Anticipated Book Releases // June 2017

This June is STACKED with sequels to some of my favourite books and I am so excited I literally cannot contain it. Here are some of the book I am really really really excited for this month.

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OUR DARK DUET BY VICTORIA SCHWAB JUNE 13TH

1Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

I seriously can’t wait to read it. The last book left me wanting so much more and it is nearly here. I can’t wait to see how the characters have developed since we last saw them and to see how everything plays out in the end.

 

OBSIDIAN AND STARS BY JULIE ESHBAUGH JUNE 13TH

2After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

This is a highly anticipated read for me and I can’t wait for this book to come out because the story has changed slightly but it’s still the same style used prior that made me loved the first novel in this duology.

 

NOW I RISE BY KIERSTEN WHITE JUNE 27TH

4Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

I loved the first book in this trilogy and I am really excited to read it when it comes out and fall in love with all the characters again. I will probably star reading this book the day it comes out. You definitely don’t want to miss this novel.

These are some of the books I am really anticipating their release! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Is there another book you’re anticipating that isn’t on here? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading!

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Star Wars Book Tag

What is this? Another tag ? This amazing tag was created by Elizabeth you can check out her channel  here and Joana you can also see her channel here. I want to warn you that there might be possible spoilers to a variety of series.

1.R2-D2

The lovable droid filled with sass: Name a series that made you laugh.

I’m gonna have to go with Skulduggery Pleasnat series. I loved this series so much and there were so many funny scenes in it! For not mentioning the hilarious dialogue between the monster hunters Donegan Bane and Gracious O’Callahan, and then there is Skulduggery’s sense of humor that just makes me laugh every time!

2.Padme Amidala

Even though she’s not a Jedi, she sure does kick some butt: Name a badass female character.

Well, of course I have to go with Issabelle Lightwood for this! She’s the first character that comes to mind when I think of the word badass and I absolutely love her!

3. Leia Organa

This girl gets herself into a rather strange love situation: Name your favorite of least favorite love triangle.

I’ll have to say Aspen, America and Maxon in The Selection series. I just never saw the point of this love triangle at all, especially since it was pretty obvious who she was going to end up with from the start. And besides, I’ve always been on team Maxon, so Aspen getting in the middle got in my nerves a lot.

4. Luke Skywalker

The last hope to restore the Jedi Order: Name a rising author or a new to you author that you love.

For this I’ll go with Jason Segel. I absolutely love the Nightmares trilogy and I can’t believe it was her first novel. I was hanging by her every word while reading this!

5.Anakin Skywalker

A character whose morals changed over time: Name a series that started out well, but ended out badly.

I’ll go with the Demon Road trilogy by Derek Landy. I absolutely loved the Skulduggery Pleasant series, so I had high hopes for this trilogy. I loved the first book and the second book was okay. When it came to the last book American Monsters, I had expectations of how it was going to end, but it didn’t go the way I hoped. This was because a certain character was killed and I always thought that he would survive. I had such high expectations from this series and by the end of it, I just felt disappointed.

6.Qui-Gon Jinn

Losing himself to a terrible fate: Name a character who suffers a tragic death.

I actually have a couple more in mind, but I’m gonna go with Prim in Mockingjay. I was pretty shocked when I read about that explosion and what happened to her and I still can’t quite wrap my mind around it. I also don’t really see the point in her dying like that and feel it was a bit unnecessary even though Suzanne Collins has given her reasons for doing it.

7. Han Solo

Unsuccessfully using his wittiness to get himself out of sticky situations. Name your favorite sassy character.

How could I not think of Captain Thorne for this? I mean, Thorne is practically Han Solo in The Lunar Chronicles universe, isn’t he? Let’s see, he flies a space ship, he’s quite charming, he has a witty sense of humor and he falls in love with a rather unlikely girl. Yep, he’s Han Solo! And I absolutely love him! Both of them!

8.Emperor Palpatine

A well constructed character in a vast universe: Name a series with incredible world building.

A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J Maas-The Night Court ,Sarah’s words are beautiful the way she describes the night court I could picture it perfectly. Its breathtaking, dark beautiful surrounded by stars.

9. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Even though he is “to the book”, he is a force to be reckoned with: Name a series that exceeded your expectations.

I’ve only read the first book but I’ll have to go with Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I never expected to like this book as much as I did but it turned out to be quite amazing and I loved the story and all the characters. I need to get around to reading the second book too.

10. Master Yoda

A being containing so much wisdom: Name a series that taught you something or that made you grow.

Here comes the obligatory Harry Potter asnwer. But seriously, how could I choose anything else? Harry Potter means so much to me! It was a series I grew up with and it taught me to look for magic in the world and that “happiness exists in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”. A few words of wisdom from Albus Dumbledore are always welcome and I know that Hogwarts will always be there for me when I need it.

11. Darth Vader

Learning about how he became this man only made us love him more: Name your favorite villain.

Hands down The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. I just love him, even though he’s quite dark. I can’t help it!

12.Chewbacca

Loyal to his friends, he’s always got your back: Name your favorite fictional best friend.

This one goes to two of my absolute favorite characters of all time! Will Herondale and James Carstairs. I know this is kinda cheating but I simply can’t separate these two, so this is what I’m going with. I adore their parabatai relationship and I am still amazed by the lengths they were willing to go to, to protect each other. This is probably one of my favorite fictional friendships of all time and the ending of Clockwork Princess always brings tears to my eyes. Cassandra Clare really knows how to mess with our poor fangirl hearts.

13.C-3PO

Despite his simple ways, he always gets himself into trouble: Name a character who always needs saving.

I’ll go way back for this one too and say Bella. I mean honeslty, is there an explanation needed? Bella was always a damsel in distress waiting for Edward or Jacob to save her and this is one of the things that annoyes me the most about her character. I really don’t like female protagonists who always depend on others and never actually do anything themselves.

14. Boba Fett

Witnessing the death of his father must have been difficult: Name a character who went through a traumatic childhood experience.

Again I’m gonna have to go with Celaena. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil those of you who haven’t read these books yet – if you’re one of them, what are you waiting for? Drop everything and go pick up Throne of Glass now! – but I think we can all agree what happened to her when she was a child was pretty traumatic and it was what defined her character.

15.Rey

A scavenger who ‘just so happens’ to be Force sensitive: Name a character with a mysterious past.

Six of Crows features an impressive set of character that all have a rather mysterious background, but I think Kaz easily wins this one! He’s one of the most brilliant characters I’ve ever come across and he was a huge mystery I couldn’t wait to solve in the beginning of the book. I’m dying to read more about him and the Dregs – especially after that ending – but unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait until September! It’s too far away! Help!

16.Stormtrooper Finn

Questioning his future, he finally makes his own decision to change sides: Name a character who has questioned his/her morals.

I had to think a bit about this one but then it hit me like a brigt epiphany. Or maybe it was the force giving me the anwer. Definitely Elias from An Ember in the Ashes. Elias is trained to be a soldier in an Empire that is stricly ruled by martial laws but already at the beginning of the book he’s began to question his loyalty to it and just wants to be free of the tyranny the Empire enforces. I absolutely love Elias! He’s such a strong and determined character and of the best male protagonists I’ve ever encountered!

17.Poe Dameron

An amazing pilot flying through hyperspace: Name your favorite series that travels through time.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. Well okay, this book isn’t exactly about time travel, it’s about dimensional travel but it’s too good not to mention. Such an awesome idea for a story and don’t even get me started about the plot twists in this! I absolutely loved the first book and I can’t wait to read the second!

18. Kylo Ren

Obsessed with an idealistic view of his grandfather: Name a character who will stop at nothing to fulfill their destiny. 

I really, really don’t want to choose Throne of Glass again but I just have to. I wouldn’t exactly call it destiny, but Celaena would definitely stop at nothing to get what she wants and defeat the King of Adarlan. She really was unstoppable in Queen of Shadows. And Manon perfectly quialifies for this, too!

19.Maz Kanata

Even though she’s force sensitive, she never trained in the ways of the Jedi Order: Name a character who doesn’t rise to their full potential.

