(Don’t) Call Me Crazy ~*~ 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health – Edited by Kelly Jensen

**Trigger Warning**

I feel like I shouldn’t have to put a trigger warning on this because it’s obviously about mental health. Though I will because I wasn’t sure the extent this book would delve into, I was somewhat surprised how deep some stories went. With that said this book has trigger warnings for SUICIDE, MENTAL HEALTH, SELF-HARM, DRUGS & ALCOHOL  among others. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!!!

 

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The Darkest Star by Jennifer L.Armentrout

First and foremost thank you Netgalley and Macmillian-Tor/Forge for providing me with an e-arc of this book to read and review. This review is spoiler free as this book will be released October 30th, 2018.

 

Prior to this novel I had not read anything about the Lux series. I had heard about it but didn’t think it would interest me to much as I wasn’t really into Sci-Fi. With that said however I decided to request a copy of this novel and give it a try.

I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID BECAUSE OMG WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE? WHY HAVEN’T I JUST READ THIS SERIES?

This book was so amazing I am still at a lose for words on all my thoughts. I am going to try to do this to the best ability I can right now. As I said previously I have no background context when it comes to Luxen, this was my first time learning about all of it and I’m sure there is still a ton left to learn. So bare with me while I try to collect my thoughts.

First and foremost the characters…..I have fallen in love with Luc and his personality. WOW I know he was in the original series and if he is the same as how he was written in this book well then…..*swooning*. I loved all the characters in this story, it was very character driven as well. This made it much better in my opinion because I haven’t read anything previous so to build up these characters I already feel like I know them so well now. I loved the dynamic they all had and shared, also the compassion some felt towards others. The emotions in this story were and are very high, this was very well portrayed in words!

P.S. The sass from these characters is to DIE for. OMG I was not expecting the amount of comedy and sass in here. It made the story so enjoyable and somewhat relatable.

The plot twists in this book were mind blowing. I was instantly hooked on page one but the plot twists made it so I could not put this book down. It seemed like as soon as one plot twist would happen and we would accept it then BAM another plot twist. They just kept coming one after another, which added a ton of emotion and development to the story. I definitely did enjoy it much more than I thought, I could not put this book down. All I kept saying was “One more chapter……Now one more chapter…..Crap one more chapter.”

Jennifer L.Armentrout is a genius, and has now moved into my list of favorite authors. I need the rest of the Lux series ASAP. I can’t wait to continue one and anything Lux is now an automatic purchase for myself. I can’t seem to get enough, I didn’t want this story to end. I want to and need to know more about these characters and their lives.

Automatic 5/5 I couldn’t rate it lower, I couldn’t think of one negative thing to say other than I want more. Although too much and the book would soon rival Brandon Sanderson length. So I will remain Happy and Content, purchase the remaining series and await more from Jennifer.

 

 

The Confectioners Guild by Claire Luana

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an earc in return for an honest review.

I didn’t know much about this book. Although the tagline had me extremely intrigued.

“A magic cupcake. A culinary killer. The perfect recipe for murder.”

After reading this book this line still gives me shivers.

There are many words to describe this book: magical, beautiful, ingenious, fantastical, whimsical….among many others. This was such a unique and interesting read.

It was my first Claire Luana book and now I want to read every other book of hers. Her writing is addicting and whimsical. It kept me interested the whole way through. There were a few edge of your seat moments as well, I yelled at the book a lot during these moments.

Her characters were strong and quirky. They spoke for themselves, they were also extremely lifelike. This made my reading experience so amazing and unique. The world in here was magical and very picturesque.

The problem solving in her as it is a bit of a whimsical mystery was perfectly done. I could not predict anything, it kept twisting and turning. When the truth came out I was shocked into silence, it was not even close to what I predicted.

I gave this book 5/5 and will be continuing with this series. I want everyone to read this story, and hopefully enjoy it the same way I have. If you enjoy magic, cooking, revenge, jealousy and romance. This book is for you!

Common Book Blogger Questions Part 2

1. What are you planning on reading next?

For the month of October I decided to let my boyfriend choose my TBR. He initially only choose five books to begin with and once I’m done those he will choose more. I will be reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas next as well as an e-arc Sugar Spell by Lola Dodge (being released on October 30th 2018)

2. Previous monthly read?

Well it is only the beginning of October but I have read two books so far. I read Star Wars Lost Stars by Claudia Gray and The Darkest Star by Jennifer L.Armentrout (E-arc, physical is set to be released October 30th 2018). I enjoyed both of these books much more than I thought I would going into them.

3. What are your reading necessities?

This is easy: A good book, A hot drink (Tea, coffee, cocoa), A fuzzy warm blanket, and my annotation tabs. Also I prefer no background music or tv, this is just because I am easily distracted!

4. Book Recommendations?

Oh my there are so many. I guess my most recent would be Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Although the second one may be cheating as it’s not out yet. So I’ll even pick a third and go for This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada.

5. Serious Topic Book Recommendations?

This answer will constantly change because I’m only slowly diving into serious topic books. So far it would be: Little and Lion by Brandy Colbery, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Looking for Alaska by John Green, They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, and lastly the Don’t Call Me Crazy Anthology.

6. Top 5 2018 Reads?

Oh my ok let’s stop and think here as I have read so many…….I guess (#1) would be ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas. I’m inluding the whole series because well….I can lol. (#2) Lakes of Mars by Merritt Graves (#3) The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (#4) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (#5) Vicious by V.E.Schwab

7. Unforgettable Book?

The Shadowhunter chronicles. Any of those books hold a special place in my heart, as they reintroduced me into reading. They reminded me that I loved it as much as I do.

8. Villian Love?

OMG yes I love a good villian, this could be because I seem to have a bad boy complex. A good bad boy is so attractive to me, it’s a blessing and a curse. My bookish fav was how Rhysand was portrayed in ACOTAR. Oh my the feels I tell yeah!

9. YA or Adult?

Well most of my reviews are YA with that being said I am slowly starting to delve into Adult. Adult has always intimidated me, for no good reason honestly. The adult I have read I have enjoyed, I just love how YA still lures you in. Adult most books are written because as an adult reader most know what their favorite genre is. YA is made to draw you into possibly something new that you have never read before.

Common Book Blogger Questions Answered

These are going to be the answer to some questions I have been asked numerous times about being a book blogger and a book worm. Hope you guys enjoy!

 

1. Authors you would read anything and everything from?

This is an easy answer for me. Cassandra Clare, and Sarah J Maas for sure. I have many although these two I would purchase and read anything from no matter what the synopsis stated.

2.Best cover you own?

This one is hard for me I would say for the longest time it was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor but my most recent is The Storm Runner by J.C.Cervantes. It is absolutely gorgeous!

3. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell as well as the Don’t Call Me Crazy Anthology. Loving both so far.

4.Any recent DNF reads?

Not extremely recently, trying to think back to my last DNF read…..I would have to say Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. I loved All Rights Reserved and therefore requested an e-arc of Access Restricted. Although when I started reading it I soon realized I wasn’t in the mood for Dystopian at the time. I could not get into the book therefore my review would not have done it justice as it was a mood shift not an issue with the book itself. So I DNF it until a later date.

5. E-book or Physical

I debate this personally all the time. I love my physical books much more, the only thing     e-books have going for them is the practicality while out and about. It is much easier to travel with an e-reader than with a bunch of physical books. With that being said nothing beats the smell and fell of a physical book!

6. Favorite Stand Alone book? 

I honestly don’t read a lot of stand alones. I am more of a series person as I get emotionally attached to the characters. With that being said I think my favorite stand alone currently is Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert. It touches on such dark topics that relate to me with mental illness. This book was also very informative and made me happy that it wasn’t a stereotypical representation.

7. Genre that intimidates you?

I used to think Sci-Fi did, now I realize it doesn’t BUT Historical Fiction, Romance, and Contemporary tend to intimidate me. I have realized that Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Dystopian are my favorite.

