Night Of Cups by Mina Hepsen Blog Tour (Manicure + Review)

31134410Night Of Cups by Mina Hepsen
Publishing Date October 25th 2016 by The Studio
Source: arc

Sarah was the name they gave her when she was abandoned with no memories. Servantwas what she was called by people who took her in. Hunterwas the reputation she earned among the bloodthirsty Djinn. But when a devastatingly handsome stranger crashes into her with his silver jeep, she is forced to take on a completely new identity…

Star athlete and heir of a multimillion dollar company, Josh Beaumont was someone Sarah should never have crossed paths with. But after the accident, Josh insists that she move in with him until she recovers. Sarah is set on refusing the offer–until she learns that Josh is being stalked by a Djinn more vicious than any she has encountered. A Djinn she doesn’t know how to defeat.

And how can she hunt the creature when she has to deal with Josh’s girlfriend, who sets out to make her life a living hell? What is she to make of Ian, the sharp-tongued outsider who keeps showing up wherever danger lurks? And what if her feelings for Josh prove to be the biggest risk of all? Captivating and witty, Mina Hepsen’s NIGHT OF CUPS is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Jennifer Estep.

Back in September this book fell onto my radar when we were asked to post the cover reveal (check it out) and now I’m pleased to be posting a review! Night Of Cups by Mina Hepsen is such a wild ride, and it balances fantasy and real life so well that the story seems like something that could definitely be happening somewhere in the world right now!

Sarah, or Celine as she’s called through 90% of the book, is a bad-ass Djinn hunter who has landed herself a spot in high school; which is infinitely scarier. So not only is she trying to protect Josh, her new host, but she has to deal with calculus… no no, this isn’t a horror story don’t worry😉

In all seriousness though, I really enjoyed this book! Like I said, there is a nice balance of fantasy ans real life. One minute Sarah is excorsisng a Djinn and then the next she’s be crowned the towns Maple Queen. An episode of Supernatural meets and ep of One Tree Hill.

There’s something in it for everyone, drama, suspense, twists and turns, magic, and steamy kisses. I Gave Night Of Cups 4 stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of fantasy, or contemporary fans who want to branch into fantasy.

Night Of Cups eBook is on sale tomorrow, so don’t miss it!

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Onto the manicure!

When the lovely folks at Paper Lantern Lit asked if I wanted to write a blog post on Night Of Cups I was thrilled when the idea of a manicure was brought up. Just looking at the cover I already had so many ideas, and I think all went according to plan for once!


So to start, this was my first manicure where I bought nail stickers. I already new from my History Is All You Left Me mani that I couldn’t draw a crescent moon without it looking pathetic. So I hopped on Etsy and got these moon nail stickers from Beyond The Nail, which are awesome!


In addition to the nail stickers I used Wild Card by Revlon Color Stay and Purple Icon by Maybelline Color Show. I also used a random no name bottle or star sparkles, which I grabbed the stars from and placed them individually on my nails instead of brushing all the sparkles on.


I think this mani came out fantastic and I enjoyed creating it almost as much as I enjoyed this book!

Again, Night Of Cups by Mina Hepsen is out TOMORROW!! Don’t miss this one.

More about Mina:

mina-hepsen-2Mina Hepsen is the pseudonym of Turkish author Hande Zapsu-Watt. Growing up between Germany and Turkey, she studied political science and philosophy at Tufts University in Boston before receiving a Phd from the University of Edinburgh, where she went on to teach English literature and creative writing. She is the author of 6 novels and several children’s books, which have been translated into German, Spanish and Turkish. Currently she moves around the globe, while she continues to write, teach, and study languages.



Thanks to the amazing people at Paper Lantern Lit for providing me with an advanced copy of Night Of Cups in exchanged for an honest review.

❤ Kylie

Manicure Monday featuring Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I was wearing fake nails this past week, and although they aren’t book specific, they do go nicely with on of my current reads: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!


I also thought this was a good time to show off my UK special edition of Nevernight, because I’ve had it for awhile now but I haven’t really shared any pics. So it’s a win-win!

