Book Review, Uncategorized

Book Review-Empire of Storms (It killed me!)

After like three weeks of trying to read this book because of I did not want to read and I had an attention span of a goldfish for a few days, made this review longer than it should’ve. First week of school is over, and I seriously still wish that it was like monday which is saying something, since I never enjoy school, but I enjoyed it. Even though my depression and anxiety levels are higher, I’m trying to be more active which is sad. I’m hoping to blog at least twice a week maybe three times, just not to overwhelm me and burn out which I’m now trying to avoid, but I really doubt no one wants to hear about that, so on to the review. The second to best book in the series!

Book Review-Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Summary: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Publication Date: September 6th, 2016

Series: Throne of Glass #5

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The story starts out with Aelin and her court heading north to Terrasen where they meet with a few potential supporters at an inn before trying to waltz into Orynth. Aelin is told that the Lords of Terrasen don’t recognize her as queen and it’s all very infuriating. She swears that “no matter how far I go, no matter the cost, when you call for my aid, I will come. I’m going to call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners.” Because war/annihilation is coming and Erawan is not messing around.

While there really isn’t that much happens throughout the book, I’d like to think that this was more of a character development book, because there was a huge amount of development coming from the side characters-Elide, more Manon development, Lorcan (he officially redeemed himself), and somewhat more Rowan who’s a little more not so kind and sweet from the last novel. He really wined me over more, and I really could see what Aelin to see into him. I think that’s what made me love this book, and it’s now my second favorite book to this series.

The book has multiple POV’s and has more than any other book-Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass which strictly was about like a few sentences between some characters, Crown of Midnight which was like strictly Celaena’s POV and we also find out her heritage about being the lost princess of Terrasen. It was a little overwhelming, but it brought out more of the characters instead of just fading into the background. Even though, there was still Aelin in the book, I find myself really not connecting with her, not until like the last 100 pages or so, where holy freaking gosh, the book went from this is interesting to I NEED THE NEXT BOOK, OR WELL KINGDOM OF ASH NOW, kind of feeling since the next book is about Chaol and some other characters which I’m happy to see about. Aelin spends a lot of time plotting, and not telling any of her court about what her plans is, which makes others frustrated because it’s a wait and see game, which happens a lot throughout this book, which I really don’t mind since it really keeps up in suspense of what will happen next. With the multiple POV’s in the book, often makes Aelin seem a bit distant, callous, not focused on the bigger picture, and pretty much back to her Celaena persona. But by the end it all makes sense and her whole journey is wonderful.

It often made me frustrated to see of where Aelin was going, because she was being so freaking secretive that I almost wanted to shake her and yell at her for not telling anyone, which honestly I really don’t blame her. I had no idea where Aelin’s head was going, nor where the plot was going which was probably to see how much Maas has good writing that I really enjoy, even if her books aren’t YA YA kind of thing. The atmosphere turned darker, and has more sexual scenes which I really don’t mind since I could actually handle it as long as it does not go overboard, and isn’t too much Adult things. Sarah’s books are probably for mature readers who doesn’t mind all the smut, and it just matters on how mature you are to read these kind of books.

Getting back to the characters, these characters are just SHEER AMOUNT OF AMAZING! Did I mention how much I love how she spends so much time on her characters, just to make them more developed instead of being characters on a page. They’re so realistic and makes me love them, despite all their faults since that’s what makes them realistic and SO HUMAN, even though if they aren’t actual human beings with a lot of them being fae, witches or a shapeshifter. I’m actually really amazed of how much Maas could write them so well, that they don’t come off as annoying or even perfect, she juggles them so well that each of them each has their chance in the spotlight.

There is more Manon in this book and how her actions from the last two books, gets her to interact with Aelin and her “enemy” in her terms, until she finds out of what her grandmother has done to mess up her life, which honestly is really cruel. Manon is still like touch me and you die, but she shows more of being confused of why her enemy is taking care of her, and all that. SHE’S JUST ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I also really adore more of Manon and Elide almost friendship from the last book, and shows how much Manon cares about Elide, even if she doesn’t really show it much during the book, but I really can’t wait to see them interact more.

