Tag Tuesday: Harry Potter Book Tag

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!! Did you know that today, July 31st, is Harry Potter’s birthday? Yep! Its almost sad that I know that, but I do. Our little hero was born on this day in 1980. So in honor of that, of course I must do a tag in his honor!

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Favourite book – Growing up my favorite book was Prisoner of Azkaban. I still really like that book but now that I’m older I think Deathly Hallows is my favorite. I think it has more depth to it, which I appreciate more.

Favourite movie – Half Blood Prince for sure! Although I enjoy watching Goblet of Fire much more than I used to.

Least favourite book – Chamber of Secrets I think. Probably my least favorite movie as well. Which is a shame because I love Kenneth Branagh!!

37da4a94ad2dfe0a275634a5ed212b8eParts of the books/movies that made you cry – Oh come on! Dobby. The raising of the wands for Dumbledore. Those are the biggest moments.

If you could hook up with any Harry Potter character who would it be? Either of the Weasely twins. ūüėČ

Favourite character – Prof. McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Sirius, Dumbledore

What would your Patronus be? A dog.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose? Wand.

What House would you be in? Ravenclaw.

If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be? Alan Rickman.

lhp1_featuredHave you played any of the video games? Lego Harry Potter for the WIN!!

If you were on the Quiddich team which position would you play? Spectator.

Were you happy with the ending? Yes, minus the “Fifteen years later” part. I hate when authors do that. I just don’t need that in a book….

How much does Harry Potter mean to you? I have many memories associated with the books, the movies, merchandise, and hopefully someday the theme parks. I plan on making more with future children and other family members. I don’t see HP fading from my life anytime soon. ‚̧

So if you’re reading this and you’re a fan of HP and want to wish him a happy birthday too, or just want to have a bit of fun with this tag, then consider yourself tagged! ūüėČ

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Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton + GIVEAWAY

35720690Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns #1)
Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 464

Synopsis: In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic‚ÄĒthe very magic she has sworn to destroy.

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The first thing I need to say about Heart of Thorns is that this book is 446 pages long (which I was a little intimidated by at first) but it absolutely flew by! The chapters are relatively short and there is so much action and movement happening from the very beginning. I never felt bored by the characters or the plot, and things never felt rushed. I instantly liked Mia…but then again, any characters who are speaking anatomy and are trained huntresses are pretty awesome in my book. I was a bit concerned about cliche plot-to-escape-marraige-to-the-prince trope, but the bigger picture really is vengence for her mother’s death.

My hat is off to the author, Bree Barton, for doing an excellent job diversifying a medieval fantasy world! I am in awe of your skills! I mean, its relatively subtle, but its there. There are references to different skin colors on the people, different abilities, and different sexualities. Read closely, its there. Thank you, Bree!

So how about the reason we’re all here….the magic. So in this trilogy only women can possess magic and every woman is suspected of having it. The men, of course, view them as demons and teach the children to view this ability as such as well. The overall magic system in this book (without delving too much into things and spoiling everything) is actually tied to a deeper mythology, and boy do we get information about it! Mia, you’re in for an education! Ironically, the magic is also how she ends up meeting (and injuring/healing) the love interest, Quin and then its all downhill from there. Their relationship is honestly one of the most dynamic that I have read in a while. I very much enjoyed it.

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14112802Bree Barton is a writer in Los Angeles. When she’s not lost in whimsy, she works as a ghostwriter and dance teacher to teen girls. She is on Instagram and YouTube as Speak Breely, where she posts funny videos of her melancholy dog.

On those parting words, I will leave you to decide whether you think this book is worthy of your time. I know I will be picking up book #2 when it comes out. Happy reading!

Book Soundtrack: “Queendom” by AURORA

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#24in48 = One of my FAVORITE read-a-thons is HERE!!

If you follow my blog, you know that I LOVE read-a-thons!! Long, short, genre-themed or general, I just adore them! Just in case you are new to the blogging or bookish world, a read-a-thon (or you might see it abbreviated as RAT) is when we bookworms ‘get together’ for a certain pre-determined period of time and read as much as we can in said time. Some RAT’s have a group or buddy read, some have a theme (Halloweenathon [fall books], Alphabethon [each round they read a different letter of the alphabet]), some do prizes, some are a quick 24 hours and some last a full week or more. I love being part of a community that has a common goal that I love (books!) and then dedicating time to do pretty much nothing but read.

