Wrap Up: May 2017 (and June TBR)

SO delayed!!

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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5) Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1) Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015) Secret Wars (2015-) #1 (of 9) Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) Time in a Bottle The Time Keeper City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy

This book needs to be in all libraries. I deserves to be noticed and I think that this was easily one of the best reads for me this year. See review here.

The Nightingale Circus by Ioana Visan

I really enjoyed this novella, as I do with Ioana Visan’s work. I want to read Broken People so I can find out more about the circus and the people that use it as their safe haven. See review here.

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

This was a different and fresh view of Supergirl for me. I enjoyed this short piece and I’m definitely considering reading more about her. See Review here.

Secret Wars #0 by Jonathan Hickman

It’s about time I started this event. I think everything was summed up pretty well in this piece. Review to come soon.

Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman

I thought this was a pretty good start to the whole event. Definitely got me even more intrigued. Review to come soon.

Then Comes Love by Lindsay Detwiler

A cute, funny, quick read. I really liked this book and enjoyed it tremendously. See review here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I’ve had this book for a few years and I took way to long to actually read it. I really liked it and I want to read the rest of The Giver Quartet. See review here.

Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer

I had a few issues with this book mainly because the proper trigger warnings weren’t applied but I really did enjoy the writing. See review here.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

This was definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year. I can’t believe I took so long to get to it. See review here.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

And so the reread continues! I loved this read a lot more the second time around and seeing my babies growing up is always a pleasure. See review here.

Total Read: 10 Books


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Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

ARCs (I swear this list is getting shorter)

Sleight Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) Demolition Love The Labyrinth Eve The Soul Reaper The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) Can't Buy Forever

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Book Review: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

13624688Goodreads Synopsis

In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time.

The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.


Trigger Warnings: Underage drinking, suicide attempt.

I’d never read a book about Father Time before this so I was really looking forward to seeing how Mitch Albom executed the tale of the personification of time itself.

‘”There is a reason God limits our days.”
“Why?”
“To make each one precious.”‘

When I started the book, I thought that it’d be an easy one. I’d finish it quickly and then write out a review and all would be said and done. While the book wasn’t a difficult read or heavy on the heart, I had no idea how I was going to review it. The only thing I was absolutely certain of was that I was loving it.

Father Time, Dor as he was known before he became the inventor of the thing that weighs a lot of us down, is described to be an old man with a beard that’s so long it reaches his knees. I laughed at this description and thought that we’d found a man whose beard was longer than Dumbledore’s. Because Dor can’t resist counting; the moments, the cycles of the moon, breaths…he is ‘punished’ to live in a cave and listen to the consequences of wanting this power caused. How long? Till when Heaven meets Earth.

“Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.”

In our current time we meet Sarah Lemon, a seventeen year old girl who doesn’t want more time, she just wants it to stop. And Victor Delemonte, an eighty-six year old man who wants nothing but time. He wants all the time he could possibly get. When Dor’s ‘sentence’ ends, he’s tasked with the job to find these two people and bring them together. He doesn’t know for what yet, but as the book goes on, the plan unfolds and it’s all pieced together.

I can’t really say what emotions I felt while reading this book. Opinions were formed sure, but those didn’t directly relate to what I was feeling at the moment. I had a lot of questions and a lot of them was me wanting to know why? One man wanted to live forever and one girl thought that one guy was the be all and end all of her entire existence.

“Ends are for yesterdays, not tomorrow.”

I really liked this book and thought it was really great. I don’t typically read books that talk about life, the universe, and everything but something about the synopsis drew me in and it was a spur of the moment buy for me. I’ve owned The First Phone Call From Heaven for a while now, but after reading this, I want to read that as soon as possible.

What I liked especially about this book was that to explain the situation, Father Time put things in perspective for Sarah and Victor and he didn’t make the choice for them. He showed them how they got here and what happened after they were gone. The rest was up to them.

I think that Mitch Albom wrote a very beautiful piece. This was inspiring, amazing, and everything in between.

