Saturday, April 30, 2016

Let's Talk Life and Blogging!

I don't do a monthly recap on the blog, partly because I'm lazy and partly because there isn't usually much to say. But I was inspired by Jamie's If We Were Having Coffee feature (which was inspired by someone else!) to start doing more personal posts on here. And what better way to do that than to recap my month in LIFE instead of just books and blogging? So Checking In will be a monthly feature on here that will help you guys get to know ME better, and hopefully you'll start sharing your own stories with me. :)

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Hello, my lovelies! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done one of these posts. Actually… I haven’t done one since 2016 started. WHOOPS. I really did mean to do these monthly, but for the past four months, I haven’t had much to say honestly. So I mostly have things to talk about on the blogging side, and not the life side, but I still want to tell you what I’ve been doing the last four months.

From January to March, I was finishing up my final year of college. I had to drop a couple classes in the fall semester because of my surgery and recovery, so I ended up finishing out online. I only had two classes, which was SUPER NICE, and one of them was basically a feminism class, and I got to rant about gender inequality for 8 weeks. IT WAS PERFECT. Honestly, really loved that one. The other one, Learning and Memory, was meh. I managed an A for the class, which was freaking awesome since the exams were incredibly hard (thank God for a professor who believes in curving test scores). I was hoping it’d help me out with my own poor memory, but it really didn’t. Haha. Anyway, those classes ended the first week in March, so since then, I’ve been done with school.

It took me MONTHS to make a decision on graduation. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to walk in the ceremony or not, and a few people said I’d regret it, which made me go back and forth. But in the end, I decided NOT to. At the end of these four years, my emotional attachment to this university is at, like, zero. And because I ended up commuting the last two years and finishing it out online (and also after losing a bunch of friendships), I haven’t really felt like I was a part of the school anymore. I’m perfectly fine with my decision, and my mom was too, which was honestly more important to me than my own opinion. I did buy a cap and gown so I can take pictures on campus for announcements to the relatives and such. And I’m pretty stoked to be graduating with honors! I'm graduating cum laude, and I’m freaking proud of myself for accomplishing that!

That decision was really stressful though, and there were some other stressful things going on in the last month and a half, which pushed blogging to the side for me, and also sucked away energy for reading. A little bit of that stress has been alleviated, but now I’m more acutely aware of the fact that I don’t have a job. Since BEA is SO CLOSE (LIKE A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AWAAAAAAY OMG), I figured I would just hold off on putting out more job applications because I will be gone for a week. But after my vacation (I do see it as a vacation, but I’m also looking forward to networking and talking with publicists, so it’s going to be a bit of “work” too, and I’m going to treat it more professionally than I did last year), it’s going to be job hunting central, and I’m already not looking forward to it. It hasn’t gone well for me these last four months, so wish me luck!

Last piece of life stuff: I think the female cat who abandoned her kittens with us this past year is pregnant again. And omg no do not want. We really CANNOT take in more cats, especially since we already have 5 of them! 3 of them (Boots + the kittens) are outside cats only, and the other 2 (Ransom + his mom) are indoor/outdoor. I seriously don’t know how our house became the Neko Atsume app! IT’S RIDICULOUS. Like half of me is super excited about the prospect of baby kittens, but another part of me is just like “nooooooo no more cats!” I’ll keep y’all updated on this!

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Whew, okay, now let’s talk blogging! So. My mood with blogging has been super up and down these last four months. Some days are great. Some days are freaking fantastic. Other days… not so much. Currently I’m in another slump. I have SO MANY ideas, but I have no desire or energy to write them. I mean, I could barely get this post up! So, since this has been happening quite frequently, I’ve decided to just take my time and chill. I’ve been being more chill about things already this year, but I still am not completely chill enough where I can say “my blog is my blog and I can do whatever I want.” Which, yes I can, but I also ALWAYS take you, my followers and readers, into account. For example, I’ve only been publishing about 4-5 reviews a month because they are my least viewed/least interactive posts, and I’ve found that I love spreading them out so far apart too. So I’ve been trying harder to produce more creative and unique content for you guys (your opinion matters to me!), and I hope it’s working! But that’s not the only thing that’s changed or been different lately. Here are some recent changes/thoughts on my blog and blogging in general:

