Hellos & Goodbyes: August

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Aight, so remember how like three months ago I was all like, “Yeah, in August imma be in Saudi Arabia finally!”? Well that obviously didn’t happen as I am still in the USA.

BUT

I am confident that this time next month, we will be in Saudi Arabia (lol I probably just jinxed myself, but come on!!!). Anyway, I just wanted to give a lil’ preface before you think that every time I say I’m leaving i’m just lying (which, I guess technically I am. Oops.).

I hope you enjoy this (late) post!

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Bookish Fun: A Visit to Harry Potter World

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GuYs!!!! I finally visited Hogwarts and it made me so happy!!!!!!!

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I was legit so emotional the entire trip because everywhere you looked there was something from the HP series! It was just so so fun (even though it rained a whole lot due to a tropical storm, BUT on the bright side the storm was called Hermione so i’m cool with it).

Anyway, in this post I’m going to share some pictures, stories, and lil’ tid-bits I learned from my trip! Hope you enjoy!

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Book Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


Available:  Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 204

Genres: Poetry

Publisher: November 4th 2014 by Createspace

Format: Bought, Paperback

Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5/5)

Wowowowow. How I can put my love for this book into words is almost impossible, but I’m gonna try. I got this yesterday and read it all in one sitting (which wasn’t hard, as some pages just have one sentence, but at least I read something!). I’m having a hard time reading actual books at the moment (a.k.a, why I haven’t been posting as much *sadface*).

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Book Tag: The Literary Dinner Party

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I’ve had a reading slump at the actual worst time. I’m like fifty pages away from finishing three different books and I just can’t seem to work up the motivation to do it (and they’re really good books too UGH).

Therefore, this post will not be a review like I had previously hoped.

I wasn’t exactly tagged to do The Literary Dinner Party Tag, but it looked so cute and fun that I just couldn’t resist! This tag was created by book tuber NEHOMAS2 (you can watch her video by clicking the link!).

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Book Review: Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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**Spoiler-Free**

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There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
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Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 800 (both books in one)

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Publisher:  June 3rd 2014 by Entangled: Teen

Format: Bought, Paperback

Rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5)

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How To: Read When Your Life Is Completely Crazy

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Given that many of you have other obligations besides reading (if you don’t, how dare you I’m jealous) things can become a little bit crazy to say the least. You’ve got school and/or your job, extra-curricular activities, personal things going on… If you think about it, it’s a wonder that we even have time to breathe, let alone read a full length novel!

In other words:

your plate is full!

So how how how do we keep reading during times like these? HA, good question, because I too still struggle with this, BUT I have figured out a few ways to make things a little easier on all of us 🙂

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Book Review: The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

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Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 302

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing June 6, 2016

FormatBound Book Tours, e-book

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Sneak Peek / Giveaway: Songs of Everealm Series by J.D Wright

unspecifiedunspecified-1Princess Sarita has everything. Loving parents, a castle fit for royalty, fine clothes, loyal friends, and an exciting job as a scholar of magic. At eighteen years of age, one might think that she would be content with her position. But one thing has always been missing from her life… full magic, itself.When a strange old woman gave Sarita a secret spellbookas a child, her entire life was changed. The book contains spells, songs, and stories. But most of all, it provides a path to gaining full magic, the only thing that Sarita still needs to feel complete. And now, she has finally prepared to leave her home in search of the Stones of the Divine, the final ingredient she needs to gain magic.Gabrielle has been known as the sister of a knight and best friend of the princess for as long asshe can remember. Now an experienced healer’s assistant, she is desperate to find her place and purpose in Junacave. An adventurous mission to help Sarita locate a mystical stone may be just the change in her life that she is looking for.
King Cassidy is still alone, but not for a lack of trying. His attempts to convince the Princess of Junacave to marry him over the past ten years have been for naught. And being twenty years old, with no heir, heis running out of time. Ifhe can’t win the heart of the princess, he may have toface a future without the love of his life.Adventure, romance, and magic await aswe travel through Everealm with royalty, wizards, fairies, and more, in the fantasy-romance Songs of Everealm, a five book series by J.D. Wright, author of the Everealm Series.Note: Adult ContentSongs of Everealm Series is the second series set in the fantasy-filled Everealm. It begins 8 years after the conclusion of the first series, the Everealm Series

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Book Review: The Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce

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A sabotaged colonization attempt leaves the last humans in the universe stranded on Mars. Braving a half-terraformed atmosphere, terrifying indigenous species, and a colony government that is openly hostile, a young girl named Wren must defy tradition to save her mother and perhaps, every human left.
It is forbidden for women to steal the wings that allow a select group of runners to carry messages and goods between colonies. It is forbidden to cross the wastes with a sand storm on the horizon and it is certainly forbidden to share the secrets of the windrunners with those who spend their entire lives in the biospheres.
But what choice does she have?

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