The Sunlight Pilgrims

I went into this book not expecting much, but I can out VERY pleasantly surprised. It was more than just a book about a duo trying to survive in a winter apocalypse.

What I found really interesting is that the apocalyptic winter setting wasn’t the main focus of the book, in which the characters actually were. It was an aspect I really enjoyed and I will read more by this author.

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Monthly Recommendations: 1 Year Anniversary!

Monthly Recommendations is a goodreads group where every month there will be a topic, and all you have to do is post recommendations that fit said topic!

Monthly Recommendations GoodReads Group

I thought this was the perfect time to join! Since this is their one year anniversary, they are taking a trip down memory lane and recommending one book from all of their past topics! Let us begin!

1. A Underhyped Book.

For this I am going to recommend The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson.

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I have never heard anyone other than myself talk about this book which is a shame because it is truly amazing. It follows a trucker who is running his normal delivery route when he notices an abandoned house. Inside this abandoned house is a beautiful woman playing a cello. This is all I am going to say because I think it is one of those books you should go into blind, but I will link my full review below!

The Never-Open Desert Diner Review

2. A Book Set in School.

This is a fairly popular book, but one of my faves none the less. I recommend Looking For Alaska by John Green.

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This novel is about a boy who is going to a private school. At this school he meets a few friends, one being a beautiful, but impulsive, Alaska. This follows their mishaps and adventures, and I feel this is definitely John Greens best book.

3. A Creepy Book.

Horror is my favorite genre of movie, but I really do not read many creepy books. The creepy book I recommend is Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

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This book definitely was not one of my favorites, but it is still a pretty good book. It follows a pair of siblings who live on a an island where after so many years of day time follows the same amount of years in darkness. When this darkness comes the towns people leave, but these siblings and their friend are stuck on the island. What happens next is for you to read and find out… I did have minor issues with this book, but if you are just looking for a fun, chilling read then here it is!

I am going to cheat and also recommend Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.

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This is a short story collection featuring works by numerous popular YA authors. All of the stories are of the horror variant, and it is BY FAR my favorite short story collection ever. Each story is based on a song/movie/or television show which is revealed at the end, so reading this is definitely an experience.

4. A Trilogy.

This is not even a question. The Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs.

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This is not only my favorite trilogy, but just my all time favorite books period. Since most of you already know let me make a few announcements.

First of all, BooksOfWonder is doing a promotion where if you pre-order Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs and/or Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi then you will receive a signed, personalized copy. Also you will get 10% off if you use the promo code Emmmabooks. This is not a sponsored post, I just thought this may be handy for some of you!

Secondly, in the month of September I will be doing a reread/read along of the trilogy to get ready for the premiere of the movie. I have yet to read Library of Souls because I just can’t leave this world, but I will finally do it after rereading the first two!

Enough of that, moving on!

5. A Book You Need To Read ASAP!

Everyone who hasn’t needs to read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson or really any book by her.

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This book follows a family who learns some devastating news, so they decide to spend one last summer together at their summer home. That is very vague, but this book is just so beautiful and real and should be read by everyone and anyone.

Second Chance Summer Review

6. A Fantasy/Sci Fi Book.

For this I am not going to recommend a book, but a graphic novel series. That being Saga by Brian K Vaughan.

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This is a pretty well-known series about a couple from two planets that are currently at war. It follows them being chased and trying to survive in a world full of creatures and such. It is definitely more for a mature audience, but it is still amazing.

7. A Book Without Romance.

This one is very hard, but I am going to go with the book I am currently reading, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

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This book follows a city where every violent crime committed creates a monster that is unleashed into the city. I am not that far in so I am not 100% on what is going to go down, but so far it is SO GOOD. That is about it.

8. A Standalone.

For this I am going to recommend the book I most recently finished, Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

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This is a YA contemporary that follows a girl named Parker who is left blind after a tragic accident. She has a list of rules that if anyone breaks they will not get a second chance. This kind of just follows Parker’s life. It was a solid read and everyone should check it out!

9. A Survival Story.

A survival story I’d recommend is Security by Gina Wohlsdorf.

