Top Ten Tuesday [98]

Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun!

Top Ten Seven Books Set In Boarding/Private Schools (Back To School Freebie)

harry potter

Harry Potter obviously has to be on this list! I mean who doesn’t want Hogwarts to be real?

VA

I will always, always, always recommend Vampire Academy! What makes it even better? It’s set in a boarding school! 🙂

hex hall

This is one of my favorite series. It may not have the most beautiful writing or the most profound/inspirational what have you. But this is all around a FUN series. I loved this series because of how fun it was!

anna

You can’t talk about boarding schools an leave off the companion series of Anna and the French Kiss. Stephanie Perkins nails it with sweet contemporary romance set in a boarding school in France. Simply perfection!

touch of frost

This is a fun series that deals with a boarding school filled with mythological creatures, characters, etc. I have only read the first book, but I am dying to finish this series!

born at midnight

The Shadow Falls series starts off with a camp in the first book, but I have been told that it becomes a school in the later books. This is another series that I desperately need to finish, but I definitely need to reread book 1. All I remember is that I loved it!

gossip girl

I have a soft spot for Gossip Girl. I read it when I was in high school. It takes place in New York City and a private school. I read about half of this series, but I have the entire series and really wouldn’t mind rereading it! It’s definitely a guilty pleasure of mine! 🙂

What’s on your top ten this week? And have you read any of these? What books have I missed that deal with boarding schools or private schools? I definitely LOVE reading those kind of books, so send me all the recs! <3

Stephanie

Review: The Chase

Review: The ChaseThe Chase by Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1.5
on August 9th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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five-stars

A witch and a revenant. One full of life, the other technically dead. Fifer and Schuyler's relationship is nothing if not unusual. Some might even call it ill-advised. But try as they might to push each other away, something keeps bringing them back together.
Then a force stronger than their attraction comes between them: Lord Blackwell, the Inquisitor and most powerful man in Anglia. He sends Schuyler on a mission--a mythical sword, rumored to make its owner invincible, lies somewhere in Anglia and it's Schuyler's job to find it.
Meanwhile, left behind in Harrow with her studies, Fifer can't help but worry what's become of her undead paramour. Schuyler's been missing for weeks and Fifer may be the one who can--or who cares enough to--find him.

If you read my King Slayer review, then you might remember me mentioned just how much I love Fifer and Schuyler. So, it stands to reason that I was definitely counting down the days until The Chase released. And boy, was it satisfying. I loved getting inside Fifer and Schuyler’s heads, and their connection was so fascinating to explore. I adored how closely this story tied in with both The Witch Hunter and The King Slayer. I thought the time period in which this story spanned was perfect, although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want the entire series retold from Fifer and Schuyler’s perspective. I don’t think I can say that I love these two enough. They’re addicting. So addicting that I think I read this novella about, say….10 times in the first week of its release. Honestly, if you liked Fifer and Schuyler in The Witch Hunter series, then you’re going to fall in love with them with this novella. And if you already loved them, well then, get ready for a new obsession.

What do you think?

Did you read The Chase? How do Fifer and Schuyler stack up against your OTPs?

five-stars

Emily

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Wink Poppy Midnight [Review]

Wink Poppy Midnight [Review]Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Dial Books on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Magical Realism
Pages: 247
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars

Every story needs a hero.Every story needs a villain.Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?Someone knows.Someone is lying.

My Thoughts

Okay this is one book that is going to be super hard to review. Not because it’s confusing. But because I don’t want to give anything away. This is a story told in 3 perspectives. Wink, is a weird redheaded girl, who comes from a strange family. Poppy, a gorgeous blonde who is spoiled and a major bitch. And Midnight is the boy between the girls. I personally think Midnight is a pretentious teenager who lived next to Poppy and then moved next to Wink. He also compares Wink and Poppy a lot which I think is unfair cause they are so different. But then again he also compares himself to his older half brother, Alabama.

Which one is the hero? Which one is the villain? That’s the question.  Now, I really loved Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Tucholke. But this one… I don’t really know what to make of it… Hence why my review is going to be short, vague, and probably confusing, because that’s exactly how WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT was. It was weird, short, vague, confusing. And what the hell happened? Like I get it, but at the same time I have so much more questions than answers after reading this book.