Can we mention of Lorcan’s redeemable ARC in this book. That was how much Maas spent for Elide’s and Lorcan’s interactions through the book, making him better and better until I literally died at the end. I hated Lorcan in the third and fourth book, because he was so freaking selfish, but this just makes it up for it. I never expected to like him, but I could understand why he had a redeemable ARC which made me love him. Also, I ship Elide and Lorcan so hard, because you can’t just say that you don’t ship them. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT FOR EACH OTHER! AND I LOVE THEM FOR THEM FOR THAT!!
Other random things I loved:
– MANON. Manon and her Thirteen. Manon and Abraxos. Manon and hope.
– Maeve just got bumped up past Umbridge level of loathing
– all of the foreshadowing
– all of the ACOMAF similarities
– the Rowan + Dorian bonding scenes
– how amazing Maas is with her mythology references (like how Fenrys is a wolf haha)
– one of the more central characters is bisexual
– Aelin calling Rolfe “his Pirateness” and wanting Rowan to call her “milady”
– Elide adopting characteristics from Manon & Asterin and working with what she has
– the sheer scope of the phenomenal worldbuilding
– how the big reveal gave the previous books WAY more depth
– seeing Dorian and Aelin referred to as the King of Adarlan and Queen of Terrasen
– Dorian still eats like a fine lady
– that ending was AMAZING. (Not amazing in that I particularly enjoywhat’s happening, but amazing in that this takes the story to a whole new level of intense).

Smut Scenes
If the sexual content is what’s stopping you from reading this story, the pages in the US hardcover to skip are:
– 350 to the top of 359
– 422 to the scene break on 423
– 573 – 576

These are all the smut scenes that you could skip, they aren’t really important much to the plot like ACOTAR is. I kinda wish that Maas didn’t write the smut scenes in the book, so I’m docking half a star for that, since it could easily not been there.

Overall, I would give this book a 4 1/2 stars, mostly because those smut scenes shouldn’t have been in there, while I really don’t mind them, I know other readers would mind. I still recommend this series since it just keeps getting better and better throughout the books and since the last book is getting released soon, I’m getting more excited to read this book.

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DNF Books, Uncategorized

Books I DNF

High School started yesterday (It’s Tuesday for me still), and for the lack of posts is because I’m seriously learning things around. I don’t have much motivation to read much, but I’m digging my way through with Empire of Storms, but just taking a while for me, while this won’t really be much of an review or well where I’ve been, but I’m doing a DNF post for today, since I don’t want to take part of this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tueday) since well, I feel like that would be bias and all that, and I really don’t like this week’s topic.

These’s are just my personal opinion for these books, and I have like about ten which will be certainly interesting.

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I actually really dislike this book while everyone praises him especially for this new novel. To me, this novel is actually ridiculous and I really enjoyed reading The Fault In Our Stars, mostly because I find that book almost like a breath of fresh air especially on the take of the representation and teenagers dying of cancer, which sounds cool. But while this book had some representation especially with the main character Aza or what whatever her name is, I wasn’t too interested in this book and the fault just felt forced and weird espeically like the disappearance thing or was it a murderer? I actually really don’t remember. I really don’t think John Green is for me, which is why you would probably never see much reviews about him, his books aren’t for me for them seeming like too childish and like the writing just isn’t for me.

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I DNF’d this book shortly after Turtles All the Way down, during my I hate blogging phrase I somehow went through as I saw it more of a chore instead of a hobby and I didn’t really have a laptop so. While the summary was intriguing, and everyone was praising about it. I might pick it up, fingers crossed that I actually will and do a review on it, it just felt forced and it didn’t really make any sense much and felt so slow. I also didn’t really like the romance between the two protagonists.

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I DNF’ed this book actually back in November surprisingly, while I was reading the Selection series. Even though the first three was interesting and I liked the premise between those three books and I knew how much everyone found almost a fresh air with Eadlyn. I just found her annoying and just so stuck up. I know that she was supposed to read as an Independent woman, I didn’t feel any of those feelings, but a tuck-up, whiny brat which made me discontinue reading about the series. Quite frankly, I wished that the first three books was simply a trilogy since things wrapped up quite nicely for me.

