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4 Upcoming Books in 2020

I have received these books to read for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.   
  1. Children Against Hitler by Monica Porter

I was a history major in college, so I know this isn’t everybody’s type of book, but I do suggest reading it! The stories of the children come alive on the page, and you’ll never guess all the things that happen to them! These unsung heroes of Nazi Germany deserve all the praise and honor! Monica Porter beautifully shows what happened from a younger generation’s point of view. I would highly recommend that you check this book out and experience a world that we could never imagine living in!

Rating: 4 Stars Release Date April 30, 2020 

2. More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

This is such a cute book! I love this so much! Vada and Luke are the cutest, and I need more of them! This book is a beautiful story about these two teens who want to follow their dreams but also find love. This book felt a little like Fangirl and Radio Silence but so different! Erin Hahn did a fantastic job with this book! I love getting two POVs and getting so many details. The complexity of the characters really made me want to continue reading, as well. If you want an easy, cute, fun book to be ready, I would suggest this book!

Rating 4 Stars Release Date May 12, 202

3. Unafraid by Donna K. Maltese

This devotional is so cute! It is filled with a ton of really great reminder of God’s love for us! The pages are so adorable! I highly recommend this book if you are the kind of person that needs these reminders of God’s love and that he will always have our back! While I did really love this book, I felt like some of the passages were kind of blanket statements, and others felt like it was a little bit of a stretch.

Rating 3 Stars Release Date May 1, 2020

4. Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

This is an excellent study of people in the bible. I loved reading about people in seeing that I am not the only person struggling. I loved seeing God work all over scripture and in the lives of these people. This is an excellent devotional for everyone, especially when you feel like your not good enough. I love this book and will, for sure, reread the book!

Rating: 4 Stars Release Date Apr 14 2020

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Ember Queen: I'm Obsessed

*Possible Spoilers*

Holy flapjack! This book is so good! I loved this series before, but this book takes the cake! I was worried that this series would be too much like the Red Queen, but it became its own story, and I couldn’t be happier! I laughed, I cried, I curdled up in a ball and rocked back and forth. Yes, it is a lot like every other book out there, but it’s so dang good!

I was nervous when I pre-ordered that I wouldn’t like it, but it was so worth it! I love the characters and the story and well everything! Like I said in the Ash Princess review if you love Red Queen, you will love this! They are very similar but different enough that it’s not like rereading the same book.

The characters in these books are amazing! I love the friendship between Theo and Cress, and the falling out. Throughout the series, their story gets more and more complicated and harder to fix. I also love Blaise and his story. He started off a little rough around the edges, but in the end, he was the hero we needed. I loved the character growth that each character has and their relationship with each other! Plus, let’s be honest. Søren is amazing, and I need more stories with him in it.

Have you guys read this series yet? Let me know what you think!

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I went to Caraval: Blogmas day 4

I bought this book solely based on the fact I saw that OwlCrate had something that was inspired by this book coming in one of the books, and geez what a good buy! Caraval by Stephanie Garber was such a fun book to read! My head was spinning while reading this book! If you haven’t yet, go out and get this book!

Caraval is a place of trickery and confusion. Anything could happen, but it might not all be real. We follow Scarlett’s story through the five nights of her greatest and worst adventure. The only thing is, her sister is being held captive, and the only way to save her is by winning Caraval. She meets a few people on this journey, but can she trust them? Honestly, I still don’t know the answer to that question. I want to be able to trust Julian. But I just don’t know where he really stands. Does he stand with or against Master Legend? Is he just part of the game? There’s also Tella, whom I really want to be part of the game.

I felt like I was in Caraval while reading this! I didn’t know what a dream was, what was real, or what was an illusion from the game! It was so hypothesizing! This book is a MUST READ! Garber did a fantastic job in creating a world that that only had me wondering what was next, but made me want to keep reading. I couldn’t put this book down.

If you’re a reader who loves a book with surprises and twists and turns, this is a book for you! I really didn’t know what was coming next! This book had me at the edge of my seat! I read over the course of a week, but I would of read it in a day if I had the chance to do that! It’s an unforgettable ride!

