[1] Book Playlist • The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

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Oh, look, I’ve created another new feature on my blog! Honestly, who’s surprised at this point? Sit down, because you’re going to get a little story. 

Way back in January, I felt a bit meh about the content I was posting. Most of it was just tags that I had seen on Amino, but I realized that they quickly got boring and repetitive and weren’t too creative. So I brainstormed a lot of new ideas, and decided I’d create some new features, and this was one of my favorites.

Last year, on Books Amino, there was this sort of prompt to think of five songs for a book. Because I was recovering from ACOMAF and I had written a long review on Goodreads including a playlist for each individual part of the book (don’t worry, I’ll be releasing that in May for the release of ACOWAR), that’s what I typed up. It got a lot of attention, and I realized how much fun I had doing it, so I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to just go ahead and make playlists for some of my favorite books/series?” And, not only that, but you sort of get to learn more about me through my music taste! Hence, this brand new feature.

If you guys are new here, the Unwind Dystology is one of my favorite series of all time, and I urge everyone to read it. It’s such a brilliant dystopian series. So, I decided it’d be fitting to make my first playlist surrounding this series. I hope you love it (and if you ever read the books and decided to listen to it, enjoy the sounds)!

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Civil Twilight – Letters from the Sky

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Thirty Seconds to Mars – This is War

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Bridgit Mendler – Love Will Tell Us Where to Go

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David Guetta ft. Skylar Grey – Rise

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Ellie Goulding – Paradise

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Flume – Helix

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Halsey – New Americana

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Tove Lo – Scars

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Katy Perry – Rise

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Lindsey Stirling – The Arena

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Lorde – Team

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OneRepublic – Human

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Ruelle – Game of Survival

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Sohn – Bloodflows

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X Ambassadors – Renegades

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Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart

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Martin Garrix ft. Bebe Rexha – In the Name of Love

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Lukas Graham – Take the World by Storm

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Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

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Major Lazer – Lean On

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And that’s it for my first ever book playlist! I’m hoping to make this a thing every two months so the same songs/artists won’t be on here all the time. I listen to a lot of new music in that period of time. If anyone wants me to create a playlist on Spotify for this, feel free to ask me! I’ll do it and share my username so all of you can follow and listen to it!

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Are any of these songs your favorites? If you’ve read the Unwind Dystology, do they give you the vibe?

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My All-Time Favorite Series

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So, it’s February, the month that holds Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love! So, I thought that it’d be fun this month to do all the things talking about book boyfriends and all of the bookish things I love, and what better way to start then talking about my favorite series! I’ll guess that most of these will be repetitive to you if you’ve been here since the beginning, but let’s begin anyway!

(Also, note, there are no links to descriptions because most of these series are pretty damn popular, so I don’t think you guys need to read the description for the 34498018410840 time.)

(And another note: if you think you’ve seen this earlier today, you did. I attempted to post this earlier, but for some reason, WordPress keeps posting some of my posts days back so it doesn’t show up in anyone’s newsfeeds and gets completely lost, so I decided to put this one back in Draft and Re-Publish it again. If anyone has gone through this problem/knows how to fix it, feel free to talk to me, because it’s driving me nuts.)

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The Raven Cycle

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Okay, so a lot of people are on The Raven Cycle hype train ever since it just got super popular out of nowhere and Maggie Stiefvater became one of the Coolest Authors Alive, BUT THIS SERIES. It makes me so happy to read about the Gangsey and all the beautiful Pynch moments and laugh at all the jokes and deadpan humor and be filled with wonder at the magical world Stiefvater has created. This is one of those book series where I would literally love to be transported in.

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The Throne of Glass Series

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Everyone should know that I’m one Sarah J. Maas’s biggest fangirls and that this series completely and totally changed my life. Never have I ever been so involved in a series, especially the romance (Rowaelin shipper for life, if you care that much). I just love how strong the ladies are, and the ships are all so wonderful because all the boys respect everyone and treat them like their equals! This is probably my most hated series on this list but #hatersgonnahate.

(Also, did you hear? TOG #6 is being delayed until next year, specifically May of 2018 because of some health issues Sarah’s having! Hopefully, she’s okay; that’s what really matters to me – plus I still haven’t read EOS yet.)

