Mail Day 

So I got some more book mail today! Don’t think I’ll be ordering more stuff a bit (or until next pay day) but we’ll see. Books a Million has a sale going on so I might end up getting something. 

But first in the mail I got Dark Age by Felix O. Hartmann which was released on June 24 2016! The cover is gorgeous and I’m upset excited to read it! The author sent me it to read and review so I can’t wait to jump into it this week. 

The next two are related and they are Stitching Snow and Spinning Starlight by R C Lewis. They’re fairytale retellings of Snow White and Wild Swans. Again as I have mentioned in other posts I really love retellings so I’m happy I got these and get to dive into the world! 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour was honestly a cover buy. I saw someone haul it on YouTube and was like woah! Pretty cover! Must buy! So I did! I believe it’s about a girl wanting to make it big in Hollywood. Hoping it’s good!

Lastly is The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy. I believe this book is a snow queen retelling. I saw someone haul it in a YouTube video and was like “I’ll check it out!” 

And that’s my book haul! Hope you all liked it! I’m trying to not buy so much until my next pay check in two weeks so hopefully it lasts. 

Let me know down below if you’ve read these books and your thoughts on them! Have you gotten any new books recently? I’d like to know! 

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Zodiac


Zodiac by Romina Russell

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: November 10, 2015

Rating: 4/5

Zodiac is the story of a girl named Rho who is training to read the stars. It starts off after an explosion erupts on her home of Cancer and takes off from there.

This book first drew me in when I found out it was about the Zodiac. I love reading about it and learning about it so I was super excited when it talked about the different zodiacs. When I started reading it took a bit to get into it but once everything started happening it really picked up and didn’t let up till the end! There were parts that had me flying through the pages to get to the end to see what was going to happen. Especially the ending.

Oh man that ending just crushed me. In a good way. The way everything happened just blew me away.

Rho was a pretty good character. Very determined, and put others before herself at times. But she was also very indecisive at times and it really just bugged me a few times. Maybe it was just me but it got frustrating when I felt she should do something and she didn’t in regards to figuring out who she cared about more. It felt almost too much like Twilight and that bugged me. But overall that was one of the reasons it was only a 4/5 for me.

The story had some issues for me a bit because it had a few of the YA tropes but they weren’t too badly written so I got over that and kept going. That was another reason why it wasn’t 5/5 for me.  But it was pretty good book! I enjoyed it a lot so I will definitely be continuing the series! Plus these covers are stunning! Love having them on my shelf!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts! Have you seen the new cover for the third book? Stunning!

A Thousand Nights

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A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: October 6, 2015

Rating: 5/5

A Thousand Nights is about a ruler Lo-Melkhiin who takes a girl to be his bride and kills them. So when he travels to our main character’s village, she knows her sister is going to be chosen, for she is the loveliest, and takes her place. It is about her journey to survive her husband and discover the mystery around him.

I had heard multiple comments that it was very much like Wrath and the Dawn but I found it to be different. And I really enjoyed this book.

The only thing they have in common is the theme that the king or ruler has had multiple wives who end up dying. Other than that they are different. In the Wrath and the Dawn, the main character’s best friend is killed and she volunteers to be the next bride. In A Thousand Nights, the girl takes her sister’s place.

Our heroine in this story is unnamed, and I loved reading it like that. I sort of put you in her shoes and you really got to feel like you were experiencing the plot first hand. Maybe that was just me but I liked how this story came along. She was written so amazingly well, and so were all the characters. I really loved how the sister relationship was portrayed in here. They had a good healthy relationship and I loved seeing it. Same with the mother daughter relationship as well. That was also a good portrayal and I liked seeing her family and how they were written. Sometimes you don’t see much of the family, or they died so it’s always nice reading about families that are alive and present in the stories.

The plot was great, I really enjoyed her writing style, and felt that overall the world building was spot on. She described settings, and objects well, and I felt that I got a good picture in my head of how places looked.

This book is another 1,000 Nights retelling that I’ll be adding to my favorites shelf. Highly recommend this book and the author!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts! Also if you have other 1,000 Night retellings let me know! I really would like to read them and give them a shot!

Book Outlet Summer Reading Sale

So I don’t know if everyone knew, but I along with many others, took advantage of the Book Outlet Summer Reading Sale. It was another one of their sales where everything was 15% off. I definitely went a little overboard but oh well! They were good prices and all came in good condition.

If you don’t know what Book Outlet is, they’re a website that sells books for cheaper prices. Some are in good condition, but there are some that are called Scratch and Dent copies which are a little more beat up. They have good selections at times, but other times they’re okay. But I enjoy shopping on there nonetheless. I’ll leave the link down below once again.

It’s packed to the brim almost!

So the first book I got from there is Jars of Hearts by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler. It is the story of two sisters Chloe and Shana. Their mother is away and while Shana escapes under her goth garb, Chloe takes care of their adopted brother because their father is withdrawn. This one was mainly a cover buy, but I had heard of it and thought it sounded good so I got it during the sale.

