Life Update + I Started a Youtube Channel!

Soooooooo… I’ve kind of been gone for a while.. Oops. I promise I’m going to try to be better though, especially since I have so many book reviews to catch up on! But I’m not going to lie, I was gone because I got distracted with my new booktube channel.

I’m so excited to have finally taken the leap, and made my channel! I’m going to be doing a lot of book related videos, obviously, but I’m also including my planner video ideas in there as well! It’ll mainly consist of plan with me videos and sticker hauls, but for the most part it is a booktube channel!

It would mean the world to me if you would subscribe and check out some of my videos! And if you have a channel too, please link it down in the comments so I can check it out!

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

#Spookathon 2017

I think everyone should take a moment to clap. I’m doing not only one, but two read-a-thons in October. What is this? Maybe if I don’t question it, it’ll work out and I’ll actually finish them.

Anywhooters, this one is hosted by several people over on Twitter! You can find all of the guidelines on their Twitter. And after stumbling upon this Read-A-Thon, I’m so excited to get started tomorrow morning!

And now here’s the TBR– which, yes, is the TBR from #FrightFall Read-a-Thon, but don’t judge. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

So are you guys going to be a part of this too? What are you guys going to be reading for this read-a-thon?

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

#FrightFall Read-a-thon: 2017 Edition

I’ve decided to make it a priority to not only spend my free time reading more, but to also get back into blogging again. And what better way than to make my first Read-A-Thon for this time of year, and frightful one?! See what I did there. I know, the hilarity of it all.

Anywhooters, this one is hosted by Seasons of Reading, and it goes on all month long of October! You can find all of the guidelines on their blog, and sign up on their sign up post that’s up! And after stumbling upon this Read-A-Thon, I’m so excited to get started tomorrow morning!

Also, lemme just say, I know that Harry Potter doesn’t really seem to fall into this category, but listeeeeennn.. It has magical creatures and Halloween happens at some point, so let me live. Also I have to read this for one of my classes (isn’t that awesome?!?) so I’m including it. Thank ya very much.

And now here’s the rest of my TBR:

So are you guys going to be a part of this too? What are you guys going to be reading for this read-a-thon?

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Feature Characters I Love

Of course, right after I say how badly I want to try and keep up with Top Ten Tuesday, I almost end up missing a week. But if I wasn’t a mess, would I even really be me? If ya don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke & The Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten Books That Feature Characters I Love.

Since I’m super late to posting this, I’m going to just list this in a lazy list formation. But seriously, if someone can tell me where I can make good collages, please let me know. I used to use picmonkey, but now they’re charging $8 a month or something like that, and ya girl ain’t made of money. Money for books, yes, money for collages, no.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

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First of all, thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy for review! And although I’m super excited to read it before it comes out, that in no way affects my review to come!

This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. Very rarely do second books in series (is this going to be a trilogy or a series…. *fingers crossed it turns out to be a series*) turn out to be as good as the first book, but this one has definitely done that for me. I mean, you guys. There was the slow burn moments that made my heart flutter, and the intense scenes that made me nervous, and I honestly couldn’t figure out what was going on, but in the best way possible.

Now, addressing the last part, lemme clarify. I think that its the best kind of mystery when you sit down, really try to figure out what the hell is going on, and you still can’t. I mean, isn’t that exactly what you want? Because it’s exactly what I’m wanting in a mystery novel.

I think this is series is the Sherlock of YA, and I’m 200000% here for it.

Since this isn’t actually out yet, I’ve decided I’m going to force myself to keep quiet on any kind of spoilers, or anything that may tip anyone off on anything. So instead, the day the books comes out, I’m going to publish a post where we can discuss all kinds of spoilery goodness about this book!

Again, thank you so much to the publisher for letting me read this one early. And to Kerri, please tell me the next one is already written so my grabby hands can get on it… Please?

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

It feels soooooo good to finally be posting a new TTT post on my blog! I know the bloggers took a break from making the prompts, which I totally get because this has been a thing for forever, and I didn’t realize they had started posting them again! If ya don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke & The Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

This coming month, aka the only month that matters of the year, October, I’m going to be doing the #FrightFall Read-A-Thon, hosted by Seasons of Reading! To this week’s prompt is basically going to be my TBR for this Read-A-Thon, although I don’t anticipate I’ll actually be able to read ten books..

Yeah.. I’m not really thinking I’m going to be able to read ten books, so I’m not going to bother adding another four books.

What are you guys gonna read this fall?

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Mini Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

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This is the first book I’ve ever listened to, aka audible was used because I listened to this on the way to school, and I actually really liked it. I didn’t think I’d like to be read to, mainly because if the words aren’t in front of me, I have zero attention span for books. It’s probably super weird, and I’m probably alone in that, but its just how I am during reading.

Anyways, that’s really not the most important part of this whole thing. The most important thing is the fact that this book was amazing. Like, in a ‘I-can’t-put-this-down-someone-send-help-but-not-really-because-i-like-it’ kind of way. Ya know? I know ya know.

