Listicle Tag- My 5 Fictional Besties (that may or may not get me killed)

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I love tags, and I was so happy when Angela @ Egg Reader tagged me for the Listicle Tag! Her blog is amazing, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should!

What is the Listicle Tag?

I know the name sounds weird, but bear with me here.

Bascially, a listicle tag is a post that contains a list format for a topic or set of questions. See? That wasn’t so bad. And just in case: here, have a lollipop.

Rules of the tag:

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

Prompt from Egg Reader:

Choose 5 characters from books, movies or television shows that you wish were real so they could be your BFFs

My Listicle!!!!

  1. 28962906Audrey Rose Wadsworth from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
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    I feel like if any book character really understood me, it would be Audrey Rose. I love how strong and outgoing she is, and how daring. I want to be her best friend because she would push me to do the things that I am afraid to do, and take me on some exciting adventures!
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  2. 29640839Anise Sawyer from Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman.
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    Anise is the kind of girl I wish I could be. She is active and smart and strong. I feel like she would push me to be the best me, and make me a lot more active. I’d kill for her surfing and skateboarding skills. And her determination and kind heartedness.
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  3. 30040068Matt Wainwright from A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
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    I just want to hug Matt forever. And then play some basketball and Mortal Kombat with him. And then hug him some more. Matt is super awesome, and if I could ever have a guy best friend, it would be him. He is supportive and nice and loyal and amazing in every sense of the word.
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  4. 23310763Beatrix Adams from The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
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    Beatrix would be the most amazing artsy friend in the world. She is quirky in all the best ways, and would totally balance out my weird with some of her own. She is also adventurous and curious. She fights for what she wants, and I love that about her!
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  5. 16034235Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    Celaena! Celaenaaaa!!!!! Okay so either she would be the most terrifying person ever, or the most amazing best friend in the world. She is loyal and witty and super awesome in her assassin-ey, kick ass-ery way. Nobody would mess with us as a best-friend power-couple (or at least her half of the couple… but I’m sure Celaena would teach me some moves).

Prompt for my tag-ees (those whom I have tagged?)

Choose 5 fictional worlds from books, TV shows, or movies that you wish you could live in.

AND I TAG (Drumroll please…)

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Rimpy @ Rimpy Reads

Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves

Aria @ Snow White Hates Apples

YOU!!! (Yes, you… the person reading this: [insert your name here])

What fictional character would YOU want as a best friend? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments!!

And, as always, THANKS FOR READING!!!

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July Wrap Up: Where did the summer go?!? How did I read 25 books?!?

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HOW IS JULY OVER ALREADY?!?!?!?!?! IT WAS LITERALLY MAY YESTERDAY. WHAT THE WHAT?

No but seriously I’m having a crisis here. Where did July go?

I haven’t done a wrap up in forever. Probably because last time I checked it was still May 2nd and no where near the end of a month… much less the end of the summer! AHHHHH

Breathe Emma, breathe.

I’m just now realizing the sheer number of books I have read this month.

I’ve kind of been in a reading binge, which has been wonderful. BUT THAT MEANS I’VE BEEN POSTING SO MANY REVIEWS!!

There are also a bunch of books that I read that I haven’t posted reviews for yet… so I’m gonna split this up into two sections:

Books I have Reviewed This Month:

 

Links to the Reviews:

5 ‘s:  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart //  King’s Cage //  A Midsummer’s Nightmare
4 ‘s:  The Hidden Oracle //  Glass Sword //  How To Hang A Witch //  Just Friends //  Cress //  The Wood //  Traveler
3 ‘s: Illuminae // Winter // Caraval
2 ‘s:  The Book Jumper // #famous //  Romeo and/or Juliet
1 ‘s:  As I Wake

Books I have Read this Month but Haven’t Posted Reviews for Yet:

The Infinity of You & Me and Scrappy Little Nobody were actually both DNFs, so I’m going to be publishing a post on DNFs pretty soon.

