August 2016 Wrap Up!


Hey guys!

The last month of summer vacay for all those students has come to a bitter sweet end. For me as a fully functioning adult though, it was just an end to a very hot and humid month. But when all good things come to an end, it’s always nice to look back on everything you’ve done! Besides working my butt off, I also got to do some pretty fun things: went to Wonderland (Canada’s #1 amusement park), attended the #IndigoFallPreview, went to another month of Read Harder Book Club, had BBQ’s, summer road trips, and of course the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)!

Phew…. boy am I exhausted! So let’s get to how well I did in books!


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – August 10th, 2016

Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini – August 14th, 2016 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – August 15th, 2016

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – August 24th, 2016

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – August 27th, 2016

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – August 28th, 2016


4 novels +  2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:


The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – 2/5

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott – 4/5

Harley Quinn’s Greatest Adventures by Paul Dini – 5/5 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 4/5

Morning Glories Vol 3 & 4 by Nick Spencer – 4/5 & 3/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


Waiting On Wednesday

A Shadow Bright and Burning – August 3rd, 2016

Stealing Snow – August 10th, 2016

Frost Like Night – August 17th, 2016

Strange the Dreamer – August 24th, 2016

What’s Next?



Top 10 Tuesday

I’m Rich! – August 2nd, 2016

REWIND: Minor Characters – August 9th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

1st Sentences – August 17th, 2016

Must Reads By the End of 2016 – August 24th, 2016


Haul #53 – August 4th, 2016

Haul #54 – August 18th, 2016

Haul #55 – August 25th, 2016


August Awards

Sunshine Blogger Award August 20th 2016

August Achievements

550 Blog Followers – August 2016

23,000 Blog ViewsAugust 2016

9000 Blog Visitors – August 2016


The Intimidating TBR Tag – August 6th, 2016


Tips for Time Management – August 27th, 2016

And that was August. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in September!

Until next time,

Sig New



August 2016 Book Haul


Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in August! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?



Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

BMV Used Books

Harley’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Run by Kody Keplinger

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Depository

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Giveaways Won

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)


Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Wrecked by Maria Padian (Algonquin Young Readers)

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (Ace)

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (Simon & Schuster Canada)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen)

That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig New


Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | August 22 – August 28


Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of August 22 – August 28. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!


By Your Side by Kasie West

Published by HarperTeen

February 14th 2017

By Your SideWhen Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Published by Knopf


Grace and the FeverFlash.
“Hey, who are you?”

For years, Grace Thomas has had an easy answer to that question: no one. Not in real life, anyway. Online, in Fever Dream fandom, she’s Gigi, who writes daily posts about Jes, Kendrick, Land, and Solly. But IRL? She’s as impossibly ordinary as the boys in the band are outrageously, emphatically not.

When a paparazzo captures a chance, late-night encounter between her and Jes, Grace finds herself suddenly inside of the photographs she’s been looking at all her life. She’s drawn into the complicated world of the Fever Dream boys, and starts to see the stark divide between their highly public image and carefully guarded private lives— and how desperate they are to keep certain things out of the spotlight.

As she turns from unwitting accomplice to de-facto partner-in-crime, Grace has to learn to navigate their high-stakes world alongside her own private, personal reckoning: If the boys she’s built her life around for so many years are just a facade, who is she, really? And even if life with Fever Dream is nothing like she’d imagined it, is she really ready to wake up yet?


Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #3)

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

July 25th 2017

Buried HeartIn Buried Heart, the country is in disarray, as the Commoner class are in the midst of a revolt against their Patron overlords.

But the real enemy is approaching from foreign lands, and Jessamy must find a way to unite the country and save the people she loves. In this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, Jessamy finds herself in a war against her beloved Prince Kalliarkos.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Untitled #1)

Published by Hodder & Stoughton

January 31st 2017

CaravalTwo sisters bound by love and a father they fear escape their tiny, secluded island for the wondrous performance of Caraval, where the audience plays along in a mysterious and magical game of determining what’s real and what’s fantasy. And where only one sister might be brave enough to win the ultimate prize of ‘an impossible wish’…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for lonely Scarlett, it represents freedom, an escape from her abusive father and from her own dark past.

