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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I finished this book this week and absolutely adored it! I think I’m really late on this train. This is for middle schoolers and I’m reading it as a senior in high school lol oops.

I loved Sam first of all! He is such a caring guy and he has been added to my list of book boyfriends because I need a guy like that. Grace is such a fearless girl! She is so serious and has so much to deal with. She kinda reminds me of Katniss honestly.

Anyway, I enjoyed the book. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. It was a little slow, but that might be because of the age group it’s intended for. I recommend this to middle school and up.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Four by Veronica Roth

“Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON, and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I actually really enjoyed this book. I know there was a lot of controversy surrounding Veronica Roth last week, but I really liked this.

So the book was in Four’s perspective before Tris came to Dauntless. I really liked his POV and it kinda redeemed itself for Allegiant’s awful ending. I wish the entire trilogy would be in Four’s perspective. I would’ve enjoyed it a whole lot more.

I gave this book a 4 out of stars. I liked it, but it wasn’t the best thing I ever read. I recommend it to anyone who liked Divergent.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Fire In You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

The Queen has done it again. I swear every book I read by her gets better and better.  This book tugged at my heart and made me relate to an experience that I had never experienced. I loved finding out Jillian’s story and it making more sense why she was the way she was throughout the beginning of the book.

Throughout the book though, she opened up and became someone that was strong. I mean she was always strong because of the things that happened to her, but people really saw how strong she is. And she got over what happened in her past on her own. Not with the help of a guy. She actually helped the guy release his guilt.

I thought the book was incredible. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars. It had me on the edge of my seat. I almost had a heart attack with 10 pages left because of the freaking plot twist. But I recommend it to 17+.It does have mature content, but it is so worth it. It has a great lesson.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Reading Resolutions 2017 Book Tag

Hey guys! I wanted to do something different. I was thinking of doing a book tag once a month just to mix things up so that way it wasn’t all reviews. And also doing wrap ups and TBR for the month (I’ll start doing the TBR for next month)

So here is my Reading Resolutions for 2017 book tag! I do not know who created this tag, but I have seen booktubers do it and I decided to tag along.

  1. An author you would like to read that you’ve never read before: Colleen Hoover. I have like every book by her on my TBR for this year because I’ve heard so many amazing things about her work so I’m excited to read her books.
  2. A book you would like to read: Every single book on my list, but specifically Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. It will be my first book by her and I know my best friend loved those books.
  3. A classic you would like to read: I honestly don’t like classics that much, but probably Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  4. A book you want to reread: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’m starting college this Fall and I think that book might make me feel better about college.
  5. A book you’ve had for ages but haven’t read: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard so many things about this book and I heard it’s a lot like Harry Potter.
  6. A big book you’d like to read: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Who isn’t excited for this book to come out? She is such a talented writer and I’m excited to see what happens.
  7. An author you’ve read in the past that you want to read more from this year: Cassandra Clare. I’m looking forward to reading The Bane Chronicles, The Shadowhunter’s Codex, The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy, and of course Lord of Shadows. Cassie is one of my fave authors and I’m so ready to read more from her.
  8. A book you got for Christmas you’d like to read: Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy because Cassandra Clare.
  9. A series you want to read from start to finish: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski because the books sound so good and the covers are gorgeous.
  10. A series you want to finish that you’ve already started: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult. It’s the sequel to Between the Lines.
  11. How many books do you plan to read in 2017? 85.
  12. Do you have any other reading goals? No.                                                                     Comment below some resolutions!                                                                                            Until Next Time,                                                                                                                                    Alex!
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Nothing More by Anna Todd

“New York’s skyscrapers and hectic pace are a far cry from where Landon Gibson grew up, and the transition to New York University has been jarring. But he’s getting the hang of things, found a job that pays (some of) the bills, enjoys school, and only occasionally runs into his ex, Dakota. You know, the one he chose NYU for…before she dumped him.

Luckily, his best friend, Tessa, shares a (terribly small) Brooklyn apartment with him. And given the ups and downs she’s had with her own ex, she’s a good listener when he finds himself in something of a love triangle—a love knot? Whatever it is, it’s a mess. An exciting mess. Maybe an addicting mess, because beautiful girls.

Being young and finding your way in the world is hard. Landon’s always been a positive person. But such a loud, demanding city so far away from home means you only get by with a little help from your friends. And a good pair of headphones.

Landon’s going to be okay…but the journey sure will be fun to watch.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I have to say I loved Nothing More a lot more than the After series. It just wasn’t as dramatic and felt real. Also, Landon’s mind isn’t as boring as he seems in After. He’s got a very dirty mind. And he makes so many references to Harry Potter that it makes me so happy.

I gave this book a 5 out of stars. I adore Anna’s writing and I love Landon’s character.He’s so nice and just is such a great guy. I loved that it wasn’t as dramatic as the After books. I’m going to read Nothing Less in a few months. I don’t know why I’m waiting so long don’t judge.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Before by Anna Todd

“Book Five of the After series—Anna Todd’s Wattpad fanfiction that racked up one billion reads online and captivated romance readers across the globe! As told by Hardin and other characters, Before will explore the hero’s life before he met Tessa, reveal what happens after After, give you new insights on their turbulent romance—and revel in the awesome power of true love. #HESSA”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I currently have a puppy sitting on me so sorry in advance for any typing errors.

I finished this book earlier this week and fell in love with it. I love Hardin’s point of view. He’s so real and also not annoying. Yeah, I said it. Tessa is very annoying at the beginning of the series because she’s just so prissy. I also love reading how Hardin/Harry falls in love with Tessa. I love seeing how as a person he changes and the way he notices little things about Tessa.

And honestly this series works better as a fanfiction and I will admit that. It’s very overdramatic and can be too much. As a fanfiction, it makes sense and you can accept it.As a book, you want to yell at Anna to stop throwing so much crap in the book.

I loved the book because I loved the fanfiction and I know it’s not for everyone. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to 17+. It can be mature in some spots.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

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After Ever Happy by Anna Todd

It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s inpenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

As the shocking truth about each of their families emerges, it’s clear the two lovers are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin—any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her.

But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa—and everyone else in his life—away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him—not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for—Hardin or herself?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

OMG! Guys I’ve read the fanfic so I knew what was going to happen. But that didn’t change the heartwrenching and happy moments. Like honestly this book is so fast paced. Anna T0dd has a such a way with words. She is so talented. Who else can make a 500 page book feel like a 200 page book?

I still understand why people don’t like this series. It does revolve around a very toxic relationship and it’s back and forth.

I had this conversation with Tay a few days ago and we both agreed that we wouldn’t want a Hardin in real life. He is too much and he did too much to hurt Tessa. I couldn’t imagine going through that and getting  back together over and over.

Anyways, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it. I  recommend this to anyone, but it does have mature content. So you are warned.

Happy New Year everyone!

Until Next Time,

Alex