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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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

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 was an amazingly well done script, the plot was good and the characters were intriguing. 

Sorry I cannot talk more about this book because of spoilers and even though how many times I say spoiler alert, I still get angry emails. So I will not talk more about this book.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review. 

Thanks,
Delaney M.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Review

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 fantastical quotes. I also loved how she pulled in aspects like the creation of chocolate and coffee and the Fire Festival. All of these aspects pulled together made an amazing story. 

I really liked this novel and I will be continuing on with the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5 yellow roses

Sorry this review was so short I just wasn't sure what to say. 

Thanks, Delaney M.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

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 for my interview with C.J. Redwine and do my summer work. But I want to write a book! And damnit I have written a book, and I would like to write another one. But it isn't that simple. I have writer's block but I have writing prompts so I will be writing something.

I am sorry for this rant I just needed to get it out of my system.

I am very excited for the things to come and I will be writing at least two chapters of a book today.
I guess I will be updating my writing on a blog that the name is perfectpaperbacks.blogspot.com . This blog will solely be me updating on my writing and maybe posting some writing prompts so if you are interested in seeing my writing or finding some writing prompts then please check it out,  I will be posting soon.

Thank you for keeping up with my ranting and please check out my new blog HERE

THANK YOU GUYS!!

BYE!

Delaney M.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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

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 have been wanting to reread lately or the next book in the series is coming out or I just want to read the book.

1. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
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I would like to finish this book in the 10 days. 

2. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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I am excited to read this book, it has been on my TBR forever and I just randomly got it when I was at B&N. So I am very excited to read this book

3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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YES I AM FINALLY READING THIS BOOK!!!! I AM FINALLY GETTING TO THIS BOOK I AM SO EXCITED CAN YOU TELL!!!!!!!

4. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
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AGAIN I AM SO EXCITED TO BE FINALLY READING THIS BOOK!!!! DO YOU THINK THAT I CAN READ THIS IN A DAY?! I THINK I CAN!!!!! I AM SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!

Now we are getting into the books that I would like to reread.

5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
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As you guys know, I love this book and I am really excited to be reading it again because I absolutely love it so much!

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Yes, I will be rereading this book because it just makes me happy and reminds me from when I was young and it was the very first YA book that I ever read (because I was in the fourth grade) so it brings back all of the feels and it is really easy for me to read because I have read it many times. 

7. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
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As you guys may know, I LOVED this book and I read it within a day and I have been meaning to reread this for a little while because it just makes me so happy!

8. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
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Since the next book in the series is out and I have been meaning to get it then I am going to be read this one again!

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh 
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Again, the next book in the series is out and I have yet to read it so I am wanting to read this book before I get my hands on the next book so I am hoping to read this one in a day.

10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
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This book is amazing and since the next book is coming out soon then I want to read this book so  have it fresh in my mind when I read the next one. I am so excited to read this again!!!

I don't know if I am able to do this because actually, the next 10 day will be super busy for me so maybe I will be doing this later or something, I don't know when I will actually do it but I am very excited!!!!!!


So those were the books that I will be trying to do in the reading decathlon! 

Check out more on epicreads.com


Thanks for reading guys,

Delaney M.

5 Anticipated YA Books of Fall 2016

Hey guys!
Today I will be sharing with you 5 highly-anticipated books of Fall 2016.

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Publication Date: September 6th, 2016)
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This is the next installment in the Throne of Glass series and I am so ready for it. All of those books are amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on this next one!
If you would like to see my reviews for other books by Sarah J. Maas then click the link for the corresponding book below.
Crown of Midnight < Unfortunately I cannot find the review for this if I ever did one
Heir of Fire < Unfortunately I cannot find the review for this if I ever did one
Queen of Shadows < YAY I actually have a review up for this one!

2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Publication Date: November 8th, 2016)
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This is a retelling of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, which I find cool, I have been edging my way into the world of fairy tale retellings. I will most likely get this book and review it! *Fingers Crossed*

3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Publication Date: August 30th, 2016)
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Okay, this technically comes out in summer but I will call it fall release because it is the very end of summer. I am so excited for this book, I bought the first one like the day that it came out so I am very excited to have this next book.

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Publication Date: September 27, 2016)
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I feel so ashamed to say that I have not read the first book in this series, but hopefully I will get it soon and read it just in time for this next book to come out.

5. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Publication Date: October 11, 2016)
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As you know, I love Marie Lu's writing and I loved the Young Elites as well as Legend, so I am positive that I will love this book. I have not read the second book in the series but I hope I will soon and before this next book comes out. Check out my review for The Young Elites by clicking the link.

I hope you guys liked this and I hope that you found out about some books coming out if you hadn't already heard!!!!

See Ya!

Delaney M. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Fellow Blogger Friend!

Hey guys I just want to show you that I have this friend that also has a blog. She talks about movies, video games, and of course BOOKS! I urge you to go check out her blog! The link is here > whattoreadwriteseeanddo.blogspot.com You guys should really check her out, I have mentioned her a couple of times on this blog, we have done collabs together, she was the other side of the writing competition (which was great, thank you guys so much!) So you guys should really check her out!

Again the link is embedded HERE

Bye!!

Thank you!
Delaney M.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Currently Reading/Reading Update

Hey Guys!
Today I will be showing you guys what I am currently reading and doing a little bit of a reading update.

So without further a- do (is that the saying???)
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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder!!!!!


Okay so I have been reading this book for SOOOOO long!!! It is so annoying because I love this book! It is such a good book, I just haven't been reading! I am in a total reading slump, I don't even have more than 100 pages left there is only like 50 I am just not reading it and I am so annoyed!!!! But it is a great book! I do really love it and I have been waiting for this book for so long!

Hope you liked this insight and my rant. I just had to let that out! 

Thanks,
Delaney M.

5 Super Cool Stuff for Book Lovers!

Hey guys,
Today I will be doing a fun post where I show you guys some stuff that I think is super clever and cool that all book lovers will enjoy!

1. The FingerPrint Bookmark!

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I love this idea, it is a bookmark which shows you exactly where you left your spot. I saw this at Barnes and Noble and I think that it is a super cool idea. 

2. "Talkative Bookmark"
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I saw this on Pinterest and I just thought that these were neat.

3. Book Tent
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Whoa! Something other than a bookmark! This is just something really cool that would be great for camping and reading and you would definitely be the only one out with one!

4. MacBook Book Case
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My friend has one of these for her mac and I ALWAYS thought it was so cool.

5. Thumb-Ring Book Page Holder
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This is great for a temperamental paperbacks.


I hope you liked this fun little post! 


Thanks,
Delaney M.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Books That I Want For My Birthday

Hey guys!
So my birthday is coming up in about a week!
YAYAY!!!
So I thought that I would put up a fun little post of some books that I have been meaning to get and I hope to get for my b-day.I would be happy to get just two of these books so I hope that I do. These are just the books that I have been meaning to get and since my birthday is coming up, I am hoping to get these book or some money for me to get these books!!!!!!
There my be quite a few books on this list so I definitely do not expect ALL of these books but I really do hope I get at least two of these books and I will be...

So here are the books that I am hoping to get!

1. And I Darken by Kiersten White
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I have heard really good reviews for this book and it seems like something that I would thoroughly enjoy. So yes, I am hoping for this novel.

2. Rebel Springs by Morgan Rhodes
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As you guys may know I read the first book of the Falling Kingdoms series this year and I would love to keep going with the series!

3. Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman
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4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Yes I am sorry to say that I have yet to read this script/book because as you guys know I was on vacation and I just never bought it so I am definitely hoping to receive this book.

5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
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Again, as you may know, I really, really liked To All The Boys I've Loved Before so I want to continue to the next book in the duology. Now this is just a book that would be nice to get, it isn't something that I am desperate for.

6. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adieh
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This is the last book in The Wrath and the Dawn duology. I am in love with the first book of this duology so I would love to get this book for my birthday.

7.  Project Princess by Meg Cabot (Mass Market Paper-back Edition)
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No big surprise that I want the next book in my favorite feel-good series!

8. Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot (Mass Market Paper-Back Edition)
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Again the next book in my favorite feel-good series. 

9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
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I have heard so much about this book and I haven't read it yet. This is another one of those books that would just be nice to get because it seems like something that I would like. 

Those were the books that I would like to get for my birthday in a week. 

Again, I am not expecting all of these books but it would be nice to get some for my b-day!

I hope you liked this post and expect some more content soon!

Thanks, 
Delaney M.



The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine Review

Hey guys!
Today I will be reviewing The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. But bear with me, you guys, I read this book a while ago so this will not be a very detailed review, and it may not be totally true, I guess is a word I could use. Just saying, this review may be tinted by the fact that it has been many days since I have read the book and I have read other books since.
So let's get onto the review!