  • If you have or haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped posting entirely on the weekends! (Well, okay, ignore this one. Haha, I just put this post off until the last possible day of April). But yeah, after my March Madness event, I decided to TRY to post at least 5 days a week (Mon-Fri), and only post on Saturdays if I needed the room in my “schedule” or I had a post I was just DYING to put up. Also, if you notice I go a few days (or like a week) without posting anything new, don’t be alarmed! I’m just only posting if I feel like it, so there might be some inconsistencies, but I’ll try better to be more consistent.
  • If I was a regular commenter on your blog and haven’t commented in, like, forever, PLEASE don’t take it personally! It has absolutely nothing to do with anyone’s blog in particular. I love you all, like a lot, especially since you continuously give me love when I don't do the same. These up and down moods have been plaguing me lately, and because of them, my desire to comment is at an all-time low. So I’m incredibly sorry that I’ve ignored your blog lately. I plan to step up my game this summer and get back into a routine! It just might take a long time, and I don’t want you to think that I hate you or your blog. :(
  • I’ve been feeling pretty disconnected from the social aspect of blogging in general, especially on Twitter. This community has felt increasingly toxic lately, and it tires me. It makes this place feel uncomfortable and unsafe to say anything. I’ve also noticed that interaction is low too. I think Twitter has lost a lot of its appeal, as more and more people are using other ways of communicating with their friends. And I do think that’s normal. But I also wonder if the toxicity is in part a reason why people are moving away from this social media platform. And from what I’ve been observing, sometimes I even feel like people don’t care as much about the socializing aspect anymore (i.e. selectively responding to people, asking questions and not replying to those who answer, heated discussions that don’t allow for differences of opinions). (Please tell me I’m not the only one noticing this?? I honestly don’t know whether it’s all in my head and people are just super busy and can’t Twitter as much as they used to, or what). Anyway, I don’t feel like Twitter is as fun a place as it used to be, and I feel less and less like interacting on it myself. And I haaaate it.

I think those three are the BIGGEST pieces of blogging that I wanted to talk about. Let’s just say, as much as I’ve been feeling down about the blog, it’s not been frequent! It’s just, like, I get into these cycles of loving this and then not loving it, of feeling good enough to feeling like I’m a failure. And this is such a terrible thinking pattern honestly (and something I want to work on hard for the rest of this year), which is why instead of dwelling on things and putting out lackluster content, I’ve just been letting myself CHILL. But I also didn’t want to just continue to be inconsistent and off and no longer commenting without sharing the whys with you guys. Because some of my favorite blogs right now are just BARELY posting or have stopped altogether, and it makes me sad. I don’t want to leave you wondering what’s happening or if I’m done (I’ve NEVER since been so ready to quit as I was last August, so me quitting is not something any of you have to worry about!). But yeah, I felt like this type of post and honesty was long overdue, so here we are! I’m currently in a writing posts drought right now, but I have all next week planned for posts, so I don’t have to scramble for ideas (which I am never out of, but since I write when I’m in the mood for things, my ideas never get put into posts quickly, or ever. Haha). And then I’ll be going on a hiatus for BEA week! I’m super excited to not only see my friends again, but to be surrounded by the BEST parts of this community -- the people, the books, and the total certainty that everyone there GETS you as a reader.

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Hi, how are you, what's been going on? I'm sorry I haven't been around as much lately, and that I've gone so long without a Checking In post, but I'm still here! And I adore you and your blog. <3

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

(53) Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic: Top Ten Bookworm Delights (inspired by Jamie's post here)

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1. finding a treasure in a used bookstore or secondhand shop. There is nothing quite like stumbling upon a gem hidden behind the stacks and rows of books stuffed into a used bookstore or thrift store. One time, I think it was at Goodwill or something, I found a Spanish edition of Breaking Dawn. And I was like WHOA. Totally had to buy it.