‘”Time is not something you give back. The very next moment may be an answer to your prayer. To deny that is to deny the most important part of the future.”
“What’s that?”
“Hope.”‘

**Not apologising for all the quotes used. They were just too good to pass up.

Read: 22 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 1 May 2013
Publisher: Sphere
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Mitch Albom

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eARC Book Review: Then Comes Love by Lindsay Detwiler

Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

Three generations of women,
Three second loves,
All with a dose of chaos mixed in.

Sometimes in life, changes can be good…

After losing her husband, her five cats, and her home, Charlotte Noel hates feeling dependent. As Charlotte tries to find her identity in this new stage of life, she comes to realize that drama never ends, dance aerobics can be a war zone, and love is always a possibility.

You never know when a midlife crisis is going to strike…

Charlotte’s daughter, Annie, is going through struggles of her own. Recently divorced, she is feeling frumpy and worn-out. Run ragged, Annie mourns her youth and wonders where her life is headed, all while hoping she can help her daughter Amelia get it together.

Settling down can be overrated, especially when you’re falling for a rock star look-alike…

Amelia is the wild child of the family. Working three jobs, because she just hasn’t figured out what she wants in life, she realizes happiness isn’t always settling down with a steady, dependable man; sometimes it’s about following your true passion and living on the edge.

No matter what age you are, life and love can be crazy…


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

By the title alone I wanted to steer clear of this book because I could sense what was coming. I’m rarely in the mood for a romance novel and I’d forgotten why I’d requested this book in the first place. I’m glad I did though because this is so much more than a mere romance novel.

We are introduced to three generations of women: Charlotte, the eighty-one year old discovering that just because she’s old, it doesn’t mean that her life has to be over. Annie, a fifty year old who has to reinvent herself after the love of her life walks out on her. And of course, Amelia, the thirty-two year old who’s eccentric and devil-may-care behaviour is trying to lead her to the path of fulfilment but the idea of ‘safety’ leads her in a different direction.

First thing’s first, this book did not read like a romance novel. It was more humour than anything else. I found myself laughing only a few pages in and by then I was pretty sure that I was going to enjoy this book. And I did.

Charlotte’s character was possibly my favourite out of the three women. I have no idea what it feels like to be eighty but this woman did not read like an eighty year old. I kept having to remind myself of her age because the story ran away with me. I think that was a bit different though and I liked that about the book. By doing that, making the characters seem younger, she opened up the book to all ages.

I feel like the main message in this book was: stop running. These characters were so scared to face the music that they kept running away but once they stopped and took a moment to take everything in, new paths opened up for them.

“Sometimes love changed everything. Sometimes love came when you least expected it. Sometimes you gave up on life, gave up on finding out who you were supposed to be.

And then, when you’d forgotten what it felt like, when you’d dismissed the ideal entirely… then, well… then came love.”

Lindsay Detwiler’s writing was superb and extremely fast paced. I sat myself down and finished the book in no time. She really has a way with pulling you into the story and holding your attention up till the very end.

I’m not saying that this book opened up the way for romance novels for me but I’ll definitely be reading more of this author’s work. That was a nice break from the ‘serious’ books I’ve been reading. If you’re looking for a light read that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy in the end, this is what you need.

Read: 11 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 18 March 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Lindsay Detwiler

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Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

Goodreads Synopsis

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.


Trigger Warning: This book contains suicide, underage drinking and driving while under the influence.

Before I Fall tells us the story of Samantha Kingston and how she relives the day of her death seven times, each day bringing different results and a different Sam.

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Lauren Oliver and I must say that I’ve really missed her writing. I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written almost a decade ago and the way people thought and acted back then is not the same as it is today. One example I can give, the main thing that stood out for me, is the almost homophobic feel about the characters. Two girls would hug and the response would be ‘Are you lesboing out on me?’ and I didn’t appreciate that and I’ll admit that that did affect my overall rating.

