July 2017 Wrap Up!

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I had such a great reading month, reading 12 books! August is going to be even better because I have an ambitious tbr, which you can check out here!

Let’s get into it!


First up I read some adult romance books by Rachel Van Dyken

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Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be reading her books anymore, I just don’t like the plot or characters. I gave all three a 3 star rating because I kind of liked them but not really.


I also completed up to book 5 in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning with Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever

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I loved all of these books and gave all three a 5 star rating! I have a review of the first 5 books that is non spoilery right here. I also know there are different covers but these are my favorite because they’re all matching and stuff.


I also read some YA this month!

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I read Emmy and Oliver, Flame in the Mist, When Dimple Met Rishi and Lord of Shadows. I liked both Emmy and Oliver and Flame in the Mist a lot, I have a review for Flame in the Mist right here. I will have a review up for When Dimple Met Rishi and Lord of Shadows soon! I gave them 4 and 5 stars respectively.


I had two lovely books sent to me to review, Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre and Aaru by David Meredith

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I really liked both books, and actually have read and reviewed their books before. You can find my review for Tara’s book Mirror Me here and Tara’s other book, Just a Few Inches here. My review for Aaru will be up soon, and I also have a review for David’s other book The Reflections of Queen Snow White right here


What books did you read in July? Link me up with your July wrap ups!

-Calliope

June 2017 Wrap Up

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So June is over and we’re now into July. Why is 2017 flying by so fast? Soon it will be September and I’ll be a senior in high school!

Since it’s half way through the year I want to do a discussion post where I talk about what’s been going on for the entire year so far as I’ve been absent from blogging so keep an eye out for that!


This month I read 12 books, and I’ve finally caught up to my reading challenge of 100 books on Goodreads! I wasn’t reading much because of school but now I’m finally good and reading again! (Also reading 3 quick romance novels helped I think).


First up I read ‘The Girl from Everywhere’ by Heidi Heilig because it was a school library book that was due so I had to finish it. I also read ‘Code Name Verity’ by Elizabeth Wein which was such an emotional roller-coaster. 

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I gave ‘The Girl from Everywhere’ a 3 star rating only because it was so long and boring it felt like. I liked the characters and plot but it just dragged on! I also think this might have to do with the fact that I was reading this the week before my final exams and regents, so it felt boring but that just might have been my mood from studying. (Ha, studying, me?? Funny, studying for physics didn’t get me anywhere and yet I didn’t study for U.S. and got a 99…)

‘Code Name Verity’ also felt long but the later half of the book really picked up and had my emotions running all over the place and I ended up giving it 5 stars!


I read some YA contemporary. ‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ by Jenny Han and two LGBTQ books, ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli and ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz. 

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‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ was the perfect conclusion to the Lara Jean trilogy in my opinion. I was a little upset when there were like 50 pages left and no conclusion or resolution in sight, and though it wrapped up pretty quickly at the end I still loved it!

‘The Upside of…’ in my opinion wasn’t as good as Becky Albertalli’s other book ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I still thought it was great nonetheless. Some typical YA tropes were included such as insta love and parents who let YA characters do whatever they want, but parents were included! And they were not the typical parents! I gave this book 4 stars and thought it was super cute.

I absolutely loved Aristotle and Dante! That Aristotle tricking me and playing with my emotions like that. I must admit, when the accident happened my heart almost stopped but it turned out okay. 5 star rating, I also loved how parents were included in this book as well!


I read some adult/NA romance also!

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I went on a bit of a Sabrina Bowen spree this past year, but I skipped number 2 in the Ivy Years series, and went right on to number 3. Gimme that male/male NA, yes please! I gave all three books 4 stars and I thought they were so cute with dealing with different issues (in the Sabrina Bowen books’ case). Dating You Hating You was such a cutie also but pretty predictable. I also love me a hating to loving story so that could have been part of my love for it.


And lastly I read some bits and pieces from YA fantasy to Adult, to MG fantasy. 

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I’d been meaning to read ‘The Iron Trial’ by Cassie Clare and Holly Black since its release a while ago but I forgot about it and since it’s middle grade it wasn’t really on my radar. Then my brother brought it home from the library the other day so I kidnapped it, read it and returned it. I really like it, and I gave it a 4 star rating.

‘The Murder Complex’ by Lindsay Cummings really surprised me at how good it was because it was a debut novel and I’d heard mixed reviews. If I read it earlier before all of the books that are similar to it, or if it was published earlier I think I would have given it a 5 star rating. But it did resemble many dystopian books that I have read so I gave it a 4 star rating.

‘Our Dark Duet’ as usual with Victoria Schwab was amazing, not much to say here except I neeeed some Kate and August novella where we have more making out pleaseeee!

I lastly re-read ‘The Book Thief’ for school because that’s the book I’m writing my extended essay (4,000 word essay for IB) on. Reading it a second time made me realize how even more amazing and genius it is, 5 stars obviously. Now that I’ve finished the book I have 1,500 words due in two weeks so I better get started.


I hope you enjoyed my wrap up! Let me know what you read this month, and link me up to your wrap ups, I’d love to check them out!

I’m really going to start posting more and being more active, I swear!

-Calliope ❤

 

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