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Currently Reading!

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Hey guys!
I am so excited to be sharing with you what I am currently reading!!!!
So here is the book!!!
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A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS!!!!!!!!!
So many times I have been told by you guys and others that I need to read this book and I had it for sooooo long. Everyone said that it was amazing and even better than ACOTAR. But the size of it and my reading slump made me put it off. But the day has finally come for me to be reading this book!!!!!!!! Guys I am so excited I am absolutely loving it so far I am about 160 pages in and driving my way through. I can't believe that I haven't read this earlier but after I finish this then I will be somewhat caught up with what I am behind on reading. But guys I am so excited to finally be reading this and I know that you are too!
To buy A Court of Mist and Fury go HERE (Amazon) or HERE (Barnes and Noble)
Bye! Thanks!
Delaney M.






Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard Review (Spoilers)

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Hey guys!
Today I will be reviewing Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

Overall this was an okay book. You could see a total change in the main character's persona, and this was a good thing. It is great to see a character development occur, especially since this character was insufferable throughout most of the first novel. Each individual characters in Glass Sword were well done and they were what really kept my head in the book, but the relationships between the characters could have been more realistic and them being unrealistic put a sour taste in my mouth. Throughout this novel, the plot was not fast paced and had few hard-hitting points, but this was just because I found it to be more of a character driven novel. You can really see how Aveyard's writing has evolved from her first novel to her second. Her words were well calculated and the tropes that plagued the first novel were mostly abolished, however, a few still lied. Her actual writing improved as well, this book had…

Thank You!

Hey guys,
Today I would like to say something to everyone who regularly reads this blog or this is your first time. Thank you. You guys are so supportive and you make me want to put up more and more content on here. I love YA books and I am so pleased to share my love and opinions on books as well as some fun stuff that everyone can enjoy! This year has been amazing for my blog! I did two writing contests, some collabs and finally, I got to do my YA Book Awards of 2016. I hope that I can even further this blog to something more than it is right now. I love you guys!!! I will keep posting and responding to your thoughtful emails and hopefully bringing some joy (lifting) to your life even if I have crushed you with a bad review of one of your favorite books. <Yes that is what I named my blog after. I remember creating the very first post and I was afraid that I would be ridiculed and maybe mocked for my opinions and the thought of doing this, but that is not the case! You guys are so…

YA Book Awards 2016 Final Voting

Alright guys!
This is it! The final voting for my YA book awards show for 2016 is finally commencing. Below is an embedded google form, all you have to do is click which one you want to win for each. All of the categories are required. So let the final voting commence!!!!!


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Thank you guys for voting and I hope you enjoyed this. If you guys did then I will definitely do it again next year!

Thanks,
Delaney M.

TBR For Christmas Break

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Hey guys!
Today I will be sharing what I plan to read over Christmas break! I know that I wont be able to read all of the books over vacation but I definitely want to try. So here are the books that I want to read over break.
1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard So I am only about 50 pages into this book, but I will definitely sit down and read it today. I would really like to finish it over break, and I know I will!
2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas I know that I have said this about a million times on this blog, but I will read this book! I read the first one when it came out and I bought this when it came out. I absolutely loved the first one and people say that this one is even better. They say that it is the best book that they read all year and so many of you guys nominated it for the best book of 2016. The size does intimidate me because I think that if I read it, it will take forever and I wont be able to read anything else. But I need to get passed it and just read i…

Book and Book Related Stuff Haul

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Hi guys,
Today I will be hauling all of the books and book related things that I got for Christmas this year.

1. Harry Potter Pop Figure Pen
Image found here: http://www.raccoongames.es/med/img/productos/2016/05/30/LAPIZ_FUNKOHARRYPOTTER_HARRY.jpg 2. Harry Potter Specialty Playing Cards Image found here: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71YgfBfANDL._SL1000_.jpg
3. Tom Riddle's Diary
The amazing thing about this is that my father actually made this for me. It is all handmade, the stitching, the leather work, the inner pages. He did all of it for me and I love it so much. Look at how awesome this book it. He also stained the pages with tea too to make it real looking. I love my dad!!!
4. Sherlock Holmes Mini Notebook Image found here: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71kIhZ8Rc%2BL._SY450_.jpg
5. Harry Potter 1, 3, and 4 by J.K. Rowling 6. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
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7. The R…

And I Darken by Kiersten White Review

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Hey guys!
Today I will be sharing my review for Kiersten White's book And I Darken.


