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Blogger Recognition Award

I’m so thankful for Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Make sure to check out her blog, as it’s filled with book reviews and fun bookish content!

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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Fangirl Fury’s Brief Origin Story

Ever since I discovered the glory that is Booktube back in 2015, I’ve had the desire to create my own blog. As much as I wanted to share my passion for fangirling and reading, I felt that I didn’t have enough time to devote to a blog,  being a busy high school and now college student. During the past semester, I took an English course called Blogs, Tweets and Social Media, as required as the class, we had to create our own blogs. The class gave me the kick that I needed to create Fangirl Fury. Our assignment was to write ten blog posts over the semester; by May, I had twenty-five posts uploaded on to Fangirl Fury.

Advice

  1. Create a schedule- At least once a week, I sit down with my notebook and plan out my posts for the next 1-2 weeks. Scheduling my posts not only gives me an idea of what I’m posting each week, but it also provides consistency for my blog. I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with the occasional fourth post on a Tuesday or Thursday (such as this week). Being consistent encourages people to keep visiting your site- they’ll be impressed by your dedication!
  2. Comment on other blogs– One of the reasons most bloggers create their blogs is to share their passion with other people. Don’t be afraid to comment and interact with other bloggers! Not only will you be able to share some of you favorite things, but commenting will help you create a sense of community for your blog.

I nominate… 

Shanya and Tanya from Twin Bookmarks  

Brianna from Work For Your Happy

Courtney from buried in a bookshelf 

Sue from Sue’s Reading Corner 

Dani from Perspective of a Writer 

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Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd mentioned me in her Mid Year Book-Freak Out Tag and I loved the tag so much that I decided to do it as well! The Mid Year Book-Freak Out is not only a great way to look back on the books that you’ve read so far this year, but the ones that you’re craving to read by the end of 2017!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Best Sequel So Far You’ve Read in 2017: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Ella is the best, I loved Marie Lu’s illustrations,  and I JUST WANT MORE ILLUMINAE FILES (and to not have to wait until 2018 for Obsidio). 

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Honorary Mention (and the only other sequel I’ve read this year): A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. 

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want to: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. This book just came out on June 13th, and I’m so excited for it to come in from my local library system.

Most Anticipated Release for the second half of the year: Warcross by Marie Lu (even though I don’t have to wait since I have an ARC from Book Con!!!)

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Biggest Disappointment: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I still enjoyed this book, but just did not meet all the hype for me. 

Biggest Surprise: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. This book has received a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I enjoyed it oh-so-much!

Favorite New Author (or new to you):  I developed a thing (correction: LOVE) for V.E./ Victoria Schwab this year.

Newest Fictional Crush: Henry from The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Newest Favorite Character: Frances from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. She was so relatable, plus I want to steal her Monsters. Inc leggings.

Book that made you cry: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour gave me a lot of feels. 

Book that made you happy: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Everyone needs a Sarah Dessen book in their life, and this was about WEDDINGS (I’m also addicted to this season of Say Yes to the Dress).

Most beautiful book you’ve brought so far this year (or received): Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. I received this in a giveaway hosted by Emily from BlueEyedBiblio. The cover is so beautiful, not to mention the fact that there’s a NIBBLER HIDING UNDERNEATH!

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What Books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I have soooooooooo many anticipated releases for fall 2017, but I’ll keep both categories limited to 5.

Already released– I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han , Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson, and The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan.

Anticipated releasesTower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, and There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

 Favorite Book Community Member(s):

Life of a Literary Nerd

Twin Tales

Super Space Chick

Alexa Loves Books

PeruseProject

Problems of a Book Nerd

Let me know if you’re planning or have done the Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Not every protagonist can be every reader’s cup of tea. However, there are some “unlikeable” protagonists that you can’t do anything but love!

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Josie from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahanLove and Other Foreign Words is one of the most underrated books in the book reviewing and Booktube community—in my opinion, it doesn’t get the hype it deserves! Josie is one of the top YA characters that I can relate to because of her sarcasm and quick remarks. While she does tend to irritate some people around her, you can’t help but love her intelligence and wittiness.

Celaena Sardothein from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Some Throne of Glass readers tend to hate on Celaena, finding her arrogant and stubborn, but I just can’t get over her wittiness and kick-butt attitude. As much as I enjoy seeing her develop into a stronger leadership role as the series continues, I do miss seeing the best sassy assassin in all of Adarlan.

Levana from Fairest by Marissa Meyer– The “prequel” to The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest follows Levana’s journey to being the Queen of Luna. Don’t get me wrong, Levana is a despicable person throughout her life, but I enjoyed learning more about her backstory.

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Listen, it’s been TWO days since I’ve mentioned Vicious in a blog post! Victor Vale is the perfect anti-hero, and you just have to love his scheming and evil doing.

Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu– I think a lot of people struggle getting into Adelina’s mindset because she’s rather dark, and it’s clear from the beginning of the book that she is not a good individual. I plan on rereading The Young Elites soon and continuing on with this series because when I first read it back in 2015, I definitely enjoyed it, but compared it too much to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (aka one of my all time favorite series). The two series are quite different from each other.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 Who are some of your favorite “unlikeable” protagonists? Let me know in the comments!

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The Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

Lately, I’ve been in the mood to write some more book tags, so you may sense my excitement when Danielle from Life of a Literary Nerd tagged me to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag!

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How to:

  • Randomly choose three read books (most people who have done the tag randomize their “read” shelf on Goodreads—go to sort > Random)
  • Choose one book to kill, one book to rewrite, and one book to reread

Round 1:

Burn: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. I had to read this for English class in high school and while I wrote a paper and gave a presentation all about love and symbolism, it was one of my least favorite high schools reads.

Rewrite: Vicious by V.E. Schwab – IT’S FATE I TELL YOU. Frankly, the only reason I would rewrite this book would be to make it even LONGER so I could have more time with Victor and Mitch and Dol and just everyone.

Reread: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson. The 13 Little Blue Envelopes series was one of the first young-adult series that I ever read and loved, so I hold both books close to my heart. In The Last Little Blue Envelope, Ginny continues her journey around Europe inspired by letters from her aunt. 

Round 2:

Burn: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. One of my more unpopular opinions, The Raven Boys was one of my least favorite reads of 2016. I had trouble following the story, as I often found the plot slow-moving and confusing and I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. 

Rewrite: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I love all of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy, but Catching Fire was my least favorite read (even though it was my favorite movie out of the four). While I enjoyed the premise, I felt like it took forever to get back into the Games.

Reread: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was my first Morgan Matson book  and like many, I absolutely loved it. Another perfect summer contemporary read!

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Round 3:

Burn: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. While I enjoyed It Ends With Us, I’ve become disenchanted with a lot of Colleen Hoover’s work. 

Rewrite: Wayfarer by Alexandra BrackenIf I rewrote Wayfarer, I would add in more chapters from Etta’s perspective and some chapters told from the side characters, such as Sophia and Lin. I would possibly take out Nicholas’s chapters, as I really wasn’t interested in his perspective. 

Reread: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series back in 2015 and I wouldn’t mind any of the books, like The Last Olympian, before diving into The Trials of Apollo (At this moment in time, I don’t have much interest in picking up The Heroes of Olympus series). 

Round 4:

Burn: Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso. I don’t really remember reading this book too much, and I think it was a pretty plain summer contemporary.

Rewrite: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Again, another book that I would rewrite only to make LONGER so I could have more time with this fascinating story

Reread: A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy MassA Mango-Shaped Space was part of required summer reading in middle school, and I just love this book so much (it’s probably one of my most reread novels). 

Time for tagging! I tag Ashna from Stories & Snaps and Annike and Zoë from Twin Tales, and of course, anyone who wants to do the Burn, Reread, Rewrite Tag!

Once I do a book tag, I just want to do even more! Let me know about some other book tags in the comments!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Hufflepuff-Inspired Books

As both a Harry Potter fan and a Hufflepuff myself, I’m very excited to give you guys some Hufflepuff-inspired book recommendations for this Top Five Wednesday. Hufflepuffs are known for being caring, friendly, loyal and determined, and I feel that the following books exemplify what it means to be a Hufflepuff.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- Samantha Reed wonders what it’s like to be a member of the Garrett family, her loud and messy neighbors, until she starts dating their son, Jase. Jase and the Garretts embrace Samantha into their family, and Samantha finds herself not only in love with Jase, but the whole family. The caring nature of the charcters in My Life Next Door scream Hufflepuff to me, not to mention the hints of yellow on the book’s cover.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – While trying to make his way through the Watford School of Magicks and not spending too much time worrying about his roommate, Baz, Simon Snow cares a lot about his friends, Penelope and Agatha. Personally, Simon gives me some Hufflepuff vibes, and Carry On’s harcover edition has enough yellow on it that it should be displayed in the Hufflepuff common room.

To All the Boys Before by Jenny Han- Lara Jean seems like the perfect Hufflepuff to me- she’s hard-working, extremely loyal and loving of her family, and bakes with a determination that would have any recipe book whimpering. In a video with Christine from polandbananasbooks , Jenny Han revealed that Lara Jean is indeed a Hufflepuff!

