TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is:

 

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TOP TEN BOOKS ON MY FALL TBR LIST

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill 

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

SONG OF THE CURRENT

 

 

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Do you agree with any of my choices? What is on your TBR this Fall? Let me know in the comments.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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UNBOXING: JULY 2017 MARK THE PAGE BOX

 

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Mark the Page is a relatively new Bookish Subscription service that I have come across. This box is based out of Australia. I received the July 2017 box today and so am ready to do an unboxing! The theme for the March box was:

 

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ESCAPE ROUTE

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The first item in the box is a pair of Galaxy Print socks from Cotton On.

 

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The second item is a set of Cotton Candy scented sugar scrubs from Heavenly Bath Treats.

 

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The third item is this metal cuff bracelet inspired by firefly. This item was created by Forever Grow Jewellery.

 

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The fourth item in the box is a tote bag from Amanda Davis.

 

IMG_0857The final bookish item in the box is this set of pins from Literary Emporium.

 

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The book included in the July 2017 Mark the Page box was:

 

 

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The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

 

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The box also came with a letter from the author.

 

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Here is the spoilers card with all the items in the box listed.

 

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Overall, a well formed box. The book must be good because multiple boxes are including it and I cannot wait to try out the sugar scrubs. The tote and socks are useful and I am a huge fan of Firefly.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: INK AND LIES

 

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PUBLISHER: S.L Jennings

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 09th February 2016

 

PAGES: 308

 

 

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From International Best Selling Romance Novelist, Hope Hughes, comes a gripping, heartfelt tale of two lovers, fighting for the freedom to…

No. Scratch that. Too cheesy.

…two people, torn apart by the tumultuous tides of life, only to discover refuge in…

WTF? What does that even mean? DELETE.

…two people, confused as shit as to where they should be and who they should love and none of this means a damn thing because it’s all lies!
Lies.
I’m not Hope Hughes. I’m not some fierce woman romance machine. Hell, I’m not even a woman.
I’m a liar.
And while I refuse to believe my own BS, deceit masked in heartfelt phrases of love and devotion, I want to make her believe them. Because maybe–just maybe–if she can find the soul within my words, she’ll also be able to find the truth scribbled on my heart.
You see, I once lived for the perfect plot twist.
I just never expected to actually live it.
This is my story. Well, maybe her story. I just wish I could make it our story.
The one I’m still writing.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this novel it was good and I enjoyed the overall plot. However, I have to note that the constant back and forth between August and Fiona had me ready to lock them in a room and throw away the key!

The friendship was beautiful and I absolutely loved that aspect of their relationship. The road to a more loving and physical relationship was rocky and at times downright treacherous. August is the narrator of the book, he is a romance writer who writes under a pen name. I really enjoyed how his everyday life made its way into his writing process and how this was approached in the book. Fiona is a headstrong woman who, through a relationship I couldn’t help but cringe at, becomes subversive. I really did not like that and how it took up so much of the book.

Overall, if you enjoy great friendships and a developing relationship that is full of twists and turns I recommend you try this book. There is definite swoon worthy moments and moments that had me laughing out loud.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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This is a quote from Six of Crows, and is definitely one I can get behind.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ROYALTY READATHON ROUND 2 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

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We all want to be a princess or a prince for a day (just me?) With the Royalty Readathon we get to tap into that royal fantasy for a whole week of reading about Royalty.

My very own readathon, the Royalty Readathon is back for Round 2. I hope to make this readathon bigger than Round 1 and would love to have as much involvement from others as possible. This readathon  is running from the 24th to the 30th of September. There will be reading sprints on Twitter and reading challenges to guide everyone’s TBR’s. I am thinking about a giveaway but that is still up in the air, stay tuned.

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

Read a book with a hidden royal heritage

Read a book with a royal title (“queen”, “king”, “princess”, etc)

Read a book with a crown on the cover

Read a fairytale retelling featuring your favourite fairytale royal

Purple is the colour of royalty – Read a purple book

 

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Are you going to join in on the Royalty Readathon? I cannot wait to see everyones TBR’s. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #royaltyreadathon to link up!

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: JULY 2017 HOOT LOOT BOX

 

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This is my first Hoot Loot Box. Hoot Loot is a bi-monthly YA book subscription box based out of the U.S. The theme for July was:

 

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Love & London

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This is what you see when the box is first opened.

 

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The first item in the box was a tea sampler kit from Finch and Fern Tea.

 

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The second item is a Downton Abbey Greeting Card from On the Day Dream.

 

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The third item is a set of I Love London fridge magnets from The Scarlett Studio.

 

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The fourth item are these amazing Pride and Prejudice socks from Absolutely Socked. 

 

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The fifth item is a Romeo and Juliet wrapped pencil.

 

The sixth item is an exclusive The Knight Bus bookmark.

