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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Currently Reading

Hey guys,
Today I am sharing with you what I am currently reading.

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The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid!!

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Not only does this book have a beautiful cover, but it also has some really good reviews. I am very excited to get into this one!

Check in later for the review for The Siren by Kiera Cass

Thanks,

Delaney M.

What Books Got Me Into Reading

Hi guys!
Today I will be sharing with you the books that got me into reading. This was an anonymous request from one of you guys so I thank you for that request. Also, if you have any ideas for what you wanna see on this blog, go to my last post and give your insight! Most likely I'll take your suggestion (like with this one!).

So I have always loved the idea of books and reading and writing, but I have had pitfalls along the way, especially in when I was about 7 or 8, but I kept at it and I had a lot of help from my fourth grade teacher and with her help, I fell in love with books even more. Now, I am not saying that I didn't read when I was 7 or 8, because I did. In fact, some of the books that got me reading how I am today were from that time in my life.

So here we go...

1. Dragon Slayers Academy by Kate Mcmullan
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I definitely owe it to these books for my reading today. I don't know how old I was when I read them. I don't remember getting the books at the bookstore. What I do remember is sitting every single night and reading them with my little brother. I thought they were spectacular. There was something about them that captivated me so much. These are definitely nostalgic for me and when I am feeling down I just pull one out and start reading. Thankfully it takes me very little time to read one and I automatically feel better afterward. Do you guys remember these books?

2. The BFG by Roald Dahl
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Roald Dahl is a classic that most of all of us read. This is a book that I read during those rough times, and I'm glad it did, it really opened my eyes to reading and it was a real chapter book which I was so happy to be able to read. 

3. The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
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Ah, another book that I owe my reading life to. I don't know exactly when I read this, but it was before the fourth grade. These were my some of my favorite books, the entire series I thought was spectacular. And there was this whole mystery surrounding the author and I wanted to figure it out so badly. I remember thinking that this was such a scary book, in fact, I did not read it at night because of it. Looking back at that now, it seems ridiculous, but I was young. This was completely and utterly amazing and I owe some of my reading life to it.

4. Divergent by Veronica Ross
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I know, I know. A completely hyped up book. Everybody knows Divergent, a lot of you know my story behind it, but I won't tell that now. I will tell you this story though. So I read this in 4th grade (that seems to be a common theme among these books), and I read it because my mother (who is a teacher) was running her book club at her school with some of her students. They were reading this and my mother, knowing that I loved to read, recommended to read it with her. She was actually hesitant about letting me read it, with some of the kinda strong content for a fourth grader in it, but she gave in after my demanding. So I read it, loved it, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. It was my first ever YA read. This is the book that got me into YA. The funny thing is, is that I read it on my mothers kindle the first time I read it. I remember the day that we went to the bookstore and I picked up a copy and ma mere said "there, now you'll always have your own, you needed it" 

5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling 
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I know, this is so cliche, but it is true. I read these probably in 2nd grade. I didn't understand half of them and they took me months but I knew that I loved them. These were the real books that I loved, and always will love. You are never too old to love this magical story. And it is safe to say, that you are never too young.

Thanks for going through that entire thing, I know that most of you didn't read all of it, but that's okay. I just love putting this out there for you guys. So you will know which books really had an impact on me and got me into reading. 

Thanks again,

Delaney M.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

What do you want to see on my blog?

Hi guys!
If you all could fill out this form to tell me what you personally would like to see on my blog that would be greatly appreciated! Please do it guys, it's only one question!





Thanks guys!

Delaney M.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Currently Reading

Hey guys,
Today I am going to be sharing with you what I am currently reading!
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The Siren by Kiera Cass!
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Yes, I have had this book for like 9 months and I have still not read it and I finally am! Very excited!

Thanks for reading!
Delaney M

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler Review

Hey guys,
Today I will be reviewing Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler.
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This book was absolutely amazing. From the very beginning, it drew me in. Daniel Handler (or maybe as you know him, Lemony Snicket) wove a beautiful tale that made me fall in love with the characters as well as the old movies that came up time and time again. 

First; the characters were amazingly well written and well rounded. The relationships between them were so realistic and I felt a tear in my heart every single time that Min wrote, "that's why we broke up". Handler wrote up their relationship with every part of their relationship then tore it down multiple times with five little words. 

Second; Daniel Handler's amazing writing was truly the best part of this novel. Not the characters, not their relationships, not the plot. His beautiful, poetic writing made this book what it is, although every other aspect was amazing as well. I would find myself losing myself in his words, and falling deeper into the book. I found myself reading out passages to whoever was around. Truly amazing.

