Posted in Young Adult

What’s your Patronus?

I have been a Harry Potter fan since I received the first book as a Christmas present back in 4th or 5th grade. Ever since my middle and high school years have been spent waiting for a new release!

My friend made me get a Pottermore account a few months ago, and I don’t know why it took me this long to get one! Recently, just like everyone else, I took the “What is your Patronus” quiz. My Patronus is a Nebelung Cat! I had no idea what a Nebelung Cat was, so of course my boyfriend Google told me! The cat is kinda cute! I am not a cat person, but I’ll take a cute fluffy cat as my Patronus! If you have already taken this quiz, what is your Patronus?

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Where are my fellow Hufflepuffs? I didn’t think I was a Hufflepuff, but after reading the description, I guess I can kind of see myself in that house.

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And because I am still waiting on my Hogwarts letter, I sorted myself into an Ivermorny House. Hopefully, one of my acceptance letters will appear one day at my doorstep!

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And just because, here is my wand. It’s pretty nice. It helps me get out of very tough situations, or you know help conjures my Patronus. 😉 screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-10-22-53-am

I wouldn’t say I have a HP obsession, but I kinda do. I am in love with the HP Funko Pop collection, and all I am missing is the dementor.

What are your favorite HP items to collect?

 

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Posted in Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

This past week, I flew to Denver, Colorado for the very first time! This was a weekend of firsts for me, and I loved every minute of it!

So for this weeks challenge, I decided to use a picture from the very beginning of my quest to Colorado. I just love how fluffy the clouds looked outside my window!

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday #8 (9/28/2016)

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: Last Seen Leaving

Author: Caleb Roehrig

Expected Publication: October 4th 2016

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Summary:

Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

I actually have read this book already. I was given an eARC thanks to NetGalley. I really enjoyed this book, and I would love to see what changes were made in the version that was published!

You can check out my review here!

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday #8 (9/26/2016)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by 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:


Title: Stealing Snow 

Author: Danielle Paige

Published: September 20th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

I know I am posting a day late, but I am currently at a conference in Colorado and I didn’t have time yesterday. I will be going home tonight, so I will be able to post more and on time!

I love Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series, so I am super excited to check out her new book! This has been on my TBR shelf since the minute I found out she was releasing a new book outside of her current series. She has quickly become one of my go to authors and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to start reading!

Are you a fan of Danielle Paige? What do you think of her new book? What is currently on your TBR shelf?

Posted in Subscription Box

Uppercase Box September Review

It’s that time of the month again! A new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!

I have received a few of these now, and I still really like that Lisa includes a personal letter inside her subscription boxes! The top of the letter includes a listing of each item that is included in the subscription and who designed it!

As always, is included a bookmark for the reading experience. Here you can participate with Uppercase, and view polls, questions, and videos that correspond to that moment in the book. I really like this aspect of the box, it’s different from the other subscription boxes that I subscribe to.

The book this month is The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron.

Published: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Goodreads Summary:

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

This book has a retail value of $18.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $11.07.

This book has a really interesting premise! Kind of reminds me of The Giver and a little bit of Divergent mashed into one!

A related item to the book, is this The Forgetting mini-notebook. You can find similar plain notebooks from Staples for about $1.50. You can design your own notebook from Girl With a Radio Mind on Etsy, for $5.00.

A cute little sticker was included in this months box! “Certified Book Addict” was designed by Alexis Lampley, of Nerdy Post. This is an adorable sticker, and a great plug for another subscription box. A 10% discount off your first box was included, just use the code nerdynewbie!

“This is how we roll” pouch by Out of Print is an Uppercase exclusive item. Since it is an exclusive item, I couldn’t find it on their website, but they have plenty of other really cute pouches. They retail for $12.00.

Overall, this box has a value of about $30. I am guessing on some of the exclusive values, so this box could be worth more or less. I am always impressed with Uppercase boxes, and I love the quality of products that they pick!

What do you think of this months Uppercase box?

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday #7 (9/21/2016)

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: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Expected Publication: September 27th 2016

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Goodreads Summary:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Ah less than a week before this book comes out!  I can’t wait!!! I loved Six of Crows and I can’t wait to see what is next in store for Kaz and his crew! I have pre-ordered this book, so I hope it comes in time for me to meet the author on Oct. 1st!

Who else is excited for this book?

Posted in Young Adult

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons


Happy release day for Metaltown by Kristen Simmons! Published by Tor Teen. 

I received a copy today to review thanks to Wiley at Saichek Publicity

Goodreads Summary:

Kristen Simmons’s Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

You can check out Simmons’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr by clicking on the links embedded! 

