#HOLLYJOLLYREADS 🔔| December Monthly Challenge

I am soso excited and so happy to finally share this with you guys! Making and hosting a monthly photo challenge has been something I’ve wanted to do since creating my bookstagram so for the past couple of months I’ve been working on one! This one!

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I tried to make this challenge a mix of vague prompts that could be more inspo-ish and simple straightforward prompts so that there was something for everyone, be as creative (or not creative) as you want and I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets each day!

I’m going to list all the days below for accessibility and I’ll explain a little of what my idea was behind each prompt in case anyone needs some extra inspo.

 

Throughout the month I’ll be going through the tag and sharing some of my favourite photos so don’t forget to use the hashtag #HollyJollyReads in your posts!

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Prodigy Prince | Natasha Sapienza [Semi-Spoiler Free]

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Prodigy Prince // Natasha Sapienza

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐

I was given a free copy by the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is mildly-spoilery. 

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris. 

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake. 

From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book and six gifted youths. 

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever. 

Am I getting too old for YA?

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Am I getting too old for YA? Is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, I know that the obvious answer is no and that you should read what you like no matter your age but I can’t help thinking about it. I can’t help feeling like I’m slowly growing apart from the genre (is it even a genre?), that I’m too old to be reading it.

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October TBR | Spooky Reads Edition

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Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, I love how warm and cozy it makes me feel inside and I wanted that feeling to reflect in my tbr for this month. I also wanted my tbr to be a little bit spooky and dark in the spirit of Halloween. This should probably actually be called ‘books I maybe want to get around to’ because I can’t actually decide which ones I want to read 😅

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9/17 | September Wrap – Up

 

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Compared to previous months this year I’ve actually had a pretty light reading month, even though I read pretty much my whole tbr it wasn’t nearly as big as some of my others have been. As well, I have officially finished my 2017 goodreads challenge! 🎉 This is the first challenge I’ve ever done and I’m a little proud of finishing early considering that I bumped my goal up halfway through.

Before I dive into all the things I loved this month, if you want to check out what I read in August there are reviews for most of the books up on my goodreads.

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The Bane Chronicles | Cassandra Clare [Semi – Spoiler Free]

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The Bane Chronicles // Cassandra Clare

With Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

 

“One can give up many things for love, but should not give up oneself”

 

Actual Rating: 4/5 ⭐

Synopsis:

It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the great blackout of New York City, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute … Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to loving a vampire like Camille Belcourt – or having a first date with Alec Lightwood.

Though Magnus’s tale is far from over these stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) What exactly  happened at the Hotel Dumort? How did Raphael Santiago become a vampire? What do you buy your Shadowhunter boyfriend when you’re not dating? And why was Magnus banned from Peru?

Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks – stories he probably wishes had never gotten out.

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman [Spoilers!]

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Scythe // Neal Shusterman 

“Love remains mortal” 

Actual Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

Thou shalt kill

A world with no hunger

No war

No misery

Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life – and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe – a role that neither wants. These teens must muster the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequences of failure could mean losing their own.

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books I NEED to read before 2018

 

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I am really good at buying books, promising myself I’m going to read them right now and then letting them sit on my shelf for a year. So I thought I would share with you a few books that I’m determined to read before the year is over – hopefully this post will hold me to it!

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Queens of Geek | Jen Wilde [Spoilers!]

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Queens of Geek // Jen Wilde

“In one brief conversation, she made me see that there’s nothing wrong with me.” 

Actual Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐

 

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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The Queen of the Tearling | Erika Johansen [Spoilers!]

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  The Queen of the Tearling // Erika Johansen.

 

“You win your people or you lose your throne.”

 

Actual Rating: 4/5 ⭐

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

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