Book Review: Corpse and Crown

Book Title: Corpse and Crown

Book Author: Alisa Kwitney

Book Publisher: Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend:  Yes! 

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Hello Dear Book Friends!  I hope your week is off to a great start! 🙂  I haven’t published a book review in over month and it seems like I almost forgot how! >_< Anyway, I’m back on track and ready to tell you about this book!

I decided to request this from Net Galley mainly because of the title, Corpse and Crown.  The title was very eye-catching for me (lol, pun intended) because if there’s anything similar to zombies involved, I’m all for it! Also, it has a historical fiction setting which I’ve been really into reading a lot more of, here lately. And fortunately and I was approved! 🙂

This is an Oliver Twist retelling with a bit of Frankenstein incorporated and it is so different than what I expected! I thought it was AWESOME.

This book is actually the second in the Cadaver and Queen Series.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until too late, however, you CAN read it as a stand-alone book.  Corpse and Crown happen to tell the story of different characters set in the same world as the first book.

Let me just say that this book was so much CUTER than the title sounds! I absolutely adored the main character, Aggie, as she reminded me a lot of Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper. Also, I love this girl’s boldness so so much.

The Artful Dodger quickly became my favorite person. Though the queen was very, very close. I just wish the story would have told me more about this character and how she really felt. If I’d read the first book, this might have (probably) made more sense to me!

This story had me really intrigued by the Bio Mechanical aspect, more than I thought I would be, and I found myself wanting to know more about it – which is pretty unusual for me.  I really enjoyed where the author was going with this story, though I felt it could have a bit more detail involved.  I STILL enjoyed it, regardless.

The writing style was FANTASTIC, and I had a very hard time putting this book down so I could go to sleep.  I really wanted to know what was going to happen, and the plot twists were put in all the right places!

So overall, I really, really enjoyed this book.  I plan on reading the first book (hopefully soon), so I can find out more about the Queen now that I’ve read this one! The characters were well written, the style of writing was great and I highly recommend that you read this! (Though you might want to read Cadaver and Queen first, so you have more info going into the second book!)

I was provided this e-arc by the publisher, Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press through Net Galley.  All opinions expressed in this review are all my own. 

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:  Corpse and Crown
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here:Alisa Kwitney

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December Wrap Up and January TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope you all have had a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year!  I know I sufficiently stuffed my face with all kinds of delicious foods over the past few weeks – not gonna lie, it was totally worth it! Anyway, now that it’s over, I’m back in book world! 🙂

I completed my December TBR, which was only TWO books but I’m still patting myself on the back for finishing it.

  1. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I listened to this on audiobook and oh my goodness it does not disappoint! I absolutely, loved catching up on Juliette, Warner, Adam, and Kenji! And the cliffhanger ending had me like !!!
  2. Corspe and Crown by Alisa Kwitney. This e-arc book was super cute and I loved everyone second of it. (It’s an Oliver Twist retelling) The review will be coming soon as it releases next month!

So, onto my January TBR.

I was only going to read 4 books this month, but I have pretty high ambitions, though I suspect I’ll only end up reading 3 or 4 because that’s how I roll, lol. >_<

  1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I’m super excited to read the next installment of the DC icons. I’ve read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and it was so good. (Also, how fun is it that all these books are written by different authors?!) I’ve yet to read Wildcard and Warcross by Marie Lu, but I really enjoyed The Young Elites series and Prodigy series.bat
  2. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I can’t wait to read this. I got this e-arc from the publisher through Netgalley. It sounds really interesting to me because it’s a murder mystery/historical fiction book. And it happens to be set in Paris! It just sounds amazing.
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. Apparently I’ve had this on my shelves for about a year, and haven’t read it yet. It’s a historical fiction (I had no idea!) set in England and Hungary. It’s got mixed reviews, but I’m totally looking forward so see what it has to bring to the table.brr
  4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m attempting to read books off my shelf this year that I’ve yet to read. Apparently, this one has magic (always a fun thing to look forward to), assassins, an evil queen and a princess who has to save them all. I can’t wait to dive into this one!qott
  5. Shadow of the Fox by Julia Kagawa. Although I said I’m trying to read books off my shelf, I got this one from the library. I’ve already started reading this one and I’m loving it! I actually want to get back to it right now! I’m about 90 pages in and it’s fantastic!sotf

 

And there you have it!  My TBR consists these of 5 books and hopefully I’ll get to them all before the end of the month! As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2018

So, if you’ve been following my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I did this back in July, with my top  5 books of the first half of the year. Some of these books will probably be the same, but there’s some new ones too!

  1.  Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe and Thunderhead are absolutely amazing books, full of originality and exciting plot twists.  This series tops the list, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one! 

2. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one.  It has dragons and an exciting plot line! 

3.  Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

I loved this book so much and after that cliffhanger I am begging for more! 

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

I never knew this was a hilarious, sarcastic book.  I loved it a lot. 

5. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

You people told me I would LOVE this book you were NOT wrong. This is the BEST high fantasy book I’ve read to date. I’ve actually started reading the Well of Ascension already even though I hadn’t planned on it. 

6. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

This book was a great historical fiction.  I love the mix of magic and history intertwined. 

7. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The protagonist of this book is witty, and funny and not afraid to stab someone without feeling guilty.  I loved it so so much. 

8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell was amazing in the book, but Lila really stole the show in the rest of the series.  I don’t really mind, it was a fantastic read anyway. 

9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in 2017, otherwise it would be on list. But Crooked Kingdom still made the list and I am reeling from the amazingness (I’ve officially deemed this a word) of this series, so much that I’m re-reading it. (And I never re-read a book, so that’s saying something there.)

10. Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

I have been waiting for this books for YEARS!  Tamora Pierce’s books are just so epic tht that they are always worth the wait.  Also, so much information bundled into this book that you’ll want to know about. 

And there you have it!  My top 10 favorite books I read in 2018! As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

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!

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