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Let me just start by saying that I LOVE the artistry of this book. The cover is beautiful and it has a great texture with not RAISED font but it is cut out as if there is an actual apple on the page and it has been carved. The inner pages are beautiful as you can see in the photo above, the spine of the book is beautiful and the even the back is amazing. And that is the only reason why I bought this book. I went into this book blind, meaning that I had no idea what it was about.
It turns out that this book is a Snow White and the Evil Queen retelling. 

The plot of this book was very well done and I could see a clear path for a story that and that it was going to be great. I highly enjoyed the characters and they had many different qualities that were appealing. The only thing that I did not like with the characters was that their relationships with other characters seemed a little forced and unnatural, but these relationships were like nothing I had ever read so it may just be ignorance that is clouding my vision.

There were some very good plot points and twist and turns. This book did keep interesting which made me just want to read and read. I was able to read this book in a matter of 24 hours and I really did enjoy reading this. 

So all in all, I really did enjoy this book and I am surprised that more people haven't been raving about this book. The release date was February of this year, so it is still in the beautiful hardcover. You guys definitely need to pick this one up because the rating that I give this book is 5 out of 5 yellow roses!


I hope you liked this shorter review and I will have some more content up very soon. Also I will be announcing the winners of the writing contest soon. 

More updates soon!

See ya!
Delaney M.


Monday, August 8, 2016

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Review

Hey guys,
Today I will be reviewing The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima 
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This book was very good! I read it within the span of one day and I thought that it was well done. Chime definitely took a topic that seemed really intricate and complicated and really put her ideas well down on the paper so that it was easy to understand but still interesting. I thought that the characters were interesting and they had some very real relationships. Chima's writing gave me a clear image of the setting and the events occurring throughout the book. It seemed to drag a little, but then again it didn't, those little dragging parts of the story turned out to have a significant impact on the outcome of the story, hiding tidbits of information that will be needed later in the story. I did think that the story was well executed and it kept interesting throughout the story. There were so many twists and turns that I would have never seen coming because of all of the mysteries. I myself was trying to figure out all of the secrets in my head as I was reading which stopped me from figuring out the actual outcome. But I really did enjoy reading this book and I had a lot of fun reading it. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series some point in time. 

Rating: 
4.5 out of 5 yellow roses 

But seriously guys I read a few books on vacation only a couple of books left. 


Yes I am very excited. More review will be up later for the other books that I read.

See YA!
Delaney MacDonald



Monday, August 1, 2016

Vacation Reads

Hey, guys!
Today I am leaving for vacation and I would like to share with you guys what I will be hopefully reading when I am away!

I have a total of 7 books that I would like to share with you guys and I hope that I get a chance to read them all because a lot of these books are ones that have been on my TBR for a very long time and I am ashamed to say that I haven't read them. The good thing though is that these are the very last books that I have that I have not read yet so fingers crossed.

1. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
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This is one of the books that I am definitely going to try to get to because it has been on my shelf for a while and I think that it is a book that I will really enjoy!

2. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
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Yes, you guys I am ashamed to say that I have yet to read this book, just because it is so long and I haven't had the time to read such a long book but it has GREAT reviews and I am so very excited!

3. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
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I am pretty happy about finally getting to read this book, I have had this book for a LONG time, now I am finally going to try to read it and I hope that I like it because it seems to have some mixed reviews although mostly good! 

4. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
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Yes, you guys I got and I will be reading this book, I am so very excited to read this book. My guilty pleasure!

5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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I am oh, so very excited for this book. People say that it is even better than Red Queen and I loved that book so I have high hopes for this book. I so happy. Hopefully, I am emotionally ready.

6. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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I am happy to be finally reading this book, it wasn't extremely long ago when I bought it and I haven't heard much about it. It was a complete impulse buy. The cover was just so beautiful so I hope that I enjoy it!

And last but certainly not least....
7. Poison Study by Maria V. S
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I just recently got this book in the mail and I have been looking for it for the past 3 maybe even 4 years and I finally have it! Whenever I went to the bookstore they never had it but finally, I do and I am ready to read it. I know that so many people love this series and I hope that I will too!


Well, you guys, I hope you liked this post, it was a lot of fun to make!


Thanks,
Delaney M.