Sunday, 29 January 2017

Weekly Update: 1/16 - 1/29 TWO WEEK UPDATE

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

I've been kind of a mess with blogging for the past two weeks and I sincerely apologize. I hope to be back to normal [or at least two-three posts a week normal] by next week.

Despite that, I have had a good past two weeks. Grades were due on friday for school so that stress was lifted off my shoulders and I had a good three-day weekend.  I also got to go see the Swan Lake Ballet done by the American Ballet theater which was beautiful. I have never seen this ballet done so it was new for me, though I knew all the music.

Now, let's get into recapping.

New Books



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Monday:  Riverdale Episode 1 Episode Talk

Tuesday: NONE

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: Everything, Everything Book Review 

Saturday: January Wrap Up + February TBR

Friday, 27 January 2017

September - November Book Haul '16

This is insane. I have not done a haul since my birthday haul which is ridiculous and I have gained so many books since then because I have a very obvious problem.

This haul does not include the many things I got for Christmas. This is just all the books that I have accumulated since my birthday but before December. It's a lot but not as many as I thought which might mean I am getting better at not binge buying.  [Plus, I have bought one book in January which I am very proud of myself for doing because normally I would have bought eight by now. And there have been some releases that I am dying to get my hands on but I won't buy them for awhile]

Anyways, let's jump right into this haul. 


1. Wendy Darling Stars by Colleen Oakes 

This is a Peter Pan retelling which I live for so I bought this one. I have heard some good things about this book and I have decided to check it out. I believe that it is also a little more NA rather than YA which I am excited about. 

2. Never Ever by Sara Saedi

This is another Peter Pan retelling and I have read many reviews on this one and have decided to try it for myself, although I haven't picked it up yet which is annoying. I am excited to though so that will be fun to try. 

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendra Blake

I have heard controversial things about this book but I did end up purchasing it because do you see how gorgeous that cover is? I kid. I really want to read it because it sounds so different and new. 

4. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

I own the first book and now I have the second. Plus, I always buy his books because why would I not? They always excel at making me amused. Well except for those cliffhangers. :( 

5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 

I finally read Six of Crows and I had to purchase the second book. Plus, the cover is so beautiful. I really need to start this book because I want to find out what is going on with Kaz and his crew. 

6. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I honestly don't even know why I bought this when I am so behind on this series. I even preordered it for some reason. But it has really thin pages which is cool and I plan to catch up with this series this year. 

7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I have heard so many good things about this book and I got it at a book sale for pretty cheap so I purchased it. And it is an Adult Fantasy so I'm excited. 

8. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I also got this at the same book sale and I was missing the second book so now I have it. But I am a little sad that it is the paperback when all the others in the series are hardbacks. :( 

9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire

I do not like the old covers of this series so I am so happy that I found this for like a dollar at a sale. And it is in such good condition so I purchased it and am getting rid of the old cover one. I really want to get the whole series in the new covers. 

10. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

I have not read any of this series but I purchased this one because it was a dollar and I had to. I'm kind of upset with myself for purchasing it but I will get to this series as soon as I am able to. 

11. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I have heard mixed things about this book but I bought it because I was going to read it before the movie came out. Unfortunately they changed the rating from PG-13 to R on the movie so I was unable to see it with my friend which sucks. I still plan on reading this though. 

12. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

I really enjoyed this book so I bought it at a book sale. It doesn't currently have a good spot on my bookshelf as it is kind of full but I will fit it in. I will probably reread this one as well. 

13. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I bought this at the book sale as well because it was pretty cheap and it is also in hardcover which I am not too thrilled with but I made it work on my shelf. And I have a special home for Sarah J. Maas' books. Well, until I buy all the ACOTAR books [I only have the second]. 

14. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

This was available at the same sale in the mass market paperback form. I am not thrilled with having them in this form but they fit easily on my shelf which I am happy about. I really want to read these as well. 

15. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Same goes for this one. It was also available in the mass market paperback form so I bought it. 

16. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Same goes for this one. It was also available in the mass market paperback form so I bought it. 

17. Maximum Ride School's Out Forever by James Patterson

I read the first of these books a couple months ago and ended up really enjoying it so I purchased this one in mass market paperback form. I hope to get to it soon. 


1. Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time POP Funko

Pop Funko figures are honestly the cutest thing ever. I love them so much and am happy that they are branching out to so many tv shows and movies. I bought her from Barnes and Noble because she was on special and I couldn't resist. I love the show and the character. 

