Ten Quotes I’ve Loved From Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Freebie — Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

(If you are a quote fiend like I am check out my top ten inspiring quotes from books)

I decided for this top ten tuesday freebie week I’d talk about some of the great quotes I’ve saved from books I’ve read this year!





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5 Questions With Leila Sales Plus She Interviews Me (GIVEAWAY TOO!)

If you followed my blog last year you know that Leila Sales’ This Song Will Save Your Life was one of my FAVORITE reads of last year. So obviously her new release, Tonight The Streets Are Ours, is one of my MOST anticipated books of 2015. If you want to check out what it’s about, hop down to the bottom of the post! So obviously I’m super excited to have Leila on my blog today because I adore her AND we have a fun interview post today — I ask Leila 5 questions and SHE turns the tables on ME and asks me 5 questions. And man, she asked some doozies! I have so much more respect for authors having to answer interview questions after getting the tables turned on me!!!

So, I’ll go ahead and hit Leila with some of my most burning questions!


1. If you wrote a blog outside of writer-y things what would it be about and what would you name it? If Teen Leila was living in 2015 and wrote a blog, what would it be about and what would you have named it?

For many years I wrote a blog called The Leila Texts: http://theleilatexts.blogspot.com. I would still be doing it if I were still getting text messages from random strangers every day! When I was in college I wrote a blog that was about my thoughts and relationships—really just a journal, except anyone with the URL could read it. I wanted so badly to be understood (a desire that I think a lot of teens and adults share), and I felt like if people read my blog, then they would understand me.

If I were a teenager today, though, I bet I would start a book blog. You guys have such a cool community. I would have definitely wanted to be part of it. Plus I’ve always wanted excuses to tell people what I think about books I’m reading.

2. Tell me about one of your best spontaneous, crazy nights that you’ve ever had!

New Years Eve this year was pretty great. My friend Emily and I went to a friend’s loft party until 4am, got breakfast at the 24-hour diner, drove to Spa Castle (it’s this giant warehouse of saunas and pools in Queens), got there right as it opened at 6am, and hung out in the spa until mid-afternoon.
Oh, and then there’s Halloween a couple years ago. Emily and I dressed up as two-thirds of the British band the Pipettes (we didn’t have a third friend who wanted in on this group costume), and we went to an house party with a killer sound system, and then a warehouse party overlooking the East River and we hung out on the roof and took a bunch of photos with a dude who was dressed as a lobster (I don’t know), and then went to my favorite indiepop dance party.

I could keep going, but suffice it to say that most of my best spontaneous and crazy nights include Emily.

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Exciting Thing Is Exciting!

So if you read my August recap you know the whole dog saga about how we had a perfect pup that we were going to adopt and then it fell through because our apartment complex and their ~breed restrictions~ policy. So no Staffordshire puppy for us! We were so sad but kept looking and looking to find the dog for us. And this past weekend we found him!

We decided to check out a rescue we’ve never been to before that was on the way to my family’s house. Immediately it was a better experience than the SPCA. All the dogs were in this big penned in part of the building. They were playing with each other and we got to play with them all. There were sooo many cute ones and I was falling in love with this one puppy. Until the lady walked in from a walk with two other dogs and as soon as Will and I laid eyes on the one….we both looked at each other like YEP.

Meet Finnikin! Aka Finn for short.

(He hates getting his picture taken apparently/moves too much so 96% of the pictures I take of him are blurry and not good quality at all.)

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His name at the rescue was Slinky which is so fitting but we didn’t love it. I named him after Finnikin from Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta because it is one of my all time favorite series and I LOVE him as a character. Like so much. The naming process was hilarious and pretty much went like this:

Me: *throws out names from my favorite male book and tv characters* (IDK WHY HE DIDN’T LIKE CHAOL, ROWAN, DORIAN, AEDION, RHYSAND, TAMLIN OR LUCIEN)
Will: EW. *throws out names from his favorite sports people*

The rescue thinks he is 1-2 years old and he’s a hound/beagle/pitbull mix (god, maybe even some dachshund in him). He is just the cutest. I’m telling you pictures don’t even do justice — my sister agrees on that when she saw him in person. AND HE IS SO GOOD. Like as much as we wanted a puppy I’m so happy we aren’t dealing with one destroying everything and having to housetrain him. He’s just PERFECT. Doesn’t get into stuff, is energetic but also chill, doesn’t bark that often, is happy and friendly, loves other dogs, loves like every human ever. We’ve had him since this past Monday and it feels like he’s been a part of our family for longer — he’s just so comfortable with us. Like he fits perfectly.

