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Review: Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

Hello everyone!

I received this book from Amy McNulty in exchange for a honest review and here it is!
This is my first Amy McNulty book and I do not regret reading it at all. It was absolutely mind blowing. I look forward to reading all of Amy’s books!

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The Synopsis:

In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

 

My Review:

Goodreads – 5 stars!

“I can love where I will, even where love will never find me.”

I think this book is the first book that I have read that I couldn’t guess at all what was going to happen next. Every time I thought I was right I was proved wrong by a surprisingly new twist. I felt so many different feelings while reading this book and the ending was absolutely stunning. My favorite character of this book was the Lord. He gave me chills down my spines at parts but, then also had me feeling so bad for him and I remained on his side to the very end. Noll is definitely a strong and stubborn character. In the end I think she makes some pretty good choices even though she messed up a few times along the way.

“They wanted me to stuff away all my hopes, all my feelings. I tried. I did. But if I’m going to accept that I’m the veiled lord’s goddess, as they want me to, then at least I’ll have one thing to remember before I lock all my happiness away.”

After finishing the book I felt an emptiness inside me, which is definitely a good thing. I haven’t felt that way in awhile after finishing a book. I just loved the story so much and really connected with it. After researching I was happy to find out that this is a trilogy! So that means there is two more glorious books! I am so excited, I hope to read them soon. I can’t wait to see what becomes of all the characters.

“My children, I have heard your screams, seen your tears. You stirred my heart at the first cry, and so I leaped from the mountains and fell for ages, watching you suffer for years on end. At last my feet have touched the ground. You are no longer alone”

If you are a fan of Fantasy you’ll definitely love this book! But I recommend this book to everyone!

Nobody’s Goddess is available now on Amazon,Book Depository and Barnes and Noble

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Fantasy Books I’m Anticipating Most For The Second Half Of 2017

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Since 2017 is a half way over. I figured what a great time to talk about the rest of the releases of 2017. If you love YA Fantasy you’ll love this list.

Here are 10 books from the Fantasy genre I am looking forward to reading the most for the rest of the year.

 

lovedLoved By P.C Cast and Kristen Cast
Release Date: July 11th

I must say I think that Loved is the book I am most excited about reading this year! I love the House of Night series so much and I am so glad they brought it back! Even though it is technically a new series, it still has Zoey and the gang in it!

Synopsis from Goodreads: The bestselling series has returned! Join P.C. and Kristin Cast in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the House of Night series by going on a thrilling new adventure with your beloved Nerd Herd. It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems. With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?

 

savageThe Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
Release Date: July 11th

So this is the third novel of The Girl At Midnight trilogy and I am late to the game. I haven’t read any of them, YET. This series sounds really good to me and I love the covers. I probably won’t get to read them till the Fall though.

Synopsis from Goodreads: The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn.
Echo awakened the Firebird. Now she is the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed . . . right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory. The war that has been brewing for centuries is finally imminent. But the scales are tipped. Echo might hold the power to face the darkness within the Dragon Prince, but she has far to go to master its overwhelming force. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. With Caius no longer by her side, she doesn’t know if she can do it alone. Is she strong enough to save her home and the people she loves? Whether Echo is ready to face this evil is not the question. The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.

 

 

darkOne Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 19th

So I must confess that I have had Three Dark Crowns sitting on my shelf for about 6 months now and I keep saying I’m going to read it and it hasn’t happened yet. I really want to read it though. It sounds super exciting. I still have some time before this sequel comes out to read Three Dark Crowns this summer, so I’m hoping to do that.


