May 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello everyone! IB exams are over and now it’s all about finals and regents. Fortunately, May was somehow a great reading month for me and I read 12 books! I’m nearly caught up with my Goodreads Reading Challenge which is a relief.


So anyway, first up this month I read How to Love and Fireworks by Katie Cotugno and These Broken Stars

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I definitely liked Katie Cotugno’s other book 99 days better than ‘How to Love’ and ‘Fireworks’ but both books were contemporaries that were well written, just didn’t suit my fancy really. I think that I was a bit bored and the plot lines just didn’t interest me that much. Likewise with ‘These Broken Stars’ I thought it was paced too slow and I just got bored while reading. All three books were good, I just felt a tad bored.


I also read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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I enjoyed both of these as well, they’re both fantasies with interesting plots. I think that I liked ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ a bit more in terms of the interesting and different plot. I also was intrigued by the main character, but she turned out to be different than I thought she would be.


I read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz, and the Duff by Kody Keplinger

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I really liked ‘A Study in Charlotte’. I think that if I was a Sherlock fan and knew the stories I would have ended up loving this book, but since I know nothing about Sherlock I didn’t make as many connections about the mystery and murders happening.

I was so excited to read ‘Alex and Eliza’ but the events in the book that kept happening made me laugh a bit in a like is this for real kind of way.

With ‘The Duff’ I watched the movie a few years ago and the book was so different! I think that the main character Bianca bothered me a bit because she and I are so different and also there was a bit of mislabeled feminism where Bianca made fun of a boy for reading a ‘girl’ book and then said she was a feminist.


I read some Karen Marie Moning books! I read the first two books in the Fever series, Darkfever and Bloodfever, as well as Beyond the Highland Mist.

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The Fever series is seriously addicting. My best friend was reading the first book so I grabbed that on overdrive when she finished so now we’re playing the game of waiting for the digital book to be checked out to us since it’s on hold and I can only read the next book after my friend does since she’s always going to be first on the holds list.

I love Fae and any books about them and the chemistry that Karen Marie Moning writes is just so great!


And lastly I read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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For this amazing 5 star trilogy? Series? I’m honestly confuzzled, anyway, I think A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite, then A Court of Thorns and Roses, and then lastly A Court of Wings and Ruin was my least favorite. I think mainly because I noticed SJM repeating the same sentences over and over, and the sex scenes starting getting so repetitive and less chemistry filled.

I also think that the regeneration think is too much. If a character is dead it shouldn’t be okay to keep reviving them. Also I understand what SJM was doing with Mor and the representation but it was kind of sprung I think in an effort to be more diverse; it could have been introduced better I though. Still a 5 star book though because wow a lot of great things happened!


What did you read this month?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. I’m going to BookCon!! Are any of you guys coming??

 

April 2017 Wrap Up!

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I read a grand total of 7 books this month, that’s just cause I read a lot during April break though. I’m still way behind on my goodreads challenge and school is still whipping my behind. Good thing IB tests have started, yeck, I’m probably not going to get any reading done in May.

Anyway, let’s get into it!


Firstly I read A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison.

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I thought that this book, while cute, had way too much unrealistic teen drama going on. I’m a teenager myself and sometimes I read books about people my age and have to squint a bit because wow things are different from other parts of the world. Maybe this book was typical for British teens in the 90’s but it seemed a bit too fanatical for me and the main character’s decisions annoyed me.


I read two V.E. Schwab books, Vicious and This Savage Song

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I love Victoria Schwab, she’s just such an amazing fantasy writer! I’m looking forward to reading book 2 of the Monsters of Verity series? Duology? Trilogy? I have no idea but I can’t wait to read it!


I also finished Hamlet for school

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I thought Hamlet was okay. My reaction to Shakespeare’s writing is usually meh. I like the stories he writes but it takes a long time and a lot of effort to understand what they’re about and that makes it difficult to enjoy reading his books.


And then I read Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, and History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Yes I know, Carve the Mark has a lot of controversy going around, I’m aware. But it’s also kind of difficult for me to understand why. I don’t really want to get into this, but some of the arguments against this book are that the light skinned people were portrayed as the good guys and the dark skinned as the bad guys. The thing is, both sides had mixed dark and light skinned people so I don’t understand? I guess I can understand the whole white supremacy thing, but there are so many fantasy books with similar themes that no one complains about…

Caraval was an interesting book. I think I liked it, though the ending confuzzled me, and I think that I will be continuing with this series.

