Gemina Mani + Giveaway

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So this post was totally supposed to include a review as well, but I got a precious kitty this weekend sooo my mind was occupied with cuteness. BUT I still want to share my nails and set up this giveaway, so here we go!

Oh, but I will point out that the first 200 pages of this book are AMAZING!

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These photos don’t do my nails the full justice they deserve, but I was in a hurry the day I took these and I didn’t have time to set up my tripod and swap out lenses to get some extreme close ups. I also didn’t tale any progress pics, man I’m a mess… did I mention I got a cute kitty this weekend???

So this mani was pretty much the same technique I used in the galaxy mani back in may. One base coat plus lot of sponged on layers of colors that compliment the book cover! BAM! My base coat was White On by Sally Hansen (which oddly enough I like more than the OPI one I normally use, the Sally version was less streaky.) Then I used Black Matte by Maybelline Color Show, Blue Me Away by Sally Hansen, Breezy Blue by Sally Hansen and Blue Bombshell by Maybelline Color Show. Basically just wait for your base coat to be all nice and dry ad then sponge bits of the other colors on in whatever ransom fashion you want. Then to top off the mess of color, on my thumbnail I took a paint brush dipped in black paint and made a strikethrough, and on my middle finger I did the same thing with some white paint to make it look like a strip of white out.

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So sorry I was spacey on the progress pics, review, and all that jazz, but I do have a giveaway for a Gemina arc signed by both Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman! So there’s that! Be sure to enter below!!

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And just to prove that I had some serious distractions, here is a picture of my sweet Ripley!

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera + Giveaway

25014114History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Pub Date: January 17, 2017
Source: arc

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth—both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.

First, huge shout out to SOHO Teen and Adam Silvera for being at BEA so we had a chance to pick up this beautiful arc.

THIS BOOK! Every emotion on the planet, I felt it while reading. I’m actually struggling to write this review because I don’t know how to put my feelings into physical words. I’ve been thinking about how to give this book a worthy review for almost 2 months now. So here it goes.
This book will destroy you in the most magical ways possible. Griffin’s journey through love, loss, OCD, growing up, moving on, and just life itself is an emotional roller coaster that you are going to want to get in line for. Everyone can easily find something to relate to in this book, even if it’s just the fact that life is messy. The best part about a Silvera novel is that nothing is covered in sprinkles and life hits these characters hard just like it can in the real world. Also the dialogue, man I love the dialogue. I remember the first time I fell in love with dialogue over plot, and that was with the film Juno. This book took me back to that. Although in both cases I loved the plot as well, but the lines that come out of the characters mouth just mesmerize me.
My favorite part about HIAYLM is that the characters are just humans being humans. They’re faced with real world problems, you know, the kind that can be awesome but are mostly either meh or awful. They don’t always handle their situations in the best of ways, but when do we ever? I guess my point is that this book is just plain real.
5/5 stars but really this book gets all the stars! I know I have more thoughts, I really do. This was the first book I let myself annotate, and I wrote down and highlighted a lot of things. I plan on re-reading one more time before release, and then of course again once I have the hardcover in my hands. So I’ll probably write another review, maybe a spoilery one open for discussion, after release.
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Another huge thanks for the lovely people at SOHO Teen and Adam for this arc, and also for allowing me to have an extra copy for a giveaway! Don’t forget to enter below to win a signed arc for History Is All You Left Me!
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Reliquary by Sarah Fine (+ giveaway!)

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Today I am featuring a new title by Sarah Fine! RELIQUARY is her latest novel and is a urban fantasy. I hadn’t heard about this one until recently but I was HOOKED right away. Just sample chapter 1 and tell me this book isn’t going to be awesome. You may know Sarah from her various YA books or perhaps some of her other adult titles but Reliquary sounds like it could appeal to reads on both sides of the spectrum. Make sure to check out when Reliquary is about below and follow along the blog tour for some awesome reviews later in the month.  Also make sure to enter the giveaway below!!

Reliquary CoverABOUT RELIQUARY:

Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.

Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.

