November Wrap UP and December TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all having a wonderful Monday!

Last month was a bit of blur it all happened so fast.  I didn’t get a chance to read as much as I would have liked to!  I only ended up reading TWO books, and I haven’t read much else since. (And I am apparently really bad at reading the books I end up carrying over to the next month!  I might have to make a TBR pile next year of all those books in one month, >_<!)

I am slowly working my way through The Well of the Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and re-reading Six of Crows, but I’m jumping back into reading new books today starting with the first book in my TBR pile for December.

Here are the two books I read in November.

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

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This is a SUPER cute historical romance novella that’s perfect for the holidays.  You can check out my review of it here: A Holiday by Gaslight!

2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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I read Fawkes by Nadine Brandes earlier this year and absolutely fell in LOVE with the book.  It’s also historical fiction, but there’s a lot of truth to the history in her stories.

I kindly received an E-arc copy of Romanov, which doesn’t release until May 2019! I was so excited to have this copy.  I am going to do a review a bit closer to the release date, but this book, in my opinion was just as AMAZING.  I read that some people didn’t think this one was as good as Fawkes, but I think that the historical and fictional events are just different from each other. 🙂

You can check out my review of Fawkes here: Fawkes!

Okay, so that’s the end of my wrap up for November…

Here’s my December TBR!  I am only attempting TWO books this month, because well, this month is busy and last month that’s all I read! Hopefully I will read them all this month, and stick to it. >_<  I will attempt to return to normal status of at least 4 books in January. 🙂

1. Corspe and Crown by Alisa Kwitney

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There is an ampersand symbol (&) on the cover of the book on net galley but it doesn’t seem to appear here.

This is an Oliver Twist re-telling and it looks FANATASTIC!  It’s also a e-arc that I received from the publisher through Netgalley! It comes out in February 2019, and I am really super excited to read it! 🙂

2. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I’ve been looking for a library copy of this ever since it released and I just stumbled upon an audio book copy of it today.  I’m not sure how this will go, because I read the physical copies of the first three books. But I am looking forward to the next chapter in this series and can’t wait to catch up with all the characters! 🙂

And that’s it for this month!  As, always thanks for reading!

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6 Awesome Gifts for the Book Lover and Self Proclaimed Geek in your Life

Hello, Book Friends!  I hope you all have sufficiently stuffed yourselves with Thanksgiving dinner over the past few weeks.  I know I sure did!

It’s been a whirlwind since October, and even though I’m not THAT worried, I’ve been lagging behind on a lot of things because everything is happening at once and I can’t keep up.  The good news is that I managed to get a lot of writing done (over 60,000 words) on my novel for NaNoWriMo, and it has finally ended!  The bad news is both my sister and her husband are having some serious health issues (for completely different things) and my sister had to be hospitalized.  We’re still waiting on the results on some of her tests, but it has to do with her heart and she’s been in there for a couple of days.  It’s been a very busy and unsettling time for our household. And………

CHRISTMAS is coming! So, I gathered up a list of of bookish and geeky items, (because us book fanatics are also fans of other things)!

(Also, I made a post about some bookish gifts last year if you need some more ideas. 8 Christmas Gift Ideas For the Reader in Your Life)

Without further ado…

 

1. Bookish/Geeky Jewelry 

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How stinkin’ cute is this? I bought this necklace as a birthday gift for my best friend who’s a huge Harry Potter fan, both the books and the movies!  I think it’s adorable, and doesn’t stand out too much, so it can go with just about everything! I bought it at Kohl’s on Black Friday for $15. She’s gonna love it!

2. Book Sleeves

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I mentioned these in last years post, but they’re still cute and still awesome. What better way to carry a book around to protect it?  I love to sew, but I STILL haven’t sat down and made myself some cute little booksleeves.  This butterfly fabric that I picked up is super cute, so I might make one out of these. Though there are PLENTY of people who make and sell ones that are ADORABLE that I might end up buying one for myself!

