May 26, 2019

Stacking the Shelves--The Finale Part 3 Edition

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

Well I survived--barely--my second week of working downtown. Upside is that I had an interview with a staffing agency so hopefully some good will come from that. But omg, I had to do some online assessments and I totally bombed a few because of technical errors. Two keys the "s" and "t" literally would not work in a lowercase format, although I paused my test and tried it out on a word doc and they totally worked. I kept slamming them during the test and felt terrible afterwards. I did email the agency to let them know of the technical issue and why some of my test answers may show random capital letters because those worked! Lol. And then the multiple choice tests that I thought would be a breeze for Office programs was actually terrible! It was asking where to find the most obscure features and not just what would you click to get there, but every single step! And it's like, I DON'T KNOW!!! Can't I have the test where I actually just DO IT instead of having to tell you?? Yeesh. It was a stressful afternoon when I did that, let me tell you!

Oddly, I didn't add too many books to my palette this week, which is good, but I got quite a few other goodies that I am giddy about! And then I ordered a few more too while I was at it because why not?! Lol. I'll be sure to share those once they come in!

Here's what I bought:

Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton--I love a good ghost story and this one really caught my eye after reading a review or two!

Then my Goldsboro Finale arrived!! I was a bit surprised by how high my number was since I thought I bought it fairly early. Like within 30 minutes of receiving the email to buy the book before the general public could, but whatever! I'm just happy to have one for my collection! Guess maybe they just randomly grab copies when filling orders? I have no clue to be honest!

Finale by Stephanie Garber--SIGNED GOLDSBORO EDITION!

Then here are some of the bookish goodies I bought myself over the course of the past week or so:

NEW BOOKISH SHIRTS!! And I may or may not have bought a few more since the page I saved that had more of them had a sale that ended yesterday...

 I debated heavily if I should buy Book Gizmo's Finale Box, I guess when it comes to certain items I really like to know what I am getting to make sure it's worth the cost. So I passed. But then she put a few extra sleeves up in her shop and I bought one quicker than you could blink! I loved the pattern and I did find a coupon code, so I saved even more! Lol.

While at B&N I found myself checking out the bookmarks as one does and I saw this one and it was just too cute and too true to pass up! I love the sparkly stars (you can't tell in this pic, but they sparkle!). I feel like this bookmark matches my shirt rather well too! :D

Then I got my part 2 to the Finale preorder gift, I actually forgot this was included with the Deck of Destiny! I'm sure to use it once I get an international copy that won't be signed...right away!

And then I got my first Illumicrate box and was pretty happy with it. I guess it's pretty clear which book was in it. I was one of the few who got shafted during the great Beakdown of the Goldsboro website when it came to ordering Aurora Rising. So I was happy to snag this one at least! It's gorgeous and I think I almost like it better than the Goldsboro, though purple is still my favorite color! Lol. I'll share content pictures at a later date, as per usual.

And then I ordered the remaining Caraval themed pins from Owl Crate! I honestly didn't know that there even was a Caraval and Legendary one until I saw a woman at the Stephanie Garber signing wearing a Legendary pin and I was like whoa! And then a few days later I got the email regarding the pins and quickly bought my remaining two! Good thing because I think they sold out entirely in less than 24 hours! 

I also got the Illumicrate Pin of the Month since it was Caraval themed too! And as you can see, I covered it up, just in case a few other US peeps haven't gotten it yet! I think now I need to buy a new, smaller banner or circle thingy that displays pins so I can have one that's totally Caraval devoted! Yes, I am a geek and proud of it!!! :D

And that my friends, is it! So a pretty good week (for books and bookish goodies)! Only one book is really added to the TBR pile since I've read one and the other is a duplicate story, though not copy (LOL!) that I still need to read! What did you all get?

May 25, 2019

Aladdin Book Tag

So I saw this post originally at Cornerfolds and it was actually my good friend Amber at Du Livre who created it and I was like WHOA!! I NEED to do this! Just like I NEED to see the new Aladdin movie...hopefully soon! The images were all borrowed at Amber's post because I have zero skills in that area! Plus, they're perfect!