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I Finally Read The Selection Blogmas Day 3

Many people have already read The Selection Series, probably when they were in middle or high school. Here I am at the age of 23 and just read them for the first time. Why did I wait? I honestly don’t know. This book had been on my TBR list for a really long time, and I never got around to buying it! Yes, I bought all five books, but I’ve only read the first three….so far. I have so much love for these books, and I wish I would have started reading them sooner!

The Selection: Parts of this book reminded me of the Hunger Games, another part of this book reminded me of Divergent. If were to mix both of those out, take out the violence and turn it into The Bachelor: Royal Edition, that would be this book. I really can’t believe that I put this book off for so long! I have to say, I didn’t like Aspen when the book started, and he just got worse and worse as the book went on. #Maxonforever Honestly, this was really predictable, but I’m actually okay with that. Why? Because this book was probably meant for middle/high school readers, and I’m an adult. I read each of these books in like a day, but honestly, I would have sat in a chair and read it all at one time if I was able to! I loved that this book didn’t start out as full on love triangle. I appreciated that America told the Prince that she had her heartbroken and didn’t want to be with him. It’s so refreshing to see that happen in a book!

The Elite: I read these all back to back so that I might have some things in the wrong book, but stay with me. This is the book (or the moment) where my dislike for Aspen, turned into hate. He showed up as a guard, broken up with America, and still inferred with her life with Maxon! I do place a little blame on America, but I know how hard it can be to let go of a person you love. Aspen should have gotten over himself and let her be. He is the reason she is in the palace in the first place. He plays mind games with her that I really kept hoping he would die. I also enjoy this book because of the friendships that are shown in the book. I love the girls in this book and so many different personalities! I mean, they may be cliche, but I really wouldn’t change it any other way! This was probably my favorite book out of the three. I really didn’t put the book down unless I had to, and I was even thinking about it at work. So much happens in this book, and I don’t even know how to process it. We had death, people coming back, fighting, attacks, love, and so much more!

The One: I needed this book to be longer. First, let’s talk about how we not only have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Aspen; but we also have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Kriss. I would have loved to know what was going on in that relationship! This added so much to this story and had me a little worried. I know there are two more books after this book, but still. But in the end, all was right with the world. I even started not to hate Aspen as much, once he and Lucy became a couple. The one thing I really did not care for was one that the secret relationship between Aspen and American was hidden and lasted for so long. I also didn’t like how quickly Maxon and America got back together. It just seemed a little rushed for me. I feel like there would have been a lot more issues when they got back together that the book seems to skip over.

Tell me your thoughts on these books!

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The Wicked Will Rise: Blogmas Day 2

The sequel to Dorothy Must Die was an interesting read. I feel like nothing really moved forward with the plot; it just took a turn. I LOVED Dorothy Must Die. It was magical and a story I hold dear to me with a twist that I love! Now here we are with the sequel, and I really don’t know what happened. This book was a filler like no other. It did have some really good parts, but it also had some parts that I don’t know why they were there. I can’t tell if I like this book or not. I read it in a day, but I never got absorbed in it. There was just so much that I feel like it was missing. We didn’t get the same sense of adventure as we did the last book. There was no big battle that would change OZ (although something else did happen).

Within the first couple of chapters, a second villain dies, along with a rat. This was the first thing wrong with this book. Why kill the rat? It was simply harmless, deserved a better death, and died in such a cliché way. I actually am genuinely disappointed that she died by getting eaten by a lion. Why not give it a heroic death? There was very little sadness, and seeing that it was Amy’s only thing form her mom or even home in general left, you would think that the death of the rat would have hit her more.

Then we have Pete/Ozma. I love that they ended up being the same person, but I don’t like the mix between them. The fight for control was really underwhelming and kind of just got in the way. Pete also careful and didn’t want to be near Dorothy or any of the “good” people of Oz. After a talk with Glenda, he just decides that she can help him? Yeah, he just found out that he might disappear after Ozma is cured, but still. The only book is about how she and Dorothy can’t be trusted, and then he just goes running to them? Which, in turn, kills a unicorn tiger, a fairy, and ruins a whole another land. That the end, he and Ozma are separated anyways by the wizard that be trusted.

