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This past week, I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
It was an enjoyable read, and I paired the e-book with the audio book and I found that worked for me and kept me on track and focused.

For content?
Writing style: Unique
Adult content: One vague sex scene, and a lesbian reference you wouldn't catch unless you're really paying attention
Language: One profanity early on (F-word)
Violence: Some disturbing images, but nothing major
Rating: 4 out of 5 rays (:

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The circus arrives without warning..."

This was not one of the best books I've ever read, but I enjoyed myself.
The writing transports readers to Le Cirque des Rêves and allows them to have their own unique experiences while meandering thought the magical chapters
No, there are not many action-packed scenes, or epic battles.
This is poetry.
It is romantic.
It is meant to be enjoyed for what it is, not for what it could be.
With that said, I will be visiting the circus again.

"Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn"

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   Over the weekend, I finished the Night Angel Trilogy. This series has been one of the best I have ever read. Even if you're not a fantasy lit lover, you'll still enjoy these books. There's romance, fighting, history, mystery, humor, wit, and unbelievable twists creating a masterpiece that will last the test of time.
   This third installment was my favorite of the three books. This series is the first I have ever implemented audio books and Kindle e-books. I have to say that I used to swear that if I listened to an audio book, I didn't actually read the book at all. But, now that I am older and the hours of the days seems shorter, audio books have become my good friends. I found that I enjoyed the mixed media reading of these books and will continue to use audio books when I have the chance. Now that I have a Kindle Fire, I am using it more and more as well. I like how I can carry many books around at once and customize the colors of the pages, but I still prefer real, tangible, turn the page yourself kind of books. I will say that my Kindle came in handy during my weekend road trip, especially at night when there was no sunlight to read from.
   All in all, this weekend was very productive and eye opening for me. I will never take for granted all the ways I can read one book, and am thankful for the country that I live in where I can read what I wish and share my experiences with my friends.

Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a firm believer that if a book didn't make you cry, it didn't move you enough.
Needless to say, this book moved me to tears, laughter, anger, disgust, joy, and ultimately, it was one of the best books I've ever read.

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Currently, I am reading through the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks that my boyfriend got me into.
Talk about FANTASTIC!
I'm a big fan.

The Way of Shadows
Shadow's Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Weeks does a great job courting his readers with wonderful/terrifying characters and "ringing" them with mind-boggling plot twists.
It's also nice for me, because I'm so used to reading authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis who aren't alive, to follow Weeks on Twitter and keep up with his writing progress.
I recommend this trilogy to all who enjoy fantasy fiction and fans of good writing alike.

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Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another GREAT piece from Brent Weeks.

This second book started slower for me than The Way of Shadows though.
No spoilers, but most of the real action happens in the last few chapters.
I do appreciate the picture Brent Weeks paints of just how low society has dropped (literally).
I'm not too fond of a few of the plot twists, but I suppose they're for a reason.

Can't wait to read Beyond the Shadows.

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    August 2013
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    Adult Content
    Brent Weeks
    Night Angel
    Writing Style

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    Shadow's Edge
    The Way of Shadows
    The Locked Room
    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
    That This
    Veil: New and Selected Poems
    Curves to the Apple: The Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, Reluctant Gravities
    The Private Lives of the Impressionists
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    The Slippery Slope
    Guys Are Waffles, Girls Are Spaghetti
    Little Women
    Green Eggs and Ham
    The Horse and His Boy
    The Screwtape Letters
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    In the Next Room, or the vibrator play

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