ARC Review: The Toll by Neal Shusterman!

A big fat happy publication day to the final installment of one of my favorite series, Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman! I'm forever going to stan Shusterman and forever trying to dig myself out of my blogging slump. So, what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to come back to the game with a review of The Toll provided to me directly from Simon & Schuster. So first and foremost, thank you a million times to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I know it's been a hot minute since I've been on here but I've got a ton of back logged reviews and while I'm going to try to take it a bit slow I'm ready to dive back into reviewing and blogging. As it turns out, moving 700 miles and adopting a new puppy is a lot to adjust to! So without further ado, on to the review!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I’m Sure Will Be 5 Stars!

First thing is first y'all! Game of Thrones is back for it's final season and I can barely handle myself. Honestly, the stress of worrying if this is going to turn into another Lost situation is real and I kind of wish I just had all the knowledge of how this was going to go instead of having to watch it week to week! Here's to hoping the freakin' pack survives. Anyway, I've recently finished The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald and it's a doozie of an emotional read and it took me forever to get through because I was so invested. I'll have that review up for y'all this week! Today I wanted to participate in another round of Top 5 Tuesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm and it's one of my favorites. This weeks topic is books you predict will be 5-star reads!

This one is a little dangerous for me if we're being honest because I have a bad habit of hyping books up in my head and then being a little let down when they don't live up to my lofty expectations. I'm very good at not romanticizing situations or placing too much importance on a given event. However, that doesn't stay true for reading. I'll see a book and the synopsis will grab me and then I'll read a few glowing reviews and hype it up so much in my head there's no where to go but down. But then there are the rare few books that end up exceeding my expectations, and isn't that the dream!

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Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman!

It's Friday my dudes! So what does that mean? It means it's review time!! Also, that I have so much time in my very near future to read, read, read! All my holds are coming in from the library so I'm super amped to get to them. Between reading, I'll be working on my house, couch shopping and finishing up our DIY hexagonal shelves! I was tagged in another book tag/award thing that I'll throw up on here sometime this weekend as well. Anyway, onto today's main event! A review for Unwind by Neal Shusterman! As I mentioned in my last review, I've been re-reading a bunch of books I read a super long time ago (IDK why, it's just happened that way) and this is the second book I'm very happy to have revisited.

This is my fourth Shusterman title to read in the last couple of months and man, this guy is KILLIN' IT - he just doesn't disappoint, time after time. Each of the worlds and scenarios he builds are so unique and vibrant that I'm consistently in awe of his imagination. Unwind takes place in a future where America has lived to see and survived a second civil war known as The Heartland War. Following the war, abortion laws are changed. Abortion is now illegal, but what does become the legal opportunity for parents who don't want their children is known as "unwinding" from the ages of 13 to 18 parents are allowed to sign orders to have their children unwound. The idea behind this, that makes it palatable for society, is that no part of the child dies, 99.6% of the child still lives on, as every piece of your baby, that you sent off because they're difficult or you didn't want them, lives on through another person.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies!

It's Tuesday, which means only one good thing: it isn't Monday! It also means it's time for another round of Top 5 Tuesday. T5T is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where different topics are explored. This weeks topic is "books that need to be made into movies"! If you haven't checked out her weekly prompts you definitely should - they're super fun!

So I wouldn't call myself particularly into movies and TV. However, I am also not someone who says I don't like them either. I'm just a fan of good stories and well made entertainment. Whether that be in my favorite form (books) or in movies or TV, I'm not a stickler about it. What I am a stickler about is book to film adaptations. Most of the time, they're simply just not as good. You can't get the range of detail and finesse into a movie that you can into a book. HOWEVER, there's also something so magical about seeing something you've loved in a book come to life on the screen. *Obviously, it can also be terrible if it's done horribly (looking @ u, directors of My Sisters Keeper) and they miss the whole point of the book. But when it's done well (GoT 5Ever) it's a real thrill to relive a story through the screen. So without further ado, here are the books I think should be made into movies!

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Thoughtful Thursdays: World Building!

So I've talked about a lot of different book topics on Thursday's, along with touching on kitchen essentials as well. As you all well know by now, my previous go-to genre, and one of my absolute favorites is Fantasy. Not all Fantasy novels are created equal though - some focus on strong character building or building worlds that are a little too contrived and artificial for me to get into. Obviously, none of these are realistic because that's what Fantasy is - but I like my worlds grounded in thought, I like my "rules of magic" to have consistency and not feel arbitrary. So, in the spirit of getting back to my roots, I thought I'd do a post about my favorite novels, with the best world building!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books you NEED to read in 2019!

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where different topics are explored each week. Go check out her list this week because there are some great 2019 reads on there! Remember if you participate in the meme to link her back!  It's only the second day of the week and I feel like… Continue reading Top 5 Tuesday: Books you NEED to read in 2019!

Review: Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman!

Happy Friday fellow readers (I really need to come up with some more first lines)! As it turns out, my meeting today was rescheduled to next week so now I truly have our first full weekend at home and I couldn't be more excited. I've got a big weekend planned of chores, grocery shopping and… Continue reading Review: Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman!

Thoughtful Thursdays: Top Books of 2018!

We're here people. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL, WE ARE HERE. Within a week of the best time of the year - Christmas!!! I have an endless number of things to be thankful for and while 2018 maybe wasn't my favorite year with it's stresses and changes it was certainly one for the books (get… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursdays: Top Books of 2018!

Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman!

Happy (sad) Monday readers! I hope everyone had the most fabulous holiday break, and if you're not one to celebrate Thanksgiving - I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I am both happy and sad to be back from our little vacation. I love being home and my own bed is like sleeping on a… Continue reading Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman!

Recipe + Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman + Mimi’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe!

Come, dear readers, and sit 'round the table while I dish out a delicious recipe for my very own Mimi's famous chicken noodle soup and a review for the freakin' KNOCK OUT novel that is Scythe by Neal Shusterman! Scythe has been on my radar for a hot minute given not only the phenomenal reviews it has on Goodreads but… Continue reading Recipe + Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman + Mimi’s Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe!