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

Kids Of Appetite Manicure (+Review + Giveaway)

22466429Kid Of Appetite by David Arnold
Publishing Date September 20th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: arc

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

.. do you ever have trouble writing the first sentence of a review? I turn on my brain for guidance and as soon as I think ‘Kids Of Appetite’ it’s all like “AMAZING! I love it! David Arnold is a super racehorse! YAY BOOKS!”, you know, cause that’s a good review. Thanks brain. I guess now that I’ve gotten my dreaded first sentence out of the way I can start talking about how much I loved this book, and how important this book really is.

So in Kids Of Appetite we have Vic, he’s a cool dude who’s goin’ through a lot of shit in life. His dad died, his mom is possibly getting remarried to a boyfriend he doesn’t necessarily love, and he has a not well known neurological disorder called moebius syndrome; which for those who don’t know is (in short) facial paralysis. Most people will read this and not know what Vic’s life is like until he tells you, but for me it was a smidge different since I briefly had facial paralysis myself. I had Bell’s Palsy, which is partial facial paralysis and the entire left half of my face was frozen in time. I had to carry around eye drops, and constantly be aware of my drool. Work was the worst because customers stared at me, it was frackin’ hard, and I only dealt with it for 3 months! Vic was born this way, and I just wanted to climb inside the book and give him a huge hug, because I know a tiny fraction of what he’s going through. Now wait.. I’m not trying to throw myself a pity party here, I just want to throw a shout out to David for being an awesome human and taking the time and love it took to give one of his MC’s such a disorder. It made me feel good to have something I could relate to Vic with, I can only imagine how those who have moebius are going to feel once they here Vic’s tale. Moebius isn’t the focus of the book though, there is SO. MUCH. MORE!

Adjacent to Vic is Mad,  and she is flippin’ great! Plus the entire cast of characters, the whole KOA gang is just amazing and each one of them were written with so much love and devotion. David is an amazing writer, have I mentioned that?? Inside of this book there is nothing short of perfection, and trust me when I say all the emotions will be felt! I mean, you read Mosquitoland right?! (If you didn’t, please correct that ASAP) KOA and Mosquitoland are both very different and also very much the same, they both make you feel things right in the center of your heart.

KOA is a story of life and death and everything in between. I can’t think of a single person who I wouldn’t recommend this book to, so pre-order this baby, camp outside your local bookstore, bribe a friend with an arc, or you can enter the giveaway at the end of this post! I’m giving away a hardcover copy of Kids Of Appettite, and since David Arnold is gracing us with his presence here in Illinois on his tour, the book with be signed and personalized! WOOH!

But fist, my KOA nails! Oh, and obviously I gave KOA 5 stars 😉


So since I’m not very blessed in the way of art, I’m running out of cool nail ideas. Actually I pretty much ran out of ideas since the galaxy mani like a million years ago, and I’ve just kind of been winging it since then. But I really enjoyed doing this simple mani and I got a lot of compliments on it, so I will file this one in the win column.


To get this look I used my favorite brand of polish, Maybelline Color Show, I know you see that brand a lot in my posts but that’s because it’s cheap and decent and I’m poor. But I digress. So I used a matte black to match the background of the cover, some Keep Up The Flame to make a cute little red X on my ring finger, and dotted on some white to, ya know, be cute and stuff.


It’s a simple little mani, that I think compliments the book well. If I were a better nail artiste then I could’ve actually painted the characters onto my nails, but el oh el I’m not that cool.

So, giveaway time! To reiterate, you’re entering to win a signed + personalized hardcover copy of Kids Of Appetite by David Arnold. He’ll be in Chicago on September 26th, so if you win you can expect your copy to be shipped shortly after. Enter below, and GOOD LUCK!



Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Mani + Giveaway

My timehop graciously reminded me that it has been a year since I read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, so I was feeling a little inspired to do a quick Simon-y mani! Nothing special, but still super cute. Plus I have a giveaway at the end, so stay tuned!


This mani was so easy to create. No sponges, no dotting tools, and no mess. To create this mani I used Hard To Get by Sally Hansen, Keep Up The Flame and Clearly Spotted by Maybelline Color Show. Two coats of each color and then the Clearly Spotted over the top to get the speckled look, easy peasy!



