Book Birthday: Escaping from Houdini (9/18/18)

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Escaping from Houdini, happy birthday to you!

That’s right fellow readers, we have a book birthday!! Today Escaping from Houdini hits shelves and I cannot be more excited. This is one of my Top 3 books for this year and I am already in the midst of reading it. This is the third book in Kerri Maniscalco’s series and it is possibly one of my all time favorites.

In this novel follow alongside Audrey Rose and Thomas as they set sail to America. Of course, there will be a few bumps along the way….

I don’t want to give any spoilers along the way, but below is the synopsis of the first novel along with where to purchase the books!


Description of Stalking Jack the Ripper via Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Amazon (paperback): $7.48

Barnes and Noble (paperback): $8.24

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Hunting Prince Dracula

Amazon (paperback): $9.89

Barnes and Noble (paperback): $10.58

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Escaping from Houdini

Amazon (hardcover): $12.91

Barnes and Noble (hardcover): $16.14

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August 2018 Wrap-Up

Hello readers! I know I say this almost every post but I do hope that you’re all doing well. August has come and gone and September is among us! It is almost fall time where I am located in the world and I am so beyond ready. My sweaters and scarfs are coming out of their pigeon holes, just waiting to be worn.


Life update:

August was a slower month for me towards the beginning and near the end it started moving at warp speed. I started school back up, so my lazy days are now filled with learning and studying.


Book wrap-up:

This month I didn’t read as much as I would like. I finished 5 books for August, all of which I loved! You by Caroline Kepnes was absolutely fantastic.

But I did finish The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson!!! It took me 2 weeks but I conquered this monster of a book. It is my largest book completed to date. A full in-depth book review is coming soon.

I also read the entire To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy from Jenny Han and I loved them so much! They were light reads after my epic fantasy extravaganza that carried me through July and part way through August.


Entertainment: 

My main obsession for this month was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix movie! I absolutely adored this movie and Noah Centineo is my celebrity crush currently.

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I haven’t had too much time to find new music this month just because I have been so busy. Mainly I have just been listening to my previously made playlists.


Blog Posts for August:

You: Caroline Kepnes

Chitter Chatter Update 


Currently Reading:

 

So I finally got an Audible subscription so I am now able to listen to books! I have really liked it so far, so I am hoping to continue on with it. I choose to listen to Words of Radiance this month since I have a longer commute to school, and I just really couldn’t go a month without reading a Brandon Sanderson book. I have also decided to take my professor up on the extra credit book assignment and start Melville’s Moby Dick! I am 5 chapters in and I am hoping to power through.For pleasure reading this month I also picked up Lauren Owen’s The Quick. I am really liking it so far!

 

 

 

 

Chitter Chatter Update!

Hello readers! I am sorry for my long and unexpected absence. I have started school back up and I had a few last minute things that take care of before I went back, so that is why I wasn’t very active on my blog.

I am back and attempting to get back into the swing of things. Expect a book review coming this week as well as another Monthly Wrap-Up (some very exciting things I want to chat to you guys about will be in that update).

Again, I am sorry for the unexpected absence but things are back to normal now! Thanks for sticking around and I hope everything has been going okay.

I will catch you guys in my next post, have a great week ahead!

Samantha 🙂

You: Caroline Kepnes

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Book Information:

Published: September 30th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Page Count: 424

Amazon: Hardcover – $40.45 / Paperback – $10.48

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $22.27 / Paperback – $11.21


Description via Goodreads:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


What a trip this book was. I still am mind blown by everything and it made me rethink a lot of things. I don’t even want to try understand the high level of research this type of book needed, but the end result is truly chilling.

I picked this book up randomly, not really knowing much before going into it. My friend recommended it and she said it was fantastic. I don’t usually read thrillers but this one was different and her suggestion didn’t disappoint!

We are introduced to Joe and Beck through a seemingly innocent encounter, but Joe is anything but innocent. He wants to be engaging and funny, not to mention make a lasting impression on Beck. From the moment he see’s her he becomes obsessed. There is no question in his mind that he and Beck would be perfect.

The story is told by Joe’s POV and readers and thrust into his mind where things are just as scary. The writing kept me on edge the entire time, but I wasn’t surprised at some of the big reveals. I knew how this story was going to end before I finished the first chapter. I knew there wouldn’t be a happy ending but the ride along the way did keep me on the edge of my seat.

Joe is the classic unreliable narrator and it was intriguing to read about his attempts to blend in and create this new persona that he knew Beck would be interested in. Deep down he was cold and calculating and his obsession heightened that inside of him.