Synopsis from Goodreads:
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

 

Image result for godsgrave by jay kristoffGodsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: September 5th

I have another confession. I have not yet read Nevernight. 🤐 I do plan to read it before I get this book in the mail though. Yes, I pre-ordered Godsgrave! I couldn’t help myself, I got the Barnes and Noble Special Edition that is signed! I would have already read Nevernight but, I really wanted the UK cover and it’s been hard for me to find a place to buy it without my bank throwing a hissy fit. So since I pre-ordered the US cover of Godsgrave, I am probably going to just breakdown and get the US Nevernight. I’m definitely still going to get both in UK form too though! I am super excited to read this series though because I loved Iluuminae and Jay Kristoff is just a awesome person! I mean have you seen his tweets and Insta stories!? He is so hilarious!


Synopsis from Goodreads: Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself. When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world

 

 

Image result for the language of thorns leigh bardugoThe Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 26th

This book is probably the most I am excited about other than Loved. So making Godsgrave the 3rd I am most excited about. I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom and I have been taking my time with it because I just don’t want it to end! 😭 I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing style and I can’t wait to see what she has come up with in these short stories!


Synopsis from Goodreads:
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price. Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse. This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

 

 

Image result for an engandment of ravens by margaret rogersonAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Release Date: September 26th

This is Margaret Rogerson’s Debut Novel and I love reading Debuts! This book definitely sounds really unique and plus look at that cover!


Synopsis from Goodreads:
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless. Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

 

 

jhjjuy.pngWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: October 3rd

This book sounds amazing! I need to know more about this Fel guy, so I must read this! Of course the gorgeous cover is what drew me to this book though.


Synopsis from Goodreads:
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

 

saintAll The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 10th

Oh gosh. Another confession, I have not read The Raven Boys series. I know, please don’t shun me. I have till October to read them though even though this series has nothing to do with the Raven Boys I am pretty sure. But I would still like to read The Raven Boys first. I actually really have wanted to read The Raven Boys and it has been really high on my TBR for awhile! It is also on my Summer TBR! So I am hoping to get to it real soon.


Synopsis from Goodreads:
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

 

ren.jpgRenegades by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 7th

And we come to my fourth book I am most excited about! I loved the Lunar Chronciles so much, and plan to read all of Melissa Meyer’s books. This new series sounds really awesome and I can’t wait!


Synopsis from Goodreads:
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

 

Image result for winds of winter by george rr martinThe Winds of Winter by George R.R Martin

Rumor has it again that this will be the year we finally get Winds of Winter! Supposedly this Fall! I am starting to feel like we are never going to get it though especially since the show is about to be over and they are creating there own ending. I am just going to keep thinking that so I don’t get my hopes up. I loved the books way more than the show even though I still loved the show. The show started to leave some of my favorite parts out. I really need these last two books in my life!

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any questions or opinions feel free to comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts! ❤
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#UncriticalJuly – Instagram Challenge

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Hello Everyone! 😀

June I hosted my first challenge on Instagram and I am having so much fun seeing everyone’s photos, I decided to host another in July! So here is #UncriticalJuly!

Again this month, I will be including a giveaway for a $10 Amazon or Book Depository Voucher!

Each day you guys do a prompt enters your name to win the giveaway! Rules will be on my Instagram post on Critic_Uncritical_Bookworm

I am so very excited! I hope you all will join in! I think the prompts will be alot of fun for all bookworms!

Below I will explain each prompt in detail just encase you guys don’t understand one!

Also to make it a little easier on you busy bookworms on the weekends there is just one prompt that you can either do on both days or just on one day that weekend.

