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May 2019: Plan With Me

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I can’t believe we’re five months into 2019 already. So crazy how fast time is flying by! I wanted to share my planning process for May, and perhaps turn this into a monthly feature. I love bullet journalling and try to do it daily. It’s not only a great organizational tool, but a fun and creative outlet!

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, 1)
by Marie Lu
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 344

GOODREADS | AMAZON | INDIGO BOOKS
★★★★☆
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
I’m very excited to finally have this review out. I actually picked up this book years ago and to be honest, I couldn’t really get into it then. This second time around however, I was listening to the audiobook during any free time I had! If this isn’t a sign to give things a second chance, I don’t know what is. After finishing this book after about four years, I’m happy to give it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

2019 Reading Resolutions


I hate how little I read last year (basically none at all), and I'm really hoping to turn things around this year. I decided to make a list of reading resolutions to help me to read more. If you have trouble hitting your reading goals, maybe this will help you as well!

Back from the Dead

Hello, internet friends! I apologize for not being very active over the past year. University has been hectic, but now that my break term is here, I'm going to have a lot more free time on my hands. Hopefully that translates into more reading and blogging. Hopefully.

Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Fandoms I'm In

The Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's top ten are fandoms that I associate myself with. There are so many more, but I the ones I listed below are pretty representative of what I like. I attempted to broaden the scope by including TV show fandoms, music fandoms, and manga/anime fandoms as well. I had a lot of fun with these gifs, so I hope you enjoy them too.

What fandoms are you in? Let me know in the comments!

1. Supernatural

Just one of my favourite TV shows of all time.
I don't even watch that many shows though-- can I still have a favourite?
Whatever.

2. Teen Wolf

I was absolutely addicted to this show when I started it.
I love the concepts, ideas, and the plot.
A fantastic cast tops it off!

3. Harry Potter

This is one of my longest-standing fandoms.
I grew up with this series.
Once a Potterhead, ALWAYS a Potterhead.

That's a Wrap | January to March 2017


I had a good start at the beginning of the year, but I can already feel my schedule filling up from this point on. (Goodreads tells me I'm three books behind already!) Still, at fourteen books this quarter, I think I did pretty well. Without further ado, here are the books I read from January to March.

1. Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare

There are some great moments in here that help to get a better sense of the Shadowhunter universe.


SYNOPSIS
When Simon is kidnapped by the fey, he’s amazed to find a friend in former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. After Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?), he uncovers rumors of a secret weapon Sebastian left behind for the faerie queen. He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.

2. The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare

I love that we get to see the parabatai ritual and what it entails.


SYNOPSIS
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly ...

3. Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare

One word: MALEC. 90% of the reason I watch the Shadowhunters TV show is because of Malec. #sorrynotsorry


SYNOPSIS
Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home ... temporarily, of course ... to his man!

First Lines Friday [12]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

I just recently reread this and it was just as touching as when I first read this. For some reason, I have not read many of this author's works since, so I went to BMV and bought a bunch. :'D

Can you guess what the book is?

THE LINES

When I was seventeen, my life changed forever.

I know that there are people who wonder about me when I say this. They look at me strangely as if trying to fathom what could have happened back then, though I seldom bother to explain. Because I've lived here for most of my life, I don't feel that I have to unless it's on my own terms, and that would take more time than most people are willing to give me.