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Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2 Recap

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon

Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2

I do so love readathons, and the WWReadathons are always amazing, but alas this one is over. The Twitter chats were a ton of fun, the books for me were mostly excellent despite not reading as much as I wanted, and overall it was a great time of bookish goodness. Over the course of the readathon I read 9 books and started a tenth, reading a total of 2,850 pages, not too shabby! Now, without further ado, here are the books I read! ^.^

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 2/5

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor – 3/5

Three by Kristen Simmons – 5/5 – reviewed it here!

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – 5/5

Split Second by Kasie West – 5/5

Tommy Nightmare by JL Bryan – 2/5 – reviewed it here!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – 5/5

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4/5

The Future of Us by Jay Asher – 4/5

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (started)

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I can’t wait to participate in more readathons in the near future as well as the next WWReadathon! How did you do for this readathon? Did you meet your goals or even surpass them? What was your favorite read during it? Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Sunday Post #18

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This was a fun week as I received books from all sorts of sources: a book I won, one via ARCycling, a few random orders, and pre-orders!

Book I Won

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Thanks Ann Aguirre!

Book From ARCycling

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn – Thanks to ARCycling and Gaby from Ella Bee Reads!

Pre-orders

Lady thief

Split Second by Kasie West

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Random Orders

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Last Week On the Blog

Monday – Cover Reveal: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday – Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Three by Kristen Simmons

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Tommy Nightmare by J.L. Bryan

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Taken By the Fairies by Celestia Dew

Saturday – Book of the Week: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Grace Earl

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Books Read Last Week

Three by Kristen Simmons – 5/5 (Review Above)THREE

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – 5/5 (Review To Come)

Split Second by Kasie West – 5/5 (NEED BOOK 3!)

Tommy Nightmare by J.L. Bryan – 2/5 (Review Above)

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – 5/5 (ALL THE FEELS!)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4/5 (Very Powerful)

The Future of Us by Jay Asher – 4/5 (Love Jay Asher!)

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This Week On the Blog

Monday – Wicked Valentine’s Readathon Results

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #20

Thursday – Killing My Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #19

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Despite the fact that I managed to read a book a day this week (even though I got more sick) I’m not thrilled with my reading progress. This was the main part of the Wicked Valentine’s Readathon and I wanted to get at least 10 books in during that portion, so while 7 is alright, for a readathon it isn’t stepping up my usual levels at all. However, I didn’t read any novellas this week, everything was full length novels (some of which were even 350-400 or so), so that’s good.

Even though the quantity wasn’t there this week the quality sure was! Lady Thief and Split Second, my two pre-orders for this week, both lived up to every possible expectation I could have had for them and I’m already pining for the next in each series! Three was just as excellent and a wonderful way to end the trilogy, and If You Find Me gave me ALL THE FEELS. So ya, good stuff.

I’ve already read almost half the books I received this week, and will likely pick up another soon because they just look so pretty! I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading The Name of the Wind though, the book is massive. o_o I hope you enjoyed the variety this week with a cover reveal AND a blog tour review, it was a ton of fun to participate in both! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^


Official Blog Tour Review of Three by Kristen Simmons + Giveaway!

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I really enjoyed Three, in my belief the best in the trilogy, and one of the better series finishes that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. A big thank you to Book Nerd Tours, Kristen Simmons, and Tor Teen for giving me an ARC to enjoy, and for letting me be a part of this fabulous blog tour! My stop on the tour is a review and spotlight of the book, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post for your chance to win all sorts of wonderful prizes! ^.^

THREE

Synopsis

Kristen Simmons’ fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series continues in Three.

Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

At fighting back.

Kristen Simmons

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Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She loves Jazzercise, her husband, and her precious greyhound, Rudy. Also chocolate. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.

Links

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My Review

As I said when I started this post, Three is one of the best endings to a series that I have ever come across. The action is unceasing, the brief moments of rest for the characters are a chance for you to catch your breath before they dive back into the fray, and the hope of a better tomorrow keeps the reader going on just as much as those within the story.

In Three we see the main character, Ember, really grow up. In the previous two books, while she did some impressive things and started to prove her worth, she was somewhat of a tagalong, following Chase nearly blindly. Here, however, Ember starts to take control, coming up with a way to spread a message to those who might join the resistance with a little prodding. She constantly fights for what she believes is right, but without sounding high and mighty or appearing arrogant. I was so impressed with the growth that she showcased in Three, turning her from a good MC, to a fabulous one, a role model.

