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Goodreads Monday (10/16/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: July 22nd 2014 by Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.

With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will never forget.

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and Daniel have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.

And now, Jie is missing taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won’t be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor’s mission.

It will take all of Eleanor’s powers of black magic, and all of Daniel’s and Joseph’s trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Book Blogger Hop: 10/13-19


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

I am not one for much horror, but I have read a few here and there. Currently, my favorite horror author is Dawn Kurtagich. She has only written two novels and I loved them both! The Dead House is a psychological thriller with urban legends mixed in and I didn’t want to read this book at night. Kurtagich’s writing style is amazing and filled with so many plot twists that you don’t see them coming until they have already passed! For me that is very important, I don’t like reading books that are predictable because those can get very boring very fast.

Are there any other Dawn Kurtagich fans out there? If not, who is your favorite horror author?

 

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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Book Review

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugothelanguageofthorns

Published: September 26th 2017 by MacMillan/Imprint

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

This book included:

  1. Ayama and the Thorn Wood
  2. The Too-Clever Fox
  3. The Witch of Duva
  4. Little Knife
  5. The Soldier Prince
  6. When Water Sang Fire

Since I have already written individual reviews on three of them (you can click on the link to read them), I will focus mainly on the three new ones for this particular review.

Bad fates do not always follow those who deserve them

First off, I just wanted to say that the illustrations in the book by Sara Kipin were simply amazing. They were just as creepy and beautiful as the short story they are based upon. Even if you didn’t read the story, the illustrations themselves gave you a visual representation of what was going on during that time. I honestly, would love just a copy of the picture at the end of each story for my office!

This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart

Ayama and the Thorn Wood, kind of set up how we can expect the rest of the stories to be. As in not to expect the Brothers Grimm versions, where everyone has a happy ending with the perfect guy and running off into the sunset together. All these fairy tales take on a much darker theme and have completely different messages than the typical fairy tale.

What harm can a little hope do?

I couldn’t tell if Ayama and the Thorn Wood was a retelling or not, but the last two stories was definitely retellings of The Nutcracker and The Little Mermaid. I loved the direction that Bardugo went with these retellings, and if she wanted to do another book just like this (but longer) I would totally be okay with that. These were just the right amount of dark and imaginative that I expect from Bardugo. I don’t want to go into more detail and spoil anything for you, but there was definitely a Darkling cameo in When Water Sang Fire. I didn’t realize that when he first appeared, but by the end I definitely realized who he was and I wanted more!

This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do

Overall, I loved this short story collection and was very sad when it ended. Even if you haven’t read any of Bardugo’s other books, you should definitely check this one out. You don’t even have to read the others to understand what is going on since this is basically the Grishaverses version of our Brothers Grimm.

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Fall Activities Book Tag

I found this tag Sam’s @ RiverMoose-Reads blog and thought what a cute little tag to do now that it’s “Fall”.

Technically in south Texas we don’t really have a fall, but this week has been raining a lot so it’s in the 70s!! While I’m enjoying that the weather is finally below 90 (for a short time), my sister on the other hand had her first snow already!! 😱 lucky.


Apple Picking

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it

Corn Maze

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in

Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly


Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased)


I might have gone a little overboard on my latest book purchase on Book Outlet. #sorrynotsorry 😜

Scenic Drives

A book that is lyrically beautiful

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Pumpkin Carving

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up

Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with

Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood

Scary Movie Night

Your favorite spooky read

I loved the book that this novella is based upon!! It has been awhile since I’ve read The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, so reading this brought me right back in

Bonus! Costume Party

A book with an eclectic cast of characters


How could I not go with the Six of Crows duology?

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Waiting on Wednesday (10/11/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2)

Author: P.C. Cast

Expected Publication:  October 17th 2017

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Goodreads Summary:

The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. But if they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other.

Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2)


This must be the month for sequels, last weeks WOW was a sequel and I’m doing one today! I read the first book and remember it being interested if a little long. Hopefully, this one redeems the first book. The premise sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to see Mari and Nik’s journey.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Book Blogger Hop: 10/6-10/12


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein are both considered classics. Have you ever read either of them? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Honestly, I have never read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I do have it on my bookshelf though, so does that count? I have started it, but I just couldn’t really get into it so I stopped maybe a few pages in. I do really enjoy books with vampires, and most retellings of Dracula.

As for Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein, the only reason I have read this book is because I was forced to in high school. I also did not like this classic. If I wasn’t in AP English that year and being graded, I probably would not have read past page one. I don’t know why I didn’t like it, I just remember being very bored and constantly falling asleep while trying to read. So therefore, I haven’t tried to pick it back up and read again. There are just too many books on my TBR shelf to force myself to read one.

Have you read these books? What are your opinions on them?

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Goodreads Monday (10/9/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: July 23rd 2013 by Harper Collins Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of supernatural forces and intense romance, set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and sees haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)


Last week I highlighted the first book in this series, so I figured I would go ahead and highlight the second book this week! Dennard has become one of my favorite discoveries this year and I can’t wait to see if I enjoy this series as much as her current one. I am still waiting on my copy to arrive in the mail (hopefully by Wednesday) so that I can start reading it!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Just Listen Book Review

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Published: April 6th 2006 by Viking Books for Young Readers

