All posts tagged: Reviews

Review ~ The Book Depository

I though today, that I would take a moment and review the website, the Book Depository. This website came to my attention last year (I can’t remember exactly when), through—where else—Tumblr. I was a little wary of it at first—I usually am with new websites, not exactly trusting them. Even so, I ordered a book (Fangirl Special Edition by Rainbow Rowell and Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav), and was very happy with the service. It even came with a free bookmark! (Something I always anticipate when opening a Book Depository order!). So what is Book Depository? In short, they are the world’s leading specialist online bookstore. They offer over 12 million titles, with free delivery to over 100 countries (check here to see which countries). They are located in the United Kingdom, so it does take a little while for the package to reach you if you live in the States (as I do). They also have some excellently priced books—not always as low as Amazon, but still pretty good. If you live in the States …

March Wrap-Up

  In Bookish News: This month I read 7 books: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley Key of Light (#1) by Nora Roberts These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill (Arc copy from Netgalley) Thursdays With the Crown (Castle Glower #3) by Jessica Day George (audiobook) Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman This month, I thought I would start making Thursdays “Book Recommendation” Days, so I created a post of Jane Austen adaptations/what-ifs post. From Netgalley, I got approved to review: Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George Undertow by Michael Buckley The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey One thing I need to work on with Netgalley is moving my approval rating up. That is a goal for April, to get a majority of my arc copies read. Some audiobooks I recently added to my list: Red Rising by Pierce Brown And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie The …

Reviews ~ The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Published: January 1, 2014 Publisher: Picador Genre: Fiction/Historical/Magical Realism/Bookclub How Did I Get It? I participated Secret Book Valentine on tumblr, and this was gift from my Secret Book Valentine, amusingnickname. My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . . Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers …

Reviews ~ Red Queen

Red Queen ( Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard Published: February 10, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Genre: Fantasy/ YA Lit/ Dystopian How Did I Get It? I pre-ordered it My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her? Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and …

Review ~ Nightmares

Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller Publish Date: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade/Fantasy How Did I Get It? it was a gift from a friend! My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.    Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!   Charlie Laird has several problems.    1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch. 2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark. 3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.    What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but …