I’m all for books that have parallel universes, since Jenna Marbles forced me to fall down a rabbit hole of that conspiracy theory the other night, and this book is such a fun version of that. I love that there are four different Londons, and I’m super interested in learning more about Dead London, not gonna lie..

Also, another thing I won’t lie about is the fact that I found a tweet about Rhy being seen as Bruno Mars, and I can’t stop picturing him like that now. And I think that’s where I’ll end this review. With a nice Bruno gif. You’re welcome.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

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I stumbled across this book when I was binge watching booktube videos, and immediately I know that I was going to have to pick this book up. I won’t lie, I didn’t think I was going to be picking up this book any time soon after buying it though, only because Tower of Dawn had just come out. But I reread the summary again, and I just had to read it now.

And y’all… Y’all.. I loved it. It was so cute.

As cute as the couple was, because oh my god, two shy people having a relationship is definitely the cutest thing ever, there were some other things I liked so much more.

I loved the way this book handled anxiety and painted the picture of it. In my opinion, it was such a good way of portraying it, and from what I remember of myself in high school (we all block that out, lets be real here) it was actually pretty damn realistic.

Also, I loved the way that Wallace’s story was told too. I thought it was so cool to show PTSD in such a young character. Maybe I just don’t read too many books that involve it, but I don’t remember reading a book where it was so blatantly put that the character had PTSD, this is how it happens, and this is how he’s handling it.

AND MY FAVORITE PART OF IT ALL. THEY DIDN’T FIX  EACH OTHER. THANK YOU BABY JESUS.

I can’t tell you how sick I am with books always having people with anxiety/depression and the love interest swoops in and saves the day. But this one actually shows them not being okay, it shows that people can’t always fix it, AND it shows that going to therapy is okay and it’s nothing to be embarrassed of.

I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Book Review: Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)

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My name is Olivia, and I have an addiction to Scotland. It’s probably because my family is from there, and if I wasn’t still weary of creepers on the Internet (I grew up in the early stages of the Internet where talking to anyone on it meant certain death), I would share my real last name (spoiler alert: it isn’t Barnes and I’m not married to Bucky) because it turns out its actually a clan from Scotland. I had to do a research project on where my last name came from, and found out so much on it, and it’s amazing. There’s actually a castle in Scotland that I’m definitely going to drag my boyfriend to one day, just have to convince him, where the clan used to live.

ANYWAYS. This ain’t about that, it’s about the fact that ever since I learned that I’m Scottish, not British (I refuse to claim American right now because ew, why would I?), I’ve been obsessed with the country. It started out with Doon, then to Outlander, and now to Into the Dim.

I think it’s the fact that I’m in love with the accent, the music and bag pipes, and the scenery. My god, Scotland is beautiful. I JUST LOVE SCOTLAND A LOT AND THIS BOOK HAPPENS TO BE IN IT SO I LOVED IT AS SOON AS I OPENED IT.

But really now, lets review the book just a bit.

The writing? Beautiful and easy to read. It makes you so interested in whats happening, and I literally couldn’t put the book down when I got about 100 pages in.

The characters? Well, I pictured Bran as Sam Heughan, which yes, I pictured the characters older, so I obviously loved him. I mean, come on now, how couldn’t you if you pictured Sam? Plus, his attitude is in the brooding MC genre, but not to the point of assholieness (new word?), so he was much more likable.

The plot? TWISTS. TWISTS I TELL YOU. ALL OF THEM.

Low key, kind of saw the big one, but honestly, I’M HERE FOR IT.

This review contains a lot of caps, which honestly just shows how much I loved this book, and also and plus, I ain’t sorry.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Mini Book Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

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Since this book has probably been reviewed about a million times, I’m really not going to go into a full blown review of the book. I think I’m going to start doing more of these mini reviews for books that don’t really need a full review. So what these mini reviews are going to consist of are going to be the ones that I’m more than three years late on reviewing pretty much. It’s gonna be ridiculous, but for whatever reason, if I read a book, I feel a need to review it, so it’s happening. Right now. Lets do this.

I think my favorite part about this book is that I went in, totally assuming I was going to see a thousand other plots and books in it, because that’s what I kept seeing on Twitter and Goodreads, but I didn’t at all. I figured I wouldn’t like it, because of what I’d been hearing, but that wasn’t the case at all.

I loved the writing, it was so easy to read that I could actually zone out around people and just fall into the world, and the story just flowed so well. I loved the characters, and for once, the main character didn’t totally make me want to rip my hair out more than half of the time. She actually ended up not annoying me much at all. Although, I’ve heard that she does get annoying in the later books, but as of now, no annoyance to be found.

About that plot twist at the end… That plot twist wasn’t really that much a surprise if you were really looking for the signs and what not. I like to read books and not look for the surprise coming up or anything like that, so I kind of let myself be surprised in a way, but I could kind of see it coming still because of how many times I’ve read this kind of plot twist before.

But all in all, I did like this one a lot. And I definitely already started the second book, although I’ve gotten a bit distracted by Daughter of the Burning City so it’s been put on hold. But I will definitely finish it later!

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!