T5W: Spring YA Reads

T5W: Spring YA Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! This Top 5 Wednesday we’re talking about Spring books. For me, spring reads are contemporaries or romance, YA, and light and fluffy after the winter gloom. I definitely transition between more contemporary in the summer, and fantasy in the winter.

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Honestly, all Matson books would be perfect for the warmer seasons – but I think Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer are vacation/summer reads, so I went with this one.

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My Life Next Door was one of my favourite reads of 2018, when I was starting to find contemporary a little predictable. However, this one still stood out for me as a really great read, and that’s why I’m including it!

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This book is definitely one of my favourites of all time – and it’s perfect for spring.

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I’ve heard very mixed reviews about Alex, Approximately, but I loved it. It’s definitely cheesy and predictable, but the setting and story embody summer romance.

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Of course spring is very much about new beginnings and blossoming starts. I think both Nicola Yoon’s books are perfect – but I wanted to include The Sun is Also a Star to celebrate it becoming a movie!

Which books do you love to read in spring?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #120 / Unconventional

Beautiful Quotes #120 / Unconventional

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hey readers! Today’s Beautiful Quote is from a book I haven’t read in a while and I’d love to re-read, which I’ve been thinking about as I wrote a post called ‘Books I Want to Re-read‘ yesterday on the blog.

I also thought of this book as I’m attending a convention on Sunday and today I booked to go to YALC this summer for all 3 days! I’ve attended the Young Adult Literature Convention before and loved it, but I’ve only attended for one day at a time. Being there for the whole thing will be super special for me!

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“Funny things, words. Big words, small words; words that are bigger on the inside and packed tight with feeling. They can make us fall in love, and they can break our hearts and we’re powerless against them.” 
― Maggie Harcourt, Unconventional

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

Let’s Discuss! Books I Want to Re-read

As a reader, I’ve found that I’m definitely one of those people that forgets most of the things that happen in books over time. I guess after you’ve read 50 books, the 1st you read kind of fades into the background. So there are some books I read like 2 or 3 years (or 100+ books ago) that I want to rekindle the love for! It was hard to split it down to just these few.

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is definitely one of those books I’m scared to re-read in case I don’t love it as much as I did the first time, because this book is so significant for me. It completely kickstarted my love for YA, and I actually cried when I met Jennifer Niven a few years ago. But it means so much that I definitely want to attempt it again someday soon.

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Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

I read this book when it was released, and adored it so much I even wrote an open letter to the author. She responded to it, which is definitely a highlight of my time as a blogger so far!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I adored Six of Crows, but I think I would have loved it even more if I’d have read the Grisha trilogy first. So I’m planning on buying and reading that soon and giving this one another go!

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

I loved Illuminae as a standalone, but unfortunately I really didn’t like the rest of the series. However, I definitely want to re-read this and pretend it’s only one book, haha.

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Jude and her twin Noah are close until a tragedy drives them apart. Now they are barely speaking – and both are falling for boys they can’t have. Love’s complicated.

This book was honestly so amazing, I cried at the end just because I was so overwhelmed with love for it. It’s definitely one I want to pick up again!

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Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

I read this book so so long ago that I don’t remember much (if anything) that happens. But I’d still love to continue with the series so a re-read is in order!

Which books would you like to re-read?

-Beth

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Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) by Cassandra Clare

Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) by Cassandra Clare
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Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

I can’t believe that this is the longest book I’ve ever read, and yet it didn’t feel like it! It felt quicker than Lord of Shadows for sure, even though it took me over a week to get through. Honestly, the pacing and intricacy of this book made it fly by, and I think that’s definitely due to the constant switching between characters and worlds.

It would be impossible for me to write this review without mentioning how inclusive The Dark Artifices is. I was surprised to find I enjoyed reading about a polyamorous relationship (personally, I can’t see myself ever being in something like that), and we also had autism, LGBT, mental health, racial diversity and gender representation. It honestly baffles me how Clare manages to write these issues into an already complex and intense world.

“Grief can be so bad you can’t breathe, but that’s what it means to be human.”

So many characters yet again, and of course the additions of some more! But I loved them all so much and I find it amazing how each person fills a part of the story. Also, having read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments made me love this book even more, because seeing all of the characters just warms my heart.

