Shameful Plug

I cannot believe it’s been since THANKSGIVING that I last posted. I have neglected my blog in the worst way. For that, I am so sorry…those of you who are still out there. Lots of things have been happening though! I have been reading and Christmasing and opening my etsy store!!!! Yay! 

Alright, let’s get started…
In the past month I have read the following

Krampus••• I didn’t love it. Maybe I love Santa too much or just didn’t care for the story itself but I wasn’t a huge fan. 

The Young Elites•• I loved it. Sort of Xmenish and I love the Xmen so there’s that. Plus there’s a kick ass female lead. 

Little Women••• it ruled as always. 

The Casquette Girls••• OMG I loved this book so hard. New Orleans. Well written vampires. Witches. Did I mention New Orleans? It was perfect. 

Illuminae••• Okay here’s the deal: this book would have ruled so hard had it been written like a book that didn’t need psych meds. The format was cool but I couldn’t latch onto the story. It switched gears too many times for me to be able to connect. Sad day. 

Nimona••• guys. GUYS!!! I loved this comic book/graphic novel with all of my heart. Funny, smart, cute, sarcastic, sweet, ALL THE THINGS. 

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat••• this was an excellent book! Way out of my wheelhouse but I blame Harvard. I bought this one one at the Harvard bookstore so I was feeling all smart and stuff. This is a heartbreaking look into the world of patients of Oliver Sacks. 

Okay. Yes. That’s all I think. Currently reading Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow. So far so funny. 

Christmas was awesome! Got lots of books amd awesome gifts and enjoyed my family immensely. I missed them. 

And lastly….

I finally took that leap and opened my very first etsy shop on Sunday. *flails* It’s called Quote & Quill. I take quotes, lyrics, verses, anything, and write them in calligraphy. I use mediums such as Bristol paper, watercolor paper, book pages, maps, sheet music, and various other vintage paper products. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I’m also on Instagram @quoteandquill. Be sure to share and follow and all the things.  

 
   
   
 
Anyway, thanks for not closing down my blog, WordPress. Much appreciate hahaha. I’ll try my best to keep this site current. 

Peace out homies. 

 

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A Thanksgiving Mashup

Hi, guys!! *waves* For all of my American nerds, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!! For everyone else, I wish you a Happy Thursday!!! 

 

The Old Corner Bookstore was the home of Ticknor and Fields from 1832-1865. This building saw the publishing of Alcott, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Twain, Emerson, and Thoreau to name a few. Dickens also did a reading of A Christmas Carol here when it was first published.

 
I just went to Boston with my hubby and friends so I haven’t posted in what feels like forever. The picture above was probably one of my favorites. I mentioned to our tour guide that I loved the old building that’s now a Chipotle. The information he provided blew my mind and made me stand in awe. The booknerd and history buff in me felt so sad that the integrity of such an important structure wasn’t upheld. Le sigh.

 Anyway, I wanted to post a quick, spitfire overview of the books I’m way behind on reviewing. Ready? Okay (to be said like a cheerleader)

  
The Martian by Andy Weir ruled so hard I couldn’t believe it took me a year and a half to finally read it. Weir is brilliant and Mark Watney is easily one of my favorite characters EVER. 

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was so intense that I spent the evening sighing heavily due to all the feels. I love the world Maggie creates, and her characters are always a favorite. I also heard that this is slated to be a movie. *fangirls* 

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill was my first Hill novel and will certainly not be my last. Equally creepy and interesting, this book blew my brain box wide open. Also, the writing is outstanding. 

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan was everything I imagined it would be: a fun, mythologically-packed adventure. I loved the westernized versions of the Greek gods and goddesses and demi-gods. This is a read for all the people of all the ages. Ps. The movie sucked compared to the book…obvi. 

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas 

  
Published: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 648

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal

You can read the summary of Queen of Shadows here

This will be short, sweet, and to the point:

The Throne of Glass series is one of the best I’ve read. Ever. The world and character building is top notch. The protagonist is a strong, ass-kicking female and the secondary characters are some of my favorites. 

I can gush for days when it comes to this book but I won’t. I’ll only gush for a few more seconds. READ THESE BOOKS. Please and thanks. I’d never steer you wrong. I squee’d when I found out there will be two more books, that’s how much I love this series. 

If you like books with strong characters, evil baddies, magic, fighting, humor, assassins, and all around badassery then this is a series you’ll devour. 