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Harry Potter

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I don’t think this needs an explanation, but Harry! The Golden Trio! Amazing quotes! All the feels! Nostalgia! The characters! The magic! Ravenclaw!

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians & The Heroes of Olympus

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And neither does this one. But Percy! Greek Mythology! Leo! Nico! Diversity! Annabeth! All the ships! Rick Riordan is a total BAMF!

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The Six of Crows Duology

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This is the book series that has made me obsessed with heists in fantasy novels. Damn you, Bardugo. But, seriously, I love the beautiful world of Ketterdam and the characters are just absolutely delightful. Literally, try to ask a fan who their favorite character is. They can’t give you one because they’re all so precious.

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The Young Elites

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I also love Lu’s Legend trilogy, but fantasy is my Achilles’ heel. I jus loved the idea of exploring anti-heroes, and, of course she aced the characters, and Magiano is absolutely precious. I demand more series written about anti-heroes in the future.

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Shades of Magic

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This was a book (and an author) that hadn’t been recommended to me for so long that I eventually caved last year, and I haven’t looked back. I loved ADSOM, but AGOS was even better, if that’s possible. The cast of characters is so small, but so vibrant, and Schwab’s writing just makes it all the better.

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The ACOTAR Trilogy

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Again, I’m an SJM fangirl. And after reading ACOMAF, this definitely solidified its place as one of my favorite series. I mean, who doesn’t want to be Feyre? Who doesn’t want to be a part of the Night Court? WHO?? Also, I love how wonderfully feminist this series is, and I think it’s highly important for girls to learn about abusive relationships and how to be brave enough to leave them and how you don’t have to suffer through depression alone and male sexual abuse and THESE BOOKS ARE SO IMPORTANT.

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The Unwind Dystology

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I think I’ve explained enough in about a million different posts about why I love this series so much, so I’ll just leave you with the simple sentiment to READ IT!

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The Original Mortal Instruments Trilogy

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Ok, I’m not the biggest fan of the last three books that were tacked on to the original TMI trilogy (if you didn’t know, way back in the day, the series was originally supposed to end at City of Glass, but she ended up writing three more books), but I loved this series the first time I read it back in seventh grade, and I re-read it last year and I still loved it. Malec was the original gay OTP, and nothing has changed from that (except the fact that I have even more gay OTPs).

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The Red Rising Trilogy

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This is such a good series. It’s a very sci-fi heavy read on a completely different planet with a system where people’s status is determined by their colors. It’s super intense and super violent (which might put off some people, but certainly not me) and Sevro is perfect, and the world-building is amazing, and Darrow is perfect and hot, and the speeches are fantastic, and the ladies are badass, and it’s literally everything. Plus, the author’s hot, so, there’s that.

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The Lunar Chronicles

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I’m pretty sure this is on everyone’s lists, but it’s just that good! I love the divers even cast of female characters, and the perfection of all the male characters (especially Thorne, who is MINE!) and the humor and the action. It’s just the perfect blend of everything and such a good series for those making the transition from Middle Grade to YA.

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The Captive Prince Trilogy

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I love nothing more than a good gay romance, and since Tumblr goes nuts recommending this series, I just had to. I finally bought them, and though they were super expensive for ebooks, they were totally worth it. Politics, war, slow-burn romance, sass, and the perfection of the Damen and Laurent ship. It’s pretty much everything I wanted from the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski except more adult and much better.

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The Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy

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If you’ve been on Goodreads, you might have heard of how this series swept the website back when it was first self-published. I had to join in the hype, and I finally read it, and it was so brilliant! What’s better than a slow-burn hate to love romance between Penryn and Raffe? Literally nothing. I loved the sisterly bond and the angel lore was just so interesting. Just read this series. You won’t regret it.

The Hunger Games Trilogy

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And last, but certainly not least, the Hunger Games trilogy. No explanation needed.

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And that’s it for my all-time favorite series! Of course, I haven’t mentioned all my favorite series – there are still more that I just didn’t mention in this post – so there’ll probably be a Part 2 sometime in the future, but these are some of my favorites for now!

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What are some of your favorite series? Do we share any of the same ones (if we do, feel free to fangirl)?

