Spellbinder by C.C. Hunter

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Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark #2.5 (Novella)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on June 30, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 147
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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Rerated: 3.5 Stars
4.5 Stars, Completed June 21, 2015

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Do you ever feel like you can never get enough of a series? If so, I think that’s where prequels and novellas come in. As much as I love certain series I don’t tend to pick up their novellas. I’ve actually only read a few (Midnight Sun and some Princess Diaries fillers). Usually, I just kind of let the book hangover treat itself and move on. So Spellbinder is the only novella I’ve read in the past 5 years or so. And instead of following my usual system of rating books that strictly follows my rating guide, I’m just going to rate Spellbinder with feeling and how I think loyal C.C. Hunter readers will take it.

Spellbinder takes place after the events of the second Shadow Falls: After Dark installment, Eternal, and this time Miranda is the narrator. Miranda has always tried to earn her mother’s approval by competing in witch competitions. This time around, her incentive to becoming head priestess are tickets for she and her friends to take a trip to Paris for the next Wicca tournament. In being able to go, she hopes to meet and reconcile with her sort-of boyfriend, Perry, who recently decided that the couple should take a break because of his studies in France. Miranda has never won any of these competitions before, so winning will be a challenge. It doesn’t help that this time around things are much messier when blood and secrets are spilled.

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Exploring My Bookshelves: June

Hello! So another month of the summer has passed and I’m back with another Exploring My Bookshelves, a weekly book meme created by Addlepates and Book Nerds but adapted as a monthly one on here at Xingsings, post. You guys may notice that I’ve changed the formatting for this just to make it more fun and less text heavy (it ended up being as long as the previous ones. I will continue to strive to become more pithier, I promise). As always, all my answers to the meme are in bold and all the titles mentioned are linked to Goodreads. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Here is an updated picture of my shelves. (Yup, those are library books on the bottom right. I don’t know why I even bother to put titles on hold and check them out when my TBR list is already long as it is.)

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6.-Shadow-and-Bone-finalShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1 (1/3)
Published by Henry Holt & Co. on June 5, 2012
Genres: [Young Adult] High/Epic Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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4 Stars, Completed June 17, 2015

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2:52 am. That was the time I finished the book. I know for some of you avid, voracious readers reading past 2 am is nothing, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve pulled a late night because I was too absorbed in a book. Shadow and Bone was just that good. There were a few aspects I weren’t a fan of hence why it didn’t get 5 stars, but it definitely awakened the fangirl in me.

In Shadow and Bone, the nation of Ravka has been divided into two for centuries due to the creation of the Shadow Fold, a stretch of darkness that houses flesh-eating monsters making it impossible for the people of Ravka to cross it. Alina Starkov is a young, plain orphan but as she travels the Fold for the first time she discovers some dormant powers within her. Soon she’s thrown into the magical world of the Grisha elite, where she’s sent to train at the Little Palace. The Darkling, the most powerful and mysterious Grisha, takes an interest in her and claims that she can save Ravka’s people by destroying the Fold. Despite being swept up into this new lifestyle and charmed by the Darkling’s suggestive persuasions, she can’t help but remember her childhood best friend, Mal, and her previous life.

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Book Haul: January – June 2015


You guys know that I buy books quite a lot, so why haven’t I made a book haul post?  Well it was for this exact moment. Haha, kidding. I’ve just been lazy and I thought I’d do a master post midyear. I was hoping that by doing this I could see how many books I buy in 6 months and the results will help motivate me to buy less books in the future (or at least restrain from impulse buys).

Okay, with no further ado, let’s do this! (I am so crazy…)

Oh yeah, below each picture, I did type out all of the titles. If you want to know more info (like author, standalone/series, etc) click on the title, it should get you to the appropriate link on goodreads. (Initially, I tried to make image maps but I guess html coding is only for self-hosted sites. -___-)

And the titles I have strikethrough are obviously ones I’ve read before. I also have links to reviews I’ve made when they’re available!

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Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Hello-I-Love-You-21Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on June 9, 2015
Genres: [Young Adult] Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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2 Stars, Completed June 11, 2015

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Sigh. Why do I feel so conflicted about writing this review?

As you guys know, I’m a huge fan of international music, especially K-pop so Hello, I Love You was right up my alley. The fact that I am a part of the K-pop fandom and do have some background knowledge on Korea (and Korean culture) may have helped and hurt the overall rating for this book.

In Hello, I Love You, Grace Wilde is not the average southern American teenager. Her father is a wealthy, record-producing legend and her brother is a famous country star, who sabotaged his career and life with alcohol and drugs. Often, her family’s reputation precedes her. To escape, she decides to reinvent her life by traveling to Korea, where no one will recognize her. Coincidentally, she meets her Korean roommate, Sophie, who seems to be in the same situation as herself. Sophie’s brother is in a K-pop band, much adored by the young masses of Korea, and seems to be keeping a secret. When Grace meets him, she can’t help but notice his unfriendly demeanor… but also how attractive he is. So a hate-with-some-attraction-at-first-sight romance blossoms.

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The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy

120904.pngThe Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy
Published by Crown on April 7, 2015
Genres: [Adult] Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir
Pages: 324
Format: Hardcover
Source: Blogging For Books

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5 Stars, Completed June 7, 2015

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“You do not want to be the physician who assumed the patient was sleeping,” the instructor had told us, “when in fact he was dead.”

The quote above is one of the many words of wisdom and advice Dr. Matt McCarthy learned as a first year intern at Columbia hospital, and it perfectly illustrates the pressure health care professionals have to deal with every day.

In this frank memoir, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, Dr. McCarthy beautifully writes about the brutal truths behind the field of medicine and a physician’s infallibility, but somehow manages to do so with humor through interspersed comedic relief. In less than 100 pages into the book, readers learn that on his journey towards becoming a “good physician,” Dr. McCarthy stitches a banana peel, has feces-stained scrubs thrown at his face, and witnesses a patient almost die his first night interning in the cardiac care unit.

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins + Review Format Poll

Rebel Bellerebel-belle by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1 (1/3)
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 8, 2014
Genres: [Young Adult] Fantasy
Pages: 345
Format: Hardcover –> Ebook
Source: Borrowed –> Purchased

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3 Stars, Completed May 31, 2015

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Naturally, after reading so many reviews about this being a hybrid novel between Legally Blonde and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it became one of the most anticipated titles on my TBR list. So I borrowed Rebel Belle from the library at the end of April and read the first couple of chapters but as the month of May passed I found I was never compelled to pick it up again to continue. Eventually I ended up having to return my copy to the library and buying it as an ebook for myself. This wasn’t a bad book by any means, it was actually pretty fun and cute.

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