The Kate Daniels Series (1-8) by Ilona Andrews

You can read the summary for Magic Bites here. (This is the first book in the series)

The following is a mega-review-gush-love-fest:

There are currently 8 books in this 10 book series AND I LOVE THEM AAAALLLLLLLLL. My friend Shandra gushed so hard about this series that I felt the flood all the way here in Florida (she’s in California). First let me say that these covers are the worst in the history of all book covers EVER. I never in a billion years would have picked them up on my own accord. Thank goodness my girl knows her books. Thank goodness I trusted her judgment enough to actually pick these up. (Also, thank goodness my Athena sent me the first two for Christmas last year. You rule.) 

This series has everything: magic, shapeshifters, vamps, mercenaries, guilds, paranormal stuffs, sexuals, necessary (and well-placed) cuss words, relationships of all kinds, hilarity for days, and all around badassery. THIS. SERIES. HAS. EVERYTHING.

Ilona Andrews is a husband and wife duo who have created something that I never want to end. Their writing style is like buttah. The world and character building is perfection. Have I mentioned the dialogue? No? Well, then let me just tell you: it’s perfection. It flows, it’s easy, it’s real. 

Normally I don’t have so much word vomit for books with covers that will make you want to vomit (I’m not even exaggerating… the covers feature a model and a lion. They’re a joke), but guys, just this once, don’t judge a book by its cover. I love these books so much. I care about these characters and often discuss them like they’re friends 🙈

I’m a proud pusher of these books and this is me pushing them on all of you *evil smiles* You’re welcome. 

I hope y’all had a great weekend, homies! 

October Read•a•thon

  
Hey blogger buddies!!! Do I have something fun to share or what!? Okay, so,  Megan and I are super excited about our upcoming MegaNerderie Creeptober Read•a•thon. I know it’s only mid-September but we want to get the wheels spinning. 

October, as we all know, is ultimately a 30 day build up to the creepiest day of the year. It’s impossible to flip the channels throughout October and NOT see a scary movie. Same goes for us book nerds. It’s impossible to NOT want to read scary books in the month of October. 

Our goal is to gather readers to participate by tagging and sharing their creepy book reads leading up to Halloween. You can read A book or multiple books or no books, but that would be counterproductive. 

We are super excited about this, so be sure to spread the word and join the Creeptober Readathon!

Tell me what you think!!

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Published Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance

You can read the summary of Magonia here. here

*siiiiiigh* I don’t really know where to start with this review so I’m going to start here: I liked the beginning and I liked the very end. Magonia started off contemporary, super witty, and gripping. I choked up at one point, so I can’t say that I didn’t feel some connection to the characters. What kept me from giving this book 5 stars (which I ended up giving 3 on Goodreads) was the middle portion.

The contemporary feel to this novel blends into fantasy during the meat and potatoes of this novel. Much like the main character, we are thrust into the world of Magonia. It was so sudden that my pea brain had zero time to adjust and that turned me off big time. I felt a total disconnect to this new world and the new people. The bird-people, singing elements into being, and the whole bird in a cage that’s in your chest…I didn’t feel it like A TON of people did. I loved Headley’s description of Magonia and said bird-people. It was like Cirque du Soliel meets the ending of Rio. I also kept getting visions of Robert De Niro in Stardust, maneuvering his skyship. Headley’s imagination is GORGEOUS.

Anyway, I finished this book a week or so ago and I STILL don’t know where I stand with it. I wanted to love it. I wanted to be swept away and awed…but I wasn’t. I know a lot of people loved this so PLEASE read it for yourself. I believe this is a series and I do want to see what happens. So I’m not abandoning ship. Yeah…Magonia…read it and we shall chit chat about it.

The Song of Achilles

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Published Date: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Ecco
Author: Madeline Miller
Pages: 378
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mythology

You can read the summary of The Song of Achilles here. here.

I was first made aware of this book by following Victoria Schwab {author of The Archived and Vicious} on Twitter. As she tweeted her emotions, I got more and more interested. I finally caved and looked up this novel. Between the amazing ratings {I don’t read reviews, believe it or not. They tend to give too much away. The same goes with book blurbs} and the cover art, I was sold. I ordered it that day and two days later I started in on this tome.

BEST. DECISION. EVER. This was a STUNNING story of love and friendship and devotion. Every page brought you closer to the inevitable. You KNOW how this story ends, guys. We’ve all seen Troy. What Miller presents to you, though, is how the story begins. There’s a side of Achilles, this kid…this son of a goddess…this future hero, that makes him more human than myth. The story of Achilles and Patroclus {both separately and together} was one I’d never heard of but won’t soon forget.

