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NaNoWriMo Update

So today is the last day of NaNoWriMo, have you guys finished yet? Working till the last minute to make it?  I finished about a week ago and then a few days ago I actually completed my novel. So I'm excited to say that I'm a NaNoWriMo 2016 winner! I worked my ass off to make sure I got the word count. There was some days when I wanted to throw my computer out the window and other days I actually cried, worried I wouldn't make it, worried that if I did make it no one would ever like it.  No one has read the novel I wrote, I'm still working on a title. I like Blood Wars but my partner says that's not cool and likes Bloodlines. So it really doesn't have a title yet. I would love to see it published but as it was pointed out to me, the vampire craze died and I'm the only one that still loves them. So it will now never see the light.  I will probably never do NaNoWriMo again. Not because I can't do it, because I know I can, even if most don't believe me.

Top Ten Tuesday - Harry Potter Gift Guide

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . So great gifts for the Harry Potter fan in your life. I found so many awesome Harry Potter things at Barnes and Noble and it easily inspired this list. So without further ado, let's dive into it. 10) The Entire Series  9) All the Movies 8)  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay You could also go with some clothes.  7)  Ravenclaw T-Shirt 6) Hufflepuff Scarf   Or go for something a little more collectible.  5)  Hermione Granger's Wand 4)  Marauders Map If the one your buying for likes games...  3) Playing Cards 2) TRIVIAL PURSUIT: World of Harry Potter Edition This gift is one that is at the top of my list personally. I'm hoping my sister gets it for me. Fingers crossed! 1)  Harry Potter Crest Bookmark Collection

Music Monday - All Time Favorite K-Pop songs

This awesome meme is hosted over at Always Me . So this week past week has been so busy. A holiday, work, NaNoWriMo. Yeah super busy but also nice. I've enjoyed this past week a lot. Now comes the start of a new week though and I hope it's just as good. I also hope you butterflies are having a good week. This Music Monday is going to show off two of my favorite K-Pop songs of all time. They are some new ones but I know I will love them forever and ever.

The Raven Boys - Review

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst World an Author has Created

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books . What is 50/50 Friday?  Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. This Week's Topic Best/Worst World an Author has Created This is my pick for worst world, there is so many questions I still had that were never answered. I think this series could have been so freaking amazing!  This is one of the best worlds that I've ever seen. I also love this series to pieces. It could not possibly get any better. The author really takes her time building this world and I love her for it. Next Week's Topic Character most/least likely to go cliff-diving Be sure and link up! I can't wait to see your opinion and thoughts! Have a great weekend. If you live in the USA, I hope your Thanksgiving was great!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eat lots of good food and enjoy the family time. To all my international friends, I just hope you guys have a great day! I will be working Thanksgiving so my partner's family is having it Friday. I will be away from my family is year, once again. For reasons that I now know and actually doesn't bother me anymore. Love to you all. Happy reading and be nice to everyone, always.  - Carrie 

An Ember in the Ashes - Review (Diverse Reads)

Laia is a slave.  Elias is a soldier.  Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their

50/50 Friday + Feature & Follow Friday

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books . What is 50/50 Friday?  Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. This Week's Topic Best/Worst book an author has published. This one is an easy one for me. I am going to use the same author for both books. I'm sure if you think that about for like a split second you'll know who I'm going to choose.  Best Book Divergent is an amazing books! I still love it to this day, I remember reading it when it first came out, it took my breath away. I went out and bought the collector's edition when it came out I love this book so much. I also like to pretend it's a standalone. So on that note this leads me to the worst book written by Veronica Roth... Worst  I honestly have never disliked a book so much. If I don't like a book I can sti

Interview with Michelle Johnson (Author of the Oleah Chronicles)