Last year, Simmons became a favorite new author of mine after I read The Glass Arrow. I really loved the story and her writing style, so I can’t wait to start reading Metaltown. 

Have you read Metaltown or any of Simmons’ books? What did you think of it and/or her as an author?

Posted in Arc, NetGalley, Young Adult

Threats of Sky and Sea Review

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellisionthreatsofskyandsea

Book 1 in the Threats of Sky and Sea Series

Published: May 16th 2014 by Createspace

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received an e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

“Monstrous men will turn and flee. When faced with threats of sky and sea.”

This book started off really good. It was fast paced and had a lot of action and injustices that you just wanted the main character to fight her way out of! And then…the story starts to lag. A whole lot of nothing seems to happen while at the castle. Bree goes for training/education, she talks to her Da, reports to the king, and sneaks out and talks to Caden, Aleta, and Tregle. Repeat that for at least a quarter of the book, and then add in a random party/social event. Don’t get me wrong, there was some parts in all of that talking and training that was really good and helped move the plot along, but some scenes could have just been left out. The writing style and characters really helped me keep going in this book.

“I do so enjoy your particular brand of honesty”

As far as main characters go, I think Bree might be one of my top favorites. She is smart, resourceful, snarky, and has a conscience. She tries not to get bullied by Lady Kat and the King, and shows her defiance when appropriate. She also tries to fix her mistakes, but knows if she isn’t the one to blame then it is not her fault.

“‘They think I am glass,’ she says. She’s hard again. “But I am not. I am not delicate. I am stone. If they want to break me, they will have a hard time of it. I am unbreakable.” We say no more that night.”

The relationship Bree has with her father and her trio of friends were great. Bree and her father treated each other as equals and she wasn’t afraid to tell him what he needed to hear. Even when she was mad at him, she could never truly stay mad and she kept trying to come up with an escape plan for them both. Although Tregle wasn’t in the story much, he was there when the plot started to move. So we got to see him evolve as a character more so than Aleta and Caden.

“It is like an untrained marksman loosing an arrow. Without proper direction, there is no telling who he will down.”

I just loved the last quarter of the book! I wish it was a little bit longer, but of course we had to end at a cliffhanger. This book had a little bit of everything for everyone. A very light romance, tons of action here and there, magic, politics, and great world building. There were some twists and turns that I was not expecting, and I can’t wait to see how that affects the next book in the series!

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Mondays #7 (9/19/2016)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by 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: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Book 4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I discovered this series last year, and I could never get the ebook from my library because the wait list was a mile long! I started collecting this series in paperback, so I was finally able to order it this month!  I can’t wait for my copy to come in so that I can finally take this off of my TBR and then hopefully get Empire of Storms! 

Have you read this series, what do you think of it? I hope we see more of Rowan in this book, I loved them together in the last one!

 

 

Posted in Young Adult

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello my fellow bloggers! Happy Sunday!! Recently I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I would like to thank Ash over at Once Upon A Bookshelf for nominating me! I am so excited to share my answers!

To start off, here are the Rules:

THE RULES

  1. Show the award on your blog (image widget)
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *ERMAGAWD* 
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)

7 DIFFERENT FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I have a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a minor in Dance (random, I know). I am currently working on my Masters in Environmental Science.
  2. As of this summer, I am certified in  scuba diving!  Australia and Greece are now on my bucket list as places to go to dive!
  3. I am the oldest of 4 girls, and my sister and I are the only two left handed people in our immediate family (now there are 7 of us).
  4. I am named after Samantha from Bewitched. I thought for the longest time that I was named after Samantha from Sixteen Candles, because for 21 years my name was Samantha Baker.
  5. After 5 years of marriage the only kids I have are three furbabies and I wouldn’t mind having more!
  6. I have an unhealthy addiction to Dr. Pepper and coffee.
  7. I was color guard captain for three years straight in high school, and then I taught color guard for 4 years during my undergrad.

I nominate the following bloggers:

M Reads Books @A Blog of One’s Own

Ellie @Capitol Books

Teen Book Lit 10

Emma @Book Geeking

Writing the Dream Blog

Gimmesamich89 @8eternalapology9

Kelly @Kelly’s Book Blog

I know this isn’t 15 bloggers, but I am kinda on pain meds right now so I’m getting a little drowsy. (Stupid wisdom teeth removal). Anyway, if you haven’t checked out these wonderful bloggers then I suggest you mosey on over to their blog! To the bloggers that I have tagged, I understand that life can get busy, so if you don’t have to time or have already been nominated for this award I’m sorry!

Happy blogging! =)