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

31134410Night Of Cups by Mina Hepsen
Publishing Date October 25th 2016 by The Studio
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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‚Äôs 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 ūüėČ

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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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

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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: IndieBound | Amazon | 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 РReview
9/13: A Perfection Called Books РGuest Post
9/14: The Heart of a Book Blogger РReview
9/15: My Friends Are Fiction РQ&A
9/16:¬†Pandora’s Books – Review

Week 2:

9/19: Polished Page-Turners РReview
9/20: The Irish Banana Review РTop 10
9/21: Chapter By Chapter РGuest Post
9/22: What Sarah Read РMood Board
9/23: That Artsy Reader Girl РReview

Giveaway:

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

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas Blog Tour (Giveaway!)

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How far are you in Empire of Storms?? Did you stay up at midnight?? I’m a bit over half way done and part of me wants to finish RIGHT NOW and the other half of me wants to savory what I have before waiting a year for the epic conclusion.

I am SO excited for today’s post. This is the Maas Thirteen’s 3rd year hosting a blog tour for Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The last two years I have made food inspired by the series. Check out my Heir of Fire post here and my Queen of Shadows post here. I was also a part of the blog tour for ACOTAR and got to do a fun Would You Rather with Sarah! I thought about doing another food post this year but I also really wanted to feature a manicure and eye shadow inspired by the cover. I have loved all the covers of this series and really feel that they embody the story.

As I was typing up this post, I realized a lot of the products I used were from pop culture collections. I would LOVE if one day there is an eye shadow palette or nail polish collection based off Throne of Glass SIGN ME UP!!

First up I have a simple manicure! The greenish, slightly steel color is OPI Number One Nemesis (which is from their Spiderman collection a few years ago) and the orange is China Glaze Riveting (which is from their Hunger Game collection from a few years ago). Overall I think this was pretty spot on for the colors. I was looking for colors that had depth to them like the colors in the cover. I am really happy how this looks and forgot how much I LOVE Riveting.

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Next I did an eye look. I am a n00b at this and forgot to take pictures of each step. Oops! Here are some pictures of the look, followed by the colors I used.

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I used colors from a few different palettes but for the most part I used the Naked Smoky palette. Can we take a moment and appreciate the names of some of the colors I used?? I mean one of them is named Thirteen! How perfect! Armor and Dagger are also spot on for this series as well as this look.

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I also used the color Diverge, which is from the Divergent collection that Sephora put out. The next is an unnamed orange color from a Revealed palette. I wanted an orange color to try and bring in some of the fire from the cover.

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I wish I got the orange to pop more on the lid but you can see it on the lower eye lid in the first picture. I used some black liquid liner and a pair of false lashes. Voila! I am no make-up guru but I am really happy with the final look!

Make sure to follow along the rest of the tour below!

OFFICIAL TOUR SCHEDULE

September 7 –¬†Katie @¬†Polished Page-Turners
September 8 РSteph @ No BS Book Reviews
September 9 РSarah @ What Sarah Read
September 12 РKelly @ Belle of the Literati
September 13 РLouisse @ The Soul Sisters
September 14 –¬†Gillian @¬†Writer of Wrongs
September 15 –¬†Andi @¬†Andi‚Äôs ABCs
September 16 –¬†Gina @¬†Behind the Pages
September 19 РJaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction
September 20 –¬†Mel @¬†The Daily Prophecy
September 21 РBetty @ Book Rock Betty
September 22 –¬†Rachel @¬†Hello Chelly
September 23 –¬†Alexa @¬†Alexa Loves Books

book-coverEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: Throne of Glass #5
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury
PUBLICATION DATE: September 6, 2015
PAGES: 704 pages
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
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SYNOPSIS:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?¬†

Purchase:

Amazon | Target | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository | WHSmith | Kobo | iBooks | Audible

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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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GIVEAWAY (OPEN INTERNATIONALLY)

PRIZE: One signed copy of Empire of Storms, one Throne of Glass tote bag, one set of lip balms (Dorian, Chaol, Rowan) & one Celaena soap (c/o Behind the Pages) & Throne of Glass buttons (c/o ThroneofGlassPH) 

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Would you want to see a Throne of glass Make-up line? What colors would you want to see??

Overdrive by Dawn Ius (Spotlight + giveaway!)

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Overdrive CoverABOUT OVERDRIVE:

Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.

Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.

Unless.

Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?

LINKS: Amazon | B&N 

Dawn IusABOUT DAWN IUS:

Dawn Ius is a short story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the cofounder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal; the assistant manager of The International Thriller Writers (ITW) Association e-zine, The Big Thrill; and the author of ten educational graphic novels. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she can be found geeking out over things like fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English mastiff, Roarke.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

9/5: Polished Page-Turners РSpotlight
9/6: Latte Night Reviews РReview
9/7: Little Book Wyrm РReview
9/8: No BS Book Reviews РMakeup Inspirations
9/9: The Book Belles РReview

Week 2:

9/12: Swoony Boys Podcast РCharacter Interview
9/13: In Wonderland РReview
9/14:¬†Here’s to Happy Endings – Q&A
9/15: Vibin With Books РReview
9/16: Bibliobuli YA РGuest Post

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of OVERDRIVE (US Only)

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