• Monthly TBRs,  Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    August Wrap Up + September TBR

    Here is my August Wrap Up and my September TBR! I'm participating in another Harry Potter themed readathon and I'm so excited! I'm so ready to knock some great books off my unread shelf. Come see what I'm planning to read this month.

    *Well hello friends. It seems I got lost somewhere in the never ending summer activities. And, honestly, I needed a break. I feel much better about spending time here and I can’t wait to add all of the book reviews I’ve been saving up. I have such a hard time writing reviews that I always feel super intimidated by them. But I decided that the only way I’ll get better is with practice. Anyway, grab a cuppa and read on for my August wrap up and my September TBR.

    August Wrap Up

    August was a doozy of a month! I struggled through a reading slump and then when I wanted to read I just didn’t have the time. Plus, it was NEWTs so I felt pressured to read. I ended up finishing 6 of the 7 books I needed to read to become a Librarian. So I didn’t pass my NEWTs but its ok! The whole thing starts over again in April and I’m so excited to take my OWLs next year. I wonder what career I’ll pick?

    Ancient Runes:

    Rebel Spring ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Morgan Rhodes
    I liked this book a lot more than the first one (Falling Kingdoms). The characters are much improved. The plot is way more complex than I originally thought it was going to be. The writing style is still not my favorite, but it has improved a ton since the first book.

    The Fellowship of the Ring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: J.R.R. Tolkien

    It’s been 16 years since I first read this magical story and I loved it every bit as much this time around. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was letting myself be intimidated by this book and I kept putting off reading it. I was 13 the first time I read it. I’m not sure why, at 29, I was feeling intimidated. At least I finally got started on my reread.

    The Wicked Deep ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Shea Ernshaw

    This was a sweet little romance. I loved Hazel and Bo. Their relationship was amazing, but I feel that the author left out a lot of depth and complexity. I wish the book had been a bit longer so that I could really get into the story.

    Defense Against the Dark Arts

    Days of Blood and Starlight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Laini Taylor

    My favorite book this month! I love this book so much. I feel that it is the perfect sequel to Daughter of Blood and Bone. There is so much heartbreak but it was written so beautifully. I loved every second of this book!

    Children of Blood and Bone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Tomi Adeyemi

    It took me a long time to get through this book, and it wasn’t because I didn’t like it! I hit a reading slump literally in the middle of it so I took 4 days off from reading it. It was such an amazing story though. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in December.

    History of Magic

    Empire of Storms ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Sarah J. Maas

    This book was so good! There was so much going on and Aelin’s plots were the most complex yet. I love how Sarah is so good at creating such complex story lines. I love making all of the connections between characters and places and times.

    The Assassin’s Blade
    By: Sarah J. Maas

    This was the book I didn’t finish this month. I started it on the 30th and we just got super busy. I literally had no time to read. I’m really liking what I’ve read so far though. It’s not hard to read and it’s great to get a peek into Celaena’s life before Endovier. I’m still reading it and with any luck I’ll be finished with it either on the 3rd or the 4th of September.

    So, that’s my August wrap up! Even though I didn’t get to all of the books on my tbr it was still a really good reading month.

    August book haul.

    If you want to you can see the list of books I bought in the month of August right here. It’s a link to my Goodreads and I always make a new shelf for all the books I bought the previous month.

    September TBR

    Since I love readathons so much I just couldn’t help myself when I was invited to do another Harry Potter themed readathon for September. This one is called Hogwartsathon and it’s hosted by @laureads_ and @niffler_reads on Instagram. The official hashtag is #hogwartsathon.

    Platform 9 3/4: A sequel
    Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff

    Welcome to Hogwarts: A book over 394 pages
    Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

    Sorting Hat: A book with your house colors on the cover
    Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

    Ghosts of Hogwarts: A contemporary
    If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

    Mr. Ollivander: A book over 2 years old
    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

    Diagon Alley: A book with a lot of hype
    Red Rising by Pierce Brown

    Flourish and Blotts: Random book from tbr
    Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

    Bonus: Forbidden Forest: Book with dark themes (only read this if you complete all other prompts)
    Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

    May the odds be in my favor.

