The Book Blogger Test Tag

It’s Friday! Woo! Another week has finally come to an end and thank goodness. I don’t know about all of you, but I can not wait to enjoy my two days off. I’m ridiculously ecstatic.
To celebrate I thought I would do something fun like a book tag 🙂
This is a tag I found on mylittlebookblog, check out the site when you get a chance. It’s a really cute book blog. So let’s get started!

What Are Your Top 3 Book Pet Hates (Peeves)?
1. Folding pages! Dog ears or what ever it is you want to call it. It may seem silly but I really can’t stand the idea and cringe every time someone suggests it. That is why I use book marks.

2. Buying a book, and hating it. I spend good money on books and get very excited to read them, only to be let down. I hate it when a book takes forever to get interesting. Makes me want to put it down and then reading it becomes a chore.
3. Being interrupted while reading. You see I’m doing something! No offense, but I really don’t care about the latest memes I don’t get anyway.

Describe Your Perfect Reading Spot
During Autumn, right under a tree who’s leaves are changing, in a beautiful little park. Of course it has to be sunny with a cloudless blue sky and a crisp breeze in the air. Oh and abuelita’s hot chocolate is a given.

Tell Us Three Book Confessions
1. Even though I hate pushing through boring books, I’ll do it anyway. Because I don’t like feeling that I abandoned a book and will hold on to the hope it will get better at some point.

2. I buy books based on their cover. I know I know, but lets be honest we all kind of do it at some point or another.

3. When I put new books on my shelves, I tell the other books to say hi and be nice. Because I want all my books to be friends.

When Was The Last Time You Cried During A Book?
The last book that made me emotional was Anna and the French Kiss. I remember reading it really late at night and she was so heart broken and frustrated with Ettiene. I started crying because I felt all her frustration. My boyfriend was kind of freaking out.

How Many Books Are On Your Bedside Table?
Just the one that I’m reading. Although I do have one in the drawer right beneath it.

What Is Your Favorite Snack To Eat While You’re Reading?
I have a variety of snacks. Mostly I like salty foods. Sunflower seeds, pickles, cheese its all chased down with a cold Pepsi or Vanilla Coke. I will indulge in the occasional brownie with some hot chocolate.

Name Three Books You Would Recommend Yo Everyone
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer, it’s a fan-tastic book! A cyborg version of Cinderella? Sounds strange but that’s seriously what makes it so good. It’s different.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I picked up the book on a whim one day when I had no idea what I was in the mood for. This book is one heck of an adventure. There is so much magic in it, in the acts in the different tents, in the clock! Months after I read it I still couldn’t stop thinking about it.

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I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max. This is really if you’re in the mood for a comedy. The guy is a huge jerk but at least he knows it. Which really makes the book even more funny.
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So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the tag. I want to nominate everyone 🙂 because tags are fun and no one should have to wait for a specific nomination to do one 😉
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Happy Friday everyone!!!! ❤

What Are You Reading Wednsday

Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂
It’s been a full week and I’m still reading the same book. (shame settling in)

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Oddly enough life has kind of picked up around here with work, friends, and family. I like to think that’s the reason I haven’t gotten very far in this book. Truthfully this book just doesn’t have that firm of a grip on my attention. I’m about a third of the way through and I’m still waiting for something to get me hooked. Every time I pick up this book I read about a chapter and begin to fall asleep.
Natalie, the main character, and I aren’t connecting. Also her first meeting with Beau was a little disappointing. It feels as though there are a lot of plot holes already. It’s very confusing at times and leaves me with a lot of questions. Usually with books like this I rely on the audio book, sadly I don’t think this book has one because I couldn’t find it. I’m determined to finish it! I spent good money and that cover is too beautiful to hold a boring story. I’m sure it will pick up……..right?
If any of you has read this book please let me know what you thought of it (without spoilers pretty please) in the comments down below and restore my hope. Also feel free to share what it is your reading this week 🙂 I really enjoy seeing what books others are into.
Bye for now!

Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list that everyone is welcome to join. Also, it says top 10 but there’s plenty of leeway for those (like me) who have trouble hitting this number sometimes.
This week is Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them:

 Let’s get started!

