WINTER WONDERLAND BOOK TAG

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1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

Maria: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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Mallory: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

Maria: I really love the UK Throne of Glass covers by Sarah J Maas
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Mallory: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion!

3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading? 

Maria: I love doing this, it’s the best kind of night ever. One of my favorite chunky books is the Host by Stephanie Meyer. I devoured that book.

Mallory: Probably one of the books from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin!

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

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Maria: Katy from the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout.

Mallory: Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

Maria: This is a hard one! There is one particular part in the ending of the Retribution of Mara Dyer that I wouldn’t mind tearing out if I had to. I still loved the book, but I believe that something could have been left out.

Mallory: I could probably throw in Trouble by Samantha Towle. Not just the last few chapters, the whole thing.

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

Maria: If this person is around my age, I would love to give one of Colleen Hoover’s books.

Mallory: Well the Twilight series is what really got me into reading, maybe that. I feel like people now would be less likely to enjoy it as when the series first came out.

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NAUGHTY OR NICE?

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Continuing on with our holiday themed post, here we bring you some of our favorite nice boys as well as our favorite naughty boys. Let us know in the comments who would make your nice and naughty lists!

Boys on Maria’s nice list:
Noah Shaw – Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Liam – Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
Miles – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Augustus – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Boys on Maria’s naughty list:Warren – Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
Adrian – Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Gideon – Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
Warren – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Boys on Mallory’s nice list:
Etienne St. Clair – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Kishan Rajaram – Tigers Saga series by Colleen Houck
R – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
North Drummond – It’s a Yuletide Miracle Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins (story from My True Love Gave to Me)

Boys on Mallory’s naughty list:
Daemon Black – Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Eric Northman – The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Kaden – The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson
Mike Montgomery – Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

SERIES REVIEW: THE MARA DYER TRILOGY BY MICHELLE HODKIN

The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) ★★★★★
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) ★★★★
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3) ★★★★
Source: Purchased
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Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital bed, surrounded by her very worried family. She has no memory of what happened to her or of how she ended up in the hospital. Eventually, Mara learns that she was in a horrible accident, along with three of her close friends. A building collapsed and somehow she was the only one who came out of it alive. Her boyfriend, his sister and her best friend were very much dead. Mara has a really hard time dealing with this trauma and is informed that she is diagnosed with a post traumatic stress disorder. She moves to a new town in the hopes of getting better, but nothing helps her forget. Thing’s are hard for Mara Dyer. She has to be very careful and watch her behaviour closely to avoid being sent to a mental hospital. It’s hard to act normal when Mara has no idea what happened to her and the mysteries are only revealed piece by piece throughout this gripping trilogy.

The characters in this series are amazing.

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Mara is a beautiful, complex, confused young girl, struggling to understand what is wrong with her. As screwed up as she is, i’m really glad that she never let people walk all over her. This girl will stand up for herself and she isn’t afraid to have a little attitude either. I enjoyed connecting to a main character with so many flaws. Having a screwed up (somewhat crazy) teen as a protagonist makes it hard to know what’s real and what isn’t. As you read, you will ask yourself “Did that really just happen or is she having an other hallucination? Was it really her who did that?” Readers, you will be questioning everything about Mara Dyer.

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Noah. What can I say? He’s easily become one of my favorite male characters. Does anyone not love this character? Noah Shaw is dark, funny, handsome, respectful, kind, gentle (to name a few)… He is honestly the total package. Noah Shaw could make just about anyone fall in love with him, but yet he wants MARA DYER, the girl with problems. And he’s GOOD FOR HER, but she might be BAD FOR HIM. I loved his character throughout the entire three books.

Jamie is the best best friend that Mara Dyer could ever have. He is sarcastic, hilarious and always “tells it how it is”. I was so thankful that he was there for Mara through so much. Jamie added great humour to this series. I was so happy when he appeared in the second novel! Him and Mara made such a great team as the series progressed.

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The relationship between Mara and Noah is one of a kind. It’s not fluffy, nor is it easy. Both characters are dealing with major issues and are discovering what they are who they are. They go through a lot together throughout the three books in this series and Noah never once gives up on Mara. He wants to help her, to love her, and to make her life a little better. I really appreciate how respectful he is towards Mara. Not once did he try to pressure her into anything or disrespect her in any way. Don’t be afraid to pick this up if you aren’t a horror fan, because the romance aspect is truly wonderful.

Michelle Hodkin did a fantastic job at balancing the romance and the eeriness throughout the entire series. Some of the scenes in this trilogy really creeped me out, but it wasn’t exactly “scary”. Phoebee, a girl in the mental hospital, gave me the chills. For me, you can’t get much creepier than saying bloody murder and singing you are my sunshine. Oh, and I was glad that Mara’s weird doll wasn’t in MY room.

Michelle Hodkin is a brilliant author. I still don’t know how she constructed such a thrilling young adult book series. Her writing definitely does not fail at pulling the reader in. You are just as involved in the story as the main characters are, as they are also just figuring out the mystery as the story goes along. These books will mess with your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. I am so happy to have finally found a YA psychological thriller book series worthy of that.

The SUSPENSE and the MYSTERY and the SUPERNATURAL and the ROMANCE was delivered so well throughout the three books. I just love it all so much. It is perfection in my eyes. The first book of the series was amazing (my favorite.) The second was just as addicting. The third would have been perfect if it wasn’t for one part that I disliked, but was still a great conclusion to the series. I am so happy to finally have the answers to my many questions regarding Mara Dyer.

I know that this review could have very well turned out being just a bunch of my ramblings, but I really wanted to share my love for this trilogy with you. I know that the Mara Dyer series can be a hit or miss for a lot of people. Personally, it blew my mind. If I could only recommend one book to my fellow paranormal romance fans, it would hands down be The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

Just to let you know, the Retribution of Mara Dyer is now also available as an audiobook from Audible Studios. I attached a clip of the audiobook below for you. I think that it would be a great audiobook to listen to because of the wonderful suspense.

Have you read any books in this series? Which one was your favorite? What are your thoughts on the series as a whole?
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FAVORITE COVERS: GREEN

Hello friends! Today we have some of our favorite green book covers to show you to help put you in the Christmas spirit. The month of December is going by so fast and soon Christmas will be here!

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Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson
Since you’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


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Oppression by Jessica Therrien
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
How to Love by Katie Contugno
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

MALLORY’S #12DAYSOFBOOKMAS READ-A-THON TBR

10846780_10152837584945465_1444511147_nSo as Maria mentioned in her post, this read-a-thon is taking place on Instagram. And what perfect timing for a read-a-thon! Everyone will be finishing school and work and it’ll be all read read read time! So here are the books I plan to read during this time.

1. My True Love Gave to Me by various authors. I’ve already finished one story so this shouldn’t take me very long.
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Why has it taken me so long to get to this book? Super pumped for this one.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Second book in the graphic novel series. These are fun and take no time at all.
4. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley. This is the third in the series.
5. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. It’s about time I am getting to this series!

Hopefully I will be able to make it through all these and more. I want to get a lot of reading done this month. But so far, I’m slacking. This read-a-thon should help me pick it up though. Let us know what you plan on reading too! And don’t forget to check out our updates on Instagram 🙂

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STORM DAY READS – OH THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL

Maria’s storm day reads:

Storm days are perfect for curling up in your warmest Christmas blanket and getting lost in a great book!

When it’s freezing out, and snowing, and you don’t want to leave your house at all, I suggest picking a book that is short enough to finish in 24 hours (or at least that you will be able to read a big chunk of).

Old favorites are always great for stormy days as well. Maybe you’ve been meaning to re-read a some Harry Potter, maybe it’s been so long that you’ve started forgetting things that happened in the hunger games series, maybe you’ve been craving to pick up your favorite childhood read…

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1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (yeah I wasn’t kidding. I actually have forgotten quite a bit…)

2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (I think this would be a really great middle-grade read)

3. Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (novellas are also fast storm-day reads!)

4. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover (an other novella that I will be reading very soon)

Mallory’s storm day reads:

Okay so I went a little different route than Maria. When I think of storm days I want those huge chunky books that I can escape into for hours and not worry about anything else around me.

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1. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. These books are beasts but once you start you can’t stop. You will seriously want a few full days for these books.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Not only this but the whole series is just so warming and adorable. I read this a stormy night in November while missing my boyfriend and it did the trick taking my mind off things.
3. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Because if you haven’t heard of Daemon Black yet, what’s wrong with you?
4. The Tiger’s Saga by Colleen Houck. Because not one hot man, but two! Mm.

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5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Because what was I just saying about hot men? Mmmm.
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Rowell is the queen of feel good, cute, fluffy and light hearted reads. Her books will keep you smiling.
7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. This is probably in my top three favorite books of ALL TIME. Such a great story and take on zombies. Go read it!
8. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. This is as equally amazing as The Song of Ice and Fire series. A high fantasy that will keep you on your toes and intrigued from beginning to end.

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9. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. Because not one hot man, not two hot men, but four! Oh boy, swoons all around.
10. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. Because honestly, these are so damn addicting and quick to read, you are going to want to binge read the entire series.

We hope you enjoyed our choices! Let us know what your storm day reads would be!

MARIA’S #12DAYSOFBOOKMAS READATHON TBR

10846780_10152837584945465_1444511147_nThe Twelve Days of Christmas is a readathon taking place on INSTAGRAM the 12th to the 23rd of december. The lovely hosts are listed on the picture if you would like to check them out.

I really like that this readathon is going to be twelve days long. It will be a great way to get a few extra books read before the new year (it’s going to be here before we know it!) Plus, I love BOOKSTAGRAM, so I am looking forward to taking some fun christmas book photos and sharing my updates with you on there. Since this is being hosted on Instagram, I won’t be doing daily blog readathon updates here, but you can check out our Instagram if you would like to know how I am doing.

This is what I plan on reading until the 23rd:
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1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (finish)
2. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories (various authors)
3. Maybe not by Colleen Hoover
4. Dash and Lily’s book of dares by Cohn and Levithan
5. Written in Red by Anne Bishop

If some sort of Christmas miracle happens and I finish all five of those books, I will possibly pick up an other Christmas themed book. It will be busy for me with exams until the 16th, but when those are over with I will read read read as much as I can until the 23rd! Goodluck to all participants! If you are taking part in this readathon, let me know what you plan on reading in the comments below!

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