I mean Caraval obviously!! Lol! Falling Kingdoms was another epic series that I fell in love with that seriously just got better and better with every book!

I'll admit that when I first saw this cover I thought it was a chick lit type of book. I guess the scythe didn't really stand out to me at the first glance with all the white and sandaled foot. SO glad I was wrong! 

This took some thinking, and I am pretty sure I zeroed in on the right name, Jackson aka Rapier...Hanna's boyfriend who was kind of a jerk throughout. He redeems himself in the end though in a big way!

I feel like Luc is a character like this! He always seems to make Evie smile and whatnot when the sh*t's about to hit the fan. Not sure if that really encompasses the prompt but it was the best I could do!

Definitely Katy for our shared love of books and blogging and Tella too! Tella has her own kind of snark and I admire her bravery and her overall attitude. While I am not as brave, I feel like I share her habit of speaking her mind a lot! I think the three of us would get along great!


It's time to announce the winner of my Caraval Trilogy giveaway!! Without further ado, the winner is...


Congrats Maria!!

Thanks to everyone who entered!! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or else a new winner will have to be chosen. So always keep an eye on your email folks!

May 24, 2019

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Do you continue with a book even though you aren't liking it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
MY ANSWER: Well, I guess it depends on how much I am not liking it. If I think there's a possibility for a turnaround, I'll carry through. If I am really, really not liking it, I will quit. Depending on how much I've read, I might try skim reading to see how it ends. 

With one my more recent reads I read about 200/300 pages and I was not liking it. At. All. It was supposed to be a mystery, but I read about 200 pages of everyday life. It killed me. Sure, it teased me every now and then with spooky stories and odd occurrences. Someone went missing. And then it was right back to the everyday life of so-and-so. So yeah. I pretty much threw in the towel where I should've just started the book! Lol. I did jump ahead to see whodunit but the funniest part was, I didn't know who that was. The name was vaguely familiar, so I knew they were introduced at one point. But I was past the part of caring.

May 23, 2019

Random Thursday

Time to learn the meaning behind some words again! Let's see what Doug Lennox's The Little Book of Answers has to teach us today!

(image borrowed from Tri-City Herald)
"Curfew" comes from the French "couvre-feu" which means "cover-fire." William the Conqueror brought the word to England. The original Curfew Law minimized the risk of fire by making a rule that a bell be rung at eight o'clock at night telling everyone it was time to put out their home fires. When there was political unrest, the same bell would be rung to basically tell people to clear the streets and stay home for the night.

That's an interesting history to curfews!

(image borrowed from Brain Skewer)
In 1973, Norman Mailer introduced the word "factoid"--one of my favorite words, lol--in his book, Marilyn. The suffix "-oid" means "resembling but not identical to." Basically making a word that means something that looks like a fact, but really isn't. Factoids are made from rumors; journalists use them to create a story where there is none to be found.

Okay. That totally just change my view on factoid! I thought it was something that was fact, but something so minor that it just got the "-oid" adding to it! Lol. idea why I thought that!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
"Mayday" is used as an aviation call for help that comes from the French who were the leading pioneers in flight. French were flying long before Britain and the United States. So when parachutes and radios were introduced into the mix, it was the French who started calling "M'aidex" or "help me" in times of distress that eventually was Anglicized to "Mayday!" as an international call of distress.

That's interesting! I guess I never gave thought to where or what "Mayday" came from.

(image borrowed from Quora)
When there's an excess of something, we call it a "backlog," and while that can mean a pile-up of work to be done and be seen as "bad," it was actually something good a long time ago. Before we had stoves or matches, one used a kitchen fireplace for the cooking and a log was always kept lit in back. That way when it was time to cook something in the morning the embers from the backlog would help get the new morning fire started.

Definitely does give a positive view on a backlog now!