I have to say Clare definitely has a plot that repeats itself in many of these books. I always find them (and the endings) quite similar, and I always know I’m going to end on a big happy event. But I’ve got to say, I still love reading them so much, and I still end up with soppy tears in my eyes (or sometimes streaming down my face).

“We lose, we suffer, but we have to keep breathing.”

And I have to say I loved the illustrations throughout this book! They really added something to the story, and gave me significant places to read towards. Again, family dynamics are awesome and I love how the friendships are so valued in these books.

Overall without spoiling anything I have to say this book was a beautiful ending to such an intricate series I just fell in love with.

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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T5W: Hufflepuff Characters

T5W: Hufflepuff Characters

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This is such a fun and inventive topic idea! I’m not going to lie, it was hard to think of at first, but such fun when I got going. I’m a Hufflepuff, so I started hunting for characters that are kind, accepting, empathetic, soft, gentle, patient and animal lovers!

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Steffi in this book is such an animal lover – and if I remember rightly then there is definitely a dog in this book. How could she not be a Hufflepuff?

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I was thinking about which houses the boys would belong to from The Raven Cycle, and I definitely think gentle, soft Noah would belong to Hufflepuff house.

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Ty was the first Hufflepuff I thought of when I saw this post topic, as I’m currently reading Queen of Air and Darkness.

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I was also reminded of Jacob – he definitely has the empathetic traits of a Hufflepuff.

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I couldn’t not include Matthias and his wolf, Trassel. *softly cries*

Which characters fit your Hogwarts House?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #119 / Eleanor & Park

Beautiful Quotes #119 / Eleanor & Park

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

I’ve been thinking about books I desperately need/want to re-read (maybe I should do a full post on this soon?), and this one kept coming up. I haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell book probably since Carry On was released, so it’s long overdue for me to pick one up!

As for a quick weekly update, not much has been going on as I’ve been still getting over my illness, but I did manage to catch up with friends on Friday. I’m about 200 pages away from finishing Queen of Air and Darkness!

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“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.” 
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

-Beth

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Nope Book Tag

Nope Book Tag

Yay I love tags! And being tagged for things always makes me smile. Thank you Lori from Lori’s Bookshelf Reads for tagging me for the Nope Book Tag. I’m so excited for this (complaining about books I didn’t like is always fun) so let’s get started!

Nope Ending:
A book that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was terrible.

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I mean honestly, what did I expect. But still, Adam Silvera, you break my heart. As much as I love this book, it still has to fit into this topic!

Nope Protagonist:
A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

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I do not think I have ever disliked a main character with such an intensity as this one.

Nope Popular Pairing:
A “ship” you don’t support.

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Juliette and Warner. I will never support these two.

Nope Protagonist action/decision:
A character decision that made you shake your head.

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I do want to give this series another go, but I don’t agree with who she ends up with so I’m so torn!

Nope Genre:
A genre you will never read.

I have to agree with Lori and say books written in stanzas or poetry format!

Nope Book Format:
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

Unfortunately, ebooks. I don’t hate them or have anything against people who read them, but I don’t have an ereader, so reading ebooks on my phone/PC gives me headaches.

Nope Trope:
A trope that makes you go nope.

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I’m only using this as an example because you guys should know how much I adore the Shadowhunter books, but brother/sister romances.

Nope Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

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I keep seeing this book everywhere but it just doesn’t interest me!

Nope Cliché/pet peeve:
A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Characters being excused for their actions because they’re ‘special’ in some way.

Nope Love Interest:
The love interest that’s not worthy of being one/a character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

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Either of these. Another popular book I really didn’t enjoy!

Nope Book:
A book that shouldn’t have existed.

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This book and the last one should never have been written.

Nope Villain
A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

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Sebastian all the way.

Nope Death
A character death that still haunts you.

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Nope Author
An author you have had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

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I don’t exactly hide how much I hate this book (hence my review, 13 Reasons Why I Hated It), and there is no way in hell I will pick up another of his books.

I tag: Hannah | Sophie | Eline |Britt | Brianna

Tagged some awesome women! Thank you for interacting with my blog/me recently or for just being a great friend 🙂

-Beth

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