LINKS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Sarah FineABOUT SARAH FINE:

Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr 

Tour Schedule:

7/17: Polished Page-Turners – Spotlight
7/18: The Eater of Books – Excerpt
7/19: Behind Closed Covers – Spotlight
7/20: Gone with the Words – Excerpt
7/21: Reading is Better with Cupcakes – Excerpt
7/22: Supernatural Snark – Q&A
7/23: Quite the Novel Idea – Spotlight
7/24: The Book Cellar – Review
7/25: Fiction Fare – Q&A
7/26: No BS Book Reviews – Q&A
7/26: Emily Reads Everything – Review
7/27: Stuck in Books – Excerpt
7/27: Reads All the Books – Review
7/28: Ex Libris – Review
7/28: BCS Reviews – Review
7/29: kimberlyfaye reads – Review
7/29: Wandering Bark Books – Review
7/30: Lost in Lit – Review
7/30: Bookish Lifetsyle – Review
7/31: Don’t Fold the Page – Review
7/31: Miranda’s Book Blog – Review

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of RELIQUARY (US Only)

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Mani + Review + Giveaway

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddThe Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
Source: arc

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Everything Everything was one of my favorite books from 2015, so getting an arc of The Sun Is Also A Star at BookCon was one of my major highlights of the day! Which, surprise, I got signed by Nicola Yoon so I could spread the love with a giveaway! So don’t forget to enter that all the way at the end of the post.

So, how was TSIAAS? Pretty f*cking amazing! Pardon my language but this book was seriously mind blowing. Have you ever watched a movie where everything that happens is just lining up perfectly and your mind is on fire because you see all of it but the characters are blissfully unaware. That was this book. This book has alternate POV’s switching from Daniel to Natasha and back and forth, but then there’s more! Nicola does something that I have yet to experience, there’s a third POV and it’s not just one character, it’s the whole universe! We get insight to the things happening in the past and all around Natasha and Daniel in the present. Not too mention there’s a good amount of learning involved! Like the little fun fact that new lovers and coccaine addicts have very similar brain activity, the more you know!

I found it extremely easy to relate to both Natasha and Daniel. It’s like my whole thoughts on love and the world and everything is a mashup of these two characters. They represent the optimistic (Daniel) and pessimistic (Natasha) sides to my life perfectly. I caught some major feelings while reading this book.

It’s hard to tell you the exact reasons why this book is amazing without giving lots of stuff away, but trust me when I say Nicola Yoon knocked it out of the park once again with this one, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! The writing is lovely, the characters are beautiful, the ending is like woah! It’s just everything we deserve in a book!

So I painted my nails to match the book:)

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I had SO much fun experimenting with this manicure! I’ve been wanting to try ombre nails for a little while now, and since this cover has some lovely colors I figured it was perfect to try! I also wanted to do a mixed mani, so I made each finger something different. Still my favorite nail is the ombre!

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To get this look I used my nameless little OPI white -which I’m quickly running out of since I use it so much-, Orange Fix by Maybelline Color Show, Cyber by Sally Hansen, and Flirty by Sally Hansen. For each nail that isn’t the ombre, I used a dotting tool to make the polka dots, star, sun, and starburst pattern resembling the one string art one of the cover. To get the ombre look it’s actually easier than you would think. All you need are the colors you want, and a makeup sponge. That’s it!

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Just paint lines onto the brush in the order you want and then press the sponge onto your nail! Easy peasy. What I learned after doing this is that for shorter nails, like mine, you’ll want to make the lines thinner so all the colors get on your nail evenly. I ended up having a mostly purple and orange nail with a very small line of pink. But that’s why we try things right!

I’m was so happy with the finished product on this one, and I’m excited to start to branch out and experiment even more! I only wish I were a better artist ;P

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Hope you enjoyed my nails! Please don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! I would love for you to win a signed ARC of this amazing book!

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Up In The Tree House by K.K. Allen Review + Giveaway

30241888Up In The Tree House by K.K. Allen
Pub Date: July 19, 2016
Source: arc

I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?

I knew I wanted this book in my hands because I adore Allen’s first series The Summer Solstice (read it if you haven’t, it’s so enchanting!) but I wasn’t prepared to love it as much as I do.

Allen’s writing is wordy, but beautiful. There were a few moments where I wish there were less filler words and more kissing, but I can appreciate the heavy words because they are poetic. That’s literally my only complaint, and can you even call that a complaint?