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord- In The Names They Gave Us, Lucy is trying to balance her mother’s declining health, her family life, her boyfriend, and her faith while working at a summer camp for troubled teens. Lucy is a very determined and kind protagonist herself, but it’s the caring people in her life who help her get through her struggles. I have a full review for The Names They Gave Us here.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – One of my favorite reads of 2017 so far, This Savage Song qualifies as a Hufflepuff book recommendation because of August, one of the “monsters” of Verity. While most people in Verity may think that August is a Slytherin or a Gryffindor because of his outside demeanor, I find that August is an inner Hufflepuff because of his care and loyalty to his family and other characters in the novel.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

What Hogwarts House are you in? Share in the comments below!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Happy Wednesday! For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be discussing five fandoms that I am no longer part of. If you haven’t heard of Top Five Wednesday, it’s a collaborative group of book bloggers on Goodreads who use Wednesdays to discuss five things about a certain bookish or fandom category. I definitely recommend joining in on the fun—who knows, maybe you’ll find some new fandoms to replace your old ones!

Gossip Girl– I never had any interest in the Gossip Girl book series, but I watched the TV adaptation’s first three seasons back-to-back during my junior year of high school and was obsessed. Gossip Girl had just been recently added to Netflix, and it was all everyone could talk about. Yet by the fourth season, I had become bored. The only character I really cared about was Dan, and if I can recall correctly, even some of his choices were beginning to bother me. I then jumped right to the final episode, watched it, and haven’t looked back since.

November 9th by Colleen Hoover/ Colleen Hoover books– When I first read and finished November 9th by Colleen Hoover, I found it a bit problematic, but overall a pretty quick and good read. However, as I began seeing more reviews for the book, I reconsidered my opinion and found that November 9th had way too much male dominance for my liking. While I did pick up Hoover’s It Ends With Us, which I also found problematic at times,I don’t plan on reading another Colleen Hoover book anytime soon.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– I read Red Queen soon after its release in 2015 and absolutely loved it. Yet, as I divulged more into the YA fantasy world, I found that the novel had similar plot devices and tropes to pre-existing fantasy reads. When Glass Sword came out a year later, I really didn’t have any interest in continuing the series.

The Study series by Maria V. Snyder– I read the first three books (Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study) in 2016, and with each novel, I became more disenchanted with each story. I gave Poison Study  a 5 out of 5 stars, loving the novel for its unique plot and the way Maria V. Snyder handled the romance. While I enjoyed Magic Study for its character development, I really wasn’t in love with the new setting, and I remember speed-reading through Fire Study just to get to the ending. When I found out that this series expanded and continued, I debated back and forth on putting book #4 on my TBR, ultimately deciding not to.

Fuller House– Let me be clear: I am a huggeeeeee Full House fan—I don’t know if that statement fully describes my love for this TV show. I remember being so excited each time a new season came out on DVD, now the proud owner of all eight seasons, and I’m still waiting for the day that I get to San Francisco, “Everywhere You Look” playing in the background. That being said, you could imagine my excitement when my all-time favorite TV show (I’m always going back and forth between Full House and Parks and Recreation) was getting a ‘sequel’ on Netflix. I knew that Fuller House couldn’t be better than Full House, but I had hope. While I enjoyed season 1 for the most part, I just wanted more than ‘special appearances’ from Danny, Jesse, Becky, and Joey, and I couldn’t care less about DJ and Kimmy’s own kids. I was even more disappointed in season two, finding myself skipping through most of the episodes just to get to major plot points. I probably will watch and review season 3 out of the hope that I can rejoin this fandom.

What are some fandoms that you are no longer part of? Share in the comments below!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Happy Wednesday! I’ve recently decided to participate in Top 5 Wednesday. If you haven’t heard of Top 5 Wednesday, it’s a huge collaborative group of book bloggers from any platform who post list of their top 5 favorite things every Wednesday. The category for each week changes, and for this week it’s favorite minor characters. My top five minor characters are from a mix of different mediums.

Dol from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Dol is the perfect sidekick because HE’S A DOG AND HOW COULD YOU NOT WANT A DOG AS YOUR SIDEKICK? Sydney and Dol just make the best team in one of the best books ever- sorry, but I will not stop screaming my love for Vicious from the rooftops.

Alis from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas – Alis is one of the best components of the Spring Court. She has a quick wit and was one of the few members that actually helped Feyre in the long run.

Samuel Seabury from Hamilton– “Farmers Refuted” is one of my favorite songs (frankly, I love every song from the show) in the first act of Hamilton. I love how Samuel Seabury goes back and forth with Hamilton throughout the tune, and seeing his character come to life when I saw the show made the song even better.

Tigris from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– I loved seeing Tigris come to life in Mockingjay: Part 2, and I really enjoy learning about her part in the resistance. Having a The Hunger Games movie or reread marathon is a must for me this summer!

Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation – I’ve been re-watching Parks and Recreation a lot lately (when am I not is the true question), and my love for Jean Ralphio has only grown. I love his interaction with Ron the most, as Jean Ralphio’s humor and Ron’s bluntness makes for some funny scenes. It’s weird to think that the creators of Parks and Recreation considered making Jean Ralphio a love interest for Leslie!

Who are some of your favorite minor characters? Share in the comments below!

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A To Z Bookish Survey

 

 

Hello! During stressful times (aka the school year), I try to relax by catching up on reading blog posts and watching Booktube videos. Recently, Kristin of SuperSpaceChick posted the A To Z Bookish Survey tag on her Booktube channel and I loved it so much. The tag was originally created by The Perpetual Page-Turner and I’m so happy that she created this post, it’s so much fun!

Author you’ve read the most books from: Barbara Parks. The Junie B. Jones books were a key part of my childhood.

Best Sequel Ever: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Currently Reading: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Drink of Choice While Reading: Green tea, preferably accompanied by summer and my backyard

E-reader or Physical Book? Physical book. I just can’t concentrate while reading on an e-reader, I like the feeling of holding a physical book so much more.

Fictional Charcter You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: Neville Longbottom. I think Neville is such a sweetheart, and I love the person he becomes in the last 3 books. Also, the Deathly Hallows movie Neville makes me swoon .

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Six of Crows b y Leigh Bardugo. Don’t be scared by the fact that you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy beforehand, like I was. You can totally read this series without ever picking up Shadow and Bone .

Hidden Gem Book: Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher. I wish more of her books were available in the US.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: Discovering Booktube. I found Booktube when I was a junior in high school and I had just made reading one of my top priorities again. Booktube has inspired me to pick up so many books and to start Fangirl Fury.

Just Finished: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I’m not a huge fan of books with supernatural elements.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Major book hangover because of: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I still can’t take my mind of that book

Number of Bookcases You Own: 3

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Preferred Place To Read: My bedroom

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:


“ “I didn’t know someone could love me like this.” she said. “ Could love me and love me and love me without… needing space.” Lincoln wasn’t asleep. He rolled on top of her.

“There’s no air in space,” he said.”- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I wouldn’t call myself a huge romantic, but this is the one of many Rainbow Rowell quotes that give me all the feels.

Reading Regret:I think it’s more of a disappointment than a regret, but not having any interest in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books. I tried reading City of Bones in 2015, but I just couldn’t get into it and I really don’t have any interest in the world or premise.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in the series): To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Unapologetic Fangirl For: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas. Chaol is my favorite character in the TOG series and I’m so excited for this book because it’s centered around him.

Worst Bookish Habit: Eating while reading because I’m not very talented at not getting food in my books.

X Marks The Spot- Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 

Your latest book purchase: A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that keeps you up WAY late): Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, where my post-read feels insisted on keeping me up even later.

Have you done the A to Z Bookish Survey? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Book Cake Tag

If there are two things that I love in this world, it’s books and cake. I was inspired by the release of Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han to do the book cake tag this week! Lara Jean is the ultimate baker, and in my opinion, she should have her own Youtube channel dedicated to baking . I’d be the first subscriber for sure! The Book Cake Tag was created by Booktuber suddenlylorna, I love her creativity with this tag!

Flour – A book with a slow start but really picked up later

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I actually DNF’ed this book when I first read it because of its slow start. ’m so happy that I gave it a second chance because it’s a great summer contemporary.

Butter – A book with a rich plot

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ll Give You the Sun is just so beautifully written, following the perspectives of twins Noah and Jude. I love how the plot interwove between Noah and Jude,  I was completely memorized by this book.

Eggs- A book that you thought was going to bad, but was actually quite enjoyable

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian. I was a bit skeptical of reading The Last Boy and Girl in the World because of the mixed reviews I saw on Goodreads. I ended really enjoying this story, and it made me consider what I would do if my town went underwater!

Sugar- A sugary, sweet book

In honor of my inspiration for the tag, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I loved this book so a bit more than To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because it put an even bigger emphasis on the Song sisters and Lara’s life. Lara also bakes some cakes that I wish came along with the book.

Icing – A book that has everything you enjoy

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder has it all– action, humor (hello, Iko!), romance, politics, fairytale retelling, and more. I definitely recommended picking up the entire The Lunar Chronicles series if you haven’t already, as these elements are incorporated throughout the entire series.

Sprinkles- A book series that will pick you up when you’re feeling down

The Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. Contemporaries are my go-to reads when I’m feeling sad, and between these books’ gorgeous covers and cute romances, Stephanie Perkin’s series is sure to please.

Cherry on Top- Your favorite book this year

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I cannot stop thinking about this book about two college roommates turned arch nemesis (I have a full review posted where I have all the fangirl feels), and V.E. Schwab recently announced that a sequel is coming out in 2018! Prepare the rereading!!!

What would your perfect book cake be made of? Share in the comments below!