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Origin by Dan Brown | Book Review

OriginTitle: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Genre(s): Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Pages: 461
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Synopsis

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

 Review

Spoiler Free Review:

 

Spoilery Review:

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 4.5/5

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Book Hauls

Out of Control September 2017 Birthday Book Haul | 50+ BOOKS!

Hi friends,

So as many of you know, September was my birthday month! Because of that, my sister was sweet enough to gift me some funds to go book shopping and my friend Audris and I went to a local bookstore here in Manhattan and went crazy. The bookstore is called BookOff and is a book thrift store. There are books as low as $1 USD and the books are usually in pretty good condition. Every once in a while, you can find a hidden gem there as well!

My birthday money went far and I acquired a whopping FIFTY-THREE books this month. Since this post is going to be super long, I’ll just add pictures of the books and links to Goodreads in case you guys want to know more.


BookTube Video:

Books From Subscription Boxes:

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett


Book Sent By Authors:

Gemini by Sonja Mukherjee

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Fall From the Tree by Amy McNulty

Turn to Dust and Ashes by Amy McNulty


Book From Giveaway:
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This was overflow from my August Book Haul

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Books I Purchased (Because Self-Control Isn’t a Thing):
percy jackson books
Binge listened to these, had to purchase.

 

heroes of olympus
Same here. *I only bought the first 4 and accidentally bought Lost Olympian twice. Oops.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books 1-5 by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Books 1-4 by Rick Riordan

The Taker by J. M. Steele

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Fire by Kristin Cashore

I’d Tell You I Love You But, Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Project Unpopular by Kristen Tracy

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

You by Austin Grossman

Foundation’s Edge by Issac Asimov

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Viper Within by Sam Mills

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown – YA Adaptation

The Curse of the Romanovs by Staton Rabin 

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

Clarity by Kim Harrington

You by Caroline Kepnes

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Want by Cindy Pon

The Take Down by Corrie Wang

Girls Made of Snow and Glass bu Melissa Bashardoust

Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Wisconsin’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology compiled by Z Publishing House


And that was the far too long list of books I accumulated this month. Are there any on here that you purchased (or wanted to)?

What book should I pick up first?

Let me know down in the comments below!

Monthly Wrap-Ups

September 2017 – Wrap Up

Hi friends!

You GUYS, September was an insanely successful reading month for me. I honestly did not plan on reading this many books (and if I didn’t have an entire week without reading anything, I probably would have gotten to more, but oh well). I read 14 books this month! I’m incredibly proud of this number!

If you’d like to see my mini-reviews of these books, be sure to check out my BookTube video here:


Books I Read This Month:

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 3.5/5 Stars

Review: Click here (spoiler free).

 

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5/5 Stars

Review: Click here. (Timestamp: 4:00)

 

percy jackson books

All five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

  • The Lightning Theif
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5/5
  • The Sea of Monsters
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The Titans Curse
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The Last Olympian
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5

heroes of olympus

All five books in the Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

  • The Lost Hero
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The Son of Neptune
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The Mark of Athena
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The House of Hades
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
  • The Blood of Olympus
    • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5

the takerThe Taker by J. M. Steele

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 3.75-4/5

Review: Video reviews will be up soon! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

 

Sword of SummerMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5

Review: Lots of fun! Great start to this series.

Monthly TBRs · TBRs

October TBR | Catch Up & Indicision

Hi friends,

September was one of the months where I was expecting not to be able to read a lot and ended up getting a lot read. However, a large chunk of what I read was NOT on my TBR. Because of that, I’m now behind on review books so I’m planning on spending the first week to finish the books I’ve started, get those reviews up, and start the next few review books that need to get out.

This list is going to be kind of long. If you’d rather watch me talk about the books, you can check out my BookTube video here:


So those books that I’m (actually) going to get read and reviewed are:

 

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee

Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor

Dust of Many by Brian M. Oldham (not on GoodReads yet)

Description:

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Synopsis sent by the author.

 

Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K. C. Tansley

Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K. C. Tansley


So yeah, that’s a lot of books I have to get to, but there are SO MANY books I want to get to. The worst part is, I have no clue what kind of reading mood I’m in. I might try doing a TBR jar or just picking randomly off the shelf. I’ll keep you guys posted as the month goes on!

