Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: The I Didn't Buy Any of Them Edition

 "Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

I didn’t buy a single book since my last book haul, but somehow I managed to accumulate a very hefty amount. NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute is very good about providing its students with a plethora of good reads. Unfortunately, it cost a pretty penny to ship all of these books back home.

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
White Working Class by Joan C. Williams
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
Everything All at Once by Bill Nye
How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker
Happiness (The HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)
Remember Who You Are by Daisy Wademan

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (Manuscript)
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (ARC)
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (ARC)
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (ARC)
In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (ARC)

Thanks, Tor, Abrams, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster for generously donating these books to SPI students. Also, thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for the swag and the ARC of You Bring the Distant Near. I got to visit their office, and believe me, it was as magical as any book nerd would expect.

Special thanks to an editorial assistant at Simon Pulse (no name sharing, just in case she doesn’t want me to) for The Last Magician, This Mortal Coil, and When Dimple Met Rishi. (She gave me another bound manuscript, but I let my roommate borrow it before I could snap a pic. It’ll be in my next StS haul.)

What books have you bought/received lately?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Six days until Game of Thrones Season 7. I'm not going to make it.

Six days, ya’ll. SIX TORTUROUS DAYS!

The trailers for season seven of Game of Thrones have been out for a while now, but I can’t stop watching them! It’s seriously become a problem.

While I watched the trailers back when they were first released, I didn’t write up my thoughts. Now that I’ve finally had some time to relax, I really want to share with you all some quick thoughts about the most recent trailer: #WinterIsHere.

First and foremost, Jon freakin’ Snow. I don’t care if there are haters out there, Jon Snow is my favorite GoT character. He may make some stupid decisions sometimes, but those decisions are always about saving lives. The bit about the “pack survives” delivered by Sansa was breathtaking, and how it ends with Jon slashing Longclaw down. Well… just know that I fangirled. Hard.

After my initial Jon Snow reaction, most of my thoughts were all over the place. These trailers are so fast-paced. It’s brilliant editing in that it tells non-book readers (or even non-video-theory-watchers like myself) very little about what’s happening this season, but I have to watch the trailer over and over again to truly make things out. It was a very smart hype move on HBO’s part.

Jon Snow being bada$$.

Also, Beric Dondarrion’s flaming sword is back, Jaime is in some awesome armor, Grey Worm looks like he’s about to set himself loose on an unsuspecting location, and Arya is finally going north (or so it seems).

Oh, and then there are the dragons. Drogon is big. HUGE. But there aren’t any Ghost snippets. I know some were filmed though, so at least there’s that.

All in all, I loved the trailer. It’s everything a show fan could want. There are pyrotechnics (What would GoT be without a little fire?), white walkers, and dragons. I couldn’t have asked for more.

That’s enough about my feels. How pumped are you for season seven? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Immortal Reign
(Falling Kingdoms #6)
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Hardcover, 400 pages, Razorbill
Genres: YA, Fantasy

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

My Thoughts

This is the last book in a series I’ve been reading for five years. FIVE YEARS! I can’t believe it. I was such a little baby. Now, I’m out of school with no job and no prospects. (Insert Charlotte Pride and Prejudice quote about being a burden to my parents here lol.)

I’ve had my ups and downs with the past few books, but overall, this series is really good. I’m ready for more Magnus and Jonas, but if Lucia could just disappear, I wouldn’t be upset.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My Very Crazy, Hectic NYC Life: An Update to End All Quick Updates

Long time no see, my fellow book lovers. I’ve been gone for months now, and it feels weird being back.

In case you all didn’t know, I was super busy with grad school last semester. I also just started at NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute (SPI) in New York City. I’ve been learning all about the business of publishing, and it’s been awesome!

So, just a quick update on my life:

1. Like I mentioned, I graduated from grad school. I now have a Master of Arts degree in Writing. It was a super stressful year of my life, but I am now free from higher education (not counting my summer course certificate program). I won’t be going back for a PhD anytime soon, if at all.

My last day as a graduate assistant. :*(

2. I am currently living in New York City. I moved up here June 4th for SPI, and I may or may not stay for longer. It depends on if I can find a place to live. (If you or someone you know has recommendations for places recent college grads can live in NYC, please holler at me.)

My building. For now.

3. I’ve done a few touristy things, but I’ve been so busy with SPI that I haven’t really been able to do much exploration beyond what I did earlier this year.

Something cool, though, is that I have class in the building where Fantastic Beasts’ Niffler scene was shot. It’s called the Woolworth Building. 

I don’t get to go inside the part where it was filmed, but I can see it from empty classrooms. There are crying gargoyles in it. It’s kind of freaky.

