Audiobook Review: ‘The Poet X’

The Poet X is a book you didn’t know you needed until you read it. I picked this up on a whim and I am so glad I did! This story is told in verse, making it a quick read, but also makes each word twice as powerful.

Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Rating: 4/5 stars

I listened to the audiobook which added another layer to this story – hearing the author read her own words, her own poetry, putting the emphasis where she wanted it to be heard – wow. SO powerful! I would highly recommend this as an audiobook, its just like hearing slam poetry in person!

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Audiobook Review: ‘Obsidio’

“Live a life worth dying for.”

This is it – the finale of The Illuminae Files. Who will live? Who will die? WILL WE GET ANSWERS? …yes, yes we do get all the answers we could have wanted.

This is one of my all time favorite series, which I will forever hold dear to my heart. No Obsidio spoilers, but there will be Illuminae and Gemina spoilers. So if you haven’t, go read (or audiobook!) Illuminae and Gemina first. And thank me later.

Title: Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Title: The Illuminae Files
Rating: 500/5 stars (yes, this is a valid rating. FIGHT ME.)

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Review: ‘Truly Devious’

“Look! A riddle! Time for fun! Should we use a rope or gun?”

Are you looking for a murder mystery, YA style, set at a boarding school in the mountains of Vermont set in both present time and throwbacks to an unsolved murder from the 1930’s? Then I have found just the book for you! Truly, Devious.

Title: Truly Devious
Author: Maureen Johnson
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Review: ‘Every Day’

A wakes up in a different body and in a different life – everyday.

I love the concept of this novel. Everyday this ‘being’ who has named themselves “A” is a different person, but has the same mind. They switch bodies every day, always into someone their age and never too far from where the last body was. They don’t know why or how it happens, it’s just something A has accepted as a way of living.

I will admit the reason I finally picked up this book is because of the movie released on February 23, 2018 with the same name – Every Day. The true bookworm I am, I knew I needed to read the book before seeing the movie. (Movie review coming on Friday!)

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
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ARC Review: ‘The Queen’s Rising’

The Queen’s Rising is Rebecca Ross’s debut novel and if this is anything to go by – sign me up for everything she writes in the future! I absolutely loved this world, the characters, the writing style, everything about The Queen’s Rising! I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of this at New York Comic Con back in October. This can easily be read as a standalone, but at the time of this review, Rebecca has tweeted that she is working on a second book!

Title: The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Review: ‘Renegades’

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

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Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Top 10 of 2017 ~ Taylor’s Picks

Hey all!

Time for my 2017 in books: I read 54, 726 pages spread across 140 books. I was so strong with my reading during the summer, almost reading a book per day, so that’s why it’s so high! The end of the year got super busy because of graduate school but I still managed to get back in the swing of things to finish off the year.

Without further ado, here are my top 10! It was so hard to choose just 10 books I loved. (Disclaimer: I tried to keep to books that were published in 2017 that I read in 2017 for this! They are also in order of when I read them, not by my favorites.)

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