2. someone telling me they read a book based on my review or recommendation. I mean, this is one of the reasons why I love blogging, flailing about books and then convincing others that they need it in their lives. There really is no greater compliment. But even better:

3. someone LOVING a book I loved. I swear nothing is better than a recommendation of mine being a complete hit. It is the HIGHEST compliment I can receive, because I nailed someone's tastes and was able to provide them with a new favorite. THE BEST FEELING EVEEEEEER.

4. book maaaaaail! This will never not delight me. I'm just really bad at putting up pictures on Instagram and Twitter. *cry-laughing emoji*

5. hours of uninterrupted reading time. Since I currently don't work and I don't have much to do, I generally do get a lot of reading time. but uninterrupted hours of it? unheard of (unless it's like 2 or 3 a.m. when the fam is asleep), and no one is going to be asking me questions or wanting attention. It's perfect, especially, when I'm really into a book and don't want to stop reading for ANYTHING.

6. an adaptation not being a huge disappointment. It is super hard, when you're an avid reader, to fall in love with a movie adaptation of your favorite books. "They left that part out?! HOW DARE THEY NOT SHOW THIS I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY WOULD RUIN ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THE BOOK WHAT IS THIS CASTING COULDN'T THEY HAVE PICKED BETTER PEOPLE" and other such sentiments are involved. but sometimes, an adaptation exceeds your low expectations, and then you have another way of loving your fave story. i.e. Harry Potter, The 100, Lord of the Rings, for me (even though I haven't read the latter two's books, but shhh)

7. the perfect reading position. I don't know about you, but I constantly have to move around when I read because staying in one position for too long aches. but when I hit my stride in the book and I find that perfect reading position and nothing else matters? Best combination. 

8. just talking about books with people who get it. Even though many of my relatives are avid readers, we somehow never really talk books? A lot of them read Christian fiction only, and since I don't anymore, there's sadly nothing to discuss. I also never had bookworm friends, so I never had people to chat about books with. And so blogging became that place for me, a community of like-minded people who totally understand when you start flailing about a good book or freaking out over a ship setting sail. I will never get over having this special place.

9. that moment after you finish reading an amazing book. You KNOW that moment. That moment when you close the book and have to calm your racing heart. That moment when you feel so full of emotions for paper and ink that you have no idea how you're going to move on from this book. It's that moment that makes reading more than just a few hours of entertainment. It's an indescribable experience for me, but one that I think y'all understand. When I get this moment, I know that I've just added a new all-time favorite book to the top shelf.

10. book salessss. I loooove sales, especially book sales. I'm like an addict when it comes to them, and I impulse buy a lot, but whatever IT'S NOT LIKE I CAN PASS UP SUCH EPIC DEALS.

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Did any of these bookworm delights make your list? What are some of YOUR favorite bookish-related things or experiences? Let's talk! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: Break the Sky by Nina Lane

I don't like participating in many cover reveals, but I HAD TO FOR THIS BOOK! I loved it when I read it back in 2014 (eep). I was super excited when Nina wrote Kelsey's and Archer's love story. I'd fallen deeply in love with her Spiral of Bliss series beforehand, and I had loved getting to know these two most important secondary characters. And I so loved the little cameos of Dean, Liv, and their kid. Gah, this series is SO GOOD. ANYWAY. We'd better move on before I keep talking about these books. Haha. So, this book obviously already had a cover, which you can see here. But scroll below for the new cover! :D

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A sizzling hot SPIRAL OF BLISS spin-off novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane 

“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?”
“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.”
A smile of both promise and warning curved his beautiful mouth.
“You will.”

Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer.

Kelsey and Archer embark on a intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers she is caught in a storm she can’t control... 


