Hate Comments + Taking a True Hiatus (Sort Of) + Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Hi, everyone!

Lately I’ve sort of been feeling really uninspired to blog hence all the scheduled book reviews. Since the end of the semester is slowly creeping to an end anyway and I know that I’ll soon be swamped with end of the course assignments and final exams, I will go ahead and say I’m taking a break. But then again I’ve already been saying I’ve been on a “hiatus” for a while now according to my blog’s sidebar disclaimer, I guess. As other bloggers have pointed out, my breaks are never true ones anyway. But I think this time I’ll be even more absent then usual even for me. I’ll still continue to schedule the usual posts and remain present on my Instagram and Goodreads accounts, but I won’t be replying to comments on my blog until May-ish. And I’ll do the best of my ability to still check in with the blogosphere and leave mini Summer bombs here and there. But those will be sparse, too.

Along with my semester coming to an end soon and the fact that I think I’ve fallen into a true blogging slump, I also got my first hate comment back in February. I created several drafts titled as “Hate” but I never could bear to actually publish them. February was actually a pretty rotten month for me because I wasn’t doing as well as I thought I would in one of my classes (Organic Chem II is just ugh), my speech class gave me so much anxiety, and I had a bunch of family (that I didn’t really like) living with me and my dad. So when my first hate comment showed up on Xingsings it just felt like everything was so wrong.

(I knew it was going to happen sometime along my blogging journey… and it was only one comment… but it was still unpleasant to read all the same. I understand that people will have different views and opinions. But why do they have to word things so harshly? Also, the comment that I got wasn’t even an opinion about my post or the books I talked about in it, but it was about me as an individual. Anyway, enough ranting. Have any you guys received any negativity on your posts?)

Edit: I saw some of the comments you guys have already been leaving. And I just wanted to let you guys know I’m definitely okay!! I don’t want you guys to think I quit blogging for a bit because of that. I love blogging and I’m actually extremely proud of the place I’ve created with Xingsings. So you don’t have to worry or anything. The hate comment was back in February and it wasn’t a big of a deal when I got over it. Thank you all for staying so dependable and supportive. Thanks, as always. – Summer

But, of course, I soon got over all of that. I started doing better in Speech and studying harder in Organic; my family members (there were 4 of them) finally moved out; and I just deleted that hate comment from my blog so I wouldn’t have to see it. But after all this, I think it’s about time I recharged for real. So, in short, I’m taking a true hiatus for a bit (still posting, not replying to comments on my blog, still dropping Summer bombs on other blogs, etc).

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Time to recharge! (All credits to the original owner.)

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

TheWinnersCrimeThe Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #2 (2/3)
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux on March 3, 2015
Genres: [Young Adult] Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed

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4 Stars, Completed March 10, 2016

– SPOILER free –

Right now a part of me feels inclined to rebel and give this book 1 star because of all the heartache it caused me. But nah, I’ll remain sensible and fair.

You can’t see both sides of one coin at once, can you, child? The god of money always keeps a secret.
The god of money was also the god of spies.

Naturally The Winner’s Crime takes place after the events of the first installment. Kestrel is busy preparing all the events and celebrations that follow her engagement to the Valorian prince. While adjusting to palace life she’s beginning to realize that all the intricate lies she’s woven and promised have led her to her own cage in the Capital. Meanwhile, Arin is seas away seeking allies in the East to help his people gain their freedom. Unknown to Arin, Kestrel’s also aiding his cause by being the anonymous informant helping Herrani efforts. When they do meet, more lies and misunderstandings ensues between the two-and some that may create irreparable wounds in their relationship. On top of all this, despite all the wishful thinking, they recognize that they soon will have to pay a price for the dangerous crimes they have committed.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love but Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough

Hello, friends! As I was checking my WP reader’s feed this morning, I noticed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme curated by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought I’d join in since I think the topic will allow me to share some different book recommendations that I haven’t spotlighted enough on Xingsings. Plus, it’s been a while and I sort of miss doing these posts. 😛

Oh and a lot of these books will probably be ones from my pre-teen and early teenage years. I read way faster and more when I was younger. Coupled with the fact that I wasn’t working and making money then, I didn’t buy most of my books like I do now. I went to the library instead. Therefore the photo below doesn’t have a lot of the books I’ll talk about shown since I don’t have them as part of my current book collection. Also, this list is in no particular order. And I’ll be linking Goodreads links to all the books I mention, so feel free to use them if you’d like!