History is all you left me was all right. It had a very similar vibe to ‘more happy than not’ and I thought it was a good book but nothing amazing. Gorgeous cover though that really stands out I must say.


How are you all doing on your Goodreads challenges? Lemme know the books you’ve read in April, I’d love to read your April wrap ups!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

March 2017 Wrap Up!

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I’ve had such a slow reading month and have been so so very busy it’s ridiculous! School is sucking the life out of me like for reals. Exams are next month and everything is just like ahh!

Anyhoo, here are the measly amount of books I read this month! (6, I may or may not be behind my Goodreads challenge, I don’t even want to know at this point honestly).


I finished the Shades of Magic trilogy with A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab!

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I actually did a full review on this trilogy which you can click here to see! I LOVED this trilogy so much! Just everything was so great and my review was spoiler free and pretty much summed up all of my thoughts!


I also read these two thought provoking diverse YA books, More Happy Than Not and The Hate U Give 

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This was my first Adam Silvera book and I’m eager to see what else he has in store and I’m planning on reading his other books soon!

The Hate U Give was simply amazing! Angie Thomas’s debut novel was just so perfect especially with what’s happening in the world right now.

Like seriously yesterday at my white suburban high school there was this big crisis where everyone was like omg wear blue today to support the police and I’m walking through the halls and there are people wearing legit NYPD shirts, people that I never thought would do that. Our principal had to make an announcement and there were administrators walking around the school and everything. The theatre department’s shows got cancelled because they were human rights campaigns and there were problems because they dealt with the black vs blue lives matter movements apparently. And the thing is my town is a big pro police town, most people have parents who are cops or know cops personally so it’s easy to see why they think this way it just frustrated me that it turned into this big deal, whatever though.


I re-read Shadow and Bone for Battle of the Books and the Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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This was like my third or fourth time re-reading Shadow and Bone, and it’s 2nd place in my book compared to the brilliant Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Side note: I’m meeting Leigh Bardugo at BookCon this year! Excitement!

The Hating Game was this cute adult contemporary that was reccomended by Natash Polis in one of her YouTube videos. It’s so weird because the main female character of the book is literally me! I related to her so much and I want to be her basically when I graduate college.


And finally I read Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane!

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Funny story with this book actually, I used to read and write fanfiction when I was in my early teens and there was this one fanfiction that I really loved that was derived from the Mortal Instruments series and the author of the fic took the story down right before the conclusion a few months ago because it was being published as an actual book! I was so lucky to be able to receive an ARC of the book so I could finally experience the ending!

My review will be up within the next few days hopefully!


And that is all I read this month! What books have you read? Link me up with your March Wrap Ups! I’d love to check them out!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. I just checked, I’m 3 books behind. You know what, that’s okay I’ll catch up during the summer. (I say now, watch in a few months I’ll be like oh it’s summer I haven’t read anything oh welp).

January 2017 Wrap Up

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Guess which idiot forgot to post her January wrap up yesterday cause she was so tired? That’s right this one. So my month was really slow on account of midterms, so I sneaked in a quick re read of a short book in there, and then I read two books right after midterms to make up for my slow month.

I think my month was also slow because I was trying to read The Well of Ascension, Mistborn book 2, and it’s giant and this trilogy takes a while to get to.

Anyhoo, let’s get into my wrap up! I read 8 books!


I read books 1 and 2 of the Mistborn trilogy!

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I actually started the first book in December and basically finished it January 1st or 2nd, so really I only “read” one misbtorn book this month, Well of Ascension. I think I’ll do a trilogy review when I finish book 3 eventually.

I also read these three YA books!

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So I guess I have the unpopular opinion in that I didn’t really like the Sun is also a Star…I seem to do that with Nicola Yoon’s books, everyone loves them and I don’t. I do love all 3 of these covers, they’re so gorgeous. I really liked the Midnight Star, I gave it a 4 star rating. It wasn’t as good as the Legend Trilogy I thought, but I stilled liked it! And then A Thousand Pieces of You I thought I would love because of the beautiful cover and the things I’ve heard but it disappointed me a bit.

I did a quick re-read of book 1 of the Captive prince trilogy because it’s short and I don’t have time to read…

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And then I read my two favorite books of this month, Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy!