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This book was so bad, and while I loved the cover and the necromancy in this book, it was the information dumping that I really had issues with it, that I wouldn’t recommend. I probably won’t end up reading the next book, but who knows.

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, while I adore the other books, I refuse to believe this book is canon. I have so many issues with this book and how ooc the characters are. Not to mention how it just didn’t feel right and no longer felt like Harry Potter, just some fanfic that was really bad.

These are only five examples to my DNF list, and I will probably add more, in case this does well. What do you think? Agreed with some of the books listed? Tell me in the comments!

Thx for reading!

-Lori

Book Review, Uncategorized

Book Review-The Hate You Give

I usually dislike over-hyped books mostly because that they either would leave me disappointed or they’re jsut simply okay, and are just simply too hyped. I think this book was simply too hyped, and while it was good and see how stupid America is (because like seriously, everything is about race it seems like), and that’s how much I hate America and the stupid gun issue. I really don’t think it really should matter all because of your skin tone, but it does, and I really like this is a your own voices book.

Book Review-The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

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Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Publication Date: February 28th, 2017

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What I Liked:

Starr: I obviously loved Starr, because she literally is like a normal girl if you count her seeing two murderers of her friends. SHE WAS STRONG! I felt like she had some PTSD, which I obviously can not blame her, but dang. She felt absolutely human and I could feel her pain from gun violence and Police Brutality towards people she knows and somewhat herself, all because she was black which is a stupid reason if you ask me, but I really shouldn’t be complaining.

I really love Starr’s relationship with people especially with her parents. Her parents really gave good advice and had two talks with her: one is the classic, the birds and the bees, and the other is really unexpected was how to behave around police officers so that she doesn’t get arrested nor shot. I actually never got that talk, and the only talk I got was too look for a police officer or call one in case I’m in trouble. That’s just impressive and that advice got her through those things with police brutality.

Unfortunately, her friend – Khalil – never got that talk. Which is where the novel starts basically, and you could imagine what happened. He died, and it set the novel.

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.

It was Contemporary. I usually really don’t pick up contemporary, but I since everyone hypes about this book, and mostly I’m trying to pick up more Contemporary fiction because I need to expand genres. This book was really realistic and so eye opener that now I’m having a hard time trying to say something of I guess how white people really have so much privilege, and black people don’t because of the matter of their skin. I’m really grateful that Angie Thomas wrote this, especially during the Black Lives Matter Movement. With the shootings of unarmed black people by police officers, as well as racial bias in the justice system. It was a real eye-opener and I haven’t read that much of an eye-opener since I read The Nowhere Girls which symbolizes how people should speak out against sexual assault. I really doubt that I would be forgetting about this book anytime soon, since wow. I’m really breathless and I have to say, wow. Simply wow. This book was impressive.

The story is about how Starr deals with her best friend-Khalil’s death by police, for simply not doing something wrong. I LOVE THE ORIGINAL CONTENT AND THIS WAS SO BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. EVEN THOUGH I KNOW THERE PROBABLY WON’T BE A SEQUEL, THIS IS FRESH AND AMAZING CONTENT. Starr is really afraid to speak out and is still seething anger from the police officer who shot an unarmed man for nothing. In Star’s eyes, it’s really hard for her especially of how media portrays all blacks are guilty instead of being innocent, it’s like you don’t need a reason why, but cops really don’t care.

Though, at its heart, this book first and foremost captures the perspective of a scared young girl. A girl with a loving family, complicated friendships with white teenagers at her school, and a white boyfriend. The relationship dynamics run alongside the fight for justice and are no less compelling. Thomas deftly portrays complex, nuanced relationships between all the people in the book, considering the divides between Starr and her white classmates, but never allowing anyone to become cliche or one-dimensional, especially with her parents and acquaintances.

Overall, I would give this a 5 star read because this is an absolutely eye-opener, original content that deserves its hype. I recommend everyone reading it, if you already read, go read it again. That’s how brilliantly amazing this book is, and I’m still reeling from it’s total epic-ness!

