Bookending Spring: You’d Be Better As A Book

bookending-spring-1Today is day 17 of Bookending Spring, and today’s topic is hosted by the awesome Clo @ Book Dragons. I haven’t been able to get to all of the prompts this month but there have been some good ones and if you can, I really recommend checking out the hashtag #BEspring19 on Twitter to view some of the blog posts that have gone up. These hosts know how to put on a great event! So now, let’s get to our prompt for today:

You’d Be Better As A Book
Films/TV Shows which aren’t based off of books nor have any books based off of them that in your opinion would be better as books. Maybe the film lacked something, but you feel like it could flourish as a book series? Or you think a certain aspect of the Show/Film would work better in book form.

headshots_1500987999985.0I don’t necessarily think that this movie could be any better as a book, because honestly, it was an amazing movie in my opinion….but I think that The Prestige would make an incredible book! Every time I watch that movie it stuns me and I think that the plot, the characters, the mystery, the setting…I just think it would make an amazing book! Really, I think any Christopher Nolan movie would make an excellent book. My next choice would be Inception. Oh man, I LOVE that movie as well! And Interstellar??? I would own about twelve editions of that.

9781435162761A show I would like to see as a book? Netflix’s Penny Dreadful series. I absolutely LOVED that entire series and I would love to read that in a book! There are so many characters woven into one incredible story line, we would just be wrapped up in it for hours and hours and never be bored. Do you know the history of real life penny dreadfuls? (yes, they are real things) Penny dreadfuls were serial stories popular in the nineteenth century that sold for literally a penny each. Their content typically was of dark and mysterious topics…think vampires and murderers. Sweeny Todd was written into one of the first penny dreadfuls! So that being said, I would love to see the amazing Netflix series as a book series. I would definitely devour that. I love that genre, the history, the time period….awesome.

What do you think — any movies or shows you think would be better as books, or seem like they could have originally been books?

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Mid-Month O.W.L. Check-In

bridgeIts Monday again–fancy that! So is it just me…I can’t help but hear pink frog lady Umbridge at the chalkboard spell out “O-W-L’s!” every time I write it out somewhere?! lol It makes me giggle but cringe all at the same time. Its amazing how she is almost a worse villain than Voldemort. She is just awful! I have heard people say they will never forgive J.K. Rowling for writing such a terrible character. I don’t know that I take it that far but she is absolutely dreadful. Anyway, back on topic.

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This photo is not mine but sadly, I do not know who to give credit to.

We’re halfway through April (yikes!) so I figured that this would be a good time to check in regarding my progress in my O.W.L. exams! I chose 3 careers as a lofty goal for myself. I’ll be really happy if I fulfill a full one of them. But we’ll see. Never say never! My first career goal is Curse Breaker and here is how that is shaping up:

Ancient Runes(Retelling) …. Brightly Burning
☑ Arithmancy(Book written by more than one author) …. Lumberjanes Vol. 1
☑ Charms(Adult book) …. Girl, Wash Your Face
☐ Defense Against the Dark Arts(Reducto: book starting with an ‘r’) …. The Raven’s Tale
Potions(Next in series) …. Darken the Stars
☐ Transfiguration(Sprayed edges or a red cover) …. The Hummingbird Dagger An Anonymous Girl

Progress = 2 completed, and 2 in progress out of 6 total
My second career aspiration is Aurologist, and my final goal was Seer. Here’s my listings (and lack of progress)for those:

Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. Lost Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. Watchmen
History of Magic(published at least 10 years ago) …. Pippi Longstocking

Ancient Runes(another retelling…I’m really not that into retellings) …. The Sleeper and the Spindle
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. The Chaos of Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. V for Vendetta

Yeah…haven’t even started those. I did go so far as to pick a couple of them up from the library! Yay for me! But that’s about all I’ve got.

How is your O.W.L. progress coming? If you aren’t in the magical readathon, how is your April reading so far?