So I'm excited to bring to you this awesome interview. I'm so thankful to Michelle for agreeing to this and for taking the time out to answer my questions. So if you've never heard of Michelle Johnson before, (what have you been doing with your life?) she's the author of the epic Oleah Chronicles.  Her two books so far have been so great! They are also diverse, so anyone who has switched to only diverse reads, this is for you as well!  Book #1  Book #2 So can I just say how stunning the cover model is? She is so beautiful and I think she fits Angel really well.I see her in my mind when I read this series.  1) Do you have any strange writing rituals/routines? I don't think I do. My routine usually involves me rereading everything I wrote the day before to get back in the mood, then start adding to the previous scene. Sometimes, the scenes play quite vividly in my mind and tend to replay over and over as I'm trying to figure out what the next step is, but I wouldn

Music Monday and NaNoWriMo Update

So this is a very late to the party post but I wanted to come out and say that I am doing NaNoWriMo this year. I've already gotten over 25,000 words. I've been writing hard every single day. I've been writing so much that I've not read in days more than a chapter or two at a time. I've not posted as much on my blog either. Sorry for the later. The book I'm writing this year is one that I would love to see published but it probably wouldn't be because it's about vampires. It's a NA adult paranormal romance. It's also got lots of action. I plan to actually finish this once. Last year I wrote 3/4 of a book and stopped. So while I am doing NaNoWriMo, I'm doing it a bit differently, I plan to finish my book by the end of this month, even if that means writing way more than 50,000 words. Once I actually finish the book and edit it, I may post some chapters here for feedback. So if you'd like to read some of chapters let me know! That would be a

2 Year Blog Anniversary + Giveaway!

That's right, this day back in 2014, I wrote my very first review . It's awful, I'm not even kidding. I couldn't even get through it. Not that my reviews are any better now... I'm so bad at proofreading that there is so many mistakes in my reviews it's not funny. So to all of you for reading  my reviews anyway. You guys are the most amazing people in the world and I love you all. If I could I would send you all free books for a year but I'm not that rich so I'm sorry.  So on the blog this year there has been 165 posts which is 55 less than my first year. I did promoted from part time to full time and have had less time. I have read more books this year compared to the year before.  I started a book meme this year with the help of Laura @Blue Eye Books.  I'm so thankful for her help as without her the meme would never exist and I've had this idea for so long. So thank you Laura.  This year we also finally moved into our own place, no longer living

50/50 Friday Best/Worst Villain

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books . What is 50/50 Friday?  Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. This Week's theme is best/worst Villain.  So I kind of messed up with one of my last posts and so I'm going to fix it here. I'm going to do best worst villain and author has ever created here. So the author I've chosen it J.K. Rowling and here are my choices.  Worst Yep! I'm going there. She's such a well written, well thought out character. I also hate her fucking guts. That is a great villain right there! Though I still hate her the most so she gets this spot. Best I'm sure everyone saw this coming. He's one of the best written characters J.K. Rowling has ever written.  Voldemort was driving by his quest for power and his desperation to make wizards Pure

The Before Now and After Then - Review (Diverse Reads)

**2015 ELit Book Award Silver Winner for LGBT Fiction** Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living. Book Breakdown   OMG you guys! This book is everything I've been looking for to fulfill LGBT needs!  It's a cute, heartbreaking, and eye opening kind of novel.  It's all about a guy trying to find out who he is after the death of his twin. It's about his family coming to terms with the death of their son and their other son being gay. It's about Danny finding this first love and first true friend. It's about his

October Wrap Up!

I read so many books this month! I've also been working my ass off and been through a lot. It's amazing to see how much I read now that we live in our own apartment instead of sharing a place with others.  I've read a total of 25 books! Yes, some of these are manga but still this is so great for me!  So what did I read this month? I read Hot Gimmick volumes 1-6 The Raven Boys Origin (Lux #4)  An Ember in the Ashes A Torch Against the Night Happy Marriage Volume 10  Oleah Chronicles: Justice Arrivals (Tremontaine #1.1) Umta (ReMade 1.5) Reality No-Show (ReMade 1.6) Lessons in Gravity  Nobody's Goddess The Dream Protocol  Scarlet Rain Untitled Beauty  The Lovely Reckless Mourning Train (ReMade 1.7) End of the Line (ReMade 1.8) Whiteout (ReMade 1.9)  P.S. I Love You