So, what am I reading for this weekend’s 24 in 48? Well, I have several books up on deck. First up, I have two that I am planning on finishing up and those would be The Wicked Deep and Children of Blood and Bone. I am really enjoying both of these so as much as I don’t want these books to end, I am looking forward to knocking these both out!

After that I will be picking up two new books and these will be one new audiobook and one new ebook for a book tour. So these will be Then She Was Gone and Heart of Thorns. Ever since I finished The Last Time I Lied, I’ve been craving more good thrillers so I went right into The Wicked Deep which is spooky and now Then She Was Gone which I heard is a good mystery/thriller and I love the cover! So I’m pretty excited about that one!!

Also, I went to the library today and picked up way more new release YA fantasies than I can chew as well so….who knows what trouble I can get myself into this weekend. Hopefully lots! Let me know if you are participating in this or any other challenges or read-a-thons this weekend….or just what you’re reading! I always love to know! Happy reading!!

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Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

30063453Imagine this: you are partying at a club with your best friend just like any other Friday night in a world where humans and aliens (who look just like humans, albeit super-hot humans) co-exist peacefully. You are ready to leave, but your best friend is hitting it off with some otherworldly guy, so you let her know and head for the door. On your way out, you brush against this tall, leggy girl who turns and smiles at you with this strange look in her eye. But whatever, you’re done for the night. Outside of the club on your way home, you are ambushed by an alien guy who insists that your name is Olena and that you must return to your home planet to marry the Zane (Prince) of a different planet. He kidnaps you, knocks you out, and you wake up on his ship three days later soon to arrive on this new planet. Come to find out that girl who bumped into in the bar was the princess and by bumping into you, she used a device to transform you into her. You now have no choice but to impersonate her to avoid war between two alien races and all humankind.

So this is how the book starts off. Delany is a teenager who finds herself in an impossible situation and has to make the best of it. She has the help of her bodyguard, Ruckus, to coach her through. She is to be wed to rival Zane Trystan, but her personality is so different from the real Lissa (Princess) Olena that even Trystan softens to her.

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I felt that the author did a good job of world building. Space worlds and alien kingdoms cannot be easy to build up. The only thing that didn’t sit with me was that there were so many new words developed for royalty (Lissa, Zane, Captain, Scientist, etc.) but yet, there was no word for ‘alien.’ For whatever reason, I hear alien and I think little green men but obviously the author is describing these aliens as tall, ideal, beautiful versions of humans basically. I almost wish they¬† had their own word for themselves, but no. They’re just aliens. Ok. Whatever.

alienSecondly, the writing was all pretty flat. Fortunately, I felt like most of the characters had some dimension to them. Delaney and Trystan definitely did. Ruckus was a little flat. And the writing overall was pretty simplisitic. There were just times when I thought a seventh grader could have been writing it. The ideas? Good. The format? Eh.

Finally, I loved the plot and the quick pacing. I was very entertained by the whole story and the concept. I thought that Delaney was a strong, witty character. I thought her relationship with Ruck was a little too easy so I’m not convinced it will last. Maybe I’m wrong, we’ll see. And that cliffhanger!! So overall I had to get over the writing and just let myself enjoy the story and once I did that, it was a quick and enjoyable book. I’m looking forward to reading book 2 soon for a book tour. Stay tuned!

Soundtrack: “The Sky is Broken” by Moby

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Tag Tuesday: The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hi everyone! June is officially over so we are MORE than halfway through the year. Yikes! I figured this week, I’ll take a look at what I’ve read so far this year and put the good, the bad, and the ugly into a tag. I’ve read 34 books so far this year and Goodreads tells me I’m “one book behind” on my goal of 75 books. Without further ado, here goes!:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

a_semi-definitive_list_of_worst_nightmares_krystal_sutherland_fall_2017_ya_booksSo far this year I have marked 7 out of 35 books as 5 stars but the one that I am choosing as “the best” is¬†A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares. Why? It was the biggest surprise and I think that its the most impactful and the most creative. This book had humor and heart and depth! I mentioned when I reviewed it a few months ago that I dislike the cover and I still feel that it in no way does the book justice. If you like contemporaries and/or magical realism and don’t shy away from trigger warnings of suicide or depression, then absolutely read this book. SO. WORTH. IT.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists. I only have a short list to choose from and I wasn’t in love with the Grisha sequels so when all else fails, default to the PotterVerse! This was actually my favorite of the short library collections. I found this one witty and interesting, moreso than either of the other two books.

