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Another Book Slump

So it happens to the best of us, especially when you consistently read. You find yourself in a hungover from a past book and nothing else is good enough. You start book after book after book and just can't connect to anything. In the last two weeks, I started about 8 books and only made progress on one of them, but only by reading a chapter or two every other night.

All of this is because of Red Queen, however, I'm not ready to read the second book yet because the third book is still quite a long time away from being released.

And in the evenings, I've been trying to do some writing. For the last couple months, I've been working on a book, and when I spend too much time reading, I don't get in as much writing as I'd like and then I get writers block because I've spent too much time away from the book, and right now, my book is very important to me.

To help me with this, I'm reading something I know will be good: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.…

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Oh my goodness! I am not one who reads a lot of poetry; yes, I have a few favorite poems, but it's not what I usually spend my time reading. I don't remember where I heard about this book. It might have been an article or a friend read it, but it somehow made it's way onto my To Be Read list, and when I was looking through it the other day, I saw it and decided I would buy it, but didn't have any intention to read it right away because right now, my currently reading stack is getting a bit ridiculous. But last night, I didn't feel like reading any of my current books, so I picked it up and I was in love.

Why This Book is Amazing

Because this book is poetry, I can't use my usual format with other reviews. But with this book, I'm okay with that because it fits the theme of the book.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One is told in 4 parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Each part represents a piece of Amanda Lovelace's life and the things th…

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

My third book on my list of #MakeMeRead is finished and all I have to say is that I really wanted to like this book, and I did enjoy parts of it, but really this book has caused me more of a headache than anything else. And that's hard to say because the parts of the book that were good, I really loved, and I feel like there was so much potential, if it had maybe just been set up a little differently, or if it didn't take so long to explain what the plot was really about, then maybe I would feel differently about the book. I don't want to say that it disappointed me, but I just felt exhausted by the end and was glad to be done with it.

Five Sentence Summary

Mayavati, Maya, is a princess of the realm Bharata, which is on the verge of war; she is being forced to marry a suitor from a surrounding kingdom, but her father has told her that if she does, the others will attack, so she is better off killing herself. Maya is about to go through with her fathers plan when a cloaked m…

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My second book for #MakeMeRead read-a-thon is the incredibly interesting novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Two years ago, I flipped through the graphic novel version of the books and it piqued my interest, but for me, there wasn't enough narrative for me to really love the book. This lead to me buying to actual book and it has sat on my bookshelf ever since, unread. For that reason, and the upcoming movie release, is what made me choose it for this challenge, although it had nowhere near the amount of votes that  Red Queen did, only coming in with just over 80 votes.

Five Sentence Summary

Jacob Portman grew up listening to stories and looking at pictures of the children that his grandfather lived with in a childrens home in an island off of Wales; but as he grew older, the stories became more myth than fact, and like his parents, began believing his grandfathers stories were just that. After Jacob finds his grandfather on the verge of death afte…

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

So I know this is silly, but I really wanted to  not like Red Queen. Almost everyone I know loves it; it has amazing reviews everywhere. I wanted to be different and not like it; to see through the story that so many love. But that didn't happen.

Red Queen was the first book on my #MakeMeRead list with over 140 votes for it. I begrudgingly started reading it Saturday morning, wishing I could finish the other books I've started and am much more in to. But by Chapter 2, Victoria Aveyard pulled me into the world of Reds vs. Silvers and the spunky main character Mare Barrow who I felt myself relating to on multiple levels. With my busy weekend, I found myself wanting to be able to just sit and read and follow Mare's journey without putting the book down. That didn't happen, but while I was reading it, I was 100% engaged.

Five Sentence Summary

The world is divided by blood, Red and Silver; Reds are commoners, nothing special about them, just like you and me; the Silvers are …

Chosen: House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

A lot happens in the 3rd House of Night book, and it all only takes course over a few days. I found myself becoming annoyed with Zoey more in this book; she is making a lot of basic mistakes that people in books/movies/TV shows always make. And just like every other character, her mistakes pile up, they're found out, and she falls hard.

Five Sentence Summary

It's been a month since Heath was taken captive my the dead un-dead and Zoey saved him and made an arch enemy of Neferet; luckily, she is on winter break, so Zoey doesn't have to worry about the repercussions, and yet, she hasn't told any of her friends. She has also has yet to deal with her multiple boyfriend and Imprinting problem, and when she tries to fix it, she only gets herself deeper in trouble. But Zoey has somewhat teamed up with Aphrodite to try and save Stevie Rae from losing her humanity. Zoey's problems only intensify when one of the teachers turns up dead and it looks like her step-fathers People …

Betrayed: House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The exciting sequel to Marked! This one is exciting for a few reasons. There's a lot of action, it gets extremely steamy, and it delves a little more into the vampyre world and learn so much more stuff. In this book, the series really starts moving and setting everything up for later books. Also, in this book, a few of the things I know happened from my first time reading happened, so it's nice getting some clarity on my vague memories. I'm still really glad that I'm re-reading this series.

Five Sentence Summary

It's been one month since Zoey saved her almost-ex-boyfriend, Heath, from the evil spirits on Samhain and taken over the Dark Daughters. Zoey and Erik have started dating, she is ignoring Heath to the best of her abilities, and she is starting to feel a little more normal, despite the fact that she is completely abnormal for a fledgling. But then students from Zoey's human life start to go missing and it is looking like vampyres are involved. Then Loren …

Marked: House of Night by P.C. Cast of Kristin Cast

I first read the House of Night series in 2009 when I was 17/18. I had some horrible flu/bronchitis mixture that was not going away, I cannot remember how much school I missed. I know I purchased Marked before becoming sick, and was in love with the series, so I asked my parents to buy me the next one, and the next, until I read through all of the ones that had been published at the time. I'm sure my staying up late reading did not help me get better any quicker, but I loved the series. But when I went to college, I didn't keep up with the series.

Recently, I was at HPB and I saw them on one of the shelves, so I purchased the first 3. It's been long enough since I read it that I just barely remembered what happened, really only the gist of it and a few of the characters. It has definitely been interesting reading it again through the eyes of a 25 year old.

Five Sentence Summary
The House of Night series takes place in a world where vampyre's are real, but they aren'…