I got Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. I heard great things about this and so I really wanted to pick it up. It is a beauty and the beast retelling so I was even more excited to pick it up! I love Beauty and the Beast, and I really love retellings of fairy tales (especially Cinder, and A Court of Thorns and Roses), so I’m super excited to see how this book goes and turns out.

I got Unremembered by Jessica Brody. It is a trilogy I believe about a girl who is on a plane and it goes down. No one expects there to be survivors but a girl is found in the wreckage who is unharmed and has no memories of even boarding the plane. This really sounded cool so I picked it up. They had the other books but I didn’t want to buy them yet.

Next I got The Line by Teri Hall. This book seems like a combination of The Dome, and Under the Never Sky. There is a border that lops off part of the US. There are bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side which is called Away. Then Rachel (main character) finds a recording which could have only come from the Away. It sounds amazing so I’m excited to check it out!

Next is Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre. It is about a girl who has a score to settle with the beautiful people at her school. They drove her to despair and she makes a deal with someone named Kain and interesting things happen.

Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre. This is the second book to Mortal Danger so I can’t really give a summary. I for some reason just decided to buy the second book along with the first, when I didn’t for Unremembered. Don’t know why but I did. I like this cover, it’ll look awesome on my shelf!

Next is Princess of Thorns also by Stacey Jay. It is another retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I again heard awesome things about this book so I picked it up as well. I will probably read any and all retellings. I really enjoy them and some are really well done. So I like to see how authors twist the stories to create something great! So I hope to get to them sometime soon.

A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe is the next book in this haul. I love these covers so much! I really do! But this is the third book in the Earth & Sky trilogy. It’s basically about aliens. I haven’t read them yet but I really want to binge read them. The series is about a girl named Skylar, who has premonitions, and a boy named Win, who is part of a rebel group.

Trail by Fire by Josephine Angelini is the last book in this haul. I heard good things about this book and the writing so I decided to try it out and pick it up. This girl has allergies that can harm her, and after an incident at a party she wishes she could disappear. Then she ends up in a different Salem and what made her weak in her original world makes her stronger in the new world. Sounded interesting so I hope I like it.

And that is my Book Outlet book haul!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what book you got from the Book Outlet Summer Reading Sale!

The Bronze Horseman

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The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: April 2001

Rating: 4/5

Oh my gosh…this book took me a while to read but so worth it…It was just…wow. This book just kills your emotions and everything inside you. It was such a beautiful read, but at times frustrating! It wasn’t the plot..it was the characters at times. There were times I wanted to shake Tatiana.

So this book is about a girl named Tatiana and her family who live in Russia during the summer of 1941. It takes place during WWII, and Tatiana meets a young man named Alexander who is a solider. And everything takes off from there.

So Tatiana is a young girl who is so self-sacrificing that at times it just kills me. I would’ve cracked way before, and wow she just put everything and everyone else before her. It killed me at times, because there were things I wanted her to have, and just in general it was frustrating to see her put herself last. Especially since her family could almost care less…

Alexander was a great main character at times, but other times he was a bit much! It’s hard to talk about him and not give things away! Because his attitudes and what he does at times is really spoiler-filled. But he at times seemed a bit pushy, and it almost made me uncomfortable but never really got to that point.

Both characters were really well developed throughout the book, which is great because the book only took place in one year. Tatiana really does mature throughout this book, and I really loved how she started to grow up towards the end of the book. She was really naive at times and she started to grow out of it.

But it was really heartbreaking at many points in the books, and I flew through it at some points but other points were a bit slow. Thats why it’s not a 5/5 for me. But again I highly recommend, because it was a really good read. I want to try and read the other books in the series, so we’ll have to see if I get around to them. It took me a while to finish this one, mainly because it took me a bit to get used to reading adult contemporary. But once I got into it I flew through it then I started reading slow again because I was scared about how it would end!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book, and if you’ve read the books in the series! I’d like to know!

Reading on the Go 

So I like to read on the go. I take some form of book with me wherever I go. I have books saved to my iBooks and Kindle app on my phone. I have my new Kindle Fire to take on car rides and other sort of rides. And I sometimes will take a physical book with me. It all depends on where I am going.

If I am going to disneyland with my family, which is an hour away from me, I will take a physical copy for the car ride, as well as some books on my phone. When I take the train up to school I take a physical book usually. But sometimes I will take an e-reader along with me instead. On planes I take both with me. Usually I take multiple books with me and load up my kindle or phone with lots of books.

So in this car adventure, I was heading to Ikea with my dad to look for a new shelf for the loft. I took my Kindle, took my medicine since I get car sick, then just read the whole drive down. It takes up about an hour or so to get to the closest Ikea to me.

I am reading on this Kindle Fire Coyote by David L Foster.

What type of reading do you do on the go? Do you always bring physical copies or e-readers?  Let me know in the comments!