This story is full of different POV’s, journal entries, flashbacks, letters, and a whole lotta heart. Chloe’s and Gavin’s voices are broken, while at the same time being absolutely lovely. This is a story about loss and love and how fragile we are when it comes to both. There were times when I wanted to crawl inside the book and slap one of the main characters because I thought they were being utterly ridiculous, but that’s life. Life is utterly ridiculous, messy, and it can also be amazing. I’m also extremely in love with this cover!

I’m giving my full 5 stars to this story because I truly believe it deserves it. It’s an exciting read and a perfect sexy summer romance! Get this self published gem on July 19th on Amazon! You can pre-order today! >> Pre-order Here!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway below for your very own Kindle copy of Up In The Tree House! I’ll be giving away 2 copies. Winners will be announce on release day, July 19th. Good luck!

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Top Ten Tuesday: July 5, 2016

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme host by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

Katie:

  1. 738 Days by Stacey Kade
  2. Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
  3. Play On by Michelle Smith
  4. Luck on the Line by Zoraida Córdova
  5. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
  6. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
  7. When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
  8. More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs
  9. Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn
  10. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
  11. Changing His Game by Megan Erickson
  12. Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh
  13. The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Kylie:

  1. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  2. The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
  3. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  4. Enchanted by K.K. Allen
  5. How To Repair A Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
  6. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
  7. Under Ground by Alice Rachel
  8. Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle
  9. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  10. The Secrets Of Attraction by Robin Constantine

June 2016 Wrap-Up

What do you mean June is over?! Julying! …heh. Saw that pun on Tumblr today and got a good chuckle. Anyway, July is in fact here and that means a new reading month ahead! June was an okay reading month for me. I listened to a lot of audiobooks and read more comics than usual, but I made it over my 10 book a month goal, so I’m proud.

So what did I read in June? Audiobooks:

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (5 Stars)
Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain (5 stars)
Asylum by Madeleine Roux (3 Stars)
Being Jazz: My Life As A (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (5 Stars)

I can now happily say that I’ve read More Happy Than Not in ARC form, hardcover form, eBook form, and audiobook form. I guess all that’s left is paperback form now! My favorite audiobook this month, excluding MHTN because it will forever be a fave, was Quiet Power. I learned so much about myself through this book and I can honestly say I’ve earned a little more confidence in my introverted self. My least favorite was Asylum, it just didn’t hold my attention enough for me to stay focused.

Comics, which is a category I wish I read more of:

Wolverine Origins: Born In Blood by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon (4 Stars)
Bee And Puppycat Vol. #1 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (5 stars)
Bee And Puppycat Vol. #2 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (5 stars)
Bee And Puppycat Vol. #3 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (5 stars)
Bee And Puppycat Vol. #4 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (5 stars)
Bee And Puppycat Vol. #5 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (5 stars)
Bee And Puppycat Vol. #6 by Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson (5 stars)

There’s clearly a pattern here. I wanted to read the Wolverine comics because I adore him and next to Spider-Man he’s my favorite comic book character. Buuuuut I had some trouble deciding where to start. The one I read says Origins and Vol. 1, so any non-comic book reader, like myself, would think this is a good place to start… nope. I was so confused. So I put that on hold for now and jumped into Bee And Puppycat which is the most adorable comic I’ve ever read! It was suggested to me  because of my love for Adventure Time, and I’m so happy I found it. I read these on Scribd, but I’ll definitely be buying myself some physical copies ASAP. Clearly in this category Bee And Puppycat takes the cake over Wovlerine.

And last, books from my personal libray:

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (4 Stars)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (3 Stars)
Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (3.5 Stars)
Up In The Tree House by K.K. Allen (5 Stars)

Two ARCs and two released, no too bad! These were actually some pretty good summer reads, except maybe Girl In Pieces which isn’t very summer-y at all, but still. Up In The Tree House by my self-published friend K.K. Allen was definitely my fave of the group – review coming for that one later! I was so excited when she asked me if I wanted an advanced copy of her new book, and I adored every word of it. We Were Liars was probably my least favorite. It just wasn’t for me.

So 15 reads total, but since 7 of them were comics I’m happy keeping my average around 10. I guess the extra amount that these comics have given me on my Goodreads challenge can count for some of the re-reads I’ve done which for some reason I can never get them to count again on the challenge number. Oh well! I’m happily approaching my goal with 65 out of 75 books read for the year so far. I’m thinking I’ll need to change that soon😉

What did you read in June?