The Pastry Book Tag

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I was tagged for this by Lauren over at Comma Hangover! I love her blog so much, and if you don’t know who she is, you should definitely go check her blog out!

So lets start this tag!! BTW I LOVE PASTRIES SO MUCH AND OMG NOW I NEED TO GO GET SOME…

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Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves

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Tell me you don’t like this series. I dare you!

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Name a book that was hard to get through but was worth it at the end.

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Vol-au-vent

Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

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Pain au Chocolat

Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

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How many different ways can I say heartbreaking? Not enough to cover how much of it I felt while reading this book.

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Name a book series that doesn’t get enough attention.

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Name a book or series that is extremely complex.

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Napoleon

Name a movie or TV series that you liked more than the book.

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Empanada

Name a book that was bittersweet.

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Kolompeh

Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

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Pate a Choux

Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

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Glitter mousse!!!!!!


And there you have it! The pastry tag!!

And if you didn’t know what half of these pastries were, don’t worry. You’re not alone. But now I’m going to go on a mission to try them all!!! Mwahahahaha

And I tag:

Thanks for reading!!

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Disney Princess Sidekicks Tag

 

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Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews tagged me to do one of her amazing original tags!!! If you haven’t seen any of her tags before, be sure to head over to her blog and check them out!!

I also used her header graphic (as you can probably tell) because it’s adorable and more people need it in their lives. You’re welcome 🙂

This tag is all about the awesome sidekicks of Disney!! Let’s do this!!

Mushu from Mulan + Olaf and Sven from Frozen

Comic Relief- Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book

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I don’t really read a lot of “funny” books, but the Percy Jackson series always cracks me up. There is a lot of witty humor, and I find myself laughing out loud every time I re-read the series.

On the character/sidekick note, Grover makes an amazing and hilarious sidekick, so I guess he’s my pick!

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The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Favorite Group/Ensemble

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Aelin’s court, especially in Empire of Storms.

I actually just finished this book, and I am seriously in love with all of the characters in Aelin’s Court. They make such a great team, and even though they have their problems, they are a family and they love each other.

****Also, if you are a Throne of Glass fan, keep an eye out for the Series Review coming up. I am going to be doing a huge ToG themed giveaway!!****

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Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you

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I laughed my behind off throughout the first half of A Short History of the Girl Next Door and sobbed my way throughout the second half.

Honestly the change took me by surprise too. I was not expecting that at all. And it was so amazing!

Who knew such a small book could pack such a big punch?

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Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming

Can I use A Short History of the Girl Next Door again? Because that applies here too. But I’ll pick another one….

32320750Little Monsters. This book literally blew me out of the water with it’s complex plot and amazingness.

This book surprised me so many times with all it’s twists and turns, and I the ending completely baffled me.

But seriously, I’m still reeling from the ending. It was SO GOOD.

Rajah from Aladdin + Flounder from The Little Mermaid

Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel

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Yup, I’m using Empire of Storms.. again.

Rowan!!! He is such an adorable softie with Aelin and so protective of her (even if she totally doesn’t need it). I am so in love with their love… it’s adorable!!

The rest of her court is kind of like that too, but I just love the bond between Rowan and Aelin!

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid + Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast + Louis from The Princess and the Frog

The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises

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The whole plot of P.S. I Like You is dependent on music: or more specifically, lyrics.

Not only are lyrics the reason that the two MC’s met/became penpals, but Lily writes her own lyrics too.

So, naturally, there is a pretty big focus on music in the book, even if there is no actual singing or mentions of huge/famous singers and stuff.

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Maximus from Tangled

The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles

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Hanna and Nik from Gemina. Yeah, Kady and Ezra faced a lot in Illuminae, but I liked Gemina a lot more, so there.

But seriously. Hanna and Nik have so many things stacked against them, and something new pops up at every turn. They amaze me with their resourcefulness and skills.

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Hamish, Hubert, and Harris from Brave

Favorite family dynamics in a novel

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Matt’s family from A Short History of the Girl Next Door.

I had to use this book again. I really think that YA is lacking a lot of good family dynamics, but this book captures it perfectly.

The family dynamic in this story is just so honest and real. The parent’s are present and actually act and talk like parents. His little brother acts like a little brother. I don’t know why that’s so hard to find in YA, but it is.

Ray from The Princess and the Frog + The 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life

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I am going to go with Anna Dressed in Blood because it has been with me the longest and was the book that really got me to read more.

I mean, I’ve always been a big reader, but this book really pushed me into YA and spurred a greater love for books, and is one of the reasons I started blogging. It’s also one of my all time favorite books!!

So yay Anna Dressed in Blood!!

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Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show

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Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Thomas Cresswell?

I need one.

No but seriously, Thomas is amazing and smart and funny and oh so swoon worthy! I’m probably going to re-read this a million times just to get more of him!

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Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing

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This is a FAVORITEEEEEEE:

Juliet and Declan from Letters to the Lost.

They are pretty much nothing alike, but THEY ARE SO PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER!!!