344992213. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

To Kill a Kingdom is getting so much buzz and I have had this book for months now! Why have I still not read it?! I always tell myself I want to be ready for the Goodreads awards and I’m going to binge read when the nominees come out but there are just way too many. I have to start NOW and I just know that this will be on there.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I am desparate for this release!! I have heard its good and its right up my alley. I cannot wait for this release!!

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Wrinkle in Time: Graphic Novel. Maybe its been too long since I read the book, or maybe the graphic novel was just too cheesy for me. Whatever the matter, I had been looking forward to reading this and ended up very disappointed. I don’t have a ton of experience with graphic novels, but I have enjoyed those I have read….with the exception of this one.

289456656. Biggest surprise.

Zero Repeat Forever. I’m choosing this not just because I am surprised that I enjoyed a sci-fi book (its not my typical go-to genre), but I was surprised by the ending. Hello cliffhanger!! I was so drawn into the characters of this book and I can’t wait for the second book to release!!

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Ashley Poston – Geekerella. I received an ARC of Geekerella before the paperback was released and I absolutely LOVED the book. Honestly I was a little skeptical but it all ended up great! Now I’m considering buying my own hard copy because I loved it so much! Ashley Poston is definitely an author I will read again.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Levi from Fangirl. Pretty much enough said. The guy can make me a latte anytime! ūüėČ

9. Newest favourite character.

The Darkling! Seriously…all the merch, all the books, all the angsty talk….#teamDarkling

2511100410. Book that made you cry.

November 9. I have fallen in love with Colleen Hoover this year and November 9 is probably my favorite CoHo book at this point. I can’t wait for her next book to release!¬†All Your Perfects is the title and it releases on July 17th. Almost here!

11. Book that made you happy.

Catching Fire. Book #2 of The Hunger Games is my favorite and I have been craving a re-read for a while. I was so happy to finally pick it up and I absolutely loved my time listening to the audiobook for the first time.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Annihilation – way better than the book. The movie is SO trippy! It was everything I expected but didn’t get from the book!

3364552713. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. I feel like I got to reference some fun works, use some great quotes, and find some fun pictures to put into my review. Plus I enjoyed the book itself so that made writing the review all the better.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Sky in the Deep. I thought this book was beautiful both inside and out. I like that it was unique and strong.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to read Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, The Darkest Minds, and I want to pick up the Red Queen series again, now that its finished (I hate cliffhangers with unreleased books).

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So there you have it, folks! If you are reading this and you have not yet done this tag, consider yourself officially tagged and go do it! Its a good one! Oh, and just a reminder, my giveaway is still open for¬†The Last Time I Lied. If you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to read this amazing summer thriller by Riley Sager, visit my last post and give me your best shot and two truths and a lie and I’ll enter you to win a free copy of the book. Giveaway goes until 7/19/18. Goodluck!

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! Anything with ‘camp’ and ‘thiller’ in the synopsis and I am 110% IN! I know some people think camp + suspense and associate it with hockey masks and serial killers but that’s NOT what this is about. Its about finding truths for better or for worse. Its about sanity versus¬†insanity. Its about trust and reliability, or lack thereof.

“TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, LADIES. I’LL START.”

The Last Time I Lied is the second book from author Riley Sager, the first being last years’ The Final Girls, which was an international bestseller.¬† I have not read this one yet, but after reading The Last Time I Lied, I will be reading The Final Girls soon, especially because a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures! I have no idea about the timeline on this, but I am a nut about reading books-to-films or vice versa so I am all over this!

“SO MUCH WATER. SO MUCH LAND. SO MANY PLACES TO DISAPPEAR.”

