Wednesday, December 13, 2017

November 2017 Book Haul


Hey, guys!

      I've acquired too many books again! I'm not sure how this happened, but it has happened and I have a full TBR shelf....oops. I can't wait to read all of these books. I've got a week of finals left and then I can read during my break. I can't wait! Here are the books I managed to acquire in November!



  1. The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.4) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    1. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
    2. Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor
    3. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4) by Rick Riordan
    4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
    5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater
    6. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
    7. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
    8. Undertow (Undertow #1) by Michael Buckley FC
    9. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
    10. Someday Somewhere by Lindsay Champion
    11. Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
    12. Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny
    13. Whisper by Lynette Noni
    14. {BOTM Pick} The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
    15. The Black Witch by Laurie Frost ARC
    16. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
    # Bought: 13
    From Authors/Publishing Companies: 4
    # Gifted: 2
    Number of Books I've Read: 3
    Number of Books Unread: 15

    Happy reading!
    Olivia
    ~LivTheBookNerd~
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    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    November 2017 Reading Wrap Up


    Hey, guys!

          I've taken forever to write up my wrap up for November, but here it is! I read a lot of novellas this past month and even within the first 10 days of December, finals have taken over my life. I won't be reading much until finals are over. Once finals are over, I'll be reading the crap out of my TBR. I might hold a last minute 24-Hour-Read-A-Thon after finals, so keep an eye out for my Instagram page! Here are the books I read this past month!


    • Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball #17) by Akira Toriyama
      • I bought this for my lovely boyfriend and he let me read it. I'm not too up to date 
    • Wolf Children Ame & Yuki (#1-3) by Mamoru HosodaYuu (Visual Art)
    • The Assassin & the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1) by Sarah J. Maas
    • The Assassin & the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2) by Sarah J. Maas
    • The Assassin & the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Soul Siphon (Soul Stones #0.3) by T.L. Branson
    • The Assassin & the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.4) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us & Them by Joshua Greene
    Number of Pages Read: 1,644
    Favorite Book Read: The Assassin & the Pirate Lord
    Number of Sponsored Reads: 0
    Number of Non-Sponsored Reads: 7

    Number of School Texts: 1

    Finals are next week, so wish me luck!
    Happy reading!
    Olivia
    ~LivTheBookNerd~
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    {Bookish Subscription Box} Owlcrate #1: October 2017: Find Me In the Forest


    Hey, guys!

          My beautiful boyfriend bought me an Owlcrate box for my birthday and wow was it awesome. I really want to have a long-term subscription, but that probably won't happen until I graduate and have a full-time job...tragic, I know. 

    Anyway, here is what was in this adorable box!

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    The Process:
    • The Owlcrate team reads tons and tons of manuscripts of upcoming novels and select the very best to include in their boxes.
    • Each box contains a brand new hardcover YA novel and 3-5 bookish items.
    • Each box follows the monthly theme and includes special goodies from the author.
    How It Works:
    • Subscribe! There are plans from 1-6 month increments. 
      • 1 month: $29.99 USD + shipping
      • 3 months: $86.98 USD + shipping (charged every 3 months)
      • 6 months: $167.94 USD + shipping (charged every 6 months)
    • Owlcrate delivers
    • Enjoy your book and goodies!
    *Past boxes are also available for purchase in limited quantities

    ***Owlcrate also has a wonderful box specifically tailored for readers ages 8-12. I bought my little sister a box for her 9th birthday and she loved it.***


    October Theme: 
    Find Me In the Forest


    The Book Featured:


    Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
    (exclusive OwlCrate cover)

    Goodreads synopsis: 

    Love grows such strange things.

    For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

    The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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    Author Goodies:



    signed bookplate


    Wild Beauty themed Forget-Me-Not seeds

    ***the box also included a beautiful letter from the author, but I couldn't manage to take a picture that didn't have a glare*

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    Bookish Goodies:


    A Princess Mononoke print by


    “All Good Things Are Wild and Free” Coaster

          
    Cabeswater Candle from InTheWickofTime
    (inspired by the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)

       

    Where the Wild Things Are Magnetic Bookmarks from craftedvan


    Sherwood Forest Earl Grey and Sweet Blueberry Tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Curiosities

       

       

    Harry Potter Mug designed by Cara Kozik


    OwlCrate Find Me in the Forest Pin


           I loved this box. I'm so excited to read Wild Beauty. It sounds so fantastic and I've only heard great things about it. The goodies that came in this box are so beautiful. I adore the Harry Potter mug the most, but every one of the items that were included are so gorgeous. I love that there are items I'll use all the time and not just random things.