    I’m very determined to read all of these books this month. I’m on a book buying ban so I want to make the most of it and really knock some books off my unread shelf. I’m so tired of buying more books than I know I can read or will read so it’s time to start some new habits.

    What are you hoping to get to this month?

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can always find me on Instagram @thecozyshelf!

  • Monthly TBRs

    N.E.W.T.s 2019 Magical Readathon

    *I am BEYOND EXCITED to participate in N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon in August! I have been looking forward to it since, well, since April this year when I did the O.W.L.s readathon. I cannot wait to share my tbr with you for NEWTs. If you’re new to all this and I’m speaking a foreign language, don’t worry! I’ll make sure I link you up to all the info you need to participate in the post. Ok! Let’s get to it!

    It's time for NEWTs 2019 readathon! Here's my tbr for the NEWTs readathon hosted by Book_Roast.

    The low down.

    If you are completely new to the NEWTs readathon I need you to check out this video first! G or @book_roast is the original creator of this readathon. She is a genius and she blesses us with all of her extraness. We love her to pieces so please go check out her Youtube channel!

    If you are not new to NEWTs or the Magical Readathon, welcome back! I’m so so excited for this readathon! I don’t know what it is about August but Fall is calling me and nothing sounds better than a month-long readathon. Of course, it’s Harry Potter themed so that makes it even more amazing!

    Magical career: Librarian

    As per the readathon rules, I will be continuing with my Librarian career for the readathon. I have three exams I need to pass, Ancient Runes with a required grade of Outstanding, Defense Against the Dark Arts with a passing grade of Exceeds Expectations, and History of Magic with a passing grade of Exceeds Expectations. This means I have seven books to read this month to become a Librarian.

    Ok, let’s get into my actual TBR. I’ll also give you the prompts for each exam I need to pass.

    Ancient Runes

    Required Grade: Outstanding
    Acceptable: Ehwaz (partnership) A book recommended by a friend
    Exceeds Expectations: Book written in the past tense
    Outstanding: Book that has been on your tbr for ages
    My book choices:
    A: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
    E: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
    O: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

    Defense Against the Dark Arts

    Required Grade: Exceeds Expectations
    Acceptable: Book that is black under the dust jacket
    Exceeds Expectations: Gilderoy’s memory charm- first book you remembered just now from your tbr
    My book choices:
    A: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
    E: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

    History of Magic

    Required Grade: Exceeds Expectations
    Acceptable: Read a fantasy
    Exceeds Expectations: Read a book that includes a map
    My book choices:
    A: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
    E: Empire of Storms, Sarah J. Maas

    NEWTs Reading Plan

    Hopefully some of that made sense. If not really take a look at G’s videos on her Youtube channel! They are super helpful and you’ll really get the idea of what’s all involved with this readathon.

    I plan to start the readathon with Days of Blood and Starlight. Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete all of my exams and be able to become a Librarian! I’m so excited for this readathon but I think I’ve mentioned this already. 😅

    Well, that’s all I have for my NEWTs readathon tbr. I can’t wait for it to start! Only a few more hours and then it’s NEWTs time!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

  • Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    July 2019 Reading Wrap UP

    *Wow has July been a busy month! I didn’t have one free weekend! We had a wedding, picnics, bonfires, mini-vacations. The activities and events were never-ending! I’m so hoping that things will start to slow down and I can really enjoy my last month or two of summer. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my reading wrap up for July! It was an interesting month for sure!

    July was a good reading month considering how busy it was! Check out this post to read my mini reviews of the books I read and to see my book haul for July!

    Five star reads.

    This month I was lucky to read three 5 star books! Here they are:

    Lifel1k3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Jay Kristoff
    This book was so good! I think I got reading whiplash from all the plot twists. But it was one of the best books I’ve read all summer. The pacing was amazing and I loved the unique language in the world of Yousay. I would consider this book to be a cyberpunk Anastasia retelling. It has some serious post-apocalyptic vibes and as always, renegade AI. The ending blew my mind and I can’t wait to get back into the story with Dev1at3.