I’ve been so busy spending time with him and wanting to make him feel loved and adjusted (plus LOTS OF WALKS) that I have had like zero time to finish any of the posts in my drafts or really read much. NO REGRETS THOUGH. He’s already brought us so much happiness.

So I’m curious:

Do you have a pet? If so, is your pet named after anything literary related??

Ten Series I Need To Finish

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Series I Still Need To Finish (Where the Books Are Already All Out)

We all know I suck at finishing series (no matter HOW much I’m loving series). I even tried an operation SUCK LESS AT SERIES and I’ve had minimal success. I still just feel like there are sooo many loose ends in my life because I’m awful at finishing them. I should totally just go on a series binge but it’s been awhile.


1. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: I’ve read the first two picks and really enjoy it but need to get my butt moving.
3.  Divergent series by Veronica Roth: I’ve only read Divergent! So torn on if I should finish — some people say don’t bother and others say YOU MUST.
4. The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare: I thought the first book was just okay but I haven’t been super motivated to move on.
5. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo: I really loved Shadow & Bone and just really need to get my crap together to finish.
6. The Madman’s Daughter series by Megan Shepard:I really loved the first book but got nervous because mixed reviews for the next one.
7. Fire & Thorns series by Rae Carson: I really liked the first book but I don’t know why I never got around to reading the next two.
8. The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles: I loved the first two books and was SO excited for book 3 but never got around to getting it!
9.  The Legend series by Marie Lu: I freaking loved Legend and Prodigy but was so scared to move on to Champion!!

10. The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano: Again..super loved the first two books but then got scared to move to the last.

So tell me…what series do you still need to finish?? Are you good at finishing series promptly or are you like me??

What I Hope To Read In September

Operative word: HOPE. We all know that I’m a bit of a mood reader and always read based on my various reading whims but I do like to tackle the month with a little bit of a plan to guide me and make my decision of what to read next easier. So this is what I’m planning on reading:

Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales: This is a September release and I’m super excited about it because I mega loved her book This Song Will Save Your Life! I love books that include road trips and spontaneous adventures plus conversations about online vs IRL perceptions & reality.

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith: This is an October release which a crazy awesome sounding concept! “A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.” UM YES.

Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor: Because I am the absolute last person in the world to read this series.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly: I have owned this book for YEAAAARS. It’s a historical fiction novel and it has always intrigued me!

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas: Another September release! Cinderella retelling YAASS.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: Definitely one of my most anticipated book of this year! Wild wild west…I’m so here for this!

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson: I’ve been so excited for this one! It’s a mishmash of fantasy and historical fiction (Gold Rush!) and I have NOT read anything like that in the history of ever so I’m stoked!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler: This one sounds so emotional and hardhitting…and so so relevant with all the rape cases amongst young people in the news these days + rape culture.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer: VICTORY IS MINE. I was number like 600 or something on my library waiting list for this one and it is finally miiiiiine!!!! I’ve heard it’s amazing!


So tell me..have you read any of these?? What books do you know for sure you are planning to get to this month? Also, if you need some recommendations for books to read check out my Whatcha In The Mood For? series in which I rec books based on genre and mood!


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What I’ve Been Watching

I had such a fun time sharing my all time favorite movies one week during Top Ten Tuesday and was so happy with how much we all had to talk about with movies and all the recs I got! I’ve been sharing the things I’ve added to my Netflix queue but I was thinking why don’t I round up all the things I’ve been watching sporadically? I mean, movies and tv are stories too! And I just really like any form of story-telling! For more What I’ve Been Watching posts, click here!

We didn’t do too much watching of movies and tv this summer and I’m totally okay with that! But here’s what we did watch!


Movies I Watched





“Devastated over his son’s death, former ad exec Sam removes himself from society to drink away his grief. When he summons the will to perform his son’s songs at a local bar, the music gains popularity and Sam claims to have written the tunes himself.”

