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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? ~ July Wrap Up


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly event on my blog; So Many Books So Little Time. This is where book bloggers and readers gather to talk about what books they’ve read and/or reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way to organise/plan our reading week/month, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading. Usually Posted on Monday’s.

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Hello, bookish lovelies! 📚 Good Morning & How was your weekend?!

Sooo today, I was thinking that I should post one of these! Like I said last month, I’ll primarily be using this type of post for a Monthly Book/Review Wrap Up. Not sure if I’ll make this a weekly thing, or bi-weekly, like I’ve said I would. But ya never know.

Sooo, like I said, I’m going to share the books I’ve read in the past month/two weeks, or whenever. As well as some of the books I’m thinking of reading next! And maybe y’all can help me pick! 😍💕

Also, I’d love to know what you’re reading!

Anyways, on to the book part of this post! 🤩😍📚

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~Read/Reviewed~

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~To Read Read~

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    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  | Goodreads
    • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Goodreads
    • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare |Goodreads
    • Intended Bondmates by D. Lieber | Goodreads
    • The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth | Goodreads

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~Currently Reading~

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    • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | Goodreads
    • The Gigolo by Rocky Wyatt | Goodreads

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Happy Monday & Happy Reading!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? ~ June Wrap Up


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly event on my blog; So Many Books So Little Time. This is where book bloggers and readers gather to talk about what books they’ve read and/or reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way to organise/plan our reading week/month, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading. Usually Posted on Monday’s.

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Hello, bookish lovelies! 📚 Good Morning & How was your weekend?!

Sooo today, I was thinking that I should post one of these! Like I said last month, I’ll primarily be using this type of post for a Monthly Book/Review Wrap Up. Not sure if I’ll make this a weekly thing, or bi-weekly, like I’ve said I would. But ya never know.

Sooo, like I said, I’m going to share the books I’ve read in the past month/two weeks, or whenever. As well as some of the books I’m thinking of reading next! And maybe y’all can help me pick! 😍💕

Also, I’d love to know what you’re reading!

Anyways, on to the book part of this post! 🤩😍📚

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~Read/Reviewed Recently~

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~To Read Read~

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~Currently Reading~

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The last month-ish I’ve honestly been sooo freaking busy, I haven’t read at all.  😦 

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Happy Monday & Happy Reading!

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{Review} The End of Oz by Danielle Paige


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The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

Hardcover, 304 pages

Published March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine/

~Review~

Let me first start with saying that the series is a roller coaster of emotions perfectly twisted together to form a lovely book series! The End of Oz was a beautiful end to this series! This time we also get a point of view from Dorothy, and she’s something else!

I loved the dual perspectives in this book, showing us a whole new side to Dorothy. I especially appreciated the way we saw events from both Amy and Dorothy’s point of view, and seeing them both figure things out and watch everything click into place was just so satisfying. It amazed me how well Danielle managed to create such a distinction between Amy and Dorothy’s voices, while showing us just how similar they were at the same time.

Amy Gumm is going to be added to my list of bad ass favorite female protagonists. And she is also one of the few protagonists that didn’t annoy me ONCE the entire series. Danielle Paige wrote such a beautiful and relatable character. Her personality was consistent but her growth throughout every book was astonishing. She had her dark moments and she had her good moments and through it all I liked her. Honestly, character development in general, in this series is insane, and watching all the characters change and mature over the course of the 4 books was such a lovely experience. Each character has their own voice, personality, and background enabling you to submerge yourself into their lives.

The book picks up right where the 3rd book ended, when Amy, Nox and Madison escaped on the yellow brick road. Yes, I know… Madison is with them! In the book 3, Yellow Brick Road, Madison and Amy make up and are new best friends! Madison was an old enemy of Amy’s but got pulled into Oz when the Nome King opened a portal into their high school to get Dorothy’s first pair of shoes.  The yellow brick road takes them to an old enemy of Nox’s, her name is Lanadel, they have a complicated past and I’m going to be honest Nox was a terrible person in the past. It takes them a while to convince Lanadel to help them. Meanwhile the Nome King and Dorothy have planned to get married, I know what you’re thinking, two powerful, evil people getting married, this CANT HAPPEN D: But the wedding is something else, the Nome King is up to something for sure (not gonna spoil that :p) but Dorothy finds out through her new servant.