The book in question is about Emma Davis. Told in two timelines, past and present, Emma is an artist who is haunted by memories of her time at Camp Nightengale when her three bunkmates went missing years ago. When the camp’s director shows up at her art show and offers her a job teaching painting for a summer at Camp Nightengale, Emma doesn’t exactly jump at the opportunity, but rather has to be persuaded by her best friend. Once at the camp, nothing goes quite as she expects it to. Slowly, Emma begins casually searching for clues of her past. She doesn’t really expect to find much….until she does. Eventually it seems that the past is looking for Emma and she finds herself in a whole mess of trouble. During these current investigations, there are imposing flashbacks to Emma’s time at camp as a teenager, and we see that even back then, it was difficult to tell who to trust and who to rely on because, as it turns out, even Emma herself was not fully truthful.

“LIKE MOST OLD STRUCTURES, THERE’S A HEAVINESS TO THE LODGE, A SOMBERNESS. I THINK OF ALL THE YEARS IT’S WITNESSED. ALL THOSE SEASONS AND STORMS AND SECRETS…”

Overall, this book was a thrilling ride. It reads like a movie and I can absolutely see it being made into one at some point! It turns out that this book was inspired by the classic novel and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” I recently saw the Amazon Prime has made a series from this so I think we all know what I will be watching and reading soon! Aside from that, I loved the characters in this book, I loved the pacing, and the writing was fantastic! I am a pretty tough critic when it comes to this genre in particular but I loved this book. I definitely recommend this book!

Book-related links:
Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  B&N  |  Book Depository  |  iBooks

*Giveaway*

Want to win a copy of this awesome book? Do you live in the U.S. or Canada? Well here’s the scoop. Every book on the FFBC tour is giving away a copy, so you have 20 chances to win. Check out the other blog stops¬†and enter their giveaways, and here is how to enter mine:

  1. Make sure you are following my blog. If you prefer a method of contact OTHER than via blog, leave a contact email or preferred social media contact.
  2. Leave a comment and give me your version of two truths and a lie.

And that’s it! Winners will be chosen and notified before July 20th. Please note that you may only win ONE copy of the book, even if you enter on multiple blogs. If you win from more than on FFBC blog, we request that you pass the book on to a different winner.

Soundtrack: “Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine

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Happy Independence Day! + WWW

Hello everyone! I would be remiss if I didn’t wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July, aka Independence Day! I hope your grills are ready to go and your fireworks are safe and sparkly. I am planning on blogging, reading, and partaking in a little bit of wine tasting. Thank you, founding fathers, for our freedom. Cheers!

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Moving along to WWW Wednesday, meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now revived by Samm at Taking on a World of Words. Feel free to let me know what your WWW answers are in the comments, or blog for yourself and leave me your link. I love to know what everyone is up to!

FontCandy (3)The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

W1 – I am currently reading The Last Time I Lied, which is a thriller/mystery that was just published yesterday. I am almost finished with it and so far it has be chilled to the bone (and I am pretty picky when it comes to thrillers, so that’s saying a lot!). I am also listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is my first time listening to a Harry Potter audiobook and I don’t know why its taken me so long to do this! The narrator is spectacular!! If you love Harry Potter and are wanting to re-read the series, give the audiobooks a try. You won’t regret it.

W2 – I recently finished reading Amid Stars and Darkness–a YA sci-fi. I recently mentioned that I have been craving sci-fi lately and it has held true in this book as well. I will be writing up a review for this book soon but just as a teaser, the main character (Delaney) was a champ when it came to impersonating royalty on another planet. The love interest body guard (Ruckus) was extremely sweet, flirtatious, and somewhat predictable, which is why I am rooting for the underdog, badboy prince from the opposite alien race. No real hints at love have surfaced yet, but the book leaves off on a killer cliffhanger and we’ll just see where book 2 takes us!

W3 – Next up I will be reading Between Frost and Fury, which is the second book in the Xenith Trilogy (the follow-up book to Amid Stars and Darkness mentioned above). This book publishes on July 24th but I have my copy because of a book tour so stay tuned for my review!

So that’s that my friends! Again, enjoy your holiday and I’m looking forward to hearing about your reads!

