I guess this could kind of be a mini review? This is my first time ever reading a graphic novel and I loved it! I am so glad a friend picked this for our book club!
The art is GORGEOUS. I stared at the art for a good long while on each page. It was gore and blood but really interesting and fun to read. I like the lore the author came up with. I am very interested to see where it takes Maika, Kippa (a little fox girl), and Ren (a talking cat)! I can’t wait to see more of what exactly Maika is and what she can do. You figure things out as Maika figures them out. I like that mystery aspect.
I really love the mix of science, magic, and machinery. The items those things combined make are really interesting. But scary in the witch women’s hands! This really would make such a cool show or movie!
As a book lover, I find other book lovers very easy to shop for. However, I can understand how a non-book lover would have a hard time with us! So, let me give you some cool and unique gift ideas for the book lover in your life! (How many times can I put ‘book lover’ in a paragraph?)
These are some shops that I have personally bought from, love, and can attest to their quality. I will try and put their Black Friday deals here, as well as some coupon codes if you can’t make the Black Friday deals!(Coupon codes are not combinable with Black Friday deals)
Book Sleeves They are this nifty invention that keeps your books safe from wear and tear in your bags. I have found that something like this started back in the 90s! My go-to place is Love You More Studio.
Coupon Code: Storied10 to save 10%.
Black Friday Deal: BOGO 50% off their ‘Great Gift’ sleeves 11/29- 12/01. 15% off winter and Christmas sleeves 11/29 only (with a code, check their Instagram for this). PLUS a free little gift for every purchase all weekend!
Book Signs These are so fun to use as decorations! You can customize them to say anything you want as well as the color and font. Check out Bookish Signs and More. They are really easy to work with. They also have bookish ornaments, decals, bookmarks, wine glasses, some sprayed edges books, and mini signs!
Coupon Code: Lauren10 to save 10%
Black Friday Deal: 10% off the whole shop, 20% off purchases of $40 or more, free shipping at $35. Ends 12/02.
Book Inspired Tea Got a book lover whose go-to drink is tea? Get them some book inspired tea! A shop that I highly recommend is The Simply Bookish Co. Their tea is amazing. They also have mug rugs (which are hand sewn coasters), bookmarks, mugs, buttons, and coasters!
Coupon Code: Storied10 to save 10%
Black Friday Deal: 11/26 $1 Bookmarks, 11/27 $6 Tea Tins, 11/29 Gift Sets & $5 baggie sets, 12/1$10 Grab bags and a la carte mugs
Minimalist Book Shirts I can’t tell you how much I love Not Very Lady Like. They have gorgeous Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings designs. Their shirts are really comfy too. I wear mine quite often. They also have glass mugs (these were actually my first obsession from them!), tote bags, magnets, and blankets.
Coupon Code: Lauren10 to save 10%
Black Friday Deal: 10-15% off 11/29-11/30 and keep an eye out for a possible Cyber Monday sale!
Artsy Book Merch/ Baby Book MerchSweet Sequels has some of the most beautiful art I’ve ever seen. I have two large paintings of maps she did hanging up in my library/ office. She has a really large variety of items including cloth bound books for babies and swaddles! She also has mugs, bookmarks, book sleeves, tapestry, blankets, shirts, pillows, and more!
Code: Wellread10 to save 10%
Black Friday Deal: Past exclusive tees available 11/30, 20% off on Cyber Monday
Pins Pins are are really fun way to dress up your jacket or bag. My favorite pin designer is Dust and Pages! She has pins from all sorts of fandoms. I have quite a large selection and am trying to basically collect them all. These make great stocking stuffers!
Black Friday Deal: BOGO 50% off from midnight Black Friday to 12/6.
Wooden Bookmarks I am also in the process of collecting In the Reads bookmarks. She has beautiful artwork! I also love her Lord of the Rings style maps, one of which is hanging up in my office/ library. She also has these really unique coasters! The bookmarks make a good stocking stuffer!
Code: Cayla10 to save 10%
Candles Every book lover needs a candle to set the reading mood. These are a variety of different label styles, and all are companies I have bought from and love. A few of my favorites are:
MLC Co – They have these sorting candles that are so fun to see what house, or sect, or court, or whatever you get sorted into! They also have amazing bath products and a monthly subscription box!
Coupon Code: MLCBunny for 10% off
Rhodes and Wick – I love that you can put their candles anywhere in your house and it would fit your decor style.
Black Friday Deal: 11/29 All jewelry and bookmarks will be 25% off, 11/30 All clothing and accessories will be 20% off, 12/02 The entire shop will be 15% off, 11/29-12/02 Get a FREE surprise pin button or magnet with all orders over $20
Book Subscription Boxes These are a few boxes that I have gotten and loved and that would be a perfect gift weather you get them a one-time box or a subscription!
Hopefully this was helpful and not overwhelming! There are many, MANY more bookish shops that are out there and are wonderful. I hope you find the perfect gift for your book lover! And a good deal too!
*Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review*
This is not a book I would normally pick up, however the publisher reached out to me and I thought I would try something outside of my reading comfort zone. It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea so I am rating based on what I would rate it if this is the type of genre I normally read. If that makes sense.