Sam starts out as this vain and bitchy character with almost no redeeming qualities but as we learn more about her we find out that she’s been swept away with the crowd. These girls thrive on thinking, feeling and acting like they’re better than anyone else. I did not like her at all in the beginning and when the question was asked, whether she deserved to die because she was a bad person, I thought that no, she did not. Still, Sam dying doesn’t take away from the fact that she wasn’t a nice person. I didn’t like that she let popularity get to her head in the worst way possible, that she saw bad things being done to others and did nothing to stop them. Instead she joined them.

The start of this book really dragged and here was a point in the beginning of the book when I was waiting for the accident because I was certain that the story would pick up. Once Sam realised that this was how her life ended, and that she had a chance to at least help others and change the person she was known as, the flow got a lot better.

“Here’s another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you’re dead, it’s the only thing that keeps you alive.”

I did find myself wondering if the occasional nice things she did in her week of reliving her death made a difference. If my some weird twist of fate, those people would remember it. By the end, it was almost like Sam was on repeat. She knew everything she wanted to do because whether she liked it or not…this was her last day. I think she grew as a person and there was some major character development on her part. Her friends though…I really hope that her death at least knocked some sense into their brains.

When the book ended I was hoping that through some miracle maybe it turned out that Sam didn’t die. That she had redeemed herself enough for the universe to give her a second chance. The thing is though, she got seven chances to make things right. And while that ultimately didn’t change her fate, hopefully it helped others see that maybe putting others down so that you can raise yourself up isn’t the way to go through life.

Read: 25 March 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 25 October 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Lauren Oliver

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Wrap Up: March 2017 (and April TBR)

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The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7) Alex and Eliza: A Love Story On the Bridge (The Infernal Devices, #0.5) A Bit(e) of Discretion, Please (Dreamer #1) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, #1) Crying Over Spilt Light An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld The Impaler's Revenge (The Impaler Legacy, #1) 6482837

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Nothing too exciting happened in this book but we do seem to be getting closer to finding out more about the organisation. I feel like this book took too long to get to the ending. As I said, nothing really happened so it could’ve been a tad bit shorter.

Alex and Eliza [Sneak Peek] by Melissa de la Cruz

This seems to be the start of something beautiful. I can’t wait to read the full novel when it comes out. See review here.

On the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS? I was looking at the Infernal Devices books and this popped up. Obviously I read it because Will and Jem ❤︎

A Bit(e) of Discretion, Please by T.A. Miles

A short story that got confusing at times but was still quite enjoyable. I’m interested in seeing where the rest of the story goes. See review here.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Least favourite Rick Riordan book. Sigh, I was expecting something better. Oh well, what can I do. See review here.

Crying Over Spilt Light by George Saoulidis

I would say that this is a bit of a complex piece but it’s not really. It’s strange and weird but the writing is fantastic. See review here.

An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

I’m so glad I finally managed to purchase this book. I read it in one sitting and I can’t wait to read it again. Review to come soon.

The Impaler’s Revenge by Ioana Visan

It’s was wondering to read works by a familiar author. I loved everything about this book and I look forward to continuing this series. See review here.

READING GOAL OF 20 BOOKS REACHED!!! 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

While not my favourite of Lauren Oliver’s, I did enjoy this book a lot. I was waiting to read this book and then the movie came out and I rushed to add it to my currently reading. Review to come soon.

Total Read: 9 Book(s)


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ARCs

Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) Sleight Dream Me This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information Time in a Bottle Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) XODUS (Astralis, #1) 32941084 Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1)

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Book Review: Mia Goes Fourth by Meg Cabot

169299Goodreads Synopsis

Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia’s royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?


Mia Goes Fourth takes place just before Mia has to go back to school for her second semester. Yes, you read that right. Just before she went back to school. I was actually looking forward to her touring the castle and Genovia in general but that didn’t happen. Instead she complained about failed speeches, meetings and parking meters, oh and of course…Michael’s unclear stance on loving her as a friend or more. Every. Dang. Page!

