Showing posts from March, 2016

Splintered Fate: Aorra Series by Yelena Lugin

I have been given the pleasure to read and review a book by someone I am very proud to call my friend. I met Yelena Lugin through the wonderful world of Goodreads while reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. We have bonded over our love for books and dreams for our futures. When she told me that she wanted to send me a copy of Splintered Fate for my 21st* birthday, I was honored. I knew I would like it due to our similar tastes in books, but little did I know that I would soon be reading a book that would evoke such strong emotions in me. You will find some minor spoilers from here on out.

Splintered Fate is about a world that is torn in half between the Madonians and the Ramis. The Madonians are a race of people who can use the powers inside of them to make something out of nothing, and some have an Aorra, a spirit animal who shares a mental connection with their human counterpart. The Rami are a race that have an electric current running through them that they can use as…

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I remember reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare for the first time clearly. It was the first book since Harry Potter that I completely and totally fell in love with. The Shadow world that Clare created was a world that I could live in forever. I told everyone about it and how wonderful it was. I loved the first 3 in the series more than anything. The last three I didn't love as much, but I was still glad that the world was continuing being built and I did not have to say goodbye to these characters just yet. I have read pretty much everything that Clare has written (I still need to read The Shadowhunters Codex, but I'll get there), and although I've never loved anything as much as the first 3 books she gave us, I have always loved going back into this familiar world.

When I learned that she was releasing another book, I was ecstatic! I pre-ordered it right away and started re-reading everything she had given us. I read the synopsis over and over…

New Books, Lots of Tea, and New Adventures

My brother and sister-in-law totally get my love for books and they definitely enable me. For my birthday from them I got an Alice in Wonderland Cheshire cat mug and an Amazon gift card. These were my purchases from this gift card!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was first written by Lewis Carroll and published in 1865. The story has always been a favorite of mine (and is tied for first as a favorite non-princess Disney movie). This copy was published by Puffin as part of their Puffin in Bloom collection and is fully illustrated by Anna Bond. Puffin has published a lot of the Classics like this and I fully intend on owning all of my favorites one day.

Beloved is a novel by Toni Morrison that I have been informed by many people and articles is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life. I've always gone back and forth between buying it, but decided that it is time that I finally read it.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was written by B…

Best Gift EVER!!!

So last weekend I turned 21 for the 4th time. I'm not usually a person who likes to celebrate their birthday or age, even though I love celebrating others birthdays. But this one was a little more special. I mean, how many times can you turn 21!

My usual request for any present is books, or gift cards to buy books, or money to buy books. I'm pretty simple in those terms. But this year, there was something specific I wanted: a book embosser.

I got the idea from this article by Buzzfeed before Christmas and I saved it in case I ever wanted to buy myself something book related. There were lots of great ideas in there, some I had seen before, others I hadn't. Then all the way at the almost very bottom (#22), there it was!

A book embosser from Horchow! And you can customize it with your name!

So when my brother asked me this year what I wanted for my birthday, I told him that this is what I wanted. I really wanted it! So when I unwrapped it from the pink floral bag, I was ecsta…

Books vs TV vs Movies

Everyone who has read a book that has been turned into a movie has uttered these words:

The books have more detail, the characters have more development, you get to use your imagination to picture what the people and places look like; books have a lot going for them.

Books have been made into movies since about the early 1910s. A Christmas Carol was first written by Charles Dickens in 1843, but was made into a movie for the first time in 1910. It's running time was 11 minutes and had a cast of 6 people.

One of the earliest book adaptions that to this day still has a good reception is Nosferatu which was released in 1922 and is an hour and 21 minutes. It is based off of Bram Stoker's Dracula, however they could not get the rights to the book, so key things were changed: vampire was changed to Nosferatu and Count Dracula to Count Orlok. The heirs of Stoker sued over the adaption and the courts ruled in their favor saying that all copies of the movie be destroyed. However, some c…

11/22/63 by Stephen King

This was my first Stephen King novel and I wasn't disappointed. I believe when I first bought the book, it was 2013. My brother had suggested it to me after he had finally finished it after a few attempts. Once I started reading it, I understood why it took him a few times to get through it because it took me a few times as well. It was never that the book wasn't good, but that it's a long book and it's a very deep book and you have to be able to devote some time to it. Well, I have finally devoted the time to it and my mind is blown.

This is one of those books that makes complete sense but confuses you all the same. It makes you wonder "what if" a lot; you think if this is at all possible; are there different time "strings" happening, where all the different what ifs play out? Not only do you need to have time to devote to this book, you need to have a clear mind, as in, I don't recommend reading this book while you are under the influence of a…

Books & Oils

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my essential oils. I use oils multiple times a day for multiple different reasons. I've been oily a little over a year since I started using Young Living essential oils.

So it goes to figure that my love of oils has blended with my love of reading, and there are definite oils that helps with different problems every bibliophile has come across.

-Release: Every now and then, there is a book that makes you cry uncontrollably, or seriously mad or upset; books where there is a build up of emotions and you just can't move past it. Enter Release. It helps you let go of the negative emotions that the book has brought about and promote harmony, so you can move on to the next book in a happy, positive vibe.

-Fun Inspired by Oola: So anyone who hasn't heard of Oola should click that link and go learn about the Oola Seeker and the Oola Guru and learn how to make your life Oola. They have worked together with YL to create oils to help build the 7 …

Fav Instagramer's

I love Instagram! When it was finally available for iPhones, I jumped on downloading it and have posted something on it every few days since. But I also love being able to follow other people. I know, you can do that on Twitter, but I prefer pictures to words, and Twitter has never been something I check frequently.