The Throne of Glass series is amazing so far, and I’m going through them like nobody’s business. I’m planning a series review rather than individual reviews, because why not?

I am going to be a part of the “A Short History of the Girl Next Door” blog tour in September, so my review for that will be in the blog tour post.

And the other two reviews are drafted, I just haven’t had a chance to post them yet!

Woah… I have read 25 books this month?! I’m in awe of myself. I might need to go get ice cream to celebrate.

Any excuse for ice cream, am I right?!

So, along with reading a record amount of books, here are some of the posts and tags I have published this month:

The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

Why did I write this post? I was so obviously not in a book slump. Maybe I just wanted more people to join my book binge? Idk…

Author Q&A with Peyton Garver

It’s been a while since I posted an author Q&A, but I’m so glad I got to interview Peyton! She is so nice, and her book, Sublime Karma, sounds amazing!! (I have a copy of it sitting on my TBR pile, so I’ll write a review of it eventually!)

Discussion: WHAT’S WITH ALL THE GREEN EYES IN YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

In which I talk about the over abundance of green eyes. Seriously, I know like 3 people with green eyes. Something is wrong here.

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers

Because book covers are beautiful, and I love looking at foreign edition covers!

The Book Titles Tag

Welcome to the title of my life. Read at your own risk. Featuring: Food: A Love Story

You are probably wondering right now if I have a life offline. That’s a good question. I’m not really sure anymore. Here is what I have done this month:

  • Binge watched The Night Shift (in which Jill Flint plays Jordan, a female doctor)
  • Binge watched (this is an ongoing binge) Royal Pains (in which Jill Flint plays Jill, who runs the hospital) (totally coincidence by the way..  I had no idea she was in either show)
  • Wrote 40,000 words for Camp Nano (a project that will probably never see the light of day)
  • Became a volunteer librarian at my local library
  • Stayed over at a friends house because I haven’t seen her in forever (it was a blast!)
  • Got a head cold from my younger brother when he (and my two other brothers and dad) visited me (seriously dude, cough into your arm)
  • Had three (yes 3!!!) picnics while my family visited.
  • Mowed the lawn, twice
  • Went to target to buy dorm essentials for the school year (which is coming wayyy to fast)
  • Chopped my hair off (waist length to shoulder length) and got bangs.

When did I sleep? What’s my secret?

HAHAHAHA good question. I don’t sleep. As I said in my Book Titles Tag, I am the Queen of Shadows.

AKA I am never asleep. It’s becoming a problem.

BUT IN OTHER NEWS I AM ALMOST AT 500 BLOG FOLLOWERS!!!!!

HOLY COW GUYS, YOU ARE AMAZING AND I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

Also, I’ll be running a giveaway when I do hit 500. I’m thinking either a book of the winner’s choosing (from book depository) or maybe an ARC? Let me know in the comments what you would want to win!!

And finally, to wrap up this wrap up, here are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month!

The “Never Have I Ever” vlog from Paper Fury and her sister!

I love Paper Fury! Her blog is amazing and 100% goals. Also this vlog was hilarious and I was laughing the whole time!

Ten Weird Habits of Mine from Bionic Book Worm

These habits are so relatable!!

Books that aren’t set in/inspired by The Western World from My Bookish Dream

This post showcases some amazing books (like The Forbidden Wish ) that are set away from the Western World.

The Dreamy Book Covers Tag from Reactionary Tales

Because I think we all know by now how much I love a pretty book cover!

August is on the horizon.

I’m not a big planner (which I why I don’t do monthly TBRs), but I do have some pretty exciting plans for this month.

  • I have a friend from school coming to stay with me for a week (probably, she hasn’t gotten her tickets quite yet)
  • My best friend and I are going on a road trip together!!!!!
  • I have an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco to read (and I can’t wait to start it)
  • I have some AMAZING blog posts lined up for you guys (or at least I think they are amazing… hopefully you’ll agree)
  • and of course I’m going to be doing a lot of blog surfing, so I can see all of your amazing posts!