Purchase BREAK THE SKY:

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About Nina Lane

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

Connect with Nina Lane
Newsletter: http://ninalane.com/newsletter  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Live-Reaction Review of Winter

When I read Winter, I needed someone to DM about Things, and so I ended up doing A LOT of live-reacting to Rashika. And I thought: how fun would it be to use those in my "review" of this book? So that's what I'm doing! I'm sharing the screenshots of my reactions to Rashika during my reading of Winter. And at the end, I have a few sections for the highlights, the epilogue, and my overall thoughts on the series. So this post got REALLY long. Haha. But I hope you enjoy it!

Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: November 10th, 2015!
Get It: Amazon

From Goodreads...
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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SPOILERS! SPOILERS ABOUND! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

from the beginning...

*after Jacin gets Winter and Scarlet out of the palace and they meet up with their squad again*

*Rashika called me a bloodthirsty savage, and it was quite accurate, tbh*

*Winter is my everything*

*oh look it's the wedding!*
*the worst wedding in the world*

*my precious baby acts out Snow White for us and I was hurting*

*brotp and otp moments are my jam*

*book fiiiive, book fiiiive*
*also the end*

The Highlights:
  • Jacinter is everything
  • Kai is useless, lbr
  • Poor baby Wolf needs to be left alone now, please and thank you. HE DOESN'T DESERVE ALL OF THIS PAIN.
  • Scarlet is an idiot sometimes. Girl, WHY?!
  • LEVANA, YOU MONSTER = me during this series
  • the Jacinter feels killed me
  • I could not believe that Cinder was captured so soon
  • But of course she escaped, and then was caught again. This whole series, tbh.
  • Winter is the most adorable fictional character ever
  • I needed more Jacinter; it was not enough. THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH
  • Levana's ending was satisfying, but not what I thought it was going to be. Please stop humanifying her, Marissa. It doesn't work.
  • Winter and Scarlet's friendship was one of my fave parts of this
  • WHY DO YOU HATE WOLF, MARISSA
  • Winter is my precious fave of this series
  • Jacin is such a broody, stoic character, but I love him
  • I, um, don't really ship Thorne and Cress *hides*
  • Wolflet is the cutest
  • Cinder is my home girl. TRUE QUEEN.
  • So much bff and brotp goodness in this book
  • But Jacinter, guys

The Epilogue:
After reading The Princess and the Guard (bc obviously), I charged ahead with the epilogue. And I have to say... I was kiiiinda disappointed with it. It was in Cinder's POV, but Wolflet got married. Whyyyy? I feel like it was because Cinder was THE character to start this series off, but still, I was not a fan of that. And I didn't get enough of the other characters, tbh. (Okay, yes, I really mean Jacinter. Don't judge me). 

Overall:
This was a solid and satisfying conclusion to one of my FAVORITE series! I loved so many of the little moments between all of the characters. Though, this was pretty predictable from the beginning, and I knew none of the fab 8 were going to die. That did take away some of the impact of certain scenes, and it made the intense stuff not as intense. But I love how not everything is perfect by the end. Characters still lost fingers, Cinder's still a cyborg, Winter's still mentally ill, Wolf is still scarred and wolf-like, but that's okay. Because they survived; they defeated Queen Levana. And they did it TOGETHER. And that's what I loved most about this series, that all of them teamed up to do whatever they could to save everyone, but also found friends and soulmates for life. These characters are definitely the highlight of this entire series, and I'm going to miss them.


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So what did you guys think of this series ender? Did it surpass all of your expectations? Did the Jacinter feels kill you too? DID YOU LOVE IT?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nefarious Tales: Top 10 Fave Fictional Villains

I'm super excited to be participating in Mishma's villains event! I love villains and antagonists, so I knew I had to sign up for this. And I had so much fun coming up with this top ten list. :)

I first considered doing the prompt of villains I'd join the dark side for, but then when I was coming up with a list, there were only two on it where I would HONESTLY join their squad. So I decided to just list my top ten favorite villains (or antagonists :D)! Many of them come from books, but there are a few movie villains as well. And though I know they're bad, I still love them.