 

The seventh item is an exclusive Sherlock Holmes magnetic bookmark.

 

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The first book in the box is a free download card for:

Waking Charley Vaughan by Elle Botz

 

 

The book in the months box was:

 

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I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

 

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Look at those endpapers!

 

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The book came with a letter from the author…

 

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And, a signed bookplate.

 

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This was actually a really good box. I like how you potentially get two books in the box and I am loving the bookmark and socks.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE KNOCKED UP PLAN

 

KNOCKED UP PLAN

 

PUBLISHER: Lauren Blakely Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 23rd June 2017

 

PAGES: 302

 

 

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BLURB: 

 

There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
Right?

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There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I’ve got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A truly heart-warming book with sexy times and times that left me with the biggest grin for these two. I felt like a light-hearted sexy book, and overall that’s exactly what I got.

Nicole and Ryder had such chemistry and the unconventional progress of them falling for each other is what gave this book it’s utter charm. Nicole is smart and outspoken and a character I could really relate to. Ryder, he was something unexpected. I did not expect to love this character as much as I did. His emotions and care for Nicole were extremely evident through the progress of the novel.

The plot itself was fun with some unpredictable elements that made for an interesting read. I loved the sexy times, but more than that I loved the emotions and relationship between the two characters. I will be looking for more from this author.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: JULY 2017 FAIRYLOOT BOX

 

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Fairyloot is a monthly subscription box based in the U.K. that focuses on Fantasy books. I have been a subscriber to this box since June 2016. I love this box, it keeps getting better and better. The theme for July was:

 

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TRICKSTERS

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When the box is first opened, this is what you see…

 

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The first item in the box is an enamel tin mug with a quote from Sherlock. This mug was exclusively designed for Fairyloot by Fictiontea Designs.

 

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The next item in the box was another exclusive item. A Loki themed lotion from Geeky Clean.

 

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The third item in the box was a set of Harry Potter playing cards. They are amazing and the art is stunning.

 

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The fourth item was brought to us from Fairyloot themselves. It is a Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove. This has taken up residence in my kitchen.

 

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The fifth item in the box is this simply exquisite Harley Quinn print from Miss Phi.

 

And, the sixth bookish item in the box is this double sided Six of Crows inspired bookmarks from Lexy Olivia.

 

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There was also a bonus item in the box. A discount code for Behind the Pages.

 

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It’s time for the book of the month…

 

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I personally love the little drawstring bags the books come in. What do you think of them?

 

 

The book for the month of July is…

 

 

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

 

 

 

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The book came with a letter from the author,

 

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And a signed bookplate.

 

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As always, there is the Fairyloot Reading Buddy Hashtag.

 

Fairyloot have recently been including excessive bookmarks featuring the art from the spoiler cards and they are positively stunning.

 

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The final item in the box is the monthly Fairyscoop Newsletter.

 

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Inside is an interview with the author.

 

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And, on the back is a sneak peek of the August box.

 

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IMG_0689Overall, this month was really a jam packed box with some items I have never seen from Fairyloot before. I really enjoyed this box and am highly anticipating reading the book.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE FATE OF THE TEARLING

 

 

FATE OF THE TEARLING

 

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 29th November 2016

 

PAGES: 496

 

 

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In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.

And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.

To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will be revealed…

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This was an epic conclusion to the trilogy stuffed with so much content that this book alone felt like a trilogy. The characters were, as always, vivid and realistic with grit and emotions that could not help but drag you in. The alternating timelines could have been confusing. But, they were done in such a way as to engage the reader and enhance their understanding of the Tearling.

The reader gets to experience the grey between the black and white in this book and that really opens up a whole new can of worms. Things are brought into question, whilst questions from previous books are being answered. It is something I have grown to love about Erika Johansen’s series. I have loved these characters and am loathe to let them go.

The only criticism I have is the ending. It ties up everything nicely and I can definitely appreciate that, But, there is almost a hole in my heart for Kelsea, I wanted something more for her… I don’t know exactly what, but more. Other than this, I loved the conclusion to this epic fantasy series and how the world truly expanded from that first moment meeting Kelsey Glynn at the cottage in the woods. This is a series I will surely be re-reading in the future.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COSMO READATHON TBR

 

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For those of you who aren’t aware, there is a new readathon that I am taking part in. It is the Cosmo Readathon and it will be running from the 17th to the 23rd of September. And, something awesome, I will be helping host twitter sprints! You should definitely join in!

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

 

Buddy Read A Book

Read A Book From Your Wish List / Immediate TBR Pile

Read A Book You’ve Never Heard Of Before

Read A Book Borrowed From The Library Or A Friend

Read An Independently Published Book

 

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Trickery by Jaymin Eve 

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The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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Well, that’s it! I hope you join in and come join me for when I am running the reading sprints!

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati