Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: August 18, 2017 [Vacation Book Haul)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

Hi everyone! I just got back from my vacation yesterday so this STS post will be about the books I've bought in the last three weeks. :D ♥

Five of the books below (The Tower and the Emerald, Masterpieces of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, Wondrous Realms of the Aegan and The Holy Land) I bought for 2€ each. And The Wright Brothers biography for 50 cents so not too bad, right? I'm so happy with all of them. I already read The Tower and the Emerald, which I was really surprised about that I liked so much and right now I'm reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. 

The Tower and the Emerald by Moyra Caldecott
The Wright Brothers: First in Flight by Tara Dixon-Engel & Mike Jackson
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Masterpieces of the Egyptian Museum (No link sorry)
Wondrous Realms of the Aegan by Time-Life Books
The Holy Land by Time-Life Books
Mexican Art by Paul Hamlyn (No link sorry)

And of course I couldn't resist buying some ebooks in the meantime too. Buying Thousands was a no brainer. My favorite dark romance author and one of my favorite series of hers. Pim and Elder make my heart ache, though. Wish You Were here was unexpectedly on sale so of course had to buy that one. And last but not least... finally got around to buying Mistress of Rome. It's been long overdue since I already read book #2 and #3 (luckily they can be read as standalones) but now I finally have it. I can't wait to read it!

Thousands by Pepper Winters
Wish You Were Here by Reneé Carlino
Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥

Friday, July 28, 2017

♥ I'm On Vacation! [28/07 - 18/08] ♥

It's that time again when I go on my yearly vacation to the Belgian coast. This time I'll be gone for 3 weeks instead of two, from July 28th until August 18th. Hopefully the weather will be nice because last year it was raining a lot, sadly enough. So fingers crossed! I won't be blogging during this time, obviously but I'll still be around on social media, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (especially on insta stories.)

I'll be going on a lot of trips while being there so hopefully I can read some books. 
I made a poll on Goodreads asking which book I should read first. I'll be reading the books in order of the poll results. I would love it if you all could give it a vote.

Click here to go to the poll or go to the link below.

See you all again in a couple of weeks! ♥

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Co-Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

After buddy reading many books, Christina of Booklover's Teaparty and I decided to do something different and do a co-review.

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Genre: Fantasy ~ New Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo

Rating: 5/5

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Was there anything that stood out with the storyline to you?

Stephanie:  I felt like it focused more on several characters than just Feyre (although Feyre is still the lead of the book.) Her sisters played a huge part the story. We also learned a lot more about some of the secondary characters.

Christina: A lot going on in this book. So much happened, which is no surprise compared to how big it is.  Felt as if we had more characters in the spotlight so to say, BUT something I am very happy with is that it still didn’t change the POV from Feyre. It was still Feyre’s POV and her seeing the other characters and being around them. An Feyre has definitely grown a lot since the first book.

What are your thoughts on Feyre and Rhys in the book?

Stephanie:  I can't say anything but LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM. They're a OTP of mine for a reason. Their bond and connection is really strong and continued to be so in the book. 

Christina: Loved them! I like how we don’t have to have the added romantic drama between them, if there’s problems they work on them and talk about. Really shows how deep their bond is. So yeah love them and root for them, always!

How would you describe the book in one or two words?

Stephanie:  I can't really think of one particular moment without spoiling the story but I thought that Nesta especially had a lot of amazing moments. I loved her. 

Christina: I feel like with these books, the title says a lot as well.. so other than those two words I guess revelations and love maybe.

What's your favorite quote of the book?

Stephanie: "Two Illyrian males making me sweat in one morning. What’s a female to do?"

Christina“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.” 

How was this book compared to others in the series?

Stephanie: I definitely felt different from the others. But I also think that all books are pretty different from one another. ACOMAF is still my favorite if I have to choose between them but I did love this one as well. And it has my favorite cover. Felt like I should mention that. 

ChristinaLike the others I loved this one. It really shows how far they have all come. Feyre has grown so much since the first book which was more obvious due to the strong presence of her sisters in this one. Huge huge book with so much happening.

What are your overall thoughts?

