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May Book Haul

May has been a pretty good month for books. I’ve found so many great deals and I cannot wait to read them. Here are the books I have so far:

The Book Case Box:

I ordered a book box and I was absolutely thrilled with everything that came with it.My book was “To Kill a Kingdom”by Alexandra Christo which is a retelling of The Little Mermaid. I also got a gorgeous sparkly book pouch, a vinyl sticker, some still water, socks and an art print. I started reading ‘To Kill a Kingdom” already and it is SO good.

Bargain Books Trip:

I visited Bargain Books and while it was a struggle for me to find books (I seem to own them all), I did managed to get a few that seemed really interesting. I also don’t think that I’ll be going back since I have been seeing the same books for about 3 months now.

SPCA Booksale

For the first time in a while, I was not working on the day of the booksale so I managed to get in early and found some great reads.

Throwback to that time in my life when all I wanted was to be a teen magazine journalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “I am upset and need to indulge myself” book haul:

I had a pretty crappy day so I went to the bookstore after work. More specifically, two bookstores. I went to Exclusive Books AND Bargain Books (#treatYOself). I came home with a really exciting stack as well as two bookmarks. YAY!

I’m also currently waiting for the delivery of a special “A Court of Frost and Starlight” book box.

What was your last book haul? Did you read any of the books above? Leave a comment and let me know!

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Picking up shortly after “Six of Crows”, “Crooked Kingdom” follows Kaz and his gang as they plan their revenge after being double-crossed. Kaz wants his money and he wants his Wraith back. This is both personal and business. But while Kaz and the team are trying to stay alive, avoid the police and save Inej, Ketterdam is overrun with foreigners hoping to cash in on jurda parem in some way. There is also a new threat to Grishas (because when it rains, it pours) everywhere- a new type of being hunting the Grisha.
I felt like this book had a slower pace than “Six of Crows” but I enjoyed how this book showed that even the great Kaz Brekker makes mistakes and can be caught in his own traps. After finishing this book, I was left heart-broken and desperately needed more. After binge-reading this series it was impossible to think that I would no longer wake up and go to work while listening to this story. I needed to know more about these characters and their lives. What were their childhoods like? When would I see them again? What were they doing at this exact moment? Are they okay? I developed a very unhealthy attachment to this world and I love it. This was a compelling read and I loved the many plot twists and turns. I can’t wait to read the other books set in the Grishaverse.

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Nerd Blast: Tell Me No Lies by A.V Geiger (PLUS: A Giveaway)

Hey guys. So today I’m doing something a bit new. I’m a part of the Nerd Blast for “Tell Me No Lies” by A.V Geiger. You can find out more about Jean Book Nerd’s Nerd Blast’s here. You can can also enter to win a SIGNED copy of the thrilling “Tell Me No Lies”. Read on below to find out more.

SYNOPSIS:

Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat… That’s safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Praise for FOLLOW ME BACK

“Debut author Geiger’s social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. ” ―Publishers Weekly

“Pieces are revealed one at a time until they all come together at the end-right before everything falls apart before a final, dark twist. A page-turner for young adults invested in social media, fandoms, and mysteries.” ―School Library Journal

“Told though alternating points of view, tweets, and police reports, this novel is perfect for fans of Sara Shepard, April Henry, or Kimberly Derting. In her debut novel, Geiger creates a rich horror story which is all the more intriguing because of its conceivable possibilities. Using fan culture and social media communications to the best effect, she makes the setting and plot convincingly real.” ―VOYA Magazine

“Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end.” ―Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series

“Timely, twisty, and totally thrilling. Follow Me Back will have readers wondering about the identity of every online friend and follower they’ve got. A riveting read that will keep you up late and keep you guessing!” ―Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc. and Vicarious

“Dark and suspenseful, Follow Me Back is sure to be the next big thing in YA Thrillers.” ―Ali Novak, author of The Heartbreak Chronicles and My Life with the Walter Boys

“Follow Me Back is an unforgettable page-turner, and a cautionary tale for any fan who’s ever wished that their favorite celebrity followed them on social media.” ―Sandy Hall, author of Signs Point to Yes and A Little Something Different

“Follow Me Back is a mystery/thriller/suspense roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their toes. Jaw-droppingly twisty and continually surprising.” ―Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A.V. Geiger is an epidemiologist who spends far too much spare time on social media. By day, she studies women’s psychiatric and reproductive health. By night, she can be found fangirling, following people back, and photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns. Her writing career began with celebrity fan fiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with online fan culture. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits on the story-sharing website Wattpad, ranking as high as #1 in the mystery-thriller genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys.

WEBSITE: https://avgeiger.com/
TWITTER: @av_geiger
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14784965.A_V_Geiger
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/avgeigerbooks/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/avgeiger/

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Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of TELL ME NO LIES (Follow Me Back #2) by A.V. Geiger.