Have you read this book? Hated it? Loved it? Tell me in the comments!

Thx for reading!

-Lori

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Book Review-Vampire’s Assistant

I totally freaking forgot about this book, and that I literally read it like a week ago, the first day I got it.

This is spoilers for Cirque Du Freak, the first book in the series. I recommended reading the review before proceeding onto this one…

Book Review-Vampire’s Assistant By Darren Shan

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Summary: Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy – until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a Vampire’s Assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling… the Wolf Man is waiting.

Year Published: 2002

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What I Liked:

I love how much Darren struggles in this book, and it really shows how much he just wants his life to be normal again, while he’s now a half-vampire . He’s grows unhappy, from being torn apart from his family and friends, where he grows depressed and refuses to eat human blood, since he didn’t want to eat anything human. Darren’s struggles are real, and I find myself enjoying his POV. Even though he doesn’t struggle with challenges, his emotions is what I could relate to, simply just feeling numb and depressed a lot. I really could feel how much Darren is hurt over leaving.

With the side characters, Mr. Crepsley, plays a somewhat bigger role and grows on me. I didn’t really care about him last book, he was simply just there, but now, his personality is finally shining through and I love his interactions with Darren. He almost reminds me of a parent worried, since Darren is on the verge of being suicidal in a way.

I really enjoyed the circus more, which was only there briefly in the last book, and how all the “freaks” travel on the road, able to go and join as they please. Even the show master is there and is just as creepy as the last book (I swear he really could read minds). He often gave me chills, especially when he spoke, but he’s like so mysterious that I must learn more about him. The snakeboy which was just mentioned in like one sentence, brings more of a bigger role in this book than the last book, and I could really see where he is coming from. He perhaps you could say has a pet snake, and I really don’t like snakes, so I was weary, but he’s the person that is near Darren’s age.

Even though this book is perhaps only a little over 200 pages long, Darren Shan writes brilliantly-adding action, and there is always something new that makes you continuously want to flip through pages. There are a bit of terrifying scenes that makes me worried about Darren well-being, but I really enjoyed it. And yes the wolf-man is literally like a wolf.

With the ending at the end of the book, it left me both sad (over somebody’s death), and how much it left me shock because I never saw that coming. I’m really looking forward to read the next one now, to see how Darren is doing, and what happened after those startling events towards the end of the book.

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What I Disliked:

The only thing I disliked about this book is sometimes there is repetitiveness in this book, which could be made up by usuing different words.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

This is a really good read. I recommended people picking this series up! Even though there are 12 books and I’m on the third one now, it’s getting interesting. While the first one brought an interesting premise, and the second didn’t fall short like most ones do, it continues on an exciting experience with exciting things that kept me on the edge of my seat. This works great for those who’s looking for either a horror book, and a short read. Even though this book is labeled as a young adult, I recommend everyone to read it.

Have you read this book? Hated it? Liked it? Tell me in the comments! And I’ll review the next one shortly!

Thx for reading!

-Lori

 

Book Review, Uncategorized

Book Review-Goose Girl

This has certainly been on my TBR for a while, so imagine my surprise to see that the book was on the library shelf. School is starting Monday so I’ll probably be posting every other day, and my new phone came in (Just needs to fix the chargeing problem to it).

Book Review-The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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Summary: Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.

Publication Date: March 1st, 2005

Series: The Books of Bayern #1

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What I Liked:

Ani: I really like how Ani was shown with this book, and what she does. She’s very likable, struggles with her newly found life, while trying to gain her identity back when her handmaiden, Selia, steals her identity. She’s probably one of the best heriones I’ve ever read, though a lot of people could top what she does. Ani is also a young princess with a unique gift of which she can speak animal languages. From a very young age, she learned to speak to the swan’s in the pond and forged a beautiful connection with a horse foul, Falada. When her father, the king, dies, Ani learns from her mother that she is to be sent off to a neighboring kingdom to be wed to their prince.