3. Bookish and Fandom Mugs 

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I also, mentioned these last year, but who couldn’t go wrong with these types of mugs? They’re super cute and fun to collect!  Besides, what book lover doesn’t drink either tea, hot cocoa, or coffee (or all three)? That last one is me. My friends got me this Harry Potter one off of Etsy as a gift a few years ago, and I love using it to this day. Just a word of caution, you might want check and see if it’s dishwasher or microwavable safe before gifting!

4. Bookish and Fandom T-shirts and other Clothing

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What way for the book lover an geek in your life to celebrate their favorite fandom/book than with an article of clothing?  Who knows, they might find some other fans out in public just like them and become fast friends. Or just buy one for yourself. You know you better than anyone.

I have worn Star Wars Shirts, Doctor Who, Marvel, and Disney.  Even ones with sarcastic sayings.  SO MANY random people have commented on my shirts! I’m not the type to even notice what people are wearing when I’m out, but other people WILL look at your clothing.

It’s not just shirts thought. My friend also got me this awesome Beauty and the Beast scarf, because she knows it’s my favorite Disney movie.  (It’s her’s too, which makes it even more fun!) It’s CUTE and goes really well with my gray pea coat. It’s so full of color and awesomeness that it even matches my red coat!

5. Bookish and Fandom Household Items

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I love gifting people things that I know they’ll use like CUTE towels.  My best friend (the same one that loves Harry Potter) is also a huge Star Wars fan.  Over the years I have purchased many Star Wars kitchen items such as measuring cups and glassware, which I bought from Thinkgeek.com.  You should check them out if you’re looking for fandom stuff, they’ve got some awesome items.

But THIS year, I bought her this adorable BB-8 handtowel an some cute washcloths from KOHLS.  I’m slowly decorating her whole house with Star Wars items, and I don’t think she’s caught on.  I don’t think she’d mind though, it’s so awesome!

6.    Bookish, Fandom, or Randomly Fun Socks

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Over the past few years, FUN socks have become a thing in our family.  Especially ones like these REALLY cute kitten ones!  We have two cats and these are just a fun stocking stuffer that everyone will have a good laugh over.  I know they’ll wear them too. Besides, they would also make such fun bookstagram photos too! 🙂

 

And there you have it, my list of Christmas Ideas for the Book Lover/Fandom Geek in your Life! 🙂 As, always, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

Book Review: A Holiday by Gaslight

Book Title: A Holiday by Gaslight

Book Author: Mimi Matthews

Book Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Page Count: 175 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Hello Book Friends!  It’s just another Monday closer to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited for the holidays coming up! 🙂 And since Christmas IS coming up soon I was in the mood to read something for the upcoming holiday! Those HALLMARK movies just never set the right tone for me to feel like I get the whole story, so I wanted to READ something Christmasy. When I saw that this one was also a HISTORICAL FICTION book, I requested this one, immediately. It’s not a YA novel like I typically read, but sometimes I need a break from those!

I’m so glad I did.  This story was ADORABLE.  Not gonna lie, it’s a straight up fluffy cute romance novel.  Not something I’d pick up to read every day, but something that I enjoy once in a while.  And this one was perfect.

I love how it starts out.  The two main characters don’t understand each other at all, and sets the tone for the whole story.  But it’s so much FUN! The story was well-written, and it was another fast-paced book I’ve read recently.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so short, – I didn’t realize it was a novella, (my bad) but for this type of story there was no reason to drag anything out.  You learn a lot about the characters in such a short amount of time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I recommend it to anyone looking for a simple sweet romance with a historical fiction edge to it and taking place during a nice Christmas setting.   I loved the main characters, (some of the side characters not so much, but they kind of remind me people I know in real life so there’s that! ;)) and the overall plot and the simplicity of it all.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  A Holiday by Gaslight
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Mimi Matthews

Book Review: Changeling

Book Title: Changeling

Book Author: Molly Harper

Book Publisher: INscribe Digital 

Publication Date: August 22, 2018

Page Count: 271

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: YES! 

An e-arc copy of this book was provided from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all are having another magical start to the week! I requested this book on NetGalley a few months ago because the synopsis seemed really FUN and I was looking for something different so I requested and was approved for this e-arc.  I hadn’t read one of those in a while, so I thought this book would be a good chance. Plus, It’s a historical fiction, so there’s that too! You can read all about it on Goodreads HERE! 

