25 Bookish Facts About Me

I was tagged by The Petite Book Blogger   to do this book tag 

(Photo belongs to her)

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1. I only own 10 physical books

I know, you’re horrified. I can explain. I recently moved a few months ago and I had to give up almost all of my books. I had a box of my favorites which got lost and still haven’t been found. Since then I’ve only bought 10 books. I usually buy a book after reading the ebook version or getting it from the library. I hate buying books that I end up not liking. 

2. I’ve never (heard?) an audiobook

I don’t think I would like it because I usually don’t like people reading aloud to me, though I’m open to trying it at least once. 

3. I’ve never kept a bookmark longer than a week

I always seem to loose my bookmarks within a week of getting them, though they are always paper ones not magnets or the metal ones. I think (hope) that I’d be able to hold onto those better. 

4. Fantasy is my favorite genre

Always has been always will be. After that it’s probably sci-fi, dystopian, thriller, and then mystery. I don’t usually like most contemporaries except maybeJohn  Green’s or Rainbow Rowelle’s. 

5. I currently have over 30 library books checked out

Yikes, better return those. I always forget to take them back and instead come home with a bunch more new ones. 

6. My favorite series is Throne of Glass

I love, love, love ToG! After that my favorites are Illuminae, a Falling Kingdoms, and pretty much all the Shadowhunter books. 

7. I’ve never been to an official book related event

I really hope I get a chance to sometime 

8. I liked the Maze Runner movies more than the books

*shrugs* They were just better (at least scorch trials was)

9. I can read a whole novel in a day

As long as it’s not like 700 pages or something (I could read that in a day, I just don’t have time)

10. I always have a book to suggest if you need something to read

Always

11. I love bookstagram, but I suck at taking good pictures

Plus, since most of my books are library books, the covers look at shiny and ugh it drives me wild. I have gotten better though at taking picture recently. 

(Stalk me on insta/twitter/tumblr/goodreads: @theyabookaholic

12. I can’t do anything other things while reading

Nope, I get distracted way to easily. I can’t even eat while reading. 

13. Some books make me super emotional, while others make me feel nothing

14. It takes me longer to read books I love

Whenever I read the next book in a series that I truly love, it takes me forever because I stop every few chapter to just kinda sit there and soak it in (and sometimes fangirl over what’s going on)

15. My favorite book to move is (and always will be) Harry Potter

16. I’m a Ravenclaw 😀

17.  I’ve never read Twilight

I probably never will

18. I find it hardest to write reviews about books that are meh

I never know what to say, because they’re not bad, they just aren’t my thing. 

19. I’ve never bought a (physical) book online

20. I haven’t read almost all of the classics

I will someday, today’s just not the day. 

21.  I’ve never won a free book

Fingers crossed!

22. I’ve only ever read 1 book by a self-published author

Air awakens was SO good 

23. I can’t help but judge a book by its cover

It’s  always the interesting  ones that catch my eye

24. This is the first time I’ve ever been tagged to do something

I’m pretty new to the whole book bogging thing. I started my blog early this month. 

25. I’m 2 away from having a 100 visitors on my blog

I’m so excited, and for me this is a pretty big milestone. I wasn’t sure how this was going to go when I started this blog, or if I would like it. I’m so glad I did start this because I’ve discovered something that I truly enjoy! 



Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Books


Fantasy is by far my favorite genre. I just can’t resist it. It was REALLY hard narrowing this down to just 10 books! 

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS!!!! I remember when I first saw it I kept putting it off because I didn’t like the original cover (I know, I know, I’m a terrible, judgemental person. I mean, I have so have some flaws, right. It just isn’t fair to you all for me to be entirely perfect). I didn’t think for a second that this would turn out be my No. 1 favorite book. This book is insanely amazing and I’m going crazy waiting for the 5th one. You HAVE to read this, like, right now. Don’t even bother with the rest of this list until you finish this amazing, wonderful, stupendous, spectacular, all-around amazing series!

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” 

2. An Ember in the Ashes  by Sabaa Tahir


Another book I stupidly put off. I kept getting so distracted from this by other things that I didn’t read this until months after I got it. Biggest mistake of my life. This book was SO FRICKIN GOOD!!! I could live off this book. I desperately need A Torch Against the Night! Like, I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait for it. It’s not possible. Seriously,  though.  Read this. Now. 

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.” 

3. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

 I love this series so much, and I’m wayyy too attached to it. I empathized with Cleo right away, and she was quickly my favorite out of the 4 POVs in this book. I don’t want to say too much about this cuz I’ll end up giving away a bunch of spoilers, but basically, this series is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever read. Most series start to decline around the middle but this only got better and better. You have, have, HAVE, to read this!!

“Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.”