Fearless girl and me. (And some other lady because it was super crowded.)

Alright, so that’s my quick update for ya’ll. If you want to hear more about my life in NYC, feel free to contact me here or on social media. I’m a semi-open book! ;)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: The Quadruple ARC Edition

"Stacking the Shelves" is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It allows book buyers to share their accumulation of books with the online book-loving community.

Okay, so it’s been a ridiculously busy couple of months for me. I’ll post an update tomorrow with a longer explanation, but I just want to apologize for not letting you all know that I was going to be MIA.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve accumulated some books that I thought you’d all enjoy looking at.

Avenged by Amy Tintera
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Bersker by Emmy Laybourne (ARC)
In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (ARC)
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh (ARC)
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris (ARC)
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
The Paris Review (literary magazine)

Flame in the Mist was a graduation present to myself from myself (and a little bit from my mom). Oh, and in case you were wondering, the dustjacket is safe; it’s just at my parents’ house. Avenged was a treat-yourself buy, and the rest were provided from the publishers. Thanks, publishers!

As you can see, I’ve got a lot of reading to do and very little time to do it in. I’m not even sure where to start…

What books have you bought/received lately?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Promise
(Lords of the Underworld #13)
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Hardcover, 384 pages, Harlequin Books
Genres: Adult. Romance, Paranormal

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance.

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever.

My Review

The Lords of the Underworld are back, and I’m already waiting for more!

Finally! Finally we have been blessed with Cameo’s book. I’ve been waiting on the Mother of Misery’s story since I finished the first three LOTU books years and years ago. I always knew her man would be amazing, and yes, Lazarus lives up to that title.

Let’s talk about the characters of The Darkest Promise first. Cameo is a great character. I love how she doesn’t back down and she’s bada$$, even with a macho man by her side. Her character/demon development also really fit well into the plot points of the story, despite not being mentioned in previous books. Lazarus, Cameo’s macho man, was very nice as well. *wink, wink* He’s a very unique paranormal creature, and I’m still not sure exactly what all he can do powers-wise.

What I wasn’t so sure about for this book at first though, was the two characters’ relationship. It seemed like they went from having an awesome tension to having some weird high school crush. In one of the previous LOTU books, they bickered at each other, but in this one, it was just some awkward narcissistic banter. HOWEVER, while I did miss that tension, I did grow to enjoy Cameo’s and Lazarus’s interactions fairly quickly.

Speaking of narcissistic banter, I am getting a little “ugh” at seeing this in romance books today. Example: “Concentrate on your man. Or rather, my smorgasbord of masculine delights.” This line was said by Lazarus, and I’m just not feeling it. Would any man, or person in general, really say that to their significant other? I know this is fiction, but I do like believable dialogue…

That’s probably my only major qualm with this book and books 4-12 in this series. The other stuff’s just minor things I noticed. Because, really, there was a lot of action, the plot moved along really well, there was an abrupt ending that left me wanting more, a lot of twists and turns in the middle of the book (the ending was a tad predictable, but every romance story requires a HEA, right?), and the book even has an awesome timeline at the end to refresh readers! Oh, and all of the Lords are seen or mentioned in the book, and they’re all together! Yay! I can’t remember the last time they were all in the same area at the same time.

If you are in any way a fan of Kresley Cole or J.R. Ward’s books, you’ll love Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. If you can’t decide whether or not to pick this one up, do it! You won’t regret finally knowing where Cameo’s story takes her. Also, some pretty major plot points for the entire series happen in this book. Just FYI.

Side note: I am a little disappointed by the title. Usually, the titles play into one of the narrator’s demons, but that really wasn’t the case for this book. Plus, there are a lot of The Darkest P books in this series (i.e., The Darkest Prison, The Darkest Passion, The Darkest Pleasure). Love the cover, though!

*Note: I won an ARC copy of this book from the author. This in no way affected my opinion/review.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the pic.

I just love Dean in this outfit. His costume perfectly suits him. Now, if only the show could have him in crazy outfits all the time. (*wink* gym shorts *wink*)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Upcoming and Desired Book to Movie and TV Adaptations

Let’s be honest, we book nerds love when our favorite books are made into television shows or even put on the big screen. Why? Well, not only do we get to see the world we invested so much time in come to life, but we also get to bring our fellow non-book nerds to the dark side. (Think Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. How many non-bookish people were converted because of those films?)

Thankfully, the entertainment-making gods have decided that this phenomenon of adapting books into visual form is an easy way to make a decent buck.