Still, Scarlett is too scared of her father to leave Trisda. Until she is kidnapped by her wild younger sister Donatella and a dangerous yet oh-so-seductive sailor named Julian and taken to the mystical Isla de los Suenos, the site of this year’s Caraval. When they arrive, her sister immediately disappears. Since protecting Tella is all she knows, Scarlett is forced to join forces with Julian and find her before the evil Master of Caraval does…

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (Ravenspire #2)

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 14th 2017

The Wish GranterThe world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence that he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

Short and sweet for this week! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New


#ReadThemAllThon Update #2


Hey guys!

Summer is almost over, oh no! But not to worry, because to kick off the end of summer I present to you Pokemon Indigo League Read-a-Thon, also known as #ReadThemAllThon

This read-a-thon is hosted by Aentee from Read at Midnight. This read-a-thon runs from August 14th – September 4th. So after the first week, I bring you my first update! I am on track to hopefully complete most of my badges, so let’s see where I stand!


Update #2

Boulder Badge:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (100 pages in)

Cascade Badge:

EXIT, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (N/A)

Thunder Badge:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Rainbow Badge:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (200 pages in)

Soul Badge:

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (N/A)

Marsh Badge:

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes (100 pages in)

Flame Badge:

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Earth Badge:

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (N/A)

So far I have read 2 books: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab / The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Earning me 124 CP)

Reviews posted: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Earning me  20CP)

Tweets posted with #ReadThemAllThon: 5 Tweets (Earning me 10CP)

And I have started 3 books: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff / HIAYLM by Adam Silvera / The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes (Earning me 40CP)

Pokemon: Nidoran finally evolved! It is currently sitting at 194CP + 50 for evolving= 244CP

Trainer Card (4)

So I totally suck at read-a-thons as you can see. There is only 1 week left in the #ReadThemAllThon and I am going to try my best to at least finish the books I’ve started!

I will be posting my wrap up post on September 5th, so stay tuned! And don’t hesitate to join in on the fun as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3


Tips for Time Management | Discussions @ Dawn

Tips for Time Management

Hey guys!

Welcome to the first Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.

Tips for Time Management

I will be the first to tell you that I suck at time management. But I feel if I make this list that it will not only help you, but it will also help me out. In this day and age there are so many distractions. Internet, videos, music, games, tv shows, movies. The list is endless. How are we supposed to get anything done like finish the last hundred pages of your current read, or write up that review that’s been on the back burner for a while. Well these are what help me, when I have the will power to do them, so I hope they help you as well!

Be Well Rested

Nothing is more important then getting enough sleep at night and feeling energized and ready to work. I know when it comes down to start reading or working on my blog and I haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before, all I can think about is taking a nap. And guess what? Naps win all the time.

So if you get an appropriate amount of sleep, wake up and get an early start to your day, then I can guarantee that you will achieve a lot and better manage your time.



Do you see that screen you’re staring at right now? That screen is most likely keeping you from doing other important tasks. I know it’s blasphemous to say this day and age, but it’s not the end of the world if you just unplug for a couple hours. That means turning off your wifi, setting your phone and other gadgets on airplane mode and just unplug from the digital world all together.

I have done this numerous times and have been able to knock things off my never ending to-do list. Trust me, the digital world is not going to miss you. News flash the world functioned before technology, so can you.


Importance is Key

Make a to-do list of tasks you need to complete. Mine usually include what posts I need to write up, edit, and schedule for the upcoming week, along side my reading goals. Now here is the kicker. Complete the most important tasks first. Even if they are the biggest on the list. Once you knock those off the list everything else will be a walk in the park. (You should also include that in your to-do lists as well, or any other form of exercise you lazy bums).

Importance is key, so make sure you make them your highest priority and you will find that your time will be better managed.