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I loved Heartless, you can read my full review here! I gave it a 4 star rating, and if you don’t know, it’s the prequel to the Queen of Hearts that we know from Alice in Wonderland basically. I also loved Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! I gave it a 5 star rating! It was so fun being back in the world of the Mortal Instruments and this book just reminded me of my favorite characters all over again, and I could get the stupid tv show characters out of my head for a while.

Actually interesting enough, the only character that I imagined in my head from the tv show while reading was Izzy. I guess that means subconsciously I think Izzy is doing a good job…unlike Jace and Clary and pretty much everyone else…

I used to like Malec on the show but I don’t anymore, sorry if you like the Shadowhunters tv show…but I don’t, I think it sucks actually. Ooh, Simon too at times I could see as Alberto Rosende, so good job to him playing Simon too!


I also read 3/4 of Outlander this month, but I’m not going to count it since I had that cheat with Captive Prince.

What did you read this month? Link me up with your January wrap ups and I’ll check them out!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

 

 

December 2016 Wrap Up

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Wow time flies doesn’t it? I’m happy to say that I’ve had a good reading month and I’ve read 10 books, bringing my total for the year up to 113 which is significantly less than what I read last year but that’s okay!

First up I finished the Crucible for school

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I really enjoyed reading this and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. One thing I did notice was the the author, Arthur Miller, seems to have had some lady problems, because the women in this book were portrayed horribly and I didn’t like that at all. Like Elizabeth was the one apologizing for what John Proctor did. Like no, your husband sinned, it’s not your fault at all. The line where Elizabeth said ‘it takes a cold wife to prompt lechery’, or something like that, I wanted to throttle something. That’s no excuse for any man to commit adultery! Ugh!

I also finished the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy with the last book End of Days

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I liked this trilogy a lot, and gave it 4 stars. I think that for me, this book, and the other ones too, were missing that zap of emotion that I usually feel when a book gets a 5 star rating from me. Like the plot and writing were both great, but it was missing that extra something that I can’t quite explain, you know?

I also read After You and A Gathering of Shadows!

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After you is the Me Before You sequel and I thought that the first half was really long and boring but then it picked up reallly fast after that and then it didn’t really matter to me how boring it was before because it got so good. I know there’s a lot of hate going around on this book, but I honestly didn’t have a problem with it.

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy! I really liked this book! This whole trilogy is so deliciously enticing! I did get a bit annoyed with the ending because come on…this villain just keeps coming back and it’s so annoying!

I was also sent this book Griffen and it’s prequel to review on my blog

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I gave the prelude novella and the book Griffen both 3 stars on Goodreads. I liked the interesting plot and if you want to check out the review I did, you can click here

I read two books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, The Crown’s Game and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, the fanfiction from the amazing book Fangirl!

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I gave both of these books 4 stars on Goodreads. For me the Crown’s Game was very interesting because I’m russian so obviously this YA fantasy novel set in Russia would be interesting for me to read. I liked the book a lot except I couldn’t connect to the characters as much as I would have liked. I also felt that the antagonist in the book was brought into the book just cause an antagonist was needed.

I loved Carry On in the beginning! Simon Snow is such a great character and him and Baz were like my OTP. And then towards the end things got weird and I didn’t like it. I wanted more Simon and Baz and I did not get enough!

And finally I read Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle and Crystal Crowned

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Okay here’s the thing about Rick Riordan. I love him and his writing. Except I feel that’s it’s overused and stale now. Like how many books can he write with the same plot and characters basically? So while I liked The Hidden Oracle, it’s the same as his other books! I don’t even know if I’m going to be continuing this series. Same thing with Magnus Chase, I read the first one, rolled my eyes and haven’t read the next one. To be honest, I’ll probably end up reading them anyway because I’ve read every book by Rick. I gave it 3 stars on goodreads because I liked it despite the staleness. I don’t know, I just really feel like Rick could have done something different with this plot of Apollo being human.

Crystal Crowned was great! Vhalla Yarl and Aldrik Solaris have quickly become two of my favorite characters this year and I was happy to see their ending. I did feel it wasn’t a complete resolution at the end of the book and I wanted to see some things more developed but oh well. I really liked this series! Another 4 stars series, and this book got 4 stars individually from me on Goodreads.


And that is all! I think this wrap up was so lengthy because I didn’t review any of these books except the one sent to me so I had a lot to say.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts!

Also link me up to your wrap ups and I’ll check them out!