First off, the idea for this book was so amazing. I am so fascinated with the Ottoman Empire and it was an amazing idea with Vlad the Impaler being a girl. The characters were really interesting in this book and I could connect with most of them really well, and not with some others. Sometimes the plot was kinda slow and it made it so it was difficult to read a lot at a time. I heard from other people that it was hard to get into and they were right, you guys know that I am in a reading slump and this book definitely did not help. It was hard to get into which made me not want to read. But that doesn't mean that I didn't overall enjoy this book. I really loved White's writing and I could tell that she really understood the time period. I know some things about the Ottoman Empire and it was really cool to see those aspects incorporated into the writing. At times it was confusing, but I c…

A Very YA Christmas

I know that this is going up a day late but I really wanted to do it and I still think that people are in the Christmas spirit and I know that some people celebrate Christmas late with different parts of their family so this is still relevant guys, still relevant!

Alright
Here we go!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you a blog collab with shipperprincess52.blogspot.com! We will be bringing you guys some things that will make your Christmas, a very YA Christmas!
5 Christmasy books to get you into the Christmas spirit! Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green Lauren Myracle Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn   My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins What Light by Jay Asher Decked With Holly by Marni Bates Gingerbread Character Cookies
Now, I have no pictures of these but these are just some ideas of some characters that would make tasty gingerbread men.
Augustus Waters from The Fault in our Stars by John Green. We all know that this book was a tragic lo…

Currently Reading

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Hey guys!
Im so excited to finally be announcing that I will be reading.....
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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Yes, I am finally going to be reading this book! Also my review for And I Darken by Kiersten White will be up soon as well!
From my review for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, click HERE
Thanks, Delaney 

MAY THE VOTING BEGIN!!!

Hey guys!

Attached to this post I have a Google Form! Please fill it out so you can get your favorites on the list for my (actual) first annual YA Book Awards! Please know that the books that are nominated may only be ones published in 2016.

Now I will remind you of the categories, there were a few changes that I did.

1. Best Overall Book
2. Most Badass Female Protagonist/Best Female Protagonist
3. Most Badass Male Protagonist/Best Male Protagonist
4. Best Supporting Character
5. Best Fantasy Book (All Fairy-tale retellings are under this category)
6. Best Sci-Fi Book
7. Best Contemporary Book
8. Book that made you cry the most
9. Book that made you want to throw it across the room in a fit of rage
10. Best Book Boyfriend
11. Book that gave you the biggest book hangover
12. Best Debut Author
13. Best Overall Author
14. Best Series that Ended
15. Best Stand-Alone Book


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Please take the time to fill out the form so that your favorite books can make it to at least the nominations…

Finally Going to See Fantastic Beasts!

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Hey guys!
I am so excited for today, because I will finally be going to see Fantastic Beasts and where to find them! I don't know if you guys have heard but it is going to be a FIVE movie long series.
You can never have too much of the HP universe! I was thinking of whether or not I wanted to do a review of it on here or if I should start doing reviews of book to Movie/TV show adaptations, you guys should let me know what you want to see! I am so excited to see this! If you have seen it, shoot me an email at bookloversliftingandcrushing@gmail.com to tell me how you liked it because I have heard some mixed reviews. In general, I have heard that everyone loves Newt and that the beasts are adorable but the plot lacks something. So you guys should definitely let me know!
Thanks, Delaney M.

My TBR List at the Moment

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Hey guys!
So today I was at the bookstore just browsing around looking at all of the books when it dawned on me. I have a shit-load of books that I need to read! I realize that I have books at home that I must read first, but still, I go out and buy more. I have a serious problem...

Seriously, my room is filled wall to wall with books. I just recently re-did my bookshelves (Ill post a picture of it later) and I actually had to just stack some books on the top part of it to make it work.  But so I thought that it might be interesting to show you guys what my TBR list is right now. I know that some of you guys will hate me for not reading some of these yet and trust me, I probably hate myself for not reading them as well. 
My TBR List
1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Image found here: http://images.gr-assets.com/books/1452783825l/17927395.jpg
I am so ashamed to say that I have not read this yet. I think about it all the time, but as you guys may know, I am in this super read…

YA Book Awards 2016 (The Categories)

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Hey guys!

So every single year I say that I am going to do this, but I am determined to do a YA book award show this year! So what I am thinking is that I will have the regions (what are they called again? oh yeah! Categories!) So I'll have the categories and then I will make a form or a poll that is privated to me and all of you guys can vote on what you think are the best in those categories. So right, without further a do, here are the categories...


