To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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Review

It’d been awhile since I’d read fantasy novel and this was a great way for me to get back into the genre.

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Book Haul + My First “Official” BookTube Video!

Well… I finally did it. I uploaded my first official BookTube video!

And, of course, it’s a haul for my first Book Outlet order when I went a little crazy with their Boxing Day sale.

For those who would rather read, I’ve also listed the books I hauled below. Enjoy!


Here are the books I hauled from Book Outlet

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My Top 5 Favorite Male & Female Romance Audiobook Narrators (and My Favorite Books they Read)

As you may or may not know, I’m an obsessive reader of audiobooks. A decent percentage of the books I read are on audio, and a lot of times, even if I read a physical or eBook and enjoy it, I’ll likely purchase it on audio as well.

I’ve always loved having people read to me, but I totally get that it isn’t for everyone.

I’m a really good multitasker, so listening to audiobooks actually makes me more productive and as long as I’m not reading, writing, or talking while listening to an audiobook, I get sh*t done a lot faster when I’m listening to a book.

If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read as many books as I have (200 last year! 150 the year before!). I don’t have a lot of down time to sit and read a book without feeling guilty, but with audio, I can still get what I need to get done while also getting some reading done.

In my many years of listening to audiobooks, I’ve come to love certain narrators and even will purchase audiobooks based on the narrator first, then the author/synopsis second.

I’ve become a huge fangirl of these narrators.

Of course, all of these narrators are popular in the romance genre because, obviously, that’s my main love.

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A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: A Week of Mondays
Author: Jessica Brody

Synopsis:
When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true…

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

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Review

This was a fun, quick, and easy read!

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Mini-Reviews {January 2019}

The last couple of months of the year consisted of me binging on books during my Thanksgiving and Winter vacations. It was absolutely glorious and satisfying to catch up with my Goodreads challenge and read a bunch of books I’d been dying to get my hands on for a long time.

With those huge binging sessions, though, came a giant backlog of reviews that needed to be written.

Instead of trying to remember exactly what I liked and didn’t like in all of the novels I read, I decided to do a series of mini-reviews instead!

These are little bite-sized snippets of my thoughts and feelings about these books, along with a star-rating. Perfect for those who like to skim (like meeeeee!)

I hope you enjoy!

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The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Gathering Dark
Author: Christine Johnson

Synopsis:
A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.

Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.

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Review

SOOOO GOOD!

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Favorite Quotes from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I recently finished this book and fell in love with the writing.

Since it was borrowed from the library, I had to copy the quotes I like down anyway, so I decided I’d share them with you here.

 

As far as I was concerned, the sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was.

 

The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea.

 

Words were different when they lived inside of you.

 

Through that telescope, the world was closer and larger than I’d ever imagined. And it was all so beautiful and overwhelming and I – I don’t know – it made me aware that there was something inside of me that mattered.

 

“Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.”
That made me smile. “What are you going to do with all those secrets, Dante?”
“I’ll know what to do with them,” he said. “Maybe change the world.”

 

“We have to know the exact distance,” he said.
“Why?”
“Because when you do something, you have to know exactly what you are doing.”

 

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And why is it that some guys had tears in them and some had no tears at all? Different boys lived by different rules.

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Hitched (Imperfect Love Vol. 1) by Kendall Ryan

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Hitched
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love Vol. 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he’s always desired in order to save his father’s company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts.

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Review

Book slumps are hard. My book slump when I read this was particularly hard on this book.

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3 Day Lyrical Challenge: Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of my 3 Day Lyrical Challenge!

I was tagged in this challenge by three of my all-time favorite bloggers: Thrice Read, Discerning Couch Potato, and Whit Reads Lit. Thank you my lovely friends!


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  • Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

I decided to break this challenge up into three different types of songs: 

  1. Day One: Love song lyrics
  2. Day Two: Inspirational song lyrics
  3. Day Three: Breakup song lyrics

 

Whether you like Fall Out Boy or not, it’s hard to deny that they have some of the best lyrics of all time – particularly their break up songs.

This one happens to be one of the most brutal breakup songs I’ve ever heard, absolutely filled with some of the most satisfying insults LOL!

I present to you…

My Heart is the Worst Kind of Weapon by Fall Out Boy

Spent most of last night
Dragging this lake
For the corpses of all my past mistakes
Sell me out, the jokes on you
We are salt and you are the wound
Empty another bottle
And let me tear you to pieces
This is me wishing you into the worst situations
I’m the kind of kid that can’t let anything go
But you wouldn’t know a good thing
If it came up and slit your throat
Whoa, whoa
Ooh
Whoa, whoa
Your remorse hasn’t fallen on deaf ears
Rather ones that just don’t care
‘Cause I know that you’re in between arms somewhere
Next to heartbeats
Where you shouldn’t dare sleep
Now, I’ll teach you a lesson
For keeping secrets from me
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
And did you hear the news?
I could dissect you
And gut you on this stage
Not as eloquent as I may have imagined
But it will get the job done
And you’re done
Every line is plotted and designed to leave you
Standing on your bedroom window’s ledge
And everyone else
That it hits, that it gets to
Is nothing more than collateral damage
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”
Take your taste, back
Peel back your skin
And try to forget how it feels inside
You should try saying “No once in a while”
“Oh once in a while”

Tag, You’re It!

YOU! If you’d like to do this challenge, either the way I’ve done it or your own way, please do!