    Happy reading!
    Olivia
    ~LivTheBookNerd~
    @LivTheBookNerd on Books Amino

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    {Review} Soul Siphon (Soul Stones #0.3) by T.L. Branson

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    Page Count: 23
    Published on: October 2017
    Published by: Amazon Digital Services
    Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
    Source: ebook
    Age Rating: 14+
    Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository


    My Rating: 3 stars









    Goodreads synopsis:

    Alexander Drygo, king of Sunbury, is reeling from the loss of his wife. Despite his best efforts using an incredible power, she is no longer among the living.

    When a rival kingdom seeks to take advantage of this delicate time in Drygo’s life, he is thrust into a battle for the future of his kingdom.

    Can he save his people where he could not save his queen?


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    Hey, guys!

    I was sent this novella for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way swayed by others.

          First of all, thank you T.L. Branson for sending me your book. It's definitely going to be one of those series where you get consumed by the intricacies of the world and magic system. I'm definitely going to have to pick up the future additions to the series. 

          This novella follows Alexander Selenius Drygo, the King of Sunbury. Alexander is despondent because of the death of his wife and when his kingdom is attacked by a neighboring kingdom, he must rise from his grief and defeat his enemies to save his people.

          I really enjoyed the basics of this story, however, there were a few things that I felt were lacking. That may be because of the length of the novella/short story, but I do think they could have been included or somehow alluded to in order to fully flesh out the story. 

          First of all, I really did not care for the main character's voice and narration style. I found the way he narrated what was happening to be kind of arrogant and obnoxious. He would constantly switch from first to third person and refer to himself as "the king" which was just annoying. I also really like Alexander's name, but it's quite long and complicated to pronounce. That's to be expected with a king's name though. This novella reminded me a bit like the political vibes of the show Reign and the Throne of Glass book series. 

          Second of all, because this book was not a full fledged book and was a prequel to what is to come, I felt like I was not introduced or immersed into the world that I was introduced to. I felt like I was just dipped into it without enough context. I think that will be remedied in the future additions, but I honestly would want more from the (technically) first piece of the story. It's kind of odd to start with the third novella of a series instead of just starting in the beginning. I also felt like the the magic system that Branson attempted to establish in this short story/novella wasn't fully explored or fleshed out enough in order for me to fully connect to the story and get behind what Alexander is doing.

          Although I don't think that this book is as epic as I would have hoped, I do think it is a promising start to an enjoyable series. I really do look forward to seeing what Branson has in store for readers. 


    You Can Acquire A Free Copy of Soul Siphon {here}!

    Happy reading!
    Olivia
    ~LivTheBookNerd~
    @LivTheBookNerd on Books Amino


    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    {Bookish Subscription Box} Book of the Month #4: October


    Hey, guys! 

    I'm coming back to you with another Book-of-the-Month-Club monthly unboxing! I decided to treat myself after my birthday and get a couple books from the October box... I know. You've probably seen my Fall 2017 Book Haul and you've laughed at me. My birthday "treat yo'self" mantra really got out of hand, but I am so excited to read these books. They look absolutely fantastic. I have never read a Stephen King novel, so Sleeping Beauties (or The Gunslinger) should be a really great way to dive into his work. 


    What Is The Book Of The Month Club??


    Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, 5 curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose which one you want to receive on the first of the month. You can also add up to 2 additional books for only $9.99 each.

    How It Works:

    1. New selections are chosen each month. On the 1st of the month, the site announces the 5 books that they chose for the month.
    2. Choose your book! Choose by the 6th, or skip the month.
    3. The boxes are shipped and you get a beautiful BOTM box and book!

    Shipping: U.S. only (apologies to my international readers!)

    Overall Product: Subscribers will receive a hardcover book from the books that were selected that month. You can add up to 2 extra books for $9.99 each plus BOTM goodies for an additional fee.



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    October Picks:
    • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
    • The Power by Naomi Alderman
    • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
    • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel by Ruth Emmie Lang
    • After the Eclipse A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's Search: A Memoir by Sarah Perry
    Extras:
    • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
    • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green




    My October Box:


    About Sleeping Beauties:
    [Goodreads]

    In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?
    Average Goodreads Rating: 3.83 stars (10,528 ratings & 1,380 reviews)
    Release Date: September 26, 2017
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller
    Page Count: 702



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    About Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance:

    Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

    That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

    Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

    There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

    In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.

    Average Goodreads Rating: 4.26 stars (991 ratings & 327 reviews)
    Release Date: November 14, 2017
    Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Fiction, Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
    Page Count: 352
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    My Other BOTM Club Blog Posts:

    These books sound so fantastic and I can't wait to read them. I'm especially excited to read Sleeping Beauties. These are on my immediate TBR, but who knows when I'll have time to binge so extensively. 

