Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine


Title: Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
More information on Goodreads

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Paper and Fire picks up a little bit after Ink and Bone. Jess and the gang have settled into their lives at The Library, but they still need to rescue Thomas.

I was a little nervous going into this book thinking it would serve as a filler until the next book, as some series do. Boy was I glad to be wrong. There was never a dull moment in this book, and those moments were necessary! There was nothing “filler” about this book.

This series is still one of my favourite series and reminded that there are still some quality YA being produced out there. YA doesn’t have to be centered on whether or not your OTP ends up together. This book has very little romance, which I very truly appreciate. The gang is too busy trying to not get killed that being romantic is just stupid.

Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Ink and Bone, it was still really good and I still recommend this series!

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Month in Review: June 2016

I knew it before I even looked at my Goodreads shelf that I had a terrible reading month for June. I was kind of in a reading slump after Ink and Bone, and nothing has fixed it. I’m still in a bit of a slump but I’m hoping it’s sequel will help.

I only read 4 books in June… But the good thing is that I didn’t buy any books or receive and arcs. I got 0 books this past month!!

Anyways, here are the four books I read.

I really wasn’t a fan of the middle two, but the other two were really good. You can read all about it in my reviews.

I wish I had more to say but I don’t. June has not only been a bad reading month but also kind of a bad month all around. Here’s to hoping July is WAY better.

What did you read this month?

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Weekend Reads {23}

Happy Canada Day!!!!

It’s a long weekend!!! I’m so excited! I’ve started a new position at my work and it’s a lot more work then what I’m used to so my days have been flying by – which is good – but at the end of the day I’m exhausted. Not that I’ll be catching up on sleep today because I have stuff to do. Like read these books!

Yes, Me Before You was on last weeks post, but I haven’t finished it yet. I’m on page 154 and for some reason I’m just not feeling it anymore so I’m going to clear up my NetGalley shelf by reading Paper and Fire. I really liked Ink and Bone so I have high hopes for this one! Especially when the tag on the cover is “Let the World Burn.”

What are you reading this weekend?

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone


Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
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I didn’t actually read this book, I listened to it. It was one of the free downloads on AudioBookSync. To be honest, I think I would have liked this book more if I had read it, I would not recommend this on audio.

The main reason I would not recommend the audiobook version is because Sam has a lot of comments in her head when listening to other people’s conversations and when being in a conversation herself. Sometimes it was hard to tell if she actually said something or if she was just thinking it. If I were to read the book, there wouldn’t be a problem since quotation marks.

I wasn’t a fan of the narrator. I didn’t really like her voice and she kind of made all of the characters sound nasally, and stuck up. To me, the voice just didn’t match what I would have thought. I also wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters. I just couldn’t connect with any of them. And, I know that people change, but it just seems weird to me that AJ is dating Sam when Sam used to bully him so bad he switched schools.

The poetry part was fine; it wasn’t ruined by the audiobook. It was actually the only thing that I kind of liked about the audiobook. I don’t really like poetry, so to have it read to me over reading it myself was a bonus.

In terms of the mental illness part, it was fine. I’ve heard some people say that it’s not very accurate, but I don’t have OCD so I can’t really say.

There was quite a twist at the end. It was shocking, but I got over it pretty quickly. I’m not a fan of the audio version of this book, it left a bad taste in my mouth, but if you can get your hands on a physical copy, I think I would recommend this book. Maybe.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz


Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
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I’m not gonna lie, I tried twice to read this book. Everyone was so in love with this book, with Ari and Dante, with their friendship. I was intrigued. But when I finally finished this book, I wasn’t a fan.

I didn’t like the writing. It was very choppy and not a lot of depth. The whole thing was from Ari’s point of view so the writing style made him seem very heartless and emotionless. He never wanted to talk about anything that was meaningful, or he only gave one worded answers and I just got so frustrated with him.

Going into this, it seemed Ari and Dante were friends but the fanfics and fan art showed them to be in a relationship, and I was pretty sure I had saw somewhere that Ari and Dante fall in love, so it wasn’t really a surprise to me when it happened. I was actually so glad it happened because then the book was over.

This book wasn’t for me, the writing style and me just clashed unfortunately because I really wanted to like it.

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Weekend Reads {22}

I did my best to clear what is on my Currently Reading shelf, had to mark a few as DNF but it’s down to a more tame size (5), and instead of repeating myself, cause I hate doing that, here are the books I want to read this weekend.

My dad’s work is having a family BBQ this weekend and my mom is forcing me to go so I’m hoping to skip out on the activities and instead get my tan on and read. I’m just past the halfway mark on Twisted and I’m really enjoying it! Our movie theater is FINALLY getting Me Before You, and I’ve been wanting to read it before I see the movie, and now that it’s finally here I should probably read the book.

Have you read either of these? What are you reading this weekend?

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How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler


Title: How to Disappear
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Publication Dare: June 14, 2016
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

I hate to say it, but I could not finish this book. I gave up at 36%, and that’s actually when things started to pick up. I’ve been trying to get through it because I really wanted to know what happens but I would read this book for like 2 mins and just want to bang my head against a wall.

My main problem was the POVs. It’s told in dual narration, which I don’t mind, but it was the narrators that I didn’t mind. Nicolette/Cat/Bean/the million other names she goes by is annoying. I couldn’t stand her. She never explained anything, only saying that she shouldn’t be so compulsive. I get that it’s probably a setup for a big reveal at the end but I just couldn’t stand it. Jack wasn’t that bad but he wasn’t good enough to make up for Nicolette’s POV.

The chapters are really short, only a few pages each, and they are very choppy. I guess I just wasn’t a fan of the writing style and I wasn’t intrigued enough to power through, which I normally do.

I don’t feel fair rating this since I didn’t finish it.