Clary in The Mortal Instruments. I do like Clary and she did come a long way from City of Bones to City of Heavenly Fire but I just feel her character still had so much more potential and that she could have been a lot more amazing than she actually was in the books. She just made so many wrong choices for me and I was annoyed by her character quite often.

20.BB-8

Following previous droids is not an easy task, but he is loved by all: Name a sequel you prefer over the first. 

I’ll have to agree with Bia and Cass for this and go with Catching Fire. The Hunger Games was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but Catching Fire was just epic and it still remains my favorite in the trilogy.

So that was the Star Wars Book Tag! It was actually a lot harder to do than I thought. Thank you all for reading and I’ll be back soon with another post!

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare // Review

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Lady Midnight
(The Dark Artifices #1)
by Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: March 8th 2016
Pages: 720

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

My Rating: ★★★★★

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

As the story unravels with its intricate storyline, character development, and major plot twists; you’ll be begging for book two.

As a follower of the Shadowhunter Chronicles, Lady Midnight was a very long awaited book, especially after learning that we would be getting a deeper look into the world of Faeries, which have always been a very important species within the Downworlders.

This book met my high expectations and went beyond. Getting a jumpstart on a new Shadowhunter’s story, and discovering new characters was very exciting. Yet, it was scary at the same time; since I already have so much love for the original characters in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.

There was a shippy romance, and in Clare fashion, our characters were not fated to be together. Clare tends to pull her lovers apart and give them significant reasons why they can’t be together and this novel is no different. There’s also another side romance that was really well done and plays on diversity which was nice to read.

I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I just want to give a huge shout-out to the girl power in this book. Emma definitely takes center stage and she is incredible! In every way. All the girls are seriously fantastic. They’re strong, smart, loyal, and totally fierce. We are also introduced to other new and intriguing characters, too…teen Shadowhunter Cristina Rosales, L.A. high warlock Malcom Fade, the Blackthorn’s tutor Diana Wrayburn, and several others.

And I can’t write this review without mentioning the amazing family dynamics of the Blackthorns. I adored all of them, and reading their interactions with each other. Julian has had to go through so much to keep his family together and cared for, and Cassie made me fall in love with each of them.

We also catch glimpses of old favorites like Magnus, Jem, Tessa, Jace, and Clary. The intertwining of all the Shadowhunters series is one of my favorite parts of Clare’s books, not to mention the seemingly impossible situations the characters get themselves into and the twists and turns in the plot. Some of my favorite moments in the book, however, were the lighter ones.

Cassie herself described The Dark Artifices as “a noir inspired romantic mystery” and I completely agree with it. Reading Lady Midnight was very close to reading a detective story, which is not surprising since the book is about a new series of murders as well as Emma’s ongoing investigation in her parents’ murder back in 2007. I thoroughly enjoyed how the Blackthorns, even little Tavvy, and Emma put all the clues together to solve the recent murders. The way everything fell together was very natural and when the characters found out who was responsible, it was a big ‘Oh shoot’ moment.

Every time I thought something was going good in this book, Cassandra throws a huge plot twist right in my face. To be honest this whole book was a major plot twist. A plot twist that kept me wanting more so I can’t say the pain wasn’t worth it.

Lady Midnight is action packed, emotional drama that left me gasping for breath and grasping for more even after it left me hanging.  It was just such a fantastic book.

But beware!

Those of you, who have already experienced a Cassandra Clare book, know that she is the queen of plot twists. She will tear your heart into a million pieces, fill you with anxiety, expectation and dread. You don’t know how things will turn out— and that’s part of the charm.

The fast pace, beautifully executed romantic scenes, and dynamic characters all made Lady Midnight a pleasure to read. I can guarantee that if you are a fan of any of Clare’s prior books you’ll adore this one as well.

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How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

Reading slumps are painful, you know you want to read (well maybe you don’t), you know there are books you can read but you just can’t read. So, here are my steps on how I get out of a reading slump.

