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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August Wrap Up: Summer can’t be over! I’m not ready for school!

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So remember last month when I was like “Oh hey how did the summer go so fast?!?!?!”

Well now the summer is actually over and I’M NOT READY FOR SCHOOL TO START AGAIN.

I mean, I am…. but I really just want another month of summer before I have to face actual school work.

I could also use an extra month of summer to do the summer course work that I haven’t exactly started yet…. *cue frantic scrambling for my summer reading*

Talking about reading… I didn’t read as much as I planned to this month.

That’s mostly because of the road-trip I went on (more on that later). But even so, I still had a good reading month.

Books I have reviewed this month:

5‘s: Wait Till Helen Comes // Little Monsters
4 ‘s: Gemina // Cruel Crown // Haunting the Deep // Hunting Prince Dracula// P.S. I Like You
2 ‘s: A Week of Mondays
1 : Scrappy Little Nobody // The Infinity of You & Me // Dreamology

Books I’ve read but haven’t posted reviews for yet:

These reviews are coming soon along with a Throne of Glass themed giveaway. I’m planning on posting that this upcoming week!! So if you are a Throne of Glass fan, be sure to keep an eye out!!

Books I’m reading right now:

I’m almost done with City of Thieves (I have less than 50 pages to go), and I’m still in the beginning of The Breathless.

I really only read 10 books this month, but that’s still pretty good considering how busy I have been!

So what exactly have I been busy with?

  • I went on a huge road trip down the east coast with my best friend!! (Check out all the details in my post about it!!)
  • Setting up the epic Throne of Glass giveaway that I keep talking about (I promise it is coming and it is going to be amazing)
  • Taking care of Nike (our new puppy! who you can check out in the road trip post!)
  • Making sure I have everything I need for my dorm and for school
  • Seeing some friends that I haven’t seen in years (it was great!!)
  • Babysitting
  • Painting (or at least trying to…)
  • Visiting my cousin at her college
  • Dropping off my best friend at school and then going back to visit her a day later because separation is hard
  • Re-watching Suits because I haven’t seen it in years and it’s amazing
  • Watching the Game of Thrones season finale even though I haven’t watched since the middle of season three
  • Driving around aimlessly because I’m nostalgic and like seeing the town I grew up in
  • Driving past my old house enough times to raise suspicion because #ChildhoodMemories
  • Reading other blogs in all of my spare time

And now for a list of things that I probably should have done this month but haven’t gotten to yet:

  • MY FREAKING SUMMER COURSE WORK (I’m kind of screwed at this point)

Yeah that’s pretty much it. So I’m just gonna go ahead and call this month a win.

But guys I have some awesome news: I now have close to 650 blog followers!!! I seriously love you guys!!!

I also have no idea what prompts you to follow my humble little blog, BUT I’M NOT COMPLAINING!!! You guys really make me feel accomplished in life.

I don’t want to make this post too long, so I’m gonna wrap it up here… but I want to hear all about your August!

Did you read everything you wanted to?

Did you go on any adventures?

Did you do your summer course work? (Hahaha does anyone? Wait… don’t answer that)

Let me know how your month went in the comments below!!

Thanks for reading!!

Book Review- Little Monsters

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte Press on July 25th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Pages: 336
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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

OH GOSH. Where to even start?

This book was NOTHING like I was expecting… in the best way possible.

I honestly had no idea what to think of this book. I had never read anything by Kara Thomas before, and I’m really not the biggest fan of Pretty Little Liars (which this book is “for the fans of”). I don’t know what prompted me to pick it up, but I am so glad I did.

Okay so this review is probably going to be a little ramble-y (like all of my reviews…) but I’m still in so much shock after reading this that it is a little hard to form coherent thoughts.

EVERYTHING about this book was amazing. From the scheming to the mystery to the reveal at the end. I was thrown in a loop so many times that it baffles me. There was just enough realness in the story to make it seem 100% real, like I was reading a true recounting of something that happened far away in Broken Falls.

The characters in the book were SO COMPLEX. I was surprised by them at every turn. The secrets and the jealousy. The backstabbing and the ulterior motives. What was even more scary than the eventual truth that came at the end was how hard it was to hate any of the characters. Even the characters who did awful, terrible things.