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This is an adult thriller about a hotel that is being built. It follows the staff doing the finishing touches on this luxurious hotel, but the security is breached so it turns into a tale about this staff trying to survive against a duo of murderers. It was not my favorite book of all time, but I feel it was definitely something the majority of you would enjoy. If yu are not sold yet, it is very much alike one of my favorite mysteries, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

10. Your Favorite Book Friendship.

My favorite book friendship is obviously the gang in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

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All of the characters in these novels are just so diverse and different, so the friendship is so great. Not much more to say about this.

11. A Book About Travel.

I am also going to use a John Green book here, that being Paper Towns.

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I didn’t want to use two of the same books by the same author or another popular book, but I realized I have not read many books about travel. As you probably know this follows a boy named Quinton who spends a crazy night with Margot, a girl he has liked since childhood, before she disappears. Although it is my least favorite John Green book I read, I still think it is amazing. (I still gave it 4.75/5 Stars.)

12. A Book With An Empowering Female Character.

A graphic novel series that is full of empowering female characters is LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson.

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Not only are all five of the main characters kick ass females, two are lesbians and one is trans! This is a great, diverse book I feel even kids can ready and understand. I highly recommend you all check it out!

That ends my first post in the monthly recommendation series. Do you guys enjoy this? Let me know if I should continue this in the comments! Bye!

Blogging Schedule and Update!

Hello everyone! Today I am just going to be updating you on a schedule for this blog.

Recently I have been thinking about starting a Booktube channel, but until I make a decision this is the schedule I will try to stick to!

Monday’s I will post miscellaneous things such as tags, non-book reviews, etc.

Friday’s I will post a book review.

The last day of every month I will post a wrap-up/TBR!

I am also going to start doing a monthly rewind, looking back at the previous month in more ways than just books!

Those are the two day’s I will try to for sure have content posted, as well as a third day which will change weekly!

I have kind of been all over the place with blogging, so I decided to bring more structure to the blog!

I hope this is alright for you guys, the schedule will officially begin next week!

Thanks for reading this boring post! Enjoy your day 😀

#ReadThemAllThon TBR

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If you would like to know more about this read-a-thon check out ReadAtMidnight’s announcement/rules post HERE!

Here is the trainer card I created!

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I chose Eevee as my Pokemon because although I do not know much about Pokemon, I do know this one is great.

ANYWAYS, moving on to my TBR!

TBR PILE~

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For this I will be reading the first book in a series I have been wanting to start forever, that being Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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418 Pages, Potential 41 CP.

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The only reason I chose the book I am reading for this is because I know it made my best friend cry, so I will be reading The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan.

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312 Pages, Potential 31 CP.

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A new release that has had all the hype lately, and the book I will be reading is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab!

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427 Pages, Potential 42 CP.

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I will be reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. It is an LGBT novel, so it definitely is diverse!

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293 Pages, Potential 29 CP.

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I am not really a reader of romance, but I went with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have been wanting to read a Rainbow Rowell book forever, so here it goes!

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325 Pages, Potential 32 CP.

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The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn is my supernatural pick. It is something I have not heard of before, so I am excited to jump in!

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277 Pages, Potential 27 CP.

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My book definitely has a red cover, that being The Lost Girl by R. L. Stine. 

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Finally, for my post-apocalyptic read I will be jumping into Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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599 Pages, Potential 59 CP.

I will also be read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, but I am not sure if it will be allowed to count towards my total. If so, 310 Pages, Potential 31 CP. 

This read-a-thon is taking place from Sunday, August 14th to September 4th! Let me know below if you will be joining!

July Wrap-Up and August TBR!

First off, I did not do a June wrap-up. That is due to failing and only reading Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. (4.5/5 Stars). With that out-of-the-way, let us move onto July!

July Wrap-Up!

I feel I did pretty well in July, reading a total of 10 books (and getting half way through 3). I read 7 novels and 3 graphic novels! Like usual, I will start with my least favorite and work to my favorite read of the month!

10. The Confession by R. L. Stine.

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My least favorite read of the month was most definitely The Confession by R. L. Stine. This follows a group of friends who are being bullied and black mailed by someone who turns up dead. One of them admits to the murder, promising it won’t happen again. That is all I can say… (Not spoilers, this is on the back.) I use to read Fear Street novels a lot back in Middle School, so I decided to read this one. I really did not enjoy it and felt it was weak compared to the others. Barely anything happened, and I had to force myself through it. 

