january wrap-up!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
hey peeps. we've reached that time of the month again. that's right. the end.

morning musings #2 // the busiest week ever

Saturday, January 28, 2017
hey guys. *very tiredly* it's been quite a week.

my tbr list // the stack that eats me alive

Saturday, January 21, 2017
i can't believe that it's been a couple months since i shared my tbr list. so now i'm sharing with you a second installment of this original list.

book review // Scythe by Neil Shusterman (SO BRILLIANT)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

so i picked up this book after hearing some great things about it on goodreads and read it in a grand total of two days. i was hooked. so here's my review (PREPARE FOR RANT MODE). i picked this book up on a whim in the library and never looked back.

book review // The Winner's Curse

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

we're back to school, officially.

my goals for 2017 // blogging and other things

Saturday, January 7, 2017

We are now almost one week into 2017. 

I thought that I should probably make my goals for the year by now. I LOVE making lists because it makes me feel more organized and calm/collected, but the truth is, I know that I won't finish some of these goals. But I can do my very best and try!

  • remain blogging this whole year. This might be an understood goal for some people, but it really is one of my biggest goals this year (concerning blogging). I love blogging so much, but Big Changes™ are coming (at least I'm hoping they are) to my life this fall, and I'm pretty sure that's going to put some stress on my blogging-time. There will likely be less posts this fall, but I am going to do my best to keep up.
  • (try to) blog 2 times a week. key words, "try to." there definitely be some exceptions, I can already tell.
  • read 60+ books this year. I am fairly sure that I can achieve this goal and even go over it. However, those big changes are probably coming, and I don't want to put too much pressure on myself. I think I can do this, though.
  • reread 10 books this year. I fell behind in the books I wanted to reread in 2016, but I'm gonna try to keep up this year!
  • tackle my TBR and wrestle it down. I'm going to try to read all of the books on my most anticipated list plus many more!
  • reach 500 followers on my bookstagram. we can do it!! (my account is at chic_bookworm if you want to follow me!)
  • reach 100 followers on my blog. this is dreaming pretty big, but we can do it!
  • write my novel. there's a post coming about my novel sometime next week, and I'm really excited to introduce it to you guys!!
  • edit my novel. this is going to be the hardest part, I know.
  • read Maggie Stiefvater's books. I've heard some really great things, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
  • learn a lot more about graphic design. it's just so interesting, and I want to learn more!

what are your goals for 2017?? how many books are you planning to read? let me know in the comments! i would love to chat with you!

book review // This Savage Song

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!! *confetti shoots everywhere*

You're probably expecting some grand 2017 celebration post, but sorry, that's not until Saturday. What I am giving you today is a book review (I know, less exciting), but I did LOVE THIS BOOK. so that's something. Here we go, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

I really liked the characters because they were full of depth, and there's nothing I dislike more than shallow characters.

kate harker is really bitter and mean, but that was part of her story! She forces herself to act like this in order to impress her dad! Because at the end of the day there's a soft-ish person under there. I still loved her even though she was pretty *savage* (haha) at times.

august flynn is a monster, but all he wants is to be human. he's good-hearted and a nice monster in general. You might be thinking at this point, yeah, yeah madeline. i've heard this trope a million times now, but what really interested me about August was the type of monster that August was. He kills people with a song on his violin. Now that's pretty different, right? I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I will confess that I liked him better than Kate...

what i loved even more about this story was the fact that august and kate did not fall in love blah blah blah. they just became good friends. i was afraid they would fall in love, and it would bring the intenseness of the story down 10 notches, but it didn't happen, and I LOVED IT. it was epic.

i will admit that i was confused until like 20% through the book. i didn't even realize that this was a dystopian world. i thought it was just a fantasy book. 

it did take me a little while to settle into the story, but when i did, it was awesome. the world building in this book was much better than 90% of other dystopians i have read.

this world was gritty and violent, and it was really interesting to read about it. even though it was a dystopian world, the book didn't focus on the past (and how the USA went downhill), just on the present and the characters. that was good.

honestly, there was not that much plot-intenseness-adventure in this story. don't get me wrong, there was still a lot going on, but the reader was mostly learning about August and Kate as characters. BUT the fact that there was less plot did not bother me at all. i loved learning about the circumstances that August and Kate were facing. 

even with the kind of lack of a plot, I read this book in one sitting. 

me: ok, let's sit down and start this book. i'll go running in 30 minutes. *thirty minutes later* well, this book is interesting. i'll go running soon.
*two hours later* my sister: madeline, GO RUNNING.
me: NO. go away. i'm reading.

the end of the book was not an intense cliffhanger, but it wasn't satisfying either. i can see that the book has much more room for development in Our Dark Duet.
meanwhile: Our Dark Duet has moved up to the very top of my TBR List of 2017™


this book has made my favorite books of all time list, no doubt about it. usually i'm pretty ranty (yes that's a word) about my favorite books, but i read this book over a week ago and procrastinated on doing this review. so I may not have sounded that excited about this book. I STILL LOVED IT SO MUCH THOUGH.

also: I loved this book that I both read it and listened to the audiobook. i am thoroughly obsessed.

have you read this book? did you love it? let me know in the comments? (i must have someone to rant with!)

xoxo, madeline