season Book Tag

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to those who celebrate! I will be celebrating tonight at my Grandma’s house with some really yummy food and good music if I have anything to say about it. It’s just how life worked that I got to do a tag today so I decided to do another tag from way back when. I found the Tis’ the Season Book Tag on PeruseProject from Book and the original creator of the tag is Richard’s Book Nook.

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Book Review – The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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The Goal (Off-Campus #4)

Author: Elle Kennedy

Publication: September 26th, 2016

Publisher: Elle Kennedy

Format: Kindle Edition, 350 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Read: October 2016

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4 Stars

Synopsis
She’s good at achieving her goals…
College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.
But the game just got a whole lot more complicated
Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book, specially since I was anticipating it for so long before starting it. It was funny and heartfelt and sweet. It had it’s heavy moments which I enjoyed because it made it feel real and honest. The plot was really emotional, sexy and just downright entertaining. I loved  the ending, it was great to end the series.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style for this series is really fun and engaging. It’s so easy to read and addictive, I can read these books in one sitting. This one in particular is written a lot more maturely considering how the story revolves around an unplanned pregnancy. But it has really sweet undertones and I really like that it’s distinct between characters.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve been looking forward to getting to this book for a really long time. The two main characters in this book have been around for awhile. We know of them but they didn’t have the biggest presence in the other books so I was really excited to know more about them. Sabrina is really closed off. She’s very independent and used to having to fend for herself. She’s had a rough life so she tends to be self-deprecating and really, really frustrating to read at times. Honestly, I had the urge to shake her quite a few times throughout the book. Tucker on the other hand is such a sweetheart. I absolutely loved him and his attitude in this book. He’s always been the quietest out of the group of friend highlighted in this series so it was amazing to see inside his personality and emotions in this book. He’s really charming and funny. He’s also very determined and insistent with Sabrina but not in the way where he’s pushing his desires on her but in a way where he challenges her to see herself in a better light and to see them as something positive. It’s a really hard road but I think it turns into a really beautiful relationship between the two of them. It was super duper great to see all of the old characters show up in this book. I missed them so much and to see some of the older scenes from other points of views as well as seeing how they react to Tucker’s news was really interesting. I also really loved Sabrina’s friends. I love that she had her own little support system outside the regular gang we’ve been used to seeing and they were very kind and very encouraging of her and I loved that!

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Fall Activities Book Tag

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I’m here today to share another tag with you. I don’t live in a country that has the typical fall weather but I love Fall fashion and the activities that you can do in this kind of season. So I was really excited when Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions tagged me to do the Fall Activities Book Tag. I haven’t done the majority of these things but I hope I’ll be able to one day.

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October ’16 Wrap Up

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I am here today to wrap up all the things I read, posted and accomplished in October. This month was a lot calmer than the last one, thank God. There were still some ups and downs but that’s how life is. I also read a lot more books than I thought I was going to. I had a lot of fun in the Halloween readathon! I got to talk to a lot of people on Twitter because I made the effort to interact on the hashtag and while I didn’t read as much from that list of books, I read a lot from my overall TBR and I can’t wait to show you guys my thoughts!

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