May Wrap Up

Hello Darlings ❤

I know we are half way through June, but here is my May Wrap Up (minus 1 book that my friend is borrowing)

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Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas — 4/5 Stars

Read May 1 – May 4. A really good sequel, I enjoyed this more than Throne of Glass, just because Celaena Sardothien had more assassin-y jobs to do. I enjoyed the mystery more too. I, however, still do not enjoy the love triangle. I just feel like she can be frivolous and should be more focused on being The Kings Assassin. Also, I guessed the twist ending quite early on, so the reveal wasn’t as earth changing as it should have been. I am definitely continuing with this series.

Asunder – Jodi Meadows — 3.25/5 Stars

Read May 4 – May 5. I read Incarnate (book 1) back in 2013, so it has been a couple years, but I had no problem jumping back in to this world. I liked this book, but it was too romance heavy for my tastes. The ending though, I needed to continue the series asap, so I ordered the book that day.

Shopaholic To The Stars – Sophie Kinsella (Not Pictured) — 2.75/5 Stars

Read May 10 – May 11. The newest installment in the Shopaholic series, a series beloved by many, including myself. Was it as good as the previous 6 books? No. Did I enjoy it? Kind of. I started reading the Shopaholic series many, many years ago. I was in High School. I graduated 7 years ago. I loved loved loved these books! I found Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood plucky, and funny. Not so much anymore. I was exasperated by her antics. I found her selfish, immature and I wanted to shake some sense in to her! She treats almost everyone poorly. So no, this wasn’t my favourite of the series. But yes, I will be continuing on. I can’t help myself.

Infinite – Jodi Meadows — 3.5/5 Stars

Read May 11 – May 16. I enjoyed the final installment in this trilogy the most. We got Centaurs! Phoenixes! Dragons! They talked about Trolls, and Rocs. I wished we could have found out more about all of these creatures because their stories in this world would have been fascinating. We get a pretty good ending! It wasn’t without its faults, but I enjoyed it. I just grew very tired of Sam and Ana professing their love for each other over and over again.

You – Caroline Kepnes — 3.75/5 Stars

Read May 16 – May 17. I heard about this book through two Booktubers – Lindsey, and Lainey. They both raved about this book. It sound creepy, and thrilling. It was. But, I do not give out recommendations for this book lightly, because of the subject nature. Joe works in a bookstore. Beck is a student with major issues. Joe falls hard and fast for Beck. Joe is super creepy. This book with make you think twice about what you post online, and what you make public/private. This book, was gross, and fascinating, and creepy, and one of those books that is hard to put down. And I am glad that there is a sequel, because that ending.. man.. that ending.

The Scorch Trials – James Dashner — 3/5 Stars

Read May 18 – May 21. I read this book because the trailer for the movie was just coming out, I read the first book, saw the first movie.. I was obviously going to continue on, even though I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book. I found the writing was okay, and I hated the slang. So the trailer coming out was what motivated me to finally pick up book 2. It was alright. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I do, however, love Minho. He is my favourite. I finished reading the book, I watched the trailer. The movie looks awesome, I am super excited to see it, but it is nothing like the book, having literally just read the source material. Oh well.

The Death Cure – James Dashner — 3.25/5 Stars

Read May 24 – May 25. I picked up The Death Cure right away because I read somewhere that there is a big scene that will be featured in The Scorch Trials movie. I do not know which scene, but I wanted to be in the know. Plus, I knew it would have taken me forever to pick up TDC had I not continued right then and there. I enjoyed most of this book. One death I was okay with, one death I was definitely not okay with. The ending felt off to me. I didn’t know how I felt about it then, and I still don’t now. Again, I love Minho very much <3.