  1. Learn Archery
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    I did Archery in high school and it was fantastic! I loved it and was all that bad. Didn’t always hit a bulls eye but always hit somewhere on the target. It was a lot of fun and it’s too bad we don’t have anywhere for me to do that around here.
  2. Go to Paris and eat delicious food (also, macarons)
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    I never fangirled over Paris but after reading these books I really want to see it. All those movie theaters, boat rides and the description of the food! Mouth watering.
  3. Be Hermione Granger
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    Can you really blame me? She uses magic, is extremely clever and has the best of friends. Who wouldn’t want that?
  4. Travel to the past and witness historical events

    These books don’t get enough hype. I’m a huge history fan, so a chance to travel to the past and see it all first hand? Heck ya I’ll take that!
  5. Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

    One of these days I want to get a list together of everything I’ll need for a zombie, or any, apocalypse. Including learning survivor skills.
  6. Have deep passion and dedication for something
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    A really heart wrenching book but still a beautiful read.
    I would love to have the dedication she had to her Cello.
  7. Be a Princess

    What girl doesn’t dream that she’s secretly royal and never knew it? I could learn proper etiquette and learn not to slouch.
  8. Made me want to live out my dream of teaching in Japan
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    Yep, that was definitely my number one dream. I feel like studying Japanese for two years didn’t really go anywhere when I did nothing with it. This guy had a lot of fun teaching 🙂
  9. Made me wish I had an awesome robot as a best friend
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    Iko! I would love to have a best friend like Iko all my life.
    “See? Injustice. Here we are, risking our lives to rescue Kai and this whole planet, and Adri and Pearl get to go to the royal wedding. I’m disgusted. I hope they spill soy sauce on their fancy dresses.” Oh her priorities.
  10. Wish I had all the time in the world

    To me time is precious. Time is not enough. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be immortal. I simply wish I had more time, or that time would stop for a while. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done! Also, think of all the languages we could learn and skills! I could finally travel to every country and not have to worry about getting too old to do it.

 

That’s my list. With every book I read I’m sure there will be more that I want to do. I hope everyone gets a chance to participate in this weeks Top Ten Tuesdays 🙂 I’d love to read some of your lists so please feel free to share.

Ilvermorny Sorting

First of all let me just point out how much I LOVE Hogwarts and Harry Potter! However, seeing as I’m American, I have slim chance of ever receiving my letter (*dreams crushing*). Oh also I’m in my twenties so there’s that.
HogwartscrestWhen I first heard of J.K. Rowlings new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was seriously skeptical. I love Harry Potter, I’m talking huge fan. For my anniversary I insisted we go to Universal Studio, just so I could see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There was pumpkin juice, Butter bear (oh it was Heaven in a cup), Chocolate Frogs, Magic Wands, and of course Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans. Money was spent without a care folks, pictures were taken, accents were tried. Huge. Fan.
So what is this Cursed Child business? Harry Potter is over, there was a beginning and an ending and it’s done. Also, what is this Ilvermorny you speak of? An American Wizarding School??? They’re gonna ruin it! They’re going to kill it like they killed Twilight! They’re clearly just trying to make money now……….or so I thought.

I decided I would look into this Ilvermorny business, after a few months of bitterness. So I typed it in, opened up Pottermore, and began reading.

“The great North American school of magic was founded in the seventeenth century. It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud.”

Of course once you start reading something you can’t just stop willy nilly, so I read on. Until I had finished the story of Ilvermorny’s history. My mind was changed, nay….my heart was changed. Once again J.K. Rowlings writing enraptured me. I barely noticed when I had finished until I realized I was clicking on all the links looking for more. I wanted more, I needed more. I want to take the quiz, I want to be sorted! I’m even hoping I get to be in Pukwudgie!!!! Never mind that they aren’t cute in the slightest. It’s just, William!!!

What I’m trying to say is, if you have doubts about this new school and new story, visit Pottermore first. Read about the history (it’s really not that long) and founding of Ilvermorny before writing it off like I almost did. I have a feeling minds may be swayed 😉 I really don’t know why I doubted Rowling. I feel ashamed 😦 her writing really is fantastic and her ability to create worlds has once again astounded me. I’m putting the link down below, just so you guys wont have to go very far. Because you know, opening up another tab can be so daunting when you just want more Potter!