And that’s my July Wrap up! What have you guys been up to this month?

Thanks for reading!!

Book Review- A Midsummer’s Nightmare

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A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy on June 5th, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 291
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Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

This book was amazing. Seriously. Kody Keplinger surprises me again and again, every time I pick up another one of her books.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare, like many of Keplinger’s books, is set in Hamilton. I have mixed feelings about authors using the same set over and over again, but I actually like it in this case, and I loved being able to see some of the characters from The Duff have a part in this book.

Whitley was an amazing MC. Yeah, she had her slew of issues: from drinking too much to not seeing things from other people’s point of view to overreacting. But at the same time, these character flaws were addressed in the book, and gave way to some top-notch character development. I seriously love the journey that Whitley goes through in this book. It is powerful and heartbreaking. I cried on multiple occasions.

Nathan, Whitley’s hook-up/father’s-fiancé’s-son, is adorable. I love him. He is sweet and caring and, well, perfect for Whitley. I really love all of the main characters in this book. Harrison is an awesome best friend, and Bailey is a sweet and naïve and adorable preteen/soon-to-be-half-sister.

Whitley’s parents have a lot of issues. I don’t want to talk to much about them, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think the way they are handled in this book are really powerful and moving. The fiancé, on the other hand, is kind of amazing and I love her (and I forgot her name… wowwww).

A Midsummer’s Nightmare is one of those magical books that are pushed forward by both the plot and the characters… and both are really good. I seriously can’t tell you how hard that is to find. Just everything about this book makes me want to read it again and again (oh if only I had the time!!).

I would 100% recommend this to YA contemp lovers, and people (like me) who tend to stay away from YA contemporary romance. This is one of the great ones guys. Also, if you have every read anything by Jenn Bennett, the writing styles are similar. So, if you love Bennett, you will love Keplinger.

I am going to give A Midsummer’s Nightmare five out of five hearts!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Book Review- The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 3, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
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Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

I fell in love with Jenn Bennett’s writing when I read Alex, Approximately. I thought it was impossible to write a cuter and more heart warming contemporary romance, BUT I WAS WRONG.

This book was amazingly adorable and swoon worthy. I immediately fell in love with Bex. She is quirky and strong willed and all together amazing. She is determined to draw cadavers, and win a scholarship in an art contest at the end of the summer. And, when she goes to the hospital to try to get permission, she meets Jack.

I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW ADORABLE THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS. Like I can’t even put it into words. There is this push and pull between them that made me swoon SO MUCH and even thinking about it makes me want to go read this book again.

BUT GUYS, this book was not only a romance. There was so much more going on. I don’t want to give too much away, but lets just say both Bex and Jack had some stuff to face and figure out. Their families weren’t perfect. There were secrets to be kept.

I think what I loved most about this book was the fact that it was not drama driven. The plot was driven by circumstance, and there actually wasn’t a lot of drama at all! It was kind of amazing. I usually stay away from both contemporary and romance because drama-driven plots are not really for me… but this is A PERFECT EXAMPLE of an amazing contemporary romance that is filled with trial  and discovery and the building of a beautiful relationship.

I could spend all day telling you HOW MUCH I ADORE THIS BOOK, but instead, I’ll leave you with this: GET THIS BOOK!!!! Seriously, if you are looking for a feel-good, adorable, quirky, and all-together swoon-worthy YA contemporary romance–wow that was a mouth-full–look no further!

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart gets five out of five hearts from me!

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Summer Vacation Book Tag- Original!

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I’ve done it! I have made my first original book tag!

The theme of this tag is Summer Vacation because (duh) its summer. I tried to make the categories as summer themed as possible, and I hope you like them as much as I do!


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A New Book You Have Been Waiting To Read

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This book, guys. This book is SO GOOD! I luckily didn’t have to wait as long as some people to read this (because I received an ARC), but even waiting for the ARC to come in the mail felt too long! This book, which takes place in the summer, is so cute and romantic, and a summer read that you definitely do NOT want to miss!

