Thursday, December 1, 2016

#BookLook || Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

rose and thorn

rose and thorn by nobentspines featuring black boots

My Two Cents

That purse is a dream. Different shades. The geometric thing going on. The overall vibe. Yes please. 

The Book 

This is the second book in the series, so to see the summary for this book go here. Below is the summary for book one! 

A prince.

A ball.

A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.

The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.

But it is not the true Story.

A dark fortress.

A past forgotten.

A life of servitude.

No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Thanksgiving Books Read Re-Cap


Click the covers to learn more about the books! I hope all of y'all had a great break, and, for those in a similar situation to mine--good luck on finals! 


Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassel: Slay to the swoony love story, the cute stuffed animals, and the gamer (or as the book references him –gaymer) who is here to steal and to break our hearts. I though the love was believable, not rushed. The triumphs and struggles felt real. And hells to the yes, I was rooting for everything to work out wonderfully. I love the way that anxiety was addressed in this book (Kai has social anxiety to a crippling extent, and though out the book, things are realized, avoided, and worked to be seen As Is) as well as how the possibility of relationships can affect that.





Rules of a Rebel and a Shy Girl by Jessica Sorenson: Cheese and crackers and lord have mercy. Talk about now giving up, not giving in. I don’t even know what to say. This book ticked a whole slew of boxes. I went into this book not really expecting too much, and, wow, I got a a lot back. Willow’s life has been the total opposite of smooth sailing. Her mom is an addict and Willow has basically been taking care of her for five-ish years. After her dad split everything fell apart. Except for Willow. This girl knows how to roll with the punches, and she’s incredibly determined to never ever end up like her mom. This makes her severely independent, but also severs her off from the possibility of falling in love. Which, granted, in sort of the point. This book is about how not everything is as it seems, some things are exactly as they seem, and how to break free of the shelter you place yourself in.

Winter’s Heat by Cristin Harber: *fans self*












How I Fall by Anne Elliot: Talk about a book I didn’t expect to be super heavy absolutely dragging me into the pits of despair after so many moments of a kind of stir-crazy happiness. Ellen has CP, and while she struggles with it daily, she tries to make sure that everyone knows that she can take care of herself. She hates asking for help. When confronted with her longtime crush (who has also had a crush on her longtime) and the new Irish girl, she’s suddenly got this friend group that consists of more than her amazing, gorgeous best friend Patrick. (Patrick is my favorite) Cam and Laura are larger-than-life additions. The four of them all have a photography project they’re doing together—something that if won could change Ellen’s life. People fall, and fly, and crash. This book is amazing. I didn’t love Cam in the beginning (he was a little oblivious for my taste to all of Ellen’s struggles with the hideous people in his pack—I mean seriously? How can you wonder who hurt her when literally, before your eyes, you’ve got all these nitwits being mean to her?) I gradually fell for him. He is so sweet. Overall, I think that this is one you need to add to your Holiday wish list ASAP.

Cake by J. Bengtsson: It all began with a wedding. Then a tour. Then all the health issues due to past trauma. Then the waxing and waning of love. Then followed loss and resurrection and help and falling. I don't even know what to say about this book. This is the last book that I was able to read on break, and, what a way to end. Tear my heart apart will you?
Y'all all know at this point that the books that tear me up are the ones that I love the most. And, lordy, did I love this one.







So what did y'all do over break? Books read? Food eaten? Naps taken? 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey {Dream Cast + #Giveaway}

Welcome all your beautiful humans to this darling book blitz! It's a joy to have you here. Please, sit back, read the summary, the dream cast (swooooon), and enter the giveaway! 



Goodreads || Amazon || B&N || Forever
On sale November 29, 2016

Previously released as an eBook in May 2016, the first book in Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series is now available in print for the first time!

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambĂ©ed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight—he's forever.

Doesn't this book like it'll just be the bee's knees? Let's see who Tessa Bailey cast as her MCs! 

When I cast TOO HOT TO HANDLE in my head (and on my Pinterest boards o’course!) I used a more introverted version of Emilia Clarke as Rita Clarkson. All the shiny effervesce and beauty of a brunette Emilia, with more dark makeup and clothing. This is the picture I sent to my editor when casting for the cover, because I think it captures Rita’s personality.

As for Jasper, he is described in the book as a young, revamped Matthew McConaughey and I think his personality totally matches that of a young carefree (non naked bongo playing) version of the actor. I promise he doesn’t say “alright, alright, alright,” but he does have that cool guy, ladies love me spirit. Scott Porter from Hart of Dixie would be my choice to play Jasper in a film.


I'm swooning. Are you swooning? 

Okay--so I'm just going to casually drop this Rafflecopter here...becasue you KNOW you want this book.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Things I've Found Since This Whole College Thing



Gah. I love this picture. I mean really. This is the aesthetic I dream of being my aesthetic. Let's just replace the cappuccino with an americano and BABE WE ARE SET.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow United States Residents! I just love the fact that we choose to write out all the hella nasty things we did to the Natives in favor of recognizing that these folks went out of their way to make sure everyone (Native and New Folks alike) didn't all die a short, painful, hunger and disease induced death. Conquering 'new' land is always such an ethical adventure, isn't it? But, hey! Now we have turkey and mashed potatoes and dressing to eat on this fall-ish day of the year.

All of that is a rant for another time, though. And don't kid yourself- there will be a rant.

Onto the more cheery things!

I've found out a few things since this college adventure thing. While I'm not totally wreaking havoc like the pilgrims did, I am trying to figure out how to live in this new environment. Sometimes that means asking RAs or my friends for help. Sometimes that means (GASP) leaving my cozy dorm room. To bring myself comfort, I've indulged a bit.

Here are a few things that I've learned to love since coming to Houston.