The Song of Achilles will do a number on your heart. It will speed it up, melt it, fill it with the feels, and then break it into a zillion pieces. This novel will stay with me forever. Miller’s debut novel is authentic and passionate and beautiful. If you do anything this year, please make it reading this novel. Consider this review your warning: you’re going to be left reeling, hugging yourself while you rock back and forth as the tears flow down your cheeks. It’s worth it.

Trust me.

Everything, Everything

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Expected Publication: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Author: Nicola Yoon
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Thank you Netgalley and Delacorte Books for Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

You can read the summary of Everything, Everything here.

First thing’s first: THIS COVER ART!!!! *swoons*

Second thing’s…second? I don’t think that’s how the saying goes but whatever. I LOVED/DEVOURED this novel. Nicola Yoon killed it with this debut novel. Not only was the writing style fun, but the story was everything you’d want in a book. You’re faced with a tragically sick girl, a tragically cute neighbor, and a tragically strict mother. The combination is spectacular. I experienced ALL THE FEELS. And you will too when you pick up this tome.

This book is set to be released September 1st so be sure to check it out when it hits shelves. You will not regret it. Nicola, thank you for Mads and Olly and everything, everything.

Vengeance Road

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Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Author: Erin Bowman
Pages: 336
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Western

You can read the summary of Vengeance Road here.

*Thank you, HMH Books for Young Readers and Erin Bowman, for this novel in exchange for an honest review*

These days it’s difficult to peruse the Young Adult aisle and not pick up a novel that isn’t either Sci-Fi, romance, a retelling, or fantasy. I’m not complaining…I love the aforementioned categories. However, Vengeance Road was a breath of fresh air. Well, maybe I should say it was a breath of hot and dusty air. Also, can we take a moment or two to SWOOOOON over that cover art???? I can’t even….

I had the pleasure of meeting Erin Bowman at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans a year or two ago. She was the first author I’d ever met. You guys have no idea how hard I fangirled. She was funny, kind, and charming. Anyway, I knew I would be a fan of hers for a long time to come. Needless to say I jumped up and down when I received this book in the mail.

Once I started Road, I didn’t want to stop. I found myself invested after the first sentence, with it’s improper English and promise of a good tale. The prose made me want to put on my best pearl snap, saddle up my pony, and go on cattle drive. I fell in love with Kate {our MC} and Will and Jesse. Hell, I even fell in love with Pa. I loved Kate’s voice and her will to seek justice for her kin. I loved everything about this book: the story, the characters, the lessons, and the vengeance. It was sweet and satisfying.

Guys, you’ll be brushin’ the dust off yer pants and wipin’ sweat from yer brow once yer done with this here book. IT IS SO GOOD!!! I give it all the stars. I tip my hat to you, Miss Bowman. A job well done and a book that will be a fan favorite in no time.

Thanks again for this opportunity to read and review Vengeance Road.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Published Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

You can read the summary for A Court of Thorns and Roses here..

I was first introduced to Sarah J. Maas when I picked up a book called Throne of Glass. This was a book that had caught my eye a dozen times, but I always passed it up. Once I caved and started reading it, I couldn’t stop asking myself, “Self, why did it take so long for you to cave and start reading this?” I blew through the first three books {the fourth book is due out in September!! HECK YES!} and knew that, from here on out, I would read whatever Maas published.

So, needless to say, when this book hit the shelves I didn’t hesitate. I can’t say that her writing is without its annoyances, e.g. she loves to over use “too-long hallway” or “too-cold hands”, but that’s just me and I’m a weirdo…so don’t listen to me. Well, don’t listen to me when I rant about little annoyances. Listen to me when I say READ THIS BOOK. Her prose is lush and descriptive, without being flowery. She has a knack for writing the Fae world and man, does she kill it. If I could turn her book into a portal, then I totally would. I would jump right in. But I would want to avoid the evil faeries…duh.

Remember this book the next time you’re wondering what to read. Go to the store or on amazon or your nook app or the book depository… whatever… just go and get this book. PS. I thought this was a stand alone, but alas it is not. Good news: it could be a stand alone. Bad news: we have to wait until 2016 for Book 2 to be published. *insert pout face here*

Happy Saturday, Nerds.