And, guys, it’s out now. So what are you waiting for?

(Read my review here)

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A Book That Leaves You Wanting More

30038855Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I did not want this book to end. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, and as soon as it was over I just wanted to go back and read it over. Honestly everything about this book was so perfect. The only thing I would change about this book would be to add some kind of epilogue to find out what happened next. This is another summer-must-read!

(Read my review here)

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A Book Where The Romance Is *On Point*

jjjBeyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Man oh man. This book was so adorable. This is yet another summer must-read that absolutely swept me off my feet. It was so romantic that it almost killed me. ALL THE FEELS WHERE THERE. ALL OF THEM. And seriously guys if you are looking for an amazing summer romance that supernatural elements, look no further. This is the best one. The end.

(Read my review here)

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A Book You Were Excited For But Didn’t Live Up To Your Expectations

18692431Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had SUCH HIGH HOPES for this book. Its synopsis is amazing. The movie trailer was beautiful (and Nick Robinson *sigh*). Everything was lining up to make this story perfect.

And then FLOP. I was SO SAD. I wanted this book to be amazing. It had all the promises to live up to my expectations. AND THEN IT DIDN’T. *sobs*

(Read my review here)

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A Fantastical Book That Transported You To Another World

21396155The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

THIS BOOK.

I was no longer in my living room. The end.

Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful and magical books out there. I was transported to a fantastical world complete with jinn and some super adorableness and lots of trouble. If you are looking for a vacation but don’t know where to go: GO TO THIS BOOK!!!

(Read my review here)

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A Dark Book That Was Light Up With Streaks Of Beauty

28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is just the perfect mix of darkness and beauty. The book, of course, has a very dark theme, and is riddled with graphic murders and a race to find the crazed killer. But the writing and characters and adorable flirtations just filled this book with streaks of beauty that were just too perfect.

(Read my review here)

 

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8835379Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

I have read this series time and time again, and whenever I am in a book slump, this is the series I read to get out of it!

These books are so heart pounding and exciting and swoon worthy and adorable. I love the characters so much, and every time I reread this series I fall in love with them all over again!

(Read my review for Ruby Red here, Sapphire Blue here, and Emerald Green here)

 


So there you have it! My summer vacation book tag. I am going to tag these bloggers:

• Emily @ Caper Reads

• Jordan @ The Heart Of A Book Blogger

• Emma @ The Book Crunch

• Stephanie @ Teacher Of YA

• Angel @ Avid Reader

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this tag, feel free, and leave your links down at the bottom so I can check them out!!

 

Book Review- Alex, Approximately

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Expected publication by Simon Pulse on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
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Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

Boy oh boy did I love this book. Alex, Approximately was beautiful and heart felt and had just the right mix of romance and realism to loose me in its pages. I was captivated from the first word, and it only went uphill from there.
Bailey is a pretty awesome main character. She is relatable and honest, and very true to herself. She moves from Washington D.C. to California to live with her Dad, and starts a new job working at a museum for the summer. She describes herself as an “Artful Dodger” (which is going to be my new favorite term for literally ever), and despite her desire to avoid conflict, she can’t seem to stop “fighting” with her coworker Porter.
I’m usually not one to go for romantic books, but this one really swept me off my feet. I got so emotionally involved in the story (what more can anyone want?) and every twist and turn, for better or for worse, made it even harder to put this book down. Alex, Approximately is adorable and toe-curling and made me have all the feels. All of them. I can’t even describe what this book did to me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a rainy day read (or a beach day read, or an any day read). If you love romance, this book is for you. If you love romantic gestures, this book is for you. If you don’t know how you feel about romance, this book is still for you. If you have a heart, this book is for you. (do you see what I am getting at here?)
As you have probably been able to tell, I am going to give Alex, Approximately five out of five hearts. Now excuse me while I go read it again.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

An ARC of this book was sent to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.