Let’s talk about Nox for a second. He got lost while teleporting, so he ended up on the Island of the Lost. NOX GOT SOFT! He says being on the island made him think, but I feel like sitting by yourself on an island doesn’t make you that soft. Like he was all I want to talk about how I feel, and I don’t have many walls up anymore, who is this? Nox was one of my favorite characters from the first book, and right now, I can’t deal with him. Where is the old Nox? Is this not the real Nox?

I’m so excited to finish this series! These books are perfect for people who love the Wizard of Oz! I can’t get enough of these books! I’m so excited to see how this series will end. I honestly hope that maybe juts Dorothy will turn around and become good again.

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Is There A Best Way To Read? Blogmas Day 1

There are so many ways to read a book; we have physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are so many upsides and downsides to them, but which is the best? Today, We are going to take a look and see what is the are the pros and cons of each of these and see if there is the best version of a book!

1.       EBooks

Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.   

2.       Physical Books

I am a little bias here; I love physical books. They have the book smell and have fantastic designs, a lot of the time. Physical books are also great for letting people know you are busy. People see you holding a book, and they know you are doing something and sometimes walk away. They also don’t lose their charge! This may be an only me thing, but I also feel more connected to the book when I have a physical copy. Another great thing about physical books is that there are so many different versions of the physical books. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, movie covers, original copies, author’s editions, etc. These books are also great for taking pictures! I feel like you can do so much more with photos when you have a physical book compared to a flat device like a kindle or phone. I could keep going on about why I love physical books, but there are some downsides — one being that the slightest amount of water can ruin a book. Unless the books get a lot of water one it, it’Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.ll usually be fine, but that spot will never be the same. Also, covers and pages get ripped and bent. This often shows how much a book has been read and loved, but it’s not always fun to have to be so gentle it won’t rip more.

3. Audio Books

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used an audiobook before because they don’t sound appealing to me. Many great things come with audiobooks. Like ebooks, they can go anywhere with you, but you can listen to it. This means that you can listen to a story while working out or read without getting car sick. This is also a great alternative to music! It’s a great way to read books without having to sit down and open up the book! The downside is that it will drain your battery, and you might miss some things if you space out.

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Owlcrate October 2019 Review!

*This is not a sponsored post. I bought this with my own money, and share my wanted to share my thoughts about this product.*

FINALLY! I got my Owlcrate, and I am so far beyond excited for this! My favorite time of the month is when this box comes! If you didn’t know, Owlcreate is a subscription box that comes with a newly released book and a handful of awesome bookish things! This is my 4th box, and I have never been disappointed with the boxes! If you want to see what comes in, keep reading!

The theme for this box was science fiction, and I absolutely love it! The first thing I pulled out of this box was a tin box in the shape of a book! I really have no clue what I am going to put in it, it’s super cute! It was inspired by the Illuminae Files! As it goes for a lot of the books that inspired the items in this box, I have never read this the Illuminae Files! So if you guys have read any of these books, please let me know your thoughts! Are they worth the read??

The next thing I pulled out of this box was a necklace inspired by The Lunar Chronicles! Holy, how is this pretty?? I’m in love with this necklace! This was such an unexpected thing! It’s probably one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry I own!

The next two things I pull out of the box was a sticker inspired by Warcross and magnetic bookmarks inspired by Saga! These are so cute, and I love the saying on the sticker! These are super cute, and I can’t wait to show them off!

The last two things that were in the books were two hardback books with matching pins! I collect pins, so every time I open my Owlcrate, I get super excited about the pin! These are super cute! I’m in love with them! Also, these books look so good! I Hope You Get This Message and Crier’s War book look so good! Keep an eye out for those reviews! These are also signed and are exclusive editions just for Owlcreate subscribers! Included with these books are letters from the authors! How awesome is that!?

I seriously love Owlcreate and I can’t wait for November’s box! They are seriously the best and the books they send are always so good and a great way to change up the types of books you read!

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Let’s Talk About the New Hunger Games Book

I’ve been waiting for this. The Hunger Games is like my Harry Potter (I am pretty obsessed with Harry Potter, though). When I heard rumors of this book, I was really hoping for Haymitch’s story. Like for real, how awesome would that be?! Sadly Susan Collins decided to give us the story of the first District 12 winner. I really think this book will be interesting, we are going to see what Panem looked like after the civil war. Maybe we can get to know some relatives of our favorite people? It’s Titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, what does that mean? What kind of story are we going to be getting ourselves into?