Thanks for reading ❤

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

November Wrap Up 2016

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November, unlike October, strangely enough was a great reading month for me! I read 9 books and have completed my Goodreads challenge of 100 books with 103 books read right now.

I started the month off with two amazing books!

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I loved both of these books, 5 stars each! I had every intention of reviewing them both but I read them during such a busy time in school that I didn’t get the chance.

I thought that Bright Side was great because I hadn’t read a book in a while that evoked such emotion from me in a while. This book reminded me why I read and why I love books and the tears were just flowing constantly.

Similarly with It Ends With Us, I was lucky enough to read two such amazing books in a row, and yes the tears were there when I read this one too. For me it wasn’t that this book hit home, because it didn’t quite, but it was that the reader was basically like the main character. I loved him too at first and even after the things he did I still couldn’t paint him as the utter villain. And the way Colleen Hoover wrote this book just reminded me why Colleen is such a great writer. This one did feel a bit different than her other books actually though, and I had to remind myself that this was my beloved CoHo writing it.


I then read these two:

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At first I really liked Love and Gelato, but by the end I was just bored by the predictable plot, so I gave this book 3 stars. It was good, just very standard YA formula.

Wolf by Wolf for me had a great plot but dragged on towards the end so I gave it 3.5 stars.


I read the Star Touched Queen!

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There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and so I was excited to read it, especially since Sarah J. Maas blurbed it. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t really enjoy this book and gave it a 2 star rating. It just confused me and nothing really happened and the plot didn’t really exist. Sorry if this is an unpopular opinion.


I also started the Angelfall Trilogy!

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I read the first two books this month, and I am reading the third one right now. So far I like this trilogy, I love the chemistry between the two main characters, and if the third book has a good ending, I think I’m going to give the trilogy a 4 star rating overall. I’m hoping to review the trilogy when I finish it. Can we also just talk about how beautiful these covers are?!


And lastly I read Underwater and the Art of Being Normal

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At first I really liked Underwater, but then the love interest started to annoy me and I was really not into the romance, so 3 star rating it is. I did quite like the plot though and the way things were revealed throughout the book.

The Art of Being Normal was great, and I loved reading about a transgender character because in YA it’s still new to have transgender people. Also, the “plot twist” how did I not get that??? There were about a million signs all of which I somehow blew past! That being said the plot for me was kind of slow, which is why I’m giving it 3.5 stars. Though on Goodreads I gave it 4 stars since half stars don’t exist which sucks.


So that’s it from me! What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments, and link me up to your November Wrap Ups!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

October 2016 Wrap Up

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Wow. So. Yeah. October has been a busy month. I barely posted and I barely read anything. I managed to sneak some books in at the end of the month bringing my grand total of books read this month to 5. And I’m 94 books into my Goodreads reading challenge of 100. Go me! I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to finish 6 books between November and December.

So anyways, this month started off with Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

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I gave this book 3.5 stars. I read this on the second day of October so I don’t exactly remember everything about this book but I think I enjoyed myself. Sorry about how lame that sounded. I definitely think that the first books, Nuts was a lot better in terms of pacing and romance. I thought that the main characters in this one were a little difficult to picture in my head and get into.

I also read this amazing beauty known as the Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. 

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5 wonderful stars! I meant to write a review actually and I might still get around to it but this book was so big and beautiful and I loved it! It was just as gripping and exciting as Six of Crows and the adventures and plot twists were great!

I was also sent Unfathomable Chance to review by K. T. Munson

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I really liked this book! The main character was strong and sassy, just the way I like ’em. 3.5 stars, and I should have a review up pretty soon I hope!

I also re-read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

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I had to read this book again because it’s part of a library book trivia competition I’m doing. I must say I enjoyed reading this again much more than I enjoyed reading it the first time. 3.5 star rating on the re-read, and it was so strange to see Genya and Zoya in this book after reading the Crooked Kingdom.

And lastly, I just finished this one last night, The Score by Elle Kennedy

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I don’t think my library has any copies of the goal yet otherwise I would be all over that. I loved this book! 5 stars! On par with the deal I think! I’m so excited for the Goal! Do you see all of these exclamation points?! Allie and Dean were just such a great storyline and Dean working with the younger kids hockey team was just the cutest. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a quick romantic NA novel!


Anyhoo, thanks for reading! Happy Halloween if you live in a place where it’s celebrated! What books have you read this month? Link me up to your wrap ups and I will be sure to check them out!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser