Book Tag: Inside and Out


So I have been seeing a lot of book tags recently and I decided I wanted to jump on this wagon as well. They just seem like fun and I’m excited to share my answers with you guys! 😊 Now I don’t know who orginally started this particular tag I just found it on Kitty Marie’s Book Reviews Blog. But if anyone knows who the creator is let me know so I can tag them.

1 )Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

So I don’t usually like surprises. Not to say I don’t like plot twists because I love those. But for summaries you can give me as much information as you want I am happy knowing what I am going into so I would rather there be too much information then not enough.

2 )New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardcover?

Back when I first started reading I was more of a paperback girl but now that I’m older I prefer to buy them in hardcover. They are more durable I have found out and I just like the feel of them better.

3 ) Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books; take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean, clean, clean?

Clean, clean, clean I don’t like notes or anything in my books. One time my uncle stamped his initials in one of my books to mess with me and I about nearly had a heart attack. But I don’t mind what others do to their own books that’s all up to you.

4 ) Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when your deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the authors gender?

I personally don’t mind if the book I pick up is written by a male or female as long as it sounds good I am all for it. Now I will say I have a lot of books written by female authors but that’s because of some of the genres I read might have more females write them then male.

5 ) Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Guilty as charged. I don’t mean to it just happens sometimes. Not about the last page but sometimes I skip ahead to apart I know something exciting or romantic is about to happen and I’m just too impatient to wait for it.

6 ) Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

To me they are organized but to others they wouldn’t see it that way. I have them organized by genres, authors and sometimes my favorites are higher up on the shelves so I know where every book is but others would definitely be confused.

7 ) Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Yes…. again gulity but I don’t regret anything! 😇

8 ) Take it outside to read, or stay inside?

I have tried reading outside and it can be enjoyable but I get distracted too easily if I am outside so I would prefer inside. I do love reading inside Barnes and Noble or in my house on reading chair late at night when everyone is sleeping.

Thanks for sticking with me through my first book tag! I had a lot of fun, comment if you agree or disagree with some of my preferences and I’ll talk to you guys next time!

~Kelsey🥰📚

Book Update: Had to Switch Books!

Last book update I told ya’ll I was reading The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart. Well…. I had to put it down. I believe I was trying to force myself to read creepy books, due to Halloween coming up. That wasn’t working for me and I just wasn’t into it at this particular moment. It happens, more than I’d like to admit. So, I have started on House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been all about making posts and updates, but I put off reading itself, which is the whole reason for the bog! I’m going to be better about that, especially since I have a few new books that I need to review from NetGalley! I recvieved the excerpt of Havenfall by Sara Holland (which I reviewed a few posts back), The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi, and These Wicked Waters by Emily Layne. I’m excited to read every one of these very soon! A thanks to the publishers for approving me and starting off my ARC reviewing career. Also, I was lucky enough to be able to trade someone one of their wishlist items for an ARC of A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer! I am so excited to dive into that one as well! So many upcoming goodies, so little time!

~Kinzie

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe: Review by Kelsey

The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe: Manga Classics
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4 out of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was recently given an ebook copy of this book by NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for an honest review. And I have to say I was very pleased with this manga classic mix. I am a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and I’m an avid manga reader so together this was great for me!

They had five classic stories from Edgar Allan Poe that they made into manga form:

  • The Tell Tale Heart Art by: Virginia-Nitouhei
  • The Cask of Amontillado Art by: Chagen
  • The Raven Art by: Pikomaro
  • The Masque of the Red Death Art by: Uka Nagao
  • The Fall of the House of Usher Art by: Linus Liu

Story Adaptation by Stacy King

I am glad I read this in October because it defintely gave me that spooky read I was looking for to get me into the Halloween mood.🎃The art just made all of the stories more intense you could see the madness on the characters faces and how terrified some of the victims were. It made the stories all the more real and added a new expierence to Poe’s tales.

My personal favorite was The Tell Tale Heart. It was the first story that was mentioned and immediately I loved the art. It started off with the main character in what I could guess was an insane asylum chained to a bed telling a man to the side how he couldn’t possibly be mad and recounted what he did to the old man. How he was patient and genius to have killed the old man the way he did. The images were creepy and amazing and I loved every minute of it!

The other stories were just as detailed and a great way to retell Poe’s classics. I wish I could have had this in school with me when we were studying him. It would have made the tales captivating for others who enjoy lots imagery.

So if you like gothic, creepy imagery to go with Poe’s chilling🥶tales I would highly recommend picking this up. It was a great way to spend the evening in this fall atomsphere.🍁

~Kelsey🥰📚

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It Finally Came! Capturing the Devil Hangover Kit by Faecrate! *Unboxing Spoilers*

It’s finally arrived! Faecrate’s Capturing the Devil Hangover Recovery Kit! The series was amazing (I reviewed it a few days ago) and I was really excited for this box, even with the problems that they’ve had. The Hangover Kits are supposed to ship within 2 weeks of the book release. Capturing the Devil released on the 10th of September and I got it the 14th of October, see my issue? The box ended up being worth the wait, but I probably won’t buy from Faecrate again.