So there you have it. My May Wrap Up. In the month of May, I also ended up in the hospital and in an entire leg length long brace.. I ended up with a pretty serious knee injury.. I completely tore my ACL, I tore my Lateral Meniscus, I partially tore my MCL, I tore muscles in both my calf and thigh, I tore cartilage in the knee cap, and bruised bones (my femur in one place, and my tibia in two places). My knee was super swollen, I couldn’t bend or straighten it, I couldn’t put any pressure on it, plus, when you tear ligaments, they bleed in to the joint so I had a bunch of blood in my knee. So there’s that.

Happy Reading!

I’ll be back with another post soon.

May The Book Be With You — Brianne xox.

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The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George Review

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The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

My Rating – 3.5/5

eBook, provided for review from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A book for booklovers, plus Paris! Two of my all time favourite things.

Published – June 25, 2015 – Crown Publishing

This is a book about books, their ability to help and to heal, a floating bookshop on a barge in the Seine. I think that is a fascinating concept. Does it work? For the most part, yes. This book is shelved as ‘Literature/Fiction’, I think it should definitely say something about it being a romance as well.

I never felt truly connected with Perdu, and therefore making his journey not as rewarding as I was hoping. I wish I could have felt more towards him and Manon. But with that in mind, I would absolutely love to visit ‘The Literary Apothecary’. It was a character in its own right. In my opinion, the best thing about Perdu, was his ability to tell exactly what book a customer needed at a certain time in their life.

How Nina George describes Paris, and the French countryside, has made my urge and want and need to go to France (which was incredibly strong to begin with) infinitely more apparent.

This book, is one that you have to immerse yourself in. It isn’t a quick read. It’s meandering, which if you enjoy books like that, then I urge you to check out this one.

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms book4) by Morgan Rhodes Cover Reveal

Who loves sprawling fantasy novels?

A large cast of characters?

Magic?

Love?

I urge you to check out the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. It is going to be a six book series, with three of the books currently out and the fourth on its’ way.

Book 1 – Falling Kingdoms

Book 2 – Rebel Spring

Book 3 – Gathering Darkness

Book 4 – Frozen Tides (expected release date December 15, 2015)

The covers of these books are beautiful, and are getting more beautiful with each book. The cover designer knows whats up, knows this series, and each book features a character from the novels and the artwork is absolutely stunning. The cover for Frozen Tides was released today by Novel Novice.

The series is published by Razorbill

& without further ado, here is the stunning cover for Frozen Tides

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What do you guys think..?

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You can check out Morgan Rhodes on

Twitter – @MorganRhodesYA

Instagram – @morganrhodesya

Facebook – Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

Here are the covers for the first three books

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May The Book Be With You

-Brianne xox

A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab Excerpt Preview Review

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My Rating – 5/5

eBook, provided for review from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

V.E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab) HAS A NEW BOOK COMING OUT!

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This was me when I found out.

Read the synopsis over at goodreads

V.E. Schwab has an amazing imagination. I read her three other books in 2014 and I knew that she had become one of my top authors. In the summer of 2014, she tweeted details of her new upcoming book and I knew it was going to be just as amazing.

I was lucky enough to get an arc excerpt of the first 5 chapters and when they ended, I literally squealed. Her imagination and attention to detail, along with building fascinating worlds and characters who you actually get attached to is amazing.

In ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ we are introduced to Kell. He has a magical coat. Yes, a magical coat. Well, a peculiar coat as Kell called it.
“It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.” This is the second line of the book and this is the line that hooked me. I needed to know more.
But not only that, he can travel to various London’s.
Grey London is boring, very few remember that magic existed.
White London is ruled by mad twins, and the throne is won by whomever kills to get it. Magic is fought for. People want to control it.
Red London is where magic flourishes and is respected.
Black London does not exist anymore because the need and want for magic ended up creating chaos.

Kell is an Antari – a blood magician. “Antari could speak to blood. To Life. To magic itself.” Kell is one of the very few Antari left who can travel between the various London’s with correspondence between the rulers of each London. Nothing else is allowed to go between worlds. It a rule.