ARCs I’m Hoping to Get To:

 

Bubblegum by Sari Taurez

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

The List by Patricia Forde

The Switch by A.W. Hill and  Nathanael Hill

Mad Hatters and March Hares by Ellen Datlow


Other Books I Want to Read:

 

Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore

Origin by Dan Brown

Warcross by Marie Lu

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Trials of Apollo Book 1 – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Trials of Apollo Book 2 – The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2 – The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 3 – The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan


Are there certain books you think I should prioritize?

Any books I should read instead of the ones I listed?

Advice for deciding what I actually want to read?

Be sure to let me know down in the comments!

FairyLoot Unboxing · Unboxings

FairyLoot Unboxing – September 2017

Hi friends,

I hope you’re all having a fantastic Friday! Here’s a bonus post for you all because there a  lot coming within the next few days.

Today’s FairyLoot unboxing is super exciting because FairyLoot’s sales recently have been INSANE. This September box sold out in a week, the October box sold out in 2 days and the November box that went on sale yesterday sold out in TWO HOURS. How insane is that? This is easily one of my favorite subscription services and if you’re able to get your hands on one, I HIGHLY recommend it!

If you’d rather watch this unboxing, you guys can check out my BookTube video here:

💁🏼Spoilers for the September box!💁🏼

The contents:

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💁🏼 Exclusive High Warlock candle from In the Wick of Time! This candle is inspired by Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments. Those that got this box can email Kayla with proof of purchase for access to a full size!

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💁🏼 We also an exclusive Rattle the Stars Beanie created by Reverie and Ink inspired by Celaena from the Throne of Glass series.

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💁🏼 Miss Phi brought us a STUNNING tote bag inspired by Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices.

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💁🏼 We got a gorgeous notebook inspired by Nikolai from the Grisha Trilogy! This notebook was designed by Alexis Lampley (the lovely person behind Nerdy Post)!

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💁🏼 One of my favorites was the Hot Chocolate for Sassy Demigods from Brontie and Co! After my recent Percy Jackson binge, I’m so excited to try this cocoa!

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💁🏼I adore the art from Ink and Wonder Designs and was thrilled to see this exclusive magnet inspired by Fred and George Weasley.

2017-10-02 22.36.11💁🏼 Taratjah created two stunning art pieces inspired by Carswell Throne from the Lunar Chronicles and Delilah Bard from the Shades of Magic series.

💁🏼 The last items in the box were in the bag. We got this month’s book, Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. This plot sounds amazing and I can’t wait to dive in. We also got a signed bookplate, letter from the author, newsletter, and bookmark. We also got the buddy code. Mine is #fairyloot123616!

What do you think? What was your favorite item?


😈☠️🔮Book Prediction!🔮☠️😈

One thing I love to do is to try to guess the book for the following month.

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October’s theme is VILLAINOUS!

Hint: “The book we’re featuring is an Evil Queen retelling set in Eastern Asia – it’s a dark jewel of a book that you’re sure to love!”

I think the book will be Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao.

We’re also going to be getting an exclusive copy of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

What do you think the book is going to be? Let me know down in the comments!


Fairy Loot

What did you think of the contents of this month’s box?

Interested in future boxes*? Subscribe to FairyLoot here**

You can purchase one box or subscribe to one of three plans (monthly, 3 months, or 6 months) starting at £26.00! Use the code IDOBELIEVEINFARIES to save 5%!

* October and November boxes have sold out super fast! More November boxes should be available around November 3rd. They will sell out super fast, so make sure you’re following FairyLoot on social media. October boxes sold out in two days and November boxes sold out in two hours. 

**The above link is just a link to the FairyLoot website. I make no profit off of it, I’m just trying to spread the bookish love!

OwlCrate Unboxing · Unboxings

OwlCrate Unboxing – September 2017

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of the month again! My monthly OwlCrate box arrived a couple days ago, and I’m  This was easily one of the best boxes we’ve gotten yet! If you want your own OwlCrate box, you can subscribe by clicking here. Single boxes and past boxes also available on the website (more details at the bottom of the post!).