4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Rennée Ahdieh 


I couldn’t put this down. This book trapped me inside in it’s pages, and a little part of my heart is tucked away inside this story. I heard so many good things about this, and THEY WERE SOOO TRUE! This book is just wow.  It’s so much more than just an epic romance story. It’s  beautiful.  I loved Shahrzad and Khalid. This book was written soooo well. If this was food, it would be one of those super delicious, gorgeously decorated cakes, amazing on the outside and within. I want to  eat this book up into my soul. I can’t wait to get my greedy mitts on a copy of The Rose and the Dagger. 

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.” 

5.  The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 


This is by far my series of the Shadowhunters realm. I love the character to pieces and I’ve retread this countless times. This series is perfection. It is goals. Beautiful story, beautiful covers, beautiful characters, and tons of feels. This book hits ya were it hurts, but you love it. Everyone needs to read this. We need to just shut down the world and all read this together. 

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” 

6.Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 


AHHHH THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!! This book is so new and refreshing!!! I’ve never read a story like this, it’s so original. This whole plot line, it’s gorgeous! I also love the names so much (Karou, Akira, Ziri)! It’s impossible to talk about one without spoiling either so I’m just gonna hush now. SERIOUSLY THO, READ THIS!!!!

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. 

It did not end well.” 

7.Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee


This book is so frickin amazing. Like can we just have a moment of silence for this book? 

Ok, moment of silence over. OMFG THIS IS SO DANG GOOD LIKE I CANT EVEN. This book is just so…. asdfghjkl!!! I loved Penryn is so awesome and kickass and I love her. I mean, she chained Raffe to a grocery cart after knocking him out.  I love the way she created this post-apocalyptic world, and how it was the Angels that started it (I’m a supernatural fan, there’s no way I couldn’t fall in love with this book). You gotta read these books. Best decision of your life, may you choose to do it. 

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.” 

“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.” 

8.  Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo


How can I show to you how good this book is in just one sentence? Hmm…

The producers of Harry Potter are producing the movie adaption of this book as you currently read this. 

Yep. I’m screaming inside. I can’t air for the movie and at the same time I’m terrified it’ll be a huge flop (though the likelihood of that is pretty low). This book so so friggin good! I love Alina, I love/hate the Darkling, and I love the whole idea of this series. The ending of this trilogy was so dang epic. I have never met a person who’s read this and disliked it. 

“C’mon,” he said. “One foot in front of the other. You know how it’s done”

“You’re interfering with my plan.”

“Oh really?”

“Yes. Faint, get trampled, grievous injuries all around.”

“That sounds like a brilliant plan.”

“Ah, but if I’m horribly maimed, I won’t be able to cross the Fold.”

Mal nodded slowly. “I see. I can shove you under a cart if that would help.” 

9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

No it’s not the same series, but it’s just as good (dare I say, maybe even better). It takes place  about 2 years after the end of Ruin and Rising, and it’s  set in Ketterdam, a city on Kerch. (only an ocean away from Ravka squeeeeee)

 It’s. So. Amazing. 

Literally just look at this synopsis

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. 

This book was absolutely a-fricking-mazing and its your lose it you choose not to read it.

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”

“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.

“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.

“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.

“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.” 

“The easiest way to steal a man’s wallet is to tell him you’re going to steal his watch. You take his attention and direct it where you want it to go.” 

10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima 


 Ok, so apparently there’s something wrong with me. For some reason I always put off books that later turn out to be my absolute favorites. I started this book about 3 different times, in three different years and HOLY MOLY WAS I MISSING OUT!!! These books are absolutely AH-MAY-ZING!!! Once you actually get into the first book, past all the info heavy first chapters, you at easily rely entranced. Hook, line, & sinker. I love how these books are different from your general fantasy novel, with their own magic system and inner-kingdom hostilities. And gosh do I ship Hans and Raisa! <– OTP right there. 

“I have lost everything, Han thought. Then he corrected himself. Every time I think I’ve lost everything, I find there’s still something else to lose”

What are your favorite fantasy books?

Book Review: These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman &Meagan Spooner 

Rating: 4.5 stars

I bet you’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, and I’m here to tell you that  they’re all TRUE! 

This book was SO GOOD. I could not put it down, which (sadly) doesn’t happen too often. It was one of those books, were you really want to finish it but at the same time you never want it to end. 

These Broken Stars is a sci-fi dystopia set in space, usually something I immediately love or hate. (LOVED LOVED LOVED IT)

I liked Lilac, she was strong for someone in her position, and she was human, with a personality and everything.She was not perfect, she had flaws, and  she made mistakes. I hate how most female heroines nowadays seem to be pretty much carbon copies of each other. It’s so refreshing to actually see one that’s not like all the rest. I didn’t like her all that much in the beginning, but she turned out to be so much more than the posh, delicate princess she started out as. Lilac was her own person, unique and lovable (at least later on in the story). I enjoyed reading from her perspective. 

