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Life after exams: TV Edition

You’ve seen my Life after exams: Book Edition (I hope, if not here’s the link…)
https://passthefeels.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/life-after-exams-book-edition/

But, anyway, here’s a TV edition of alllll (well, most) of the things I want to watch when I’m free.

TV Shows:
(To catch up on)

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    The Flash: I recently marathoned season 2, and have watched episode 1 of season 3, so I’m not far behind! Can’t wait to see Tom Felton, aka. Draco Malfoy, in S3!

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    Arrow: Once again, only a few episodes behind, but still excited to be able to watch guilt free, and really be able to get into the new story line of Season 5!

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    Supernatural: Okayyy, so I’m not technically behind on this one anymore (which is amazing to be able to say, considering I only started watching this mega 11 season- now 12 season show- 2 years ago.) But I’m sure I’ll have at least a few episodes to watch by the time my exams are over. I love supernatural.

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    How to Get Away with Murder: I think I deserve an applause for having the will power to actually not binge watch the episodes that are already out in season 3, I mean, every episode is a cliff hanger! But I’m kind of purposefully/not purposefully holding back on this one, so that I can watch a whole bunch of episodes in a row. (I don’t like to be left hanging, okay…)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Okay, maybe now I’m just being crazy, because season 8 hasn’t even started yet (as I’m writing this, it airs in 15 minutes in the US). But I’m 99% sure I’ll be behind a couple of episodes sooner or later. So happy this is the last season, I love it, but it’s run its course in my opinion. Also, secretly hoping for Elena (Nina) to come back and marry Stefan in the end… yep, still a Stelena shipper.

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    Reign: So, I’m about a season and a half behind… Currently up to season 2, episode 13. I can only watch this show when I’m in the mood, and then when I’m not, it just doesn’t appeal to me very much. But once I start watching it, I can’t stop. Definitely not one of my fav shows, but I’m excited to see the direction it takes throughout the rest of season 2, and into season 3.

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    Once Upon a Time: I am currently only a couple of episodes behind in season 6, and I’m so excited to see where this season is going! You just never really know with this show… I love the emphasis on Regina this season, because I think Lana Parrilla is an amazing actress!

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    Shadowhunters: Well, well, ummm. I have about 2-3 episodes until I finish season 1, but haven’t yet because the motivation is just not there. This show does have its good moments, yes, but it is so cringworthy. The only thing that is going to motivate me now is how much better season 2 looks, so I’m determined to finish this one!

(To start watching)

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Supergirl: This show never reallly appealed to me, but seeing as I’ve become even more into the other DC shows, like Flash and Arrow, I now cannot wait to start this show! And a female protagonist with kick ass super powers? Yes please!

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Fear the Walking Dead: Well, I’m not sure if I’m gonna like this one, but I bought the first episode on special for 99 cents on iTunes, so, I shall check it out! Plus, Alycia Debnam-Carey, yassss!

 

And probably a lot more… Whatever I come across, or gets recommended by you guys! 🙂

 

So there are all the TV shows  I plan on watching (atleast in the immediate future)!
Please let me know in the comments, or on Twitter (@thebookgram), of any others I should add to my list. What have you loved recently?

Until Next Time,

Kate 🙂

Life after exams: Book Edition

Hey lovely people!

Today, whilst I’m sick, and therefore taking a little break from studying (although, not a break from stressing about the fact that I’m not studying… #procrastination right?).

I thought I’d write a post about the books I plan on reading after exams (9th November). Seeing as my whole life has been revolved around school and exams this year (senior year, yep, it’s great), I could not be more excited to get back to reading!

So, without further ranting, here are the top 10 books I plan on reading when I can actually read again (in a not-really-ordered order)…

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    It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I’ve been dyinnnng to read this! I mean, a new Colleen Hoover book?! How could I not be excited to read it! Cannot wait to see what crazy plot twist, or other insane things you’d never see coming that her newest release has! 

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    The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends. It’s so mysterious, it shall be interesting! I loved the first instalment, and although the second wasn’t great (in my opinion), I do have high hopes that this will not disappoint! 

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (yes, for the first time), I’m both so ready, and so anxious to finish this series. All the feels are gonna hit me, that much, I do know.

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    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I read Throne of Glass so long ago now, and didn’t completely fall in love, but it can only get better from there right? I’m so determine to get in on the hype of this series (and catch up…oops)

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    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, as well as City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Because it’s about time I finished this series that everyone has probably already read 1000 times over by now. These books take a while for me to get into, but I love them once I do get into them. City of Fallen Angels has been my favourite instalment yet, so I’m excited to see where these 2 go, and how it all wraps up.

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    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Ahhh! I’m so, so excited to read this one. ACOTAR was so intriguing and crazy. Really pumped to see where this one takes the direction of the story (and to actually be caught up on a Sarah J. Maas series. That would be nice)

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    The Rose Society by Marie Lu. I was not the biggest fan of book one by any means, but I feel like now that I’m older, I’ll enjoy this story a lot more, if that even makes sense… haha. I received the third installment in this series for review, so I can’t wait to devour this one, and finish off the trilogy with a bang!

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    The Amateurs by Sara Shepard. My favourite mystery/thriller author has a new book? You know I’m gonna read it, and you know I’m gonna love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Which I can’t actually read until I’ve finished Deathly Hallows, but I’m so ready to see what goes on after the events of the final HP book! Also, I’m excited to read the script type of writing!

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    Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. I’ve started this one multiple times since I got it, but alas, school has interrupted every time. I can’t wait to actually be able to read this book properly, and finish it!

 

So, there you go. Those are the top 10 books I plan on reading after exams, and to close out the year with! There are obviously a lot more, but, these are at the top of my to-read list!

