Wine Book Tag

Thank you so much to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me in this great post. Few things go together better than books and wine (or tea/coffee).

Box Wine: A book that people will judge you for liking but you like anyway | The Host

1656001Many people hate Stephenie Meyer for what I deem no good reason other than the movie adaptations sucked. While in hindsight the Twilight Series wasn’t that great, I did enjoy it at the time. The book by Meyer that I loved then and still love now is The Host. Again, many people hate this book, but as a Sci-Fi lover, I really enjoyed the idea of an alien falling in love with a human against everything they were taught. It was also a different take that the alien species viewed themselves as helping, rather than trying to destroy and colonize.

Organic Wine: A book that doesn’t have any added crap and is written perfectly | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024While I enjoy contemporary romance, there are very few where I become wholly entwined with the story of the main character. Fangirl was a book that drew me in the way a fantasy novel does, painting a complete world full of diverse personalities. I love all of the main characters little ticks, and I wouldn’t change anything about this book.

 

Gluehwein: A really spicy, wintry read | Outlander

21532133The most spicy read I can think of involved a certain Scotsman. Jamie Fraser is the epitome of a spicy wintry read (and he goes down like a fine wine). I absolutely love the Outlander series, both on television and in print. The world is so immersive, you can definitely get lost in it on a long winter night.

 

Sauvignon Blanc: A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down | The Daughter of the Blood

47956The Black Jewels Series is very dark and horrifying in some parts, but it is a series that I could not put down. The world and the characters are so entrancing. It’s also a unique spin, because the story about the “chosen one” is told throughout her life by the family that surrounds her rather than her own point of view. This adds another lens on it, because adult males are viewing the tortured life of a girl from youth to womanhood. Plenty of death and maiming (in the first chapter someone gets their balls chewed off by rats), but an amazing story underneath it all.

Pinot Noir: A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away by | Six of Crows

23437156I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, which occurs in the same universe as this series (events in this series are also mentioned multiple times in the Six of Crows Duology) and although I enjoyed it, I did not feel the need to continue on. I own all of the books but I never finished them, which is why I was hesitant when I first picked up Six of Crows. Man, did this book blow me out of the water. Bardugo really reached into the depths of her mind for the mischievousness and planning found in this book. Recommend to anyone loves a good heist story.

Chardonnay: A good summer read that was super zesty | Bad For You

18870159I love Abbi Glines and have been reading her books ever since she self-published Breathe so many years ago. One of my favorites comes from her Sea Breeze series, Bad For You. Who doesn’t love a sexy rocker finding out about love for the first time? A great read, perfect for a beach day and full of delicious drama.

 

Rose: A book that has a little bit of everything in it | Cress

13206828I know it is a little unfair to start in on this one with the third book in a series, however I believe that this book provides the best mix of themes. There is a lost princess and a lost daughter, government conspiracy and kidnapping. A false queen is on the throne and aliens have been hiding among humans, spreading disease. There is an outlaw helping them, discrimination against cyborgs, magic mind control abilities. I could keep going on but it might give away some major plot points.


Shiraz: A full bodied book that is dark and juicy | 
Dark Lover

42899I absolutely love J. R. Ward’s books, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favorite full of vampires and delicious men that provide all the dark juicy romance a girl could ask for. Definitely go and check this series out! It’s one of my favorites!

 

Merlot: A smooth easy read with a soft finish | Again the Magic

674220Again, a favorite romance series. It seems that there are quite a few appearing on this tag. I love regency romances and this book wasn’t an exception. There was a beautiful romance full of misunderstanding but above all love, and the happy ending. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance novels, and I highly recommend books of hers. The Wallflower Series, which this is technically a part of is absolutely marvelous.

Champagne: Your favorite book | Heir of Fire

20613470I’ve said it once, I will say it again. Heir of Fire is my favorite book, especially by Sarah J. Maas because of the awesome character development and tackling of depression after major events. Not a lot of books tackle mental issues, and the description in this book really connected to me, as someone who was having a rough time in High School when these books came out. The Throne of Glass series is always my first recommendation to others looking for new reads, with A Court of Thorns and Roses series a close second (I just love Sarah J Maas).

Thanks so much for reading this tag! And now it’s time for you to do this tag too! Feel free to complete it even if you haven’t been tagged, just make sure you tag me in your post 😉

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Charlotte @ Pages and Plays

Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

-Emily

Crooked Kingdom!

So I have been super busy with school and the first round of midterms, but I am finally able to take a pause today after my Saturday morning exam and begin Crooked Kingdom!
I absolutely loved Six of Crows (you can check out my review HERE) and can not wait to see where the story takes us.

I was fortunate enough to be able to order the books signed from Books of Wonder, and they came with a surprise sheet of tattoos inside! I had also previously signed up for a pre order bonus of a set of dice with game instructions, as well as a signed bookplate.