My Rating: 1.75/5 Stars. 


9. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics, so I thought I would enjoy this one for sure… I was wrong. This wasn’t terrible, but it was nowhere near as great as the first. I felt like it was more confusing and all together just not as fun. I did enjoy the plot of Wonderland being a chess board, and I felt this one made you think like the first. Other than that, I was not too happy with this.

My Rating: 2.75/5 Stars.


8. The Thirst by R. L. Stine. 

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This was the 3rd book in the Fear Street Seniors Series. This is a series I really love, and this book was no different from the rest. The quality of writing is not the best, but the writing is not why people read R. L. Stine, so I feel this book achieved what it was going for. 

My Rating: 3/5 Stars.


7. Lumberjanes, Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson.

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This is a graphic novel Series I know a lot of people love, so I felt it was about time I read it. I loved it. It reminded me of a slightly more mature version of Gravity Falls. This book also features LGBT characters, which is always a massive pro. I actually did not enjoy the art style as much as I thought I would, but I feel that it is something I will grow to love as I continue. My only other complaint is that I still feel like I do not know much about the characters, so I look forward to learning about them throughout the series.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


6. Amulet, Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi.

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This is the second addition to the Amulet Series. This being a series from my childhood, I do not remember it being this dark. It is an aspect that I adore in this series, and I feel that the plot is so whimsical that it could go anywhere. Excited to continue!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


5. The Selection by Kiera Cass.

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The Selection follows America, a girl who is in love with a boy. After being chosen for a competition called the selection, one in which she must win the heart of the prince against 34 other girls, she must reluctantly leave her boyfriend to compete. Upon getting to know the prince, she is unsure of what she really wants. Sorry for my super vague description… oops. 

This is a series people either love or hate, and I was lucky enough to be on the side that really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed America and LOVED Maxon, but I was not a huge fan of Aspen. I did feel a lot of the characters fell flat, and could definitely have been developed better.

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars.


4. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan.

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This is my all time favorite graphic novel series… The characters are amazing, the creatures are creepy, the plot is well-developed. It is as easy to follow as a novel, which is sometimes something graphic novel series can not do. Loved it. 

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.


3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. 

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Another popular series I am late to the party of. I finally picked this book up and LOVED IT!!!! I am not a huge fan of vampires, but this book changed me, I am a different person… Just kidding, but I do have a different view of vampires. I do have a full, cohesive review of this book. Check it out!

Vampire Academy Review!

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.


2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 

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I say John Green is one of my favorite authors, yet I have not read his most popular novel. That has now changed, and may I add thAT I SHOULD HAVE READ THIS SOONER. The only reason I held back was because I was spoiled, but that did not even matter. I still felt all the emotions, and will continue to think about this book forever and ever and ever. It did not beat Looking For Alaska, though.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars. 


1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. 

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This is the second wrap-up in a row that a Morgan Matson book was my favorite. What a surprise! This book was amazing, it had nothing that I straight up did not like, which is VERY hard for me to like everything in a novel. The characters were amazing, the plot was great, the setting was relaxing and summary, all in all I can not complain. I feel like a broken record when talking about Matson books, but ugh they are so good. 

Full Review!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

If there are any of these books you would like to see a full review for, let me know in the comment section below! I will definitely be reviewing some more!

Before I get to my TBR, I wanted to mention that I am currently reading The Cellar by Natasha Preston and The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan. 


August TBR!

I have accumulated a pile of books I have started but put down for one reason or another, so I will just add those to my TBRs until I finish them all. They are…

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Reading Since February)

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Reading Since March)

The Last star by Rick Yancey (Reading Since June)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Reading Since June)

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins (Reading Since July)

None of these books are bad, I just either took a break or completely forgot I was reading them… anyways, now to my loose TBR! (I decided to just mention the books I am reading for review and my book club books. Other than that, I will just read what I feel like reading aha!)

1. The Sunlight Pilgrims Jenni Fagan. 

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I will be reading this book for review. All I know is it follows a man trying to survive an apocalyptic winter type disaster. He ends up running into a mother-daughter survival team… that is all I know! I am not even sure if that is correct, so do not quote me on it! 😉

2. The Shining by Stephen King. 

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A friend and I decided to buddy read a Stephen King book every month, and this is our book for August! Excited to begin!

