Top Ten Characters I Would Crush on if I Were also a Fictional Character


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic:

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So, I’ve gone through their handy spreadsheet, and I’ve chosen “Top Ten Characters I Would Crush on if I Were also a Fictional Character.” Because you know me, I’m all about the ships.

Nikolai Lantsov from The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Suave, charming, handsome, and intelligent, Nikolai is literally my DREAM GUY. Not only that, he’s a freaking prince. I love him so freaking much, and, to be honest, *spoiler* I was kind of irritated when Alina didn’t want anything to do with him romantically. Does that make me a bad person?


Percy Jackson fanart by Viria13 on DeviantArt

Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians (and Heroes of Olympus) series by Rick Riordan

I love Percy Jackson so freaking much, and he deserves everything in the world because he’s been through so much shit. I just want to give him a huge hug. Also, Percy, no matter what, always preserves his sense of humor, and I love a guy with a good sense of humor.

Khalid al Rashid from The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh

Khalid is, despite being ruthless when he has to be, is incredibly kind and thoughtful to the people that he cares about most. Also, he has a soft spot for children, which is so freaking cute.scorpius-malfoy-2

Scorpius Malfoy from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

I had a lot of issues with The Cursed Child, but it was still mildly enjoyable. One of the best things about the play was Scorpius. He’s adorable, kind, and loyal to a fault.

Rowan Whitethorn from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Like honestly, do I even need to tell you why I love Rowan? First of all, he’s incredibly sexy. Also, he’s a fierce fighter and incredibly loyal to those that he loves. Idk man, he’s just really amazing.

Maven Calore from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Okay, so like I know Maven has his problems. He’s fucking terrible. But, somehow, I love him? I really really really liked who Maven was pre-Glass Sword. Also, I have a theory about Maven that, perhaps, he may not be as bad as he seems.

*I promise that I’m not excusing Maven’s shitty ass behavior*

fangirl-coverLevi Stewart from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

LEVI IS SO CUTE. Like one of the best parts of Fangirl was Levi. He’s the kind of person I’m attracted to IRL. A little nerdy, tall, and really cute.

Nico di Angelo from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians (and Heroes of Olympus) series by Rick Riordan

I know that Nico wouldn’t fancy me seeing as he’s, well, not attracted to my gender. But I would totally crush on him. He’s really intelligent and enjoys really dark humor, which I love.

Fred Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

He’s funny, witty, and heroic. What’s not to love?

Gat Patil from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Gat’s love of reading is one of the hottest things to be honest. Whenever he would speak in the novel, he would say such profound and eloquent things. He would just be the kind of guy that I could talk to hours on end.


Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

No list discussing book crushes is complete without the ultimate book boyfriend, Mr. Darcy. He’s extremely intelligent, sweepingly romantic, and incredibly kind. He’s also hella rich. I’m pretty sure that he’s the first man that made me swoon.


Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card


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*prays that someone sends me an Amazon GC*

Wouldn’t this be freaking AMAZING?! There are so many books that I want to buy, but, alas, I am a broke ass bitch.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

After finishing the Heroes of Olympus series, I’m dying to see what happens with Apollo. I’ve heard great things about the first book in the series, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard

29631300Title: The Architect of Song

Author: A.G. Howard

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy/Paranormal/Historical Fiction

Pages: Hardcover, 425

Publication: August 15, 2016


A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness


I saw Jen from The Starry-Eyed Revue reading this and absolutely loving it on Goodreads a few days ago, and I 100 percent trust her judgement on books. So, I checked out the synopsis, and it sounds INCREDIBLE.

Not only is the heroine deaf, which you don’t see hardly at all in YA or NA literature, it freaking takes place in Victorian England. Books that take place during that time are my absolute weakness.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about A.G. Howard’s books, so I can’t wait to check this one out.

Top 10 (Probably Boring) Facts About Me!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

  • I have 10 brothers and sisters.

    While most of them are half-siblings, it’s really nice to have such an extensive family. When I’m not at school, I live with three of them, MJ, Harrison, and Joseph.

  • The first books that I remember turning me on to reading YA seriously was the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.

    One of my friends was reading The Lightning Thief on a school field trip, and the next day I was at the bookstore picking up the first book in the series.

  • I’m currently a student at Vanderbilt University.

    Vanderbilt University is a private university in Nashville, TN. This year, I’ll be a sophomore, and I’m double majoring in Political Science and History and minoring in English. ANCHOR DOWN!

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Top Ten Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings

Today’s topic is: “Top Ten Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings.”

Well, as I was browsing my Goodreads list to find some books for the post, I realized I was only able to find 3 books that hit both criteria.

The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan – 303 ratings

I looovvvveeeddd this book. In fact, I read it in basically one sitting. While the story was casual and the dialogue genuine, the story was so incredibly moving.

A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison – 1,407 ratings

I think the title basically sums up this book. It’s cute, hilarious, and extremely cringe-worthy (not the writing, just the character’s stories, which is what makes it so relatable).

The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse – 1,870 ratings

My entire freshman class at my university had to read this book for  a special freshman seminar Vanderbilt hosts every year. It follows the lives of several Mexican-Americans as they deal with trying to fit in to a country that won’t quite accept them. While I’m not an immigrant or a Mexican-American, I am a person of color, and this book really hit me hard. Brando Skyhorse completely understands what it feels like to live in a place that, sometimes, you don’t feel like you belong in. It was excellent.

