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Pocket Review: The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven

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Author: Sam Enthoven

Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.

Publication Date: September 7th, 2006

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2017 And How Books Factor In

Hello, everyone! It is finally 2017, and wow, what a year 2016 was! If you think anywhere along the same vein as me, 2016 was a crap-fest the equivalent of watching all of your favorite books burn. In other words, completely soul crushing. But enough about the dreary past, it’s time to look towards the bright future! The bright bookish future, at that!

So first, a little reflection time. I noticed that throughout the last year, I didn’t have a lot of time to read. Which is fine, life happens. What isn’t fine was the fact that when I did have time to read, I wasn’t reading for myself. I was reading for challenges and forcing myself through books I didn’t particularly enjoy or weren’t as long as I liked, just to hit my reading goal. And even then I didn’t hit it.

So this year, it’s a whole new book game.

First of all, my priorities are getting a big turn around. I’m going to start reading for myself first and foremost. Life is too short to be reading bad books, and if I don’t want to read something or I can’t read as fast or as often as I want, I’m not going to feel bad about it.

Secondly, I’m going to share my love of books! Sometimes I don’t want to share what I’m reading across my social media platforms because either the book isn’t well known or well liked, or everyone has already read it, etc. Anyway, this isn’t going to be me.

Can I get a ‘HECK YEAH!’ for reading unapologetically?!

Pocket Review: Jackaby by William Ritter


“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

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Bookish Fun – Bookish Quotes Tag! (Original)

This is a tag that I haven’t seen around, but I thought would be a lot of fun for people! I figured out two different ways to accomplish this tag, for the people who like a little variety 🙂

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Bookish Fun – Three Wishes

So, this idea is from BrokeByBooks , and their list of 52 book blogging ideas. This is number 24, which was if a genie could grant you three bookish wishes, what would you ask for? So a huge thank you to BrokeByBooks for this amazing idea!

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Discussion – Books I Am Thankful For

Good morning, everyone!

Today is Thanksgiving, and while it is not a favorite holiday of mine (mainly because how the history of it is twisted into some happy tale between the Native Americans and the colonists when it was anything but). Anyway, I tend to focus more on the being thankful part, and I figured, why not include books in the mix?

These books will not be in any sort of category, i.e. ‘books that had the most impact’, because that’s simply not how things are done here. Each book has a unique reason for my thanks.

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Pocket Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak



“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

Author: Robert Beatty

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: July 14th, 2016

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I came across this book on YouTube actually, in a skit by Jesse The Reader. The video was about him freaking out and needing the sequel to this book. It was so funny and so relatable, that when I went to the bookstore the next day I knew I had to purchase it. I began reading the day after I got it, and decided that my first review on this blog would be for Serafina and The Black Cloak. This will be a no spoilers review.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event by The Broke and The Bookish, and since I am a new blog on the scene I thought it would be a good idea to involve myself in things like this so people reading this can get to know me and my tastes better, and come to like my blog.

This week’s theme is 10 books I’ve added to my TBR recently. There are a lot of books in my TBR, so narrowing down the ones I wanted to put in here was very difficult. I managed, however, so now I present to you my list.

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My name is Sydney, and welcome to my blog.

I plan to use this platform to talk about books and writing, as a teenager. I have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts, and I have a lot to say and I hope you will enjoy your time here. I am participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, so I will be posting about that as well.

I mostly read YA, but I sometimes branch out into science fiction and some nonfiction at times. I plan to write reviews among other things. I have a Twitter for books, so please feel free to hit me up and have an awesome conversation about books and the written word!

Twitter: @BooksAreLife04

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