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REVIEW ✧ TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET BY KAREN M. MCMANUS

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Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself. 

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CHARACTER OF THE WEEK ♡ JANUARY 18

Hello friends and happy Friday!

This week has felt so long and I am beyond glad that it’s finally over and I can relax over the weekend. How are you all doing? I feel like I don’t ask that enough but I hope you’re all doing great. Anyways, I feel like this week’s character should be a bit of an obvious one given what I finished reading this week. I haven’t been able to stop singing their praises because they are one of the best characters I’ve ever encountered. I just can’t remember if I’ve done them before but if I did then they deserve even more love.

This week’s character is…

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REVIEW ✧ THE WICKED KING BY HOLLY BLACK

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“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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WHAT’S IN MY MAKEUP BAG ♡ JANUARY 15

Hello friends and happy Tuesday!

Now that we’re into the new year, there’s been one thing that I’ve wanted to start talking about and featuring on my blog, something that is the other obsession that takes up most of my time: makeup! If you know me or follow me anywhere, you know how obsessed I am with makeup. If you didn’t know that, well I guess now you do. What I intend to do with this new feature is talk about some of my favourite products found in my makeup bag, ultimately featuring one product per post. It might be a high end product or a drugstore product, but it’s one that I find works for me and settles into my makeup routine quite nicely.

I just want to make a tiny disclaimer that I am in no way an expert on makeup or a makeup artist so, just like with my books reviews, all opinions are simply my own!

Let’s get to the makeup!

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MOODBOARD MONDAY ♡ FAIRIES

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today’s Moodboard Monday is something that is quite on brand for me and is dedicated to one of my favourite fantasy/mythological creatures, fairies! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m currently reading The Wicked King and therefore I’m thinking about fairies a lot (but a different kind of fairy) or if it’s just because I love everything about the fairy aesthetic, but it’s been on my mind a lot. And thus, the moodboard. They’re just so cute and magical, how can you not love them? Be sure to let me know what your favourite mythological creature is in the comments!


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CHARACTER OF THE WEEK ♡ JANUARY 11

Hello friends and happy Friday!

I don’t know about you guys, but it is FREEZING here! I’m pretty sure it was -13 degrees when I left my house this morning and it’s just remained cold. But maybe a nice little lovefest will warm me up with all the lovey goodness I’m about to spread. This will be a bit of a short and sweet introduction seeing as this week’s character should be a bit of an obvious choice. While I had just read their book last week, I had met them prior to it and every encounter I have with them just makes me appreciate them even more. They are the kind of character I wish I had to look up to when I was a kid, but I will still gladly accept them now.

This week’s character is…..

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REVIEW ✧ DUMPLIN’ BY JULIE MURPHY

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“I think you gotta be who you want to be until you feel like you are whoever it is you’re trying to become. Sometimes half of doing something is pretending that you can.” 

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

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MOODBOARD MONDAY ♡ SHADOW OF THE FOX

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today’s Moodboard Monday is dedicated to one of my favourite YA releases of 2018, Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I’m not sure why everyone isn’t talking about this book but I strongly feel like we need to. It’s a bit reminiscent of why I fell in love with YA in the first place and is just so exciting and fascinating. I’m both excited and terrified to see where the rest of the series will go but I definitely cannot wait to find out.


Until next time,

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DISNEY PRINCESS HAIR BOOK TAG

Hello friends and happy Sunday!

You should all know me well enough by now to know that if there is a Disney themed tag game floating around, I will do it. That’s who I am as a person. And luckily for me, the oh so wonderful Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews tagged me for this, so thank you again! Two of my favourite things? Books and Disney? Let’s do it!

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REVIEW ✧ ARCHENEMIES BY MARISSA MEYER

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“Once we have total power, what’s to keep us from becoming villains ourselves?”

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Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But are they each other’s worst nightmare?

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them the most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their City—and the world—as they know it.

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