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All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

**** This novel was sent to me during an ARC traveling book tour (thanks Courtney!). All opinions are my own****

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Edition: ARC

Pages: 432

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: May 15th, 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Synopsis: “In this genre-defying page-turner from Lygia Day Peñaflor, four teens befriend their favorite YA novelist, only to find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next book—with devastating consequences.

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to hear the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialist party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was—and she was willing to share all her secrets with Fatima Ro to prove it.

Jonah Nicholls had more to hide than any of them. And now that Fatima’s next book is out in the world, he’s the one who is paying the price…

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying—and told as a series of interviews, journal entries, and even pages from the book within the book—this gripping story of a fictional scandal will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

 

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My Rating: 5/5 Hot Aliens

What if you met your favorite author and they wanted to become friends? That’s what happens in this book which is basically a bookworm’s dream. And that’s what this novel was for me. I really loved this novel. It took me on the emotional journey that I was craving from a contemporary novel.

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I think it was the plot that won me over. The premise drew me in and I knew right away that I had to read this book. There was never a dull moment within the novel. whether it was the suspense of Fatima’s newest novel playing out what had happened or the interviews leaving you to worry about what is currently going on within their lives.

I loved the format of this novel. The interviews showed us an insight into the past as well as what had been currently going on. It helped fill in a bunch of gaps that could have formed if the story had not been in this type of format. I feel like it made the story flow together better even though we were jumping around from interviews to Fatima’s newest novel that caused all the controversy. The one thing I was disappointed in but also not at the same time was the plot twist. I liked how it didn’t take the normal approach that an author would make and that shocked me a little bit. And that made me like the novel more because I love when a novel can shock me. I cannot wait to read Peñaflor’s other novel, Unscripted Joss Byrd, and whatever else she releases later on.

I highly recommend that you pick up this book!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Mini Review: By A Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell

34921588Edition: e-ARC

Pages: 300

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: February 6th, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teens

Goodreads Synopsis: “Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. 

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

The carnival setting has definitely turned me onto reading more books set in the circus. The novel itself was addicting and the synopsis was intriguing, but it fell short in its execution.

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The characters weren’t my favorite. I weirdly enjoyed the plot more than the actual characters which I don’t think has ever happened before. I found a lot of the characters to be annoying and selfish. There was only one character who wasn’t selfish, and I think he was my favorite. This novel would have been so much better if everything hadn’t been rushed so much. I wish the author would have put more details into the novel to make the characters and plot round. If it had maybe fifty more pages it would have been bumped up to a four star rating. Overall, the novel was kind of meh to me, but I look forward to looking into more novels set in carnivals.

Would I read another novel by this author? Honestly, maybe. The author’s writing was really addicting and I would consider reading another novel by them just for that reason.

3.5/5 Hot Aliens

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Am I going to continue blogging?

Am I going to continue blogging? Yes. For the past year, I’ve been focusing on my mental health and that has left me with no time for blogging, but as I am currently figuring it all out, I’m going to try again. Think of this as a restart to the blog, I guess. I can’t promise I’ll post multiple times a week like I used to, but I will promise you that there will at least be one blog post per week. Thanks for sticking around and having patience with me.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Author Of The Month · Uncategorized

S. Usher Evans Read-Along

Hey Everyone! S. Usher Evans is February’s Author of the Month and I’ve decided to put together a read along so we can all enjoy her novels! The schedule will be below in a photo you can save of it. If you want to join, tweet me (@readbyanna) or comment with your twitter handle and I’ll add you to a group DM. For the read-along, I decided on Madion War trilogy which will lead up to the release of Resurgence. On Resurgence‘s release day, we will start reading that book.

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I hope you all join in reading this book!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Series I Have to Finish in 2018

In 2017, I finished reading maybe one or two series which is kind of sad when you think about how many opportunities I had to read them. Anyways, I definitely want to find out what the endings are to these stories. Let me know if any of these are your favorites and should be moved up the list!

They are organized by: series title (number of books in series, number unread, whether or not I need to reread the others to remember everything)

The Mortal Instruments (7, 1 unread, reread)

Monsters of Verity (2, 1 unread, reread)

Six of Crows (2, 1 unread, reread)

Reign of Shadows (2, 1 unread, reread)

Gemma Doyle (3, 2 unread, reread)

Snow Like Ashes (3, 2 unread, reread)

Blood of gods and Monsters (4, 3 unread, reread)

The Dark Elements (3, 2 unread, reread)

The Wrath and The Dawn (2, 1 unread, reread)

Dorothy Must Die (4, 2 unread, reread)

Wicked (3, 2 unread, reread)

Covenant (5, 3 unread, reread)

The Remnant Chronicles (3, 2 unread, reread)

Splintered (3, 2 unread, reread)

The Archived (2, 1 unread, reread)

Anna & The French Kiss (3, 1 unread)

The Lone City (3, 2 unread, reread)

Sweet (4, 3 unread, reread)

Shadow Falls (5, 3 unread, reread)

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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All I Want For Christmas Book Tag

Hey guys! Posts are later and shorter but I’m working on it so just give me a few days to deal with some life stuff. Anyways, this tag was super fun! Taken from Stephanie’s Book Reviews

 

1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

Daemon Black would be fine by me.

2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

Daemon Black. He’s still my #1 book boyfriend.

3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

1. Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh
2. The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
5. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

4) It’s secret santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?

