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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Rereadable: Lady Midnight | Cassandra Clare [Spoilers!]

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Lady Midnight // Cassandra Clare

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion.

Every human heart was chained by love.” 

Rating on Reread: 5/5 

 

Mostly rambling, slightly reviewing, welcome to a new post series on my little blog all about rereading. I’m not that big of a rereader and besides a handful of them, books tend to be pretty one and done for me. That being said, I’m ALWAYS going on about how I want to reread this or how I’m due for a reread of that; there’s so many books that I’m dying to get into again but I feel a little guilty ignoring my (already huge) TBR so … I thought by making whole posts dedicated to just rereading I would have the perfect excuse to not feel guilty because it’s for the blog.

Lady Midnight is the perfect book to start with because it was the one book that I was dying to reread, I hardly remembered anything from my first read and with the sequel fast approaching I knew I would need to read Lady Midnight again anyway.  When I first read Lady Midnight I hadn’t actually been planning to, in fact I was pretty sure I was done with the Shadowhunters world altogether but boy was I wrong.

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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby [Semi – Spoiler Free]

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Bone Gap // Laura Ruby

“People look, they don’t see.”

 

Actual Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐

Synopsis [From Goodreads]:

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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Review Roundup II: YA Edition [Spoilers!]

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I have been pretty good about two things lately, 1) completing my reading challenge for this year (only ten books left!) and 2) reviewing most of the books I read on Goodreads. What I haven’t been too good at is getting those reviews from there to here so I thought it was time for another review roundup, ya edition!

 

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series I (probably) won’t be finishing

 

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I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to DNF books, any book that I technically DNF just ends up on a return-to-later shelf with the promise that I’ll pick it up again (and I never actually do), but for some odd reason DNFing a series is as easy as cutting butter for me.

So out of curiosity I went through all my shelves to see just how many series I had abandoned and I was honestly surprised on how high the number was. I think quite a few of them I’ve given up on just because there are other books I want to read more or because I completely forgot about them but there are a few that I’ve knowingly decided to DNF and I wanted to share them with you!

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