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Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

34810320I received Sadie in a subscription box right after its release last September and at the time, I didn’t know anything about it and wasn’t very excited about it. But then came the hype. Followed by more and more hype. Everyone was excited about this book. I heard all about how heart-wrenching the story is and how excellent the audio book is. Well, I will grant that the audio book definitely is appropriate for the book, since it is half-formatted as a podcast. The other half is told from Sadie’s point of view in her timeline just after her younger sister disappears. From how the book world made it sound, this was going to be a read that would make me sob and lose myself; it would make me angry and curious. Yes, it was pretty heavy and had its tough stuff for sure, but I didn’t fully connect with it as I had hoped that I would.

elly-filho-1562-unsplashAllow me to back up a bit and give some detail about the book. As I mentioned, Sadie is the central character and in her timeline, her younger sister Mattie was killed. Sadie sets out on a mission to kill the person who murdered her sister and the trail of clues she follows are quite sinister. Meanwhile, in the present, West McCray is a radio personality who picks up on Sadie’s story in a gas station and wants to cover it on his own show. He decides to start his own podcast, pursuing his own clues by interviewing family members and trying to find Sadie who, to the town she ran away from, seems is missing.

I think that the best thing about this book is the way that its set up. Its amazing how the book is set up in two different timelines and two different points of view, yet they match up so well. There are some very intriguing twists and turns to keep you reading, and Sadie herself actually is a solid character. Of course, she is strong and stubborn to a fault but that’s also where her bravery has to step in too, to some extent. So take this all as you will. If you need some tough drama to read, this is the book for you.

Book soundtrack: “Runnin’ Red Lights” by The Cadillac Three

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Anticipated April Books!

There must be something in the water because seriously, books this year are absolutely phenomenal. I mean, I can’t read them all of course, but from the sounds and looks of them, there is just so much good writing and publishing happening right now in the book world! But let’s hold up a second, celebrate the arrival of spring, and kick off the start of Bookending Spring 2019 with some of my most anticipated released for this spring!

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39950808Wicked Saints – Yes, I have read this one! Yes, my copy was free in exchange for a review but at the same time yes, I still need a hard copy! Remember when there was all that hype about The Hunger Games being a bloodbath for killing tributes in the arena? Ha! The Hunger Games has nothing on the blood in this book! I promise I am not a psychopath, nor do I have a blood obsession by any means, but as I said in my review for this book, it is dark and violent (but oh, so good!) so be warned!

39725622The Princess and the Fangirl – And now for something totally different! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Geekarella the first time ’round and of course, I ended up loving it! Now I can’t wait to see what Ashley Poston does with book 2. Princess Amara is about to be removed from the Starfield series and superfans like Imogen Lovelace are frantic over the idea. At the big Comic Con, a script leak has Imogen and Jess (the actress who plays Amara on the show) actually switching places and the girls have to come together to figure out who is truly behind the crime.

40645166Lovely Little Things – If you have been tagging along with me on this blog journey, you know I love myself a good thriller…and this one looks SO GOOD! Its about Claire, who is a medical resident and mother of two. She has a severe allergic reaction on the way in for her rounds and wakes up without her car or her children on the floor of the bathroom of a gas station. Now if that doesn’t sound like a terrifying way to start out a book, I don’t know what does. I am ready to read this one now!

Of course there are more. I just wanted to narrow it down and have a little variety. ‘Tis the spice of life and library afterall. *wink* So now tell me…

Are any of these on your TBR? What are you looking forward to getting your hands on this spring?