P O D C A S T S 

Y'ALL. Have you listened to the STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW podcast on Spotify? It is actually one of my favorite things ever. These dudes get my sense of humor and let me explore my own curiosity. Want to know The Satanic Panic in the 90s? About Lizzie Borden? Gossip? The Voynich Manuscript?

This is your one stop shop.

C O O K I E B U T T E R 

Who freaking knew this stuff is so dang delicious/addicting? I can't keep it in my room on account of having finished a jar of it in two weeks flat. I had only a spoon. Yummy.

C O F F E E S H O P S

I'm pretty sure that my roommates think I'm super strange, but I'm searching for an emotional connection to this city. I miss my home. The food and the square and the familiarity. I like knowing where everything is and what is new and when things are opening and closing and that feeling of comfort. My wandering the indie coffee shops of Houston helps me find myself a bit. I'll walk in an look at the menu-pretend that I'll order something other than an americano- and sit down and just stare out windows.

Two that I'm totally in love with are Toute Suite and EQ Heights. Gorgeous.

This is how I find my place in this vast city.

F R I E N D S

New, old, whatever. I love these gorgeous humans who've helped me find my footing. To my roomies: let's go on more color wall and coffee shop adventures. Let's take a trip to Galveston. To my life humans: dear lord I love y'all more than I can possibly say. I don't know where to begin. I suppose y'all are all kind of stuck with me.

F A M I L Y

Awh, the last two are so cheesy. I'm grateful for the calls and the texts and the pictures sent of my pets. Also for letting me wander a bit. Hopefully it's not in circles.


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So, my lovely, lovely humans: what are you grateful for?


Saturday, November 19, 2016

#ARC Review || Iron Cast by Destiny Soria || Music, Mania, and Social Liberties

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria 
Amazon || Goodreads
ARC via Andye @ readingteen.net
Published || October 11, 2016

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.






It’s the early 1900s and hemopaths are subjected to being ostracized from their fellow Bostonians. Two of these afflicted are Ada Navarra—a songsmith who can play a man to the depths of his sorrow in a few notes—and Corinne Wells. Miss Wells is an heiress, a wordsmith, and fiercely loyal to the few she bequeaths such an emotion on. They’re an unlikely duo. They’re also inseparable, and have the kind of friendship most can only dream of. They’d choose each other before everyone else. Together, they face the streets of Boston and those who want people like them locked away, and betrayals of the more incessant kind.

I would just like to say this before I say anything else about this beautiful, bold, and diverse book: WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT I—THE GIRL WHO PRIORITIZES ROMANCE BEFORE PRETTY MUCH ALL ELSE—WOULD LOVE A BOOK THAT IS ROMANCE LIGHT THIS MUCH? NOT ME. BUT I DO. AND HOLY CHEESE AND CRACKERS, MY LOVES, IT’S SO, SO AMAZING.

The base of this book was the friendship between these two stellar, unique, and completely complicated darlings. Soria combines social issues with the fantastical nature of blood disease, making the book seemingly fly off the pages. I felt transported to 1919. I felt curiosity. Yes, I did look up the complications with Russia from the time. Yes, I did look up hemopaths.

Books should make you want to learn more, broaden your horizons, and allow you to behold a different perspective than the one that you constantly see the world from. IRON CAST is that and more.

Let’s do a brief re-cap for those who skimmed the first few paragraphs: the BEST kind of friendship, history being thrown in the air, magical realism (can I call it that? People who sway minds in an otherwise ordinary 1919 Boston? Hmm.) like OMG so great woop woop, and bravery, and betrayal.

If that list doesn’t have you running to your local independent bookshop and begging them to grab some copies to stock their shelves, I don’t know what will.


Do yourself a favor and run to that bookstore.




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Let's Talk about PTSD in Books, Folks



I’m going to be perfectly frank with you: PTSD is something that I have no personal experience with. I don’t know what it feels like to have flashbacks to traumatic events, or to be set off by things that seem inconsequential to everyone but me. I don’t know what it is like to have a family member or to have a friend with the condition either. I feel like having PTSD would feel lonely. But I don't know. 

These word seem to brush off the gravity of the mental state. The word conditional, I mean. I don’t know what word to use instead: affliction, disorder, illness. Every word seems wrong when I don’t actually have experience.

The reason that I think it needs to be portrayed in books more that just that: because there is still this taboo-ness about it, I think that books that broach the subject-- especially with a younger audience (a younger audience that does know someone, or is someone). This is incredibly important, I think. 

Let’s talk a bit about what PTSD actually is.

Who can have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

The short answer is anyone.

The longer answer is this: people who have witnessed or experienced childbirth, soldiers who’ve experienced combat, anyone who has suffered a loss, a survivor of sexual assault, a person who has been through a natural disaster—any person who has lived through trauma.

Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. In this entire us population, around 8 percent of people will experience PTSD.

What does it all entail?

No case is exactly the same as another case. Sometimes there are flashbacks, and other times there aren’t. Occasionally there are people who avoid triggers all together: sounds and sights and smells and tastes. Other people are hyper-vigilant. It’s all, from what I’ve read, totally dependent on the person and the experience. 

If you want to learn more about PTSD look at these websites: ADAA, NIH, US Gov

What does all this mean for books?

Well, my dear bookish people, this means that you can write and read stories that increase your awareness. This means that the more you read about the hard to talk about stuff, the more that’s going to be on the market. The less alone people feel. The more educated society is. The more open the conversation is. Less stigma. Less shame. Both good things.




What are some books that have PTSD in them that are YA? Did you think that they allowed for a conversation to be had regarding the disorder? What do you think about books breaking conversation barriers?

To see all the recs lovely humans shouted out on Twitter, look at this link