Waiting on Wednesday

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th 2014 in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page.

 

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (February 2015 – Razorbill)

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here…

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.” Goodreads.

 

 

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder (February 2015 – Mira)

“New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she’s back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous…” Goodreads.

 

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout (December 2014)

“Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.” Goodreads.

 

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (March 2015 – Orion)

“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.” Goodreads.

Fairytale Fashions: Bookish Pajamas

Posted on Friday, September 12th 2014 in Fairytale Fashions

I wasn’t really sure what to post this Friday for Fairytale Fashions, but then I stumbled across these pajamas on Forever21:

It’s kind of perfect, isn’t it? This is exactly what I think of when I want the perfect night in. Not sure there’s a bookworm out there who wouldn’t agree!

 

There’s another pair that is still available on Forever21 that I’m in love with. I bought it ages ago, and it’s just awesome!

I’ve always preferred books with kick-ass heroines, and this shirt just speaks to me. The second I saw it, I knew I just had to have it! What are you’re favorite bookish pajamas?

Perfect Kind of Trouble

Posted on Sunday, September 7th 2014 in Review

Perfect Kind of TroubleTitle: Perfect Kind of Trouble
Author: Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #2
Publisher: Forever
Date: June 17, 2014
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Purchased
Description: "Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . . 

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other. "

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***

Perfect Kind of Trouble was a very quick read for me. I really liked the characters and the love story, but there were a few details in the plot that irked me.

Kayla and Daren were great characters. They both have a lot insecurities, problems, and growing up to do. In many ways they were perfect for each other and I like the idea of Kayla’s dad being the reason they get together. They both had their ugly moments when it came to chasing down their inheritance, but overall their chemistry was great and they were very likable.

The plot is kind of interesting, but when I think of it, the things that really stick out are the things that drove me crazy. View Spoiler » These two particular things drove me crazy. We don’t really find out about them until the end of the book, but when I reflect on my reading experience that is what I remember about the actual storyline.

Even though I did have issues with the plot, I read this book in one day. I really didn’t want to put it down because I just loved watching Kayla and Daren fall in love and grow as people. It’s not a perfect book by any means, but it certainly is worth picking up if you’re looking for a fast and enjoyable read.

3.5 Stars

Fairytale Fashions: MAC’s Novel Romance

Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014 in Fairytale Fashions

 

 

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I have been looking forward to this since I found out MAC was releasing their A Novel Romance collection on Twitter. The promo photos are stunning, the names are cute, and the colors are great. But, oh the packaging. I could not be more disappointed.

 

MAC A Novel Romance

MAC A Novel Romance

I picked up the An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad and the A Novel Romance Lipstick. Really love the colors for both of these. If you’re looking for high quality makeup, this is a fun collection! If you really wanted makeup that ties into you’re love reading, I’d have to say this one is a pass. The packaging is too disappointing for me. As a reading tie-in, I’m not really a fan. As a makeup lover though, it’s hard to go wrong with MAC.

 

Top Books for Back to School

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 in Lists

Ah, the day after Labor Day. Once upon a time this would have been my first day back to school. I know everyone says you’ll miss high school after you graduate, and while I’m slightly nostalgic, I have to say I really don’t miss it as much as the adults always said I would. At least not yet.

Even though my post-labor day back to school days are behind me, I thought it would be fun to do a post on books I would have read around this time if I were still in school. Check out the video below to see which ones made my list, and don’t forget to tell me what would be on yours!

Fairytale Fashions: Tea for Princesses and Goddesses

Posted on Friday, August 29th 2014 in Fairytale Fashions

I may or may not have a tea obsession. You’d have to look in my Kitchen cabinet to find out ;) . Either way though, I am loving the sound of these teas from American Tea Room and they’ve been on my list of things to try for awhile now.

Tea for a Princess

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty Tea: American Tea Room

Sweet dreams are made from this wonderful organic blend of valerian root, mint, chamomile blossoms, forest berries, rose petals and fennel. Valerian root and chamomile are the perfect combination for restful sleep and when blended with fennel and mint make an intoxicating brew. Naturally caffeine-free.”