Lila dreams of becoming a pirate. But to do that, she has to masquerade as a male.. a sneaky, pickpocketing male camouflaged by a wide brimmed hat and a mask . But she doesn’t steal from the poor, she steals from the rich. Her voice is very distinct. She resonated with me because I was a tomboy growing up. I didn’t like to follow conventional male/female gender roles. I wanted to play hockey whereas my sister wanted to dance.

The excerpt ends with Kell and Lila both running from something, and then eventually literally in to each other.

I wanted, and needed more. This book did not remind me of anything else I had read, and that is why I loved it so much.

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If you like Victoria Schwab, then read this book.

If you want something like nothing you’ve ever read, then read this book.

If you want a cross-dressing wannabe pirate, then read this book.

If you want a guy who has a peculiar coat, can travel between London’s, and has secrets, then read this book.

I can’t say it enough. READ THIS BOOK!

May The Book Be With You

Brianne – xox.

I’m Back!

Hello Book Lovers!!

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I just wanted to say sorry for going awol. I missed you guys! Along with some personal issues, and family..not issues but my sister moved across Canada and I got in to a funk because she is my best friend. Then I had shoulder surgery and was in a sling for 6 weeks.. Well the sixth week just ended. It was awful – painful. Using my right arm is still very hard and I get tired and sore very easily. I read only 1 book in the first month of 2015 because it was too hard to hold a book one handedly, especially with my non-dominant hand.

I am going to get back to posting at least semi-regularly during the rest of my recovery (4 months of physiotherapy) and then hopefully more regularly when I don’t get so sore from typing.

I have been posting on my bookstagram account so you can also keep up with me there – @maythebookbewithyou

Here are my Top14 books of 2014

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I didn’t rank them from 1-14 but my tops were definitely Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, Written in Red by Anne Bishop, and the Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson.

May the Book Be With You

Brianne – xox

Book Review – Intangible – C.A. Gray

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My Rating – 4/5 Stars

eBook, provided for review from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Here is the Synopsis off of goodreadsPeter Stewart grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible. But Peter disbelieves anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

Lily Portman is an orphan with a secret: she can see creatures that are invisible to everyone else. These creatures control every human being she has ever met to varying degrees… until she meets Peter and his father.

When a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and Lily their lives, suddenly Lily learns that she is not crazy after all, and Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories… including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of their lives, but potentially the fate of the world.”

 

As soon as I read “unique version of Arthurian Legends” I knew I had to read this book. I love anything that involves Arthurian Legend. And I am super glad that I requested this book and got it. I recommend this book to anyone who like Arthurian Legend, retellings, and awesome fantasy novels.. this is for you.

Peter is a geeky kid.. and science nerd. Peter does a twist on an experiment, something all his own and it gets him in to trouble. While Peter is high school age his classes are beneath him, the Headmaster wants him moved to the University where his father is a Professor.

Lily sees things that no one else can see. After her and Peter’s first meeting, she can tell there is something different about him.

The novel really picks up, and takes you on a wild ride with an epic prophecy, taking magic and science rooted in the real world, and using centuries old Arthurian Legend to create the first book in a wonderful new series.

The science was not difficult to understand, and the writing was well done. I loved Lily. I can’t wait to see where this series goes with the next book.

If you’re interested, you should definitely head on over to CA Gray’s website.. There is a very interesting Q&A with her. She said it took her 3 years to write Intangible, because of all the research and plotting out the novel.

I believe it was really well done.

 

Ombre Book Tag!

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This tag was going around Instagram and I wanted to see if I could find a decent ombre that wasn’t blue because I just realized how many blue books I actually have!
This was fun, just find a few books of the same colour but varying hues/shades to create an ombre effect.

May The Book Be With You
Brianne – xox.

Top 5 Wednesday – Top 5 Hardbacks Without Dust Jacket – ( #T5WFamily )

Welcome to another installment of Top 5 Wednesday!