(image borrowed from Tarmac)
The asphalt that we sometimes call "tarmac" was actually invented by chance. E. Purnell Hooley, an Englishman, accidentally spilled some tar onto crushed stone that soon created a black pavement. Hooley named this new pavement by using the last name of Scotsman John McAdam who had developed the pavement of crushed stone and added the prefix "tar." But since "tarmacadam" is a mouthful it was soon shortened to "tarmac" and Hooley patented the name in 1903.

That's an interesting story! Although now I really want to correct people when they call it "tarmac" and say, no it's "tarmacadam!" LOL!

May 22, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic "Little Red Riding Hood"...about a woman who isn't as defenseless as she seems.

It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn't look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods....

Super excited for this one! Love a good twisted retold fairy tale and I loved Christina's Alice in Wonderland stories so I'm excited for this one!

GENRE: Fairy Tale Retelling
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2019 


May 21, 2019

Review--99 Lies by Rachel Vincent

Lie #1: I'm Fine.

After surviving a harrowing kidnapping, Maddie's heart is buried with the hostages who didn't make it, while Genesis is still fighting to free herself--from her own lies and from her vindictive ex.

Lie #2: I'm Still Me.

Back home in Miami, the former hostages try returning to normal life: high school, dating, million-dollar charity galas. But with the headlines that declare Maddie and her boyfriend, Luke, the new "it couple," Holden a hero, and Genesis a traitor, there's no escaping the spotlight--or the truth about he ways they betrayed one another in the jungle.

Lie #3: I Forgive You.

Genesis and Maddie may have outsmarted their captors' initial plot, but everyone has a plan B, and this time the danger isn't from an outside's what they might do to one another.

Told in alternating perspectives, the gripping conclusion to 100 Hours delivers an explosive mix of nonstop action and emotional intensity as five elite teens discover that lies are nowhere near as dangerous as the truth.

Rachel Vincent’s 99 Lies continues the story of Genesis, her cousin, Maddie, and their friends as they experienced a horrific event of being kidnapped while on vacation. While Maddie, Penelope, and Luke were among the ones to be rescued, Genesis is still being held captive by someone very close to her…and her ex is her roommate, so things pretty much couldn’t get any worse.

Until they do, naturally!

Once again, this one is told in alternate points of view between Maddie and Genesis. Maddie is back home, having been rescued and Luke is a constant by her side. Though she is determined more than ever to get her cousin back. Genesis risked a lot in order to save them and she will not leave her behind despite their past differences. Meanwhile, Genesis is practically being starved to death by her kidnappers. Then they bring Holden, her ex-boyfriend, in and things pretty much reach their boiling point.

Things were interesting in this one. It’s awhile before we see Genesis get back home, as surely that’s bound to happen based on the description alone! Though her douche of an ex takes credit for rescuing her when in fact it was Indiana, the mysterious boy she met previously before all the chaos of 100 Hours stared that did the rescuing. Holden was the epitome of jerks.

But coming home doesn’t put an end to their problems when it seems their problems followed them home. There’s a new plan being set into motion and if Genesis and Maddie don’t act fast, lives will be in danger.

The pacing to this one was just as intense as the previous one. We have a countdown of sorts that are being led to the big event. We’re made aware of this briefly in the beginning as we see the tables turning and whatnot. Someone knows Maddie’s lying about something and she has been fudging the truth on some of the things she’s shared about what happened, mainly keeping Genesis’ part in the explosion of the cruise ship a secret and a few other things as well, but someone knows. And of course, more shocking reveals are made along the way that were pretty mind-blowing.

Rachel really knows how to set a page-turning pace! Things were intense and exciting from the get-go until the very end and its shocking conclusion. But yet, I will admit that it does leave something to be desired. From what I had gathered, this is a duology. So it’s really over, complete. But yet, I felt like even after the climax of the conclusion there are still things we don’t get clear-cut answers to. Fates have been left uncalled for and for a series finale, even in a duology, that bugs me. I don’t expect full-around happy endings for everyone in a series, but I expect some sort of conclusion, at least knowing where the main players stand—good and bad. But here we don’t quite get that.