– 1 Winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon/PayPal Gift Card.

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Book Review- The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

The Wren HuntThe Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I loved it so very very much. There are no words to express how delightful I found this book but I will try.
Wren is an augur- she sees patterns that predict the future. But the augurs powers are slowly draining away. In order to save her family, Wren takes an internship with the mysterious and powerful judge Cassa Harkness. Wren’s real job is to be a spy and report anything that could help the augurs win against the judges. It also involves Wren spending constant time in the presence of the boys who chase and humiliate her as part of a “game”.
From the very start of this book I was just as terrified of these boys as Wren was. They are bullies who think nothing of using physical violence to get their way.
This was a well-written book with flawless world-building and many twist and turns. The day that I received this book, I had previously seen it all over my social media feeds and for good reason. This is a pretty unique read and I would love to read more. Because of what I had heard about this book, I made a game out of guessing the plot and while I was pretty close, this book still managed to throw me for a loop which was so fun! Definitely read this if you’re a fan of fantasy fiction. THIS BOOK IS GOLD!!!

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Excerpt from “Death Doesn’t Bargain” by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Synopsis:

The Deadmen are back…

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction.

The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them and Thorn, leader of the Hellchasers, once and for all.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to a mer-race who prides themselves on cruelty, he sacrificed himself for the only woman who has ever shown him kindness. Locked in a hell realm, he doesn’t expect anyone to come to his rescue. He accepts the fact that he was born alone and that he twice died that way— once by his own mother’s hand.

Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser Deadman, it’s her calling, but her resolve stems more from the fact that she’s the reason he died in the first place. If not for him, she’d still be suffering. And she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. Even make a bargain with the Devyl and the devil himself. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron’s resolve.

Hell hath no fury as a woman wronged, and two of them are now about to face off, with the very fate of humanity hinging on the one who emerges victorious.

Death Doesn’t Bargain is the second historical fantasy title in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. Where Deadmen tell their tales, and every soul is damned or redeemed by the final choices they make.

 

Excerpt from “Death Doesn’t Bargain” by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Leucious cursed under his breath. “I’ve had so many enemies throughout the centuries . . . hard to keep track of them all.”
“True. Sooner or later, we all want to kill you.”
Thorn glared at him.
“What?” he asked innocently. Not like it was his fault. Leucious Thorn had a way of getting on pretty much every one’s kill list. And he’d once been at the very top of Devyl’s.
Some days he still was.

 

About the Author:

New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2003, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross, Nevermore, Silent Swans, Lords of Avalon® and The League®. Her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. The Chronicles of Nick® and Dark-Hunter® series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter®, Lords of Avalon® and The League® are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ravka is divided by a creepy place of darkness called the Shadow Fold. The Shadow Fold is crawling with bloodthirsty creatures such as the volcra who eat humans. Plain Jane (and utterly boring) Alina Starkov crosses the Fold with her regiment and is attacked. Several people die but when her best friend is attacked, Alina manages to save him wiith a mysterious power she didn’t even know she had. (Can you tell how skeptical I am about Alina? Because I am really trying to hide it. She’s a sweet girl. Just very boring. And not smart. Anyway…)
Alina is sent to train as a member of the Grisha- a group of people with special powers. However, Alina isn’t just any Grisha. She is one of her kind and incredibly power. And her power could save Ravka.
This is all incredibly cliche but let’s go with it (you’ll see why in a minute). As Alina adjusts to her new life as a Grisha, she discovers that nothing is as it seems in her new home.
This was a great read but I didn’t think that the ending was much of an ending. It just felt kind of incomplete. It was like the story was pausing when I desperately needed more (thankfully I had the next book already). Definitely DO NOT read this unless you have the entire series. I’m currently dragging myself through the second book because I don’t want to finish it without having the last one with me.
This was a well-written book with an intriguing plot. Alina annoyed me with her obsession with Mal and their love story seems forced to me (I support another ship) but I’m hoping she’ll grow out of it with time.

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May TBR

It’s finally May! The month of all the great book releases. Unfortunately for my ever-growing TBR, I have been moved to another department at work and learning the ropes has been taking up most of my time. I don’t think I’m going to get to read all the books but here are the books on my TBR:

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas- This is all I wanted to read for 2018 and judging from the Instagram pics, I can probably finish this in one setting.
  2. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo- I started reading this already and it is SO GOOD (but it’s the kind of good where you need time to binge-read).
  3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton- I’m rereading this (or atleast I was supposed to be rereading this but I keep getting distracted. See list of books previously mentioned). This is going to be followed by Hero at the Fall (and then I shall mourn the end of this series).
  4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo- I am listening to the audiobook and trying to draw it out for as long as possible so that when I get my next credit, I can just purchase the last book in this series.
  5. The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor- I was 57% into this book before I got sidetracked by The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton (I keep stopping books halfway to read other books. I have a problem).
  6. A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman- I have been holding off on reading this because I didn’t read the previous book in this series. However I did read an excerpt from this book and it looks really interesting.