Current Soundtrack: “The Room Where It Happens” – Hamilton Soundtrack

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June Wrap-up + July TBR

Hi everyone! How did your reading go this month? I had a bit of a slow month due to starting a full-time job, but I still managed to get 4 books finished. Here’s the specs:

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

17788401Finished: June 10th

Format: Audiobook – 337 pages

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Reviewed? Yes – click here

 

People Like Us by Dana Mele

36338707 Finished: June 23

Format: ebook – 384 pages

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Reviewed? Not yet – check back!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Finished: June 26

Format: Audiobook – 391 pages

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Reviewed: No

Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1) by Chani Lynn Feener

 Finished: June 30

Format: PDF – 368 pages

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Reviewed: Not yet – coming soon

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So now let’s talk July. Which books are you choosing to read this month? I have two book tours coming up, and I’m participating in a Harry Potter challenge, so this is what my TBR is forecasting:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

36626748This is a thriller/mystery about a woman who is haunted by three summer camp bunkmates who went missing several years ago. Their disappearance was never solved, and years later, the woman is asked to return to the camp as a teacher, and she can tell not everything is as it should be.
I have already started reading this and so far the writing is fantastic. I was drawn to this book because I am a long-time summer camp attendee and anytime I find books dealing with camps, I am IN! Add some mystery and suspense and I am a happy girl. I am reading this one with the Fantastic Flying Book Club and I’m thrilled to share my review on July 5th.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

28137887As I mentioned, I am participating in a Harry Potter challenge where reading (or re-reading) the Harry Potter series is an option. I decided to pick up the audiobook for the first time because I have heard great things about the narrator. Well, he is definitely living up to the hype! I already know that I like the Harry Potter series, so I am thrilled to be coming at it from a new direction.

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener

35795893This is the second book in The Xenith Trilogy, the first of which I read in June. Book 1 left off on a cliffhanger and I am eager to jump into Book 2. I was a little skeptical of Book 1 when I first started it, but as I continued on, I was drawn in farther and farther to the alien world. I couldn’t help but enjoy the flirting between the human girl and her alien guard, but above all I am eager to find out what will happen between the main character and the prince of the opposing kingdom. He is a sort of broody villain, but yet, there is love there. So I’m anxious to get into the next book, which is releasing on July 24th, but I am reading early with XPresso Book Tours!

Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi

34728667And last but certainly not least, this month I am planning on finishing this masterpiece. I’m just over halfway through and all of the hype and acclaim that this book is getting is well worth it. From the very beginning I was drawn in to the world of¬†Or√Įsha. Children of Blood and Bone alternates between three perspectives and every character is fascinating. Rumors of a movie being made are already circulating and I can see why! If you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly recommend it!

And that’s it for now, my friends. I hope that you have had a wonderful June, and that your July is full of fresh reads!!

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WWW Wednesdays #2

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day! I have been bad and neglecting my reviews due to flash floods in my area. Better than a flash¬†blizzard in my opinion, but still very messy. But regardless, I wanted to hop on the blog and state that I am still alive and starting to pick back up again. Here’s another edition of WWW Wednesdays from my end, and I’d love to hear your answers as well!

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What did you finish recently?¬†The very last book I finished was the audiobook version of Colleen Hoover’s¬†Ugly Love. I remember that I used to think that I didn’t care for CH; that she was just a cliche contemporary writer. The more I read her, though, the more I am drawn into her as an author. She really knows how to write out her characters and their stories and has a gift for making her books just long enough, without being boring or overly drawn out.

What are you currently reading?¬†I am actually writing this from beneath my currently reading pile because I got a little carried away. I started reading Entwined With You in an attempt to pick the Crossfire series back up, but I am just not into it. I guess I’m not in the same mindset to enjoy it the way I did when I started with the first two books a couple years ago. Lesson learned. So I moved on to¬†People Like Us, which is a YA thriller/mystery. I was hooked into it from the start and at over halfway through, I am still enjoying it. I’m also reading¬†Ever the Hunted, which I am also enjoying, but I honestly did not mean to pick up another series. I want to finish The Grishaverse first. And finally, I just started the audiobook of¬†Catching Fire (book 2 of the Hunger Games). Its a re-read obviously, but I have just been craving that rebellion of the series lately.