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O.W.L.s Readathon 2019! Opening Post

Its here! The magical time of year when we read for our O.W.L.s. This time around, we’re really striving for something big…careers! Our wonderful creator and host BOOK ROAST has made up an entire list of magical careers and ‘exams’ to fulfill the necessary requirements for them. To watch the full informational video on this year’s exams, you can head over to the video here. So without further ado, here are my plans for the readathon, including my lofty aspirations for careers and my TBR:

9ff414f9e72ee3ccb22cae33732f4fd0First up, I’m going to go for Curse Breaker. I can just see myself traveling around, removing jinxes, hexes, and curses from objects or buildings. I love the challenge, the mystery, the precision, and the adventure of it. My requirements for this career are:
Ancient Runes(Retelling) …. Brightly Burning
Arithmancy(Book written by more than one author) …. Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Charms(Adult book) …. Girl, Wash Your Face
Defense Against the Dark Arts(Reducto: book starting with an ‘r’) …. The Raven’s Tale
Potions(Next in series) …. Darken the Stars
Transfiguration(Sprayed edges or a red cover) …. The Hummingbird Dagger

4b91f492858df9b2bd8701cc9aa599d4My second and side career is going to be a Seer. I would love to seek out (or have come to me) mystical glimpses into the future! Pretty mystical! And who knows, maybe I could figure out some of those hexes before they strike?! O.W.L. requirements for this career path include:
Ancient Runes(another retelling…I’m really not that into retellings) …. The Sleeper and the Spindle
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. The Chaos of Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. V for Vendetta

And if I am really kicking ass, I am going for a third career: Aurologist. So for this one I need to dive into these subjects:
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. Lost Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. Watchmen
History of Magic(published at least 10 years ago) …. Pippi Longstocking

So that’s where I’m at right now. Time to start reading!

Are you participating in the O.W.L. exams? What career(s) did you choose?

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ARC REVIEW: Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

39950808Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A Duncan
Hardcover Edition 400 pages
Publish Date April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My rating:

“The girl, the monster, and the prince…”

All the stars!!
My new favorite 2019 release!!
Yes I’m gushing!! But I can’t help it!!

Ok, I need to calm down. This book is far too dark and serious for that much excitement. I feel that it is difficult to know where to even begin with setting this book up for you all without either a) confusing the crows out of you, or b) spoiling everything for you. I will try my best though.

Our three main characters are Nadya (cleric from Kalyazin), Malachaisz (runaway mage from Tranavia), and Serefin (blood mage and Prince of Tranavia). War is raging between the lands, not just involving the countries, but between magics–mages, the gods(clerics), and the Vultures, who are a powerful cult. Nadya is her people’s only hope to restore the power of their gods to the land. Serefin was raised to battle all believers in the gods. And Malachaisz just wants the fighting to stop and the first step, he says, is to kill the king. Told from Nadya and Serefin’s dual points of view, we really see into these characters and feel how real they are. Nadya has had the voices of these gods in her head her entire life, and there are at least a dozen? And then there is Serafin, who has been brought up under a tyrannical king and all he has known is war.

Wicked Saints Church2The passion and the drama in this book is absolutely non-stop from beginning to end. I tell you there is action, there is friendship and travel and romance and magic and betrayal and just…everything! Emily Duncan is an author who does not hold back. Personally, I am no author. But if I were to write a book, Emily has literally taken what I was wanting and thinking and penned it in this book practically word-for-word from my own head and heart. She is not brief with her descriptions of love or fear or doubt or pain. She hits you with it and if you’re like me, you will grip this book until your hands hurt waiting to see what happens next! Even the magic systems are evolving, and to me, that’s impressive. There is no lack of diversity either so truly, I feel that this woman has created something wonderful here.

So, I can’t end this review without mentioning that this book does need a couple trigger and content warnings. We do have ourselves alcohol consumption (maybe addiction to), violence, self-harm (literally blood mages, of their own blood) and talk of self-harm in the past.

Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for granting me an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Because the quotes from above were taken from the ARC, they are subject to change by the time of publication.

Book Soundtrack: “Inside a Boy (Album Version)” by My Brightest Diamond

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Review: Honor Among Thieves

Let me start off with transparency by saying that I am relatively new to the sci-fi genre. Aliens and space travel have never really been my thing, especially in books. However, I have been dipping my toes into the waters more lately and this was definitely a likable book that I was able to fully immerse myself in, even as a newcomer to the genus!