I’m not sure how I plan to finish 6 books in one month (especially since I still have so many reviews that I haven’t written yet) but fingers crossed that I make it. What do you plan to read in May? Let me know below.

April Book Haul

We are almost to my birthday! Okay, no. My birthday is in three months but whatever. April is my mother’s birthday month and it makes me incredibly happy because once this month is over I can finally start discussing my birthday plans. Here are the books I got for April so far (I have to say so far because recently I feel like I have  been magically finding books everywhere I go despite my supposed book ban):

 

1) SPCA and Bargain Books Book Haul:

Please take a minute to observe and be astounded by the small size of my haul. Also, YAY boxsets. I was working on the day of the SPCA booksale so by the time I got there, there were not many books that I found interesting. However I did find Matilda which I’ve always wanted to read. When I first started work and my co-workers found out about my love of reading, they called me the real-life Matilda (this quickly came to an end when I told them I had  no idea who that was).

I also managed to get a copy of “Seed” from Bargain Books. If you follow me on social media, you know that I have wanted this book for a really long time. I’ve seen it in the bookstore during my last two visits but I left it behind because I already read it and I had other (unread) books that I was buying (but still haven’t read any of those books). Anyway, when I got to Bargain Books, I looked around the entire store twice and was unable to find the book.I very reluctantly asked the saleslady to look it up and within a few minutes, the staff located a copy for me. I was overjoyed. “Seed” was one of the first Netgalley books I ever read and I enjoyed it immensely. The story is captivating and the writing is incredible. I feel like I have come so far as a person and as a book reviewer since then and I NEEDED this book to remind me of the girl I was back then. I don’t even know if I’m making sense right now but words cannot express how much it meant to me that I finally got this book.

 

2)  Review Copies from Jonathan Ball Publishers:

I requested “The Perfect Girlfriend” by Karen Hamilton because I recently read “The Woman in The Window”” and I LOVED IT. I very rarely enjoy mysteries but that was a book that made me rethink my opinion on the entire genre. I’m hoping that “The Perfect Girlfriend” will be something along those lines. “The Wren Hunt” has been all over my social media and I’m both excited and scared to read it. Excited because it seems interesting but scared because what if it doesn’t live up to the hype (that is the eternal book question, if you ask me).

What books did you buy recently? Feel free to send me weblinks, pictures, comments, etc. If it’s book-related, I want to know.

5 FREE Sources for Pictures for Your Blog

5 Free Sources for  Pictures for your blog

When I first started blogging I had no pictures in my blog posts. I didn’t think I needed them- I cared more about my words than the way they looked. I also had no idea where to get photos from. If you’ve had issues finding pictures for your blog posts this is for you.

1) Take Your Own- It’s your blog and no one know better than you what pictures you need. The easiest way to get pictures that you need is to take your own. However, keep in mind that you need great lighting and a good quality picture. I know nothing about photography so I always rely on websites instead. Also I really don’t trust my photo skills.

2) Death to the Stock Photo- Death to the Stock photo provides you with monthly photo collections based on a theme. Most of my pictures are from their site.

3) Picjumbo- Picjumbo provides you with new photos every few days and they occasionally allow you access to their premium packs. Their photos are of a high-quality and always have a theme depending on the time of the year. Need a Christmas or Easter-themed photo? They have you covered!

4) Canva- There is no end to what you can do with Canva. Use it to create social media banners, blog posts, infographs or printables. I especially like using Canva to add text to my pictures from Picjumbo or Death to the Stock Photo.

5) Pexels- I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pexels. Simply type in what you’re looking for in the search(e.g, a picture of a laptop) and pick from one of their many choices.

How do you get pictures for your blog? Have you tried any of the above sites? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday- Book Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and MoreThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Emmaline lives in the beach town of Colby where it seems like she is nothing but a face in other people’s stories and holiday memories. Emmaline has been with her boyfriend, Luke for practically forever. They’re a great match. Almost perfect.
But things start to change in the summer before Emmaline goes off to college. Her absentee father returns with his son (and some secrets) while a visitor from New York, Theo seems taken with Emmaline.
While Luke is small town, Theo is ambitious and showy. Nothing like the life Emmaline knows but Theo represents the life she could have…If she only chose to move out of Colby.
This was a wonderfully written novel about growing up and finding your identity. Emmaline is a girl from a small town who longs for something more than her ordinary life. However when that something more is given to her, she isn’t so sure anymore if it is what she wants. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a contemporary read or a sweet family story.

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