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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 25 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!






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So today is an exciting day, this is a giveaway I have been planning for quite sometime, but I really didn't want to post it until I was 1,000% sure that I was going to be serious about getting back into blogging.  Well today is that day! This big giveaway is for one lucky winner to get a book of their choice EVERY MONTH for the next YEAR! Giveaway details are down below, enjoy everyone 💖
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Giveaway details:
  • Giveaway is international and will end on June 22nd
  • Winner will be announced June 24th at the latest
  • Winner will be emailed on the 24th of every month for a year  to let me know which book they want ($15 us dollar limit, last book will be ordered May 24th 2018)
  • Entries are looked over so please don't lie/cheat when entering or you will be disqualified 
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So I recently turned 25 and got myself some new shelves and reorganized how my shelves are  laid out SO I figured I would share how I organize my books and my shelves with you all! Also list the other ways I have organized my books in the past etc. ❤




My wall of books:

How I organized my main wall was mostly by color, although towards the bottom end of the shelves I have misc books, some that I need to do for giveaways and some that I need to take to donate etc.

Besides looking pretty though organizing by color is definitely a 'messy' way to have things organized, no series are together, authors books are all over the place instead of all together. But for the time being I'm really liking this. ❤

Different ways to organzie books:


Genre

Why it's great? This is actually probably my FAVORITE way to organize books. If I'm in the mood for a paranormal read..great! I can go to my paranormal section of my shelves which is then organized by type like mermaids, vampires etc. It makes it so quick and easy to find a book to start, and by organizing them this way it also keeps series together and (most) authors together which is always a bonus! 

Size (height)


This is a different way to organize that I have heard about people doing, but haven't seen it done much. How you would just group your books together is by height so all your books will line up nicely before going up or down to the next height of books. This is probably a way I will try next time I redo my shelves just cause I'm curious how it will look. 

Alphabetical


Nothing beats the good ol try and true way that is organizing by author and title in alphabetical order.

Size (width)



This is another way that is kinda different that I don't see too much. Grouping by short thin books all the way till you get to your big 600+ page books. I do like this option in the sense that if I'm in the mood for a short novel, all jmy shorter length books will be together and vice versa etc.

My FAVORITES shelf

 

This is my little favorites shelf! I have lights installed into this one so my favorites are always lit up 😍💕 Keep in mind ALOT of my favs are missing from this shelf since I still have quite a few of my kindle favorites that I need to by in paperback/hardback.

My 'to read soon' shelf



This top row of shelves is for my books I REALLY want to read soon, this way when I want to start a new book I go here first.

Bonus my gaming/entertainment area:


I also got a new tv media stand for my birthday the one next to my 'to read soon' shelf and I am just so obsessed with it, this is my fiances and I's living room/double gaming area and I just had to share 😍



How do you organize YOUR shelves?? 


Title: Through the Arch
Author: Devri Walls
Series: Venators
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 300
Released: Oct 1st, 2016

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Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn’t possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he’d never heard before…Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.

Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it’s more than that. It's an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she’s around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can’t understand why. All she knows is—her control is slipping.

By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.

Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council’s corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate—do they go against the council’s wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.


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Devri Walls is permanently cemented as one of my favorite authors to read, her fantasy novels always have me fully immersed in the world with the characters she creates. Through the Arch was no expception and was another exciting adventure of a read. With great characters, the start of some romance, tons of action and a plethora of different paranormal creatures, Venators is looking to be another 5 star series for me from Devris Walls.

The start of Venators immediately had me very intrigued, Rune gets an itch, a built up rage she feels she needs to release when anything supernatural/paranormal is around her, even a commercial making a slight reference to werewolves sends her into a frenzied feeling of anger that she has to work hard to contain. She knows this isn’t normal, but how can she talk to anyone about this without being thrown into the looney bin? As a reader this had me SO intrigued right off the back, why is she filled with such a rage over paranormal things? And on top of that what does Grey (male classmate of hers) know about Runes itch? The beginning was so strong and immediately sucked me in with tons of questions and me wanting answers.

Through the Arch was a perfect ‘first novel’ to a series, we are introduced to the characters, there is a sense that some romances will pick up in book two, and you get a general understanding of how the world works and how the politics work in the fantasy world Rune and Grey have been shoved into. It reminds me a lot of how I felt during Wings of Arian the first book to Devri’s other series Solus, it’s a first novel that gives you everything you need…but leaves you wanting soooo much more and dying for book two.

The only negative critique I would give Through the Arch would be the ending, this for me is a minor critique too considering this is the first book to a series, and not a stand alone. Through the Arch's ending had a pretty rushed feeling to it, the pacing felt off and I felt it was tied together rather quickly and then bam…the novel was over.

While the ending felt rushed the rest of the novel was flawlessly paced, through out Through the Arc you're on such a roller coaster as the reader. You're thrown around quick turns and then dropped down big plummets, but don't worry Devri always gives you a moment to catch your breath before throwing you right back onto the ride.

I really cannot wait to see where this series will go, knowing Devri's previous series though one thing is for certain.... this is going to be one hell of a good ride.

  • Positive-Amazing world building
  • Positive-Likable characters
  • Positive-Start of a romance
  • Negative-Ending
  • Positive-BELTRAN 💖