Mini Reviews: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston and Nemesis by Anna Banks

Today I’m bringing a double dose of reviews to the blog highlighting two of my last reads from 2016.


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Published by Disney Lucasfilm Press on October 11, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 353 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance…

I fell absolutely in love with Ahsoka Tano while watching Clone Wars and knew I had to pick up any written adventure of hers to fill in the missing pieces of her life in canon. Working in between major plot points, E.K. Johnston does a great job of bringing this beloved character to the page and creating a narrative befitting the scope of the galaxy. On the run after Order 66, Ahsoka struggles to trust others and maintains distance from the larger world and I appreciated the inner monologue delving into her thoughts. Overall this one didn’t blow me away but I really really enjoyed it. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

edgeofeverythingThe Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Published by Bloomsbury USA on January 31, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 368 Format: ARC Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not affect my opinions in any way.


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December Haul ~ 2016

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Despite how it looks I was actually really good about not buying books this month. Thanks to some wonderful family and friends I was blessed with a bunch of amazing gifts and cannot wait to add them to my shelves.

Let’s start with my own purchases in Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean and The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova. Two books I knew I just had to have. I also got Of Fire and Stars in the December Owlcrate. Next up, my book club girls gifted me with Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson and Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine. Continue reading

End of Year Survey ~ 2016

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The best thing about 2016 was, of course, BOOKS, so let’s celebrate them one last time before 2017 takes over. I try to spread the love as much as possible in my end of year survey and let’s be real it wouldn’t be as fun if half the answers were the same book. So, let’s go!

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 166
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Six of Crows! I will forever be pushing this book on people!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Series Started: Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Sequel: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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December in Review ~ 2016

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

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Challenges

Goodreads: 166/100

Rock My TBR: 12

Flights of Fantasy: Complete

PopSugar: 26/40

Classics: 9/12

Comment365: 321/365

Pirate/Seafaring Related Books (just for fun): 15

Life, Etc.

2016 seemed to fly by and yet I’m so glad it’s over. December was another rough month for me health wise and I’d really love to know what’s wrong with me. Hopefully the new year will have answers on that front but I still was able to read more than I expected. Unfortunately I didn’t finish most of the challenges I set for myself but I’m happy with how well I did.

I have so much to catch up on when it comes to television shows. I’m behind on everything except Jane the Virgin but I did finally watch the second season of Outlander. I’ve been trying to prioritize my time but it’s hard when you want to be doing so many things. Maybe 2017 will bring organization, inspiration, and just better things all around.

So, how did your December go? Are you ready to start a new year? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I’d Invite to My New Year’s Eve Party

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Rhysand
  2. Nikolai Lantsov
  3. Nina Zenik
  4. Carswell Thorne
  5. Isabelle Lightwood

The end of 2016 approaches and New Year’s Eve parties are being planned. This Top 5 is all about the characters I want to ring in the new year with. I’ve essentially just picked the most attractive, outgoing five characters in possibly all of fiction, but I know they’d all be a blast. First up is the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, in all of his glorious splendor followed by my top book boyfriend, Nikolai Lantsov. Oh the trouble those two will cause. Nina Zenik is also attending and we flirt and eat til our hearts are content. I couldn’t not invite Carswell Thorne and he’s turning on the charm for every single person. Last but certainly not least is Isabelle Lightwood. She shows up all the boys and looks phenomenal doing it.

So which fictional characters would you like to ring in the new year with? Have any exciting plans for that night? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

simonvsSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


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Holiday Reads for 2016: What Light and The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

When Christmastime comes around I cannot help but want to read holiday themed books that bring me happiness and cheer. This year I was able to pick up two new releases that highlight the season and below are short reviews of each of them.


whatlightWhat Light by Jay Asher

Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday

Pages: 251 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light from Jay Asher was such a ridiculously enjoyable holiday read. It brought back so much nostalgia for the tree buying experience and how simple things can bring so much cheer. Sierra tries so hard to keep everything separate between Oregon and California, but life has other plans when Caleb comes for a tree. He is kind and charming but haunted by his past. No matter what he does, Caleb struggles for forgiveness, and it was heartbreaking to read. Sierra though let’s him in and opens herself up at the same time. I honestly think it would be kind of cool to live on a tree farm but I totally understand the difficulties of pulling up your life for a month out of the year. I mean, one life is hard enough, try wrangling two. Overall I really liked What Light and felt the holiday spirit shone through so I’d definitely recommend for a winter read. Continue reading

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon & TBR

The lovely Aentee from Read at Midnight has created another wonderful readathon, this time inspired by Harry Potter and Dumbledore’s Army, focusing on diverse books and #ownvoices authors. It starts January 1st and will end on January 15th and I’m declaring my allegiance and desire to participate.

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There are seven prompts for this challenge, all taking after certain spells from HP, and promoting different types of books. Here’s my possible TBR, but I’m also opened to suggestions.

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 I chose John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behavior for this one in regards to anxiety.

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I read a lot of books inspired by mythology and folklore but never really anything LatinX related so I’m going with Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older.

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I’m going with History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. I really need to read this ARC and I’ve been putting it off since I know it will wreck me.

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It’s about time I read I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban.

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My choice for this one is The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan. I’m not sure about the book itself since I bought it without really knowing details but it’s got a diverse author.

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I’m going with Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon for this one. I still here so much about it even after it being out for a while now.

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My friend Melanie constantly recommends I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson so I guess I have to read it eventually.

I honestly have no idea how many of these I will get to in two weeks time but I’d like to try for at least three maybe four depending on how fast I get into them. There are points involved so I’ll try to keep track of those as well. So, who else is participating in this awesome readathon? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Items I’d Give As Gifts

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Firebolt
  2. Light of Eärendil
  3. Sonic Screwdriver
  4. Captain America’s Shield
  5. Seraph Blade

Fictional worlds are made great by the unique and interesting items that feature there and this week’s Top 5 let’s me list some of my faves that would make excellent gifts. First up is the fastest racing broom yet, I mean, who wouldn’t want a Firebolt to blast across the sky. Next up is the Light of Eärendil which makes an excellent night light or can scare away the biggest of spiders. For the handy man or woman in your life a sonic screwdriver can fix the toughest problems. Except for wood, it doesn’t do wood. Weapons lovers rejoice! I would love to give Captain America’s shield and seraph blades to those fighters in my life.

So what fictional items would you like to give as gifts? Let me know in the comments below!