**in no particular order**

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1. Holland
I WILL FOLLOW YOU ANYWHERE, MY PRECIOUS. (I just have a lot of feelings for Holland, ok?) He is honestly suuuch a fascinating character; one who is bad but also has good intentions. And one that, ugh, I want to talk about more but not sure how bc of spoilers. Let's just say, I can get pretty defensive about him.

 2. Maleficent
When I first thought of doing the prompt of villains I'd join the dark side for, Mal and Holland were like the only two I came up with. I'd totally be on Maleficent's squad. She's such a badass, and I'd definitely not want to be on her bad side. She'd curse me, or worse, eat me when she's in dragon form. No, thank you!

3. Lilith & Lora
Lilith, I guess, would be considered the true villain, but I love talking about Lora too. The two of them, especially together, are cutthroat, vicious vampires who have no regards for human life. And they will do whatever it takes to destroy the world. Gotta admire such ambition and determination, yeah? :p

4. The Komizar

This character was so morally gray, yet a definite villain-y type in HOB. He's the leader of the Vendans, and he's looking out for his own people. But that puts him directly in front of Lia's path, so he becomes the antagonist. And one that was such an interesting character, especially when you added in his history with the assassin.

5. The Darkling
Oh, I just loved the The Darkling, even though I never shipped him with Alina. But he had so much appeal and charm and a seductive quality about him. He made me feel so much for his character by the end.
 
6. Gollum/Smeagol
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I flip flopped on who, in the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies, I wanted to put on here. Though there are quite a few villains and antagonists, I really think Gollum is the best character that showcases what it means. He does do a few good things in the movies (like saving Frodo), but he's just straight-up terrible. (Also I couldn't figure out if Thranduil could be put in this category, so). Though I find Gollum creepy, and I don't love him per se, I do appreciate his Jekyll/Hyde character.
 
7. Aidan
 Having only read Illuminae, I'm still unsure of where AIDAN falls. However, I'm leaning toward the dark side, since he's dangerous, untrustworthy, and lacks empathy. Not to mention, creepy as FUCK.

8. Ravenna
 Charlize Theron does an amazing job at portraying the Evil Queen. Ravenna is INSANE and wicked, and all she cares about is vanity. But there are hints of emotions underneath the cold exterior. And she's very 3-dimensional, which is why I very much enjoyed her character in the movie, Snow White and the Huntsman.

9. Scar
 

 I think Scar is my second favorite Disney villain. He's just so sassy and mean and he doesn't even care about anyone but himself. Also his one-liners are A+++.

10. Channary
Forget Levana, Channary is an A+ psychotic and sadistic villain that outshone her younger sister when I read Fairest. She was beautiful, cunning, and dangerous. She'd pick out people's weaknesses and exploit them. And she'd never apologize for it, or for how she treated Levana. I think Channary was a huge reason why Levana became who she is. And though she's clearly awful, her character was entertaining to read about.

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 eep I hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to check out the other stops in this event today! And there will be plenty more throughout the week. :D

 Wren @ Bookmato Chronicles - Ten reasons why all Victors want to be Victor Vale
Maha @ Younicorn Reads - Why villains actually make the decisions they make.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The NetGalley Backlist (2)

After being on NetGalley for almost 3 years, I've racked up a pretty high backlog of books I haven't read yet. I know, it IS terrible, and I do kinda feel bad (but also not that much since I started my 'for review consideration' policy halfway into those 3 years). ANYWAY. I have a huge backlist that needs to be knocked down, so I thought I'd make a personal goal of reading AT LEAST two books (from the very beginning on NG) a month. Obviously, I've been failing pretty badly at it, but I'm trying! And here are the two that I've been reading since the last time I published one of these posts. :)

DNF @ 16%
Gameboard of the Gods
I'm bored. And tired. And I stopped reading this a long time ago, and I don't see myself getting back to it. It was interesting in the beginning, but like I said, I don't want to start reading it again. And I definitely don't see myself moving onto the sequel if I do. This just isn't my type of story. 