If you’d rather watch the unboxing, you can check out my YouTube video here:

September’s theme was MYSTICAL CREATURES

🐉🐲SPOILERS FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2017 BOX!🐲🐉

The contents of this month’s box were:

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🐲 The first item was Son of Poseidon bath salts inspired by Percy Jackson created by The Soap Librarian.

DSCN2358🐉The next item was an adorable coin purse designed by the amazing OwlCrate team!

2017-10-02 20.25.09🐲 One of my favorites was this gorgeous sticker designed by Susanne Draws of Hagrid and Buckbeak.

2017-10-02 20.29.14🐉The gorgeous people over at Inkandwonder Designs made us the EXCLUSIVE bookmark of the Mother of Dragons, Dany from Game of Thrones.

DSCN2374🐲 Owlcrate’s sneak peek was that we were getting an exclusive book sleeve from Book Beau and this one did not disappoint. I’ve been using it nonstop and I’m obsessed with this design!

2017-10-02 21.01.17🐉 The spoiler card and pin were this month were amazing! Oh my gosh! I loved the constellations and creatures. It was perfect for the theme!

2017-10-02 21.04.38🐲 Last but not least was our book for this month, Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows! This book’s cover was an OwlCrate

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exclusive and came with a signed bookplate and letter from the author along with a guide to dragons! OwlCrate also debuted a newsletter in the box that contained some interviews, games, and their great information!

This box was absolutely one of my favorites and I’m so excited for next month’s box!


🌲🌻Book Prediction!🌻🌲

One thing I love to do is to try to guess the book for the following month.

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October’s theme is Find me in the Forest!

Hint: “Our book pick this month is a stunning magical realism novel all about family, curses and gardens. It features some of the most beautiful writing we’ve ever read and has fantastic diverse characters that will break your heart.”

I think the October book is going to be Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

What do you think the book is going to be? Let me know in the comments!


OwlCrate

 

What did you think of the contents of this month’s box?

Interested in October’s box? OwlCrate has announced that there will be an exclusive candle from In the Wick of Time AND a Harry Potter inspired mug!

Subscribe to OwlCrate here.*

You can purchase one box to try them out or subscribe to one of three plans (monthly, 3 months, or 6 months) starting at $29.99! Use the code BRANCHES15 to save 15%!

Also, I just saw that OwlCrate now lets you buy just the book from past boxes. If you’re interested in one of the exclusive covers, you can snag one here.

*The above link is a referral link. I make no profit if you subscribe. I’m just trying to spread the book love!*

3-Star · 4-Star · Book Reviews

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan | Spoiler Free Book Review

deadly proofTitle: Deadly Proof
Author: Rachel Dylan
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Mystery/Suspense
Source: Sent by Publisher for Review
Pages: 320
Add to Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Synopsis

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

Review

This book was everything I was promised, but nothing like what I expected. I want to preface that I’m not that religious, however, the religious aspects of this book were done pretty well. There were mentions of church and God, but nothing that would make a nonreligious reading uncomfortable or felt preachy. The characters in this book were interesting and fairly well-defined. They read like realistic characters in their situations. I honestly have no trouble believing that these characters could exist. Similarly, the situations and plot points in this book were realistic as well. For thrillers, there’s nothing I hate more than an unrealistic situation that takes the reader out of the story. That was not the case here. Honestly, this book can be viewed like an episode of a crime drama or movie. As a lover of crime dramas, that’s a HUGE compliment.

The plot wasn’t anything new but also wasn’t clichéd. This legal thriller gave you just that, a legal thriller. Kate took on a case against a huge corporate company, stuff starts happening as she dives into the secrets of the pharmaceutical company, and the ending is a fast-paced climax that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. I guess my only complaint with this book (and this is nitpicking) goes with what I said above; the plot wasn’t anything new. Lovers of thrillers probably have read this story before and may even figure out how the plot is going to go within the first few chapters. That’s not

I guess my only complaint with this book (and this is nitpicking) goes with what I said above; the plot wasn’t anything new. Lovers of thrillers probably have read this story before and may even figure out how the plot is going to go within the first few chapters. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. I still recommend this one for lovers of this genre. The story was entertaining. I finished this book in one day and really enjoyed my time reading it. This just isn’t going to be a book that sticks with me the way other thrillers might.

Final Thoughts

This book is exactly what it promised: a fast-paced legal thriller. This book feels like a crime drama, between the pacing, plot, and character relationships. However, it’s nothing new and avid thriller readers may feel like they’re read this story before. That being said, this is still a book I’d recommend because it was a lot of fun and a quick read perfect for the Halloween season.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 3.75/5


**Huge thank you to Bethany House Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!**
Bookish News

The Collaboration We’ve Been Waiting For?

Hey friends,

I’m currently putting more interesting posts together for you guys, but they will have to be delayed because some MAJOR news was dropped today.

Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli have revealed that they will be collaborating on a new book, What If It’s Us, that will be released in Fall of 2018 (I remember hearing October, but I could be wrong).

What If It’s Us opens as Arthur and Ben meet at the post office as Ben is shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. They subsequently endure the frustration of knowing there was a missed connection, before the universe pushes them back together again in a series of failed “first” dates. – Publishers Weekly Article

Having enjoyed Becky’s two books (Upside of Unrequited Review here) and hearing amazing things about Adam’s books, I am beyond excited about this collaboration. I will definitely be purchasing it (and hunting for an ARC) ASAP!


What do you think about this collaboration?

Will you be purchasing this book?

Let me know down in the comments!


Source: Adam’s Twitter, Becky’s Twitter, Publishers Weekly Article.

Add to Goodreads!

Anticipated Releases · Bookish News

Stephanie Garber’s BIG Announcement | Caraval Book 2

Hi friends,

So this was not the post I had planned for today, but then I went on Stephanie Garber’s Twitter and saw some AMAZING news!

She has finally revealed the cover, title, AND release date for the highly anticipated sequel to Caraval.

Title and Color:

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Look at how gorgeous this cover is!

Currently, we don’t have any information about the plot, however there is plenty of speculation from fans. This book may from Tella’s POV, perhaps it will feature Legend, and hopefully this gives us a great ending.

This book will be available on May 29, 2018.


As you guys know, Caraval was a book I had some mixed feelings towards. You can read my full review here.

This was a book that I was so excited for and I devoured the first three-quarters of the book and was not thrilled with the conclusion. I said in my review that the sequel can make up for most of the issues I had. Due to this, I have some high hopes for this book and can’t wait to get my hands on it!


Are you guys excited for this book?

Are you going to read it?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Reviews

Where HAVE you been?

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Who else said the entire quote with the right inflections?

Comment below! 🙋🏼😂


Hi guys!

Sorry for disappearing this last week. I’ve had a rough transition into school and I’m still trying to work on balancing everything with the blog, BookTube channel, Instagram page, and classes. I think I have a solid schedule figured out for moving forward.

Tentative Schedules:
  • Blog:
    • Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday – Book Reviews, TBRs, Wrap-Ups, Hauls, Announcements
    • Tuesday and/or Thursday – Tags, Book-to-Screen, Lists
    • Saturday or Sunday – Random/Bonus Posts
  • YouTube:
    • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Upload Schedule
    • Upcoming Videos/Series:
      • Keeping the usual tags, hauls, TBRs, and Wrap-Up
      • Harry Potter video series, numerous videos
      • 5(ish) Minute Adaptation Reviews
      • Throwback Thursday (Created by Julie over at Pages and Pens)
      • ReaderRamblings – Book Discussions
      • and more!

Instagram:

  • New theme coming soon!
  • Back to daily posts & photo challenges

I just wanted to touch base with you guys. I haven’t finished any books recently, so still a few days out from a new book review. I’m shooting to get one or two reviews done before the end of September, but we’ll see. I do have a fair number of posts planned for the blog and Insta for this week, so we should be back on track for the M-F schedule (and daily for Insta). I have all of the YouTube videos for this next week filmed and mostly edited as well, so we’re on track for that as well!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day tomorrow and I’ll be back tomorrow with a “real” post!