Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Wrap Up

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Waiting on Wednesday #286: Dress Codes for Small Towns


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


Dress Codes for Small Towns
By: Courtney C. Stevens
Release Date: August 29, 2017

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons. Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble. This year, however, trouble comes looking for her. Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor? But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways. In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple. Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey? (Goodreads) 
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #285: The Hate U Give


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


The Hate U Give
By: Angie Thomas
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. (Goodreads)
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Fire in You by J. Lynn




Fire in You (Wait for You #6)
By: J. Lynn
Released: November 28, 2016
Source: E-ARC from Inkslinger PR
Purchase the Book: B&N - iBooks - Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living. She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what. Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about. (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed Fire in You a lot! It's no secret that I'm a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, so of course I was excited to read her next new book. I'm especially a fan of this Wait for Me series though and this book was definitely another great addition.

Fire in You is the story of Jillian and Brock. Jillian was in love with Brock for years as they grew up together. However, the night he broke her heart, was also the same night a stranger with a gun changed her life. It's been six years since Jillian has spoken to Brock and she is surprised when he shows up back in her life again.

Jillian was a well developed character. I really liked her story a lot and watching her grow. I loved that she decided that it was time to change and start living more for herself. Making those changes and putting herself out there wasn't always easy for her, but I admired the way she didn't give up. There was even one specific scene in the end that made me want to stand up and cheer for her. I also loved the relationship that Jillian shared with her family. It was clear how much her large family loved each other and the pride that Jillian took in working at her father's martial arts academy. 

Brock was a well developed character too. I really enjoyed how the relationship between Brock and Jillian developed as well. They share a complicated past and cared very deeply for each other. However, they also carried the burden of what happened to Jillian that night six years ago. I really liked getting to know Brock better though and how he came to be such an important part of Jillian's life when they were both young. It was clear how much he loved and respected her family as well.

I also loved seeing many familiar characters from the previous books in this series again. It's always fun to see what is happening in their lives and catch up with them in a sense. Armentrout has truly done a great job with connecting all of these characters to each other.

The plot was paced well and like with most of Armentrout's books, I couldn't put this one down. There was a good balance of drama and romance. I especially liked that the romance in this book took the time to develop because it made it that much more realistic. I also loved that there was some humor in this story as well. The love/hate relationship between Jillian and her cat Rhage was especially funny. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Fire in You a lot! I definitely recommend picking this one up if you're a fan of this series already, a fan of any of Armentrout's books, or even just a fan of contemporary romance books.       

 
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Monday, November 21, 2016

A Gift Guide for Bookworms


Are you looking for a gift for a fellow bookworm? Or are you perhaps looking for some gifts to not so subtly tell your loved ones to buy for you? 
Well here is a list of some of my personal favorite bookish items that I think make the perfect gift.  
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Candles:

(Night Court candle from The Melting Library)
The Melting Library
I'm a huge fan of book inspired candles! The 221B Baker Street candle and Peeta's Cakes candle from From the Page (not pictured) both smell amazing! I also love The Night Court candle from The Melting Library! It smells so good and the label is so cute!

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Journals/Planners/Pencils:


(Star Wars journal and pencils from Icey Designs)
Icey Designs 

I love Icey Designs! There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from, including a variety of book themed designs. I bought the Star Wars journal and pencils for my sister last year and she loved them

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Shirts/Posters/Scarves/Tote Bags:

(Jane Eyre scarf from Litographs)
I love both Litographs and Out of Print! I've purchased several items for myself from both of these shops. Litographs sells unique shirts, posters, scarves, and tote bags. I love that I can show off the text from my favorite books! I've also been buying shirts from Out of Print for a couple of years now and their shirts are so comfortable! They even just added some Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them designs.

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Phone Case: 

(Phone case designed by Whispering Words)
 Society 6 
I love buying phone cases on Society 6 because there are so many different designs. My current phone case is photographed above and I love that I can carry my favorite quote from A Court of Mist and Fury with me every day. Some of my other favorite artists on Society 6 are Charliebowater and Evie Seo


Do you have any favorite book themed gift ideas to share? I'd love to hear them!

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*Note: I am not affiliated with any of these businesses or artists. I was also not compensated by any of these businesses or artists. All of the items pictured were purchased by me.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #284: Wicked Like a Wildfire


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


Wicked Like a Wildfire
By: Lana Popović
Release Date: August 15, 2017

All the women in Iris and Malina's family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.  Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can. Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough. Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a sumptuous, bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty. (Goodreads)



 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #283: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
By: Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: June 20, 2017

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. (Goodreads)

  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #282: Windfall


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


Windfall
By: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: May 2, 2017

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.  At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect. (Goodreads)
  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless 
By: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Source: ARC from NYCC
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen. At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed Heartless a lot! Meyer wrote a fantastic and immersive origin story about the Queen of Hearts!

Catherine was a complex and well developed character. I truly felt for her and the situations she found herself caught up in. She dreams of one day opening up a bakery with her best friend. I loved her passion for baking and the care she put into every dessert she made. She's confident and knows that she is a great baker. However, her parents have a much different dream for Catherine's future. They want her to accept the King's marriage proposal. Cath struggles between following her own dreams and pleasing her parents. I could understand why she felt so torn over which decision to make and why at times she felt as though she didn't even have a choice.

Heartless is packed with many interesting side characters. Most were characters that I'm already familiar with from Alice in Wonderland, but it was fun to see them in this story. I also loved seeing all of the different connections that each of these characters shared with Cath. My favorite side character was definitely the Jest though. He was such a fun and mysterious character that I enjoyed getting to know.

The plot was paced fairly well. It took me a bit of time to actually get invested in the story. However, once the story really started moving forward, I couldn't put this book down. The plot was packed with a lot of drama and a bit of romance. I found that the twist was quite predictable as well, but I still enjoyed it. I just really loved the way that Meyer brought together the whole origin of the Queen of Hearts with all of these connecting pieces. 

One of my favorite aspects of this book, however, was definitely the setting. I loved the way that Meyer built up the world of Wonderland. I'm a huge Alice in Wonderland fan and I loved that Meyer stayed true to so many aspects of Wonderland while still managing to make it her own at the same time. I truly felt like I was in the Kingdom of Hearts alongside Cath while reading. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Heartless a lot! If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland or a fan of villain origin stories, I definitely recommend picking this one up. It will not disappoint!  

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