It’s a little upsetting in some sense just because I wanted to know what these other characters are doing or going to do. I get the answers I need in regards to Genesis and Maddie, but agh! There was also one other “secret” kind of thing that finally popped back up but I felt like I missed the whys and whats of what it all meant. It was like here’s the reveal and end scene (because something else drew the character away at the time and it was never brought back up). I mean, I guess the reveal was enough, it solved a mystery of sorts. But I felt like there was more to it, but then maybe not. I don’t know. It bugged me nonetheless. Lol.

All in all though, 99 Lies was still a thrilling read! While I had hoped for a bit more resolution in the grand finale, it still ended on a high note. Perhaps not having all the answers to what the unnamed characters were doing after the events is deliberate. It’s hard to really say things without giving out spoilers, but basically let’s just say that by the end, not everyone’s fate was revealed. Despite all that though, this was an enticing read and I was happy to have read it.

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

"Starving is its own special brand of hell. My lips are cracked and my throat is so dry it's difficult to swallow. My arms weigh a ton apiece, and my feet feel like they're encased in concrete blocks. My thoughts won't focus, and every now and then I realize I've been staring into the dark, thinking about nothing at all. As if my brain has turned itself off to preserve energy." p 28-29

TITLE: 99 Lies
AUTHOR: Rachel Vincent
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
GENRE: YA Thriller

RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?) (submitted by Savannah Grace @ Scattered Scribblings)

*in no particular order
**Since the answer obviously can't be every single one of the currently 1803 books in my possession, I went with the top ten! ;)

10. BROKEN by Marianne Curley--a random edition to choose, I know! This was one I actually won SIGNED! Since Marianne is from Australia and I'll likely never get to meet her I would basically never allow anyone to touch this one!
9. THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo (or ANY Bardugo book!)--to date this is currently my favorite book from Leigh! Of course I've loved all her books, but this one is my fave since it's fairy tale related. It's also signed as many of my Leigh books no touchie!
8. DARKFEVER by Karen Marie Moning (or ANY Fever book!)--lol, you guessed it! Last year I drove all the way to Kentucky to meet Karen and was able to get my entire collection to date signed, so one's touching those puppies!
7. ANY CLASSIC EDITION--so I've a few special classic editions on my shelves that I would never loan out because of their beauty. And in this one's case because it's interactive with extra pieces and "thrills." I don't think I'd trust anyone enough to let them borrow it!
6. ANY PAPERBACK BOOK--I made the mistake of letting my mom read this one once upon a time. I saw her...I'm sorry, this is hard...I saw her BENDING THE COVER ALL THE WAY AROUND when reading it. After that I pretty much never loan out my Mass Market Paperbacks!
5. ANY SIGNED BOOK--so as you can imagine, I've a LOT of signed books! I've traveled far and wide, paid a lot of money for different conventions and all the travel fees that went with them to meet my favorite authors. Kelley being one of them! So if it's a signed book, it's likely not leaving my house!
4. ANY HARRY POTTER BOOK--I mean, most people have their own set by now right? Well, to be doubly sure I'd never have to loan mine out--not that I would--I bought my sister her own complete set as a new classroom gift and then since some of her editions were never returned, I bought my niece her own set because she kept eyeing mine! Lol.
3. ANY L.J. SMITH BOOK--I've at least 6 original cover editions of L.J. Smith's books, plus 4 of her new compilations which are hefty basically I'd never loan any of those out for classic cover reasons and fear of damage to hefty spines!
2. DEMON IN MY VIEW by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--my first vampire book. It holds a special place in my heart and will never leave my side! Either edition! Lol. Plus they're signed as I FINALLY got to meet Amelia a few years one touches those either!
1. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber--yeah...I've got quite the collection of Stephanie's books and I can honestly say I'd never loan any of them out! But I'd likely buy that one for you for Christmas! ;)