This. Book. People, if you haven’t read this yet then I feel sorry for you, because you’re definitely missing out. Becky is a genius and one of the most amazing humans on earth! Which is why I want to spread the love and giveaway a copy of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda paperback edition – which I’m super jealous about because I don’t even have one yet and I hear it has a sneak peek at Becky’s new book The Upside Of Unrequited! So make sure to enter that below!!



Gemina Mani + Giveaway


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!


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.


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!!


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



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 🙂




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!


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!


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


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!



Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow Mani + Review + ARC Giveaway

girlGirl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
Source: arc

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

This book is both beautiful and extremely hard to read. Kathleen Glasgow’s writing is pure poetic genius, and reading in her author’s note how close to home this story is for her just made it all the more powerful. Having said that, I didn’t love this book. I did like it, mostly just based on my appreciation of the writing style, but the story was hard to read for me and my marshmallow insides.

It’s always hard to review a book that I know is good, but it just wasn’t for me. I normally like books that make me cry like a baby and squirm in discomfort, but there was something about this one that left me feeling too raw. I know someone out there is going to be able to look to this book for comfort, but that just wasn’t me. That’s why I gave the book 3.5 stars and I hope it finds it’s audience well!

However, I did give 5 stars to this cover! So simple and beautiful while also telling you so much about the story itself. It also helps that it was easy to recreate on my nails 😉


This mani was quick and easy while remaining fun! I started with a no-named nude OPI polish, that luckily for me was a little on the pinker side just like the cover. Then I used a cosmetic sponge to dab on some Onyx Black by Maybeline Color Show along the edges and in random spots across the nude. I finished with using Keep Up the Flame (also Color Show) on the edge on a cosmetic sponge to create a red line across my nails. For an accent nail I painted it all black and laid a single red line across, just to mix things up.


Aside from the galaxy mani, this has been one of my favorites. I think using the sponge to create a distressed look is just so much fun and I’m ready to find more books covers to recreate with this technique.

Visit my Twitter, or click on the picture below, to enter my ARC giveaway! Open to US only (sorry) and ends July 5 at 12am.



Manicure Monday – I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson Featuring Jamberry Wraps


This isn’t quite a manicure, but it’s a Jamicure! I love Jamberry, and most of the time any wrap I use looks gorgeous next to a book! If you don’t know what Jamberry is, well then I will tell you:

Jamberry is a company that sells nail wraps. There are so many companies that sell these nail stickers now, but so far my favorite still remain Jamberry – though I’ve only used two other brands for wraps and they were great wraps as well, just not as high of quality. Plus Jamberry has a massive selection that is always being updated. So recently I bought these two sheets and I’ve been dying for summer to arrive so I could use them!

Originally I didn’t intend to use these for a manicure monday post, but then as I was looking around my bookshelf I realized these matched almost perfectly with I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Side note: LOVE THIS BOOK!


Halfway through my Jamicure I had the idea of filming the process to post one manicure monday, this would’ve been the PERFECT time to do it, but I’ll keep that in mind for the future/the next perfect bookish wrap! But basically these are applied using pressure, heat, and patience. It’s really easy to do and the finished product is gorgeous and long lasting.

The wraps I used for this Jamicure are Lakeside and Speed of Light, which are both matte wraps and I love them!


If you haven’t read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson then I suggest you get on that this summer! Also if I’ve peeked your interest in Jamberry ask any questions in the comments! I’m always down to help someone get turned onto the trend of nail wraps.


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I am so excited to be apart of THE LOOSE ENDS LIST blog tour! I knew when I saw this cover that I would have to try and recreate this look. I started with a yellow base coat. This is Nicole Yellow It’s Me. I personally think yellow polish looks odd with my skin tone. Not sure if I have ever worn this alone. My nails are kind of short right now but I think this whole look, looks good on shorter nails!


I was originally going use tape and make a consistent pattern across my nails but after studying the cover it is a bit more random. I used a flat tipped brush and did a random chevron pattern over the whole nail. Patterns like this make me happy because I can cover up mistakes very easily.    1CCpIND3

Next I decided to add detail to my thumb. I think the anchor turned out adorable and will definitely be doing anchors more often.

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I ended up trying to add the banner on top of the anchor and flowers and felt very “meh” with how that turned out but I think adding another anchor to my middle finger was a good choice. Overall I love all the colors together!