Meanwhile Dorothy is planning the wedding, Madison, Amy, Nox, and Lanadel acquire an invitation to the wedding, which is a masquerade party.  Even though it’s a masquerade party Dorothy knows Amy is there and uses her presence as a way for her to escape.  A big battle happens and Amy is stuck choosing between Nox and saving Oz, how unfair is that?! Amy of course being such a good-hearted person chooses to save Oz and move back to Kansas. Amy is back to her normal life but now has a friend (Madison) and they go back to class as seniors. But of course there’s a small twist at the end which is soooo *heart-eyes*, you’ll have to read the series to find out though!

Honestly, this series is amazing and so unique you have to check it out and give it a chance! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Danielle PaigeDanielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die seriesand the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives in New York City.

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Teaser Tuesday (#46)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
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“A numbing heat runs into my neck and down my sides. It fells like I’m drowning, but the sensation is not entirely unpleasant. They’ve given me something – some heavy drug that will banish the black by plunging me into it.

Then there will be silence.

Then there will be nothing.”

#2:

“People come undone all the time, Alice. We’re all unraveling here. You’ve just done it in the most spectacular way. In fact, you could be our queen.”

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{Review} Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige


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Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Paperback, 320 pages

Published March 15th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published March 31st 2015)

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. . 

~Review~

Ahhhh! I absolutely love this series! This series has gradually gotten better with each book, and I love how much every character has developed thus far.  I’m really enjoying Danielle Paige’s style of writing and the overall premise and mythology of her take on OZ is soooo enthralling.

 Yellow Brick War was fast paced and full of action! So much happens in this book and there are so many problems they have to face and a ton of new twists! There are some interesting changes and while I enjoyed the addition of the “new” characters.

Amy is back and she’s still one hell of a kick ass heroine.  The character development of Amy has been is such an entertaining ride.  She is sassy, smart, and strong. I love that she doesn’t take crap from anyone and that she can totally defend herself. I really felt like I knew her a lot better after reading this one. Of course, Amy has her flaws and questionable moments, but they only make her more realistic.

In this book, Amy finds herself back in Kansas with the witches. She has to return to high school to find Dorothy’s original Silver Shoes in hopes they’ll be able to take them back to Oz.  A lot has happened in Kansas, while we were in Oz and we learn more about what’s going on with Amy’s poor mother, as well as, how things are going with Amy’s former enemy Madison.  SPOILER! (Amy and Madison become friends! :O ) Amy and Madison actually work together to solve the mystery of Dorothy in Kansas, while Nox remains out of sight. We don’t get to see too much of Nox, but the romance between Nox and Amy has developed. 

BUTTT, damnnnn, Danielle Paige really did an amazing job with the newly found friendship between Amy and Madison is so amazing; it was such a natural progression of the story. Both the characters showed such maturity in putting their past behind them. I also found the changes in Amy’s mother to be impressive. 

I’m excited to read the fourth book, I actually have it beside me, and I’m starting it tonight!

All three of the books I have read so far have been amazing reads and I can’t recommend them enough.

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~Author Bio~

Danielle PaigeDanielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die seriesand the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives in New York City.

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{Review} The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige


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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Paperback, 320 pages

Published March 15th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published March 31st 2015)

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

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The first book was a bit more entertaining, but I still really enjoyed this one! This was a great sequel!

One of the things that I really love about The Wicked Will Rise is how strong the main character, Amy Gumm, is. Amy Gumm is a really good heroine. Flawed, as expected but I really saw her develop in this book; discovering more about herself, and realizing who she is and who she will become.  I loved how she went through with what she believed in. I know, I know that probably sounds stupid but still …. :c Amy has these amazing powers that are connected to darkness, and didn’t try to stop using them, but rather welcomed them and she tried her best to control it.  