Ani’s journey starts when Selia leads a coup and gets half of Ani’s soldiers to turn against her. Ani flees for her life, and when she finally reaches the kingdom she finds that Selia has assumed her identity, and has all of the guards on her side. Ani becomes the palace goose girl, and she hides in the castle hoping to earn enough money to return home…

Ani is perhaps a role model for girls, since she learned from her experiences and did not give up when her life became tough for her. She has a great sense of perseverance, and treats others kindly. She’s realistic in the novel, and has her struggles with other people when they bully her or well taunt her.  This story is a classic case of the good girl wins and the spoiled misbehaving girl loses, a message meant to teach children to be kind and tell the truth and good things will come to you.

While there is still romance in this novel, it isn’t the central point in the story merely for Ani’s journey of self-discovery and how she became her own person which is really good, and I like how the author did that, instead of a spoiled brat. This is like a Cinderella Retelling, but I’m not sure.

Shannon Hale’s writing style is perhaps one of my favorite. She manages to juggle world-building, character development, and writing beautiful scenes that’s lovely. She’s one of my favorite authors that I perhaps can’t really get enough of, since it’s really good. She writes at a perfect pace, which is one major factor which I like about this book.

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What I Disliked:

The book was very slow until page 100 hit, where all the action is and Ani’s development. It was slow, and I understand what she was doing, but it  dragged on a little too much.

Overall, I would give this book a 4.5 stars, since it was really a lovely read and I’ll be continuing with the rest of the story whenever I get a chance, probably once I get settled first and all that since I doubled up on math (Algebra 2 and Geometry Honors), so that would be fun.

Have you read this book? On your TBR? Tell me in the comments!

Thx for reading!

-Lori

 

Music, Uncategorized

3 Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 3)

I was tagged by Anita to do this fun challenge. Today is the last day, and I would be sharing one of my favorite songs.

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

Getaway Car by Taylor Swift

No, nothing good starts in a getaway car…

It was the best of times, the worst of crimes
I struck a match and blew your mind
But I didn’t mean it
And you didn’t see it
The ties were black, the lies were white
In shades of gray and candlelight
I wanted to leave him
I needed a reason

X marks the spot, where we fell apart
He poisoned the well, I was lying to myself
I knew it from the first old fashioned, we were cursed
We never had a shotgun shot in the dark

You were driving the getaway car
We were flying, but we’d never get far
Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
We’re riding in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car
No, they never get far
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

It was the great escape, the prison break
The light of freedom on my face
But you weren’t thinking
And I was just drinking
Well he was running after us, I was screaming ‘Go go go!’
But with three of us, honey, it’s a side show
And a circus ain’t a love story
And now we’re both sorry (we’re both sorry)

X marks the spot, where we fell apart
He poisoned the well, every man for himself
I knew it from the first old fashioned, we were cursed
It hit you like a shotgun shot to the heart

You were driving the getaway car
We were flying, but we’d never get far
Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
We’re riding in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car
No, they never get far
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

We were jet set Bonnie and Clyde
Until I switched to the other side
It’s no surprise, I turned you in
‘Cause us traitors never win

I’m in a getaway car
I left you in the motel bar
I put the money in a bag and stole the keys
That was the last time you ever saw me

Driving the getaway car
We were flying, but we’d never get far
Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
Think about the place where you first met me
We’re riding in a getaway car
There were sirens in the beat of your heart
Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave
Think about the place where you first met me
In a getaway car
No, they never get far
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car

I was riding in a getaway car
I was crying in a getaway car
I was dying in a getaway car
Said ‘goodbye’ in a getaway car

I was riding in a getaway car
I was crying in a getaway car
I was dying in a getaway car
Said ‘goodbye’ in a getaway car

I tag: Kyera, Sophril, and Sahi
Top Ten Tuesdays, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’d Mash Together

I’m finally going to take part in this.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books That You’d Mash Together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Books you’d Mash Together

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Sarah always hinted that there could be a portal between these worlds that I really wouldn’t mind. I so would like to see a crossover of this.

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I really this would be a great mash-up, especially with the inner circle and Jace.
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Both of these are crappy books, but I would possibly read it if these had a crossover, maybe it would be better.
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I feel like this would be interesting and I feel like Lexi and Simon would be like friends though.