Until next time,

Kate 🙂

Where have I been? UPDATE

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Clockwork Princess, Book 3 in The Infernal Devices trilogy

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 570

Read: 24th January, 2016

Rating: 4.89/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.


REVIEW:

Plot: 4.5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4.5/5

This is the first Cassandra Clare book that I’ve read the whole way through without taking a 5 month long break between…success!

I really enjoyed this book! I listened to a few chapters of it on audiobook when I wasn’t able to sit down and physically read, and I loved doing that. The audiobook was narrated by Daniel Sharman teen wolf represent and I feel like he did an amazing job, loved it!

Even though this book was 570 pages long, it didn’t really feel that long, I mean it took me a week to read but it still didn’t feel like the story was compacted into 570 pages.

Cassandra Clare has this unique way of enticing you into her world and gripping you with your full attention, hence why I can’t read her books very quickly. However I feel like I may be becoming more accustomed to her writing because I found this one easier to read than her other books. So that’s exciting considering I have 4 books left in TMI to read…ahh.

The characters in this novel were amazing, I just loved the different personalities and relationships they had with one another. Will and Jem have this incredible bond due to being parabatai, and that really shows throughout this instalment especially due to everything that went on… I found this to be the most important relationship in the series, even not being a romantic one.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I quite loved all the side characters as much as I did this one. Throughout the novel I just grew closer to the characters and really cared for them more than I ever had in the previous instalments. Shoutout to Sophie, Henry, Charlotte, Gideon, Gabriel, Cecily, Jessamine, Magnus (who I now get the hype for) and even Bridget because without them, this series wouldn’t have been as good as it was.

There was so many moments in this book that either made me smile, literally laugh out loud, or make not-for-public-viewing facial expressions…or all at one time. I found this final instalment to be much more action packed, fast paced and fun from the very start than the other two, which I loved! Also, once again Clare provides the most amazing quotes with equal amazing delivery by the characters, which honestly aided in my growing love for the characters. Loved.

I loved the way it wrapped up, though bittersweet I couldn’t have imagined it any other way. I was expecting a-lot worse because of what I’ve heard about everyone crying throughout this whole book, but I’m not really a book-cryer so I was safe.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this trilogy, it was fun, hilarious, heartbreaking, sweet and emotion-inducing. It’ll be sad to say goodbye to these characters, I can still remember reading the first book so clearly, I’m not quite sure why but these books feel special to me. It was just so beautiful.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Reckoning, book three in the Sweet Trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 383

Read: September 27th, 2015

Rating: 3/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced instalment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


REVIEW:

For a conclusion to a paranormal trilogy, this was a bit of a disappointment to me, sadly.

This book is paranormal, yet it felt more contemporary, which for some may be appealing, but for those who are expecting a riveting action packed ending to a angels/demons trilogy, it is kind-of disappointing.

Most of the book focused on the love aspect extremely heavily, and left very little room for the whole ‘world’ aspect of the novel to be dealt with. Although I did enjoy many of the love type parts, I found myself thinking ‘when is this going to stop and actually get into the book’, it just got old after a while when nothing was really happening.

The ending was super quick and felt like the whole three book issue was solved in literally 2 pages, making it rather anticlimactic. Honestly, I was looking forward to this huge battle and all I got was 10 pages tops, of talking and BOOM everything was solved…

The epilogue was super super sweet though, and I really did enjoy that! Oh Kaidan.

All in all, I did enjoy this series however I feel it got progressively worse with each book, and was a let down in the end. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the series though, because I definitely did! Just less dragging was needed in my opinion, too many pages, too little action.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Peril, book two in the Sweet Trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 371

Read: September 16th, 2015

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?


REVIEW:

So, I feel like not a lot happened in this book, yet I still enjoyed it. The whole travel aspect was really fun, especially when they came to Australia, where I live. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set here before!

Throughout the first half of the novel, Kaidan (aka, bae) was absent cries, although I did enjoy that this book took a turn and focused more on the deeper meaning of the story and the paranormal aspects.

However, the repetition of the whole ‘Anna and Kaidan being bad for eachother, and therefore cannot be together’ really annoyed me after a while, because it was sooo obvious that they were completely 100 times better together than they were miserably apart… If that’s a slow burning romance, I’m kinda glad we have that ‘insta-love’ cliche, *phew, wipes brow*.

Overall, I did enjoy this instalment in the trilogy, despite the lack of events, the last 40 or so pages finally started to show something happening, so I have high hopes for book 3, the final one!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

 

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Evil, book one in the Sweet trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 447

Read: September 7th, 2015

Rating: 4.45/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?


REVIEW:

I read a quote in this book that simply resonated with me and, I felt described the deeper meaning of every other word that was written on these pages:

” The mind is its own place, and in itself

can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven”

I loved this book, and the reason it’s only getting 4 stars is because I strongly believe the other two novels in this trilogy will be even better.

The first half of the text reads much like a contemporary, due to the road trip aspect (which I loved so much). I found majority of the story to be quite realistic, despite the fact that it’s paranormal based.

The characters were very enjoyable to read about, which I find other paranormal books can sometimes lack in, unfortunately. I’m not usually one to fall so easily for the ‘bad boy’, but my gosh did I love Kaidan Rowe! *swoon*

I was really impressed with the originality of the story, and the various things Wendy Higgins brought to this novel, whether that be the complexity behind the world/culture or simply the seven deadly sins take.

I cannot wait to see what the rest of this trilogy has to offer, and what the heck is going to happen between Kaidan and Anna!

I recommended to:

All lovers of paranormal. Those who enjoyed Hush Hush, Paranormalcy, and Cassandra Clare, I feel would most likely enjoy this one too!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