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Summary:

Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she’d ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn’t explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to defeat the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn’t just another descendant–she’s the key to humanity’s salvation.

In this first installment of the Christian fantasy trilogy The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.

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What I Thought

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I was pleasantly surprised by this book!  Going into The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline (which from this point on I will just refer to it as Bloodline, because wowee, that’s too long of a title for me to constantly refer to it as), I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I’m very glad I gave this little book a chance though!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases!

Today’s pick is:

The Square Root of Summer

Releasing May 3rd, 2016!

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Synopsis:

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

This book sounds really interesting!  I admit, sometimes time travel is very confusing to me.  However, The Square Root of Summer has a really intriguing concept, and I am very eager to read this book and see what it’s like.

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Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Bookworm Delights

As we all know, there are certain little things that only bookworms find joy in.  While each bookworm is different, I think we can all agree we have our own bookish delights.  Here’s mine:

Deckled Edges


I feel like people either love deckled edges or hate them, but I definitely love them.  I love everything about them!  The texture, the uneven pages, everything.

Old Books


I don’t care if it’s a book I have almost zero interest in, if I see an old book I just have to run over and admire it.  They always look like they have such a story to tell.  When I pick up old books, I imagine all that it has been through, and how it was printed in another time.

Reading in Your Favorite Spot With No Other Plans for the Rest of the Day


I’m very much an introvert, so for me, nothing feels better than coming home after a busy day, knowing I don’t have anywhere else to go. I love being able to just jump into my PJs, snuggle into my favorite reading spot, and just read for as long as I want.

Finding a New Favorite Book


There are some books, where after only reading ten pages (if even that), you’re already in love with the story, and you just know that this book has become a new favorite!

Reading Outside On a Beautiful Day


One of my favorite things to do on a lazy spring/summer/fall day (it’s too cold in the winter) is lay a blanket in the grass, gather up some pillows, and read until I’m almost sun burnt.

When You Find a Reference to Another Book in the One You’re Reading


I don’t know why, but when the book I’m reading references another book, it is so exciting!  Whether it be a reference to someone that is in the same book universe (like what happens in a lot of Sarah Dessen’s novels), or a character’s favorite book just happens to be your favorite book, it doesn’t matter; it’s just always so fun and exciting!

Bookish Clothes & Accessories

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I’m not sure why, but being able to dress like your favorite book, as weird as that sounds, is so satisfying!

Finding a Book to Movie Adaptation That You Love


Regardless of whether or not it is 100% accurate to the book, sometimes the movie adaptation actually does do the book justice.

Designed Endpapers


Nothing is more exciting than when you expect to see nothing but a plain page when you open your book and it is actually a gorgeous design!

Cheap Books


There’s a reason I love library book sales so much!  Buying books can turn very expensive very fast, but luckily used bookstores and and especially library book sales can help; sometimes I can buy huge book stacks for less than $10!

 

That’s it for this week!  Let me know what delights you as a bookworm! 🙂

 


Summary

Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. 

What I Thought

I really, really enjoyed Safe Haven! Plus, thanks to this book, I think it’s safe to say I am officially out of my dreadful reading slump! 🎉

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This is quite late, being that we’re almost done with April, and I’m just now getting around to writing about March’s classic, but…oh well? Hopefully I’ll have April’s post up before May 20th! lol

March’s Book:

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Originally Published: 1949

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Synopsis: The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

 

 

WHEN I Discovered This Classic

I don’t remember an exact time, but I’m sure I’ve known about it since at least 7th or 8th grade.

WHY I Chose To Read It

1984 is one of my sister’s absolute favorite books, so she’s been wanting me to read it for a while.  Plus, I usually enjoy dystopian novels, so I thought it was time I give it a try!

WHAT Makes It A Classic

This novel is very thought-provoking, and does an amazing job depicting a world where not only freedom of speech is banned, but even freedom of thought.