Have fun and good luck! ❤

  1. July TBR – What books do you plan to read this month?
  2. Hardback Spines – Show off the spines of your beautiful hardback books!
  3. Last 5 Star Read – Last book you read that you gave 5 stars!
  4. Fav Fictional World – What is your favorite fictional world? Wonderland,Narnia,Westeros,Ketterdam?
  5. Pirates or Mermaids – Which do you like more? Love both? That is great! Let’s see your pirate and mermaid books and/or merch!
  6. Book and Face – Take a selfie with your book/s!
  7. #7BookishSins – Answer the 7 deadly questions –
    -Greed(A book you’ll never lend)
    -Lust(A book you love way to much)
    -Envy(A book you wished you lived in)
    -Glutony(A book you devoured)
    -Sloth(A unread book on your shelf that has been there far to long)
    -Wrath(A book that disappointed you)
    -Pride(Prettiest book you own)
  8. Weekend 1 –
  9. Shadowhunters or Wizards – Which do you like more? or if you want you could do one day for Shadowhunters and one for Wizards.
  10. Sorting Hat Non-Hp Character – Pick any book character as long as they’re not in the Harry Potter books and tell us what Hogwarts house you think they’d be in. Pick as many characters as you want!
  11. Bookish Jewelry – Show off your bookish jewelry! Don’t have any? That is perfectly okay! Show us some jewelry you think a book character would wear!
  12. #booksnotbullies (blue books) – Show off some blue books for the Book Not Bullies movement! 😀
  13. Books and Music – Show some musical books or some random books with your favorite CDs or musical merch or even throw in a instrument!
  14. Tessomancy – Tessomancy is the art of reading tea leaves to predict events in the future. Tessomancy is taught as part of the Divination course at Hogwarts.

    Image result for tessomancyOn the photo to the left is some of the different things you could see in a tea reading. Remember Harry got the Grim! Get some Tea Leaves or Coffee grounds and make your own Tasseomancy! 😀

  15. Weekend 2-
  16. Cow Appreciation Day (15th) – Spread the love of cows this weekend, especially the 15th since that is actually Cow Appreciation Day
  17. Hunger Games – Show some love for The Hunger Games because today is Donald Sutherland’s Birthday! He is the actor who played President Snow!
  18. Current Read – What is the book you are currently reading?
  19. Sherlocked – Show some love for Sherlock Holmes! Today is Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday! He is the actor who plays Sherlock on the BBC show Sherlock!
  20. Book Jumper – If you could jump into books, what books would you jump into travel?
  21. Fav Side Character – Who is your favorite side character of any book?
  22. Weekend 3 –
  23. Flowers – Lets see some photos of flowers with of course books!
  24. Fav Character Into A Mix Drink – Today is National Tequila Day! So lets celebrate by turning one of our favorite book characters into a mix drink! Maybe they’d be a fruity drink or maybe they are more of a Irish Coffee. Try to make up a mix drink that never existed with ingredients based off the characters personality. BONUS POINTS if you actually make it! 😂
  25. Book and Animal – Take a photo of a book with your pet or bust out your favorite stuffed animals or find a random wild animal! Whatever suits you! ❤
  26. Favorite Vampire – Today is Kate Beckinsale’s Birthday! She plays Selene in the Underworld movies! So who is your favorite Vampire of all time? Is it Edward Cullen? Maybe Lestat de Lioncourt? Selene? Tell us!
  27. Open Book – Open any book and take a photo!
  28. Time Travel – Show of some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff or a time travel themed book!
  29. Weekend 4 –
  30. Fairylights and Neville Longbottoms Bday(30th) – This weekend any day you can take a photo with fairylights anywhere in it. The 30th is Neville’s birthday though so you might want to show him some love as well.
  31. Wrap-Up – What books did you read this month? Also today is J.K Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday!

    If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to comment below! I’d love to hear them! I hope to see your photos under #uncriticaljuly! 😉
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Review: No Ordinary Star (Book 1) By: M.C Frank

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Hello Everyone!

I feel so very honored to be apart of M.C Frank’s amazing street team for her No Ordinary Star Trilogy. No Ordinary Star is my first M.C Frank book and it definitely won’t be the last. I love her writing and already love this series. M.C has so many other series that I look forward to reading as well. Be sure to check them all out HERE.

 

 

In a land far, far away, Christmas no longer exists.
 
In a land of snow and emptiness, of spies and lies, joy is a forgotten secret.
 
Love does no longer exist, nor does individual thought.
 
Welcome to the year 2524.
 

 

 

Synopsis:

no ordinary star cover.jpgA soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2524.Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

My Review:

Goodreads-5/5 Stars

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This book is definitely going on my list of favorite reads of 2017. I enjoyed this book so much, I am positive this whole series will be on the list. I am a big fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi and if you love them too,you will also love this book. I’ve never read about a world quite like this one. Soldiers are only allowed 1 hour breaks a day, The world has had no sleep in half a century and no human being has a reason to die before their 300th year.
Some of that might sound like the world has really excelled but, how are they achieving these things? You’ll have to read this to find out. Things are very very different for these two characters.
“What’s ‘brothers’?” she asks
“What’s a spoon?” Felix asks back.”
I loved the two main characters personality’s so much. They were both very humorous at times. They made me smile and their stories made me hurt for them. I love how they are so different but yet the same in some ways. I love how I can see that their story is going to go somewhere and something big is going to happen. I just loved the way the book was written period.
“How stupid to ask for thanks for saving her life. She won’t even acknowledge she heard him. “Oh, no need to thank you,” ….. “I’ll save yours right back.”
I could read about these characters forever. There was never a dull moment. Approaching the end of the book I was like “No this can’t end, this is getting so good!” Then the cliffhanger left me with my heart racing NEEDING to know what is going to happen! Thankfully there is a second book, I am so excited to read No Plain Rebel. I definitely will be reading it very very soon. So stay tuned for a review for that one as well. 😉
No Ordinary Star is available for purchase at:
Amazon,Book Depository, and recommended for European buyers Create Space
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Review: Post High School Reality Quest

I received this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for being part of the Post High School Reality Quest blog tour! Be sure to check out the schedule to see everyone elses posts for this awesome blog tour.

 

Post-High School

Tour Schedule:

June 13

June 14

June 15

Deal Sharing Aunt– Q&A
The Hermit Librarian– Review & Favorite Quotes

June 16

June 17

YA and Wine– Review
Ink of Blood– Review

 

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Buffy is playing a game. However, the game is her life, and there are no instructions or cheat codes on how to win.After graduating high school, a voice called “the text parser” emerges in Buffy’s head, narrating her life as a classic text adventure game. Buffy figures this is just a manifestation of her shy, awkward, nerdy nature—until the voice doesn’t go away, and instead begins to dominate her thoughts, telling her how to life her life. Though Buffy tries to beat the game, crash it, and even restart it, it becomes clear that this game is not something she can simply “shut off” or beat without the text parser’s help.While the text parser tries to give Buffy advice on how “to win the game,” Buffy decides to pursue her own game-plan: start over, make new friends, and win her long-time crush Tristan’s heart. But even when Buffy gets the guy of her dreams, the game doesn’t stop. In fact, it gets worse than she could’ve ever imagined: her crumbling group of friends fall apart, her roommate turns against her, and Buffy finds herself trying to survive in a game built off her greatest nightmares.

meh.jpgAbout Meg Eden:

Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

My Review:

Goodreads– 4/5 Stars

“It was like I couldn’t get out of my own joke. Like I was stuck in my own game.”

It took me awhile to get use to the writing format of this book. It’s like reading a video game script and Buffy’s brain is the narrator. But once I got use to it, the story really started to unfold. It was really strange and disorienting. Some parts gave me chills. Buffy just keeps struggling to figure out life. Which some people may be able to relate to because right after high school might just be the most difficult time for someone in life. I had to keep reading to know if Buffy was actually respawning when she dies or whether she’s schizophrenic like the book’s doctors think or whether she just has an overactive imagination. If you’re a lover of video games and psychological thrillers I reccomend this book to you.

“So I can die and restart when I make stupid mistakes, but when I actually do something that matters, I can’t go back to fix that? What kind of game mechanic is that?”…..”You still haven’t answered my question. I’m sorry, that was a question? Better Question: Why do you get to restart at all?”

 

Post High School Reality Quest is available to purchase at:
Amazon,Barnes & Noble,Book Depository, and Kobo

Giveaway:

Be sure to check out this giveaway over at Fantastic Flying Book Club

  • 1 copy of POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST by Meg Eden
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  • Ends June 20th

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Bookish Show and Tell

So I don’t know if this is a thing already but, I decided to come up with a tag called Bookish Show and Tell! I made up five topics to list with books from your own shelf!
If I tagged you don’t feel obligated to do this. I just thought this might be a fun little blog post for you guys to do! Also if you aren’t tagged feel welcomed to do this tag if you want! ❤

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  1. Feature the ‘featured image’
  2. Tag me for credit of making this tag
  3. Tag Others to do the tag next
  4. Have fun!
  5. You do not have to take your own photos like I did but, I encourage it! It is fun! But if you do not want to you can use Google Images.

 

Alrighty then! Let’s get started!

 

Authors That Need More Spotlight

LRM_EXPORT_20170610_121433J.C Hannigan and Errin Stevens

I only own one book from both of these Authors but, I really loved that one book from both of them!
Updrift is actually Errin Steven’s debut novel and I love reading debut novels from Authors because I want them all to become New York Times bestsellers! I loved Updrift and I wish I had the second book to this awesome novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on it one day. Errin is now working on the third book of the Updrift trilogy!
Damaged Goods was my first read from the New Adult novel and I loved it! I am dying to get my hands on the next book in the series Reckless Abandon and all of J.C Hannigan’s books!
I believe both of these novels are self-published and I love to buy self-published books because that means the Author is working extra hard. I just love spreading the book love around period! Anyways, before I get anymore carried away with spilling my love for these two books and Authors. I could probably use a whole blog post on them both!
So here is some links where you can go check them out for yourself 🙂
J.C Hannigan’s Website and Errin Steven’s Website

 

Favorite Autographed Book

LRM_EXPORT_20170610_121817.jpgLRM_EXPORT_20170610_121939Dark Days A Memoir By D. Randall Blythe

I cherish this autograph the most because this book is written by the lead singer of my most favorite Metal band, Lamb of God. I really look up to him as a person and a artist. I will always love Lamb of God’s music. They are also Richmond, VA natives and live there still today. I live only 45 mins away from Richmond. So I am fortunate to be able to attend hometown concerts which are the best! Plus I love RVA. It’s the best thing about Virgina! I have honestly not finished this book yet. I am on page 123 of 488 but, I have already learned so much from Randy’s life decisions and advice.

 

What I Was Reading In High School

LRM_EXPORT_20170610_122131.jpgThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Here is a summary of the book : Wolfe presents an as-if-firsthand account of the experiences of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters, who traveled across the country in a colorfully painted school bus named Further. Kesey and the Pranksters became famous for their use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in hopes of achieving intersubjectivity. The book chronicles the Acid Tests, the group’s encounters with (in)famous figures of the time, including famous authors, Hells Angels, and The Grateful Dead, and it also describes Kesey’s exile to Mexico and his arrests.

Yeah, I went through a modern day hippy faze in high school. It only lasted for 11th grade, don’t worry. This book was actually really good and interesting though. All the events in the book really did happen! I plan to re-read it one day to freshen up on my facts.

Photogenic Cover

LRM_EXPORT_20170610_121716.jpgIlluminae By Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I love taking photos of Illuminae and whenever I get my copy of Gemina I’m sure I’ll love to take photos of it as well. I just love the beautiful color and unique format! ❤

Books I Haven’t Read Yet

LRM_EXPORT_20170610_122250.jpgThree Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake and Wintersong by S. Jae- Jones

I really have no excuse on why I haven’t read Three Dark Crowns yet. Other than I keep reading other books instead. I really want to read the book it just never happens.
Have any of you read Three Dark Crowns? Let me know your opinion of it!
I’m actually kinda afraid to read Wintersong because I heard it’s based off David Bowie’s Labyrinth movie and I don’t want it to ruin the movie for me or be predictable because it is so much like the movie.
Seeing the new cover reveal for the second book in the Wintersong series, Shadow Song really makes me want to read Wintersong now though. It is absolutely gorgeous and I am a sucker for gorgeous covers. I have till January 2018 though to read Wintersong before Shadowsong comes out.