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 

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I decided to join the Austentatious book club, hosted by ReadByZoe on YouTube, where we read one Jane Austen novel every month for the next 6 months. This is the first one! I actually am not even sure what it is about… we will see!

4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. 

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This is definitely the book I am most excited to read in August. It is for a YA book club I am a part of on BooksAmino. This follows a city where for every crime committed, there is a monster released. That is honestly all I know/ want to know… 

This wraps up all of the books I have to read in August. Obviously I will try to read more, but these are all of the books I must read! Let me know down below if you will be/have already read any of these, I would love to hear your opinions!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson// Review

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd, 2016.

Genre(s): Contemporary. 

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 519 Pages.

Buy on Amazon


Summary:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail – especially if you fail – come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation… ‘Once, I dared to dare greatly”


My Thoughts:

Back in May I read Second Chance Summer which was my first Morgan Matson book. I immediately fell in love. This book just confirmed the love I have for not only Matson’s writing, but her creativity as well. There were a lot of elements in this book that did not come off as cookie cutter YA contemporary, and I appreciate this oh so much. I am not sure whether I liked it more than Second Chance Summer, but the two are definitely very close. 

Pros:

  • The Characters: It is fairly safe to assume that this will be a positive in all of my Matson book reviews. Morgan Matson has this ability to create such in-depth characters that come across as real and easy to relate with. They struggle with some of the same problems we do, such as appearance, family deaths, grades, etc. I do enjoy the fact that they also can be naive at times because I can definitely say I can be the same way. The whole friend group had their own quirks, and were not the same person. Andie, the main character, was very *everything must be planned and perfect* at the beginning, so it was interesting to watch her expand and develop throughout the course of this novel. All in all her characters are some of my favorite from the contemporary genre. 
  • The Plot: Young adult contemporary rarely touches politics, so I found this book to be pretty unique in that respect. Although the “perfect characters does have flaws, and must try to figure out what they are going to do” trope was present in this book, but it didn’t bother me as much as it usually does. 
  • The Friendship: I really enjoyed the friendship element of this book. Most books show all of the useless arguing friend groups hold, but this book brought up how all friend groups, more specifically female friend groups, are not all about fights and drama. There was some arguments which I will not get into, but for the most part they were just, well… friends.
  • The Romance: (SPOILER? I DON’T THINK SO, BUT JUST IN CASE WARNING!) Unlike Second Chance Summer, I really enjoyed the romance within this book. Clark, the romantic interest, was not just some handsome, athletic dude. He was an author who was also pretty geeky. I feel that he was a relatable character to myself at least because I was never very into sports, so I always would go the creative route. I enjoyed the way Andie and Clark interacted. 
  • The Writing: Morgan Matson’s writing is very simple and easy to get into. It is great for the contemporary genre, although I would enjoy to see her try a new genre.

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I will now be discussing a few spoilery topics. For my rating and such scroll to the bottom!

  • Andie and Topher’s Relationship: I was really not a fan of this relationship. I felt that other than warning Andie about her dad’s speech, Topher was a pretty useless character. I did not enjoy their relationship because it seemed childish and disrespectful to their previous and future relationships. This is really the only negative of this book. 
  • Bri and Wyatt’s Relationship: I actually really liked this couple, although I did call it as soon as they were late for the scavenger hunt. I believe that Bri should have said something sooner, but Toby was way out of line in the way she reacted, and this breaking their friendship was ridiculous. 
  • Bri and Toby’s Friendship: I thought their friendship was real, and them breaking apart due to a relationship was ridiculous. They were best friends for so long, and all of a sudden they are not. I can’t even put into words how annoyed I was… 

*** SPOILER SECTION ENDS***

Overall, I really enjoyed this book like I thought I would. I will be reading Since You’ve Been Gone really soon, and I am super pumped since it seems to be the fan favorite! 

My Rating: 

5 stars

There were aspects that I discussed in the spoiler section that I did not enjoy, but they were minor and this book was great. 5/5 Stars for sure. 

Would I Recommend? 

– Not only would I recommend this book, but I would recommend anything by Morgan Matson.

I hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know what you thought of The Unexpected Everything!

The Funko Pop! Tag!

Hello everyone! Today I will be doing a special tag, that being the Funko Pop!