Then there is the romance. Ember and Chase have had great chemistry throughout the series, but in Three it is taken to a different level. It’s more passionate, more intense, deeper and tender, but also fierce. Their relationship solidified for me, it felt like not only could it last, but that there was no way it wouldn’t. Normally I’m not that into relationships taking up such a large portion of a book, particularly in dystopian, but with this series, and Three in particular, it felt natural and right. I can’t imagine the series, or this book without that bond.

Romance isn’t the only type of relationship that is strengthened in Three. Familial bonds, of blood and from a closeness and sense of trust, are represented. Friendships are made, some grow, and others wither, but for the most part the group really starts to rely on each other. They don’t just need each other to watch their backs or for protection, it is a matter of emotional support and strength, and Simmons has a way of making those ties seem natural and powerful.

This review, in case you haven’t noticed, is very character based, and that’s intentional. The characters and their relationships are what makes this book for me. Sure, I really enjoyed the action and the plot was very well done, with a whirlwind ending that left me speechless. However, as incredible as the world, the story, and the action were, it was the focus on those people that I grew to really care about that sold Three, and the series, for me.

As much as I love series, and the characters within them, I don’t tend to miss those people, or actively think about how I’ll never get to join them again for another adventure. Ember, Chase, and the rest of this cast is an exception. I already wish there was a book four, a companion novel, a novella of sorts, anything to stay connected with them, the feeling of loss is already here, and I know I’ll be re-reading this series for years to come. So thank you Kristen Simmons for writing these amazing books, thank you to Tor Teen for publishing them and sharing with us these wondrous creations, and thanks as always for anyone reading this.

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Sunday Post #17

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I bought a bunch of books, ones from Book Outlet, a few from Target, and some via NetGalley! Here we go!

Books From Book Outlet

 Partials by Dan Wells

 Easy by Tammara Webber

 If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

 Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Books From Target

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Books From NetGalley

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Pre-Order

Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Give You All the Feels

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Gilded by Christina L. Farley

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2: Update/Goal Post

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Books Read Last Week

 Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons – 4/5 (Review above)

 This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – 3/5 (Review to come)

 Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn – 4/5 (Pretty good, review near release)

 Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 (Review above)

 Taken By the Fairies by Celestia Dew – 4/5 – (Review to come)

 This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl – 5/5 – (Review next week)

 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 2/5 – (Not for me)

 Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor – 3/5 – (Wanted to stab MC, but great writing)

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Cover Reveal!

Tuesday: Blog Tour Post for Three by Kristen Simmons!

Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday #19

Thursday: Killing my Kindle

Friday: Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday: Book of the Week

Sunday: Sunday Post #18

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This was another decent reading week, with 8 books in total. Ideally I will be stepping that up this coming week with it being the WWReadathon and all, but I can’t make any promises with school/work in mind. As for all the books…well I binged a little. I had a 25$ GC for Target I hadn’t used since Christmas so that’s why I bought those this week. Book Outlet ones were books I had considered buying multiple times in the past, but they were at good enough bargains to “justify” me giving them a try now. The NG books well… that’s just me wanting to read ALL THE BOOKS. o_o

I have a pretty big post coming up on Tuesday where I’ll be on the blog tour for Three by Kristen Simmons, so I hope you stop by for that if nothing else this coming week! Hopefully I can do the book justice. ^.^ Book of the Week WILL be returning this coming Saturday, so if you are enjoying that feature fear not! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday and the Olympics if you are watching them!


Sunday Post #16

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This was a very exciting week of pre-order goodness! I didn’t get a crazy amount of books, but it was definitely quantity (and excitement level) over quantity!

Pre-orders

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

 Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

 Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando

Tuesday – Release Day Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #17

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Goblin Market by Leigh Wilder

Saturday – “If I Were a Book” Tag

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Books Read Last Week

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando – 4/5

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab – 5/5

Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig – 5/5

The Goblin Market by Leigh Wilder – 4/5

The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple – 5/5

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis – 4/5

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday

Tuesday – Totally Random Tuesday

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #18

Thursday – Killing my Kindle

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday – The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Book of the Week

Sunday – Sunday Post #17

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This was an admittedly slow reading week. I only read 6 books and two of those were novellas. I ended up working Friday because I got called in and that took up one of my designated reading days where I likely would have read Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons. That is the book I am currently working on, so if I have time today (working around the Super Bowl which I LOVE) that’s what I’ll be reading and likely posting for tomorrow’s Mini Review Monday.

Next week I know I’ll be reading the previously mentioned Breaking Point, and my ARC of Three, which is scheduled to be reviewed on the 11th for the Three Blog Tour, so look for both of those coming up soon. Other then that not too much to report except the return of Book of the Week! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday and football madness! ^.^