Anastasia

Anastasia Tea: American Tea Room

A beguiling m_©lange of Chinese Black teas with an enchanting mix of floral notes. This black blend is medium in caffeine. Anastasia is the perfect afternoon tea, light, balanced and full of mystery.”

Tea for a Goddess

Ambrosia

Ambrosia Tea: American Tea Room

 

An organic blend of white tea, mango and pear. The earthy richness of the tea pairs beautiful with a stonefruit sweetness and an aroma of freshly sliced zesty fruit and white peach. Low in caffeine, but bold in flavor, Ambrosia is a unique hot tea and a crowd-pleasing iced tea.”

Can’t Look Away

Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014 in Review

Can’t Look AwayTitle: Can't Look Away
Author: Donna Cooner
Publisher: Point
Date: August 26, 2014
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Purchased
Description: "Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.

Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye? "

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Can’t Look Away was very different from what I was expecting. It was still a  good, fast read, but while I was expecting something mostly centered around a YouTuber’s life behind the camera, it was really more of a grief book.

When Torrey’s sister dies unexpectedly she has a lot of trouble returning to her online life – which I think is completely understandable. If one of my siblings died while I was trying to get them to help me shoot a video, I’m sure I’d feel responsible and pretty crappy too. Throughout the novel, we see Torrey exploring different ways to deal with her grief and make peace with the way she left things with her sister.

Once Torrey’s viewers find out more details about her sister’s death, she starts to get bullied online. I would have liked to see this issue explored a bit more (especially since online hate is one of the things that inspired the book), but I’m not sure we do much more than scratch the surface. I don’t think that we saw people’s words having too much of an impact on Torrey, but to be fair, she’s probably very used to receiving rude comments online and is more concerned with finding a way to say goodbye to her sister.

Even though this was a very different story than I thought I’d be getting, I really enjoyed it. The chapters are quite short and the book itself isn’t particularly long. Since I was in the mood for something fast, that worked out wonderfully for me. It wasn’t the light, fun kind of book I was in the mood for, but it was a well-done story about loss and self-forgiveness.

3.5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th 2014 in Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page.

 

*Faeries*

 

The Boy With the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset (December 2014 – Sourcebooks)

This is not your average trip to Fairyland…

Selkie Stewart has just saved her quasi-boyfriend, Ben, from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren’t the two most-wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies-Selkie’s ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben’s cousin Safford; and Kelsey, Selkie’s best friend-Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Court down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy: Benedict le Fay will betray you, and then he will die.Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

All That Burns by Ryan Graudin (February 2015 – HarperTeen)

In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys’s king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?Goodreads.

 

*Fairytales*

 

The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons (October 2014 – Cerulean Books)

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?” Goodreads.

 

*Fantasy*

 

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (March 2015 – Katherine Tegen)

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.Goodreads.

 

Books and Beauty

Posted on Sunday, August 24th 2014 in Books and Beauty

The Alliance by Shannon Stoker: Goodreads

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Goodreads

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby: Goodreads

The F- It List by Julie Halpern: Goodreads

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski: Goodreads

Timestorm by Julie Cross: Goodreads

Pro Blending Brush: Sephora

Fairytale Fashions: E.L.F. Ariel Collection

Posted on Friday, August 22nd 2014 in Fairytale Fashions

E.L.F. recently launched a collection dedicated to Ariel! It’s available on drugstore.com and walgreens.com (maybe even in stores if you can track it down).

E.L.F. Ariel BrushesMy favorite part of this collection is the Ariel brushes — they’re just gorgeous! I haven’t actually purchased this because I have no idea if E.L.F. brushes are any good. I’ve heard mixed things online about them, so if you’ve tried them before let me know what you think of them in the comments.

 

 

The eye collection looked pretty cool as well. I’m very picky about my eyeshadows since I E.L.F. Ariel Eye Collectionhave such a large eye palette collection. I’ve tried a few E.L.F eyeshadows in the past and they’re just not for me. The pigmentation wasn’t great and they’re chalky. The colors for this collection though are really pretty. I don’t believe I’ve tried liner pens from E.L.F. before, but if you have please let me know if it was a love or hate for you.