Personally, I thought this story was SUPER CUTE!  I loved the main character “Cassandra”.  I related a lot with her personality, and I loved her sarcasm throughout the book.  The side characters were also super fun!  I loved her two new friends! Also, there’s a love interest involved (and surprisingly no triangle involved) which was adorable!

This book has a slight Harry Potter/Tempest and Slaughter feel, but don’t go into it expecting the expansiveness of those books.  It has magic – which I would have liked to have seen more of, but I thought it was still really good and well done.  I believe this is a first in a series, so I am looking forward to reading more of these books in the future.

The story is very well written, and I had a hard time putting it down.  It was fast paced which I enjoyed and I loved all the historical fiction aspects to it as well.  The author really set the tone for the book, and I could imagine being at school with “Cassandra.” I enjoyed the antagonist side of these books, they were really well done.

Overall, this was an EXTREMELY enjoyable light read with magic and historical fiction incorporated together! It was fast paced, well -written and had an adorable plot.  The characters had relatable personalities, and there was some sass and sarcasm involved which is always a good thing. Since the book was published in August, I look forward to getting a physical copy soon!  I’d love to have it on my shelves.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Changeling
And if you want to find out more about this author you check can it out here: Molly Harper

October Wrap Up and November TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday!  October went by so fast for me and although I had a few weeks of not reading, I think I did pretty well!

Here’s a list of the books I read:

  1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – I loved how different this story was!
  2. Changeling by Molly Harper – I absolutely adored this one, review to come later!
  3. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – This has dragons and I loved them!
  4. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – this was 900 some pages, so technically counts as two books right?
  5. Escaping from Houdini – This was my most anticipated book of the year, so I wasn’t going to miss out on this for anything! Kingdom of Ash was my second most anticipated book of the year! 🙂

And there’s my wrap up for October!

Kingdom of Ash and Escaping from Houdini were not on the list when I typed up my October TBR, because I had no idea when I was going to get my hands on a copy of them – I just happenedd to get them both from the library in October!

I didn’t get to read Furyborn and The Falconer because the other two unlisted books were of more importance – I have to return them soon.  I’m going to move them to my November list.

Also, I needed to return Uprooted to the library so I DNF’d (did not finish) it for now.  I may get back to on a later TBR list, but not anytime soon.

November is such a busy and exciting time of the year in my household.  We look forward to seeing family and eating good food and it’s time consuming! So, I’ve decided to only add 4 books to the list this month!

November TBR

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews – This is e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve most graciously been given the opportunity to review.  It’s November, so I’m totally in the right mind-frame for CHRISTMAS! It’s have a large family so we start our Christmas shopping way early.  This book’s release date is November 13th! Also, I don’t think this is YA, but Adult Fiction.  I do like to read Adult books occasionally. 🙂

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2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes – This is also another e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve kindly been given to review!  I’ve never had an arc that doesn’t release until many months later, but THIS doesn’t come out until MAY 2019.  Also, this is the same author of Fawkes, which I absolutely loved and highly recommend,  so I’m super excited to jump into this one! (Also, I’ve no picture yet of this one!)

 

3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I didn’t get to this one last month, but it’s in my library’s e-arcs and I plan to request it again. Also, this is the month of E-books apparently!

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4. The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Again, I didn’t get to read this one last month, but I really want to jump into this one as soon as possible.  It’s about Fae!

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And there you have it! My TBR for November!  (I can’t believe I’m saying this, there’s only one more month in the year after this!)

Also, NaNoWriMo is going on this month!  I’ve written just over 10,000 words! I hand write most of the time, and I spent a long, long time on Sunday typing up my words, so I could get a good count! I know there will be a few days this week that I won’t be able to write much, so I tried to write as much as possible between now and then!

As always, thanks for reading!

Book Review: Sea Witch

Book Title: Sea Witch 

Book Author: Sarah Henning

Page Count: 368 Pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

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Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having a great Monday!