Likes The writing was really well done and easy to follow. When the action picked up, it was non-stop. I also liked the plot. It was really scary how accurate it could be! A cyber threat is really scary especially with the fact that almost everything runs through the system now. I really liked reading about the HIVE and how Alex gave it an Audrey Hepburn voice. What HIVE could do, a very real seeming virtual reality, was awesome! I liked that the author and creator came up with a plot so vast and intelligent that it seemed so real.
Dislikes It was really slow until a little over 50% of the way through. Then it was really interesting. I also didn’t connect with any of the characters. I just didn’t feel for them.
Final Thoughts I did like this overall. It ended on a cliff hanger! I really want this to be a movie. I think I would like it even more!
What are some books that are out of your reading comfort zone?
“Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!
It works like this:
Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?”
Okay, at the end of my last TBR Hole post I had 1148 books on my TBR. I now have 1150. I’m still getting better! I’m not adding crazy amounts every month! I usually do 10 books with these so let’s get started! Clicking on the book takes you to it’s GoodReads page.
#1 Fatal Tide (East Salem Trilogy, #3) by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
I have no interest in this trilogy anymore. I read the first book a long time ago and from what I remember, I don’t think I’d like it anymore.
#2 The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) by Lemony Snicket
I still want to read these! I’m sure they’re short so maybe I can speed my way through!
#3 The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I know the book is different than the movie, and I love the movie, but I still want to read this.
#4 The House by the Sea by Santa Montefiore
I feel like I would love this as a movie but I can’t tell about reading it. I don’t know. Maybe I should keep it. Sometimes I’ve been in the mood for stuff like this just not often.
#5 Doon (Doon, #1) by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
This doesn’t really sound like something I would like anymore.
#6 Little Woman and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
I have no interest in this.
#7 Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1) by Fiona Paul
I kind of think this sounds interesting still! A mystery in Renaissance Venice? Sounds fun!
#8 All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
This sounds pretty good! I don’t usually like standalone’s, but it sounds fun.
#9 Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, #2)by Lewis Carroll
No thoughts here!
#10 Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You by Stasi Eldredge
I loved Captivating so I definitely want to read this!
Making progress! I now have 1146 books on my TBR! That’s the lowest it’s been in awhile! How many do you have?
*Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!*
I am a huge fan of Warwick’s. I am going to try an explain this, her writing makes me feel nostalgia. Below made me feel like watching The Never Ending Story and Labyrinth (It was not in any way based on those, just how it made me feel!). It just felt like my childhood. If that makes any sense.
Apaay has to battle sever weather, wild animals, survive Yuki’s nightmares come to life, survive being a prisoner, and survive Yuki’s punishments. There is a lot Apaay survives. It was very intense at some parts. I loved her never-give-up personality. She fought for those shes loves no matter the cost to herself. And there were high prices for her fight. I actually cried at one point. I NEVER cry reading. It hurt.
One thing I REALLY loved was the healthy and loving friendship she has with Ila! You don’t really see that a lot in books without it turning into a love story or something. I loved them!
Warwick also has an underlying message in her books. In Demon Race, it was forgiveness, and in Below, it was you are enough. Beautiful.
I wish there was a little more explaination of what Yuki and The Face Stealer were and where they came from. It was a bit confusing at times, BUT it left a ton of mystery to be solved for the next book! Which I need and can’t wait for!
First of all, thank you to the publisher and MTMC Tours for the free book to review!
FIVE FREAKING STARS. Okay? I flipping loved this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve obsessed over a book like this. This was one of my most anticipated reads of this year and it did not disappoint. I don’t have any dislikes so I’ll just dive right in!
Lara is a perfect, slightly flawed heroine. Yes, those two things can go together. She has been trained since she was 5 years old (for 15 years!) to be an assassin. And the book starts her out with a bang. My gosh. Her skill set is enviable. She wasn’t the best assassin out of all her sisters but she was the most clever and that gets her a long way! Even with Aren! Aren is a swoon worthy love interest. He is passionate, strong, good looking, and his people respect and love him. I shipped him and Lara right off the bat. Their chemistry was off the charts! Jensen matched them perfectly.
Let’s talk about the plot. Now, it’s not a unique plot to have a girl assassin trained for most of her life for a purpose, HOWEVER, who cares because I really like that trope. Plus pair it with a unique world and setting and it becomes fresh. I liked how it wasn’t insta love between the characters. The author did a REALLY good job of them knowing the difference between instant LUST and LOVE. And I actually appreciated their ability to not act on that lust (until it became love). It was unique. And can we talk about the cool bridge?! What a cool concept! It is a different piece to add in the book that I loved. It is a trade route, defense, and a few other things to the people of Aren’s kingdom. And it is the central piece of taking his kingdom down.
Everyone who loves fantasy romance, this is a must read. The writing is beautiful, the characters have growth, the world is lush and one I want to visit, some cool battle scenes, and there is a HEARTBREAKING CLIFF HANGER ending. I want the next book so, so bad.
What was the last book that you were obsessed with?