    Happy reading!
    Olivia
    ~LivTheBookNerd~
    @LivTheBookNerd on Books Amino



    Friday, November 10, 2017

    {Review} Whichwood (Furthermore #2) by Tahereh Mafi

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    Page Count: 368
    Published on: November 14, 2017
    Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House
    Genre(s): Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult
    Source: ARC/Hardcover -- Provided by Penguin
    Age Rating: 10+
    Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon // Book Depository


    My Rating: 4.5 stars






    Goodreads synopsis:

    A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

    Our story begins on a frosty night…

    Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

    But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

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    This book was sent to me for an honest review. 

    Hey, guys!

          Penguin contacted me a few weeks ago about being on the blogger tour for Whichwood and holy cow was I excited. This book was absolutely fantastic. I think I actually enjoyed this more than I enjoyed Furthermore. This book was whimsical, magical, morbid, and so beautifully written. I adored the connections to Furthermore and the new characters we got to meet. This Persian folk tale was absolutely stunning. 

         I adored how dark this book is, however, I do not think kids as young as 10 years old would actually appreciate this book for what it was. I think some kids would even get terrified of this book. This book became really dark towards the end and I honestly do not think that my 9-year-old sister would be able to handle it. I, as a 20-year-old, really appreciated this book. The whole theme and message behind it were just fantastic. I adore the characters, especially Laylee.

         Laylee, our main character, is a mordeshoor. She and her ancestors before her were in charge of ensuring safe passage to the underworld for the dead. Laylee washes the bodies of the dead. How rad is that! After her mother dies and her father leaves to find Death, Laylee is left alone to was the dead of Whichwood. Laylee was such a relatable and complex character. She goes through so much growth and self-discovery in this book. I loved how she grew closer to Alice and Oliver. Their friendship was so sweet and I love how they became so close. 

    Let's talk about Ben. He is such a sweet and interesting character as well. I loved his relationship with the bugs an how he used his abilities to help, rather than to terrorize those who rebuked him. His mother is such a cool lady too. She was probably one of my favorite characters too. She and Ben are the greatest. I love how they became closer to Laylee, Alice, and Oliver.  

         The magic system that develops throughout this book is just fantastically and wonderfully done. I cannot believe how mind-blowingly magnificent this book was. I adored how the magical aspects of Furthermore intertwined with Laylee's mordeshoor magic. It just created the perfect story. I cannot wait to reread this duology. 

    Tahereh Mafi's writing has just gotten better and better. She has this magical ability to create fantastic worlds and stories that you cannot help but devour. 

    Tahereh Mafi Reviews:

    Happy reading!
    Olivia
    ~LivTheBookNerd~

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    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Fall 2017 Book Haul


    Hey, guys!

         I've managed to acquire about 30(ish) books these past couple months...I know ridiculous. October was my birthday month and I also ended my book-buying-ban....so I splurged...I'm awful. I actually did a big purge of my read and TBR shelf last night, so...it's not all bad... I'm also on another book buying ban until Christmas, so that's a thing. I've also already broken it...so I'm awful. I'm totally done buying books! The only exception is for gifts for others! That's it! Okay here are the books I bought and received this month!



    Bought: 
    • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
    • Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan
    • Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman
    • Quests for Glory (The School for Good & Evil #4) by Soman Chainani
    • Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
    • And I Darken by Kiersten White
    • BOTM Box Extra: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
    • BOTM Box Pick: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
    • Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
    • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling [FIRST EDITION!!!]
    • The Orphan Queeby Jodi Meadows
    • A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
      • Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdom #1) by Morgan Rhodes
      • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
      • Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab
        • one for me one for Julia
      • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
      • Throne of Glass coloring book (not pictured)
      • Bloody Jack (Bloody Jack #1) by L.A. Meyer
      • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack #2) by L.A. Meyer
      • Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody #3) by L.A. Meyer
      • [SIGNED] Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas


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      Received/Gifted/#BooksForTrade

      Shoutouts to:

      • Alex for spoiling me 💗
      • Sarah for being a rad sister
      • Penguin Teen/Penguin Random House for also spoiling me and sending me an ARC & a finished copy of Whichwood 
      • Entangled Teen for sending me Haven & Never Apart
      • Chris Africa for sending me his book
      • Bethany House Publishers for sending me Where We Belong
      # Bought: 22
      From Authors/Publishing Companies: 8
      # Gifted: 8
      Number of Books I've Read: 11
      Number of Books Unread: 27


      Happy reading!
      Olivia
      ~LivTheBookNerd~

      @LivTheBookNerd on Books Amino