At quick glance these nails look like fake nails from a salon, but they aren’t, and that’s why I love them. I used to go get a gel full set manicure all the time, but it gets expensive! And I also felt like it was damaging my nails underneath, so I stopped doing that. Since then I’ve only used polish, jamberry, or Impress nails by Broadway Nails; which is what I have on now.

I love these press on nails! They are so easy, they are strong and last long, and my favorite part is that there is no glue. Instead it’s more like a sticker that you peel off the nail and they tick on to your nail. I wish I would’ve take progress pics to show you how these go on, but I wasn’t thinking at the time. It’s really easy though, promise. The quickest a prettiest manicures you’ll ever have, and they only cost $6! There are a variety of sizes so that you can get the right nail for each finger, and some of them are so similar in size that I can usually get two manicures out of each pack, or I’ll mix and match between all the ones I have and get even more use.


But enough about my nails, you can see them, and yes they are pretty. But next to this gorgeous book they are nothing!


I splurged a little to get the UK edition of Nevernight from Goldsboro Books because I was having a ‘Treat Yo Self’ moment. Jay Kristoff is amazing and I love his writing, so I knew that this purchase wasn’t going to be a waste. I’m current;y reading it, and I’m a little over 100 pages in and loving it!

What makes this edition different? First, there are only 250 copies of this signed first edition. so it’s truly a collector’s item that I will always cherish. It also has a different cover, red edges, and it’s extremely sexy when naked😉


Have you picked up a copy of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff yet? If you’ve finished the book let me know what you thought! No spoilers thought please. I am, after all, a slow reader, and this is a pretty intense book.

❤ Kylie

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

25036310Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Publishing Date October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: arc

Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

Flashback to BEA 2016 when I briefly met Caleb Roehrig (very briefly, I don’t even think names were actually exchanged) and I wish I had known I was standing in the presence of a word genius because I wouldn’t have been such a loser like I’m certain I was. BUT I will have a chance to redeem myself this year at Yallfest, so there’s that. Now onto an actual review.

Last Seen Leaving was unlike anything I’ve ever read. It had the suspense of a thriller and the feels of a contemporary. It’s like a YA Gone Girl meets History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – which I know is a bad example since it’s not out yet, but it’s the perfect example. Throughout the book Flynn will think back to times he spent with January, and it just really took me back to Adam’s book. Both books are crazy unique and amazing in their own way. I just got the vibe and I really liked it.

I would describe LSL as two books in one, again because of it’s thriller and contemporary aspects. The search for January is a chilling one. The more Flynn would uncover the more I was on edge, and I loved it! There are twists and turns that kept me guessing what exactly was going on. The suspense was literally perfect. But then the moments when Flynn was struggling with who is himself and what all that means… I won’t spoil Flynn’s secret for you, so just read this book OKAY!

I loved this book more than I initially expected when I picked it up, and I don’t doubt that it’s going to surprise everyone who reads it. This is clearly a five star review, and I am URGING you to pick this one up! Last Seen Leaving is in stores now and I’m not sure why you aren’t rushing to your favorite bookstore right now! GO GO GO!

Congrats to Caleb for an amazing debut, and thank you to Feiwel & Friends for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

❤ Kylie

September 2016 Wrap-Up

Fall weather is finally here, and that means cuddling books in bed! Which I did a lot of this month. I got a decent amount of ARCs read, and surprisingly I didn’t listen to too many audiobooks. I still have unused credits on both Scribd and Audible… and that’s never happened to me. Probably because Empire Of Storms is a 25+ hour audiobook and I just finished before drafting this wrap-up. Also, this month I finally jumped onto the Hamilton train and I’m not jamming to that when I would usually be listening to an audiobook. The struggle.