Bookish Things

So I got some bookish items in the mail this weekend! From my all time favorite Society6 artist Evie Seo! I’ll leave her link down below. All of my items from Society6 son far have been from her page.

So I got a bag (again! I have so many in my closet but I love them) and the quote is from the Raven Boys which is by Maggie Stiefvater. I love this series so far and this design is super awesome! This bag is actually bigger than the usual I buy but I really like this item!

Secondly I got a rectangular pillow and the quote is from These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. One of my favorites books! And this quote was one of my favorite from that book! I love the colors, and the design of it. She always does great designs, always!

Again I am in love with her designs and products. If you’re looking for great bookish designs you should definitely check her out! Society6 in general always has great designs and artists. If you use coupons you can get a great deal.

Here is her page, so go check her out!

Evie Seo’s page: https://society6.com/evieseo

Let me know in the comments if you order from her, or what artists you order from! I’d like to know, and I would like to explore more artists!

Barnes and Nobles Mail

Mail day once again! Since Barnes and Nobles is sending out so many coupons I’ve been using them to buy so many books! Not even sorry! Many are books I have been planning on buying for awhile!

Also I am joined by my special guest: Bella the dachshund.  

The first book I got is The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas. This book is about a girl starting summer vacation. She was held at knife point during winter and it still haunts her, and she starts getting involved with one of the town bad boys. But he has a secret that might destroy her.

Sounds interesting! Can’t wait to read it! Bella seems to enjoy using it to cover her up.

Lastly, I got I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios! I am super excited because I have been looking for this book for forever! I finally just decided to get the book online and use a coupon! I absolutely cannot wait to get started on it!

Could not resist adding a picture of my baby with the books. I have two other dogs but they like to stay downstairs usually. Bella likes being around my family and I so she always runs upstairs. She’s usually my reading buddy.

Love her so much!

Anyways let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and your thoughts on them! When I finish them we should talk about them, I’d really like to hear people’s thoughts on them!

Barnes and Nobles Haul (again)

I really can’t control myself. And Barnes and Noble really isn’t helping! They’ve been sending out so many coupons recently and I always feel like I have to use them because I don’t want the discount to go to waste! So lately I’ve been buying and buying books! I have so many packages coming in the mail it’s insane! But anyways, let’s get to what I bought.

So the first two things aren’t books. But still! So I got a Disney Funko mystery mini and I got Ariel. I didn’t even know these got released already so I bought one. I want to eventually get more but I have no room to put them so it’s kind of pointless. But knowing me I’ll still buy them.

Next I got a wooden sign that says “You Discover You Have Wings When You Read”. I love these signs, I see them everywhere but never pick one up. So I decided to change that today. It is now on my shelf in my bedroom.

Next is the first two books from the Jenna Fox series “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” and “The Fox Inheritance” which are signed. When Barnes and Nobles did their B-Fest they had books signed and were selling them in a section near the Nooks. So since Mary E Pearson is one of my all time favorite authors I decided to pick them up and try them out! I haven’t heard anything really about it so I can’t wait to dive into them.

Next is Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey. I honestly don’t know what this is about except that it is about a woman who wants to publish research and not date, and about a guy who is a spy sent to watch over her. I’m excited to read it, so hopefully I really enjoy it! This was honestly a total cover buy…not even lying. Saw the cover and was like “I NEED THIS!”

Next two books are both by Rebecca Lim, and they are Exile and Mercy. Mercy is about a girl named Mercy, who is an angel and meets a guy named Ryan whose sister disappeared. That is all I picked up on the brief scan of the summary since I don’t want to know more than that. Exile is the sequel so I won’t be going into that one! Super excited to try these out! Hoping I really like them!

Lastly in my haul is The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. From my once again brief scan of the summary, it is about a girl on the run from a monk who wants to burn her as a heretic. It sounds super cool, and super good! Plus the cover is stunning! Hoping that all means I’ll really enjoy this book! Let’s hope!

 

Let me know in the comments down below if you’ve read any of these books and your spoiler free thoughts! I’d really like to hear!

Kindle Fire


I got a Kindle Fire!

I’m literally so happy right now! I had an older kindle, the kindle e-reader 6″ but I lost it! I don’t know where it went at all! So I’m super bummed about that. But this tablet was on sale on Amazon for like 39.99$ for an 8g and 59.99$ for a 16g. I went with the 16g and it was much cheaper than the first Kindle I had! So I lucked out. I got it along with a case in the mail today. I really love Amazon!

I really really do.

They’re shipping is awesome, their customer service is amazing, and overall I hardly have any issues with them.

While I do have physical copies, and prefer physical books, I do like reading ebooks and I enjoy the ease at which it is to read on the go with them. I really enjoy taking my Kindle on car rides to Disneyland or even on the train to school. I also like taking my e-reader to work and reading on my lunch time. It makes it so much easier for me.

I highly recommend having some kind of e-reader, especially if you take long car rides! Comes in handy!

Let me know in the comments if you have an e-reader! What brand is it? Do you prefer it more then physical copies?