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 Finally, having just taken the quiz, I am a………Thunderbird!
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“Named by Chadwick Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies. Thunderbird house is sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favours adventurers.

I’m so excited to be sorted into this house. It’s no Pukwudige but I still really like it 🙂 if you haven’t taken your quiz yet, what are you waiting for?! Get yourself sorted and let me know in the comments what your house is 🙂 I’d really like to know and share in your excitement.

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June Book Review

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Publisher: Crown Publishing a branch of Penguin Random House

Genre: Fiction, Coming of Age

Pages: 379

“Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?
Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal.
As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.”

This book is not what I would normally choose to read. If I were strolling through Barnes and Noble, chances are I wouldn’t give this a second glance. Which is a shame, because I would have missed out on one really good book.
From the beginning the story moves between two time periods, form 2015 to 1955. (Who doesn’t love a good flash back?) Between Cassie, and her grandmother June. After her grandmother passes Cassie inherits her mansion which is really falling apart. That’s alright though because ironically enough Cassie seems to be falling apart as well. So the two are very compatible. There are many things around the mansion that need fixing. A sinking ceiling, a stove with only one working burner…..a cracked foundation. Cassie simply has no motivation to address any of this, let alone take a shower some days. Clearly she’s become depressed after losing the woman who raised her.


Two Oaks, the house, barely acknowledges her presence. The house is personified which I really liked. I enjoy personification of inanimate objects. It’s just fun!

“The house nestled further into it’s thick, auburn slumber, gathering Cassie under its drowsy wing. On the occasions a sneeze or shattered plate forced it to notice the human in its midst, it brushed aside her potential, considering her presence a temporary state…”

Finally someone comes along and manages to get Cassie out of bed with persistent knocking (door bell ringing). This gentlemen notifies Cassie that she has just again inherited more property, about 37 million dollars, oh and an island. All from someone named Jack who is apparently her grandfather!? Suddenly his daughters (her aunts) demand the fortune back and that she take a DNA test to prove her relation!
I HAD to know what secrets June was hiding. I think I enjoyed June’s story more than I enjoyed Cassie’s. Even though Cassie seems to pull herself together as she learns about herself and her family, she didn’t have that something that June did. There were also plenty of other characters worth mentioning here. Lindie, June’s best friend, is a very high-spirited young girl who adores June and looks up to her. She’s also very supportive and protective of June. Jack Montgomery was June’s love interest here.
Tate Montgomery, Jacks daughter and Cassie’s aunt by default, has followed in her fathers footsteps and become an actress. Together with her older sister Elda they move into the mansion with Cassie. Along with Nate and Hank, assistants, who also move in. All together they uncover the secrets of the past that Two Oaks has seen. There were so many secrets revealed in this book! And the betrayal, and the murder!

Over all I give this book 3.5 of 5. Whittemore did a great job writing from two different perspectives, in two different time lines. The way she revealed all the secrets was just perfect. Not too fast and not at all too slow. Sometimes I felt that there was almost too much description and the story was a little drawn out. While it paints a perfect picture in our minds, and makes us feel as though we are right there in the time, it can also be a little hindering. My mind would often wonder and I realized there were times I didn’t even remember what I had just read because I got bored. While I enjoyed the old Hollywood elegance that’s depicted and the Gothic atmosphere the author created I can’t give it a full 5 or even 4. To some, too much detail may not really be a big deal but to me if a book doesn’t hold my attention 100% of the time then I just can’t give it a grade it doesn’t deserve. Of course that in no way means the plot wasn’t good. It was fantastic! I really did like this book.

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Lastly but most importantly I want to say Thank You to Crown Publishing and Blogging for Books, from whom I received a beautiful hard cover copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Random House and thank Miss Wittemore for your wonderful book! I enjoyed reading it very much and yes I definitely recommend it! To anyone who enjoys a good mystery, lots of secrets, Hollywood and of course mansions that give you vivid dreams of your grandmas past!

It’s Back!!!

Happy Wednesday folks!
How long has it been since I did a What Are You Reading Wednesday post?? Excuse me while take a look……….
June 16th! It’s now been over a month……that’s four Wednesdays having passed by. Huh, must not love you guys very much anymore. TOTALLY KIDDING!!!! I’m actually the epitome of procrastination.