So what did I read in September? Audiobooks:

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (5 Stars)
Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (5 Stars)

Tell Me Three Things was adorable and I really enjoyed it, but Empire Of Storms wins as fave audio of the month. I’ve listened to all of the TOG series on audio so I’m pretty invested in listening to this series vs. reading it, though I do own the physical copies as well. I continue to be so lost through this series, like how I am when I watch Game Of Thrones, but I can’t help loving it. High fantasy really isn’t my thing, but when I find a series I enjoy I do my best to grasp what’s happening.


Saga Vol. 5 Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (5 stars)

This was the only comic I read this month, my library doesn’t have Saga Vol. 6 yet😥 But I loved this volume, and I think it’s my favorite one so far!


Kids Of Appetite by David Arnold (5 Stars)One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards (3 Stars)Under Ground by Alice Rachel (5 Stars – re-read)The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (4 Stars)Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (5 Stars)The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (5 (million) Stars)

All of these books I read as ARCs, aside from Under Ground by my good friend Alice Rachel, which was a re-read. One Was Lost was the least entertaining, though it was still a delightfully creepy book, just not what I was hoping it was. If I didn’t read Becky Albertalli’s new amazing book this month, then it would’ve been hard to pick between Kids Of Appetite and Last Seen Leaving as my faves for the month. But Upside wins because it’s just one of those books that when you read it you can’t help but feel like this book was written just for you.

I read a lot of great things this month, but in November I’m really going to try to read more books off my shelf rather than ARCs. I’m so behind and my shelves are crying.

What did you read in September?

❤ Kylie

The Lovely Reckless Manicure + Review


The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Publishing Date October 4th 2016 by Imprint
Source: arc

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

I’ve been a fan of Kami Garcia since picking up her Legion series (which I’m still desperately waiting for book 3!) and I’ve not only enjoyed her writing since, but I’ve been lucky enough to meet her a few times now and she is just as lovely as her words. When I found out she was writing a YA contemporary I was ecstatic, and also hesitant. I adore the Legion series, but it’s far from contemporary, and I’ve never read The Beautiful Creatures series, but I know it’s far from this. So I say I was hesitant just because I wasn’t sure if I would love Kami’s contemp… but I was so wrong to hesitate! Kami Garcia really can do it all.

The Lovely Reckless is a fast paced read filled with action, twists, memories, and juicy kisses! I really enjoyed being in Frankie’s head and watching her deal with the death of her boyfriend and the haunting realization that she was so traumatized she couldn’t even remember enough details to put Noah’s killer behind bars. On top of all that she has to start a new school, move in with her father, and deal with the fact that she’s falling for someone else so soon after losing Noah.

This book is Fast and Furious meets Crybaby – which are two awesome movies by the way. There are fast cars, two worlds, law breakers, and forbidden love. If you’re a contemporary fan this is definitely one you want to look out for. I gave The Lovely Reckless 4 stars, and I can’t wait to see what Kami has up next. Fingers crossed for more Legion series!

Mani time!!

So because I’m always looking for an excuse to use white polish, there’s just something about it I love, I took the oppurtunity to turn my nails into a graffitti splattered wall like the cover. It didn’t totally work like I imagined, but it never really does. However, the end result is something I’m thoroughly proud of! Here it is, check out my TLR mani:


Like I said, not the perfect spray can look, but still cool none the less. To get this look I used Hard To Get, Total Flirt, and Blue Me Away! all by Sally Hansen. Then I used Black Matte by Maybelline Color show for some accent dots. Ever since I did the white accent dots on my Kids Of Appetite nails I’m pretty much obsessed! I also used a matte top coat to mix it up and take out the shine. If you’re looking for an inexpensive matte top coat, I highly recommend Sally Hansen’s Big Matte, it goes on nice and lasts for awhile.


Clearly, I used the white as my base coat, and before sponging on the pink and blue I put one coat of matte top coat on. At first I was only going to have a matte background and leave the “paint splatter” shiny, but I decided to put the matte coat over one of my nails just to see, and I ended up liking it more.

Using a sponge to create a pattern has become one of my favorite ways to paint my nails. Using the dotting tool is fun too, but if I try to do anything fancier than just dots I always manage to mess up royally. With the sponge I’m already making a mess anyway, so it’s always easy to hide any flaws with blending.

