Month: July 2015

Monthly Recap [July 2015]

Posted July 31, 2015 by Stephanie in Wrap Up / 0 Comments

So, I’m going to do this new thing monthly where I let you guys know a little bit more about me. I used to do this over on Bookish Lifestyle. But since I’m not there anymore, I decided to bring over a version of the Bookish Digest over here. I’ll let you know what my favorite read was for the month and I’ll link up some of my posts from the month as well as give you guys some news or information about my life.
My pick for the month of July:

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance
Published By: HarperTeen on February 10, 2015
**My Review will be published on August 1st**

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except…her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betrothes her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
(Goodreads)

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What happened in July:
1. Joe surprised me with a day out in the city! He took me to an amazing burger joint (Kuma’s Corner, MUST NEED to go if you ever visit Chicago). He also took me to see the Blue Man Group and afterwards we went up to the Sears Tower on the Skydeck. It was wonderful.

2. My cousin got hitched! It was a gorgeous day for it and she was even more gorgeous! I am so happy for her!

3. Sophie went swimming for the first time! We took our husky, Sophie, to the 4th of July party we went to and it was super hot out that day so we let Sophie go swimming in the pool with us and she LOVED it! It was adorable!

What Books I Read In July:

1. Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
2. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
3. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

4. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

6. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

7. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Let’s talk about it!
What were some of your favorite reads this month? Did you read any of these books? What are you looking forward to next month? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
Stephanie
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Grave Mercy [DNF Review / Discussion]

Posted July 30, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Grave Mercy [DNF Review / Discussion]Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 3rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Pages: 550
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 549
Published By: Houghton Miffli
n Harcourt on April 3, 2012
Challenges: Square in Wonderland Book Club, 2015 TBR Pile, 2015 Reading Challenge

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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
(Goodreads)

I know, I’m not in the majority when it comes to rating this book. Let me be clear that I was not able to finish this book. I just could not get through it. Every time I picked it up and read a page or two more, I got bored. I tried to get through this one, I really did. But it just was not capturing my attention.

I gave this 2 stars though, because there is potential. I love the concept of this story. Assassin nuns?! Hell yes! And I hear from reliable sources who did not care for this book, that they loved the second and third book. So, that gives me hope.

Will I read this one again? I will definitely try. But probably not anytime soon. I will attempt this one again, eventually. And hopefully I can change the rating from a 2 to possibly higher. I wish I was able to get through this one because I was so excited to do discussions and what not with the book club on this, but I was so bored when it came to reading this book.

 

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read Grave Mercy? Were you in the same position that I was in? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
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Stephanie
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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie [Review]

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie [Review]

Posted July 29, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

Title: Sleeping Freshman Never Lie Author: David Lubar Series: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie #1 Genre: Young Adult, Humor, Realistic, Contemporary, High School Pages: 279 Published By: Dutton Books FYR on July 21, 2005 Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, 2015 YA Contemporary, 2015 Reading Challenge **I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.** Where To Get:   […]

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WoW [27]

WoW [27]

Posted July 29, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently eagerly for… Title: Queen of ShadowsAuthor: Sarah J. MaasSeries: Throne of Glass #4Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, MagicPublished By: Bloomsbury USA ChildrensComing out on September 1, 2015 Sarah […]

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ARC August [Sign Up Post]

ARC August [Sign Up Post]

Posted July 28, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

This is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. If you want to join in, click here! So, I’ve already decided that during the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon that I’d be reading mostly my eARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss, because I have SO many. Why not just do it for the entire month?! Totally down for that! I would like […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [53]

Top Ten Tuesday [53]

Posted July 28, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

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 Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds:  1. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice) 2. Cath Avery (Fangirl) 3. Andi Callaway (Written on her Heart) 4. Katy […]

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Readers Choice [11]

Readers Choice [11]

Posted July 24, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

It’s time for another round of Reader’s Choice! The book that won the last poll was: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black! So, in the upcoming weeks, I will be reading and reviewing that one! 🙂 So, help me choose what’s next! survey services (links go to their goodreads page) 1. The Art […]

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What Books To Read During BoutofBooks

What Books To Read During BoutofBooks

Posted July 23, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

I don’t know if any of you are in the position I am, but I have so many eARCs from Netgalley and I need to start dwindling that list down. And I hope to dwindle it down a lot during the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon! Here’s where you come into play. I need help picking […]

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SIW: August Deets and July Link Up

SIW: August Deets and July Link Up

Posted July 23, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

So, last month Dana and I created this wonderful book club. Since the creation of this bad boy, we have brought on help from our writing and reading friend, Hannah. She is a moderator on the group on Goodreads and she will also be doing some blog posts. Also, we have decided that we will […]

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WoW [26]

WoW [26]

Posted July 22, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently eagerly for… Title: TruthwitchAuthor: Susan DennardSeries: The Witchlands #1Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, RomancePublished By: Tor TeenComing out on January 5, 2016 On a continent ruled by three […]

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