May Book Review

I survived my first year of college! Woo woo! Obviously, I did a terrible job posting last quarter, but I’m hoping to get things back on track this summer (which I know I’ve said a million times already), so stay tuned!

#1) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – Although the actual conclusion of the series wasn’t quite everything I hoped it would be, this book was amazing. It maintained all of the character development from the previous books and GAVE ME SO MANY FEELINGS.

#2) Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – Even though I enjoyed it, it took me forever to get through this book. I will forever love (and be in awe of) The Lies of Locke Lamora, but this was probably the last Gentleman Bastards book I will read. I just really dislike Lynch’s plot arcs.

#3) Burning Suns Book 1: Conflagration by Lisa Wylie – This was a self-published book I read in exchange for an honest review. You can find the book on Amazon, and check out my review here.

#4) Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle – I adored this book! It has a fantastic and relevant concept, with an interesting perspective and engaging narrative voice. I enjoy it as a stand alone, but I liked it enough that I may continue with the series.

Have a great week!

XX. Shelby Jo

 

April Book Review

Hey, hey, hey, I’m back! Life has been insane lately, as it tends to be, so I’m doing my best to keep up my schedule, but I’m also not stressing when I can’t.

#1). Riders by Veronica Rossi – I really enjoyed this book, in the category of somewhat mindless YA. I think I may have burnt myself out on the genre, because none of it has been entertaining me, recently. BUT you can read my full review of the book here!

#2). Dracula by Bram Stoker – People have been recommending Dracula to me for a very long time, and I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. It’s so, so good. I also found that it was so interesting to read all these years later, now that the story is popularized and widely known. It was cool to think about the what the book may have been when the story was revolutionary, because the development was fascinating and the conclusion (though somewhat abrupt) was intense.

#3). The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane – Though in general, I thought it was boring, The Red Badge of Courage had beautiful prose, and the characterization and psychology were really interesting.

I also reread The Raven Cycle in April, and i finalllyyyy got my hands on a copy of The Raven King yesterday, and it has already broken my heart like eight times. Stay tunes for a review of that this Friday!

XX. Shelby Jo

Friday Favorites 2/27/16

Happy weekend! This week’s favorites are going to be quick and easy because I’m a busy woman!

  1. This post by arse-in-arsenal on Tumblr. I re-watched Young Justice recently, and I feel this post. The era of Kon and Tim being best friends is definitely my favorite.FF 2.27.16

2. This came up on my calendar, because I never entered the new release date for The Raven King. I shed a single tear, but it also means we’re that much closer to the actual date.

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(And, yes, I still use ios 6. Judge away.)

3. THE FINAL TRAILER FOR BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN. I’M SO PUMPED. CAN YOU TELL I’M PUMPED????

 

XX. Shelby Jo

 

Friday Favorites 2/5/16

Ayyyy, it’s Friday, but it’s also midterms, so the days of the week really have no meaning to me! So I certainly hope you have a better weekend than I do, because it won’t take much.

Time for favorites!

  1. I found this on @blxnsey ‘s Tumblr and it cracked me up and broke my heart at the same time. The positive side of the Raven Cycle ending in April (other than the fact that we get another spectacular Maggie Stiefvater novel, obviously) is that there is a ton of Raven Cycle content floating around right now.

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2. This gem from Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show. I adore him and this killed me because it had literally never occurred to me before!

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3. The soundtrack for The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Broadway finally released last week and it’s absolutely breathtaking. Check out a sneak peek below, and then go listen ot the full version!

Have a good weekend! If you’re swamped with homework like me come find me so neither of us die alone!

XX. Shelby Jo

Friday Favorites 11/27/15

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday (if you’re in the U.S.)!

Today’s favorites are going to be quick, because I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t been spending a lot of time on the internet (I know, I think it’s weird too).

  • This tidbit tweeted out by Maggie Stiefvater. I love Maggie and The Raven Cycle so much, and I am so eager to read The Raven King and see how she wraps up this fantastic series.tumblr_ny1f1sbBEg1rk5a9yo1_1280
  • The Grease Live! promo because JULIANNE HOUGH AND AARON TVEIT ARE GOING TO BE IN A MUSICAL TOGETHER AND THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY I SCREAM EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT IT! !

Have a great weekend, loves!

xx. Shelby Jo