If you’re in the mood for a weird story with quick short chapters and beautiful writing but will leave you confused or questioning at the end, then this is the book for you.

three-stars

Stephanie

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Review: Spark Joy

Review: Spark JoySpark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie KondĹŤ
Published by Ten Speed Press on January 5th 2016
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 291
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three-half-stars

Marie Kondo’s unique KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing—and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation. In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

I don’t often read life advice books. For whatever reason, this little book stuck out to me during a visit to my local library. So, I checked it out. Two days later, I was completely redoing all my clothing drawers and closet layout. In that sense, the book did its job. In other senses, it might have missed the boat.

I won’t lie: I have a lot of clothes. Getting them to fit in my drawers in a way that I could still find what I wanted to wear was always a challenge. This book helped with that. The drawings and tips for storing clothes were extremely helpful. I don’t think my drawers have ever looked (and stayed) so clean. If you’re a shopaholic with a closet full of clothes, I’d definitely point you toward this book. While you may not fold all of your clothes how Marie Kondo recommends, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few strategies to find your clothes a good home. Also, Marie’s recommendation to take everything from your closet and put it right in the middle of your bedroom floor to sort through was phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten rid of so many clothes at once. And they were all items that I had forgotten I had or hadn’t worn in ages.

However, this book wasn’t perfect. I sometimes found myself rolling my eyes at some of the inspirational phrases about clothes “sparking joy” or my room becoming my “personal art museum”. But, the language wasn’t so overwhelming that I couldn’t read the book. In fact, most of the time I could understand the point Marie Kondo was making. I just wasn’t a fan of the cheesy, over-enthusiastic terminology.

Overall, if you’re looking to update your closet or reorganize your home, give this book a shot. You might just find yourself folding all your shirts into tiny rectangles, just like I did.

What do you think?

Have you ever rearranged your life based on an organizational book? Do you ever read life advice books? Are there any you’d recommend?

three-half-stars

Emily

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The Replacement Crush [Review]

The Replacement Crush [Review]The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on September 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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five-stars

True love can’t be strategized.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

My Thoughts

I really loved this book! I wish there were more books like this. You know the ones where the main character is a book blogger. Or the main character’s parent is an author. Or a book that its setting takes place mostly in a bookstore called Murder By The Sea. Or a romance with a really hot McNerd. Oh my damn, hot nerds. Yes, please!

I felt really connected with Vivian. Maybe it was the fact that she was a book blogger. Or maybe it was the fact that she’s just super relatable. But while reading her character, I felt like I wanted to be more like her. I want to work in a bookstore. I want to hold a physical book club (other than just online). But then I also wanted to be her mom. And I loved how present her mom was throughout the novel! It was so refreshing to read a book where the mom actually plays a pretty significant role!

Then there is Dallas a.k.a Hot McNerd and oh boy we need more of his like in novels! He is dreamy and steamy and oh, where can I get one please? Seriously Dallas is at the top of my fictional boyfriend list! It was like there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He was smart, great with computers/technology, nerdy, strong, hot, and can totally kick some major ass! Mm Mmmm Mmmmm!

The only thing that I wish there was more of was if it was written more epistolaric. We got to see some of Viv’s blog posts, but I feel like there should have been MORE blog posts from her. I mean she is a book blogger, so I feel like we didn’t really see a whole lot of that side of her.

And there is one potential scene that could deter some readers, but I think it is handled and written very well. View Spoiler »

If you’re in the mood for some nerdy, bookish, romance…look no further because this book is definitely worth the read! I can’t wait to see more from this Lisa Brown Roberts!

five-stars

Stephanie

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Review: The King Slayer

Review: The King SlayerThe King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #2
on June 14th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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four-half-stars

“I think, in time, you’ll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory.”
Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule—namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.
Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

What a way to end a series. I absolutely adored The Witch Hunter, and The King Slayer did not disappoint. I successfully avoided my responsibilities and read it in a day…and it was totally worth it. As always, the characters are incredible and watching them change throughout this duology was a joy. We see characters face challenges they never could have foreseen and navigating situations they never thought they’d face. My only complaint is the outcome for one King Malcolm (who I thought got off wayyyyy too easily). But the rest of the characters and the heart-racing plot made that issue minuscule. In fact, I almost forgot to mention it. Personally, throughout the book, I fell even more in love with Fifer and Schuyler. Seriously, I think they might be my new OTP. (Which made the release of the novella detailing their story even more exciting!). Overall, The King Slayer was an incredibly satisfying end to The Witch Hunter world, and it’s left me crossing my fingers for another adventure in this world sometime soon.

What do you think?