30129657In Honor Among Thieves, our lead Zara Cole is a YA character we’ve seen before–she’s the girl off the streets who trusts no one and has been betrayed by everyone she has ever known. It is unprecedented in this futuristic world when a girl of her personality and background is chosen for the Honors–an elite space program which partners with the Leviathan, a race of sentient alien beings. Of course, Zara has Earthen enemies to flee, so she boards the Leviathan with her new partner, Beatriz (Bea), and heads off into the vast unknown.

In my opinion, some of the best parts of this book were built around the most bizarre things. As I mentioned, I’m still breaking in to this genre and maybe some of these things are relatively normal, but it was so weird to picture people living inside of this alien. ‘Alien’ = spaceship. I had in my mind Jonah and the whale or the Magic School Bus. Then at one point Zara has to dig through Nadim’s circulatory systems to fix an injury! Eek! All of that being said though, I think that one of the most beautiful parts of this book is the relationship that Zara, Bea, and Nadim grow to have. It is so incredibly intimate that Zara and Nadim basically feel one another’s feelings; that Bea can sing and Nadim essentially absorbs that essence. This concept of bonding and journeying together throughout life is so exquisite!….until it gets a bit creepy…but I think you can sort of see where I’m going with all of this.

38496253To wrap this up, I am very interested to see where this series goes. Both the leaders of Earth and the Leviathan have been keeping big secrets regarding “the journey” and how the relationship between humans and the Leviathan got to be exactly how it is, and the Leviathan themselves have a lot of ‘fessing up to do about their own history and backgrounds. Just as there are Earthen enemies, so are there galactic enemies. Why, exactly, have the Leviathan saved planet Earth just as it was about to be destroyed? How did they know? As odd as they are, they really are fascinating creatures and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in book 2, Honor Bound, which just released February 19, 2019. So tell me…

Have you read this or both of these books? Do you enjoy sci-fi at all? Would you be able to space travel if given the opportunity?

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Soundtrack: “Exit Music (For a Film)” by Radiohead

Reading recs for National Puppy Day!!

As you may know from a few posts back, our family dog recently had a litter of puppies. It has been a complete adventure over the past 6 weeks, watching these little babies grow from tiny, palm-sized newborns to rambunctious, feisty pups. So how fitting is it that they go to their new homes today, on National Puppy Day?! Its so bittersweet! Believe it or not, we do actually have one puppy left to sell and ironically, he was the first puppy born. We “named” him Rizzo after our favorite Chicago Cubs player. We are enjoying him while we still have him but I’m sure he will be off soon. Again, it has been an amazing experience. So now, to keep the puppy/dog fix going, I’m researching all the dog reads for the upcoming weeks. I need all the puppy love!

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The Incredible Journey – I always loved this movie and the book has been on my TBR for a long time! A cat, a lab, and a bull terrier face the wild terrain of the Canadian wilderness to make their way back home. Separately, they would have died. But together, they face near starvation, wild animals, and exposure to the elements to find their family and their home.

The Art of Racing in the Rain – This book is told from the point of view of the dog, Enzo, and right off the bat, I’m already reminded of the YouTube videos where dog owners have GoPro cameras on dog toys or collars and you’re watching everything from the dog’s POV. Those can be so fun. But anyway. Enzo is a philosopher who sees that life isn’t simply about going fast.

Marley and Me: Life With the World’s Worst Dog – I love this title because aren’t there just moments where, as a pet owner, you just get mad as your fur baby and think they’re the worst?? But of course, 5 minutes later they’re your pride and joy again. Well, Marley actually was the worst. John & Jenny were newlyweds in a perfect, new white-picket fence of a house. They bought Marley as a puppy and he grew into 97-pounds of lab who chewed, bit, ate, tore, drooled, and stole everything he possibly could. But yet for all of his faults, of course, he was still loved.