P. S. I do own all of these, I just could not get pictures done tonight so they will just be pictures from the internet!

1. What is your favorite Funko Pop! from your collection?

I have two favorite Funko Pops!, those being Columbia from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Harley Quinn!

 

 

 

I love these two pops very much. Columbia is one of my all time favorite movie characters, and I think her pop hit her character and look spot on. Harley Quinn is someone I loved since childhood. I love her red and black look. This is my favorite edition of her! (Except the new one, but I don’t own those yet)

2. What is your least favorite Funko Pop! in your collection?

I don’t really have one I hate due to the look of it, but I am going to have to go with Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.

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The only reason she is my least favorite is because she will not stand up! For some reason whenever I try to display her she falls down, and will not stay up. It is probably due to her massive head and small body, but anyways she is my least favorite.

3. What is your favorite Funko Pop! Series?

My favorite series I completely own is definitely The Rocky Horror Picture Show series.

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It includes Brad Majors, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Columbia, Janet Weiss, Magenta and Riff Raff! Rocky Horror is one of my favorite movies, so I was more than excited when this series was announced, and bought it almost as soon as it was released. Every one of the characters is amazing and spot on. Funko did a great job with this set.

4. What is your newest Funko Pop!?

My newest Funko Pop! is Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.

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I actually just received this yesterday! Luna is my favorite in the Harry Potter series. She is one of the only distinguished characters that reside in the Ravenclaw house which makes her that much greater! She is one of my favorites.

5. What is your oldest/first Funko Pop!?

The first Funko Pop! I ever got was Jack Skellington from  Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Anything by Tim Burton amazes me, but Nightmare Before Christmas is definitely my favorite film by him. I received this Pop! 4ish years ago, and it started my love for the product!

6. What is your most valuable Funko Pop! in your collection?

My most valuable Pop! is definitely The Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas.

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I originally received this one for Christmas when it was like $10, but now it ranges from 250-500 on Ebay and Amazon! I was definitely shocked when I saw that.

7. What is the best Funko Pop! you found in stores?

I have two answers for this question. I found them both at Hot Topic. The first I would like to talk about is the Summer Convention Exclusive Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story.

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The original Twisty is wearing his mask, this one is not. American Horror Story is my all time favorite show, so when I saw this there was no question on whether or not I would be purchasing it.

The next Funko I found at Hot Topic is Cosima from Orphan Black.

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The main reason I was so excited upon finding this one is because it was an exclusive early release! I also love the show, and she is my favorite character 😀

8. What is your favorite Funko Pop! exclusive?

My favorite Funko Pop! exclusive is the BMO Noire from Adventure Time.

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I used to watch Adventure Time a lot, and I just think this one is so cute! I love black and white items of any variety so its perfect!

9. Create a Funko Pop! rainbow.

I don’t own any purple Pops, so this is what I got!

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I can not get them next to each other, so there you go!

10. What is your grail Pop! that you do not own?

The Funko Pop! I want the most is Clown Faced Dumbo!

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I want this figure so bad, but it is ridiculously expensive so I doubt that will ever happen.

I will be doing a giveaway in the future, but I am going to wait until I can grow a bit more!


 

BookTubeAThon TBR!

BookTube-A-Thon is fast approaching, so I thought might as well post my TBR! I usually have a 1 readathon per month limit, but this is the perfect opportunity to get myself reading more since I have fallen behind these last couple months, so here we are!

Host’s Challenges Video-

Challenge 1: Read a Book with Yellow on the Cover.

This is actually really funny because I only own 5 books with yellow as the main cover color, and I was already reading three of those for the Biannual Bibliothon! The other I used for a challenge later in this post, but I ended up going with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum by default.

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I am actually really excited to finally read this! I have a bind up with the first 5 novels, but I will only be reading the first one for this readathon. I really enjoy the Disney movie, so hopefully I enjoy this classic as well!

Challenge 2: Read a book ONLY after sunset. 

I have only read the first two Percy Jackson novels after sunset, so I decided to go with The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan. 

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Before this year I only ever read the first book in this beloved series, so I decided to reread that and finish the series. This is the next installment that I have to read. I am very worried because I have heard this is the saddest one, but we will see how it goes!

Challenge 3: Read a Book you Discovered Through BookTube.