What books have you enjoyed that are under 2000 ratings?

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow on Twitter


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Whenever I find a hella good Twitter account to follow, it makes me so freaking happy. While social media can be an extremely negative place, it can also produce some pretty awesome things. So, here are my top 10 favorite bookish people that you should follow on social media.

Epic Reads (@epicreads)

Margot Wood (@margotwood)

Lauren DeStefano (@laurendestefano)

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5 of My Recent 5 Star Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I feel like I’ve read so many good books lately. Like books that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. So, hear are my most recent 5 star reads.

  1.  The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (review coming soon!)
    • Okay guys this book is no joke. I went in with no expectations and no thoughts, and it completely blew my freaking mind. Not only are all the characters POC, but it is written so incredibly well.
  2. The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan (review)
    • I just want to forever rave about this book. Like I said in my review, I didn’t expect much from this book, but it completely surprised me. It handles heavy topics like death and grief, but also explores themes like love in an extremely believable and beautiful way.
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (review)
  4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (review)
    • There are literally not enough positive words to describe how I feel about this series. I loved Red Queen, and its sequel, Glass Sword, even more. Plus, I literally love Maven so much.
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • I loved the movie when I was younger, and, during my English class, I finally got a chance to read it. I fell head over heels in love with every aspect of this story. 

Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I love a lot of books. Too many to count. But I don’t really get to talk about all the books I love that often because I feel like I should always be discussing the newest books, and not series/books that I’ve loved for forever.

  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
    • God, guys there was a time back when I was a sophomore in high school where I was literally obsessed with this series. I loved it so much. I tried to get into the spin-off series, but I just couldn’t do it. However, I feel like this series deserves a lot of love.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    • Another book series that I was completely in love with. While I didn’t like the conclusion of the series quite as much as the first two, I really enjoyed all of the books.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    • UGH THIS BOOK. If y’all haven’t read this heartbreaking and amazing book, you need to do it NOW.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    • Yet another series that I was obsessed with for a while when it first came out. While I don’t talk about the series much, my love for The Darkling will never fade.
  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
    • This book has a special place in my heart. When I read this book, I was really just starting to get involved with the book community (thanks to Team Epic Reads!), and this book allowed me to connect with a lot of people. This book makes me cry all the ugly tears.
  • Half- Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • I haven’t finished this series yet, but it is SO FREAKING GOOD. Seriously. Go read it now.
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
    • When I was in middle school and early high school, I fell down an Ally Carter hole that I still don’t think I’m completely out of. I really loved the Gallagher Girls series, but I think I honestly love Heist Society more. I love me some Hale.
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
    • I’m starting to notice that I haven’t finished a lot of series. This one is yet another that I haven’t finished. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I feel like it doesn’t get all the love that it for sure deserves.
  • Maximum Ride by James Patterson
    • I’m going to limit this to all the books in the series except the last two. I went through a huge Maximum Ride phase my freshman and sophomore year in high school, and I still really love the series. I just wish James Patterson would’ve stopped at seven books.
  • Matched by Ally Condie
    • Damn, I really loved this first book when it came out. It was such a new concept, and I fell in love with all the characters (especially Xander). While the last two books may not have been as enjoyable as the first, I still think the first one deserves some major love.

What books do you think should be talked about more?


Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.
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As you’ve seen from the title of this post, this week’s topic is the top ten books that you’ve recently added to your TBR. I feel like I add tons of books to my TBR everyday, but the list below is the ten most recent that I’ve added on Goodreads.
  1. Front Lines by Michael Grant
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  5. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
  6. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
  7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  8. The Cage by Megan Shepherd
  9. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  10. The Crown by Kiera Cass

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

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It’s no secret that 2015 was a pretty crappy year for reading and reviewing for me. I hardly read any new releases, which is extremely sad because so many amazing books came out last year. So, here’s my list of 2015 books that I meant to read but never got around to:

  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    • I’ve heard so many excellent things about this book. It was EVERYWHERE after its release. I love books like this, so I’ll definitely need to read it soon.
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    • Once again, this is one of those books that I’ve seen so much hype for. It’s definitely right up my alley. I love fantasy.
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
    • The cover really drew me to this one. It’s simple, but gorgeous. I’ve really been in a contemporary kick lately, so I’ll have to read this soon. 
  5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
    • I love this series so. freaking. much. I have no idea why I’m not caught up on it yet.
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    • Sarah J. Maas is an excellent author, and this book really intrigued me, but I never got around to reading it. Like I said, 2015 was a slow year in books for me.
  7. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
    • I loved the first book in this series, and, obviously, everybody else loved it too. This series gets a lot of love, but I just never got the chance to pick it up.
  8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    • This one had so much hype that I was scared to pick it up.
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    • When I checked this book out at Barnes and Noble, it was massive. I didn’t think I was ready for that kind of commitment.
  10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    • I didn’t really hear anything about this until the very end of 2015, but everything I heard was very positive. I love books that address mental health, so I def need to get this ASAP.
What books did y’all not get to in 2015?