    Queen of Shadows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Sarah J. Maas

    Oh. Em. Goodness. This book was a whirlwind of action. And planning, and spying, and secrets. I could not put this book down. The character development in this book is on point and I really appreciated the direction this story is taking. Is it scary and am I afraid for my babies? Of course, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m fairly certain this series is going to destroy me.

    Skyward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of my new favorite books! I LOVE Spensa so much! And I can’t forget M-Bot and Doomslug. This book has great characters and the camaraderie is amazing. Skyward Flight is my new favorite group of characters. The end of this book was excellent. I love Brandon’s writing and his characters are really relatable.

    Three-star books.

    The rest of the books I read this month were pretty good in their own way. I did enjoy reading them. Most of the problems I had were writing style or plot depth but other than that they weren’t too bad.

    Falling Kingdoms ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Morgan Rhodes

    This was an ok start to a six-book series. It was not amazing. The pacing was pretty slow for me and I found myself getting bored often. But…I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I’m reading this series as part of a buddy read so it’s very exciting. It’s definitely more fun to read this as a group than to try and go it alone. I probably would have DNF’d it if it wasn’t for the buddy read. Thank goodness for accountability! I think what bothered me most about this book was the writing style. It was really way below my reading level and a bit juvenile. I really hope this improves with the next book in the series.

    The Elite ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Kiera Cass

    I actually listened to this on audio and I enjoyed it! I felt much better about reading it since I could do so without feeling like I was wasting my time sitting and reading it. The Elite was much much better than The Selection and I am actually invested in finishing the series now.

    The One ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Kiera Cass

    This was my last book for the month! Like The Elite, I listened to this one on audiobook as well and I liked it even more than The Elite. It was really good to see the story wrap up and it seems that (almost) everyone got a happy ending.

    Book haul!

    As always you can see all of the books I’ve bought this month on my Goodreads! I made a special shelf just for you! You can see that here.
    The book I’m most excited to read out of all of these is Red Rising.

    In conclusion.

    All in all, July wasn’t a bad reading month! I really like to do these wrap-ups because it can be easy to forget what books I’ve read in a month. It’s nice to see how many I read that I loved. It’s also important to take note of the books that we didn’t end up liking too well. That way we know what types of books to stay away from and which ones we should pick up! Now the only thing I need to do for August is to lay off the book buying. 😂

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can see my August TBR right here! It’s N.E.W.T.s time again! I am SO excited to participate in the N.E.W.T.s readathon for the second time. Gah, I’m just so happy and excited. My little Harry Potter heart is so happy! 😊

  • Monthly TBRs

    July 2019 TBR: Summer Reading!

    *Hello again loves! I know I just posted my June Wrap Up but it’s July 2nd so I need to get my July 2019 tbr out there!

    July is upon us and I have a great tbr this month! I'm doing my first ever buddy read with a great group on #bookstagram! Come check out my July 2019 tbr!

    My tentative July 2019 tbr:

    Lifel1k3, by Jay Kristoff (I maybe already read this….)
    Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes
    Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas
    Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor
    Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson
    City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
    Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson
    We Hunt the Flame, by Hafsah Fazil
    Nocturna, by Maya Motayne
    If You Find Me, by Emily Murdoch
    Wonderwoman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

    My first buddy read!

    This month I’m so excited to do my first buddy read! I am reading the book Falling Kingdoms with a great group of people on #bookstagram! I’m very hyped for this book because everyone who’s read it says it’s amazing.

    Top priority books.

    I want to read all of these but the books I want to get to first this month are:
    Falling Kingdoms
    Queen of Shadows
    Days of Blood and Starlight
    Skyward
    City of Bones

    Books I want to buy in July:

    As always there are books I want to buy. If I can I’d like to pick up all of these this month!

    The Merciful Crow, by Margaret Owen
    Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine
    Spin the Dawn, by Elizabeth Lim
    The Storm Crow, by Kayln Josephson
    Dev1at3, by Jay Kristoff
    Soul of the Sword, by Julie Kagawa
    Burning Chambers, by Kate Mosse
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK Hardcover Edition)

    I’m so ready for lazy summer days!