Oh my god this is hands down one of the best movies I watched this year. I just completely moved me to tears…lots and lots of tears. The acting was superb and I just felt ALL THE THINGS with how the father was working through his grief. I did NOT quite expect what this movie actually was but it was freaking amazing. I STILL FEEL THE EMOTIONAL TURMOIL IN MY SOUL. But also it was like super delightful in ways?  So basically….a 100% Jamie thing…rips your guts out but also is delightful.

Rating: 5/5


Wish I Was Here

 Wish I Was Here

“With his acting career moribund, Aidan Bloom steers a new tack in life, taking over his children’s education when private school becomes too costly. Finding much to learn as well as teach, Aidan develops his own unique curriculum for the kids.”

I am a longtime Zach Braff fan and I FINALLY got around to watching this and it was exactly what I had hoped for with a new movie from him — funny, heartfelt and kinda quirky. I loved how it centered around family (thought it’s not a FAMILY movie…f bombs & crude stuff if that thing bothers you) and modern life and how messy it all is and we are just all doing the best we can. The message was so poignant and I really enjoyed it. Could definitely relate to some of the things about the necessity of a job vs. following your passion or how you feel like even as an adult you don’t quite have it together or that feeling of “HOW DID WE GET HERE!”

Rating: 4.5/5


Straight Outta Compton

“Bringing the raw reality of South Central Los Angeles to vinyl in the 1980s, N.W.A.’s electrifying debut album upped the social ante for rap music. This pull-no-punches portrait of the band’s brief career traces their dramatic rise and fall.”

2 things you should know about me: 1) I love old school rap and hip hop (bleh to most of the new stuff) and always have even as a young kid whose older half sister let her listen to it even though her parents would have stroked out if they knew 2) I LOVE biopics — like so much. So Will and I went to the theater to see this film about N.W.A and the early days of some of the rap artists who really set the scene for things to come. Loved learning a little more about Dre, Ice Cube and Easy E and seeing their journey — made me wonder what would have become of Eazy E. LOVED seeing hints of Pac and Snoop — made me so happy. The movie itself was definitely interesting — I knew bits and pieces of the feuds and the early history of NWA so this filled in the rest. It captivated my attention for sure the whole time though sometimes I felt the pacing to be off. With everything going on today with police brutality, those scenes where they are victims to it just cut even deeper…like that they could just be a threat merely for standing there and being perceived as gangbangers. Thought the actors were tremendous and I just was really impressed by the movie itself. Didn’t loooooove how they treated women I’ll be honest so that was hard but still really enjoyed the movie and was glad to learn more about some artists I’ve always loved. Respect even more what they went through to make their dreams happen.

Rating: 4/5

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Book Talk: Queen of Shadows General Thoughts + Marked Spoiler Discussion

Book Talk: Queen of Shadows General Thoughts + Marked Spoiler DiscussionQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 1, 2015
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”




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a4Queen of Shadows was everything I had hoped for. When I finished it (literally binged it from Friday night, went to bed, then woke up and finished it Saturday which was intense because that book is THICK) I was just like BRAIN. EXPLODING. BRILLIANT. OMG. I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS. I LOVE EVERYTHING. CAN I HAZ BOOK 5?? I’m just so obsessed with this story and world and obviously the characters. I can’t really put into words, non-spoiler words, to explain what this book did to me and why I loved it so much…it was just everything and made my love for it expand all the way to the undiscovered parts of the universe and back. Sarah is just so brilliant in the way she truly makes me feel and understand these characters, why they do what they do, their struggles, what they are fighting for, etc. Everything was epic. I am so, so beyond invested and basically will sign a deal with the devil not to die before this series ends haha.  Sooo I’m just going to talk in spoilers now because that’s the only way I can discuss it.


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factors+ EVERYTHING.
Not a thing I would change. Honestly. I mean, I would change that I have to wait for so long for the next book?? Or that like it’s not a zillion more pages so I can be with them for forever.