“Lilac Rose LaRoux. Untouchable. Toxic. I should’ve been named Ivy, or Foxglove, or Belladonna.” 

I really liked Tarver. If I had to be stranded on a deserted planet with someone, I’d definitely choose Tarver. He was  snarky yet charming, and loyal to a fault. His warmth and his sense of humor would have made him a very amiable companion (in my opinion at least). He stuck around to help Lilac, which I probably wouldn’t do after what she said to him. 

“Abandon her? If only my duty or my conscience would let me. The galaxy would be better off, if you ask me. Who’d even know we were in the same pod? Except that I would know. And that would be enough.” 

The storyline was really interesting and I was soooo hooked. I found the whole idea kind of intriguing and I definitely can’t wait to the next book.  Amie Kaufman is truly a genius! Her writing is so beautiful, brimming with colorful, vibrant words. The interrogation pieces gave me vibes from Illuminae, while the romance was perfect for fans of Under the Never Sky (two of my absolute favorite books). 

“For a moment the image before us is frozen: our world, our lives, reduced to a handful broken stars half lost in uncharted space. Then it’s gone, the view swallowed by the hyperspace winds streaming past, blue-green auroras wiping the after-images away.

Basically, this book rocks. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a delicious read!

 YOU MUST READ IT NOW!! Shoo, what are you waiting for! Your new favorite book awaits! 

Book Review: The Madman’s Daughter

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Rating: 3.5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

This book was nothing like I expected (in a good way). I was bored and I thought that I might as well give it a go, and DANG. This book was pretty interesting and I liked Juliete though I wasn’t sure about either Montgomery or Edward. Really did not expect that ending. 
The characters where nicely developed, and I was so mad at Juliet’s father for what he did. Out of Edward abd Montgomery I liked Edward more, thought only by a little bit. I was kinda confused as to who she liked though the tension between Montgomery and Edward was amusing. OMG and Balthazar, I loved him! He was that little puppy character that you just wanna shield from the horrible world, the sweet  and innocent one. 

I wanted to know more about the island, but mostly the world building was pretty good. I really did not see that ending coming, and the plot was enjoyable. 

I liked this book overall, but I didn’t love. it. It was a good read though I’m probably not going to continue this series, at least not right now. If your looking for something to pass the time then this book is a nice option. 

Cover Reveal: The Midnight Star 

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu  

Book 3 of The Young Elites   

I am sooooo excited for this book!!! I love this series and OHMYGOSH that ending to The Rose Society. This cover is pretty different from the other two books, but I like it! I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until October for this, I NEED to know what happens next!

 Also: found out it’s being published on MY BIRTHDAY! (October 11th) 

*WHOOPS* 

Cover Release: Crystal Crowned

  
I love this cover so much! I just finished Earth’s End and MY HEART IS SHATTERED TO PIECES!!! I need Water’s Wrath right now, and even though there’s only 6 days until it’s released, I don’t think I can make it. At least Crystal Crowned will come out in June so the wait between them won’t be too long.  I have fallen so deeply in love with this series! It is SPECTACULAR!!!! Definitely a must-read! 

I’m gonna go cry in a corner now from the severe case of FEELS I’ve been hit with. Who knows if I will survive it. 

Book Review: Kill the Boy Band

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

  

Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.

We didn’t mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he’s tied up in our hotel room. And the worst part of all, it’s Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn’t be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.

We didn’t mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn’t. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that’s what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.

How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell. 

This book was dark, sadistic, and hilarious. I’m  not totally sure how I feel about this book. It horrifies me and makes me want to laugh at the same time. It’s one of those books you either love or hate right off. The kind that make you sit there a few minutes after finishing, just kinda like ………. 

I like how it captures what it’s like to be a fangirl (painful flashback to when I used to obsess over one direction 😁)

“Maybe it was obsession, but it was also happiness; an escape from the suckiness of everyday life. And when you find something that makes you happy and giddy and excited every day, us fangirls know a truth that everyone else seems to have forgotten: you hold on to that joy tenaciously, for as long as you can.” 

This book was hella interesting. It took me three hours to read this book, and once I started it I couldn’t stop. 

The characters were diverse (and a bit stereotypical). The Ruperts are like a parody of One Direction. The story itself was pretty good. I didn’t see that ending coming (though I should have). 

I f you like Fox TV’s Scream Queens and unreliable narrators (which I definitely do) then this book is for you.

Book Review: Air Awakens

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Rating: 4.6/5 stars
  

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined. 

