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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top TenBooks on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the blog The Broke and the Bookish, go and check out they’re answers as well as other bloggers!

 

1. The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner: I’m obsessed with witches and Germany, so do I need say more? This book has been sitting on my self for almost a year and think this will be the perfect time to finally sit down and read it.

2. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness: I loved, loved, absolutely LOVED the first book of this trilogy called A Discovery of Witches. It had history, fantasy, and of course romance. I’m even more excited to read this book since I just got back from a trip to London, where I also visited Oxford (which is where the first boo is set).  This sounds like its going to be as good as the first and would be a prefect book to read by the fire while sipping hot chocolate (or wine, whichever ;) ).

3. Witchfall by Victoria Lamb: I liked the first book of this series and I actually tried to read this one a few months back. it didn’t quite catch my attention so i set back down. I hoping reading this around the time of Halloween will help put me in the mood to read this book.

4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: This was actually recommended to me by the website bookseer.com based off of my love for The Historian. It sounds really spooky and dark, so I hope it lives up to my expectations of it. I love a good scary book.

5. The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan: This book was listed as being similar to The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, which I read last year really enjoyed.

6. Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt: I started reading this one years back (like back when I was still in college) and I ended up getting so distracted by other work that I put it down and completely forgot about it. I found again while moving a couple months ago and decide it’s time to finally finish it. I’m really excited about this one since my love of Dracula has recently been renewed.

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: There’s just something about this book that begs to be read during the fall. Maybe it’s because it’s based in Russia and I think cold when I think of there. I don’t know, but I am excited to see what the hype is about surrounding this book.

8. Six Women of Salem by Marilynne K. Roach: I actually picked this book up last year around this time because I thought it would be a perfect read for Halloween time. I never did get around to it, probably because it’s a huge book and i got a little intimated by it. But my theme this year seems to be witches so I think it will fit right on in.

9. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice: This is another book the has been sitting on my self for far too long. I tried reading it a few years back, but was put off by Lestat’s creepy relationship with his mother. So I put it back on the shelf, but I really liked Interview with a vampire and I want to give this one another shot.

10. Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido: I just received a copy of this today and I’m so excited to read this because Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite shows! It’s a great way to celebrate the new season starting today (it’s monday today, if you missed the premiere I’m sure it’s online).

I hope you enjoyed this and let me know of any good fall book recommendations that you have. I’m always looking for new books to read. Also, if you’ve read any of these books let me know what you though of them, I would really like to know!Thanks everyone for reading and I’ll see you next time!

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Looking for book recommendations? Look no more!!!

Every book lover knows the feeling of finishing an amazing book and then the empty feeling that comes after it. If you have ever felt this and looked around desperately trying to find a book that was as great as the last one, then I have a website for you. I found this little gem on Stumbleupon and it’s called bookseer.com and it’s a bookworms dream! The home page asks what book that you just read and the author and recommends books to you based off of that book.

For example, one of my favorite books is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. So I typed this into the homepage and in return it recommended me lots of books that I had never heard of before, but that truly sounded interesting to me and were similar to the book. Such as The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. If you see one that looks interesting you can just click on the title and it will take you to amazon.com for more information. I think this is great and simple way to find book recommendations that is faster then scrolling the lists on goodreads. Go and check it out and let me know what you think of it, and no I’m not sponsored by the site. I just think it’s really cool.

I know this was short and sweet, but I wanted to share this site with all of you since I love it so much. If y’all have any book related websites that you think are cool please leave them for me in the comments. I’m always looking for new places to discover books and those who love them. Thanks for reading and I hope you found this useful.

Love you guys and see next time!

Splintered Quickie Book Review

Title: Splintered (Splintered #1)

Author: A.G Howard

My Rating: 3 Stars

Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books

Recommended If You Like: Alice in Wonderland, Retellings, YA, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Pages: 371

More Information: Goodreads

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This is going to be a very right to the point, quick book review. My best friend recommended this book to me, she absolutely loved it. however, it took me about a month to finish.

I give this book 4 stars, the only reason I didn’t give 5 is because I felt that the book was a bit long winded and bit too long. However, the plot and characters were amazing! This book was great and I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in historical fiction and thrillers. And as of when I write this the book is free on the kindle lending library as are the others in this series.

Have you read this book yet or the first one? What did you think about them? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to like and share this page with your friends. And follow me for more book reviews like this one. Have a great day!

Life Update: My Travels Abroad

I just returned from a week long trip to London and Prague. I had tons of fun, but with limited time in each city we were consistently on the go. We took plenty of pictures to document our trip but here are just a few so you can can get glimpse of these amazing places. I completely recommend that you go see these cities, they are so beautiful and so different. London is a modern city with a little bit of the old scattered about. While Prague still holds it’s old world charms, with brightly painted ornate buildings.

Have you been to any of these cities or ever traveled outside your country? I would love to hear your stories! I would also love to hear about your summer vacations as this was ours.

Sorry for the picture overload:

 

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A Side view of the Globe Theater

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Stonehenge, which was absolutely breathtaking!

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Oxford England

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Windsor Castle

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The back of Buckingham Palace the faces the gardens

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The gardens at Buckingham Palace

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Karlstejn castle just outside Prague

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Square near the Astronomical clock in prague

Astronomical Clock

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View of Prague from the top of the Astronimcal Clock tower

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The bridge at the Cesky Krumlov Castle, I thought it was beautiful

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The Cesky Krumlov Castle as residential bears guarding the castle

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View of Cesky Krumlov from the Castle

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Prague Castle

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The Cathedral at Prague Castle

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How the honey was served at our hotel in Prague, I thought that was so cool!