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So those are just a couple that are on my TBR that I have heard good things about. I am so cautious to read dog books and watch dog movies. I am so sensitive because I hate bad endings–they just upset me so much!! Seriously, they stick with me and I take them so personally!! But anyway. If you are a dog person, or just a pet person in general, give your fur baby an extra squeeze today!

Do you have a dog? What is his/her name? OR, If you had a pet, what would you name it?

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WWW Wednesday ~ 3.20.19

Hi everyone! Its Wednesday again! As I think you all know,  Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, who revived this weekly meme for us book bloggers to use at our will. As always, the three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What will you be reading next?

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15728452What did I recently finish reading?
I just finished reading (literally….as in my lunch break!) The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite! Of course, I started off with the Netflix series and now I am diving into the comic book trilogy, the third of which is actually set to release this July! Little known fact about the series (at least I had no clue about it): the author, Gerard Way, is actually the frontman and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance (get out your hair gel, nose ring, sk8 shoes, and let’s go back to the ’00s and rock out with these guys!). Once I get through volume 2 as well, I will write my thoughts on the comics so check back soon!

36337550What am I currently reading?
I have two books in progress currently. The first one I am trying so hard to get through as quick as possible because I have been stuck in it for too long, and that would be The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I am listening to the audiobook on this and I think I might enjoy it so much more if I was reading a hard copy. I’ve heard great things about this book but ugh, it is painstaking to listen to this! 😫 Also, I am reading an ARC of Wicked Saints. I am so in love! You better believe a review of this is coming up soon!! I am seeing a lot of mixed reviews for this book coming out so far but honestly, I am really enjoying it so far. I hope that as more people read it, the ratings go up because I think…well, I really don’t want to say anything until I write up my review.

28186322What will I be reading next?
Well, as I mentioned, I am continuing on in the Umbrella Academy Suite. My next audiobook will be a group read of A Curious Beginning, which was recommended to me by a friend who knows my sense of humor. I am pretty excited to read this YA historical mystery since I recently finished up the Jackaby series. And for a physical next-up, I am moving on to an ARC of The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters. If you haven’t heard of this one yet, its actually a story of a young Edgar Allen Poe meeting his Muse. The synopsis doesn’t give too much more detail than that, but still, its another book I am really looking forward to checking out!

If you participate in this on your blog, drop me a link in the comments below! Or just answer any or all of the questions and let me know what book your nose is in because I always like to know what people are reading. I look forward to hearing all the deets!

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What would your book nook look like?

I was just browsing Pinterest today (a dangerous past time, I know) and I ended up looking through cozy reading nooks. Now I am designing my dream space and I’m just all warm and fuzzy and excited inside! So here are a couple spaces I am in love with:

42635117935_d508793f5a_nThis one is sheltered, but outdoors, which I love. Can we say ‘ambiance’? I love the candlelight. Plus the mattress and ALL.THE.PILLOWS.!!!! So snug. I can just hear the crickets and the wind blowing in the trees and envision ALL the reading I would get done. OMG, its heaven. I am so sold! This is my dream!

tumblr_inline_nfipm43cax1s7b3jyOk, this next one is just great. Doesn’t everyone need this?? Unfortunately, I don’t have a proper tub for baths right now but I absolutely wish that I did. I get so many bath bombs in book boxes so obviously baths + books go together! Plus, heaven knows that we all need more bookshelves. So basically, this setting pretty much has it all! Also the toilet is there too so you’ll never be bored while taking care of that business either. All bases are covered.

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And finally, for my grand finale, I had to choose my musical library. This baby is grand. Its got high ceilings, natural light, comfy seating (I might switch it out for something a little classier later on, but in the mean time I’ll take what I can get), a fire place, and of course books, books, and more books!!  I can only hope that some of those taller windows are doors. Maybe there is also a window seat somewhere around there? Oh, how perfect! I’m in heaven, you guys!

Have you thought about your dream library? What would your ideal book nook look like? Spill the tea in the comments!

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