WHAT I Thought Of This Classic

I really enjoyed 1984 more than I expected to.  Classic literature is usually not my go-to genre (which is why I’m doing this challenge in the first place), and a lot of times I tend to find classics a bit dry.  This book, however, was really interesting. I had no idea how this book was going to turn out, or what was going to happen next.  It’s very well written, and it amazes me how Orwell had the government and world in this book so detailed and planned out.  The characters felt a bit flat to me, however, I’m not certain if that was intentional or not.  In a world where someone does not even truly have the ability to completely form free thought, are they even able to be a fully fleshed out individual? I’m not sure…

One particular thing in this novel really stood out to me.  In the book, Oceania is constantly at war with Eurasia or Eastasia.  Big Brother constantly switches which one they are fighting against, but acts as if they have always been fighting the same country, and yet everyone just goes along with it.  This book does a really good job of showing the dangers of conformity.  It’s a good reminder for everyone to think for themselves, and to not just go along with what someone says.

The only thing I didn’t particularly like was the ending.  It’s not that it didn’t fit with the story, but it almost felt…anticlimactic to me. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say I would have liked for the ending to have a little more.

WILL It Stay A Classic

As long as thought is still free, and people can still think for themselves, I have no doubt this book will remain a classic for a long time to come.

WHO I’d Recommend It To

I would recommend 1984 to anybody who is interested in thought-provoking literature.  This book really holds a warning that is still is just as relevant, if not more so today.  I would also recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of dystopian novels, especially those who are interested in reading more classic literature.

  
Summary

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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What I Thought

I want to start by saying that I read this book because of the hype. There is so much hype surrounding A Court of Thorns and Roses right now! Like, so much! Everybody seems to just love this book. Because of that, I think I set my expectations too high, because while I did enjoy it, this book just was not the phenomenal read I was expecting. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a very loosely based retellings of Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed reading the parallels between the two tales, as well as the differences between them. 

Another thing I loved were the characters. Sarah J. Maas really created some incredible characters. I especially loved the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. Although, I have to say, my favorite character would probably have to be Nesta. She had so much depth, and I hope she plays a greater role in book 2. 

I felt like, aside from the beginning, the first half of story was a bit slow. It wasn’t until about halfway through the book that I really started to feel invested in the story and its characters. This was disappointing for me, because the first couple of chapters really made me fall into the story, but then it just stopped for a while for me. 

The ending though, was very good! I did not expect it to go that way at all, and that’s all I’ll say. 

Overall, I did enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I do plan on reading the sequel, I just didn’t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for a fantasy book?

  

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Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Ten Books Every New YA Bookworm Should Read

This list is for anyone new to YA, or is interested in trying out the YA genre.

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  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is so beautifully written, and heartbreaking, and I absolutely love it!  I also really like how it shows another side of WWII that isn’t shown as often in literature. 

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  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is another heartbreaking book that is oh so good. This isn’t your typical cancer book too, which is nice. 

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  • I know Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is often a controversial series, but there is a reason it became a bestseller.  No, this definitely isn’t the most well-written, highly intellectual book series ever written, but I do not think that was Stephenie Meyer’s intention ever.  Twilight is, however, a fun, easy series, and it helped many people discover and re-discover their love of reading. 

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  • Sarah Dessen’s books are always so good!  She is often considered the queen of YA contemporary novels, and for a very good reason. Just Listen is one of my personal favorites, but honestly, all her books are very good. 

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  • If you are on your way to becoming a YA bookworm, you’ve got to read The Hunger Games!  It’s written in a way that is fairly basic, which makes it a fast read, but it has such heavy topics, it will really make you stop and think. 

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  • This book will break your heart and after you’ve read it. You won’t be able to stop thinking of it for weeks! 

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  • A Great and Terrible Beauty is so under appreciated!  This is a very unique trilogy and I’m so in love with this series. 