I’ve been a bit inactive for a couple of weeks, but that was due to illness!  It was difficult to even pick up a book and read, but I’m much better now, and able to focus on words.  I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t abandoned this or intentionally ignored any of your comments! I will be getting to those too! 🙂

With that being said, I just wanted to mention that NaNoWriMo begins THIS WEEK! I’m  internally screaming here because I am so not prepared for this. I’m still catching up with a few things but there’s two more full days of  October left – so hopefully I can get prepared before Thursday! My posts next month might be more geared towards my writing for NaNoWriMo than book reviews, so be prepared for that.

Have you seen the cover of SEA WITCH?  It’s such a beautiful cover.  That combined with the fact that it’s a fairy-tale retelling, made it very appealing to me. (I’ve been reading like one or two a month!) Not to mention it’s another Little Mermaid one, and I was sold.  I picked it up from library a couple days before I read it! 🙂

It wasn’t what I expected, but it happened to be a good thing!  I really enjoyed the main character Evie.  I must admit the side characters were a bit flat, and to be honest I didn’t really care about them much.  So the main character, and the villan’s story were all I happened to care about.

For a fantasy story, it starts off a bit slow, but I was still invested in reading it. All the good stuff happens at the end, but the story was well-written.  I couldn’t put it down because of the writing, and then towards the middle of the book things start to really pick up. There was some magic in the story too, but I didn’t feel like it was as strong as it could have been.

There were historical aspects to this story that made it really INTRIGUING to read. I enjoy when authors incorporate that sort of things into their stories.

Also, the ending was GREAT.  Things didn’t pan out the way I’d expected it to, but I ENJOYED how it went down. And it had some pretty good plot twists. It was very creatively thought out! 🙂

Overall I really enjoyed it.  I liked Evie, the main character and I wanted to find out more about her story, and what happened with her friend.  The side characters weren’t as good as they could have been, but the story was well-written.  I was hooked because of that, and things finally started to pick up to point where I didn’t want to put it down.  I liked how history was intertwined with the story.  I thought it was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little mermaid re-telling.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Sea Witch
And if you want to find out more about this author you check can it out here: Sarah Henning

 

Book Review: The Last Namsara

Book Title: The Last Namsara

Book Author: Kristen Ciccarelli

Page Count: 432

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a great Monday! 🙂

A while back I picked up this book at my local library, where I get most of my books before I purchase them when I can afford them. I mean, who wants to buy a book and then be really disappointed for paying all that money for a book you dislike?! Amirite? 🙂

Anyway, my library displays all the new YA books on certain shelves and this one caught my attention because the cover looked amazing.  Naturally, I picked it up and was sold the second I saw the word “dragon.” I love dragons, what can I say?

I don’t know why, but I kept putting this book off for months.  I renewed it several times, until I decided to put this on my TBR for September and I AM SO GLAD I DID! I really regret not reading it sooner!  It was AMAZING.

The story was set at a fast pace, and I couldn’t put the book down for ANYTHING. It was just that good! The writing style was fantastic, too and made it easy for me to rush through it!

The main character, Asha, is fantastic.  She is a hardcore warrior, independent, strong, and FUN to read about. She’s someone I’d want as my best friend.  She’s got a lot of growth and development in this book and that is what makes the story. The side characters are also really strong, opinionated people, and I absolutely loved them all.  Also, there’s romance, because what’s a little YA without some.  It’s not a very strong one, compared to other books but still, it was ADORABLE! Not all fantasy books have to have such strong ones. And the evil characters were as evil as evil characters can be.

I loved the world-building with the DRAGONS (I loved them so much!), and how stories and myths worked in this world. Some of the plots twists took me by surprise! I didn’t see them coming AT ALL!

So, overall I thought that this book was WONDERFUL.  I thought the fast pace made for an adventure that I couldn’t put down. The writing style made it easy for me to read.  The world building was creative and new and super fun to read about.  The main character is AWESOME, as well as the side characters! Also, some awesome plot twists that got me good! I hope there’s a sequel, because I am so looking forward to what happens next!

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  The Last Namsara
And if you want to find out more about this author you check can it out here: Kristen Ciccarelli