I love the relationship between Amy and Nox, I liked how the story didn’t revolve around them which was nice; it was literally perfect. 

Throughout the beginning of the book, it seems like all is going according to plan. Get the Tin Man’s heart, the Lion’s tail, and the Scarecrow’s brain before she can properly kill Dorothy, restore the magic to Oz, right? Wrong. When the reader least expects it, BAMMM! Major plot twist. This isn’t a typical plot twist that will surprise you and then you’ll get over it in a few minutes. No, no, no! The plot twists in this series so far are very powerful, and amazing and will make you LOVE the series!

I know this book seems really short, but it’s jam-packed with suspense and action. Danielle Paige does an amazing job describing Oz.  I absolutely LOVEEEE how she includes the same landmarks, like the yellow brick road, the Emerald City, which really makes reading so enjoyable.  What makes this book even better is the character development, an improved story line and more plot twists.

I REALLY, REALLY LOVED THIS SEQUEL.  You all should definitely check this series out! I highly recommend it!

 

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~Author Bio~

Danielle PaigeDanielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die seriesand the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives in New York City.

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{Review} Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Paperback, 480 pages

Published March 31st 2015 by HarperCollins

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

~Review~

Wow! This turned out to be super fun! Let me be honest. I didn’t really liked The Wizard of Oz. I’ve seen the movie…when I was around 8-12 years old, I remember it being really boring, annoying and stupid. But Danielle Paige did an amazing job at making this world her own; adding to this story and reconstructing the characters for readers, taking us to after Dorothy left Oz. It was well written, well thought out and action packed and just totally engaging

In Dorothy Must Die, Oz is not the happy, magic filled place it used to be. Good witches are wicked and wicked witches are good. Cities lay crumbled and forgotten. Dorothy rules with an iron fist, dueling out punishes to sass talking and leering. Now this is an Oz I can get used to.

The protagonist in this story is Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, who arrives in Oz the same way that Dorothy did. During a tornado. Amy our heroine is quite possibly the most honest and true to self-heroine there is. Amy’s story started out like Dorothy’s which is cool because they both wanted to get away from Kansas. Amy is very unpopular and lives with her unsupportive mom in a trailer park in Kansas. Amy’s life in the trailer park is far from perfect. Her father has a new family and makes no time for her, her mother is a self-absorbed alcoholic who spends more time with her rat ‘Star’ than Amy and her time at school is just as bad, she is bullied and called ‘Salvation Army’ due to her lifestyle and living in a trailer park. An unlikely hero is about to be born. I feel like there was a lot of unnecessary girl hate at the start, but then a tornado comes and drops Amy off in a dystopian version of Oz.

And Amy thought her life was bad, but she has no idea what’s in store for her when she gets to Oz.

When she lands in Oz it doesn’t look like the happy place she thought it would. Oz has become a dark and corrupt place after Dorothy’s return. Dorothy changes Oz, in a bad way; she is now a power-hungry princess literally sucking the magic out of Oz, and destroying anyone or anything that gets in her way.

Amy is quickly thrown into a battle between Good and Wicked, Dorothy and Oz. She is recruited by The Revolutionary of Order of The Wicked where she is trained to in many field areas to become a Wicked. Amy has an important mission to complete; she has to take the lion’s courage, the tinman’s heart, and the scarecrow’s brain and when this is done then Dorothy Must Die. Sacrifices must be made to fulfill the mission, friends will be lost, enemies made, but the battle to restore Oz to its former glory, bringing peace to the people and the tyranny to an end has only just begun for Amy.

Though I really enjoyed the story, I ended the novel with so many questions that were left unanswered. I felt like the ending was really abrupt… but overall, this book is sooo amazing! I recommend it, especially if you like retellings, young adult, romance and fantasy books.

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~Author Bio~

Danielle PaigeDanielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die seriesand the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives in New York City.

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Happy Reading!

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