ALA- New Orleans

Sorry that we have been a tad bit MIA lately. Justin and I had BEA in NY at the beginning of the month. As you all know, that totally wipes you out.

And Tomorrow, I’m headed to New Orleans with a coworker and meeting two friends down there for ALA.

If you see myself, Nikole, or Jen from A Bella Fairy Tale, please come up and say hello.

Are any of you guys headed to ALA?

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Good reads Monday (6-18-18)

This Monday for good reads Monday that I have had on my to read pile for ever that needs some showing is???

My little sister has been bugging me to read her books for over 2 years now and especially this series. Maybe one day I will. Any series yall suggest?

Waiting on Wednesday (6-13-18)

Waiting on Wednesday is the day we ask 3 questions.

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish?

What you think will read next?

1. What I currently reading? Book I’m currently reading is the emerald sea by richelle mead. This author is my fav so no matter the story I will read it. And so far it’s on dull side only thing I gotta say I haven’t disliked a evil person since umbridge this one is wicked I tell you! Other book is game of hearts (fandom hearts 3) which this book is based off these girls in a town and each girl has her own story, it’s video game based and deals with cons and just love these worlds so if want a short amazing NA romance do LEVEL UP by Cathy yardley

2.what I recently finished last? Last book I finished was a mini novella to fandom hearts series. Called hooked as said above love this world. Sad this story was shorter since it was a mini novella and thought should of been bigger story plot but I still loved it. And other was royals by Rachel Hawkins. A very royal plot book with a girl seems to do all wrong while the royal of d bag slowly becomes less as get know him and that story line. And gave it 4 stars.

3. What book I think ill read next is the darkest legacy by Alexandra bracken or wildcard. One of those 2 both Iv been sooo super stoked to read and shocked there were arcs for them.

~~~~Justin

Book Expo 2018

Book Expo took place in NYC at the Javits Center this year. For me that meant a 14 hour car ride. I could have flown but that’s too many books to ship home and who knows what kind of condition they’ll be in when they get there.

Three days of the exhibit floor was kind of exhausting but worth every single mile walked. I paired up with some great girlfriends. If it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t have gotten to bring home so much. Book Expo is always better when you can tackle it with friends. Thank you, Melissa and Stephanie.

There was a lot of good but also some bad. The bad being some popular people cutting lines and acting like they were royalty. That really angered a lot of us. All the amazing books we got to take home really made up for it.

Another bad thing was witnessing this guy dog ear pages in his book. I cringed every time. Get a freaking bookmark!!!

Now on to the good!!

Are you ready to see my haul!? Well, here it is!!

😍😍😍 I know! And we all know what my first read was from this haul. And let me tell you, that book was phenomenal!! (Review coming soon) Most we’re easily obtainable but there was one that was a mad dash with a secret password. It was worth the sweat and the elbows.

As always, Book Expo was fun and exhausting. I got to see friends who I love dearly and who I also haven’t seen in a year. I missed all of them so much.

If you have a suggestion on what I should read, please let me know!!

Happy Reading!!

*Arc Review* Check Please! #Hockey- Ngozi Ukazu

Synopsis:

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

My Review:

I wasn’t expecting this to hit me the way it did, but wow. The art is fantastic and the story is even better. I flew through this with the biggest smile on my face. Ugh, I’m such a hockey nerd.

I’m so bummed that Hockey season is over and this is a great way to get your hockey fix in without witnessing your team bite the dust.

While sitting in on the authors panel, I didn’t know that this was a webcomic. Now I must go hunt this down to continue the story of Bitty and his true love of Hockey, baking, and Jack.

The Page 69 Test: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Happy Saturday, everyone! I meant to post this a couple days ago, but this week has been insanely busy. I’ve barely had time to read and it’s very sad. I’m hoping I have some time later today after I attend an amazing book signing!

To start of this wonderful Saturday afternoon, here is our third post of the Page 69 Test. The two paragraphs below illustrate what this post is.

The Page 69 TestMy co-bloggers and I have started a new weekly blog post: The Page 69 Test! Have you heard of the page 69 test? If not, it’s basically where you read page 69 of a book you think you will like. If you liked reading page 69, chances are you will enjoy reading the rest of the book.

Instead of posting the full page, we will be posting the first 10-20 lines of that page, starting with the first full sentence.

In honor of Stephanie Garber’s Legendary being a #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, I thought this post would feature the first book in the trilogy, Caraval. Caraval is one of mine and Stacy’s favorite books, so we were so excited when we heard the news about Legendary. Stephanie most definitely deserves being a New York Times Bestseller!

“‘Then why are you trying to stop us from leaving?’ Julian’s hands were on his belt, one reaching for his knife.

‘This boy’s a bit paranoid, isn’t he?’ Algie turned to Scarlett, but she was feeling sage-shaded colors of suspicion as well. Was it just her, or were the clocks on the wall ticking faster than before?

‘Come on,’ she said to Julian. ‘Tella’s probably worried to death about us by now.’

‘You’ll find whoever you’re looking for faster this way.’ Algie stepped over to the rosewood grandfather clock, opened its glass door, and tugged on one of its weights. As he did, the metallic puzzle clocks on the wall shifted. Click. Clack. Their pieces snapped together, rearranging into a magnificent patchwork door with a notched count wheel in place of a handle.

Algie waved an arm theatrically. ‘Today only! For a bargain price the two of you can use this entrance – a shortcut into the heart of Caraval.'”

Ahh, I absolutely LOVED this book. So if you have yet to read Caraval, I highly recommend!


Synopsis of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

CaravalRemember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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Have you used the Page 69 Test?

♥Nikole

First Line Friday – Kingdom of Ash and Soot – C.S. Johnson

Welcome to First Line Friday, where we share the first line in a book! What we’ve been doing lately is sharing the first sentence of an upcoming novel.

In this case, that novel this week is Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson, which comes out next month.

Check out the amazing first line below!

“My father’s hands, stained with darkened sunlight and roughened sores, were cold as I touched them for the last time.”

Dang, that first line gives me the chills, and also makes me a little sad. I’m currently reading Kingdom of Ash and Soot and it’s really good so far!


Synopsis of Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson

39604038“I want to be free.” The words came rushing out of me before I could think through their implications and consequences.

“There are two things you need to know about yourself if you want to be free—what you stand for, and what you stand against.” Lady Penelope held up her hands, brandishing a pair of daggers that had been hidden in her skirts. “This world lives enslaved to its destruction, and so long as you are living, as long as you are fighting, you will be free.”

I gazed at the daggers, transfixed. Each blade was clothed in a leather scabbard, but the silver and obsidian of the daggers’ hilts winked at me, as though it was calling for me.

PRAGUE, 1870.

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother’s household. Along with her older brother, she dreams of the day they will be free to live life on their own terms.

But everything changes when their estranged grandmother comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup. As the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, Lady Penelope is determined to mete out the perpetrators. Now, Eleanora must make the choice between a life of intrigue and saving the lives of others.

Can Eleanora find a way do the right thing and still find freedom?

With a fun blend of historical fiction, true love, castle intrigue, and family dysfunction, The Order of the Crystal Daggers is the latest adventure series from C. S. Johnson.


I am totally loving that cover, by the way! I hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

♥Nikole