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Clean Environment

What I mean by a clean environment, not only means a neat and tidy place, but also a work space with limited distractions. Let’s face it, we can all be a little messy once and a while (or all the time in my case), but with a clean and distraction free work environment, you will find yourself accomplishing more in your day.

I work at my home’s dining room table most of the time. There is no TV around, no games, no objects to catch my attention. Just me, my computer, and the dining table. This way I won’t be tempted to flip a channel on the TV or whip out my phone or 3DS and play some games. No distractions is important.



Stay Organized


I can’t stress how organizing yourself is dire. I not only have an agenda, but also two notebooks, and a pretty awesome pencil case. When you write things down you are less likely to forget to do something. In my agenda I write down all the posts I need to write on their respective days. In one of my notebooks I keep lists of tags, Top 10 Tuesdays and other listy things that are book related. In my other notebook I keep track of the books I read, and my ARC’s/reviews.

If I didn’t keep track and write all these things down, I would be forever lost and nothing would ever get done.


So do me a favor, turn off your wifi/phones, get enough rest, organize your life and tasks, and surround yourself in a neat and tidy environment. I can guarantee that you will soon be managing your time a lot better. I know these tips have helped me thus far (even though I have weaknesses to TV and social media). I know they can help you guys too if you find yourself in need of better time management.

Until next time,

Sig New


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1) | REVIEW

This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


4 Stars

First Line:

No one must suspect what I plan to do tonight.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Good

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a fantastic story about what it means to be human. It follows two protagonists, Kate and August. One is a monster and one is human. If we didn’t already know right off the bat who was who, I would say the roles could have been reversed. After a the start of a conflict between two sides of the city, Kate and August must run away together to escape, but ultimately to live. What a wild ride that was.

I loved Schwab’s writing. It was lyrical and raw. When a book can question your own humanity and what it means to be so, you know it has to be fantastic writing. Structurally I thought it flowed really nicely and I felt the pacing was perfect for a story like this. Schwab took her time telling the story and fleshing out her characters. Definitely one of the highlights of the story.

If there is one thing you take away from this review, it’s that August is probably one of my favorite characters ever written. He may be a monster, but he is more human then any of us will ever be. Throughout This Savage Song we see him in struggle after struggle. He fights his monstrosity all the way through. All he wants to be is a normal human being, but I think he embodies all the characteristics it takes to be one. He is flawed and real and that is what I loved about him.

Kate on the other hand was a tad annoying. But that is not because of bad storytelling or writing, it is because of her father. For a human, she acts more like a monster then August, but that is only because she believes she has something to prove. She grows exponentially throughout the story, going back on what she was raised to think and do. She makes decisions for herself and doesn’t let her father run her life.

One other highlight of This Savage Song is the world that was created. I love the idea of a world filled with real monsters. Schwab did a fantastic job bringing it to life and making it realistic too. Even with the creations of the different types of monsters I thought was quite creative.

Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Bad

There wasn’t too much that bothered me about This Savage Song. Which I guess is a good thing. There were only two small things that irked me a bit. One being the romance between Kate and August, and the plot itself.

For the romance I don’t feel like Kate and August are a good match. I’m not quite sure if it’s even going down the romance road either. But I literally felt nothing from their chemistry together. And as for the plot, you don’t really know what the endgame is or which direction it might be heading until maybe 70% into it. Which I guess is a good thing. It sets itself up for a good sequel to take what This Savage Song brought to the table and run with it.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out what happens in Book 2!

You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I quite enjoyed what I read, this being my first Schwab book. Let me know what you guys thought of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Victoria SchwabVictoria Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini | REVIEW

Harley Quinn's Greatest HitsHarley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini
Published by DC Comics on July 19th 2016
Genres: Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Pages: 160
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Get ready for this summer’s most anticipated movie SUICIDE SQUAD with the comics that inspired the film, including fan-favorite character Harley Quinn!

Love makes you do crazy things. And Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn is madly in love.

