March 22, 2018

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Series: The Belles #1

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Source: Advanced copy provided unsolicited by the publisher.

Goodreads Summary:
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

The Belles (The Belles #1)

March 9, 2018

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi Giveaway!

I'm unexpectedly doing another giveaway! Simon Teen was kind enough to send me two copies of Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi along with a pre-paid envelope to host a giveaway for one of the copies. They also included a fun EC PopSocket and pin. Thanks Simon Teen!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Must be at least 18 years old or have parental permission. I will need your mailing address if you win.
2. Reside within the U.S.A.
3. Fill out the form below. You don't have to submit every option for entry. Just filling out one will get you entered. Completing more than one will just increase your chances of winning.
4. If you win, I will e-mail you. I will need a response within 24 hours, or I will have to pick a new winner.
5. The giveaway will close Monday March 19th at 5:00 PM CST.

March 1, 2018

Book Giveaway!

I recently cleaned off my bookshelves, and I donated books I purchased to my local library. I am also getting rid of some books that I've received for review. It is not allowed to give review books to a facility that may sell them. Therefore, I am giving them away to all of you! I decided to break it up into 4 packages with about 5 books in each. These books are either finished copies I've received or advanced copies (ARCs). Unfortunately, I can only make this giveaway open to the U.S. I don't have the funds to pay for international shipping at the moment. I'm very sorry! I really just want to get rid of these books as simply and quickly as possible.

February 11, 2018

Currently Watching

Along with reading, I love watching TV. I haven't talked about my current TV shows recently, so I thought it would be fun to share. Let me know if you watch any of these or if you have any recommendations!

January 2, 2018

New Year, New Blog

Hey everyone, happy New Year! It's been a while since I've posted on here. I decided to revamp my blog design for the new year, and I feel more inspired to keep up with posting on a semi-regular basis. My goal is to post twice a month. I've had some trouble figuring out what kind of posts to do since I have my YouTube channel for bookish posts. I always wanted this blog to be a supplement to my channel and post when I either don't have time to make a video, or feel the topic is better suited for a blog. If you have any suggestions for blog posts, I would love to hear!

On a more personal note, here are some life updates.

April 2, 2017

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Publication: March 7, 2017 by Crown

Source: Blogging for Books

Goodreads Summary:
After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

The Roanoke Girls 

My Thoughts: I purposefully went into this book without knowing anything because I love Amy Engel's other books, and boy was I surprised.

February 28, 2017

The Mardi Gras Book Tag!

Hey everyone, I originally wanted to do this tag in a video, but I ended up going on vacation for Mardi Gras break and wasn't able to film. I still wanted to do this fun, festive, and creative tag, so blog-form it is! This tag was created by Lauryn's Library on Youtube, and she also tagged me, thank you Lauryn. Click here to see the original video.

February 1, 2017

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton | Book & Movie Review

Title: The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton

Publication: April 24, 1967 by Viking Press, Dell Publishing (Original)
November 1, 2016 (50th Anniversary Edition) by Penguin Books

Source: I received an unsolicited, finished copy of the 50th anniversary edition from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary: Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
The Outsiders

January 18, 2017

The Reader by Traci Chee | Audiobook Review

The Reader by Traci Chee

Series: Sea of Ink and Gold, #1

Publication: September 13, 2016 by Putnam (Hardcover), Listening Library (Audiobook)

Source: I checked out the digital audiobook from my local library through Overdrive.

Goodreads Summary: Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

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