Let me just rave a little about how beautiful the books are without the dust jacket! I absolutely love the color red and the red cover and pages with the black writing is gorgeous. Also, the title crow imprint on the cover of both copies!

Hopefully I will be able to finish this book this weekend, if other work does not drag me back down! As soon as I finish, I will post a review.

Once again, don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop for bookish bracelets!

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Stationary Book Tag

A big thank you to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me to do this tag! Am super busy with life right now so am using this as an excuse to blog ;D

  • Thank the creator – Sam @ RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book | The Chronicles of Narnia11127
The Chronicles of Narnia is probably one of the first full series that I read through. As a young horse lover, I originally read The Horse and his Boy because horse was in the name. Narnia is a series and a world that remains in every young persons soul, and is a timeless story that I still enjoy today.

33Pens: A Basic Staple for any Reader | Lord of the Rings

I don’t believe that someone can call themselves a fantasy reader unless they have at least tried to ready either The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring at least once. Whether you suffer through, or enjoy it immensely, this series is a must for all fans of fantasy and you can’t tell me otherwise.

Notebooks: What do you Own Multiple Copies Of | Empire of Storms

How could I not purchase multiple editions of Empire of Storms? I actually ended up with three (if you count digital). I purchased both the Barnes and Noble and Target exclusive editions because the fan art was incredible in both! While Heir of Fire still remains my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, this one is tied for second (along with all the others in the series lol). Below is a picture of one of the four images inside the Barnes and Noble edition, along with one of the bracelets I sell on my ETSY shop.

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Markers: A Book With a Beautiful Cover | Three Dark Crowns

While I still have not picked the book up yet (it’s my bookclub’s October pick of the month!) I absolutely love the outside cover with the three gorgeous crowns as well as what can be found under the dust jacket! The pictures below are from when I got it in my September Owl Crate!

 

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (friends or couple)| Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows

700d452e3630ef633035d91d1c682910Even though they started out hating each other, indeed Matthias was taking her to be killed when they first met, when I read Six of Crows these guys became an instant favorite couple. I adore relationships where the characters have to overcome all odds form a love that will last.  I can’t wait to see where their story goes in Crooked Kingdom (which released today!).

To the left is some gorgeous fan art by PhantomRin.

 

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy | Allegiant

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, but this book did not do it for me. Other than the completely stupid ending, the story line just wasn’t as solid as the other two. Would have rather had a cut off ending at the end of Insurgent then have to deal with this book.

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own | The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is one of my favorite series outside of any Maas books and I am fortunate enough to have ordered them signed from the amazing Books of Wonder (not trying to brag, just let a reader know where you can order signed books in the future!). And I feel super excited flaunting my love for this series today, because yesterday they announced the casting for Ruby in the movie adaptation! Amandla Stenberg (you probably know her as Rue from the Hunger Games movies) is going to be Ruby! Amandla is an amazing person and actress and I know she will do justice to the character on the screen.

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Amandla Stenberg is going to be Ruby!

And now for the tags! Basically everyone I would normally tag on here has already been tagged, so I’m reaching out to some new people!

Cristian @ The Bookish God

Dee @ The Bookish Khaleesi

Deborah @ The Page Dreamer

Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Six of Crows Review

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows Duology #1

Published: September 29, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy a while ago, and while I did enjoy it I never felt the pressing need to finish this series. Because of this, while Six of Crows sounded interesting and has been n my to be read list since it came out, I did not feel a pressing need to read it. Boy was I wrong.

Six of Crows is one of my new favorite books. Kaz Brekker is the perfect, vicious, anti-hero who you root for and love more than some of your favorite heroes. He is perfectly vicious and ruthless in his quest for riches. He always keeps you guessing with his plans, and I found myself thinking everything had gone awry multiple times, just to find out it was all going the way he wanted it to.

I love the story between Nina and Matthias, especially because it connects in many ways to the more specific world of the original Grisha trilogy. Perhaps I’m a bit sadistic, but I love couples who start out hating each other and grow into love (aka Rhys and Feyre).

I really like Wylan and Jesper’s interactions as well. It’s always refreshing for metal illness and disabilities to be shown in books, with the people being portrayed as ACTUAL HUMANS. There mini-romance is also adorable and I really hope that it continues to develop in the sequel Crooked Kingdom (which comes out on Tuesday!).

Inej is an awesome acrobatic “wraith” who was able to scrape her way up from forced slavery. Everything about her is awesome, from her clinging to her beliefs, to her ability to kill four men in under two minutes.

Now I can’t really tell about the plot without spoiling some major points, but it leaves you on the edge of your seat, never sure what will happen next.

The ending absolutely killed me, and is another reason that I’m glad that I put reading this book off because now I only have to wait 4 days instead of the year that other people had to wait! Definitely strongly recommend this book, for the engaging and perfectly horrible characters you will fall in love with.

P.S If you love this book as much as I do (or books in general), check out my Etsy shop where I have tons of awesome bookish bracelets for your literary soul.

