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Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

So after how much I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight, and after what a cliffhanger it left off on, I was super excited to start Heir of Fire. Annnndddd…. It started off pretty disappointing. Where Crown of Fire seemed to hit the perfect balance between developing nuanced characters and weaving their growth in with a… Continue reading Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Book Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

So, I sort of let this review linger in the “unfinished” post pile a little too long, given how hard I came down on the previous book in the series, Lirael. I read this not long afterwards, and honestly was so amazed at how much better it was than its predecessor - and how much… Continue reading Book Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

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Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

  Crown of Midnight was an exceptional follow-up to Throne of Glass. The pacing problems of the first book were pretty much non-existant, and the combination of a more mature narrative with far more effective character development makes for a riveting read from start to finish. Celeana as Unlikeable Still Isn’t Actually Unlikeable. As I… Continue reading Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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#ReadWomenMonth Reading Wrap-Up

Participating in StasiaLikesCakes’ Read Women Month was a really fun, fulfilling, and enlightening experience. I did both the Instagram challenge (see that wrap-up here), and the reading challenge, and in the process read 9 books, reacquainted myself with reading fiction regularly, and learned a lot about my reading preferences and habits. I realized how much… Continue reading #ReadWomenMonth Reading Wrap-Up

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June Wrap-Up and July Goals

Ah, another month gone, another goals wrap-up post - and June did NOT go as smoothly in terms of goals as I hoped it would. That said, it wasn’t quite the total failure that it could have been. So how’d I do? Well, June was a strange one this year. I spent the first two… Continue reading June Wrap-Up and July Goals

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#ReadWomenMonth Instagram Challenge Wrap-Up

Today marks the end of #ReadWomenMonth, and not only did I pledge to read only female authors this month (wrap-up on that coming soon), but I also participated in the Instagram challenge - as best I could anyway. So today, I’m wrapping the month up with a compilation of all my Instagram posts over the… Continue reading #ReadWomenMonth Instagram Challenge Wrap-Up

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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’ll be honest, I started out not really feeling this book. I picked it up on a whim after one too many times seeing it in the bookstore and reading one too many internet reviews just raving about how good it was, but I wasn’t super excited about it. The description on the back cover… Continue reading Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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#ReadWomenMonth 2017

So a few days ago I stumbled across the greatest idea on Twitter - Stasia of Stasia Likes Cakes has designated June as Read Women Month, complete with corresponding instagram challenge. And I am totally all about this. One of my big goals for June is to just read. A lot. I’ve spent the last… Continue reading #ReadWomenMonth 2017

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Magpie Reviews: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book… Well... I guess I don’t know precisely how to start this? Because this book is controversial. I read it specifically because I’ve been seeing controversy pop up all over the place and I’m a sucker for a good debate like that. And I don’t really know how to approach this review, because to… Continue reading Magpie Reviews: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Book Review: Lirael by Garth Nix

I’ve got to be honest here - this one was a bit of a slog. After how much I enjoyed Sabriel, how compelled I was to keep reading and finish to see what happened, Lirael was a bit of a let down. It’s almost as if Nix sort of saw the failings of Sabriel (lack… Continue reading Book Review: Lirael by Garth Nix