Microreview : Round Six – TBR

If you want to know more about the universe of microreviews please check out their page over @microreviews & I was also tagged by the lovely @nightmare-in-the-stacks

Pick a book that you own but haven’t read yet: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

– How did you come by it? Given by a friend? Bought from a recommendation? Compelled by the cover?: Alright, I had heard buzz around the booktube world about Mistborn. I was mostly intrigued by the magic system displayed in the books. I bought it with the intentions of having a month long buddy read for the book. The buddy read flopped after the first week so the book has been on my shelf since.

– Quote the first sentence(s): “Sometimes, I worry that I’m not the hero everyone thinks I am. The philosophers assure me that this time, that the signs have been met.”

– Realistically, will you ever read it?: Yes, I plan to start it again over the summer since I know I enjoyed it the first time I tried to read it.

I hope you guys enjoyed my little insight on Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Have you read this book? Should I pick it up soon?

Salt Lake City : How I Fell In Love

I know I was doing daily updates for my Salt Lake City trip, but I was so tired each night that I kind of forgot about it. This post is the recap of the entirety of my trip. I want to start off with the obvious. I fell in love during my trip to Utah. I fell in love with a city that is bustling and improving every single day. It was beautiful. The mountains surrounded majority of Salt Lake City. The people were incredible and I vibed so well with most of them. I have been to so many different places over the years yet there has only been a few that have called me to come back. Salt Lake City, Utah is one of those places.

I was going to do a huge collage of all the photos I took during my stay, but I decided to just link you guys to my instagram because over half of my recent photos are from that trip.

I want to talk about some of the more memorable moments from the trip to Salt Lake City. The Chalk Art Festival down at The Gateway was a wonderful surprise. I stumbled across it after going to one of my favorite places ever. I will talk more about that in a little bit. It was so cool being able to see the artists working on their pieces. One girl did the cover from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson which was one of my favorite pieces. Another artist did Moana, I saw Finding Dory, and loads of other pieces. There was a huge dance party for the kids in the center of the plaza as well.

The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City was one of my favorite places from the trip. It made me feel like I was a little kid again being able to run around and see everything. I got to play with a ton of cool gadgets to see how tornados work, how the earth spins, and so on. I even got a ticket to see The Sun Revealed which talks about eclipses. I have always been fascinated by them. There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st 2017 over the USA so be sure to check it out.

Overall, I really loved Salt Lake City! There is still so much more for me to explore so I have a feeling I will be back next summer for a super exciting road trip. I’ll keep you guys updated!

#ARCstravaganza : They Both Die at the End

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#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by Krysti at YA and Wine and Sarah at The Clever Reader to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off those ARCs/eARCs/Galleys! Comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a pic on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month!

I’m finally taking part this week mostly because I received an e-galley of a book I have been wanting to read last week. I’m a huge fan of Adam Silvera. More Happy Than Not was my favorite book of the year. The way he writes has me hooked especially since the universe he writes about it different yet similar to our own.

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Can I admit to the fact that I have already read this? I literally finished this yesterday on the plane. I plan to have an official review up soon. This book is hands down my favorite book for 2017. It was beautifully written, I had a lot of feels, I got attached to the characters even though I barely knew them. I can’t wait to figure out how to get everything down into a review because this book was killer. I honestly can’t recommend this enough so please check it out once September rolls around!

Synopsis 

New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Release Date : September 5th | Pages : 384 | Goodreads

Salt Lake City Adventures : Day 1

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This pictures honestly don’t do the Salt Lake City Library justice so I’m going to link a photo I found on the internet so you can get a better view of how gorgeous this library is. I finally arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah today after a roller coaster with the airport the other day. I’m grateful to be in this beautiful town. I have only been here half a day and I’m in love.

This is the Salt Like City Library which is a gorgeous five level library that has everything you can think of. Each floor has a set genre to it so for example the main floor was magazines, audiobooks, and the like, the second floor was young adult, and so on. I walked every single floor because I wanted to get a feel for this place. It’s huge with glass ceilings, beautiful staircases, and  open space. The top level takes you out onto the roof top garden which is never ending. I got amazing photos of the view from the top. I honestly stood there for a few minutes to take it all in. I fell in love with a city in a few hours all because I could see the whole city from the top of a giant library.