Stephanie:  Just like the first two books, I loved A Court of Wings and Ruin. I loved how detailed it was and how we found out more about several of the characters, not just Feyre and Rhysand. Although they're still my favorite characters. Especially Rhys! The story stopped my heart a few times (damn you SJM!) but I loved every single moment of it. It was perfect!

Christina: Overall I absolutely loved it! Also gave us a lot more to be revealed about other characters as well, which I am still wondering about and so eager to find out. I spent half the book wondering what was up with this and that character and how it would play out. And gotta mention those amazing moments with just Rhys and Feyre, I seriously loved those whenever they were there. 

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

10 Books I Plan On Reading While I'm On Vacation

Friday I'm leaving on vacation for three weeks so here's a list of ten books I'm planning on reading. I'm not actually sure if I'll get around to reading them all or if I might even read more but when I'm back I'll post all about it. Also, turns out the books on my list are almost all historical fiction/romance. Not a big surprise. ♥

The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard
This is a book I received for review from the author so this'll be first on my list to read. I loved the first book, The Architect of Song {My Review} so I'm hoping to love this one as well. 

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
I recently read The Duchess Deal, which I adored so I wanted to read more by Tessa Dare. This book seemed to come highly recommended. I can't wait to read it.

Waterfell by Amalie Howard
This book has been on my Kindle for AGES. I haven't read it yet because I've never really loved any book I've read that involved mermaids. This one does sound unique, though and Christina @ Book Lover's Tea Party has been trying to get me to read it for a while.

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
Another book for review. It's been a while since I read a Eloisa James book, though I've enjoyed some of her work in the past. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.

I am so ashamed that I haven't gotten around reading this book yet. I've absolutely loved A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii {My Review} and A Year of Ravens: A Novel of Boudica's Rebellion {My Review} and it has some of my favorite historical fiction authors. So yeah, definitely need to read this one.

The Sin Eater by Jennifer Harlow
The F.R.E.A.K.S. series is one of my all time favorite paranormal series ever but I also haven't been able to get around to reading this one yet. Partly because I'm scared for what's going to happen in it since I have a pretty good idea about it all. 

The Artist's Muse by Kerry Postle
This is the last book I have on NetGalley to read so I REALLY wanna get around to reading it. It's set in the 1900's in Vienna, which sounds amazing. Of course any book that features artist's of some kind always does sound amazing to me.

The Amethyst Bride by Kesley McKnight
I read the first book not too long again, which was pretty good so I'm curious to see how this one will be. I'm really thrilled it's about Penelope because I loved her in book one.

Portrait of a Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin
Everything about this books sounds right up my alley. Historical fiction set in the Renaissance Florence in the 15th century + Leonardo da Vinci. Fingers crossed that it will be a fantastic read!

Eagles in the Storm by Ben Kane
This trilogy has been one of my top favorites ever. I can't actually believe I still haven't read this book yet. I'm absolutely dying to know what happens next, although I'm pretty familiar with the history so it probably won't all be a big surprise.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: July 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

For Review:
The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard
Anita send me her new upcoming book for review, which I'm currently reading. Yay!

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
It's been way too long since I read a book by Eloisa James so when I saw this one on Edelweiss I didn't hesitate to grab it.

The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes
Another one I grabbed from EW because it sounds really great.

Gilded Cage by Sherry D. Ficklin
All That Glitters by Sherry D. Ficklin
Nothing Gold by Sherry D. Ficklin
I couldn't resist buying all of these books since they were all 99c. Such a bargain! They're set in the 1920's, one of my favorite eras so I'm really excited to read them.

Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
This one has been recommended to me so I decided to buy myself a copy since it was only 99c

Portrait of a Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin
I found out this book was on sale for 99c when I participated in the blog tour with a guest post from the author so of course I couldn't resist buying it. Check out the post here.

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
I haven't read a book by this author in ages but I loved what I've read from her in the past so yet again I just had to buy this one. Also a 99c sale!

Sin by Emma Hart
Yet another book I bought on sale for 99c. Is it obvious I can't resist this price? LOL

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Alyssa from The Eater of Books recommended this book to me after I asked which one of Tessa Dare's books I should buy and read next. I'm super excited to start it soon!

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥

♥ Holly's Boys ♥

Highly recommended story to check out!