Re-readability: UH YEAH. Will probably reread a whole lot of times.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? ALREADY HAVE.

a5EVERYONE. DUH. No seriously, if you were mixed about it in book 1 I think you should give book 2 a try because maybe it really IS for you and you will miss out on so much epic like in this book.

a8Queen of Shadows is all I had hoped for and more. All the love I had for this world/characters/story before x 1000000000000. Sarah continues to deliver the perfect amounts of everything I need: amazing character development, complex romances/relationships, hella interesting plot and flawless writing. It’s just one BIG, and I mean big, book of badassery and perfection. GIRL SQUADS, HOT DUDES, HOLD-YOUR-BREATH MOMENTS. SCENES THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND CRY AND HAPPY CRY. It was all glorious and I am basically dead still after reading it.

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!



The Perpetual Page-Turner

Monthly Rewind: August 2015



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1. Will and I started looking for a dog One day I’m just like LET’S JUST GO VISIT THE PUPPIES and the next day we are seriously looking for one. We put in an application for a 3 month old Staffordshire puppy at the shelter and then they called our leasing office (we thought the dog met the weight requirements and all) and they denied us and said we couldn’t have a Staffordshire because of breed restrictions and apparently they have some pit bull blood in them. I was so upset. We loved this dog. He was so sweet. I think breed restrictions are such crap and of course all the sweet dogs we fall in love with are that breed. So we are still looking..hoping we will find a dog to come home with us!

2. Will and I celebrated 3 years of marriage — I can’t believe it’s been 3 years but also it feels like we’ve been married way longer because we’ve been together since January 2007. We ate in Center City at one of our favorite places and indulged in donuts and ice cream and just generally walked around enjoying the beautiful weather.

3. We saw Matt and Kim, Atlas Genius, Saint Motel and Wolf Alice.: Another fun concert series!!

4. We tried a new local brewery– We went to a brewery that is basically right in our backyard (Conshhocken Brewery) and we loved it! I can’t believe it took us this long to go. It was really cool though because a bike trail is right behind it and soooo many people riding on the trail would stop for beers. MY KIND OF PEOPLE. Exercise followed by beer.

5. Will and I are starting the process of looking at houses: We are in the very very early looking stages and starting to figure out our range, what we want/where we want and need to inquire about loans and mortgages and all that crap BUT it’s starting. Any tips are welcome!!!




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Alive Tonight — Grace Potter (super super love her stuff she does as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals but loving this new stuff!)

2. Deadwater — Wet

3. Never Ending Circles — CHVRCHES

4. Colors — Halsey (you know I’ve been obsessed with Halsey for awhile…MOAR MOAR MOAR PLS I JUST WANT MOAR)

5. Drive — Oh Wonder

6. Falling Faster — Andrew Ripp


Honorable mentions:

Sorry by Meg Myers
A Perfect End by Atlas Genius
Mr. Rodriguez by Rayland Baxter
Night Swimmers by Foals
Space Song by Beach House

Check out the rest of my August playlist



I read 8 book this month!

1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler — I really enjoyed this one so much which made me happy because I’ve enjoyed this author’s past books but didn’t have good success with her most recent one before this.
2. Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center: I read this book at just the right time when I needed to! It’s an adult fiction book and I highly recommend.
3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas: Best book I read all month and probably all year to be honest. Everything I had been hoping for and more.




Yes Please Amy Poehler

My review of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please




“When one dream burns to ash, you don’t crumble beneath it. You get on your hands and knees, and you sift through those ashes until you find the very last ember, the very last spark. Then you breathe. You breathe. You fucking breathe. And you make a new fire.” — The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I loved this and it is kind of my new mantra when things aren’t working out.


1. Perception, Reality & Our Super Reader CommunityI really really loved hearing your thoughts on this!! It was also really nice to hear from authors on Twitter and for them to (sadly) confirm a lot of what I’ve been thinking.

2. If We Were Having Coffee: Love getting to catch up with you guys!!

3. Retail Therapy: In Need of Cute Mugs: OMG I AM GOING MUG CRAZY.

4. Aussie YA 101: I love talking about the Australian books I love and I’m glad so many of you found recs!

5. Authors On My Auto-Buy list: I’ve realized I have a lot of auto-buy authors…good thing they don’t all publish books at the same time!! EEP.


mr12My Whatcha In The Mood For? post! The first one of these I ever did got a lot of great feedback and I LOVED that people were posting their own recommendations for the categories because I thought it might be helpful! But each month it’s gotten less and less and this month was really sad! I LOVE doing these posts so I won’t stop but I really was hopeful it could be interactive where people could help others out with recommendations in the comments as well.