    In the middle of all this reading, I hope to have some great summer experiences! With Independence Day on the 4th kicking it off. I have a road trip planned and it’s also my birthday month! I’m really going to try to control myself and not buy too many books. We shall see if I succeed or not!

    What are you looking forward to buying and reading in July?

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

  • Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    June 2019 Reading Wrap Up and Book Haul

    *Heeeeelllllloooooo loves! Is it really time for my June 2019 Wrap Up?? I feel like June just zoomed right by and now it’s July and look at that, this post is late. Haha. Oh well, better late than never. Right? Anyway, here’s my June wrap up! Enjoy!

    June 2019 wrap up coming your way! Click through to hear about my FAVORITE book of the month! June was a great reading month!!

    June 2019 Wrap Up

    The Five Star Book

    Sorcery of Thorns
    By: Margaret Rogerson
    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
    FAVORITE book of the month! I loved this book. The characters, the world, the plot, the magic! I really related to the main character, Elisabeth. Silas was so sweet and I’m going to miss him. I adored him! And we can’t go anywhere without our brooding, sassy sorcerer Nathaniel. I’m just so sad that it’s a standalone. The ending just isn’t fair.

    Four Star Books

    Winter
    By: Marissa Meyer

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
    This was the best ending for the Lunar Chronicles. It wrapped everything up so nicely! My favorite character in the whole series was Iko. Followed closely by Cinder and Kai. I’m going to miss the whole Rampion crew though! I’m sad that it’s all over, but I can always reread them!

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone
    By: Laini Taylor

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
    This book exceeded all of my expectations for it! I’m in love with the world and the characters! I love Laini’s writing and her imagination. She has written one of the most vibrant worlds in this book. Her characters are so complex and so human. I love all of them.

    Heir of Fire
    By: Sarah J. Maas

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
    Holy wow! So much happens in this book! I am so glad I finally read this book. I’m in love with the new characters. I am sad that the original trio is no longer together though. I really loved their dynamic. But, it is so amazing to see Celaena’s growth in this book! I can’t wait to continue with Queen of Shadows in July.

    Three Stars and Below

    An Enchantment of Ravens
    By: Margaret Rogerson

    ⭐️ ⭐️
    This book was a complete miss for me. I didn’t like or relate to any of the characters. There was zero world building, no map, and quite a few times I had no idea what was going on. It also didn’t have a very thought out romance and the plot was extremely easy to guess.

    Memento
    By: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

    ⭐️ ⭐️
    This was an interesting little novella but I did not have the experience with it that most people have had. I liked Olivia, I was upset that she only got 82 pages. I feel like she deserved more than that. Seeing AIDAN before it was crazy was interesting. It was not; however, mind-blowing.

    Siege and Storm
    By: Leigh Bardugo

    ⭐️ ⭐️
    The only reason this book exists is to introduce Nikolai. What even was this book?

    Wrap up the wrap up 😂

    Overall this was a great reading month for me! Even if every book had been terrible, Sorcery of Thorns would have made up for every single one of them.

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can find my July TBR right here!

    P.P.S You can see my June book Haul right here on Goodreads!

  • Book Chat,  Reading Life

    The Epic Summer 2019 Reading List

    *Hello loves! I’m so excited to put together today’s post! I’ve finally compiled all of the books I’d like to read this summer and it’s a long one. The months of June-August count as my summer and I’ll have a different list for September-November. Since June is basically over already I figured it was time for me to share my Summer 2019 reading list with you.

    Do you want some ideas for books to read this summer? This Epic list of books will keep you reading all summer 2019! YA Fantasy lovers check it out!

    Summer reading

    I typically read less in the summer than any other time of the year so I know I won’t get through all of these. This list is going to help me stay focused and not get distracted too much. As always there will be new releases that catch my attention, but the majority of my reading is going to be focused on the unread books on my shelves.

    You’ll see a lot of YA Fantasy and some sci-fi in this list. I’m so excited to read all of these books, even if I won’t get to all of them this summer. So, here you have my Summer 2019 reading list.

    2019 Summer Reading List

    *As always these will be linked to Goodreads so you can add them to your reading lists. I forgot to add these are not in order of priority. I just started listing them.

    Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo
    Catwoman: Soul Stealer, Sarah J. Maas
    Superman: Dawnbreaker, Matt de la Pena
    Batman: Nightwalker, Marie Lu
    If You Find Me, Emily Murdoch
    The Power, Naomi Alderman
    Fairest, Marissa Meyer
    Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
    We Hunt the Flame, Hafsah Faizal
    Nocturna, Maya Motayne
    Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff
    The Tiger at Midnight, Swati Teerdhala

    More books to read!

    Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
    Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Laini Taylor
    Skyward, Brandon Sanderson
    City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
    Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas
    Empire of Storms, Sarah J. Maas
    Tower of Dawn, Sarah J. Maas
    Kingdom of Ash, Sarah J. Maas
    Assassin’s Blade, Sarah J. Maas
    Ship of Smoke and Steel, Django Wexler
    The Kiss of Deception, Mary E. Pearson
    Three Dark Crowns, Kendare Blake
    A Gathering of Shadows, V. E. Schwab
    Falling Kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes
    Nevernight, Jay Kristoff
    Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff
    Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo

    So many books!

    Obviously, I won’t be able to get through all of these this summer. These are just the books I want to read the most. If I could, I’d read ALL of them this summer, but I don’t think it’s meant to be.

    What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know in the comments!

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can see what I picked to read this month (June 2019) right here!

  • Book Reviews

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone Spoiler-Free Review

    *Oh. My. Goodness. Guys. This is my new favorite book! I love finding a new series and just falling in love with it. I am not new to Laini Taylor’s writing as I’ve read Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares, but this story is on another level! Please enjoy my spoiler-free review for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in the trilogy.

    spoiler free review of daughter of smoke and bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Author: Laini Taylor
    Rating: {4.9/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}

    C is for Character: 5/5

    I so loved the characters in this book! I especially loved Issa, Brimstone, and Zuzana. Madrigal and Akiva are such sweet characters. I rooted for Karou the whole time. My favorite character was Karou. I don’t always like the main character so this kind of surprised me. I absolutely love how complex all of the characters are. Even the secondary characters have substance to them. They are as much a part of the story as the main characters.

    W is for World: 4.5/5

    Obviously, as with any new book, nothing made sense at first. I also thought there was too much mystery. It was borderline annoying and I was scared that I wouldn’t like the book. But then so much was revealed and I fell in love with the world and the characters. I love that Laini lets the way the world works to provide some of the plot twists rather than the character’s decisions deciding all the plot twists. I mean, the character’s decisions are super important to the story but so is the world that it’s written in.

    P is for Plot: 5/5

    The plot was super good! I was intrigued from the first sentence. “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” There were amazing aspects to the plot that I just loved. I loved how everything fell together at the end. The story is nowhere near finished but I got the closure that I needed from this book. 

    W is for Writing Style: 5/5

    I’ve read Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini. The writing style in Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not quite as poetic and lyrical but it is still beautiful. I love the way Laini describes things and the way the characters talk. I just love Laini’s writing.

    E is for Enjoyment: 5/5

    I struggled for a bit during the first half of the book. It was good and holding my interest but there was just too much mystery. The characters were withholding too much information. But, by the middle of the book, everything changed and things started to be revealed. It was such a good book. I can’t wait to read the next two novels in the trilogy!

    In Conclusion.

    I absolutely loved this book! I recommend it to people who loved Strange the Dreamer and those who like darker fantasy. If you love enduring love stories then I think this book might be for you.

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can read all the books I plan to read in June 2019 here!

    P.P.S. Want to connect? You can always find me on Instagram @thecozyshelf! I love chatting about books with all of you.

  • Book Reviews

    My book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer

    *Hello! So I’m trying something new. I have been keeping my reviews of the books I read in my bullet journal, but I’ve come to not really enjoy handwriting the reviews. It hurts my wrist to hand write all of that. I’ve decided that I should just put them on my blog. So here’s my spoiler-free book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer.

    Here's my spoiler free book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book so much. It was such a great ending to The Lunar Chronicles!

