Bookish Playlists: March 2019

Happy Sunday!

This month’s Bookish Playlist post is a little different from the others. Along with a playlist, I am also including one of my favorite songs from this month. The song is from a certain movie’s soundtrack, whose story was a YA book before hitting the big screen. Can you guess which one?

Hint: The movie just came out this month.

And on that note, I present to you the playlist for March 2019!

Playlist: // hufflepuff (bellatap1267)

Growing up, I lived off of the Harry Potter books and movies, so I was happy to find this Spotify playlist inspired by my Hogwarts house. I think the playlist fits Hufflepuff perfectly. The songs are great for a night in or to cheer up your day. I liked listening to it after school and during late night study sessions when I needed an extra mood booster.

And now for the song reveal…

On March 15, I was able to watch the new movie Five Feet Apart. And yes, there were tears and pulled heartstrings. Before the movie released this month, I was already hooked on one of the songs from the movie’s soundtrack. “Don’t Give Up On Me” by Andy Grammer wraps up all my feels so well that I was playing it on loop for a VERY long time.

If you decide to give either the playlist or song a listen, I would love to hear your thoughts. Until next time! ♡

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Gallagher Girls Meets Not If I Save You First

I didn’t know how much I needed it until I got it.

As I was tapping my way through Instagram stories this morning, I stumbled upon a surprise from the best selling author Ally Carter. It was an announcement for her latest crossover scene: the Gallagher Girls meet Maddie and Logan!

For those of you not familiar with the books, the Gallagher Girls series is about an all-girls spy school, where Cammie, the main character, struggles with the line between a normal life and that of a spy. She soon gets caught up in secrets that run deeper than she knew. In Not If I Save You First, Maddie’s best friend is Logan, who is also the president’s son. Life seems to take a turn for the worse, however, when her Secret Service agent dad moves them to the Alaskan wilderness. Six years later, Logan and Maddie are reunited, but Maddie can’t forget how Logan cut ties with her and abandoned her when she needed him most.


The crossover scene roughly takes place during the third book of the Gallagher Girls series (Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover) and before the start of Not If I Save You First. Ally Carter does warn that it may not be completely consistent with the timeline of events, but she wanted to write it for fun.

I loved seeing the character interactions as the two stories came together. Without giving too much away, my favorite part of the scene is Cammie and Macey’s chat with Maddie. I thought it was really cute and a fun, quick read.

Have you had the chance to read the crossover? What are your thoughts on it? (Please no spoilers for others!)

Until next time, happy reading! ♡

Bookish Playlists: February 2019

Hi everyone!

It is almost the end of the month, which means another bookish playlist is coming your way. Surprisingly, my February favorite is not inspired by a romance novel (although I read a lot).

Playlist: inej ghafa vibes (Aitana Burman)

Inej is one of my favorite characters of all time! Also known as the Wraith, she is the first Dregs crew member we hear from in Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows.

I feel this playlist captured Inej’s character well. Every time I listen to it, I find new meaning in the songs that connect to her character development in the book. I also love the aesthetic collage used as the playlist’s cover photo, which was the first thing to catch my eye before listening to the playlist.

At the rate things are going, I might end up playing it on loop throughout March too.

Until next time! ♡

Renegades 3 Title Reveal!

This past Thursday, New York Times-Bestselling author Marissa Meyer officially announced the title to the third book in her Renegades trilogy.

For those of you who are new to the Renegades world, the series is set in Gatlon City, where some of its citizens have superpowers. Society is still in the middle of picking itself up after a long stretch of chaos, but an organization of superheroes (the Renegades) have become a symbol of hope and salvation. Nova, however, hates the Renegades. She wants vengeance and is willing to go undercover to get closer to her enemy. Although her mission is clear, things get a little more complicated when she meets Adrian.

And that is all I am saying! So many spoilers that I must avoid…

Supernova is set to be released on November 5, 2019. As of right now, there hasn’t been any news of a book tour, but I for one am keeping my fingers crossed. Last fall, I was lucky enough to have met Marissa Meyer during her Archenemies book release tour and would love to be able to see her again.

Supernova is now available for pre-order, so make sure to catch up on all the action with Renegades and Archenemies before November comes around! ♡

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

Read (finished): January 25, 2019

Rate: ⭐ 5/5

Roshani Chokshi’s newest book had me running the streets of Paris — in 1889. There was adventure and mystery and tragedy, as well as a cliffhanger ending that left me eager for the sequel.

Before I started reading, I saw many reviews describing it as perfect for Six of Crows fans. My expectations grew with every recommendation I received, so I tried to start reading the book with a “blank” mind. Although there were similarities (fantasy heist story, crew of six), I found the plot to be amazing on its own. The diverse characters all had their own personal struggles to face, which led each to have their own motivation to take part in the heist. My favorites are Laila and Zofia! Individually, they are both strong females who must face their pasts, but the dynamics of their friendship also stood out to me. 

Another element I really enjoyed were the puzzle scenes. By including illustrations/visuals of the puzzles, I felt more involved in the solving of the riddles. Personally, I enjoy books with puzzles needing to be solved. They invite the reader into the action and thrill by challenging them to solve the mystery alongside the characters.

Without giving away spoilers, the book ends with a (HUGE and somewhat vague) reveal, leaving readers with questions and theories of what will happen next. I can’t wait to see what Roshani Chokshi comes up with for the fate of our wolves!

Until next time, happy reading! ♡

Bookish Playlists: January 2019

Hi everyone!

Today, I am excited to introduce a new category for the blog: Bookish Playlists! I love music and have been finding some amazing Spotify playlists inspired by different books. Every month, I will share my favorite playlist(s) or one that I created. If you have any favorites of your own, I would love to check them out, so feel free to share them with me in the comments!

Throne Of Glass Series and A Court of Thorns And Roses Series playlist
by gabrielaalvarezlove


Spotify Playlist: Throne Of Glass Series and A Court of Thorns And Roses Series (gabrielaalvarezlove)

As I continued reading the Throne of Glass series this month, I found myself wanting to carry it with me throughout my daily activities. Sarah J. Maas did not just create a story, but an entire world that had me craving more (even when my eyes felt like they would melt — many hours of reading). That’s when I found this gem! This playlist gives off the perfect Throne of Glass vibes and had me playing it all day, every day. Although I have not read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet, I will definitely have this ready to go!

Check it out for yourself:

https://open.spotify.com/user/gabrielaalvarezlove/playlist/6OzIM82yGRbNOMTL2eyTjM?si=J7SemR4TSGuf_5eH8HCR3g

Until next time! ❤️

Book Review: Empire of Storms

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Rating: ⭐ 5/5 stars

I finally finished Empire of Storms this week!

The action continues in the fifth book of the Throne of Glass series with lots of twists and turns. Aelin’s scheming always leaves me in awe. She makes big plans in order to save the world from darkness, and each reveal keeps me at the edge of my seat. I also love the character growth and introduction of new ships! And by ships, I mean couples (but there are lots of ships on water too). There were some “mature scenes,” so consider this a warning for younger readers wanting to read this one. The book ended on an emotional cliffhanger (that I really want to scream about…but spoilers), and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Until next time, happy reading!