4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

Just Listen
Don’t think or judge, just listen
This was the book I read last week during Banned Books Week 2017. I wasn’t aware that it was even on the frequently challenged list until I actually looked up the list in order to pick a book from it. I was amazed at how many challenged books were on there that I read in my high school English classes. This review might have some spoilers so please read with caution if you haven’t read this book yet!
There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying
This book begins at the start of a new school year, Annabel was one of the popular girls last year and this year she is an outcast. We learn pretty early on that an incident happened at a party that caused Annabel to basically fall from grace and her shutting everyone out didn’t help her situation. Throughout the book we get flashback chapters of the night in question, how Annabel became friends with Sophie, and how she lost Clarke as a friend. With these flashbacks it did seem that the plot kind of dragged a little bit, but at the end it was worth it.
Not only do we slowly learn about what happened to Annabel, the book focuses on her sister Whitney and her eating disorder. Because of what is going on with her sister, Annabel feels that if she tells her mom anything (like what happened to her or that she wants to quit modeling) that it will destroy her. So what does Annabel do? She just stays quiet and keeps everything in.
Silence is so freaking loud
Annabel as the MC was alright in my opinion. She didn’t really have that baby of the family attitude that I am used to seeing in my family or in books in general. But understanding what happened to her, her current personality makes sense. She does remind me of a bunch of other Dessen’s main characters, but Annabels story itself is unique to the Lakeview world (community?).
Just like Annabel is a typical MC for Dessen, Owen our “bad boy” is kind of just the same. It seems as if there are two different types of guys that the main character falls for. We have the silent, sometimes moody bad boy vibe, or the quirky, all over the place but still kind of cute somehow guy. Owen is the first type, and honestly he isn’t very rememberable amongst all the other bad boy types. His “quirk”, I guess you could say, was that he is obsessed with music. Every conversation that he has with anyone has to deal with music. It’s like he eat, breathes, and sleeps music.
I wondered which was harder, in the end. The act of telling, or who you told it to. Or maybe if, when you finally got it out, the story was really all that mattered
In typical Dessen fashion, her novels focus on a theme of friendship and then somehow a guy fits in to make the main character see that there is more than one way to view things. In Just Listen, I felt that Dessen went a little deeper and focused also on some harder themes, such as eating disorders and rape. This whole book (for Annabel) was to figure out how to live with oneself after such a traumatic experience and get the help that she needed. In her case it was finally listening to herself, finally telling her family, and then talking to the lawyer to help make sure this didn’t happen again. I’m glad that Annabel finally stood up to her attacker (it did take basically the whole book though) and she was able to move on and even mend friendships along the way.
I understood now. This voice, the one that had been trying to get my attention all this time, calling out to me, begging me to hear it — it wan’t Will’s. It was mine
Overall, this wasn’t may favorite Sarah Dessen novel but it is in the top 5! Even though it was slow in the beginning, it did pick up around the middle. I liked that Dessen focused more on stronger themes in this book than she has previously, and I hope that in future books that she continues to do so.

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Bookish Decor and Where to Get It

I was approached a few weeks ago about how I decorate my bookshelves with bookish decor. So I decided to write a post on some decorating ideas and where I get my bookish goodies, because lets be honest ideas are good and all but it won’t mean anything unless you know where to go to look for your own items.

One of my favorite ways to decorate my shelves with is using Funko Pops! They are just so cute and they have a lot of different ones for fans of different fandoms. I had to limit myself because at first I was just buying all the ones that I thought were cute (which was a lot). Now I only really collect the Harry Potter funkos and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them funkos (oh and Sailor Moon, because I love the 90’s). Now you can pretty much find them anywhere, such as Target, Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble (or really any bookstore), and of course online.

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I typically like to keep my Funko’s in their box, but if the box is damaged then I don’t feel bad about taking them out. I arrange my pops around the books that they are based off of (I don’t have many so it is really just HP and Fantastic Beasts that get to highlight their books). My other pops I just arrange wherever I think has blank space and needs a little spice.

Another bookish goody that I love to decorate with is bookmarks. The one below I got from Litcube in one of their subscription boxes. “The girl who was on fire” bookmark was designed by Lexy Olivia and she just has some amazing stuff in her Etsy shop! I don’t have many of this type of bookmark, but when I get them they are the ones that I use most often!

If you haven’t yet discovered magnetic bookmarks, go and check them out right now! Just hide your debit card because you’ll most likely want every single one! The ones below (and basically my entire collection) is from Melissa at NerdyGrlDesigns. I just love her shop and had to put myself on a ban from buying anything more for a little while. Although, she just came out with some new ones so the temptation to buy is very high!

Recently, I have been looking into art prints to decorate my shelves with, but I haven’t found one (or a price) that I am willing to buy. Having a newborn has me reprioritizing what I spend my money on lately (although that didn’t stop me from buying books at Barnes and Noble and Book Outlet last week. #sorrynotsorry). Society6 (is sort of like Etsy) has a wide range of goodies for you to browse through. I like when they have sales because that’s typically when I’ll go and see if I want anything. I just missed a 25% off sale, so I’ll have to wait for another one to get the art print that I have my eye on!

If you are like me and sometimes need decorating ideas, there are great websites such as Havenly who offer ideas and this particular website has interior designers that you can talk with to get more personalized ideas from! I just discovered them, so I haven’t had a chance to use their services yet, but when I rearrange my office in the next week or so I will definitely get some insight from them. Maybe with their help my bookshelves will feel cohesive and less cluttered.

What are some of your favorite Etsy or Society6 shops that you like to get your bookish goodies from? I am always looking for more ideas and items to use on my shelves (against my husbands better judgement, but hey he knew he what he was getting into before he asked me to marry him ;)). Currently, I am on the hunt for an artist who will do a custom print for me, because I unfortunately can’t draw to save my life. Stick figures for the win.

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Waiting on Wednesday (10/04/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


theknowing

Title:  The Knowing (The Forgetting #2)

Author: Sharon Cameron

Expected Publication:  October 10th 2017

Publisher:  Scholastic Press

Goodreads Summary:

Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

The Knowing (The Forgetting, #2)


I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I can’t wait to pick up the second one!

What are you waiting for this week?