Thanks for reading!

Emily

September Owl Crate

So I finally caved and subscribed to Owl Crate last month when I found out that there September theme was Darkness, and there would be a Throne of Glass inspired item inside! I was so excited when it showed up on my doorstep today, and wanted to share what I found inside! (be warned, don’t continue if you don’t want spoilers for this months box)

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This lovely picturesque letter summarizes what was in the box, but if you don’t feel like reading that fine print continue on for my picture-by-picture dissection.

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Let’s start off with the pick for this month’s book, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake! I am super excited for this book, which doesn’t come out for another four days (September 20). I actually had to cancel my Amazon pre-order because it came in this lovely box! With this book came super cool swag: a signed paper form Kendare Blake, a copy of a handwritten letter from the author with a map on the other side (I love me some maps), and a foldable fortune teller featuring themes from the book! And can we all just appreciate how beautiful this book is naked?

There were also two little samplers included: one with an excerpt from P.C. Cast’s new novel Moon Chosen, and one with the first chapter from an upcoming serial Remade writteb by a ton of cool authors.

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Now onto the cool merch items! My personal favorite was the Celaena’s Cake candle from Melting Library! I absolutely love cake candles, and anything Throne of Glass, so the mixture was a wonderful surprise. There was also a beautiful bookmark with a Six of Crows quote on it, which will never leave my copy of the book so it doesn’t get ruined. I can’t wait to use the fizzy fortune teller bath bomb, which dissolves to give you a yes or no answer when you drop it in the tub (reminds me and the box curators of the Raven Cycle). And last but not least, the awesome Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children pouch (book not included).

I adored this month’s box, and I hope that I can scrape enough money together for next month’s. The theme for October is Once Upon a Time! If you like what you see here, you can click this link and sign up today: OwlCrate

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Six of Crows Bracelet

With the upcoming release of Crooked Kingdom, the second book in the Six of Crows Duology, I figured it was time to buckled down and read the first book. Although I am only a few chapters in, I absolutely love it! I am a total sucker for heist stories and I can’t wait to see where Kaz takes the team.

By request from Maggie at Massachusetts Novel, I made this lovely “No Mourners. No Funerals” bracelet inspired by the quote found throughout Six of Crows!

If you like what you see, check out my Etsy shop for more bookish bracelets! You can view pictures of my product in the Picture Catalog above, as well as follow the link directly!

As always, thank you for reading!

Emily

Goodreads Book Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Tag by the lovely Maggie at MassachusettsNovel.

What was the last book you marked as read | You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Let me preface this by saying that I like to turn to romance novels to overcome the post-Maas slump after every book. After finishing Empire of Storms this weekend, I turned to this book which was free on Amazon. This book was a little lackluster as the retellings go. It was supposedly a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a book which I love but it wasn’t really except for same vague concepts and names. Overall very average, and okay for a free book.

What are you currently reading | Winter by Marissa Meyer

I am actually reading four books right now, two of which are re-reads, but out of all of them I absolutely love this book. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner when Empire of Storms released, but now that I have read my mandatory romance, I’ll be picking this one back up.

What book do you plan to read next | Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is one of the books that I am currently re-reading because I would like to finish the original trilogy before I read Six of Crows. While I have read the first book before, I never finished (or started) the other two books. Hopefully I will be able to finish before my Duology hardcover set comes!

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

I always try and star the books I read, for me as much as anyone else who could be seeing them. Sometimes I’ll go back through by read list and totally forget what a book was about. The starring helps me remember how I felt at the time, and will sometimes remind me of impressions the book left.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

I always like to set goals for myself as to what to read the coming year. This also tends to keep me on track and focused, as I can get easily distracted by life. This helps to remind me to take time for myself.

Do you have a wish list | No

If I want a book, I will either buy it or request it from the library. Don’t really have to “wish” for anything, unless it’s a foreign edition or such.

What book do you plan to buy next | Six of Crows Duology

I don’t know if it counts, but I do have the Six of Crows Duology box set pre-ordered. I’m getting the signed editions from Books of Wonder! I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but good things.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien

“My name is Celaena Sardothein and I will not be afraid.” -Maas

“She is my fireheart.” – Maas

“When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy.” -Bracken

And I will stop there, although I could probably go on forever.

Who are your favorite authors | Sarah J. Maas (obvi.) and Alexandra Bracken

Perhaps I’m not a true Bracken fan because I still have not read Passenger or her first book, however I really do love The Darkest Minds enough for her to qualify as one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read me waxing poetic about Sarah J. Maas before, you probably  only need to go back a few posts.

Have you joined any groups | No

I have always been a quiet reader. It wasn’t until recently when I found my Big Maggie (who tagged me for this post) and my G-Big that I really started getting in the “book club” mood. I don’t see myself joining any groups in the future either, in part because of some vicious posts I’ve seen in some when people don’t agree.

 

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag, and keep stopping by!

-Emily