The plot of this book was incredible. That’s the only way to describe it. I’ve never read anything like it, and all I want is more. More, more, more.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Seriously. Everyone can take something away from this.

I am going to give Little Monsters five out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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….

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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!!

Most Anticipated Debuts of 2017 part 2

The first half of 2017 has flown by! So many amazing books have been released so far this year, and there are so many more to come! Although there are WAY more than 10 books I am waiting to come out this fall, I decided to limit my post to 10, just like I did in the beginning of the year. However, unlike the first half of this post, I am going to talk about both debut and previously published authors. And, just so you know, my list is in no particular order. I’m just so excited for books!

If you missed the first half of this post (books that came out in the first half of 2017) be sure to check it out here!

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017 (pt. 2)

  1. 33784373Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (September 19)

    Seeing as I just finished Stalking Jack the Ripper (read my review here) and LOVED it, I am so excited for the sequel: Hunting Prince Dracula! If this is anything like the first book, it’s going to be spooky and dark and beautiful and full of swoons that might actually kill me. If you haven’t gotten to Stalking Jack the Ripper yet, you don’t know what you are missing out on!

  2. 34219875Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (October 23)

    Will Foster and three other kids get expelled from school because of a picture. Now Will has to find out who took the photo and why he was targeted.
    This book sounds like a great mystery, and promises danger, suspense, and romance. What more could I want!?

  3. 27258139The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (August 1)

    Winter’s father goes missing in the dark and poisonous woods, and she sets out to find him. She meets Henry in the woods, who seems to know more than he should.
    The Wood is Chelsea Bobulski’s thrilling debut, and I could not be more excited to read it! It promises to be an eerie and enrapturing read.

  4. 30046340The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin (August 29)

    Danielle has it all figured out… until her life starts to fall apart. She didn’t get into the college her “psychic” mom predicted, and nothing else is going according to plan. Now she needs to figure out how to stop her life from crashing, and get it back on track.
    This book promises to be cute and quirky, and it is Maggie Ann Martin’s debut novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this!

  5. 29923707One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (September 19)

    It’s no secret that Kendare Blake is one of my all-time favorite authors. So, it should be no surprise that I AM SO EXCITED FOR ONE DARK THRONE!!!
    I fell in love with Katherine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella in Three Dark Crowns (read my review here) and I am dying to find out what is going to happen to them next!

  6. 25876985Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (August 1)

    Okay guys, this book sounds so adorable! It’s a “classic spin on the smart-girl-and-bad-boy set up” but Jenny and Chance’s romance is based on one very big lie: they both think they are “Just Friends.”
    I can seriously already feel the swoons. My heart may or my not survive this book.
    I am so ready for Tiffany Pitcock’s debut novel!

  7. 29359948A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (August 15)

    Two sisters who used to be inseparable now are wrecked. Then they get stranded on a beach with Alex, a boy who has his own secrets. Can the sisters find their way back to each other or will they never be able to fix the tear between them?
    This book sounds like it is going to be emotionally charged, and I can’t wait to dive into the pages!

  8. 33414246When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter (September 12)

    When Ruby’s brother dies she is devastated. So devastated that she calls him back from the grave, unaware of the consequences. Ruby’s brother begins to possess her as she sleeps, intent on persuading her twin brother to submit to possession as well.
    This story sounds so creepy and scary and altogether amazing. I am so excited to read When I Cast your Shadow!

  9. 30040068A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck (September 26)

    So I actually got an ARC of this book thanks to Jared Reck and his amazing publicists, and it is AMAZING so far. I seriously can not stop laughing.
    I am so excited for this book to come out because then EVERYBODY can read it and love it as much as I am loving it so far!

  10. 32320750Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (July 25)

    Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls, and at first it is great. Then, her friends start getting distant, and she can’t help but feel that she intentionally wasn’t invited to the biggest party of the year. So maybe Broken Falls isn’t so welcoming after all.
    This psychological thriller promises to be amazing, and I can’t wait to read it!


Obviously there are SO MANY MORE BOOKS being published in the second half of 2017 that I am excited for, but if I included them all this post might not ever end (seeing as I find another upcoming book to be excited for almost every day!).

What upcoming books are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!