Other colors I used: Green – Julep Leah, Purple – Julep Anne, White – Ulta Snow White, Pink – OPI Don’t Know…Beets Me


Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness

LINKS: Indiebound | B&NAmazon | The Book Depository


Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently  lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, and all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband, and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs)  to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

6/6: Katie’s Book Blog – Review
6/7: The Irish Banana – Q&A
6/8: The Hardcover Lover – Review
6/9: Polished Page-Turners – Cover Manicure
6/10: Lost In Lit – Review

Week 2:

6/13: YA Reads – Guest Post
6/14: Reading Teen – Review
6/15: A Book & A Latte – How I Write
6/16: Once Upon A Twilight – Review
6/17: Actin’ Up With Books – Cover Recreation


3 Finished Copies of THE LOOSE ENDS LIST (US Only)


Manicure Monday + Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley Audiobook Review

hibaudioHighly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Published: May 10th 2016 by Listening Library
Source: audiobook (Scribd)

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there?
Solomon is the answer.
Determined to fix Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.
A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Matthew Quick and Rainbow Rowell, “Highly Illogical Behavior” showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the world and the ways in which love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.

Highly Illogical Behavior was a book that I picked up solely based on one or two people on Twitter who I saw shouting into the void about how good this book is. And bless Scribd for getting such an awesome new title so quick. One day I’ll have to make a Scribd appreciation post, cause it’s my favorite, but I’m getting off topic. Friends shout into the void, I acquire audiobook, and then I fell in love.

The characters are perfect! Solomon has his issues, but he is also a person you can’t help but gravitate toward, Clark is an adorable human who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind, and Lisa is pure at heart – even if she does some questionable things. I love this trio and I’ll miss hanging out with them.

The story itself is brilliant. It’s thoughtful and a bit heart wrenching, while also being funny and informative. I thought I knew where things were going here, but I was wrong… and I love when I’m wrong! There’s nothing worse than a mega obvious ending. Then there is the abundance of pop culture references in this book that made my nerd heart swell. Especially the Community references, because any book that references Abed’s beautiful weirdness is an automatic A plus for me!


I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I was going to. It was a book I pretty much blindly picked up, I had no idea what the plot was, but since that’s my usual style I wasn’t disappointed. It completely caught my feels off guard and I’m just ready to push it on everyone I know. SO READ THIS BOOK! Obviously I gave this baby 5 stars and I agree with the Goodreads synopsis when it says fans of Everything Everything and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl will enjoy this book. Now for the mani!

So, looking at this cover I was like ‘dude I can totally do that on my nails!’… but I swear I’ve gotten cocky since my galaxy mani, because let me tell you what, I’m not that good at nail art  :p


This isn’t the worst mani in the world, but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. However I learned some things. Like just because the color is bright doesn’t mean it will look bright over a black base. Really the blue and the white are the ones that pop the most, and had the other colors looked as good as these two I think it would’ve been a success.

To create this I used a base coat of Black Matte Color Show by Maybelline (which I didn’t fully think through because after putting a top clear coat on the black wasn’t matte anymore, but oh well). Then for the colors I used Keep Up the Flame and Orange Fix both Color Show by Mabelline, Tan Lime and Blue Me Away! both Extreme Wear by Sally Hansen and then an OPI White. I used a toothpick to draw on the squiggles, and some I had to try and do upwards of three coats so they would show up.

I think with what I learned I could one day re-do this mani and make it look better. As alwaysm I had fun doing it regardless of how it looked, and I can only get better from here!

Manicure Monday – History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

In honor of last Monday’s cover reveal for Adam Silvera’s new book History Is All You Left Me, I did a manicure to compliment the beautiful cover!


Isn’t it prefect?! Here are my slightly less perfect nails:


I would’ve taken a photo of them with the book, but at the time I didn’t have this beautiful arc and because I have the greatest of luck they got all messed up about 20 minutes after I took this pic. But I got it! And I had fun doing it.

I used Blue Me Away! by Sally Hansen and Navy Narcissist by Maybelline Color Show for the base colors that I thought matched the cover pretty well. Then (not pictured) I used Fierce and Tangy by Maybelline Color Show and Alpine Snow by OPI for the moon and the sun.

I love this cover, I loved this manicure, and I know I’ll love History Is All You Left Me! It was so great seeing Adam again at BEA this past week and I’m thrilled to have his next book in my possession. Now all that’s left to do is curl up with a box of tissues and read away.

History Is All You Left Me comes out January 17, 2017 and is available for pre-order now!