I had a lot of fun reading this book, and just as much fun creating this manicure! Hope you enjoyed it, and be sure to look out for The Lovely Reckless in store October 4th!

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu Review

27414452Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Published September 20th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC from Macmillan (thank you!)

When Caroline’s little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can’t help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can’t see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend–and their best option just might be each other.

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu is beautiful and heart-breaking but also incredibly hopeful novel. The story opens with Before chapters from both Caroline and Ethan’s point of view. You are instantly thrust into the story of kidnapping that brings not only these two characters together but these two families. The majority of this book looks at the after, the moments after the rescue.

The entire novel flips back and forth POV of Caroline and Ethan. Both characters had a unique voice and different struggles. Early on, you learn that Ethan has been coping with the last few years of his life through therapy and medication. I loved the realistic portrayal and importance these can give to a person. Caroline and her family on the other hand do not have the means to get any kind of therapy for the family or specifically her brother. Caroline’s brother has autism and cannot communicate to his family the impact the kidnapping has on him. The family is struggling and Caroline begins searching for answers, which leads her to Ethan. Together the two help each other piece together broken parts of their life.

I enjoyed that this book wasn’t focused on romance and one person saving the other. Caroline and Ethan are broken in their own ways and find a common ground of music. At first they can’t use words, just rely on playing music together.

Mathieu wrote this story beautifully and the story has amazing pacing. Once I picked this one up, I didn’t put it down! I kept reading because I wanted to find out more secrets from before. I reccomend this to any reader who enjoys realistic fiction that  deals with heavier topics.



Young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two), is a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with her family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, she enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. She loves to eat and hates to cook.

A copy of this book was provided for an honest review.


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Review (+Giveaway!)


stalkingjacktheripper_9780316273497_hcABOUT STALKING JACK THE RIPPER:

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.

Stalking Jack the Ripper…you were not what I was expecting in the best way possible. When I first heard the title of this book, I was expected there to be blood and to be lots of it. There was some blood but it was more a historical fiction with mystery/thriller elements than the horror book I was expecting. Kerri did a wonderful job of taking actual events surrounding “Jack the Ripper” and fictionalizing them to tell this story.

Audrey is the main character and she is fierce, smart and very daring. There were more than a few times where she went running off alone WHILE A MURDERER WAS OUT AND ABOUT and had 0 problem with this. Some of the situations she got herself into had me at the edge of my seat. I don’t want this to make her sound dumb because she is far from it. Plus she usually set out alone but somehow Thomas would find his way into being her companion for this night. Thomas is Audrey’s Uncle’s forensic apprentice (along with Audrey) and he has a wicked smart brain and a knack for noticing small clues to come to a conclusion.

I am 100% on board with this ship. In the early stages of the novel Audrey and Thomas reminded me a bit of Jack and Phyrne (from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery, which if you haven’t watched this show yet GET ON IT). I say this because Audrey is a very capable female, doing things that most females don’t do in this era. Thomas is adorable and follows her around, not because he fears Audrey is going to get in trouble but because he doesn’t want to miss out on the action. There is one scene in the novel where Audrey “saves” Thomas and he is very ok with being saved by a female. I love when the ship is so good together. I cannot wait to see what trouble these two get into in book 2!

Overall I loved this one! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a beautifully written historical fiction novel and can handle a small amount of blood.

LINKS: IndieBoundAmazon | B&N 

kerri-maniscalco-1ABOUT KERRI MANISCALCO:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

9/12: No BS Book Reviews – Review
9/13: A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post
9/14: The Heart of a Book Blogger – Review
9/15: My Friends Are Fiction – Q&A
9/16: Pandora’s Books – Review

Week 2:

9/19: Polished Page-Turners – Review
9/20: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
9/21: Chapter By Chapter – Guest Post
9/22: What Sarah Read – Mood Board
9/23: That Artsy Reader Girl – Review


3 Finished Copies of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (US Only)