So this was my first time ever reading a self published book. I didn’t know what to expect, but it definitely wasn’t the amazingness that it turned out to be. This book is GREAT! How is everyone NOT reading this?!? 
I didn’t like Vhalla at first, but she grew on me. She changed so much throughout this book, that she might as well have been a different person all together. In the beginning, she wasn’t a badass. She didn’t stand up for herself or sass off at people. She was relatively normal, if not a bit meek. That definitely changed. Vhalla grew to be so much more than the submissive little library apprentice with an affinity for books (ah, a fellow bookaholic!). 

“Vhalla wasn’t exactly good at relationships as she preferred to spend more time with books than people.” 

She became bold and strong, and I can’t wait to watch her grow even more in the rest of the series! 

I liked Aldrik, even though he was……. off-putting. He reminded me a lot of Sherlock (superwholock is life) so I couldn’t help but love him even though he was a prick at first.

“For all his orders and sneers, his commanding presence, and his intimidating always all-black ensemble, Vhalla saw something different. She simply saw someone who was lonely, someone who could likely count their friends on one hand, and perhaps wanted to one day use two hands. He was nothing like the man she first met, the man who wore a mask to meet palace expectations.” 

 Vhaldrik= OTP 

I liked the whole magical aspect of this book, and how it was simple and easy to understand. There wasn’t a whole lot of world building, though I expect that in the next book (you’ll see why). The rest of the characters were fairly well developed 

Anyways, this book is BEAUTIFUL  and you HAVE to  read it!!!! If you like fantasy, there’s no way you won’t love this book!

Cover Reveal: A Torch Against the Night

 I love the cover for A Torch Against the Night!! An Ember in the Ashes is one of my all time favorite books. I have no clue how I’m gonna be able to wait until August for the sequel.

 For those of you who haven’t read this, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?! An Ember in the Ashes is AH-MAY-ZING. I truly loved this book and ugh I neeeeeeed  the next one. WHY CANT I HAVE IT NOWWW. Though I suppose you can’t rush perfection (which this book most certainly will be!)

I shall go cry in a corner now from my frustration of having to wait for this book (patience is a virtue I most definitely do not possess).

Book Review: Truthwitch

Truthwitch  by Susan Dennard

Rating: 4.5/5 starst

I was super excited when I first heard about this book. It was on my TBR list months before it was even published. Susan Dennard is a spectacular writer, and BFFs with my favorite author, Sarah J. Maas, so I knew this was going to be an amazing book.

Safi is a Truthwitch, the first in over a century. Her  powers allow her to discern whether anyone directly in front of her is speaking the truth, making her extremely valuable to the struggling nations, poised on the brink of war.  Iseult is a Threadwitch, the extent of her powers unknown to even herself. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.  All they want is freedom, but danger is what they are served instead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch

This book was REALLY good. The beginning was kinda heavy, so I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I was soon immersed in the amazing world Susan Dennard created. Safi is an orphaned heiress, bright and headstrong. Her big mouth and recklessness can often lead to trouble, but it is usually driven by her need to protect Iseult. I liked her, but Iseult was my favorite. She is a total badass with an  troubled past and some extremely wicked mojo. She’s the yin to Safi’s yang, the calm to Safi’s chaos.

“Safi had her title to protect her, and Iseult had her heritage to damn her.”

Iseult has never felt like she truly belongs anywhere, except for when she’s at Safi’s side. I really liked how this book was focused more on friendship rather than romance.

While the relationship between Merik and Safi is swoon worthy, I really ship Iseult and Aeduan (who doesn’t love an villain turned anti-hero?).  I really hope there’s more of him in the next book and that they get together.

“My life-debt is paid, Threadwitch. If our paths cross again, make no mistake: I will kill you.”
“No, you won’t,” she whispered as the door clicked shut.
Aeduan forced himself to stay silent. She deserved no response—it would be her mistake if she thought he would spare her.

I liked the magic system in this book, it kind of reminded me of Grisha, but with it’s own unique twist. A lot of reviews said it had no world building and that it didn’t make sense, but I disagree. You just have to pay attention in the beginning to understand what’s going on. This is definitely not something you can quickly skim through. (Also, Safi and Merik isn’t insta-love.  It starts off with sparks that become a slowly but gradually burn until the end, were it blazes, bright and true. )

Merik ignored her, and with a free hand, he yanked a cloth from his coat and wiped down his engraved scabbard. “On this ship, my word is law, Domna. Do you understand? Your title means nothing here.”

Safi nodded and fought the overwhelming urge to roll her eyes. 

“But I am willing to offer you a deal. I won’t lock you in chains if you promise to stop behaving like a feral dog and instead behave like the domna you’re supposed to be.”
“But Prince”–she lowered her eyelids in an indolent blink–“my title means nothing here.”

Over all, this book was amazing, one of the best so far this year. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Throne of Glass or the Grisha trilogy!