That is it for this haul and blogpost. What have you purchased recently? 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston Book Review

This is a spoiler free review.

Written by E.K. Johnston
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction/Star Wars
Publisher: Disney LucasFilm Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 400
Source: Library

Recommended Age: 14 and up!


Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance….


E.K. Johnston is a brilliant writer. I have only read A Thousand Nights by her but I already really enjoy her writing style. Yes, this is a completely different type of book that she is writing but I can still see some of her other writing style. I love the Star Wars movies and am a big fan of the universe and a friend recommended this book to me so naturally I checked it out from my local library.


This is a good cover for a Star Wars book. It is simple and the main character is very clearly seen on the front so if you don’t know what she looks like, then you have a perfect representation on the front to gaze at.


I needed the world-building. Despite being an avid Star Wars fan, I do not know everything and I sure didn’t know Ahsoka was. Giving me a little bit of background on the whole story was greatly appreciated. I also liked how they gave me some info about the planets and their place and importance in the overall story which was a blessing. I enjoyed learning about what the galaxy was like at the current moment that this book took place.

Then there are the characters.


This book is honestly filled with female empowerment. Ahsoka is the main character who used to be a Jedi and was in fact Anakin’s padawan until recently. She revoked her Jedi membership and has been living on a planet with a family until she escapes on the day that Imperial troops take over. She has to move from place to place because of the ultimate threat of the Imperial troops who have occupied many a planet and moon. She is strong in so many ways. Both physically and emotionally. She has to convince herself to do some things that she doesn’t want to do because she is worried what others will think or do. But in the end she pulls through. I really liked how strong she was and what a good example of strength in females she was showing.


Kaeden was someone that Ashoka developed a strong attachment to. I really liked Kaeden. Oh and diversity because I believe that she was in fact gay. [Not positive but still] I really enjoyed her character because although she wasn’t familiar with a lot that was going on around her and on her planet, she still put up a fight and did what she thought was right even if it wasn’t. She was another strong female character without all the badass skills of Ahsoka. She didn’t give in to pressure and didn’t give up hope. I loved her.


Family is something that is constantly questioned by this book. Ahsoka questions if she needs a family or if she should have one. But nevertheless, she often gains a family who are definitely not by blood. I was really happy that this book decided to explore her special relationship with all the people she met and showed that even a Jedi could consider having a family. [As most of you know, love is frowned upon for Jedis]


The plot was interesting, partly because I'm a Star Wars fan but I was so happy to get more information into the world that I so love. We got to see new planets and new areas of the galaxy, as well as new people. I loved getting to see everything from a new point of view and the plot was very interesting, with twists and turns that you may never see coming.


There was no romance in this book and yet there was the possibility of romance which I was really disappointed that E.K. Johnston didn't take. Now, it would not have been the normal romance that you and I all know of. It would have been between Kaeden and Ashoka and ugh, I wanted it so bad. But sadly, no go. :(

It was still a good book without romance and it was a refreshing breather to not have any in a book.


The writing was good. As usual, I really enjoy E.K. Johnston's writing because it has a certain, almost lyrical way about it and this was no different.


This book is something that I would pick up, only if you have previous knowledge of the Star Wars universe. Going into this one with no knowledge would not be a good idea. That being said, it was an amazing book. I loved the characters, the storyline, and the world. It was amazing and everyone who has the chance should try this book out.

Quotes from the Book:


My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns

Monday, 16 January 2017

Weekly Update: 1/2 - 1/16 Two Week Update!!

I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

This week was fairly productive. I mean, school-wise. I am still trying to get on top of my schoolwork and balance it with my blogging, which so far is a work in progress. If I ever have a day where I have no school-work, I make sure to do some blogging or planning at least. But most days, I am struggling to keep up with schoolwork so that is why I am usually only posting during the weekends.

I do have three, three day weekends this month which is fun. I am almost done with my first one which wasn't that productive in terms of writing but I did watch some tv. [Sherlock was lit but also terrifying. This show is so freaking scary. I can't even tell you. I really hope they make a season 5]

Now, let's get into recapping cause I have two weeks to recap :)

New Books



Received for Review: 

In Case You Missed It

This Week I Read

Next Week I'm Reading

Upcoming Reviews

Upcoming Posts

Monday:  Weekly Update

Tuesday: NONE

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: Ahsoka Book Review

Friday: 2016 Favorite Songs

Saturday: TBD