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Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, this book was impossible to put down until it was finished. We get to see backstories of all of our favorite characters. This stories are great since they show what makes the characters the people they are in the series. I especially enjoyed the retelling of The Little Mermaid (The Little Android). We also get to see the gang reunite for a wedding. Fans of the series will love this collection of stories!

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this both difficult to follow as well as emotionally painful since the characters were separated so often. At times I wasn’t sure if I should worry for the main characters or about Levana’s evil plans. I especially liked the character of Winter. A beautiful person with scars is an unusual way of describing someone but for Winter it just seems to fit. Winter is a funny, likable character and her mental state makes her more adorable.In this book, everyone is on Luna for what they plan to be their last battle. The truth about Queen Levana and Princess Selene will be revealed to the people of Luna who Cinder wants to help her fight back against Levana

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My Mid-Semester Break Reading List

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So many books, so little time. Here are the reads I’m eager to devour now that I’m on break.

1) Insurgent by Veronica Roth- I loved reading Divergent and would have completed the series if I hadn’t read a major spoiler. I’m sure some of you guys know exactly what I’m talking about. Nonetheless I’d love to be able to finally finish the series or even just the second book.

2) Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher- I just got a review copy of this and I really can’t wait to read it! It looks like such an amazing story.

3) Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger- I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time now and what better time to read it than my senior year of college.

4) Slammed by Colleen Hoover- I read Slammed last year and instantly fell in love with the characters as well as Colleen Hoover’s writing. I’d love to reread it.

5) The Harry Potter Series- okay so I’ve already started on this. Harry Potter calmed me down when I was stressed last year and I’m hoping that a reread this year will have the same effect.

What’s on your TBR list?

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If it wasn’t for the front cover I would have no idea that this was a retelling of Rapunzel. I may be incorrect but I think that rapunzel was a type of watercress in the original tale. Again, I’m not sure which is why I wasn’t certain if this really was a retelling.Anyway, Cress is a shell whose parents left her to die. Instead she has been saved by the Queen (*cough*evil*cough*) and is now a skilled hacker. Cinder and her gang plan on rescuing Cress but things don’t go as planned.I loved that this book stayed pretty true to the original tale and yet it was such an unpredictable story.

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While Cinder is trying to escape prison, the story shifts to Scarlet. It isn’t clear precisely what ties them together (until later in the book). Scarlet is looking for her grandmother who she is certain is in danger. Scarlet meets a fighter who offers to help her find her grandmother. But is he friend or foe?
I liked this book but preferred Cinder. I was desperate to learn more about her and her plans for the future. This book sets the scene excellently for the next few books.

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5 Must Reads for 2016

Hey everyone! I’m Cait from Cait’s Cozy Corner. I’m a Mom, Wife, Career Woman and what some people may not know, a librarian! That’s right! Although currently I don’t work in a library, I still find my share to read some fascinating novels! If you’re a bookworm like me, I encourage you to join Caits Cozy Book Club where we vote on a book each month to read and then share our review towards the end of the month. We’re currently reading Party Girl by Rachel Hollis and it’s such a fun, light read to get you in the mood for spring.

Speaking of some great reads, I’ve come up with 5 Must Reads for 2016. These of course are all personal ideas of mine but I’d love to hear what you’re reading too! You can stop by my GoodReads page or check me out on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook!

1. Girl Through Glass. It was the summer of 1977 and 11 year old Maria is an inspiring ballerina. While her home holds her parent’s ugly divorce, Maria finds escape in ballet, where he relationship with her much-older mentor intensifies an darkens. In the present day, another dance instructor also becomes entangled in a risky relationship with a student. Weaving together past and present, Girl Through Glass is a complex coming-of-age debut. 



2.Where We BelongHoda not only chats on the Today Show but she also writes novels! In this collection of stories, she writes about various individuals who realize their path was veering off in a direction or unsure of where they truly belonged in the world. By sharing their new passions and what was truly in their heart, they learn how to fulfill a life that we are all striving to have. 

3. Imagine Me Gone. This fast pace novel is a heartbreaking but hilarious chronicle of a family who struggles to love one another amid anxiety and depression. The book helps give us the power to change how we view the most important people in our lives.

4. Pretty Girls. Twenty years ago, Julia vanished without a trace. Claire and Lydia, Julie’as sisters have not spoken since and now their lives could not be more different than one another. Claire is a trophy wife in Atlanta and Lydia is a single mother who struggles to meet ends meet. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man bring them together. The sisters look to the past to find secrets that could destroy their family and uncover redemption and revenge where they least expect them to be.

5. The Gene. A biography weaving science, history and a narrative to share his story of one of the most conceptual breakthroughs of modern times. Siddhartha’s quest to understand human heredity and the impact and influence it has on our fate, choice, personality and overall lives.

What are some novels you’re excited to read this year?

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Amazing Android Apps: Book Catalogue

Recently it has come to my attention that I have no idea which books in a series I own or have simply borrowed from somewhere and read. I knew I needed some way to keep track of my books but how?
So I went the one place I believe you can find anything and everything- the Google Play store. I found the Book Catalogue app which allows you to sort out which books you’ve read, owned and want to buy. The app itself looks like a bookshelf.

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It also syncs with your Goodreads account so you can keep track of your Goodreads books too. You can also record what format the book is in (paperback, hardback or ebook) as well as whether or not it’s signed. This book is a must for all book-worms.

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hooked from the very beginning. I love the world building here. This book is well-written and impossible to put down. This is a futuristic retelling of the fairytale Cinderella…where Cinderella is a cyborg.
Cinder lives with her evil stepmother, one horrid stepsister and one nice stepsister. She works as a mechanic to help support them. When Cinder’s skills bring Kai to her, trouble begins. Cinder is about to discover more about her mysterious past and her real family. This book was impossible to put down. This entire series needs to be read all at once!

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Book Review: Dolmarehn (The Otherworld Series #2) by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Dolmarehn (The Otherworld Series, #2)Dolmarehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m absolutely loving this series! Meghan has just discovered that she’s immortal and has a Goddess after her. What Meghan doesn’t know is who are her parents and precisely why a powerful Goddess wants her killed. Those questions are answered in this book. I love that this book shows a stronger, more confident side to Meghan. There is clearly character growth which I enjoyed seeing. I felt like I could relate more to Meghan in this book. I also liked how realistic the emotions between Cade and Meghan were.I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more. This book has cemented my love for this series. I’m hooked for life!

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Book Review: The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow, #3)The Faerie War by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I felt lost at the beginning of this novel. I don’t know if it was just me but that feeling did a great job if conveying the emotions that Ryn and Violet were feeling. Ryn has no idea what has happened to Violet after Lord Draven attacks Creepy Hollow while Violet has no idea about anything at all.The remaining fae plan to band together for one final showdown with Lord Draven. This book is full of surprises and I loved it.After an attack on her home that she holds herself responsible for, Violet takes a potion to help her forget everything. Her boyfriend, family and friends all think she’s dead. Violet doesn’t even know who or what she is. This book did a great job of completing the first part of this series. I can’t wait to read more.

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