8. Hardcover or Paperback

Again I used to be one now I’m the other lol. I used to love hardcover but now……well….nothing beats a big floppy paperback. Although I do not like mass market paperbacks. I only like the Trade paperbacks. I will however still purchase hardcover as I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for the paperback.

9. Most Anticipated Upcoming Release

I have quite a few although Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas are my two most anticipated now. I cannot wait to get my hands on those books!

 

 

Alright guys that’s it for this post feel free to leave any other questions in the comments. Let me know if you like this style of post as well.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

*~*POSSIBLE SPOILERS~*~ PROCEED WITH CAUTION*~*

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Page Count: 532 Pages

ISBN: 978-0-316-34167-7

Annotation Tabs: 49

This was one of the books high up on my TBR pile for awhile now. I kept putting it off because I was extremely intimidated by it, with good reason. I follow a lot of Booktubers and I haven’t heard a single bad thing about this book. It has raving reviews and everyone is recommending it. My thoughts where “What if I don’t like it?” “What if I think it’s alright but not great?”. This was a ridiculous way of thinking as everyone likes different things, who cares how I feel about it….right?!?

My thoughts were very wrong, this book deserves all the hype that it gets. There are so many great things about it, I don’t have a single complaint. I couldn’t believe how early on this book had me hooked. Now I will start off by saying I have never read anything by Laini Taylor before. I do own her Smoke and Bone Trilogy but have yet to read it. This book has made her a must buy author for me. I can’t wait to delve into more of her worlds and stories.

In this book we follow Lazlo Strange who doesn’t really seem to fit in anwhere, that is except for the library. He learned about this mysterious world when all of a sudden one day the name of this world disappears and is replaced with Weep. Lazlo would do anything to travel to Weep, as well as help solve the mystery surrounding Weep. One day he is given this opportunity. So we follow his journey to Weep, as well as what he finds once he is there.

 

 

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September Wrap Up

In September I read a total of ten books. The very first book was only an excerpt from an e-arc. It was a slower month for myself but with school starting and such I’m hoping to up the ante for October. Keep an eye out for my October TBR, my boyfriend gets to pick it this month.

 

Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20 by Jennifer Calvert.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This was the excerpt I was given from Netgalley to read. It was very short I believe on 20 or so pages. Although short it was impactful, definitely something I want my daughters to read.                                                                                (5/5 Star) (120pages) (October 2, 2018)   

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This book deals with a lot of heavy topics, I read this on a recommend from Emmabooks on YouTube. This story dealt with Bipolar Disorder and it did so with flare and beauty. As a person whom deals with this mental illness it was nice to see it portrayed so beautifully and truthfully.                                                                        (5/5 Star) (330 Pages) (August 8, 2017) 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The fourth and final book in the Red Queen saga?!? This book was a surprise for myself, I have been following this series for two years. To get a conclusion was much anticipated. Although I did not enjoy it as much as I previously thought I would, it was still a decent read.                                                                                     (3/5 Star) (662 Pages)(May 15, 2018)

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               These books are being promoted everywhere and seemed extremely intriguing. So me being me I had to pick them up and see what the hype was about. These books were amazing and I am much anticipating the next in the series. Twists and turns about fairy tales I grew up with!                                                                                      (5/5 Star) (169 Pages)(April 5, 2016)

 

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

This was the first graphic novel I read this month. It was a new addition to my local library and it sounded interesting. I was very surprised by this, especially as I don’t read a lot of middle grade. This story was fantastic, and the artwork was beautiful and complimented the story.                                                                          (5/5 Stars)(224 Pages)(August 7, 2018)

 

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

This was also a book that deals with mental illness. This book dealt with hallucinations as well as co-dependency on people. It was a very dark book, it has an interesting format though. As we get further into the story the pages get darker and darker. I have never researched this mental illness described but I do believe it was pretty close to truthful. I enjoyed this story, the characters especially.       (4/5 Stars)(305 Pages)(October 31, 2017) 

 

