Birthday Book Haul

Birthday Book Haul

My boyfriend took me book shopping for my birthday and I picked up 16 books, all at a great price. Seriously, the best present a booklover could get. ūüėÄ And even better Chapters was having a plum points bonus promotion going on, where if you bought 5 books you would get 4,500 points which equals to $10 . I now have $50 in points and I’m am close to the $100 mark so, I am not going to redeem them just yet. Anyways lets get on to the books…

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

The Ambassadors and The Turn of the Shrew Henry James                       

Birthday Book Haul

They had a small selection of these Arcturus classic editions at 3 for 10. I was happy to see that they still had a few of these floating around because I like how each of the books are similar with the circle, colourful and the graphics.

Persuasion by Jane Austen, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Beast of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

Birthday Book Haul

Again these three books were part of the 3 for 10 and I figured this was a good way to get 5 book for cheap to get my plum points.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein                    

This is the second book in the Code Name Verity Duology. I haven’t read the first one yet but this was only $6 and in hardcover so I had to pick it up and I will eventually read it. This series is a historical fiction set during WWII and follows a girl fighter pilot.

Birthday Book Haul

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall                  

I heard great things about The Conspiracy of Us and found it for only $6. It is about a secret society called the circle who are the world elite. Which is giving me Illuminate vibes. Sounds like it will be an interesting read.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan           

Birthday Book Haul

This is a book about revenge and was cheap, so thought I would pick it up. It is about a girl who wants to get revenge for the death of her family.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare                 

Birthday Book Haul

This was on sale for 40% off and even thought I haven’t read Lady Midnight, I know that I will eventually buy it and so figured might as well buy Lord of Shadows while it is on sale.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn                       

For some reason this book reminds me of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and that is the main reason why I picked it up.

The Alice Network is a dual time line set in WWI and WWII and is about a female spy who is part of the Alice Network in France. I plan on reading this very soon.

Birthday Book Haul

A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir               

Found this book in the bargain section for $8 and is about Katherine Grey and Kate Plantagenet and also about the mystery sounding the two Prince’s in the tower. I love reading about the Tudor history and hope this will be a great read.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon                  

I’ve really been in to reading thrillers lately and I found a couple in the bargain section. Which is pretty much where I do all my book shopping.

The Winter People is about Ruthie and her family as they just moved to an old farmhouse in Vermont. The farmhouse has a tragic past because in 1908 Sara Harrison Shea was found dead on the property. After Ruhie’s mom goes missing she finds Sara’s diary and gets sucked into the mystery of Sara’s death.

Birthday Book Haul

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker                        

A psychological thriller about a girl, Jenny Kramer, who gets attacked at a party but can’t remember anything after she is given a drug that erases the memory of the attack. This sounds interesting and is going to be made into a movie.

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse                        

Keep You Close is also a psychological thriller that follows Rowan Winter as she tries to uncover the truth behind her friend, Marianne Glass’s, death.

Birthday Book Haul

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica                                    

This is the latest novel from Mary Kubica and I really enjoyed The Good Girl and Don’t You Cry by her and can’t wait to read this one.

Clara Solberg’s daughter survives a car crash that killed her husband and is believed to be a accident but her daughter begins having night terrors that leads her to think it might not have been an accident.

There you have it all the 16 of the books I picked out for my birthday gift.

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Mysti

 

 

 

 

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

The Summer Biannual Bibliothon has started and I plan on taking part. I did participate in the Winter Bibliothon and like the reading challenges and taking the time to read more than I normally would. I really hope I can get through all the six book I have on my TBR.

1. Read the group book.

The group book is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdeih. I don’t own this book and don’t really plan on reading it this week because I don’t want to go out and buy and I am on my library’s waiting list but am sure I won’t be able to check it out in time. Oh well. Continue reading “Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR”

June PageHabit Unboxing

June PageHabit Unboxing

I am so excited to share with you the very first PageHabit Historical Fiction box.  This subscription box was created when Bookly Box and Quarterly CO. Literary merged and so you get elements of both those subscription boxes in one. I thought this was a great idea and knew I had to subscribe to this book box.

Pagehabit still has the Quarterly boxes, Young Adult and Literary, that is curated by the featured author but now they have a monthly box as well. The monthly boxes come in seven different genres Literary, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Horror and Historical Fiction. It was tough choice but I went with Historical Fiction because it is my favourite genre.

The book featured in June’s PageHabit box was The Underground River by Martha Conway. I was so happy when I found out that this was going to be June’s book because I read a great review over on Annie’s blog called The Misstery. Which I will leave a link for you to go and¬†read her review of The Floating Theatre. The Title is difference but it is the same book.

PageHabit June Unboxing

The Underground River is set in 1838 and the Ohio River is used as a backdrop for this historical fiction. May Bedloe find employment on a theatre flatboat while working there she helps ferry unwanted babies of slaves to freedom. Sounds so good and can’t wait to read.

Other things that were included in this months box was a letter from the author, bookmark, page flags. bookish pin and pouch. I have since made use of these bookish goodies and love them. In my opinion you can never have too many bookmarks or page flags. ūüôā

PageHabit Unboxing

Another great thing about PageHabit is each month they will make a literary donation to a country in need. And this month’s donations will go to Zambia.

I recommend the PageHabit subscription box if your looking for a monthly book box. I do believe it is worth the price and shipping costs. Did anyone else get a PageHabit box and if so what genre did you get?