 

 

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon :)

Madly, Deeply Book Review* An Edgar Allen Poe Themed Story

*I was kindly given an e-copy of this title by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Title: Madly, Deeply

Author: Erica Crouch

My Rating: starstarstarstar_emptystar_empty

Published: June 12th 2012 by Mariner Books

Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Edgar Allen Poe, YA, Retellings, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance,

Pages: 209

Released: June 17th 2014

Published: Patchwork Press

More Information: Goodreads

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This book is based of of the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annabelle Lee. I’m obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and therefore grabbed this as fast as I could. I had high hopes for this book, but I went in knowing the poem and therefore knew that this wasn’t going to be a happy story. So if your looking for a sweet, happy, nothing bad happens story then go ahead and skip this one.

For those who have not yet read the poem, here it is:

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.
Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org

Now for the book itself, the first thing I want to talk about is the characters. The three main characters consist of Annaleigh, her beau William, and his sited Mary. Annaleigh and William have a very sweet relationship, almost a little too sweet. Their relationship seems perfect, which makes it unrealistic and kind of took me out the story, but it does lend to the fairytale aspect of it. Annaleigh was sweet and innocent while William was nice but also had a sad past that haunted him. Mary was my favorite because she was feisty and felt more real to me. She also has a paranormal talent that comes into play later.

As for the setting, I thought I was great. I felt like I was back in the 1800s. The author is very detailed so that the screens really poppa off the page for you. However, this brings me to the writing style which I didn’t like. It was too wordy and full of metaphors. I felt like every other sentence contains a metaphor and it was extremely distracting. I would have a preferred a more straightforward writing style.

The story alluded to the raven as well which I really enjoyed, Poe fans will have searching for these references.

As I was reading this book I kept thinking how cheesy it was and getting distracted by the metaphors, and I thought should I just go ahead and put this down? I didn’t and in the end I cried, hard. It was then that I realized that I has connected with characters and I truly did enjoy and like the story. This is the reason I’m giving it 3 stars.
I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a big Poe fan and loves romance, and maybe a little paranormal as well.  Will you be picking this up and will you skip it? Let me know and why in the comments below. And don’t forget to hit the like and share button. And click one of the many follow buttons on the side to stay up to date with new book posts like this one. Have a great day!

Ciao Bella: Quick Nail Update

I love blue colors and this has to be my new favorite nail color. It’s a little dark for the summer months, but it sparkles so much that it looks bright an shiny in the light. This color reminds me of the night sky lit by millions of stars, it looks so romantic.

Here’s a couple pictures, the name is ciao Bella by Sinful Colors:

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I hope you enjoyed the quick nail update. I’m sorry I haven’t posted in weeks, I moved a week ago an we’re struggling to find an internet provider so I’ve been without internet. I’m still creating and writing, but in waiting for when I can use the computer and clean the posts up to actually publish them. I try to make the content on here the best quality it can be, so please be patient with me.

I hope you’re having a wonderful week and I’ll see you next time!

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Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish and this week’s topic is the top ten characters we would want to be stranded on a deserted island with, and here’s my list:

1. Jem from the Infernal Devices Series: I loved Jem and I would want him on a desert island with me because he’s so sweet and lovable. He would be willing to help with anything that needed to be done and plus he can play the violin so we could have lovely music with chilling out by the beach.

2. Hermione from the Harry Potter Series: She rocks and it has to be super helpful to have some one who can work some awesome spells around. she also very smart and brave so I know I would safe with her.

3. Four from the Divergent Series: He is such a total bad ass and is super hot, need I say more??

4. Katniss from the Hunger Games Series: She would be the perfect must have person to be stranded on a desert island with. She can use here bow and arrow to hunt with. And she could also use it against any enemies that might arise(dum dum dummm). And she really clever so i think she could be helpful in make shelters and finding good drinking water etc.

5. Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind: There’s really no important reason I need him on the island, just that I simply think he’s sexy and would be a lot of fun. I’m sure he would manage to rescue some alcohol somehow and make it a party.

6. Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles: She an amazing mechanic and I think that her skills would be similar to engineering so I think she could help in possible finding a way to get off off the island. Because, while it would be fun to be stuck on an island with all these characters, I would want some Taco Bell or McDonald’s eventually lol.

7. Jacob Kuisl from the Hangman’s Daughter Series: He’s another bad ass that would be great at helping making shelters and cooking food. Also he knows a lot about herbs and remedies for different illness and injuries so he would kind of be like a doctor, which is very important.

8. Diana Bishop from the All Souls Trilogy: She’s a witch and a very powerful one at that, she can even travel back in time, so if we weren’t really digging the whole island scene then she could possibly travel back in time and prevent us from being stranded. That might be the most helpful ability of all.

9. Adele from The Casquette Girls: She really just seems like a lot of fun to me. I think she would be fun just to hang out with and talk about all things New Orleans(my favorite place). She’s also a witch so the more the merrier with the witches haha.

10. Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones: He might be small, but he’s very clever. We would need all the smart people would could get to help figure everything out and I think he would be extra good at it. Plus, I bet he could also manage to find a way off the island too, considering everything he’s managed in his world. He would also be fun to party with.

There it is, I hoped you enjoyed it and that it made sense. I’m writing this while being very tired and sick so if it doesn’t make any sense I’m sorry! I’ll see you guys soon and have a great day!