This week is, Top 5 Naked Books… meaning Hardbacks without Dust Jackets! So my pictures will include the naked book, with the dust jacket beside it for comparison. I specifically used books that had a different hardback than what was printed on the dust jacket.

Let us be off! (These aren’t in the order I like most, but by size of books..)

1) Geek Wisdom – The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture by Stephen H. Segal

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I got this as a gift from a friend, and he was making up a little bag full of stuff he thought described me or had a particular meaning about me that he thought up.. and also included note explaining what each was.. This was one of the most personal gifts I have been given. I didn’t give him any ideas.. I had no idea what to expect and I hold this gift close to my heart.

2) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

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I am not a pink girl.. I did not know what the book itself looked like.. the dust jacket is quite girly.. and I was surprised, but more so by how much I liked the shade of pink used.

3) The Glass Sentence – S.E. Grove

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This book just.. the dust jacket is made of this super thin material.. but both the dust jacket and naked book are beautiful.

4) The Shadowhunter’s Codex – Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

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Man.. this hardback is the weirdest material I have ever felt on a book.. I don’t even know how to describe it. But I loved the shading and the Mortal Cup. There are pictures on the inside covers as well that are beautiful.

5) Frankenstein – Mary Shelley, Illustrated by Gris Grimly

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I just love Gris Grimly’s illustrations in this book. They are haunting, and beautifully done. I thought the cover was actually really cool.

Here are the spines of the books.. because they need some love too..

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And for extra credit.. This book doesn’t have a dust jacket but it is extremely beautiful..

Well Read Women – Samantha Hahn

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The portraits in this are watercolour and are stunning.

Well there you have it!

What are some of your guys’ favourite hardbacks without dust jackets?

May The Book Be With You

Brianne – xox.

Here is a complete list of Wednesday Top 5er’s

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers

Here is Lainey’s booktube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey

Top 5 Wednesday – Top 5 Books You Struggled To Finish – ( #T5WFamily )

Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday!

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books you Struggled to Finish.

Let’s get this started!!

1) The Swimming Pool – Holly LeCraw

I was sooo looking forward to this book. I waited and waited and waited for it to come out.. I bought it.. and was immensely disappointed. I finished it, but I hated the ending.

2) Chime – Franny Billingsley

I haven’t finished this book… yet. I don’t know if I am going to. Every time I read the synopsis, I am intrigued and I want to read it! So I don’t know what happened when I started reading it March 17, 2011. That’s right, 3 years and I haven’t finished it. Hopefully one day I will.

3) Just One Year – Gayle Foreman

I read Just One Day, the prequel to this.. and I didn’t enjoy it. I did not like the characters. They weren’t believable to me. So I tried to read this book, and I got maybe 20% in, and I can’t bring myself to finish.

4) Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book.. this book, people love it. It has high ratings on goodreads. I know a lot of booktubers, bloggers, and other people who rave about these books.. It took me a month to read the first one and I did not enjoy it. I rolled my eyes a lot. And that is a very specific reason why it took me so long.

5) Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

I have been “reading” this book since November 22 2013. I am enjoying it.. it wouldn’t seem that way but I actually am.. I just always put it aside for something else. I am striving to finish it in June. I really want to.. because Jamie. Yup. I love him.

What are the 5 books that you guys have struggled to finish? Let me know in the comments below!

Brianne – xox.

Ultimate Book Tag!!!!

Hello my lovely readers, I am back and here today to do the Ultimate Book Tag!

 

1) Do you get sick in the car?

Nope, not usually.. unless I start reading while I have a headache and don’t have my glasses on.. Those are my only two issues, when combined that cause car sickness whilst reading. So YAY!

2) Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Sarah Addison Allen has beautiful writing. Her worlds are magical realism and her writing really shows that. Also, Laini Taylor has a very beautiful and lyrical writing style. I like how she strings words together.

3) Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

HARRY POTTER ALL THE WAY! I’ve read both series.. and I love the HP world. J.K. Rowling created this amazing world filled with quirky, amazing characters.. that millions of people want to live in. I choose Harry Potter because of; The Magic. Wands, spells, charms.. it is fantastic. The “Beasts”.. Dragons, Trestrals, Centaurs, Unicorns, House Elves, 3 Headed Dogs, Giant Squid.. and many more. The Characters. This world is filled with many, many great characters. Even the horrible characters are written well and people still have such strong feelings towards them. For bonus points, the History. I want to own Hogwarts, A History.

4) Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I do not carry a book bag.. I do carry a purse and in it is, always a book, gum, my wallet, ipod, phone, glasses, sunglasses, lip stuff, a small brush and ponytail holders, my inhaler, other medication, usually a fruit snack, a notebook and pen, keys.. it is a heavy purse.

5) Do you smell your books?

Not often, but I have before. No shame.

6) Books with or without little illustrations?

Usually without.. but I don’t mind if there are some that add something to the story. And the older a book gets and get reprinted with my illustrations, I like to see the differences.

7) What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Well, I didn’t love Twilight.. in fact I did not like it much at all.. and I knew the writing quality wasn’t great because I read it when I was 22.. I can’t really think of any other books.

8) Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

When I was little and my mom would read to me, she would be tired and tried to skip a couple pages and I would say “MOMMY YOU MISSED A PART.. THAT’S NOT HOW IT GOES! GO BACK!” and she would have to start over again..

9) What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams at 105 pages.

10) What is the thickest book on your shelf?

A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin at 1177 pages.

11) Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do not write.. I used to write little short stories when I was younger.. and my dad always asks me when I am going to write my own novel.. I would really love to one day. Here‘s to hoping.

12) When did you get into reading?

For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading.


13) What is your favorite classic book?

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway. I read this book every summer. I love it.

14) In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

English, and Foods class were my two best and favourite classes.. they are the two things I love to do.. read and bake (and cook)

15) If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I don’t really get books as presents unless I specifically ask for them.. or they are on my Christmas wish list so people know what to get. My friends and family never really attempt to buy me books because I have so many.. I know this doesn’t really answer the question but I can’t think of what I would do. Probably politely say something.

16) What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

The Magicians – Lev Grossman has been said to be like Harry Potter. I started reading it, I haven’t finished it yet but I don’t like that comparison. I can’t think of anything else right now though.

17) What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I am trying to “…” less in my posts. I know I do it a lot.

18) What is your favorite word?

Zazzy, it is my best friends and my word for each other. I call my sister Sassafras, just because it is a cool word. I like the world alright.. I know it isn’t glamorous or anything but I like it.

19) Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the
above?

I don’t like labels.. But my friends and family call me a nerd all the time. Especially when I start spurting out randoms facts and tidbits of information.

20) Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires.. because they are children of the night and cool. If the mythology and lore behind the Vampire stories is done in a cool way.. (i.e. not sparkly in the sun – that is lame) then Vampires are badass. I have tried to read Fairie books and just can’t get in to them.. BUT I love fairie mythology.. I have a lot of books (non-fiction) on Fairie lore. Sooooo Fairies I guess!

21) Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters!!! They are so cool, just being able to turn in to something or something else.

22) Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Umm… Spirits. They can be bad.. or good.. there is just so much to do there. Werewolves are super cool though.

23) Zombies or Vampires?

I made my case for Vampires above and they lost.. and I think they win but only slightly against Zombies. I just need to read more Zombie books maybe.

24) Love Triangle or Forbidden Love

Neither. I would be perfectly okay without either. I HATE love triangles, especially pointless ones. ugh. Forbidden Love can be pretty saucy I guess 😉

25) Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in. I own both type of books, but I get bored with full on romance. I need more!

Well! There it is. It was long. It was fun. I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I hope you made it to the end!

What are your guys’ picks?

I do not know who is the original person whom created the tag.. but TAG! you’re all it! and if you do this tag, tag me in it because I’d love to know what you say!

Brianne – xox.