Let’s talk about this cover! It is something totally different than the rest of the books. The main books all have plain backgrounds and a picture of the mockingjay, so this cover was a big surprise! The green and black on the cover reminds me of a villain on a TV show like I’m going to be hypnotized! We also have a mocking jay, sitting on a branch, with a snake. I don’t even know what to think about this. Is the main charterer going to be sneaky? Is it to say there was a worse president than snow? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

There are so many things I want in this book, one of them being I want it to feel like the rest of the books. I don’t want it to feel non-related to the world we know. I know there are going to be differences due to it being 64 years before the story we know, but I don’t want to be completely different. I also want this book to go into more depth about what District 12 is like. We saw a glimpse of what it was like, but that was after the coal mine explosion. Was it different before? Also, there is so much time between the books how much has District 12 progressed?

I need this book now. I can’t wait until May. There are so many questions! Will there be a prequel movie? Will we ever get Haymitch’s story?? Or Effie’s Story?? Can we get a book about what happened to Gale after Mockingjay?? Susan Collins, please help me!

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House of Salt and Sorrow

Can I just say WOW! This book was pretty incredible! I never heard the stories of the 12 Dancing Princesses, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book, but I’m in love! The world of a mix or balls and glamour, and also dark and full of sadness. I haven’t read a book that me want to read all night for quite a while! I read it in about a week! This isn’t really a short time, especially since it’s 400 pages, but I work College Sports, and in the past 3 weeks, we had three football games, two hockey games, pep rallies, and countless volleyball and soccer games. So to read this book in only a week is a pretty big deal!

First of all, I love cover! It’s one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen! It made the story even more magical! The characters in this book, were great! I was absolutely in love with Fisher and Annaleigh! Very much wanted them together in the end, but thank yo Erin Craig for ruining that. This was such a magical journey full of balls and dresses and death and sadness. I really didn’t know who was behind any of it or if it was in Annaleigh’s head! I was always wondering who would be next!

Secondly, The stepmother was a great addition. I loved the story of the stepmother just trying to get the kids to like her. I know a lot of it was a little fake since she ended up being behind EVERYTHING! She was indeed a step-monster. Throughout the entire book, she was trying to be happy and get the girls everything nice, but really she was the one who wanted a son so badly she risked having all of them killed. For some reason, though, I really didn’t want her to die. She really didn’t want them to die, she just wanted a son.

This book so dark and a little suspenseful. It’s a perfect read for a person who scares easy (aka me) for a Halloween read! It has the right amount of suspenseful and creepy parts mixed with juts enough of a comedy and love to make many things happen at once and keep you interested in the story. I really couldn’t stop reading it! Such a good book! I wish it had a squeal, but I really don’t want anyone else to die! I really recommend this book! I will probably keep this book and read it endlessly.

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I am a Warrior.

**Disclaimer: I was asked to do a review on this book, but all opions are 100% my own.**

When I was asked to do a review of We are All Warriors fighting our own battles by Gurpreet Kaur I was a little hesitant; 1. because it’s a book of quotes and poems (which I’ve never read before) and 2. because it is an ebook, and I’m just not a huge fan of ebooks. I went ahead and read it anyways because why not? I’m all about expanding the types of books I read! Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this book!

This book really hits home on a few different things in my life and the kinds of things that are going on in society right now. I’m not joking when I say I actually wrote down in a notebook and took a screenshot of a lot of the things in this book. Kaur has a way of captivating our feelings and just making us go whoa. If any of you listen to Sadie Rob’s podcast on great quotes, I would send ALOT of the material to her to talk about. It really does have some truly inspiring things in it, but at the same time, there were a few things that I just could not get into to. The book is an easy read and worth the money, go and grab yourself the book, read it, and come to me and let’s talk about it. I really would love to talk about how this book affected everyone!

I would give this an 8/10. It’s for all readers, and I truly think that anyone can get something out of it. It’s pretty short and packed full of great stuff! It wouldn’t be something I would take on a train or plane ride since it is short, (Maybe that’s how this genre of books are, I don’t know) but if I needed a good pick me up or just something that I needed to connect with, this book would be at the top of my list. I think I’ve read it twice now honestly, and I keep finding new stuff.