Best Overall BookMost Badass Female ProtagonistMost Badass Male ProtagonistBest Supporting CharacterBest Fantasy BookBest Sci-Fi BookBest Fairy-Tale RetellingBest Contemporary BookBest Historical Fiction BookBook that made you cry the mostBook that made you want to throw it across the room in a fit of rageBest Book BoyfriendBook that made you go into the biggest reading slumpBest Debut AuthorBest Series that EndedBest Stand-Alone Book I may take out or add some categories in the time being, but for now here are the categories so be …

Friend, epicnessa.com

Hey guys,
I just wanted to talk about another friend of mine who has a very successful blog. If you are looking for some new blog/website that is truly amazing you have to go check her out. And if you already have, GREAT! Vanessa is such a great person and she does so many interesting things and has many amazing stories. You have to check it out if you haven't already. The name is epicnessa.com it is also in the title. YOU GUYS HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT! I'm gonna put the link below in really big font to make sure that you click it.

epicnessa.com


Thanks

Delaney M

Sorry... (I hope this starts to make up for it)

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Hey guys!
I am so sorry that I have not posted for a long time. I have been extremely busy with crew and school and I am in this super reading slump so I have not had the urge to do something for this blog. But I am going to show you today what I am finally going to be reading. I am very excited about this and I have been wanting to read this book for a while and now I finally am! I just randomly picked up this novel and there is no telling when I am going to finish it with this torturous reading slump! But here is the book that I will be reading!!!!!!
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AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE!!!!
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If you don't know what this book is about, it is a gender-bend on Vlad the Impaler who was this killer in the Byzantine Empire which is so cool. I already thought that Vlad was interesting so I am interested to see White's take on this in the female side. As …

Reading Slump... (Ugh...)

Hey guys!
First of all, I would like to say that I am so sorry that I haven't posted in an entire month, but the reason why I have not been posting is because I have not been reading as much. As most of you guys know, school has started up again and I have been extremely busy with school and sports and everything, but do not worry! I will have more posts and reviews up soon!

But seriously, this is an intense reading slump, but I just can't stop buying books!
I will make another post with a book haul later.

Bye!

Delaney M.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne Review

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Hey guys!
Today I will be reviewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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Yes, I finally finished this book (can you call it a book) a couple of days ago. I think that this was an amazing script, because you CANNOT read it as a novel. It is, in fact, a script. There were so many really cool elements pulled into this novel. Because you think about all of these elements that you thought about when you are reading the Harry Potter series and you want these questions answered and those questions were either answered. I thought the characters were so intriguing and I also thought that it was such an interesting idea to carry one the beloved Harry Potter series. 
It is though, not Harry Potter. You can tell. It isn't the same feeling that you get when you read it and you feel that the known characters are . . . different. 
I did enjoy this though. It w…

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Review

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Hey guys,
Today I will be reviewing Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (I know it has taken me like 2 weeks to read it and put the review up, I'm sorry this is taking so long!)


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This book was truly captivating! After waiting many months and searching the high shelves, I finally got my hands on a copy of this book. This was such an alluring story and I really loved Valek and I am not very sure why. He was just a strong male leader, and I loved Yelena and Valek's relationship. The plot was fast paced and I was never bored when I was reading it. I finally understood why so many people love these books. I loved how Snyder dropped little pebbles of information throughout the text and then how they all pulled together in a nice little bow of death and magic. The writing was truly brilliant, I couldn't tell you how many times I would have liked to take out a notepad and write down fant…

Book Writing Part 1

WARNING!!! THIS IS A RANT! TO SKIP THE RANT IF YOU DO NOT LIKE RANTS THEN GO STRAIGHT TO THE SECOND PARAGRAPH!!!
THANK YOU!!

Hey guys,
Today I will just be ranting basically about book writing. So I am an amateur writer and I love to write. I know that so many people love to write as well! If you guys have seen my Review Policies page (if not you can click HERE) then you know that I am also a literary agent for a couple of people. Right now I am in the process of trying to get my clients published, but also I am trying to write my own novel. BUT I AM STUCK IN A WRITER'S SLUMP! I would love to write today, I would love to imagine up a story that would be loved by readers. But I just can't! I need to write but also I need to blog, but also I need to be a literary agent but also a friend. So I am going to just write little short stories and see what happens, I am going to give the first draft of my client's manuscript to them today and also I am going to write up my questions…

Exciting News!!!!!

Hey guys!
Today I will be sharing some very exciting news! I just received an email from the assistant of C.J. Redwine and I will be doing a blog interview with her here. So keep your eyes peeled for my interview with her! This is my very first blog interview with an author so I am very excited and i hope you guys like it so i can do more of these in the future!!!!

Thanks.
Delaney MacDonald

Epic Reads Reading Decathlon

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Hey guys!
Today I will be sharing with you something called the Epic Reads Reading Decathlon.
So if you do not know what Epic Reads it (I would be surprised) then I will tell you.
Epic Reads is a division of HarperCollins that deals with YA books. They have a YouTube Channel which is great (I highly suggest going back and watching the old Tea Times) They also have their website which is really cool and they update regularly. You can just go to google and type in Epic Reads and it should show up. THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!! But so back to the Decathlon. So they tweeted just a little while ago about something called the Reading Decathlon. So in ten days, you try to read ten books. I would like to participate in this book. Here is the photo that they posted on twitter.
I hope that you guys are participating!
So here are the books that I will try to be reading for the reading decathlon.  But since I only have like 4 books left on my TBR I will just put on 6 rereads on this list that I just …