To get your own PageHabit Box head over to their website and check it out. ūüėÄ Pagehabit.com

Bookish Matters

Mysti

 

June Book Haul

June Book Haul

I ended picking up a few used books and e-books this month, nothing too crazy. Well, okay, maybe I went a little crazy and downloaded several free e-books. I am not going to go into much detail with the e-books because they pretty much are all new adult. I will leave links to goodreads so you can read more about them.

Lets start off with the list of e-books I downloaded this month.

The List by Kate L. Mary

Drawn to You by Brooke Page

If I Break by Portia Moore

Holding out by Lila Rose

Chasing Beautiful by Pamela Ann

Addicted to You by Krista Richie, Becca Ritchie

What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan

The Money Game by Adam Smith

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

I did download this for $2 and have since read it and thought it was good but I did like The Good Girl better.¬†Don’t You Cry is about a girl, Esther,¬†that goes missing and her roommate Quinn is left to find answers. It also follows the perspective of a teenager,¬†Alex, who befriends a mysterious girl that shows up at the coffee shop he works at.

 

They were having a used book sale at a local mall and so, of course I had to stop by and check it out. I did find four books I liked¬†not as many as I was hoping for but there wasn’t much of a good selection. These four books are in pretty good condition and came to a whopping¬†$6 dollars. Continue reading “June Book Haul”

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Published on September 29, 2015
Pages 396
Suspense, Thriller
Purchase  Amazon  Book Depository 

Summary                                                    

Twenty-five years ago, Julia Carroll disappears and¬†with no clues as to what happened this leaves the Carroll family torn. Sisters Claire and Lydia¬†end up becoming¬†estranged but after the murder of Claire’s husband they put aside¬†their differences and work together to find answers¬†to Julia’s disappearance. Shocking secrets¬†will¬†be¬†uncovered that will lead down a dark path for which their is no turning back from. Continue reading “Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review”

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

Welcome to my June Wrap Up ūüôā

I can’t believe it is July already! Where does the time go? I feel like every year it just goes by quicker than the previous one. Anybody else feel that way? I am so ready for July mostly because Game of Thrones finally comes out. I am a huge fan of that show and need to know what going to happen. Any ways lets get on with it, in June I read 8 books and I have to say I did a good job with sticking to the books I wanted to read.

Continue reading “June Wrap Up”

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on November 8th, 2016
Pages 453
Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Summary                                             

Lady Catherine is an aspiring baker and wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with best friend, Mary Ann, but being the daughter of a Marquess¬†those aren’t the¬†aspirations they have in mind for¬†her. Not only that but she is the favourite of the King and he wishes for her be¬†his Queen of Hearts. Things become more complicated for Catherine when she ends up falling for the court Jester.

Characters                                             

  • Catherine¬†has a passion for¬†creating and sharing delicious creations. She is generally a sweet soul but a little self-absorbed and¬†slowly throughout the book you can see elements of the Queen of Hearts. I have to say that she did frustrate me at times.
  • Jest is new the land of Hearts and¬†becomes the court joker. He is full of non-sensical comments that leaves¬†Catherine pondering.¬†He¬†is¬†mysterious, handsome and swoon-worthy. He was¬†my favourite character and I can see how Catherine would instantly fall¬†for him.
  • Through out this book you are introduced¬†to many characters that are in the original Alice and Wonderland like Cheshire,¬†the mad hatter, the white rabbit, etc.

Thoughts                                               

I had high expectations for¬†Heartless because I love the lunar chronicles but¬†sadly those expectations weren’t met. I think¬†it¬†was a little slow for me and¬†I lost interest, I ended up putting this book down half way through to focus on other things. Which was not what I was expecting, I wanted to be¬†so engrossed that I wouldn’t¬†want to put¬†it¬†down.

I would have enjoyed this book more if the romance and friendship were better developed. Catherine and Mary Ann are meant to be best friends but I wasn’t feeling that close friendship bond that bestfriends would have. I am a bit of a romantic at heart and wanted more romance in this book. There aren’t that many scenes with Catherine and Jest and I definitely wanted more. Especially since Jest was my favourite character.

He brought his free hand to hers, patting. “It will be my greatest pleasure to be secretive together, my lady.” – Jest

Bored is what I felt through most of this book and often found myself flipping through the pages wondering when the chapter was going to be over or why haven’t I finished this book yet, I feel like I have been reading it forever. I just was not invested in Catherine and didn’t care much for her quest to open a bakery. Maybe because I knew how the story was going to end, with her being the Queen of Hearts.

“It’s a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you”¬†-Cheshire

There is an element of mystery to Heartless and I would have enjoyed this plot line¬†more¬†if the mystery wasn’t so easy to solve. It would have been nice to have been kept guessing and it would have made me want to keep turning those pages till the very end.

I did enjoy the magical elements and thought it was an interesting idea that you can end up dreaming something into reality. I also enjoyed being reintroduced to the many famous Wonderland characters like the mad hatter or Hatta as he is known in Heartless. In Heartless we don’t just get the origin story for just the Queen of Hearts but for most of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Stuff and Nonsense.” he whispered, the words cracking. “Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you¬†know?…” – Hatta

I liked that¬†Marissa Meyer¬†embodied Lewis Carrol writing style, there was plenty of word play and she even borrowed direct quotes from the original and made them apart of her story. Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the only borrowed works she used, Meyer also incorporated The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. I liked that she created the Raven character.

Overall                                                                 

I liked Heartless but didn’t love it. I was expecting something more along the lines of her book Fairest but I did like how Heartless came together at the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes young adult re-tellings.

2.75 Stars

Bookish Matters

Mysti