Ummm we are going to skip this question……. (yes, I have not completed Harry Potter yet enough to understand this question and idk if I ever plan on finishing)

5) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

Lame answer but probably a Marvel movie because technically an adaptation.

6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

I can’t think of any fictional animal from a novel that I’ve read that I would want to meet so I guess just a unicorn?

7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?

1. Daemon Black from Lux
2. Phryne Fisher from Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
3. Jesper from Six of Crows
4. Nina from Six of Crows
5. Molly from The Upside of Unrequited
6. Cath from Fangirl
7. Levi from Fangirl (both needed for emergency dance parties)
8. Katy Swartz from Lux
9. Jacque Pierce from Prince of Wolves
10. Fane from Prince of Wolves

8) What character would make a good santa (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?

For some reason, Wylan from Six of Crows came to mind. Idk why.

I’m tagging:

Alyssa

Dylan

and everyone else who wants to do this!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

TBR (To be read)

December 2017 TBRM

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by! I still have 25 books to read to meet my goal, so this is a very ambitious TBR.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – I’m currently listening to the audiobook of this and I’m really enjoying it.

Resurgence by S. Usher Evans – Another book I’m currently listening to. I’m really loving it so far!

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various Authors – I’m currently reading this anthology. The name says it all: It is so cute!

Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by by Amélie Sarn (Y. Maudet was the translator) – I have this from the library and it is due soon.

Falsies by Olivia East – I was approved for this book on Netgalley and I’m super excited to read it since I’ve been wanting more New Adult books lately.

I’m not sure exactly what else I’ll read, but I’ll definitely let you guys know!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Monthly Wrap Up

November 2017 Wrap Up

I read quite a bit in November which was surprising after months of not reading much. I also enjoyed more books than I thought I did. I’m doing this a little different than normal, so let me know what you think of this format.

**Hot Aliens = Stars**

Novels

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (REREAD)

5 Hot Aliens

Seriously Stupid Criminals by Synova Cantrell

3 Hot Aliens

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (Audiobook)

5 Hot Aliens

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

4.5 Hot Aliens

Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood (Audiobook)

5 Hot Aliens

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

4.5 Hot Aliens

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

5 Hot Aliens

Graphic Novels/Comics

Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Reiss

5 Hot Aliens

Rick and Morty Vol. 1 by Zac Gorman

4 Hot Aliens

Overwatch #11 – 15

3.5, 3, 2.5, 2, 3 Hot Aliens

Rat Queens Vol. 4 by Kurtis J. Wiebe

4 Hot Aliens

Share Your Universe: Wolverine 

3.5 Hot Aliens

Grimm #0

2 Hot Aliens

DC Super Hero Girls FCBD 2017 Special Edition (2017-) #1 

2 Hot Aliens

Batman: Gotham Adventures #1 

3 Hot Aliens

Jem: Truly Outrageous Vol. 5 by Kelly Thompson

5 Hot Aliens

Assassin’s Creed Free Comic Book Day 2016

2.5 Hot Aliens

Black Panther: Soul of the Machine

3 Hot Aliens

CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

3 Hot Aliens

Ouran High Host Club Vol. 6 by Bisco Hatori

5 Hot Aliens

Archie: The New Riverdale Vol. 1

4 Hot Aliens

Top 5 Favorite Reads:

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Why: I loved the world and all of the characters. I actually felt like flinging the book across the room once because of something that happened…. And that feeling can either be a one star or a five star. Thankfully, it was a 5 star feeling.

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (Audiobook)

Why: Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is one of my favorite TV shows that I finished earlier this year. I loved being able to listen to the novel.

Ouran High Host Club Vol. 6 by Bisco Hatori

Why: Host Club is always amazing and makes me so happy.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Why: I loved being able to reread this novel and remember why I loved this series so much.

Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Reiss

Why: This duology was so cute! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves graphic novels. The art is cute and the plot is intriguing.

What did you guys read in November?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Book Blogmas 2017

Hey guys! This month I’ll be posting every day in December. I’m excited to try to catch up on posts that I’ve been meaning to write.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Book reviews that I’ve been needing to write
  • Audiobook Recs
  • Twelve Days of Bloggers (It will be starting on the 12th of December and will continue through the 24th)
  • Surprises/Other Random Posts

I am ready to finally focus a little more on my blog now that some of the stress from applying to colleges is gone. I’m already planning things for 2018 so be ready for a full year of regular blogging!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Why I Purchase Multiple Copies of the Same Novel

Having multiple copies may seem unnecessary, but it seems to be a normal thing within the bookish community. I have watched so many bookshelf tours filled two or more different editions of a book. And I’m definitely guilty of this myself. Sometimes I like a book so much I buy multiple copies of it. Do I need them? No…… but am I still going to buy them? Yes. So here are my reasons for buying them.

1) They are more ascetically pleasing. Sometimes the U.S. covers are slightly lamer than the international covers, so Book Depository is great for this. So far, I haven’t used Book Depo, but I definitely want to. I’ve purchased cover changes for a series or a book and then decline to get rid of the one I already had for sentimental reasons (kind of a dumb reason right? It’s okay though, I know it is an issue).

2) I love the author and want to support them. For example, do I need to own three copies (arc, hardback, and paperback) of Zoraida Cordóva’s novel, Labyrinth Lost? Not necessarily….. but I love it so much and she’s such a kind and generous person. I also have multiple copies of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Leigh Bardugo’s books.

3) ……… I don’t have anymore reasons.

I hope you enjoyed this short post! I’m beginning to get back into blogging regularly, so be excited!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna