The New Disney Princess Book Tag

Huge thanks to Darque Dreamer Reads for tagging me! This was so much fun to do!


The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you!
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts (the awesome creators of the tag) so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy @Book Princess Reviews & Zuky @ Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Book Review

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Series: Technically a standalone; however, a companion novel called The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is set to be released in 2018.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

Source/Format: US hardcover

My Rating: 3/5 stars

“We're not courting trouble," I say. "Flirting with it, at most.” 

Eighteen-year old troublemaker Henry Montague, more affectionately referred to as Monty, has been given one final year–one last hurrah–before he must get his act together and officially take over his family's estate. Before then, Monty is to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, as is common for most young men of his privileged status.

Joining him on this trip is his younger sister, Felicity, and his best friend, Percy. Percy, whom just so happens to be the one Monty, our bisexual protagonist, has been harboring a crush on for quite some time.

So not only does Monty have to worry about what he's going to do when his time is up, but he also must come to terms with whether or not Percy reciprocates his feelings; and even if he does, could they ever make the leap from being best friends to a couple?

“The great tragic love story of Percy and me is neither great nor truly a love story, and is tragic only for its single-sidedness. It is also not an epic monolith that has plagued me since boyhood, as might be expected. Rather, it is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other's mouth. 
A long, slow slide, then a sudden impact.” 

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Title: Lord of Shadows

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: Book 2 of The Dark Artifices trilogy (a Shadowhunters series)

Publisher: McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)

Source/Format: US Hardcover (B&N exclusive)

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

***SPOILER WARNING for Lady Midnight below!***

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”

Lord of Shadows picks up two weeks after Lady Midnight. Despite our characters still reeling with emotional turmoil from recent events, they have bigger fish to fry. No seriously–ever since Malcolm’s death, there has been an odd surge in the number of sea demons coming ashore and wreaking havoc on the world.

As if that wasn’t worrisome enough, a group of Centurions, elite shadowhunters who train at the Scholomance, are on their way to the Los Angeles Institute. Once there, they plan to investigate Malcolm’s death–more specifically to confirm his death–but it also seems some of them have their own ulterior motives.

This of course proves to be a challenge for Julian. Arthur Blackthorn is nowhere near qualified to run the LA Institute, and as we now know, he hasn’t been. Julian has been stepping in for him and hiding this fact for years. But he is used to only having to hide this from his family, not Centurions–highly trained shadowhunters, the best of the best.

And of course, there’s that pesky parabatai bond. >.>

“Those who cannot love do not understand it.”

Julian has always been able to do what needs to be done for his family, but he has always had Emma at his side. Now, after Emma’s recent “confession” that she does not share Julian’s romantic feelings and is now dating Mark, their relationship is strained and awkward, leaving Julian stranded to deal with everything on his own.

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Mid-Year Freakout: Book Tag

Whoops, initially I forgot to put an intro here… I guess what I would have said is that I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. I moved to Florida at the end of September last year, and I keep thinking we’ve only lived here a few months when actually we’ve almost lived here a full year. Crazy. So much has happened and yet it still feels like 2017 has just begun.

Without any further ado, here’s my Mid-Year Freakout tag! (I tried to only use a book once by the way, even though a lot were contenders for multiple categories!) Enjoy, and link me to yours if you want!

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Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers: Book Review

Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

Title: Assassin’s Heart

Author: Sarah Ahiers

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source/Format: US hardcover

My Rating: 3/5 stars (tentative rating)

“Family before family.”

In the kingdom of Lovero, murder is legal. Nine rival Families kill in the name of Safraella, the goddess of death, all while vying for the coveted position as first Family.

Seventeen-year old Lea belongs to one of these Families–the Saldanas–and as a clipper, she is responsible for directly carrying out Safraella’s will and assassinating those whom someone has paid to have killed.

Currently, Lea finds herself in somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet situation, as she just so happens to be courting a Da Via, despite all of the bad blood between them and the Saldanas. But Val Da Via is different, right? That’s what Lea believes anyway.

That is, until she wakes to her home engulfed in flames and her family murdered.

Lea has no choice but to flee, racked with guilt, as she is certain Val has used her and that the Da Vias are behind the attack. Though she’s still reeling with grief, she has only one goal: To find her estranged uncle–the last remaining Saldana–and ask for his aid in avenging her family’s deaths.

“What would I do? The only thing I could do.


Kill everyone responsible.”

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June 2017: TBR

Like May, June will also be a bit busy. However, this time it’s not really due to new releases. This time it’s due to the several birthdays and anniversaries my family and friends have to celebrate, and therefore probably trips and less reading time. I also hope to get a job, so there’s that…

Anyway, there are a total of ten books I hope to get to (realistically maybe only eight), so here they are in no particular order:

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Books vs. Audiobooks

This week, two of my three regular posts will focus on audiobooks, as they are something I have wanted to talk about for quite a while now, and I have so many thoughts I’d love to share and discuss.

Until maybe two years ago, I was that person who claimed people who liked audiobooks weren’t “real” readers. I also didn’t understand people who had no real way of organizing their books on their bookshelves or people who preferred ebooks over the real thing.

I fully regret feeling that way now, but that’s just what I thought back then. Books were my territory and anyone who dared to venture into it had better share my beliefs. Basically, I was an angsty teen, haha.  

Now, I’ve done a complete 180 and color code my bookshelves, listen to audiobooks whenever it’s the more convenient option, and prefer ebooks for easy reading at night.
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Unpopular Opinion: An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

So, shortly after I wrote my review for A Torch against the Night, I uploaded it to Amazon. After a few days of it being up, someone marked it as “unhelpful,” which is totally fine, as everyone is allowed to have their own opinions! (Who knows–maybe I wasn’t thorough enough for them. *shrugs*) It especially didn’t bother me, because they probably only down-voted it since I didn’t enjoy their favorite book.

This did, however remind me of the many unpopular opinions I have, and I decided I should more fully explain my feelings on this series (through lists of pros and cons like last time):

**potential small spoilers from here on out**

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Book Review

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Book one of the Strange the Dreamer Duology

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (UK edition)

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Format/Source: UK edition from Bookdepository

(Side note: Just putting it out there that I don't know if it was only for the first editions, but my UK hardcover came with a title page signed and illustrated by Laini herself as well as blue-stained pages. You need this in your life. 😍)

Where, oh where, to begin with this striking, unforgettable story Laini has given us?

Like with her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Laini's unrelenting and unparalleled talent for seamlessly weaving words together as if they were magic has once again offered us a remarkable, spellbinding world full of its own unique mythology/history and rich characters that you are bound to adore.

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