Lakes of Mars by Merritt Graves

This was an E-Arc provided to me by Netgalley. I LOVED this book, I can’t say enough good things about it. It is a sci-fi which I do not read much of but this book has made me want to read more. I can’t wait until the sequels are released, I will be following this author and this series!                                                                              (5/5 Stars)(?? Pages) (September 2018)

 

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

This was the second book in the Wayward Children series. This book followed Jack and Jill and their adventure outside of the normal world. It was dark and twisty and not at all what I expected. This series has turned out much better than I initially thought, I cannot wait to continue with it!                                                             (5/5 Stars) (187 Pages) (June 13, 2017)

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This is a book series I have been meaning to read, it has such a huge following so I don’t know why I put it off for so long. While it was an enjoyable read and I will continue with the series I was expecting a bit more. I think this is due to all the hype surrounding the series, but it definitely was still enjoyable.                    (4/5 Stars)(352 Pages)(June 7, 2011)

 

The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana

This was another E-Arc provided to me by Netgalley. I wasn’t sure what really to expect with this story, but I was thoroughly surprised by it. It is a fantasy novel that is extremely whimsical and full of mystery. My full review will be up later this month, closer to the release date.                                                               (5/5 Stars)(395 Pages)(October 23, 2018) 

 

 

September Book Haul

This month was a wicked spending month. I already have so many unread books. Some of these I’ve read already but most are new to me. I cant wait to get to them!

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (somehow I bought all the Throne of Glass books except this one)
  2. Contagion by Robin Cook
  3. Eve by Anna Carey
  4. Once by Anna Carey
  5. Rise by Anna Carey
  6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  7. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  8. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  9. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  10. Sphere by Michael Crichton
  11. A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
  12. A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab
  13. A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab
  14. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  15. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  16. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  17. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  18. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
  19. Vox by Christina Dalcher
  20. Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  21. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  22. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  23. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee
  24. Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine
  25. Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine
  26. Consent by Nancy Ohlin
  27. Kisses & Curses Anthology edited by Lauren Burniac
  28. Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  29. Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
  30. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
  31. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  32. Violent Ends by Numerous Authors
  33. What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
  34. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  35. The Magical Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  36. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  37. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  38. The Twisted Tale of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber
  39. Swipe by Evan Angler
  40. Sneak by Evan Angler
  41. Storm by Evan Angler
  42. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  43. Contaminated by Em Garner
  44. Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen
  45. Scorpion Shards by Neal Shusterman
  46. Thief of Souls by Neal Shusterman
  47. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
  48. Black Out by Robison Wells
  49. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  50. With You Always by Rena Olsen
  51. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
  52. The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman
  53. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
  54. A Midsummer Nights Scream by R.L.Stine
  55. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  56. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
  57. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
  58. Next by Michael Crichton
  59. State of Fear by Michael Crichton
  60. Vengeful by V E Schwab

So 60 books total and I cant wait to dive into these. Tons of older books and some newer. If you’ve read any let me know your spoiler free thoughts in the comments 🙂 !!!

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! READ WITH CAUTION!!!!!

I decided to finally jump on this band wagon and see what all the hype was about. Book four A Map Of Days is being released next month on October 2nd.

This book did start off a bit slow to me. I honestly didn’t know much going into this book. Therefore not being introduced to the Peculiars right away threw me off. Also from the beginning Jacob is a love/hate character for me. I loved him in the beginning and the end. The middle ish area I wasn’t a fan.

The pictures that were used in this book were so interesting. It definitely made this a much more enjoyable read to myself. I loved how they were all explained as well. This was a good way to imagine the characters as we were given pictures to show us the characters.

The peculiars were just that peculiar but I loved them all. They were quirky and lovable. They knew what they wanted/needed and did anything and everything to do these things.

The romance in here I did not enjoy. I do think it was an after thought and we could’ve done without it. The fact that Emma was Jacob’s grandfathers ex girlfriend bothers me.

The ending also being left as a mystery was amazing. I am officially hooked, this book was a 4/5 for me. There were minor things I didn’t enjoy but not enough for make or break it.