Third; Maira Kalman's illustrations in this book were amazing. Not only is she world-renowned for her covers of The New Yorker, but she was able to demonstrate completely every object in the box. Her artwork was incredible and completely in tune with the book. (Caution do not flip through the entire book to look at the pretty illustrations because you will be spoiled)

All in all, amazing. Nothing more for me to say but...

Five out of five yellow roses.

Thanks for reading,
Delaney M. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han Review

Hey guys!
Today I will be reviewing P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.
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Let me start off by saying that in no way is this book perfect. The writing style appeals to teenage girls specifically and so does the plot, but that doesn't mean that I loved it any less. Some of the relationships may seem ridiculous at first, but then you realize that that is actually what high school relationships are like. No matter how ridiculous it sounds while you are reading it, you should know, Jenny Han is pretty spot on. 
As I said before, this book is not perfect, there were flaws in the story and characters, as did the first one in this series. But if you are looking for a really soft and fluffy read, this is the book to go with. This was a rollercoaster of emotions that kept me hooked and made me not want to finish it. This book was so nice to pick up and just read a few chapters when I was feeling even a little sad. And that is what these fluffy contemporaries are all about.
I know what you're thinking, a lot of contemporaries are not "well-done" books, and I can agree with you on that. Most of the time they are under-developed, lacking in plot, and are unrealistic for what is supposedly real. But this book broke down those stereotypes. It was realistic, developed, and was barely ever lacking in plot. 
I will say before I end this very informal review, Kitty is so great. She is by far my favorite in these books and will forever be. 
Rating: 4 out of 5 yellow roses

Thanks,

Delaney M.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Book Haul of 2017!

Hey guys!
Today I am going to be sharing with you the books that I bought in one trip to the bookstore. Yes, one trip. And I bought five hardcovers. FIVE HARDCOVERS! I have a problem....

So without further a do, here are the books that bought!

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
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This book has been getting amazing reviews and it has only been out for a few weeks. All the hype is surrounding it now (and not just for its beautiful cover). I am so excited that I got this book, it is said to be like the Night Circus and the concept is super interesting so I am excited to dive into this one when the mood hits me.

2. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
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You guys don't know how happy I am to finally get my hands on this book. I finally just.... bought it. I saw it on the shelf and I just went, "I need this in my life right now!" I reread To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and is such a feel good book. Something to lift me up when I am feeling down or in a reading slump, and it is definitely doing that. I have actually already started reading this book. It is so feel-good you wouldn't even know. I am so happy Im finally reading it. For my review for To All the Boys I've Loved Before click HERE.

3. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
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I recently finished Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard so of course I had to get the next installment in the series and I am so excited to read this because the plot seems even more interesting than the last, I better get to reading it too because I have got some friends that want this! To read my review of the first two books in this series go to my Reviews Page by clicking HERE.

4. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
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Yes, I bought it. By the way guys, this book costs $22.99 in the US and I am not pleased, however the cover and the naked book are both beautiful and a lot of work was put into it. But still. Something that I just realized was that I never did book reviews on the Divergent trilogy, probably cause I read the first one in fourth grade and I don't think I had this then and I never just made a review for it or any of the other books in the series. But there will be a review up for this one. I am really interested to see how I like this one, because of how completely different it is to Divergent and it is a sci-fi and I haven't read a good sci-fi in a while. 

5. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
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OH MY GOD YOU GUYS! I don't think you understand how excited I am for this book. It was first written in German, I believe and has just been translated to English but I am so excited! It is about this girl who can jump into the pages of a book. Kinda like Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer but a little different. How awesome does that sound though?! Get the word out about this book! It is going to be a star in the US! Also another beautiful cover, this image does not do it justice. 

Those were the books that I just bought! 
More content (hopefully some reviews) will be up soon! 

Have a good day!

Delaney M.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winners of the First Official Annual YA Book Awards Show - 2016

HEY GUYS!
I am finally announcing the winners to my first annual YA book awards show 2016! I will go through by categories! The Best Overall book will be saved for last so check out to see what it is!

The titles of each category will be in THIS COLOR
Most Badass Female Protagonist
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Aelin/Celaena from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
This category was a landslide and it is no wonder why!

Most Badass Male Protagonist
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Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This was a very close race between our beloved Rhys and Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows duology, but at the end of the day, Rhys trumps all.
Best Supporting Character
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Nina from Crooked Kindom AND Lysandra from Empire of Storms
This was an incredibly close race between all of the candidates and it turns out that this one ended with a complete tie!

Best Fantasy Book
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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Yet another work of SJ Maas! I am not surprised that everyone loves this book either!

Best Sci-Fi Book
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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
There were not many sci-fi books that came out this year, but there were a few that were nominated multiple times. This one won by a landslide!