Have you read The King Slayer? What did you think? Did you prefer the The Witch Hunter or The King Slayer?

four-half-stars

Emily

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we (or rather, in this case, Lizzie) are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

breaking lightTitle: The Breaking Light
Author: Heather Hansen
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Coming out March 2017

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A futuristic tale of star-crossed lovers, one rich and one poor, who find themselves torn between their family loyalties and each other, set in Seattle Underground-inspired city on an Earth colony planet where only the wealthy and powerful have access to sunlight.

My Thoughts

Sadly this bad boy does not come out until next Spring, BUT I met the author (a lovely lady, she let me hug her literally .25 seconds after meeting, she’s so NICE! Go follow her on Twitter and tell I we sent you!) at Leviosa Con in July, and I cannot wait for this book to be in my hands. When I asked Ms. Hansen what her book was about, she literally just said “Pride and Prejudice in Space” and I was sold. I will be looking out for the cover in the coming months! The amount of bad ass sci-fi books that have been hitting the shelves recently is setting my heart a flutter, I need this. Now.

And now… over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂

Lizzie

Top Ten Tuesday [97]

Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun!

Top Ten Five Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You Still Haven’t Read Yet

This was rather difficult for me, considering I started using Goodreads when I started blogging. So, this is just from pure memory.

harry-potter-series

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

This is kinda cheating, since I read the first book this year. But I have had them on my shelves since they came out. So, it counts.

jessica-darling-seriesmm

Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty

I read the first book back in high school, immediately bought the rest of the series and haven’t read the rest yet. I really need to finish this series!

bloodlines

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I read and devoured the Vampire Academy series prior to blogging and immediately picked up Bloodlines when it came out, but I still haven’t read it yet.. Which is sad because my love Adrian Ivashkov is in it. <3

the hollow

The Hollow by Jessica Verday

I bought this one because of Sleepy Hollow and I still haven’t read it. Maybe I will try to read it during October this year?

immortal

Immortal by Gillain Shields

I can’t remember if I read this or not. On Goodreads it says that I read it, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was about. So this one may be cheating as well, but I still have it on my shelves.

What’s on your top ten this week? And have you read any of these? What should I put at the top of my TBR list?

Stephanie

Blog Tour: The Thousandth Floor [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: The Thousandth Floor [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: The Thousandth Floor [Review & Giveaway]The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book because it reminded me so much of a futuristic Gossip Girl story. And I love Gossip Girl! I like how this story started with the end: a girl falling off the 1000th floor on the Tower. I like the mystery behind it and how we don’t know who it is at the beginning.

I loved the 5 main characters that the story is told from:

Avery – was genetically made to be perfect and she hates it.

Leda – has a secret addiction.

Rylin – mother died and she has to take care of her and her little sister.

Eris – her life just falls apart throughout the story.

Watt – a genius who gets hired to spy on one of the upper level girls.

They are all so different yet they bring so much to the story. A lot of which could be spoilerific. So, there isn’t a whole lot to say about them or the plot without giving anything away.

I loved every complication that was within this story: love, betrayal, backstabbing, secrets, and all those typical drama you would get in the everyday life. You really just gotta go in blind with this one. And I hope you liked it as much as I did! 🙂

About the Authorkatahrine mcgee

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.katharinemcgee.com or on Twitter at @katharinemcgee .

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four-stars

Stephanie

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Bout of Books 17 [Goals & Updates]

Bout of Books
Today marks the day of Bout of Books 17! Here is where I will post my goals and my updates and keep updating this post! I am super behind on ARC August and I am hoping that this readathon will get me caught up! Let me know if you’re joining in on Bout of Books and leave some links! I’ll be sure to go check out your posts and cheer you on!

Goals:

-Finish my current read (Wink Poppy Midnight)
-Read at least 4-5 books or 2000 pages!

Updates:

Monday August 22, 2016

Currently Reading: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke & Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
Number of Pages Read Today: 46 pages of WPM & 47 pages of KHS
Total Pages Read: 93 pages
Total Books Read: none finished yet
Challenges: 

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Currently Reading: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke & Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
Number of Pages Read Today: 50 pages of WPM & 23 pages of KHS
Total Pages Read: 166 pages
Total Books Read: none finished yet
Challenges: 

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Currently Reading: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
Number of Pages Read Today: 47 pages of WPM & 20 pages of KHS
Total Pages Read: 233 pages
Total Books Read: 1 (Wink Poppy Midnight)
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Thursday August 25, 2016

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Friday August 26, 2016

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Books Finished: 1 (Wink Poppy Midnight)
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Stephanie