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Bookish Weekly Recap

What’s Going On In My Life

Hello Everyone!

June so far has been full of a lot of rain. I am really not a big fan of rain so I really would like it to go away and not come back another day. Since it’s been raining so much I mostly stayed inside. I watched a lot of movies. One being a new movie that is made by YouTube Red, called The Thinning. It was surprising really good and I hope they make a sequel.

Book Haul So Far

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So far I have only gotten two books. A Million Junes by Emily Henry was my choice from the Book of the Month this month. I received The Extraction List by Renee N. Meland in a giveaway. I already completed The Extraction List and you can check out my Review: The Extraction List By Renee N. Meland.

Currently Reading

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I’ve been so excited to read this book and I finally had time to start reading Crooked Kingdom yesterday! I’m only 70 pages in and I am loving it. I really loved Six of Crows and if you are interested in hearing about that you can check out my Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My Bookstagram Over The Week

Here are my Instagram Posts over the last week. You can follow me at: Critic_Uncritical_Bookworm


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Current Challenges/Giveaways

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Over on my Instagram I am hosting a challenge and a giveaway is included. It’s not to late if you want to join. 😀 I’d love to see what creative photos you come up with. ❤ To qualify for the giveaway you just have to do at least 7 prompts. Every prompt you do gets your name entered in the giveaway. So you could have your name put in a total of 30 times. If you do all 30 you’ll get an extra 5.

More details here on my blog post #uncriticalbirthdaychallenge and on my Instagram

 

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Review: The Extraction List By Renee N. Meland

This is the first book I read by Renee N. Meland. I was lucky enough to win it in a give away on her twitter. She was also sweet enough to sign it and include some unexpected goodies as well. ❤
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The Synopsis:

extrractWhen fifteen-year-old Riley Crane figures out her best friend Olivia is being abused at home, she knows just who to turn to: her mother Claire, writer and spokesperson of President Gray’s Parental Morality Law. Under this law, Taskforce Officers remove children from their homes if their parents do not meet certain guidelines, taking them to government-run boarding schools where supervisors rehabilitate them, turning them into productive members of society. Or at least that is how it was supposed to work…

Now, after a government official threatens to make Riley the law’s latest victim, Riley and Claire must rely on Cain Foley, a gifted killer with a tongue as sharp as the knives he carries, to get them out of America alive. Though he slices through men’s necks as if they are warm butter, Riley can’t seem to keep her cheeks from flushing every time he speaks. But when they stumble upon a deserted boarding school, Riley sees that escaping the country is only part of their problem. Together, Riley and Cain figure out that a killer can save a life, and a mother can damn a nation.

 

My Review:

Goodreads– 5/5 Stars

“I never thought our country would be in such a state that children’s laughter could have gotten us all thrown in jail or worse.”

As soon as I read the synopsis I was excited to read this book. I love the Dystopian genres. In a lot of ways I think they could really happen, especially the way things now a days seem to be going. I immediately fell in love with Cain. He is hands down my favorite character of the book. I really enjoyed all the characters though and thought they were really well developed. The story is pretty fast paced and gets right down to the order of business from the first chapter. The ending of the first chapter got me! After finishing the book, I am still thinking back on that moment and smiling. I really enjoyed Renee’s writing style as well.

“He was no angel, but I had no interest in angels. I didn’t want perfect. I wanted scars and steel.”

This book takes you on Riley’s journey to her new life and on the way Cain will teach her how to survive in this new life. It is full of action and will make you smile but, also make you feel a little heartache. It was beautifully put together. There was a twist I didn’t see coming at all and the ending was just wow. It was perfect.