I actually DID get my butt in gear this month! I filmed a video about what I’ve been reading, a tag video and a book haul (which you can also find here if you don’t do videos).


1. Why I Do Not Use Social Media AnymoreI thought this was interesting! While I definitely am not to the point where I want to give it up, because it DOES (well Twitter at least) add to my life in positive ways, I have cut back A LOT for the same reasons she talks about. Social media is great but I’ve realized being on it as much as I used to is not how I want to spend my days. I also loved her post The Phone People…something I’ve noticed before as well and found equally as distressing.

2. The Answer To Where Do You Get Your Time: Love this! I feel like people ask me a lot about where I get the time to read so much as well as blog about it and this is how I feel, too!

3. Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken Burritos: Made them since bookmarking that post and YUM. And YES….Will cooks 99% of the time but your girl actuaaaaally made these. Heh well the slow cooker did but DETAILS.

4. 32 and growing up; what I know so far: I really enjoy this blog and I just liked the lessons she shared and found myself really agreeing with them as I’m approaching 30 this fall.

5. Why I Scrapped My Bucket List: I am a big fan of the bucket list but I REALLY liked this post. I liked her question: “If I truly only had 6-12 months left of my life, how do I want to spend that time? What could I realistically achieve in that time, that I would totally regret not doing? If I had one wild, final fling with life, how could I life it to the fullest?”


1. Looking for dogs at the shelter: No like it has turned into an obsession. I can’t start my day without looking at all the dogs on the website to search for shelter dogs. Will and I send new arrivals to each other all the time. ONE OF THESE DOGS WILL WORK OUT.
2. Bookworm Boutique – This shop….TAKE ALL MY MONEY.
3. Game of Thrones: I started finally watching the show and I’m pretty addicted. I still can’t decide if I should read the books. GAH.



1. The last block party concert of the year: Panic! At the Disco, Joywave, The Wombats, The Front Bottoms + Good Old War.

 2. Visiting my dad: Will and I are taking a few days to go stay at my dad’s and I’m REALLY looking forward to it!
3. New album from CHVRCHES: Very very excited!



Favorite memory you made this summer?




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Series Send Off: Something Strange & Deadly series by Susan Dennard

Check out past Series Send Off posts in which I finish the last book in a series & chat about it plus introduce new readers to the series with my general & non-spoilery thoughts about the series as a whole!

I do this weird thing where sometimes I hold off reading the last book of series I love — especially if I’ve waited the time in between rather than binge reading. It’s a weird thing. I KNOW. It’s a combo of 1) I just don’t want things to end and 2) also I get afraid because I’ve been let down in series before.   I had read the first two books a while ago and finally had the guts to finish it!


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Upon finishing the series I say to all of you who haven’t started the series:


This would make such a good series to binge read because it’s ridiculously action-packed and you’ll want to compulsively read it. And it honestly truly feels different than a lot of series out there! It’s this great mix of magic and adventures (holy great settings to have these adventures in) and steampunk goodness. So action packed, too! The stakes get higher and higher in each book and things get even more real! Necromancers! Armies of the dead! Really intense baddies! Magic! Demons! What is going on in Book 1 is just a smaller sliver of the bigger picture of what is at work!



What The Series Is About:

It’s 1876 and the Dead are rising in Eleanor’s city of Philadelphia because of a necromancer who is hellbent on raising them. She finds out her brother’s disappearance could possibly be related to what is going on and, in her search for answers, finds herself spending time with a rag tag group called The Spirit Hunters who are also trying to track down this necromancer and stop all the madness! Together with the Spirit Hunters, Eleanor sets out to find her brother and stop the necromancer which proves to be a tough feat that sends them all over the world for answers and the chance to stop even worse things from happening.



Recommended For People Who Love:

steampunk, adventure novels, magic, zombie-lite type of books (if you are looking for like a really heavy classic zombie book this isn’t it…like the dead have risen but THEY aren’t the main focus), readers looking for action



Thoughts On Each Book

(Skip below to the next section or read my review for book 1 if you haven’t read the series yet!)