There are many books I have discovered through BookTube, but this is one I have heard SO much about. The Selection by Kiera Cass.

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I have had this book for such a long time, and have always wanted to read it, but I have just been putting it off. I hear about it a lot, and all I know is it follows a girl in a competition type thing to win the heart of a prince?… I have no clue, but I am excited to see what all the hype is about!

Challenge 4: Read a Book by One of Your Favorite Authors.

John Green is one of my favorite authors. I have read Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska (One of my all time favorite books), so I thought it was about time I read The Fault in Our Stars.

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I was going to read this book for the Biannual Bibliothon, but I ended up going with something else instead. The only reason I have not already read this book is because I know what happens at the end (All though I feel it is fairly obvious either way), so I was always put off. I will finally be picking it up, though. 

Challenge 5: Read a Book that is Older Than You.

For this challenge I chose The Thirst by R. L Stine. The 3rd book in The Seniors Series.

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I read Goosebumps in Elementary School and Fear Street in Middle School, so I am really excited to hop back into the fear street world of one of my favorite childhood authors. 

Challenge 6: Read and Watch a Book to Movie Adaptation. 

I have not read the book that goes with one of my all time favorite movies, so I thought it was about time I do so! I will be reading AND watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

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I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH. I have committed one of the most deadly sins, that being watching a movie before I read the book, so it is time to cleanse and correct myself by reading this. 

Challenge 7: Read 7 Books.

Since the 7th challenge is just to read 7 books you get a free choice, so I will be also reading/finishing Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 

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I started this book either end of May or beginning of June and I for some reason put it back down. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy it, but I had other things to do so I got caught up in life and did not have time to read. I still have about 2/3 of the book left, and hope to finish during this readathon!

There you have it, my BookTubeAThon TBR! I am pretty happy because I did not end up reading all 7 books in the Biannual Bibliothon, so this gives me another shot at that (All though I doubt I will do it).

Keep your eyes peeled because tomorrow I will be posting a special giveaway!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead// Review

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Published by Razorbill on August 16th, 2007.

Genre(s): Paranormal Fantasy.

My Format and Page Count: Paperback// 332 Pages.

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(There will be a spoiler section, but I will make it VERY obvious when that territory is being entered!)

Summary:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

My Thoughts:

This was one of those books I heard about on booktube, but was very dreary of. Vampires are definitely not my thing, but upon reading this book I want to read more! I was scared to read this because I had this feeling I was going to hate it, but it was so good and definitely almost lived up to the hype. It was no 5 star book, but it definitely deserves the praise is receives, but maybe not as much hype.

Pros:

  • The Setting: I love any book that has a school setting (Thanks HP), so I already had at least one thing motivating me to read this book. I enjoyed how even though they are vampires, all of the cliques and high schoolesque things still exist. Sometimes the school and its inhabitants did become a little bit cliché but this book is just pure fun.
  • Strong Female Characters: This book has not one but multiple kick ass female characters. A lot of books tend to have male characters do all of the saving, but this book expresses how a woman can do anything just as good as a man. 
  • The Plot: Although the plot was not really anything special, I did really enjoy it. Mead took a plot that is done all the time and put her own, fun twist on it. I am hoping it expands throughout the rest of the novels, though.
  • The Love Interest: There was not really any relationship in this book that was spot lighted, but I did enjoy Rose’s love interest which is something I normally am not a fan of. (A lot of YA romances are the same)

Indifferent:

  • The Characters: Before I get into this, I want to say that I did enjoy the characters. I even loved some of them, but as far as this book in the series go they were not developed as well as I would have liked to see. Rose I feel did have some development, but she continued to stay the same throughout the book, instead of learning and picking up on what had to be done. I do still believe she was a great character, though. My biggest problem development wise was Lissa. I feel like Lissa was a very boring character despite her being the main Moroi in this novel, and that she had little to know development throughout this novel. She may receive more in the future, but as of now she really needs it. I did like the rest of the characters, even though a few came off very tropey. 
  • The Writing: The reason it is in the indifferent is because I did not hate it, I just felt it wasn’t very mature. The sentence structure tended to stay simple and the same. It was not terrible, but it could use some work. (I do believe she improved in her future works, though.)