    If you’ve been here a while you know I’ve created my own book reviewing process (which is inspired by @book_roast). You also know that I’ve changed the process a few times. Anyway, you can read about my current process in this blog post.

    Here’s my book review for Winter:

    Winter is the fourth book in The Lunar Chronicles written by Marissa Meyer. It covers the final leg of Cinder’s quest to dethrone the biggest baddie I’ve ever met in a book. I don’t like to disclose a lot of the plot because I feel that’s not fair to you as the reader. And I’m all about fairness.

    C is for Character {4/5}

    So, it’s going to be hard for me not to gush through this review, but I will try. My favorite character is Iko. She is so sassy and fun! I also have a warm spot in my heart for Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf. I like Thorne as well. Characters I didn’t like were Amiery and Levana. Cress, Winter, and Jacin were not my favorites but they were still really well written. I think my favorite thing about all of the characters is how well they work together. The Rampion crew are one of the greatest group of friends I have ever come across and I am going to miss them!

    W is for World {4.5/5}

    By this point in the series I’m very well versed in the world. I love how this is sci-fi without being sci-fi. It’s set in the real world, just in the future. So there’s lots of advanced tech and it’s all really exciting! Winter takes place on Luna, which is basically a colonized moon. It was very cool to see how life was lived on a moon that has no atmosphere

    P is for Plot {5/5}

    Be still my heart, this book was so good. It was full of the perfect amount of plot twists and revelations! It’s my favorite book in the series after Cinder. I was very invested in the plot as I just wanted my babies to live happily ever after!

    W is for Writing Style {5/5}

    As I said before, by the fourth book in the series I am very used to Marissa Meyer’s writing style. It was easy to get back into the story and I had no troubles following the story progression.

    E is for Enjoyment {5/5}

    Overall I adored this book. It had such a satisfying ending with a small promise for more. I think I will be rereading this series at some point.

    In conclusion.

    I gave Winter an overall score of 4.7/5 {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}. I’m so glad I kicked off my June reading with this book. It touched my heart in all the right places. It was exciting and heart-pounding and just perfect.

    I hope you enjoyed this short review of Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved this series and I was really sad to say goodbye to the Rampion Crew. If you’ve read The Lunar Chronicles what do you think about it?

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. Have you read any of The Lunar Chronicles? If so which book is your favorite?

    P.P.S Check out my June 2019 TBR right here!

    Want to connect? You can always find me on Instagram @thecozyshelf

  • Monthly TBRs

    June 2019 TBR + Summer Reading

    *I’m so excited for June’s tbr! I chose books that I’ve been wanting to get to for ages. I’m also excited to have a way better reading month than I did in May. It was ok, but not amazing. Anyway, here’s my list of books I want to read in June 2019.

    Hello friends and welcome to my June 2019 TBR! I have a great list of books I want to get to this month! You can check out my list in this post!

    Hello friends!

    Is it really June already?? I’m so excited for hot weather and summer reading. I’ve got ten great books picked out for my June 2019 TBR. I am going to make myself read them all or die trying. Haha!

    I have them mostly prioritized but I’m still going to go with my mood when I’m ready to pick my next read. But, honestly, I can’t wait to get to all of these amazing looking books!

    Here is my June 2019 TBR

    1. Winter, by Marissa Meyer
      -This is number one because I kinda started reading it in May. Lol.
    2. An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson
      -I’m reading this in anticipation of the release of A Sorcery of Thorns!
    3. Heir of Fire, by Queen Maas
      -I’m so excited to get back into this series. I’ve missed Celeana’s sass.
    4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
      -So many people have recommended this to me and I loved Strange the Dreamer so I’m VERY excited to start this trilogy!
    5. Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo
      -I read Shadow and Bone months ago and I loved it! I’m not sure why I stopped reading this series.
    6. Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson
      -I want to read this book because of the cover. I know, I’m pretty basic. Lol.
    7. Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes
      -This was recommended to me by many people on Instagram, but @phantomfable recommended it first and I trust her with my life!
    8. City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
      -I started reading this series waaaaay back when it first came out but I never kept up with it. I’m really excited to revisit it.
    9. Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
      -I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series!
    10. A Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab
      -Another series I started months ago and then never finished.