Best Contemporary Book
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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This book and What Light by Jay Asher were so close in the running for best contemporary, but in the end, Morgan Matson won it with her book The Unexpected Everything!

Book That Made you Cry the Most
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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I haven't personally read this book or many Cassandra Clare's novels, but I do know that a multitude of you highly enjoy her writing so Im sure that many of you will be happy with this winner!

Book that made you want to throw across the room in a fit of rage
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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare ?!
This is an interesting occurrence, Lady Midnight wins twice in a row for two very different categories.

Best Book Boyfriend
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Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
No surprise here, Rhys is the best! This is his second win also!!!! Another landslide!

Book that gave you the biggest book hangover
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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Yet another win for A Court of Mist and Fury and SJ Maas! This was a very close race though between Empire of Storms and Lady Midnight!

Best Debut Author
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Evelyn Skye
Evelyn Skye won by a landslide as well! Her book The Crown's Game was truly amazing and she definitely deserves this win!

Best Overall Author
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Sarah J. Maas
No surprise here, she is just racking up wins in this YA Book Awards Show! 

Best Series that Ended
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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers 
So many people love this series so I am not surprised that this is the winner for the best series that ended this year.

Best Stand-Alone Book
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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This book is so well-loved among so many people and Nicola Yoon is definitely moving up in the YA community!

AND FINALLY THE BEST BOOK OF 2016!!!!
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A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
I am sure that nobody is surprised by this winner. It definitely deserves to win!!!!!!!!

YOU GUYS VOTED FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR THIS YA BOOK AWARDS SHOW AND I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANKS!

Delaney M.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Books To Look Out For in 2017

Hey guys!
Today I will be sharing with you some books that you definitely want to look out for and save up your money, cause there is lots!!

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
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This is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and this is so highly anticipated! If you guys saw my currently reading then you would know that I am finally reading A Court of Mist and Fury right now, I am about 250 pages in and LOVING IT!!! So, me along with the entire world of YA, are soooo excited for the next book to be out!
Expected publication: May 2, 2017

2. Throne of Glass Book #6 by Sarah J. Maas
There obviously isnt a cover for this book yet because it doesn't even have a name. But nevertheless everyone is highly anticipating yet another SJ Maas book. This is the final installment in the Throne of Glass series and it will be very side once it ends. This series has really come a long way and evolved into something great!
Expected publication: September 5, 2017

3. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
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This is what I personally thought to be the last book in the Red Queen series but apparently there is going to be a fourth book coming out in 2018. Anyways, this is another that is so highly anticipated by so many people and dispite my okay review of the last book, I will be picking this up and reading it.
Expected publication: February 7, 2017

4. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
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This is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. I am not a fan of Cassandra Clare, I haven't read all of her books and I haven't read Lady Midnight but I do know that so many people who go on this blog really love her and her books so I put this one up at #4 for you guys.
Expected publication: May 23, 2017

5. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
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This is finally something new from Veronica Roth and so many people are on the edges of their seats because of Allegiant. But this is something totally new. This is going to be part of a sci-fi/fantasy duology which everyone is excited about! And it's coming out soon!
Expected publication: January 17, 2017

6. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
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There hasn't been that much hype surrounding this book, but I am so excited for it. I really love Renee Adieh's writing style and this is a totally new series about a daughter of a samurai I think which is so fascinating, you never hear anything like that in YA. I think that it is going to deal with things like sexism and family, but a fantasy setting which I think is going to be excellent, so you guys should definitely pick it up with me!
Expected publication: May 16, 2017

7. Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
There is no cover for this book yet because it doesn't have a name. So many people love the Illuminae series and I am planning on reading them at some point, I just don't know when. But this is so highly anticipated by so many people that it had to be up here on the top ten. 
Expected publication: October 2017

8. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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So this book sounds like a beauty and the beast retelling but I don't think it is, it is just a fairy tale read that I think sounds great, something that I could compare this to that I would think be similar is The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
Expected publication: February 7, 2017 <The same day as King's Cage!

9. Now I Rise by Kiersten White
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This is the second book in the Conquerers Saga by Kiersten White, the first book is And I Darken. I am very excited to see how this series plays out because it is an amazing idea and I think that it will be great and I am excited for the second installment for this saga.
Expected publication: June 27, 2017

10. Falling Kingdoms Book #6
This, again, doesn't have a cover because it doesn't have a name. This is supposedly the finale for the Falling Kingdoms series. I have only read the first book and I have the second but I know that there are so many people who love this series and are so excited for the final book. Hopefully I will be through with the series up until this book by the time publication rolls around!
Expected publication: December 2017

I hope you guys liked this post and gave you some insight on what you should buy/look out for in 2017!

Thanks!

Delaney M.