I need more of them. Can we please have a follow up novella?

Yayyyy now I get to tag people!!!

But I’ve been doing a whole lot of tags lately, so instead of naming people again (because I’m nice and I’ll give you a break), I’m just going to say EVERYBODY is tagged, and you get to decide if you want to do it or not!!!

Thanks for reading!!

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers!

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I don’t know about you, but I love looking at foreign edition covers of my favorite books! So, I decided to put together a little comparison post of US edition covers vs. foreign edition covers to look at the differences!

This list is going to be made up of some of my all time favorite books. So here we go!


1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Russian Edition vs. US Edition

I love both of these covers. They are both pretty much the same image-Anna standing outside of her house in a blood-tinged white dress-but in very different styles. I think they both do a wonderful job conveying the tone and feel of this book.

Winner: Tie
Foreign Editions: 1
US Editions: 1

2. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Croatian Edition vs. US Edition

I love that both of the covers have the flowers covered in words! I think that is so cute, and if you read the book, it really does have a deeper meaning. The US edition cover is very pretty, but I have to say that the Croatian Edition just blew me away when I saw it. I think it is absolutely stunning, and I wish I could get Letters to the Lost in that edition, just so I could look at the cover.

Winner: Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 2
US Editions: 1

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Finnish Edition vs. US Edition

I adore the US edition cover of The Red Queen. It is simplistic and powerful and stunning. I love the Finnish edition too, but it just doesn’t bring the same feeling of danger and high-stakes that the US edition conveys.

Winner: US Edition
Foreign Editions: 2
US Editions: 2

4. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Polish Edition vs. US Edition

Both of these editions are gorgeous. I love the lamps in both of them, and the smoke. Although I like that Zahra’s face is in the US edition, I feel like the Polish edition brings more elements of the story to the cover, and conveys all of the magic and the gorgeous setting much better.

Winner: Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 3
US Editions: 2

5. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Latvian Edition vs. US Edition

Both of these covers ARE SO PRETTY. The Latvian one is definitely more to-the-point (with that dark figure in the background and all), but the US one is much more mysterious and intriguing.

Winner: US Edition
Foreign Editions: 3
US Editions: 3

6. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

German Edition vs. US Edition

This book was actually written and first published in German, so that edition is the original one. Buttttt…… I’m really not a fan of the German covers. They don’t do it for me. The US covers, however, are gorgeous.

Winner: US Edition
Foreign Editions: 3
US Editions: 4

7. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Italian Edition vs. US Edition

If I’m being completely honest, I’m not really a fan of either of these covers. The US edition cover doesn’t really convey the feel of the book, and the Italian edition cover makes the book look a lot spookier than it actually is. That being said, I do love that the Italian cover added the raven, and I feel like it is a better match for the story.

Winner Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 4
US Editions: 4

8. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Spanish Edition vs. US Edition

These covers are so different, yet they both fit the story so well. The US edition has all the little numbers counting down in the back, which provides a sense of urgency… and makes the cover look a little more sci-fi. It also has multiple Janelles and Bens, which kind of hints at the big reveal (which I will not spoil for you). The Spanish cover, on the other hand, hints at the same thing with the shattered effect, which I honestly like a little more.

Winner: Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 5
US Editions: 4


So it seems the Foreign Editions have won this round. What covers would you like to see foreign editions of? Did you agree with my favorites in this post?

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*

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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

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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

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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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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- Letters to the Lost

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

This book was all kinds of beautiful. First of all, let me just say that going into this book, I didn’t really know what to expect. I don’t usually love contemporary books (even though some of the ones I have read lately have been surprising me), and I’m usually not big on romance either. But somehow Letters to the Lost pulled it all together in a heart wrenching, page turning novel that left me lying on my bed for hours wondering what I should do with my life.

Juliet, the female main character, was surprisingly relatable. She felt real, and her pain felt real, and the whole time I was reading I just wanted to reach into the book and hug her and tell her that everything was going to be okay. And, even more surprising than my attachment to Juliette, I felt the same way towards Declan. AND, on top of that, THEY WERE SO OBVIOUSLY THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND HAD COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORIES.

If I had to pick one thing to love about this book (which is really hard to do, believe me), it is that every character was individual. They all had depth to them, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if I bumped into one of them while walking down the street (read as:  walking through the grave yard).

I also love the complexity of the characters emotions. And not just of the main characters emotions. I mean EVERY CHARACTERS emotions. Yup. That’s right. ALL THE CHARACTERS HAD EMOTIONS. And pasts. And futures. I cannot explain to you how refreshing that is. It was wonderful.

Also, I have to say that the amount of romance was perfect. It just melted my heart. It was too beautiful. Just too beautiful. I need more.

I am going to give Letters to the Lost 5 out of 5 hearts (or 10 out of five, but I don’t think that’s possible). If you haven’t already ordered this book, I seriously suggest you do it now. Just do it. You won’t regret it. I promise.

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