What do you think you will read next?¬†I’m waiting for HP and the Goblet of Fire to become available from my library to do a buddy re-read of that next. I also have a couple of blog tours coming up so I will be reading¬†Amid Stars & Darkness (book 1) and¬†Between Frost & Fury¬†(book 2) of the Xenith Trilogy by Chani Lynn Feener, as well as¬†The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I am extremely excited for these books! I also want to pick up¬†Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. That book is just calling to me!

So that’s all for now, folks! I promise to post more soon. We still have more rain and storms in the forecast so hopefully things won’t get too ugly but we can only wait and see. Take care, friends!

Currently listening: “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows

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Tag Tuesday: The Musical Theater Tag!

Hello everyone! So, in light of the Tony’s airing last week, I just stumbled upon this Musical Theater tag and decided WHY NOT?!?! Now, I found this on Em’s blog, but she is not the original maker of the tag from my understanding. This tag is NOT a bookish one, but I am going to change a few tags and make them so. Apologies to the original maker of the tag, whoever you are. But anyway, here we go!

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  1. What was the first musical you ever saw? That is¬†really¬†difficult to say because my grandparents watched these things the way we watch Netflix. If you ask what was the first musical I¬†remember seeing LIVE? That’s probably Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Narrator in that show is still one of my dream roles.
  2. What was your favorite musical growing up? Growing up as a small child probably The Sound of Music because my grandmother played it for me and had me sing it constantly. Growing up into high school, though, I fell in love with Wicked and I really bonded with my best friend over it. We would sing it over and over together.
  3. Were you ever in a musical? Oh yes. My first ‘role’ was completely embarrassing and I never admit to it. I only got it because I was the only elementary student who could actually sing. Then in high school I was in the chorus in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (I’m still going to be that Narrator someday, dammit!). Then I played in the pit orchestra for the rest of high school. Then I actually studied voice and finally landed a badass role of the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. Maria has NOTHIN’ on the Mother Abbess, I’ll tell you what. ūüėõ
  4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway? Wicked.
  5. If you could be any female character in any musical, who would you be and why? Kathy from The Last Five Years because have you seen that musical?!
  6. How about male character? Archibald Craven from The Secret Garden (bet you weren’t expecting that one, were you??). If you aren’t familiar with this musical, you absolutely should be. It is so beautiful. The male roles in this are spectacular. Plus, Lily Craven is another in my list of dream roles. Ohh, its just so beautiful, I just wilt at the thoughts of this musical!
  7. Favorite musical song to sing in the shower? Ummm, all of them?? ‘Come To My Garden,’ from The Secret Garden, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain,’ from The Sound of Music, ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Popular’ from Wicked, ‘Let Me Be Your Star’ from Smash
  8. Who is your favorite musical theater actress? Audra McDonald, Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenowith
  9. Actor? Jeremy Jordan, Jonathan Groff, Aaron Tveitt, Christian Borle
  10. Favorite film adaptation of a musical book? The Hunger Games! I still love the books, but I like the movies too.
  11. What do you think is the most underrated musical book? Wither and the Chemical Garden trilogy is, I believe, a very underrated trilogy. The writing was great and the concept was so unique that it has stuck with me for the three years since I read the books.
  12. Overrated musical book? I know its an unpopular opinion but:¬†Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I wasn’t a fan.
  13. What musical made you cry? The Last Five Years. Gets me every time I listen to it. The movie version not necessarily…I didn’t think it was all that great (though I love looking at Jeremy Jordan, and he’s a great singer)…but man, I cry my eyes out.
  14. Are there any musicals books you saw read and hated? Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Eighty Days Yellow, and the first Vampire Diaries book.
  15. What musical book made you laugh? Geekerella and November 9 made me laugh.
  16. What musical book do you want to see made into a film? The GrishaVerse books, Children of Blood and Bone, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and anything by Colleen Hoover.
  17. Which musicals are you dying to see? Hamilton – duh. Anything with Audra McDonald. HP and the Cursed Child.
  18. Any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical? That’s one I would actually need to think about…..I could almost see The Night Circus as a cool musical…

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