Happy Tears: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Wow, it has been such a long time since I’ve written a review. Luckily, today I’m going to be starting with one of my newest favorites: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. After years of hearing recommendations for this book, I finally read it. And OH MY GODS. Why did I wait so long? Now, let’s see if I can convince you guys to read this book and love it as much as I did. Continue reading

Wrist Roses and Glass Pumpkins: When the Moon Was Ours

IMG_9154.JPG“As far as he knew, she had come from the water.”

Yes, I’ve been gone for more than a month again. Why? Well, this and that, but mostly SCHOOL. Anyway, enough complaining. Today let’s talk about the gorgeous When the Moon Was Ours. This book guys. It’s just so magical, both literally and in terms of the writing.

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From Goodreads: To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

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110% Sass, 40% Angst, and 50% Magic: A Gathering of Shadows

IMG_9189.JPG“Delilah Bard had a way of finding trouble.”

fangirl-favorites-fridays-bannerFor today’s Fangirl Favorites Friday, I’m going to be doing the second installment in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, A Gathering of Shadows. If you thought A Darker Shade of Magic was awesome and intense and just all kinds of shocking, then just wait until your read the sequel. Because Oh. My. Goodness. I finished this book weeks ago and I’m still kind of processing it. Oh and can I just fangirl about how great that first sentence is? It sucks you into the story and just doesn’t let you go.

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*THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK, BUT NOT THIS ONE.* From Goodreads: It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London. Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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This, Kids, Is Why You Shouldn’t Be a Smuggler: A Darker Shade of Magic

img_9171Hello my pandas! I know, I’ve disappeared yet again (for what, like the fifteenth time?) However, today’s post is filled with some specialness!!! I’m going to give you a review of my first read of the year, A Darker Shade of Magic! I’m honestly so happy that this won my Twitter poll because it was an excellent way to start my year (although they were all wonderful reads!). Additionally, I have made new banners as you can see, in order to make the parts of my review clearer and more interesting.

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What’s it about? Well, here’s Goodreads to tell you all about it: Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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The Ultimate YA Mashup: Red Rising

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”

Today’s review is the start of an epic trilogy, the Red Rising trilogy. I started this series because I heard there were I knew there would be items related to it in my FairyLoot box (unboxing to come).  I binge-read this series in three days, since I was in the theatre for tech week and had a lot of time. This story is kind of like an epic mashup of all different kinds of YA books, plus something more. Continue reading

An Iconic Duo Reimagined: A Study in Charlotte


Hello my pandas! I know its been a while, and I’ve all but disappeared, but it’s a new year, right? That means I’m going to make more of an effort to plan things out, to be more active, just to do more stuff in the bookish community. (Also, I’m sorry but from now on I’m calling you guys my “pandas” so that it’s more “on-brand.” You’re welcome.) Anyway, today is apparently the release of another season of Sherlock, and while I haven’t watched any of it, or even read any of the original stories, I thought a different Sherlock retelling might be a good place to start.  Continue reading

Love Letters: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

IMG_8583.JPGThis book was an interesting case. I was a bit hesitant to pick it up because A) I didn’t really LOVE Jenny Han’s first book, The Summer I Turned Pretty and B) it had mixed reviews. I wanted to pick it up because A) it had mixed reviews 😛 and B) the main character is Asian American, which is still pretty uncommon in YA literature in my opinion. When I did finally decide to pick it up, I had to stop about 50 pages in because I just got really annoyed with the main character’s voice. I picked it up two weeks later though and breezed through it. Anyway, let’s see if I can coherently pull my thoughts together. Continue reading

But My Violin Debut!: Passenger

img_8559What?!?!?! A book review? I know, it’s been ages, but here you go! Today’s book is one that I’ve been wanting to read for most of the year, so here we go! Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this cover is?!?!?! Also, I love the way this book’s cover matches with the naked cover of Wayfarer, and vice versa. Last also: I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist that title. But more on that below.

*Goodreads Summary because it’s way too long and no way am I paraphrasing that*: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now. Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not. Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever. Continue reading

Marie Lu Shatters My Heart…Again: The Midnight Star

img_8299This book was one of my most anticipated of fall 2016, although I did start it with a sense of caution. I’m painfully/happily aware of how Marie Lu can break my heart (see devastation after the ending of Champion), so I was pretty sure my heart would not come out of this book alive. I was right. This book devastated me, but I loved every single second of it. I mean the panda is there, and it’s Friday, so it’s obviously a all-time favorie and a Fangirl Favorites Friday. Just saying. DISCLAIMER: I am very tired and very emotional about this book, so prepare for some rambling. ALSO, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE YOUNG ELITES AND THE ROSE SOCIETY, BUT NOT THE MIDNIGHT STAR.

GOODREADS SUMMARY BECAUSE IT’S REALLY LATE: Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Adelina is probably one of my favorite villains of all time. There is something about her that is just so compelling, something so terrifying yet so sympathy inducing. Continue reading

There Are Always Two Sides: Replica

IMG_7329.JPGHi again!!! I’m back…for now. My Nutcracker performances are this weekend, and that means the past few days as well as the next two weeks are just rehearsal after rehearsal after rehearsal. Not to mention I have exams afterward. So if I disappear again for a bit…that’s why. Today’s book is one that I was really excited about for quite a long time: Replica. Replica was extremely hyped (in my opinion at least) in the book community, and I was especially intrigued by the dual perspective aspect. PS. Have no fear. No book spines were harmed in the making of this book. Also, the orange word in my handwriting says clones, not dones. Continue reading