Alright that’s enough of procrastinating and enough of that word. After finishing three of about seven ARC’s I can now get back to my TBR shelf! I literally have a whole shelf dedicated to my TBR which currently has…….20 books sitting on it. That’s not including the ones currently in my Barnes and Noble shopping cart, soon to be on their way to my door step. Also, July 23rd is double discount day for members. I’m gonna need another cart here guys.
For this week I chose to crack open The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. Woo! Can I just say how beautiful this cover is! I absolutely love it! Agh and that synopsis…..
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“Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.”
So that’s what I’ve chosen to read this week. Let me know if you’ve already read it or if you plan on reading it. Maybe we can read it together! That would really be a lot of fun 🙂 and then we can talk about all day! Also I’d love to hear what some of you are reading out there even if it’s not this book 🙂 I just love to hear from you guys!

The Book of Esther Book Review

1101904097The Book of Esther by Emily Barton

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books branch of Penguin Random House

Genre: Fiction, Literary/Alternative History/Jewish

Pages: 416

 

“Eastern Europe, August 1942. The Khazar kaganate, an isolated nation of Turkic warrior Jews, lies between the Pontus Euxinus (the Black Sea) and the Khazar Sea (the Caspian). It also happens to lie between a belligerent nation to the west that the Khazars call Germania—and a city the rest of the world calls Stalingrad.
After years of Jewish refugees streaming across the border from Europa, fleeing the war, Germania launches its siege of Khazaria. Only Esther, the daughter of the nation’s chief policy adviser, sees the ominous implications of Germania’s disregard for Jewish lives. Only she realizes that this isn’t just another war but an existential threat. After witnessing the enemy warplanes’ first foray into sovereign Khazar territory, Esther knows she must fight for her country. But as the elder daughter in a traditional home, her urgent question is how.
Before daybreak one fateful morning, she embarks on a perilous journey across the open steppe. She seeks a fabled village of Kabbalists who may hold the key to her destiny: their rumored ability to change her into a man so that she may convince her entire nation to join in the fight for its very existence against an enemy like none Khazaria has ever faced before.”

This book definitely leans more towards those with a strong love for feminism and historical fiction.While Esther’s strong sense of preservation for her culture is something to be admired, the fact that she actually wants to change her gender completely in order to protect it (her culture) sends the wrong message. She definitely is a strong character, and as a warrior she is phenomenal. Esther learns a lot about who she truly is and about her place in the world as a women. She is driven by those who have told her all her life, that she can’t do something because (as a women) it’s not her role to take on.

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How I picture Esther when she faces her male opponents

Barton’s writing style is certainly different than what I’m used to reading. Granted I’ve never really picked up any books that weren’t YA affiliated. She did a wonderful job creating such an immersive, alternative world. I can’t imagine how much research she had to go through for this story. Although this book had it’s moments, the overall feel was a little droll. I became a little bored and sometimes even confused. There were several Jewish words and idioms that (not being Jewish) I didn’t understand or relate to. There could have at least been a glossary in the back! Just a small one. (When I read I don’t want to waste time looking up definitions and origins.) On top of that there just seemed to be too much going on. This book had elements of Judaism, steampunk, werewolves and war! Oh and I read the word mafia a few times. Also a little bit of magic/mysticism. Also……..golems.

whaaa_dean_supernaturalWhat on earth was the author trying to create here? It’s almost as though she got really excited and couldn’t choose one direction, so she just chose them all.
At the end of the day I’d have to give the book 2 out of 5 candies. I just couldn’t get into it. I felt detached from the whole story. While I liked Esther’s character I just didn’t feel a connection. Which is a shame because I think this book had the potential to be amazing. Also I was extremely excited when I received this in the mail. Simply couldn’t wait to get into it! I still recommend it. To anyone who likes historical fiction, great adventures of war, heroism and just something different. What didn’t work out for me may work out for some of you. I mean just read that synopsis, that alone is what drew me to this book. So give it a go and decide for yourself 🙂 I may re-read this later with a refreshed mind.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review and my honest opinion.
This is my first 2 candy review! I’m kind of having a moment right now…..