Pretty Dark Nothing
This was... okay. I'm glad I finished it, but you literally don't get to understand anything until 90%, so if you wanted answers, you HAD to keep reading. But you don't even get very many answers anyway, and even when you do, it's very underwhelming. The book just felt underdeveloped; the characters, the relationships, the plot. Most of this story revolves around romantic drama, with some paranormal shit thrown in for good measure. It was not enough to draw me in, and honestly, the love triangle/square put me off. And I ended up liking the secondary characters (really just Reese and Marcus, and Jenna) more than the main ones. I don't GET why Quinn is so special, and even though I know why she did some of the things she did, I still wish she'd let someone in and told the truth for once. Because that could have saved her a hell of a lot of heartbreak. Also, the romance? Definitely insta-love. I wish that had been more developed, but the drama really soured everything about it. And about this book. Pretty Dark Nothing was an okay read for me, and upon finishing it, I don't have interest in the sequel.
Rating: 2 Paw Prints!

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Have you read either of these books? Should I have kept going in Gameboard? Do you think I should just give up on the backlist at this point? LOL :D

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Put This On Your Radar: The Reader

It's very rare when I read an ARC months in advance (I'm talking like at least more than 2 months in advance). So when I do, I have to wait SO LONG to post my reviews. Since it's like once in a blue moon that I have this dilemma, I've never made it into a regularly occurring feature. But, for now, for today, I do want to talk about a book that's not coming out until August (or September now? I don't know. GR says Sep, the ARC says Aug). Because I fucking loved it and I want to make sure that it's on everyone's TBRs! 


isn't this cover just gorgeous?!

Title: The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1)
Author: Traci Chee
Publisher: Putnam
Release Date: September 13th, 2016??

From Goodreads...
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

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1). This book is incredibly unique, when the sea of fantasy stories feels unoriginal and filled with the same old. This is a world in which books are gone. Words are spoken, not read. A world that is filled with voices telling tales instead of paper and ink. And one that is also filled with the fantastical. And the different kingdoms all have their own distinct flares that feel relatively new compared to other fantasy.

2). The narration weaves together seamlessly. Though at times it's confusing with the multiple POVs, I largely enjoyed how the book was told. And once everything comes together, you realize how brilliantly the story was unfolded. And how badly you want more answers, even when you get those you'd been dying to understand since the beginning. And I loved the combination of storytelling and action!

3). It has the most precious of love interests. I loved Archer so fucking much. This guy is scarred and broken and has lived his life as a slave to violence and blood and fights. But he's so tender and even innocent, looking at the world through a different lens than others. And he's so loyal and caring and he would give his life for Sefia, even when he shouldn't have to. My precious. <3

4). The characters all bring the book to life. There are pirates and assassins and readers. People who fight and people who run. People who know all of the secrets and those who are ignorant of the world. A main character who is hard to get to know underneath her tough exterior, but one who doesn't give up, no matter how much she wants to. And a crew of pirates who leap off of the pages and make you wish you could be on the ship with them. At times, it was a bit much with the multi POVs, but I ended up loving so many of the characters.

5). The mystery is full-on intriguing, and things caught me off guard. It's rare when that happens, because like, well I don't want to get cocky, but it's not hard for me to figure things out before the author wants me to. I guess reading so much, it's hard for twists to actually stay twists? Anyway, the whole need for answers and the subtle and vague hints toward things in the book had me enthralled. I wrote down so much so I could keep up, and even then, I was thrown for loops! SO. GOOD.

6. And lastly, the blend of action and storytelling kept me hooked until the very end. I devoured this book once I started it, and I tried to tell myself to slow down TAKE A BREATHER, but I couldn't. I had to know everything. I wanted more of Archer and the crew of the Current. I didn't want this book to end. I could've read another 400 pages, honestly. I'm going to SO regret reading this so early since the sequel won't be coming out for forever, but whatever. I DO WHAT I WANT.

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So is The Reader on your TBR yet? HAVE I CONVINCED YOU OF ITS EPICNESS??