Happy Turkey Day

Happy Turkey Day

Just popping in to say happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers. We all hope that you’re having a relaxing and delicious Thanksgiving with your friend and family. What are you guys eating and reading this weekend? Do we have any crazy Black Friday sales shoppers out there? I am sure there are a few at least. :) Happy Thankgiving, everyone!

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Review: Blood Kin by M.J. Scott

Review: Blood Kin by M.J. Scott

Blood Kin is the second book in The Half-Light City series, a fun urban fantasy/paranormal romance series I picked up on a whim earlier this year. Book two focuses on Guy DuCaine, brother of the sunmage Simon from book 1 and legendary Templar. I really enjoyed this one and found myself finishing it in only a couple of days. Holly and Guy are like oil and vinegar but they work so well together. I love adversarial relationships and sparks fly when Guy and Holly are together.

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Trailer: Cinderella

Trailer: Cinderella

Disney just released the first trailer for their upcoming live action adaptation of Cinderella. What do you guys think? Personally, while I think this looks great visually (love those costumes!), I don’t see anything here that would really compel me to see the film. I love a good fairy tale but this doesn’t seem to tread any new or innovative ground. Cate Blanchett is a draw and it’s directed by Kenneth Branaugh so there’s a good chance I’ll probably go see it at some point despite my ho-hum response to this trailer. I just want to manage my expectations. Watching this trailer did make me want to re-watch Ever After though. Love that movie… Let me know what you guys think of this trailer in the comments below!

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Stacked (130)

Stacked (130)

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and The Story Siren, Stacked is a weekly post where I share with you the books that I’ve bought, borrowed or received for the week. Hello and happy Sunday! I hope everyone is doing grand. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather all week and have been trying to rest as much as possible this weekend. I really don’t want to be sick during Thanksgiving next week. So far, so good. I haven’t gotten any worse. Good things I have some good books to keep me occupied during my rest time. :) For Review The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn – Julia Quinn is one of my most favorite romance authors and I could not resist her newest book when I saw it on Edelweiss. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston – This author was actually a recommendation from… Read more »

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What Does the Bookworm Say?: Thanksgiving Traditions

What Does the Bookworm Say?: Thanksgiving Traditions

Hi and welcome to What Does the Bookworm Say?, a feature where I discuss bookish topics with my friends at The Reader’s Antidote, Books Unbound and The Windy Pages. Each week, we will discuss a new bookish topic. This week’s topic is Thanksgiving traditions/favorite Thanksgiving foods! Thanksgiving is less than a week away for us American so it’s fitting that this week’s topic is all about Thanksgiving traditions. As you may or may not know, my family does not hail from American originally. My parents are both from Vietnam but we do enjoy partaking in American holidays, Thanksgiving included. We don’t have a lot of Thanksgiving traditions except for getting together with the family. My family is very small so it’s not a huge affair. My brother has a family now, too, so he brings them over. We tend to eat on the earlier side (between 1-pm) and not dinnertime like some families do. This is the… Read more »

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Archangel’s Shadows Giveaway (US – Ends 11/30)

Archangel’s Shadows Giveaway (US – Ends 11/30)

I meant to put this giveaway up a couple of weeks ago but left it as a draft in my folders and totally forgot about it. You may remember that I accidentally pre-ordered two copies of Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh recently. Instead of returning the extra copy I figured I should spread the love and do a giveaway instead. This is for US residents only and normal giveaway rules apply. Thanks and good luck! Giveaway Rules: Open to US residents only. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. One set of entries per household please. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian’s permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the… Read more »

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Uncovered (135): Things We Know By Heart

Uncovered (135): Things We Know By Heart

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? While it’s not the only factor in picking up a book, a pretty cover doesn’t hurt. Uncovered is a weekly post where I show some cover love. Enjoy! Hello and happy pre-Thanksgiving Friday. For those in the U.S., Thanksgiving is next week. My posting may be a little sporadic next week since I’ll be spending a lot of time with my family and I don’t know how much I’ll be able to schedule before then. So if I don’t see you guys before Turkey Day, eat some mashed potatoes for me. Anyway…this week’s cover love goes out to Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby.  This is a really simple cover but I love it. First, love the background and the handstamped/painted quality of it. If you look closely you can see that they are hearts, starting from a human looking heart and morphing… Read more »

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Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Unlike a lot of my friends, I did not watch The Princess Bride growing up and only saw it for the first time when I was in college. Of course, I had heard of the film but for whatever reason, had never managed to see it until then. I knew that it was a much beloved classic. My friends were quite appalled that I had never seen it and so I made a vow to finally watch it and see what all the fuss was about. Now, watching something as loved as The Princess Bride can be a little intimidating for the first time viewer. I was worried that the film would seem dated or that maybe I just wouldn’t “get” the humor. There was the chance that my expectations were totally skewed and that, as a result, the film would fail to live up to the hype.

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Falling For Books Read-a-Thon

Falling For Books Read-a-Thon

My friend Nicole at The Reader’s Antidote is hosting are reading challenge that could not have come at a better time for me. The Falling For Books Read-a-Thon will take place over Thanksgiving break from the 27th (starting at midnight) to the 30th (ending at midnight) of November. Novellas do not count, unless you combine three or more novellas to make one novel. This is actually perfect for me right now since I am a bit behind in my reading goals for the year and I wanted to try to get a couple of books read during the Thanksgiving break. I’ll be traveling for a decent chunk of the break but I think I can make it up with listening to some audiobooks. I don’t know what books I want to read yet but will aim modestly for 2 books. If you are interested in joining the read-a-thon, check out Nicole’s… Read more »

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Teaser Trailer: Insurgent

Teaser Trailer: Insurgent

The teaser trailer for Insurgent came out last week. Since this is just a teaser, we don’t really get to see much. And is it just me do the effects look kind of cheesy? Maybe my eyes are just being weird but some of the jumping parts looked off. I was not a huge fan of this book but I enjoyed the Divergent movie much more than the book, either and I am hoping that the film version of this one is also more to my taste than the book. Are you guys looking forward to this one? I hope that the next trailer has some of the other characters in it. This one is definitely action packed though. I am sure it’ll be a roller coaster.

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