    So that’s my June 2019 TBR.
    What are you most excited to get to next month??

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can see what books I read last month and read my mini-reviews here!

  • Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    May 2019 Reading Wrap Up

    *Hello! Long time no see. If you didn’t notice I missed my Book Chat post this month. It’s been a busy and long month. My oldest was sick for a week and we have had appointments every week so I just forgot about it. Anyway, I’m back and I’m bringing you my wrap up for the month of May 2019!

    Here's the books I read in May 2019! I read a whole series, finished a series and started a new series! Check out the reviews and add these to your TBR.

    My really short “reviews” of the books I read in May 2019.

    A book that wasn’t for me.

    The Priory of the Orange Tree {⭐️⭐️⭐️}
    By: Samantha Shannon
    This was my first read for May 2019 and it is a mammoth. And unfortunately, I just didn’t care for it too much. I love Samantha’s series The Bone Season, so I was really disappointed in this book. The world building and writing were phenomenal, but it contains themes that I don’t agree with. Specifically, men being in the service of women.

    Please do not get all in my face with any kind of feminist stuff. I am not being anti-female. I do not think that any one gender is better than the other. Women are not on this earth to serve men. Neither are men here to serve women. I firmly believe that we (men, women, and people) are here to help each other.

    The men in this book are basically domestic workers who were used to reproduce more women. I really can’t stand that. Women shouldn’t be treated that way either. It’s just not right. It would have been much better if both men and women served the priestesses in the Priory. And that the men had a choice in if they were going to help create another human.
    Bottom line: I can’t recommend this book to anyone.

    Finale {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
    By: Stephanie Garber

    This book was amazing! I seriously had to take breaks after each chapter to think about what had just happened. Such a good finish to an amazing trilogy.
    Bottom line: I recommend this book to lovers of magic and mystic and the bond of family.

    Aurora Rising {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
    By: Jay Kristoff + Amie Kauffman

    After reading the Illuminae Files last month this was one of my most anticipated reads. It did not disappoint. I loved Squad 312 and the plot. I’m so excited to discover more about the world, I should say space, and to find out what the squad has to do next.
    Bottom line: I recommend this book to fans of The Illuminae Files and who like easy to read books that hold a lot of meaning.

    A new-to-me series.

    The Queen of Blood {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
    By: Sarah Beth Durst

    This book took me completely by surprise! I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a book that is so original. I love the characters and the story is deep without being too complex. There aren’t a lot of new words and lore to learn and the world of Aratay is explained thoroughly but simply.
    Bottom line: I recommend this book for people who love high fantasy but also need a break from most of the dense worlds out there.

    The Reluctant Queen {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
    By: Sarah Beth Durst

    This is the second book in the Queens of Renthia trilogy. It had a bit of a rough start for me. A new character was being difficult. Now I understand that it was necessary for the story. So, at first I wasn’t a huge fan, but I love the middle and the ending. Ven is also my favorite character in the series.
    Bottom line: I recommend this for people who have read The Queen of Blood and for those who like to have female main characters but isn’t considered feminist.

    The Queen of Sorrow {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
    By: Sarah Beth Durst

    This is the third book in the Queens of Renthia trilogy. I’m really sad to say that this was not my favorite book. I had a hard time caring about one of the main characters and a secondary character was making choices that I thought she was too young to be making. It was a mostly aggravating read. I’m glad I read it so that I could finish the story, but it just wasn’t as good as the first book.
    Aside from that the writing was excellent and the world building was also really good. I just wish I had enjoyed it more than I did.
    Bottom line: I recommend this book if you’ve read The Queen of Blood and The Reluctant Queen.

    Edit: I forgot to add my May book haul!

    As always I created a special shelf on Goodreads where you can find all of the books I purchased in the month of May 2019!

    You can find that list right HERE!

    In Conclusion:

    That’s my wrap up for May 2019. I read some great books and some ok books. Overall it was a decent reading month for me. I’m really excited about June because I have a lot of books I want to get to!

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can see my entire June TBR right here!