If you hadn’t noticed by the above, I didn’t like this book. My rating would’ve been a dead giveaway in any case. When reading a book, there’s only one thing I ask for -besides good writing- and that’s a protagonist that won’t make me want to throttle them. The older I get, it seems I get more annoyed at obvious immaturity. There’s a difference between innocence and just plain stupidity. Mia’s stupidity in this novel made her immaturity come so much into the light I’m sure I would’ve needed sunglasses if it got any brighter. I’m not saying that all teenagers are stupid or immature, but Mia definitely was. I was reminded constantly just how young she is and how little she knows of life. My main clue: her constant fretting over whether Michael loved her as just a friend or whether he was going to dump her because she wouldn’t be able to make their date.

Lilly wasn’t a bother to me in this book. And there were times I wish Lilly would shut Mia up- which she did a time or two- because I couldn’t deal with her anymore.

I don’t know what it was about this book in particular because Mia has basically had a one track mind in the other books as well, but this book made me almost hate her. I feel like this book wasn’t needed. It was nothing more than a filler. We didn’t get to see Genovia at all, Mia listened to her grandmother- I mean seriously! You know that woman’s out to get you, why even take her advice?. She made me wonder if I too was thing annoying when I was 14.

**Just a little extra thing here: I felt a bit strange (I don’t want to say offended because I think that’s too strong a word for what I want to say) that they used Jane Eyre as a means of relationship advice/material. Jane Eyre wasn’t about ‘getting the guy and keeping him’, it was about a woman refusing to be tied down and treated the way society deemed ‘proper’. She went against the social barriers and put herself first. Not so that she could get the guy, but because she wanted to be certain of herself as an individual! …Okay so maybe I was a tad bit offended. Give me a break, it’s my favourite book so I noticed.

One day when I re-read this series, I’ll probably ignore this book completely since nothing of great importance happened here. I shall continue on with the next books but of this one I was not a fan.

Reviews of other books in the series:

Read: 24 February 2017
Rating:
 ★★

Publication Date: 6 September 2003
Publisher: MacMillan
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Meg Cabot

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Book Review: Third Time Lucky by Meg Cabot

Third Time Lucky (The Princess Diaries, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis

Mia’s got everything a girl could possibly want. She’s a princess – and she’s got a boyfriend! But that’s where it all goes wrong. Because Kenny is just NOT the guy she really wants. Michael’s the one she’s loved forever – but he’s going out with someone infinitely cleverer than Mia. Someone who can clone FRUIT FLIES, for heaven’s sake! Will the story end happily ever after for the Princess of Genovia?


This series is easily added to my favourites list. I’m falling more and more in love with every book I finish and I do not mind at all. See my reviews for The Princess Diaries here and Take Two here.

It’s been 3 months since Mia found out that she’s a princess and the heir to the Genovian throne and you’d think things would’ve settled down by now, but nope. All eyes are still on Mia. I think that people are just waiting for her to mess up which is so not cool.

First thing, Lily was not as annoying in this book. She was still her usual aggravating bossy self but she wasn’t featured too much so I kind of forgot about her for a moment. I still think that someone -Mia- should stand up to her because just because she wants something a certain way doesn’t mean that it should happen. Okay sometimes she helps but she has room for lots of improvement.

So far this is my favourite book in the series. Things really progressed in this novel and we got to see a different side of Mia’s grandmother and Mia herself for that matter. The maturity levels are rising and she thinks and acts more like a princess with every book but it’s not hard to forget that she’s still a 14 year old girl with problems that almost all teenagers face.

I’ve probably mentioned this in my other reviews but Meg Cabot’s writing style is really amazing. It’s so addictive and realistic. Mia is an extremely relatable character and I love that about her.

So, check this. You know how when you’ve been waiting for something to happen and then it FINALLY does? Yea, it happened. I’m so happy right now. The ending was phenomenal and what I was waiting for. Of course, knowing Mia’s luck, something would probably go wrong.

I started Mia Goes Fourth the minute I finished this  book and the excitement is high. I honestly can’t wait to finish this series one day.

Read: 17 February 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 7 December 2001
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Meg Cabot

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