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Step 1: Stop

Stop, you need to stop. Your eyes are probably hurting as you’re trying to push through but what you need is a break. Go get something to drink, put the kettle on and have something to eat. Go do something that lets your eyes rest…. have a nap.

Step 2: Go to your bookshelf(s)

My first step is always my bookshelves. Put down the book you were struggling on, you can go back to that later. All you might need is to reread something easy; something small, not too over complicated. Go for a book that is less than 300 pages, after all a shorter book means you can get through it faster and will make you feel like not giving up all hope on books. If this doesn’t work move on step 3.

Step 3: Go to the library or a charity/thrift shop

All you need may be a fresh book, but some of us are broke (by some of us I mainly mean me). An easy way to get around this is to go to the library and borrow books. Or get books cheaper at charity/thrift shops. Some of my favourite books came from charity shops. It wasn’t in immaculate condition but I got a copy of Percy Jackson and the lightning thief for 50p.

Step 4: Read

Just have a go, take it slow or take it fast it doesn’t matter. Don’t push yourself into a corner where reading becomes a chore. If it’s your hobby, don’t beat yourself up about it.

Step 5: Have fun

I don’t think this step needs an explanation…

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan // Review

30145666.jpgThe Dark Prophecy
(The Trials of Apollo #2)
By Rick Riordan

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publish Date: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 432

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: ★★★★

Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

Rick Riordan has hit another home run with his latest book. The man who made Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology fun to read has released his second book in The Trials of Apollo series, The Dark Prophecy, where we watch as the Greek god Apollo tries to regain his godly form while occupying the body of a teenager named Lester.

Riordan has written multiple books using ancient mythology to tell new exciting stories for kids, and rather than coasting on his first popular character, Percy Jackson, Riordan has used that popularity to expand his own growing mythology. The Trials of Apollo focuses on how Apollo, the Greek god survives the trials and tribulations of being stuck on Earth, while facing off against three evil immortal ancient Roman emperors bent on world domination.

In The Dark Prophecy, Apollo and company which includes Leo Valdez, a main character from Riordan’s past series The Heroes of Olympus, as well as a freed Calypso, land in Indianapolis in search of a lost oracle. One wouldn’t expect a story involving ancient Greek and Roman characters wouldn’t take places in Indiana, but Riordan plants the story from page one in the city and never leaves.

In Riordan’s ever expanding world, ancient Greek and Roman gods, monsters, and characters of all types can appear anywhere. Riordan establishes the story and creates such lovable characters, you never question why Emperor Commodus would want to rename Indianapolis after himself, or how ancient monsters like Cyclopes and Griffins appears. You are too hooked by the story that you just route for the good guys.

I have been a long time reader of Riordan’s and each time I pick up one of his new books, I never expect it to be as good as his first The Lightning Thief. Each time I have opened up his new book and turned to the first page, I wonder when his ability to charm me and bring into this magical world will fail. I have yet to experience this. With The Dark Prophecy, Riordan has once again written a highly enjoyable adventure story that any kid and adult will enjoy.

I think Riordan’s success comes from the personality that he injects his characters with. The Trials of Apollo series is narrated by the god Apollo himself, and one may think Riordan would duplicate his narrative from past books, but he doesn’t. Each page has not only the focus of the book but we also see and laugh at the off track side notes that Apollo makes about his thousands of years of experience, and the many pop culture references that Apollo alludes too would make an adult reader smile, and any kid curious to find out what Apollo is talking about.

As fun as it is to watch Apollo struggle in his human form, it’s the character of Meg McCaffrey that helps the story along, acting as the conscience to Apollo as well as traveling companion. To the passionate Riordan reader you see notable characters of past books, like Leo Valdez and Thalia Grace, but they are not the main characters, the focus is all about Apollo and Meg.

Apollo is bound to Meg based on their meeting in the first book in the series The Hidden Oracle. Their relationship is complicated and hilarious to watch. Meg can literally command Apollo to hit himself in the face, and he would have to obey.