In just this year, we’ve got Everything, Everything; Before I Fall; Fifty Shades Darker; among many others. As for TV, the recently-ended Vampire Diaries has been a pretty big hit. And, of course, Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon. (I’m currently obsessed with GoT, and I seriously need season seven to get here ASAP!) We won’t talk about some of the less successful shows. *cough* Shadowhunters and Delirium *cough*

Oh, and Kendare Blake recently released the news that Three Dark Crowns has a movie deal. The same has happened with Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds, Sophie Jordan’s Firelight, T.A. Barron’s Lost Years of Merlin series, Taherah’s Mafi’s Shatter Me, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen (#TeamCalftw), Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. There’s still a ton more I’m forgetting right now.

However, even though there are quite a few adaptations being made, there’s always more author fodder out there. For example, The Chronicles of Prydain from Lloyd Alexander have great odds to be adapted into a movie or TV series.

Some books that I personally would love to see make it to the big screen include:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I think this one could be a huge hit. It’s a 1001 Arabian Nights retelling, so it’d be a little bit like Aladdin mixed with the attitude of Daenerys from Game of Thrones (minus the dragons, of course).

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This would be a cute contemporary movie as long as they didn’t make the sequel. I’m not sure if I’d go see it in theaters, but I’d definitely watch it on Netflix.


As for the small screen, I think these series would work:

Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

Ward has so many awesome, gritty and raw characters in this series. I would love if something like a cross between True Blood and Netflix’s Daredevil could happen to these characters. I’d love a movie version too, but there are just too many characters and plots for this to really do well as a film.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Heck yes! A TV show with teenagers fighting zombies that no one else can see all while taking on an evil, underground organization? I’m in. Plus, seeing Cole on the small screen wouldn’t hurt either. ;)

Obsidian OR White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Honestly, any of JLA’s books could be put on the small screen and I’d be ridiculously happy. I just love these two series more than her others. Although, I think Obsidian was optioned for a movie deal once upon a time, and Half-Blood was supposed to be a TV show. I hope that happens…

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

This would make a great Syfy TV show. It’d be a cross between Firefly and Dark Matter.


Alright, there you have it. Those are some of the books that I think would make great TV or film adaptations, along with some news about which books have already been put on the list of adaptations to come.

If you have any additions to make to either of these categories, let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Avenged by Amy Tintera

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

(Ruined #2)
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Hardcover, 416 pages, HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Fantasy

In the sequel to Ruined, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But their fight has only begun. Olivia is determined to destroy everyone who acts against Ruina, but Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. And now that Cas has taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, Em faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

My Thoughts

Ruined was one of my top reads of 2016, so of course I’m excited to get my hands on the sequel. The first book was a fast and fun read, so let’s hope that continues in Avenged.

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Monday, March 13, 2017

I'm Going to Publishing School in NYC! ... HELP! Please?

Okay, ya'll, this is going to be a quick update post with a plea for help thrown in for good measure.

Recently, I was accepted to New York University's Summer Publishing Institute (SPI). SPI is a six-week intensive program that basically teaches its students the ins and outs of magazine and book publishing. Because my dream goal is to be an editor for a major publishing company, this is huge! I'm going to learn how to work at a job I really want!

Now, SPI only accepts roughly 100 students, so, once again, this is huge. However, there is the small problem of finances. Aka, I have very little. Okay, okay. That's somewhat of a lie. I have enough to actually pay the $5,600 for the tuition and most of the $1,800 or so for the housing. What I don't have is enough money to eat and buy plane tickets and a subway metro card and a taxi trip to my residence hall and new professional clothes and on and on the list goes.

All of that being said, I would be EXTREMELY grateful to anyone who is willing to donate even the itty-bittiest amount to my cause. I even set up a GoFundMe page for awesome people like you to do just that. You can check it out here:

The link is also in the right-hand sidebar of my blog, just in case the widget isn't working in the post.

I've dreamed of working in publishing for a very long time, and I don't want anything to hold me back from killing it in NYC, especially finances.

If you're thinking about donating but you have some questions, definitely leave a comment below and I'll get to them. You can also contact me through Twitter or email if you need a more private messaging system.

Also, I'm going to try to post periodically, but things are getting really busy right now. March and April are very hectic times for graduate students, so blogging isn't at the top of my to-do list. Just know that if I disappear for a while, I'm not dead (unless grad school killed me).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dean Winchester Friday

Dean Winchester (or sometimes Jensen Ackles) Fridays make me a very happy fangirl. You'll see why when you look at the gif.

It’s spring break after today! Hallelujah! I am so ready for my last semester of grad school to be over! To celebrate, here’s a dancing Dean.