After springing her psychotic killer boyfriend, the Joker, from Arkham Asylum, former psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel put on a clown costume and said sayonara to sanity. Now Harley brings her own unique brand of psychosis and revelry to whatever she does, whether it’s causing mayhem alongside her beloved Mistah J., saving the world as the nuttiest member of the Suicide Squad, or relaxing with her gal pals Poison Ivy and Catwoman. With her deranged mix of fear and fun, she knows how to leave a crowd in stiches!

HARLEY QUINN’S GREATEST HITS collects eight of the lovesick lunatic’s best stories from such talented writers and artists as Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Jim Lee, Jeph Loeb, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Snyder and more.



5 Stars

First Line:

Love makes you do crazy things.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     STORY-TELLING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits is a collection of Harley Quinn’s best adventures in the DC Comics world. Starting from her origins and first appearances to her most recent hits over the last couple of years. In this review I will take you through each story and why I loved it!

The Origin of Harley Quinn

This one explains it all from the beginning. Who is Harley Quinn, and where did she come from? You can find that all in The Origin of Harley Quinn.

As a die hard Harley Quinn fan, most of this info wasn’t new to me, but it was still refreshing to see the story on the page. Originally published in Countdown #10 in 2008, many years after her original debut.

Batgirl: Day One

Here we have Harley Quinn’s first appearance in print from Batman Adventures #12 in 1993. It’s Batgirl’s first night on the job and who does she have to go up against? Not just Harley, the Joker’s new girlfriend, but Poison Ivy and Catwoman as well.

What I really liked about this one is the original jester costume Harley Quinn used to wear. I really miss it even though I love the modernized apparel she wears now. It was rather nostalgic to see! And she really kicked some butt, and you will just have to read if she succeeds!

The Opera

Harley’s first big solo heist against the Bat himself. Originally published in Batman #613 in 2003, ten years after her first appearance. What I love about this story is we finally get to see what she can do on her own. No longer standing in the shadow of the Joker, she takes over the Opera house and ends up walking away with some precious jewels.

The good guys can’t always win right? This story is proof of that!

Holiday Story

We get some more backstory of Harley and her family in Holiday Story, originally published in Gotham City Sirens #7 in 2010. Harley goes home for Christmas to her mother that tries to welcome her with open arms, a dead beat brother and his two kids, and a visit to her father in prison.

It was nice to get more insight into Harley’s life behind the mask and it really opens up your eyes to the reasons for the choices she’s had to make.

Kicked in the Teeth

Harley is recruited for the Suicide Squad in Kicked in the Teeth originally published in Suicide Squad #1 in 2011. She ditches her old jester costume for a more modern and sexy one in this new version of Harley Quinn.

I loved seeing the more dark and twisted side Harley takes on in the Suicide Squad, a slight difference to the Harley you see on the big screen.


In Tease originally published in Batman #13 in 2012 we see how badly the Joker has messed up Harley’s mind and heart. This one was a little harder to read because of how sad and real it felt. But I guess she couldn’t get to wear to she is now without having gone through that trauma.

I still find it baffling how she was so madly in love with that psychopath that only hurt her every chance he got. Definitely a toxic relationship.

Tug A’ War

Finally one of her own stories from her solo series originally published in Harley Quinn #21 in 2015. In this issue she goes head to head with Deadshot and you can see that she tries her best to do the right thing, even if her methods of achieving this are unorthodox.

This is one of my favorite versions of Harley. I love seeing her as the anti hero. I knew she couldn’t be all bad to the core!

Evil Anonymous

In Evil Anonymous we see Harley going through a little bit of a mind crisis. Orignally published in Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1 in 2016, someone is mind-fucking with Harley. She reaches back into her roots as a psychiatrist for the baddies.

But it’s all just an ulterior mind trip by none other then Amanda Waller herself. I really hate her… Amanda Waller that is!

Overall a really well put together graphic novel of most of Harley’s best achievements and storylines. Let me know if you’ve read Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3