Mini Reviews // 1•15•17

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As I explained last week in my review of Frost, I read fast and I read a lot per month, and I personally don’t think it’d be a good idea for me to post a review on every single book I read, especially if they weren’t that great. What’s the point of wasting time on a full-length review when the reading experience wasn’t too great? 

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to compile a more condensed version of my thoughts on books that were just “meh” halfway through the month. Of course, these types of reads after the fifteenth (or fourteenth, if we’re talking about February) of every month aren’t going to be mentioned, but that’s what monthly wrap-ups are for!

I’m not going to post any descriptions of the books because I’ve already linked them in my Christmas Book Haul, so if you’re interested in what they’re about, go check it out there (except for Crossroads, which has a link in the title).

Also, warning for spoilers! Just scroll down if you see the name of a book you’ve been wanting to read and don’t want to see my thoughts on it just yet.

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The Marriage Lie

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Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Adult

Series: None

Rating: 2 STARS

This was my first read of the year (and month), and it was meh. I was bored with the direction it decided to take, which is more personal opinion than anything; I just expected a better secret than what was provided. Plus, it also had some extremely cringe-y lines, such as,

“He grins, werewolf teeth against skin black as coal.”

(This is after she discovers the black guy is the villain, because before, she described his skin as looking like coffee beans. Yeah.)

“Have you ever seen a black man run?”

No, but seriously, has she? Really, though, how could so many people most likely read this, see that line, and think, “Yep, that’s okay! Looks good to me! That doesn’t even look just a tiny bit racist.”

“Will and I split our household duties neatly down gender lines. The cars and house upkeep are his department, the cooking and cleaning mine. Neither of us much minds the division of labor. College taught me to be a feminist, but marriage has taught me to be practical.”

Because feminism is all about women doing every single thing a man does, and it is therefore sexist to be a traditional woman, by cooking and being a stay-at-home mom. /sarcasm/

I will say, the last few lines were great, but it wasn’t enough to redeem this book, unfortunately.

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Scythe

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Genre: Dystopian/Utopian, YA

YA Series: Scythe #1

Rating: 3.5 STARS

I was extremely excited to read this one not only because the premise was awesome, but because I absolutely love Shusterman’s Unwind dystology, and I kind of liked one of his stand-alones Bruiser, so I decided to read this first. I wouldn’t say it was disappointing, I actually really liked it; but after reading the Unwind dystology, I don’t think anything can really compare. The characters were so fantastic, and I loved their character development – Rowan was an absolute brilliant character, and I love him – and the world-building was superb, especially since it was a utopia and the more you learn about it, the more your opinion starts to change, but it was just okay for me in terms of how involved I felt. My ~feels~ weren’t really activated, for lack of a better word, but I’m really excited to read the sequel, which is also the finale! I will say, I could easily flip flop on my rating between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I definitely recommend!

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Replica

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Genre: Sci-fi YA

Series: Replica #1

Rating: NONE

I was super excited to read this one because not only did it have a pretty cover (I’m shallow), but it also had a cool premise: flip the book, get a different character’s story. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, much like with other Oliver books. He authenticity of Lyra and Gemma was great; they both had distinct voices and were their own characters, and I liked the body positivity because Gemma isn’t skinny, but she’s seen as attractive to other boys and asked “Why shouldn’t you wear a bikini?” but it was boring. And the chapters were deathly long. And once you’ve read a chapter from one character’s side, you have zero motivation to just re-read that same chapter except from a different perspective, with minimal changes to the dialogue. So, yeah, is was, unfortunately, a DNF. I will say, I might try this again as an e-book sometime later because e-books can always make physical books a bit easier to read for me!

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Crossroads

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Genre: M/M Romance, Adult

Series: Crossroads #1

Rating: 3 STARS

Yes, I read M/M romance novels. They’re my total guilty pleasure. I felt like I was having a sort of “meh” beginning of the month concerning my reading, and I had just finished reading a really good Stucky fanfiction, so I decided to read a M/M romance. I don’t expect much from these because I just want some hot smut and adorable fluff, so even though this wasn’t the best book out there, it served its purpose to make me happy and push me to read other books.

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And that’s the first ever edition of Mini Reviews! I hoped you like this new feature; I’m hoping to keep this up monthly.

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Have you read any of these books? How did you feel about them?