This book isn’t for the feint of heart. There were some very disturbing moments and some of the language is graphic. There was also a good amount of time spent on the thought of sex which was fine to me, but there was a large amount of it mentioned.

Overall, this was a good thriller. Joe was a very interesting character to examine and Beck had her messy moments. I think that if you like thrillers with more graphic content then this may be a book to pick up. Also, Lifetime is picking this up and turning it into a show which looks very good!

Favorite Quotes:

“The problem with books is that they end.”

“Work in a bookstore and learn that most people in this world feel guilty about being who they are.”

This book was given 4/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 101 stars would that I could).

July 2018 Wrap-Up

Hello readers! I know I say this almost every post but I do hope that you’re all doing well. Can you believe we are already done with July?! Where has the time gone? July was a great month for reading, movies, and music which is always great.


Life update: 

Not too much surprising has happened. I am just soaking up the sun and enjoying my last remaining weeks of school free fun. We are now entering August and sadly for me school starts up. It will be a grueling semester but I will be reading some great things and I will be chronicling those times along with you all.


Book wrap-up:

This month I had the best reading time! I discovered my new favorite series and one of my favorite authors. Big shout out goes to Brandon Sanderson for making me realize epic fantasy books don’t need to scare me, but the Lord Ruler does lol. In total this month I finished 3 books, all part of the same trilogy. I also have full book reviews for each of the books so I will have those linked below if you’re interested in taking a look.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 stars

Brandon Sanderson introduces readers to a world where the Dark Lord has won. Dive straight into a world of chaos and follow along with a crazy masterplan to destroy the higher power.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 stars

This is the second novel in the Mistborn trilogy so be prepared to get your mind blown!

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 stars

This is the third and final novel in the Mistborn era one trilogy and let me tell you… many tears will be shed.


Entertainment: 

First off we have two very different types of music that I have become obsessed with for the month of July!

Above we have the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again album. It has been on repeat since I saw the movie when it first came out over a week or so ago. I absolutely adored the first one’s soundtrack and this one was just as amazing! Some of my favorite songs are “One Of Us” and “I Kissed the Teacher.” I have also been loving Ariana Grande’s new song God is a woman. Sooooo good!

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The movie that took the cake this month was Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. I have seen it twice so far in theatre’s and I am not at all ashamed. It was so good and I adored the characters and to see Cher on the big screen for the first time in my case was an experience. I would highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed Mamma Mia!.

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Lastly, I have found myself rewatching The Office via Netflix this month. I needed a good laugh and that show never fails to make me smile.


Blog posts for July:

The Final Empire: Brandon Sanderson

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

The Well of Ascension: Brandon Sanderson

Sunday Post: 7/15/18

The Hero of Ages: Brandon Sanderson

Sunday Post: 7/22/18

Book Haul: July 2018

Sunday Post: 7/29/18


Currently reading:

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I am stepping into August by carrying over my July read of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I am taking my time and enjoying this first book!


How did your July go? What is on your currently reading list? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear about it!

Thank you so much for reading and I will catch you at my next post. May we all have a great new month ahead!

-Samantha 🙂

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Sunday Post: 7/29/18

Hello and happy Sunday fellow readers and bloggers! I hope that everyone is doing okay! I want to take a moment and wish you a happy week ahead as well.

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!

-Samantha 🙂


Personal update:

August is fast approaching and that means my fall semester is going to be starting in just a couple of weeks. That means lots of reading and preparing ahead of time. Not too much excitement to report at this time but I’ll keep you posted!


This Week’s Posts:

Book Haul: July 2018


Currently Reading:

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I am still making my way through this monster of a novel! I am currently over 300 pages into the book and loving it so much. I am still missing my mistborn world but this one is just as equally fascinating. I am also noticing growth in Sanderson’s writing which is very interesting to me. He never fails to keep me engaged and guessing.

I am in love with Kaladin and Dalinar is finally starting to grow on me! Syl is still my favorite so far!


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Book Haul: July 2018

Hello readers! For the month of July I did pretty well with my book buying problem if I do say so myself. I went on my yearly book buying trip with my very generous grandmother and she bought me 6 fabulous books all from Barnes and Noble. I am beyond excited!

Now let’s get to the books!


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This month I picked up the following:

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


I now have all of the current books in The Queen’s Thief series and I am extremely excited to read that very soon and especially marathon the books.

I am also 300 pages or so into The Way of Kings which is completely fabulous so this was a very promising book haul!


Thank you for reading and I will chat more soon in my next post! – Samantha