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I was obviously very happy in that selfie. I was like I need to get the mountains in the back ground of this selfie. I can’t express how wonderful it was to see such a beautiful city from such a beautiful building. I even went to the gift shop (yes the library has a gift shop) and picked up that beautiful post card. I managed to find the artist online so if you guys really liked that post card he makes prints! I honestly might go get some more before I leave so I can frame the because they are just so pretty.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first day in Utah. I plan to visit this really cool book shop today before I head downtown for dinner. I’m taking a chill day today because I have a feeling Friday and Saturday will be crazy.

 

Update : Airports & Drama

Hello, I bet you are wondering where my Wednesday post is so here I am. It is currently 12:23 am on Wednesday as I am writing this. I am here to share my horror story of a day with you. I am supposed to be in Utah right now with my dad. We arrive at the airport only to find out they tried to upgrade us and we lost our seats. It took them a hour to book us seats on our connecting flight. We were lucky because our flight out of our hometown airport was delayed.

We finally got seats on our connecting flight and we had the upgrade to get first class seats. We were all excited about finally getting to move on with our day. We make it to our gate and things are going great. It was about fifteen minutes after the plane arrived at the gate we were waiting at that we find out it’s broken. It took them well over a hour to fix the plane which was a problem because we had no idea if we would make our connecting flight.

We landed with about 10 minutes to spare. We grabbed our carry on suitcases and ran to the rail/tram thing. We had to make it concourse A which is a problem when the airport is HUGE. Well we made it, but they had already closed the gate. The lady at the desk was really rude to us which was a bit of a bummer after our rollercoaster of a day. We have seats on a flight for tomorrow (12 hours from now that I’m writing this and probably 4 hours from when this is posted) so hopefully we make it to Utah in one piece.

Overall, life is an adventure. I’m glad that my dad and I get to experience this together. I should have regular posts again starting Thursday! If you want to have live updates on my situation please follow my twitter.

Locked by Eva Morgan Review

20627821I got the honor of reading this lovely book because a lovely person gifted it to me for my birthday last week. I sped through this book in two days. I would have finished it sooner if I didn’t have a friend over. I feel like it is one of those guilty pleasure reads. I’m always a sucker for finding books that are quick reads and entertaining.

This book centers around Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes which is just bloody brilliant. I have always wanted to see Sherlock as a teenager and this author honestly nailed it on the head. I feel like this version of Sherlock fits the BBC Sherlock to a T. Okay, I have a lot of feelings from this book in general. I kind of knew the plot twists were sort of going to happen due to the nature of Sherlock. It will make you cry, scream, and squeal.

Overall, I do recommend this book. There were a few grammar mistakes throughout the novel. I noticed on her twitter account that she said she fixed those. I think it’s only in the amazon version of the book that they are fixed. The story definitely grabs you in from the beginning. I went in with mild expectations and came out loving it so it’s definitely something you should read if you love Sherlock as much as I do.

“I’m Galileo in prison. I’m a supercomputer in a junkyard. I’m being wasted, Irene. This town is killing me by inches, turning my mind to mush.”

Rating: 4/5 Stars | Read June 9th – 10th

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 219

Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis: 

When eighteen-year-old Irene Adler meets her new neighbor, the gorgeous, brilliant, and arrogant Sherlock Holmes, she never expects him to be the one to make her feel like life is worth living again. Ever since her sister’s death, she’s been addicted to risk-taking as a way to deal with her depression, and Sherlock quickly becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken.

Locked is the story of a broken girl and the genius who gives her life back to her. It’s the story of a witty asshole who’s never known love, and the girl who shows him what love means. It’s the story of an unexpected connection, two people who save each other, and the importance of seeing the goodness underneath.

*Based on the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo

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I have been seeing it all over the blogverse so I want to do it as well. I am not going to have a set tbr for this simply because I might change my mind. I will take any recommendations for any of the categories. I really want to try to branch out this summer to read new things. I will probably mention my bookish bingo reads in monthly wrap ups.

This will last from June – August so there is still time to sign up if you visit this link which will take you the the creator’s main post.

Is anyone else taking part in the summer bookish bingo? I would love to see what everyone else is planning on reading.