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Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins + Giveaway

81szC5aigdLMiss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #2 (2/3)
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 7, 2015
Genres: [Young Adult] Fantasy
Pages: 273
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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2.5 Stars, Completed March 15, 2016

only read bold text to avoid major SPOILERS –

I am seriously so bummed to share that this was a very underwhelming sequel to the spectacularly hilarious and charming Rebel Belle.

Miss Mayhem takes place roughly four months after the events of book one. David, Harper’s now boyfie (Harper’s creative way of saying “boyfriend” hehe), has passed the Oracle test on the night of the Cotillion. The damage of that night has temporarily been patched up by Ryan, Harper’s ex-boyfriend and now David’s assisting Mage. Bee, Harper’s best friend, has finally returned from her mysterious disappearance since the fateful night. And the Ephors are suspiciously quiet. So things have reached a somewhat state of normalcy for Harper-well, almost. Harper soon learns that she has to go through trials herself before she can qualify as a true Paladin. And if she refuses or fails she’ll die. Not much at stake, right?

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The-Winners-CurseThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #1 (1/3)
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux on March 4, 2014
Genres: [Young Adult] Fantasy
Pages: 355
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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4.5 Stars, Completed March 8, 2016

– SPOILER free –

To be honest, despite everyone’s insistence with me reading this, I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. There was so much that could have gone wrong with The Winner’s Curse for me (the love triangle, forbidden romance, seemingly privileged/spoiled rich protagonist, possible offensive execution with slavery, high expectations due to the hype, etc) but somehow everything ended up being so right to my utter surprise and relief.

In fact, I read The Winner’s Curse in a mere few hours. For those of you that know my reading habits well, this is a major accomplishment for me. Rarely do I ever finish a book in a day much less in a couple of hours. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m growing out of the targeted age group or what, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve been this engrossed in a young adult story for me to speed through it so quickly.

The Winner’s Curse is when you come out on top of the bid, but only by paying a steep price.

The Winner’s Curse focuses on the unlikely romance that buds between an owner and a slave when she bids for him at a ridiculously high price at a slave auction. After the purchase, they begin to spend time together and realize that they are much alike as they are different. And as their attachment for each other deepens unexpected but inevitable consequences come into view.

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Summing It Up: February 2016

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Even with it being a leap year and having that extra day, February still flew by super quick for me. I, honestly, didn’t really do much since the majority of my month comprised of studying for exams, taking them, and doing other academic related stuff. So this month’s Summing It Up will be pretty boring, just a simple recap on the blog posts I posted on Xingsings and my monthly favorites! 🙂

February Blog Posts*

*in publication order, not by favoritism

*I’ve decided to not cross post all of my reviews from my Goodreads anymore. Just because some of them are more school related and probably not as relevant to share on here.

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Summer Says: The Types of (Book) Bloggers

Summer Says #4

So I am completely aware that this type of discussion post has been done so many times, yet I still wanted to release my own version of it. I was first inspired by Aentee’s post on the same topic in July 2015, which you can check out here. Instead of only generalizing types of bloggers, which Aentee has already done wonderfully, I wanted to also share a part of my brain and how I categorize fellow bloggers I’ve gotten to get to know this past year. Now this portion of the idea is piggybacking off of Joey’s usual blogger shout-out type of posts that he occasionally releases on his blog.

The only flaw to these is that unfortunately I can’t include everyone I’ve interacted with. So I’m terribly sorry if you were left out this time. If you want to know where you belong in my brain (that sounded ultra weird) please just let me know in the comments and I’ll sort you out. 😉

So with no further ado, let’s do this!

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In Real Life by Jessica Love

in real life_quote top (1)In Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by St. Martin’s Press on March 1, 2016
Genres: [Young Adult] Contemporary
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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4 Stars, Completed February 28, 2016

– SPOILER free  –

My best friend and I have never met.
We talk every day, on the phone or online, and he knows more about me than anyone. Like, deep into my soul. But we’ve never actually seen each other in real life.

This is the type of book that makes me wish I didn’t use a rating system with definitive stars. In Real Life can be a 3 star read for its noticeable flaws, yet it hits the spot so perfectly that it easily has become one of my favorite contemporary reads of all time.  So it looks like this review will be a battle between choosing to be the objective or subjective reviewer.

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends ever since Hannah’s older sister met Nick’s older brother at a concert. They talk everyday, give each other presents, and share everything. But they’ve actually never met. Hannah, being the model student and daughter, has never done anything she’s not supposed to do. After some frustrating news she receives, she decides to take an impulsive trip to Las Vegas to break some rules and surprise Nick-and, perhaps, figure out what Nick truly means to her. But the plan utterly backfires when it appears Nick has been keeping secrets. Hannah begins to think maybe their online relationship was too good to be true.

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