My most favorite people to follow are those who post pictures of their books, bookshelves, fandoms, etc. Looking at books is extremely calming. They're so pretty and perfect.

So here are some of my favorite bookstagram accounts. Feel free to share your favorites with me!

It's exactly what it sounds like. Hot guys reading books out and about in the world, the very definition of book porn. Bonus, they're coming out with a book!
A Canadian Slytherin is how she describes herself, and when people tell you what house they're in, you know they're amazing. She also has an awesome Funko action figure collection!

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

So I did this to myself. I have created the void in my life. I have developed an addiction to audiobooks and I put myself in this position where I don't realize the end of the book is like 2 minutes away and it's over before I have a chance to catch up. I did not know that I was almost done with Yellow Brick War and now I'm sitting here with my mouth open because the cliffhanger it ended on was possibly the greatest cliffhanger in all of history, including movies and TV shows.

**Prepare for intense spoilers!**

So we pick up right where we left off. Amy, the Wicked, Nox, and Dorothy have landed in Kansas in Dusty Acres. Glamora is holding out a purple cloak to Amy, and there are two cloaked figures behind her. One is Mombi and the other is (drum roll) Gert! But how you ask? Well, we get there, but not quite yet. First, Glamora is saying that "it's time for you to join us" and "you've been training all your life for this." But Amy hasn't been t…

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

So like Dorothy Must Die, this is the second time I've read this book. Last time I enjoyed the book (it's one of my favorites), but I didn't like it as much as DMD. This time, it was the same reaction, although I enjoyed it more this time.

Some of the things that I haven't enjoyed either time around:
     -The length. DMD was about 150 pages longer that WWR. I love when books are longer because I feel like things can happen at a more appropriate pace, and nothing feels rushed, which leads me to...
     -The ending felt very rushed. The entire book, we're making our way through different places in Oz, fighting a battle here and there, and then all of a sudden, we're back in the Emerald City fighting the biggest battle yet and then we're back in Oz and everything happened so fast, your head is spinning.
     -One of my biggest issues is that Amy is suddenly pining for Nox. In DMD, yeah, they had a kiss-just one kiss-but it wasn't anything special, it wasn…

Scholastic Book Fair

My mom works for a school district. For a myriad of reasons, this has always been something I liked. But earlier in March, I finally found the best reason: BOOK FAIRS!

She stopped by my office early that morning with some cook books she had bought and wanted me to look through. Then she said I should stop by during my lunch break (the office where I work and the school where she works are less than a mile from each other), but she said she didn't think I'd find anything.

Let me repeat that: she didn't think I would find anything. Famous last words.

I showed up promptly at 11:32 and we walked down to the library where the book fair was taking place. I chatted politely with people I have known for years. And then I got to start looking.

There were probably 100-ish books. I picked up most of them and read through the different synopses. Being surround by books is the happiest feeling in the world. By the time I was halfway around, the librarian (who was my 6th grade English t…


Sadly, on January 14, 2016 we lost one of our beloved actors, Alan Rickman. Rickman is known for roles such as Professor Snape in Harry Potter, Sheriff George of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Theives, and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, along with so many others.

People from all generations felt this loss and many people showed their love for him in many ways. Lilies were left at the Harry Potter Universal Studios, wands were raised, and the internet was flooded with quotes from his many characters. One thing that I loved was that Fandom of the Month was doing a tribute box for him. You didn't have to be a part of the usual monthly subscription, anyone could order it, and a portion of the proceeds went to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. I knew that I had to get this.

They warned me (and everyone who purchased one) that it would be a while before we received our boxes in the mail, but I was okay with it. This week, I finally received my box in the mail! I was so exc…

LOVE Bookshelf

One of my most prized possessions is my LOVE bookshelf that my dad made me last year for my birthday. I had found a post of it on Pinterest a few years before and had been wanting one ever since. It was so amazing and beautiful and fit me perfectly.

So when I woke up one morning and found my dad working hard on it, I was ecstatic. This is what it looked like before paint.

I thought, and still do, think it is the most amazing thing ever. After it was assembled, we went out and bought paint for it: a black-ish brown and a bright fire engine red for the "O." Once it was all painted, I loved it even more.

It's perfect, right? Once it was all dry, like really dry, I put my books on it (I had to make sure that it wasn't going to mess up any books if it wasn't dry enough). I've moved it around the room a few times, but I have finally found a perfect spot for it! It's the best thing in the world!

I only put my most favorite books on it! I mean, really, look at ho…

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This is the second time I've read Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, and this is the second time I loved it. The plot line is addicting, the characters are fascinating, and the cliff hanger at the end makes me very happy that the rest of the series is already out because I couldn't wait to dive into the second book.

I found the book last March while wondering around Barnes & Noble. The Wicked Will Rise had just been released and there was a huge display for it. The cover is what caught my attention.

They are edgy, the color and font scream out at you, I couldn't help but pick it up. Which, as I started to read the synopsis of the book, I realized it was a second and I immediately tore my eyes and went to search for the first one.

Usually when I buy a book where its subsequent books are released, I buy all of them. However, I was short on money and I had been in a reading slump where I couldn't finish anything, so I just bought DMD. I immediately regretted that bec…