*Spoiler section begins, skip to bottom for rating!*

I do have a couple spoilery topics to discuss, so let’s begin! 

  • Lissa’s Power: I did enjoy the reveal of Lissa’s power, and I thought it was a very well done “twist”. I had some interest in the characters that previously had this power, and even though it was very obvious she wasn’t going to excel in one of the four core powers, I did still enjoy the reveal. I have no clue what I even said just now, what a mess.
  • Plot Twist: Although it was probably fairly obvious, I was SHOCKED when it was revealed that not only was her uncle the one who was coming after Lissa, but he had Natalie turn strigoi as well. I thought this ending was brilliant, and I was a bit sad because I took a liking to Natalie. 

*End of Spoiler Section*

Overall, this novel surprised me a lot. I enjoyed it very much, and will definitely be continuing in the series. There were no cons to this book, although I was iffy on a few things, but for the most part it was a solid book.

My Rating:

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I originally was going to give it a 4.5/5 Stars, but I do think there is a bit of room for improvement, but it was a super fun read!

Would I Recommend? 

– This is a book that I would recommend to everyone, but if you are not a vampire fan I especially recommend it to you. It is not the stereotypical vampire novel, and it may change your mind!

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up!

This past week was the Biannual Bibliothon, a readathon hosted by 9 lovely ladies that spends over a complete week with the goal to complete 7 challenges. I only finished 4 of those challenges… and started my 5th. Today, I will be talking about the books I did read for this readathon! (As always, I will be discussing them in order read)

1. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy follows Rose who is a Dhampir, someone who is half vampire/half human who is trained to protect a Moroi. Rose has protected Lissa from the beginning, a very important Moroi (Vampire) princess. They are inseparable until Lissa’s powers begin to come in, and someone else is out for her. Sorry for the very weird description.

I absolutely adored this book. It is a series I have been wanting to read, so finally reading it I can say I should not have waited so long. All of the hype did dampen my feelings following reading this book, but I can say it *ALMOST* lives up to the hype. My only complaint is the characters, who seem to be very stereotypical, but I feel this may be fixed in the future books. Full review to come.

(Challenge 1: Read a book with your favorite creature)

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.


2. Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse.

amulet 2

Due to this being the second volume in a graphic novel series I can not really say much regarding the plot, but as for the series it follows a girl who finds out she is a “Stonekeeper” and must save this universe she didn’t even know existed.

Following the lead of the first, this volume had the same cast of quirky characters as well as introducing new ones, one in particular I am a huge fan of. The artwork is gorgeous, and even though it is a middle grade graphic novel series the story is so dark and complex. I am SUPER excited to continue reading.

(Challenge 2: Free Choice)

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


3. Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

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This story was a massive disappointment. I am such a big fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I expected this to be just as good, but it was not. It was definitely not terrible, but it was nothing compared to the first. The story got confusing, the plot was interesting but poorly put together… I was very interested due to it all being a big chess game, though. I don’t know, maybe it just was not something for me to read at the time.

(Challenge 3: A book you were putting off)

My Rating: 2.75/5 Stars.


4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

The unexpected Everything

This novel follows Andie, a girl who has everything planned out. She is attending a very elite medical camp, her father is a polished politician, and she has the best group of friends imaginable. She always has a plan, but when her summer plans fall through and her father is caught in a scandal, she has to figure out something new.

Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer had me crying (which is rare) and immediately became one of my favorite books. I was stoked that this was the readathons group book, so I went in excited… and it lived up to it. This book was AMAZING. The characters felt real. The plot of this story was expanded so much more than what the synopsis explains, and the love interest was VERY different from any typical YA novel. Full review to come!!!!!

(Challenge 4: Group Read)

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.


This next book I didn’t even get half way through, that being Summer Days and Summer Nights, a romance anthology written by 12 popular YA artists following love, and other things, during the summer season.

summer days and nights

I only read 2 stories from this, so my thoughts will be in the month’s wrap-up.

(Challenge 5: Read a book by a new to you author)


The two challenges I did not complete were read a different format, and read a hosts pick.

For these I had Sanctum by Madeleine Roux and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I will still read these later this month!

I am happy with the progress I made this week due to me previously being in a reading slump! Did any of you participate? Let me know!

ALSO, I will be having a very exciting announcement soon, so keep a look out for that! 😀