Something Strange & Deadly — You can read my full review of Something Strange and Deadly here but I just have to say, especially after finishing the series, this book is definitely the lighter of the 3 in terms of what is going on. Seriously the magic and things going on gets so much darker. And after thinking about this book I’m just like WOW WOW WOW look at the adventure they went on after the things they realize in book 1 and how those things were small in comparison to the scope of the rest of the series. LOVED this book…hold your butts for the adventure that goes on in the next 2. That’s all I’m saying. Also, LOVED that the setting was my stomping grounds of Philadelphia in the late 1800’s.


A Darkness Strange and Lovely: I personally didn’t think this book suffered from second book syndrome in the way that some other books do. It definitely did a lot of setting up for the epic and explosive book 3 but in a way that I felt natural because at the end of book 1 they are figuring out just what kind of shit Eleanor’s brother was really in and how much bigger it is. They are looking for answers and figuring things out in this book and trying to put an end to it all — without realizing just how dark it all is. Plus, we meet Ollie — a demon that changes things for Eleanor when he offers her magic and who is one of the greatest characters in this series. It creates a lot of interesting things between her and the Spirit Hunters but also I think Eleanor has a lot to grapple with as she uses it. You see her really change and test the limits of her own morals as she discovers what she can do and how she can use it. She wants to help and save her friends and put an end to the stuff going on. She has good intention but that kind of power doesn’t come with consequences. I loved the Paris setting and the action and the development of the story.

Strange and Ever After: WOW what an emotional, explosive and truly action-packed series conclusion! I loved that the stakes really and truly felt higher and more dangerous. Sometimes I feel like battles aren’t as tough in some series as I’d like them to be but this one truly made me feel how hard these characters fought. I truly felt like they were in danger as soon as they really figured out what they needed to do. That this battle they would inevitable have would cost them in ways. And I wasn’t wrong in that feeling as the gang faces Marcus in this book. Eleanor grows a lot — she isn’t always easy to like or get along with and she constantly pushes people away but she’s starting to realize her tendencies. Plus I think a lot of how she changes and grows is related to the power she possesses. It changes her and she has to figure that out — same with her friends — they don’t approve of it but also they recognize how it helps them. All these moral grounds they all have to work through.  I really loved how much we got to understand Ollie in this book. I love him so damn much. I will say the only thing that tripped me up during this book is that I felt like confused with some of the magic. Even more elements are added and even some Egyptian gods and stuff but I got so confused with some of the layers of it all.

I think the ending to the series is definitely polarizing but I found that I REALLY loved it.

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Rating Broken Down By Books

Something Strange and Deadly


A Darkness Strange and Lovely

Strange & Ever After



And so I’m saying farewell to this series:

Farewell my spirit hunting, friends! Thank you for taking me on wild adventures and reminding me that, despite what you’ve gone through in life and how easy it is to push people away because of it, it’s better to embrace the people who genuinely want to love you. Thanks for allowing me to become part of your rag-tag, misfit unit of a family.


What did you think of the conclusion to this series if you’ve read it?? What did you think of the series overall?? If you haven’t read it, have I piqued your interest?

Dumplin’ Playlist + A Giveaway For An Amazing Prize Pack

Oh man, you guys. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (way more real time on both) you know I LOVED Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. In fact, it’s definitely one of my favorite 2015 books I’ve read this year!! My review will be posted here very soon but I am SO SO SO excited for you all to meet Willowdean and experience this book if you haven’t already.

That being said, I have Julie Murphy here to share a Dumplin’ playlist (YOU KNOW how much I love music here) and she’s offering the cuuuuutest prize pack to one lucky winner. I’m hella jealous I can’t win it myself. (Also, super important, she has a FAB pre-order campaign going on now!)




First, big thanks to Jamie for having me! I’m so excited to share my playlist with y’all. I love music, of course, but it doesn’t normally play such a huge roll in my creative process as it did for DUMPLIN’. When I was first drafting and still getting a feel for Willowdean, I remember feeling kind of stuck because I couldn’t figure out what made her tick. And then EUREKA! Willowdean’s Dolly Parton obsession was like the final twist in the Rubik’s Cube. This playlist isn’t all Dolly Parton, though I definitely have several of those, but I’d like to think that if Willowdean were going to hit the road for a Texas road trip, these tunes would serve her well.


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