The villain of the story is perfect. Emperor Commodus, the vain young Caesar of Rome, whom Apollo was friends with thousands of years before, is trying to destroy the Cave of Trophonius an oracle in Indiana. Apollo and Meg must receive a prophecy from the Cave of Trophonius and avoid being killed by Commodus and his legions.

Nobody stages modern day warfare with thousand-year-old weapons and technology like Rick Riordan. Whether it is crawling through a cave or fighting it out in downtown Indianapolis, swords, arrows, and even the occasional elephant is used with great skill as Riordan weaves his ever-growing tale.

Riordan is very good at making a three hundred page book involving Greek and Roman gods a fun enjoyable rest from the daily grind of life. His commitment to challenging his readers, which are mostly kids by using complicated characters from the past and making them come alive is a credit to his talent.

The one problem about finishing a Rick Riordan book is that you need to wait several months for the next one. Thank the Greek and Roman gods that he started publishing two a year. October is only five months away. That seems like too long to wait to explore Riordan’s literary world.

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Social Media Book Tag

I saw this tag done by Ariel Bissett on her Youtube channel. This tag was originally created by Regan at FaultyDevices on Youtube. Since Ariel changed a few of the questions up a bit, I ended up doing a combination of both Regan and Ariel’s questions.

The questions are based around social media sites, but with a bookish theme. So here are my picks for each major social media site.

Twitter- Your favorite shortest book.

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The Giver has been a favorite book of mine for a long time now. It is one of my shortest books coming in at 179 pages.

Facebook – A book everybody pressured you into reading.

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I thought the Twilight books were okay so I never thought to pick up The Host until after some friends dragged me to the movie. When they learned that I hadn’t read it yet, I found the book in my hands very quickly. I really enjoyed it!

Tumblr – A book you read before it was cool.

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I’m going to sound so hipster but I have been a book pusher for Cinder since the day it came out. I had wandered into the bookstore that Tuesday and was instantly captivated by the cover. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew Cinder had to come home with me. I bought it and read it that night. I love this series so much! If you haven’t read it, I would highly encourage you to do so!

MySpace- A book you don’t remember whether you liked or not.

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I know I’ve read this, but I can’t remember if I liked it or not. But if I had to hazard a guess, I’m going to guess I liked it based on the fact that I adore most of Robin McKinley’s work and I own a copy of it.

Instagram – A book that was so beautiful you had to instagram it.

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I feel like all books are now designed with Instagram in mind. I think that the most beautiful book that I have purchases/encountered recently is Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This is the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy and I have heard great things about the book. The cover has beautiful illustrations inside and out. You will be blown away by Charlotte Strick’s design.

Youtube- A book you wish would be turned into a movie.

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There are so many books I want made into movies, but I think I want to see the Nightmares Trilogy get made into an animated movie. This trilogy follower Charlie and this nightmare world, that would be so cool to see.

Goodreads – A book you recommend to everyone.

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Skulduggery Pleasant is one of my favorite series of all time. If you like magic and humor, this book is for you. Just go read it. Seriously. Everyone needs to read this book!

Skype- A book with characters that you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about.

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This was an easy one to answer! If I could interact with any characters, it would be the characters from Harry Potter. The answer is always Harry Potter. But seriously, how fun would it be to talk to Ron, Harry, and Hermoine?

That is the Social Media Book Tag. If you feel like doing this on your blog, consider yourself tagged. Just make sure to leave a link to your post in the comments!

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Book Recommendations

  • The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead  Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway, is a seventeen/eighteen-year-old Dhampir girl, who is training to be a guardian of her Moroi best friend, Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat Strigoi (the evil undead vampires) in St. Vladimir’s Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her instructor, Dimitri Belikov, while having an unbreakable psychic bond with Lissa.
  • The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs Mercedes is a Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She’s surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fae.
  • The Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill – Merit, is a 28-year-old English Literature Ph.D. candidate who, has been made a vampire and joined Chicago’s prestigious Cadogan House.
  • The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine – Claire Danvers, student at Texas Prairie University, and her housemates live in the vampire-controlled city of Morganville, Texas. While the mayor of Morganville is human, unbeknownst to most of the population the town is actually run in cooperation with a group of vampires.

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