Thankfully there is two more books in this series Burning Doors and Leave Me Lost. I can’t wait to read them because I must know what is the next steps in Riley’s life going to be!

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I recommend this book to fans of Divergent,The Hunger Games,The Maze Runner and even though it isn’t as Supernatural as Angelfall it reminded me of that book. Also if you’ve seen the new movie The Thinning or the movie The Road, I think you would also like this book. Even if you don’t fancy any of those things, I recommend that you still give this book a try. It’s a super fast read packed with so much and I promise you won’t regret it.

 

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10 Books I Plan To Read This Summer

This summer I plan to read alot of fun reads that I have been really looking forward to reading for awhile now. Of course I’ll definitely be reading more than 10 books this summer, but these are the 10 I’m most looking forward to. ❤

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When I first saw this book, it definitely turned into a cover buy. I thought the cover was so cute. I love the henna tattoos on Dimple’s hands and who doesn’t love iced coffee. After being drawn to the book by its cute cover. I researched it and discovered that the story line is equally as cute. I also have never read anything like this and find it interesting to learn about something new.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book sounds like so much fun. I heard that it’s like a real mind game. I would love one of the gorgeous UK covers or all four would be okay with me too. I’m all around super excited about owning and reading this book.

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Fangirl by Raindow Rowell

So I might as well admit, I think every book on this list definitely attracted me with it’s cover. Seeing all the little character drawings for Fangirl definitely attracted me to it. I heard Rainbow Rowell’s books are a must so, I think Fangirl would be a good start. I’d also like to read Carry On by her also.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’ve been wanting to read the Outlander series for awhile now. I’ve been told it’s as fantastic as Game of Thrones and I love Game of Thrones. I’ve also been really wanting to see the show and I can’t watch that until I read the books!

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The Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

I’ve been told by multiple people to read this series. I’ve also been told Jennifer Armentrout is a great author. I’ve never read any books that have to do with aliens so that really interests me. Plus I heard it has a little bit of romance in it so, who doesn’t love a good romance!?

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I love fairy tale retellings! I love nerdy things, so this sounds perfect for me. The cover is also extremely cute. If you haven’t noticed, this summer I want to get a lot of nice,easy,fun,cute reads down on my TBR list. Isn’t that pretty much what summer is suppose to be!?

larajeanAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I am a big Jenny Han fan. I have read all of her books except for Shug and this one. To All The Boys I Loved Before is a awesome series and it actually opened me up to the contemporary genre. Every series by Jenny Han is awesome though. If you guys are looking for summer reads, I think all her series are great for that. Especially The Summer I Turned Pretty Series, That series has a special place in my heart and I loved how it all ended. It made me feel complete. Speaking of endings I hope the ending of the To All The Boys I Loved Before series makes me feel the same way. I am super nervous how Always and Forever,Lara Jean is going to end. I just hope it ends the way I want it to. ❤

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Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi

I have only read Futhermore by Tahera Mafi but, I loved it so much. Tahera Mafi’s writing style is so unique.I love the worlds she created! Futhermore is so colorful inside and out! I defiantly felt like I was on an adventure the whole time. I can only imagine what she has created in Shatter Me. I couldn’t wait for Whichwood to come out. Then I heard that Shatter Me is coming to the big screen! So I was like, I need to get on this series now! Then to top all off she is adding on to the series. Could life get any better?

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I read Illuminae and started following Jay and Amie on Twitter and Instagram and they are such awesome people. I really enjoyed Illuminae and I’m waiting a little bit to read Gemina because it is going to be a little while before Obsidio comes out. So in the mean time I plan to read all of Jay and Amie’s books starting with this beauty Nevernight. I already pre-ordered Godsgrave, that comes out in September. I really want the UK versions of both books. They are so much more gorgeous than the US. The US still nice though. 😉

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I really need to read more books like these and I think this one definitely sounds like a fun read. I have heard nothing but good things about it. And just look at that cover! 😀

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