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  • All of Meg Cabot’s books are so, so good. She manages to write hilarious stories, and yet they can still be mysterious and intense. I decided to feature the 1-800-Where-R-U series, just because I feel like they are some her lesser known books, and they definitely need more love!

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  • The Peculiar Children series is one of my favorites! They’re very unique and filled with adventure. Plus, the movie is coming out Sept. 30, so who knows? This might just become the next big thing!

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  • When I first heard about Shiver, I was hesitant to read it. I thought it was going to be a typical YA paranormal romance, but it’s not. I really enjoyed this series and its take on werewolves. 

I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know about your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments! 🙂

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Thank you so much to both Celine Reads and Bookshelves and Biros for tagging me and thinking of me! I apologize for taking so long to write this!

Rules:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 different blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees to let them know of your choice

Okay, so here we go!

  1. I absolutely love Matilda by Roald Dahl, as well as the movie!  It’s one of my absolute favorite books and movie.  Honestly, everything about it is just so great; it’s funny, clever, a little crazy, and I just love!movies matilda
  2. I love pizza, and I can pretty much promise you that I eat pizza way more than the average person.  I only like cheese though!pizza national cheese pizza day keep calm and cook
  3. Ballet is one of my favorite things.dance ballet dancers blackandwhite pointe
  4. I love all things Nancy Drew, and I’m addicted to the computer games!Animated GIF featuring Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor. Download and play today!   #NancyDrew #HerInteractive #CUR
  5. I don’t like soda or any carbonated beverages.  Chocolate milk is where it’s at!chocolate tasty cake milkshake chocolate gif
  6. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe are probably my favorite book couple ever!  They are just so absolutely perfect for each other.
  7. I’m currently 6 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge for this year, so I guess that means I need to read more!

 

Thanks so much for reading this! I tag:

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine, that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases!

Today’s pick is:

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Releasing May 3rd, 2016!

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Synopsis:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

I really, really enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone, and I have heard nothing but good things about Morgan Matson’s other books as well.  The Unexpected Everything sounds like it is going to be just as good!  It looks like it is going to be one of the perfect summer reads, and I am very eagerly anticipating to read this book in the sunshine. 🙂

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Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow on Instagram

I’ve only been a part of the “Bookstagram” community for a little under two months now, so I’m still quite new.  However, in that time, I’ve discovered some absolutely lovely accounts!  In no particular order, here are just some gorgeous accounts:

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Her account is so lovely, and she is a just as sweet, and lovely person! Her pictures are always so cute! Plus, Goingbacktomyloveofreading was one of the first people to follow me and tag me, and she has just been super kind and welcoming!

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I love Celine’s account!  Her pictures are always so bright and cheerful, and I love it!  Her blog is also just as lovely.

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I discovered this account before I even had a bookstagram, and I absolutely loved it then, and I absolutely love it now!  Her pictures are always so flawless!  Scrolling through her account makes me want to read instantly!

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This account is so, so adorable!  Each picture is perfectly set up, and I am just in love with every single one of her pictures!

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Theblitheringbookster’s account has such a classic feel, and I love it!  Her pictures are always so beautiful!

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Jessica is so sweet!  I love her account and her pictures so much, and she owns the absolute best socks!  She’s also releasing a book, which is on my TBR, super, super soon!

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Emma’s account is so, so lovely!  I always look forward to seeing her posts and hearing about what she is currently reading!

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I absolutely adore this account, as well as her blog!  She has such quality content.  Plus, Casey is always so kind and friendly!

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Hannah’s pictures are always absolutely gorgeous!  I always enjoy her account, and the kind of content she makes.  I enjoy her blog, also!

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I always enjoy Pearl’s account too!  Her pictures are always so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing!  She’s a fellow blogger as well, and she’s just as talented at that too.
Seriously, I could have listed so many other amazing accounts.  It was so hard picking just 10!  I can only hope to have an account half as good as these ones, and so many others, someday. 🙂