 

The problem with Faecrate: excuses and poor management. This whole process in getting this crate I have heard many many excuses about why the crates were late.The hurricane that came up th east coast was an excuse. They told us that their staff had to take a week off of work for their staff’s “saftey”. The hurricane only brought them a bit of heavy rain, they weren’t evacuated, and the rain only lasted for a day, maybe 2 max. They gave excuse after excuse: the boxes wouldn’t fit everything, their staff were packing 3 boxes at once; just tell us you’re running late! Excuses make everyone more angry.

The owner/manager of the box also didn’t help with the situation at all. She posted on her Instagram story a picture of her child crying with the caption “I’m sorry, mommy has to be a slave to the internet people.” Very unprofessional.

We were given a time frame to have stuff shipped out, and it wasn’t delivered in a timely manner. I’m done with them, that was my first and last box from them.Now, that being said, I was one of the few that waited out my frustration for the box to be shipped and the contents, which were not worth the hartache to me, are fairly good quality and there are a few items in the box. Below are the items and their artists. I also only got the goodies box, not the book and goodies, so the dust jackets picture is from Kelsey.

~♡Kinzie

 

Review by Kinzie: Havenfall Excerpt

Everyone! Stop what you’re doing and put this book on your TBR list!

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Sara Holland is the author of the YA duology Everless, which was amazing by the way (I’ll review that soon!). NetGalley had gifted me a free excerpt from her new book Havenfall and it did not disappoint! I am desperately searching for a copy of the full book because I seriously want more! Here’s the synopsis for it:

“Maddie Morrow lives for her summers at the Inn at Havenfall, hidden up in the mountains of Colorado. The inn is the only place where she gets to see the boy she loves, Brekken and it provides an escape from her real life, which consists of endless mind-numbing days at high school . . . and visits to the local prison where her mother sits on Death Row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother.

But the inn is much more than it appears. The manicured gardens, Mirror Lake, and even the building itself hold a tantalizing power, a magic meant to protect all who seek refuge and peace. Maddie’s uncle runs the inn, guardian of the gateways to the hidden worlds that converge in the tunnels, and she dreams of one day taking it over.

But this summer, everything is going wrong. Maddie almost gets run over by an alluring new staffer, Taya, her relationship with handsome Brekken becomes complicated, and then the impossible happens: a dead body is discovered, shattering the inn’s sanctity. As questions mount over who’s responsible, Maddie realizes even greater dangers face them all.

With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront startling truths about the secrets lurking beneath Havenfall, and within herself.”

If I can’t get a copy of this beauty, them I’ll have to try to wait not so patiently for the book to come out in March of 2020. I’ll let you know!

~♡Kinzie

Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter: Review by Kelsey

Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter Vol. 1
Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter Vol. 2

Review of Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter Vol. 1 & 2 by Suki Umemiya and Reia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hi everyone! Book update time! So I just recently finished Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter Vol. 1 and 2 and I have to say I am a sucker for the Isekai trope. Which Isekai just means the main character is usually a normal person from earth who either is transported or reincarnated into a different world or fantasy world from a book or game.

This was just as described, the main character dies in what looks like a car accident and wakes up in the body of a character from a game she was playing the night before. In fact, she wakes up in the body of the female bully in the story, named Iris and has to change the fate the game had for her.

If this sounds like your type of manga I would definetly recommend go checking it out! I gave both 5 stars because I felt they were good beginnings to this series, I loved the characters and I’m looking forward to what Iris is going to accomplish as this series goes on.

📢SPOILER PART📢

So I’m really liking this series so far, I like how Iris isn’t as bad as you thought she was before the main character took over her life. She was a good person who took in others in need when they were younger and now they are her strongest allies who would do anything for her because they are that loyal. They truly are the best and they grew so much because of Iris looking out for them when they were younger.

Also I just want to point out that the prince she was engaged to seems like a prick and he throws a tantrum every time he is mentioned in the book. I don’t know how the Iris character fell in love with him before but I hope she finds a way better man in the coming books that cares for her and helps and encourages her with the changes she is making to the fiefdom. I do have a prediction it might be the first prince that was mentioned briefly. 🤞 I guess we shall see but I’m calling it.

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I can’t wait to see what happens in these next mangas. I do know they are still being published in English so they are not finished yet but I will waiting and keeping you guys updated when I read those. 😇

And if this type I manga is something you love I would definetly recommend checking out The Abandoned Empress, Empress of Another World, and Iris the Lady with her Smartphone on Tappytoon.

~Kelsey🥰📚

Look What I Got Today! Waterstones Ninth House!

My Waterstones Exclusive Edition of Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo came in today! I’m sooooooo excited to read this! This edition has an exclusive blue dust jacked with foiled lettering and snake scales, SIGNED BY THE QUEEN BARDUGO HERSELF, inside cover art, naked book cover & spine foiling, and an annotated chapter. It is so beautiful and I hope to get to it soon!

~♡Kinzie

 

Rant and Praise: Fairyloot Caraval Exclusive Editions

Fairyloot recently released preorders for these gorgeous editions of the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber. Now, if you’ve been following the series since the beginning, you know that all of the first editions of her series have pictures/quotes foiled onto the naked cover of the book. They’re very well fought over editions now and in buy/sell/trade book groups they sell for about $40+ at a minimum. Fans petitioned for a reprint of the books and that’s how the Fairyloot editions came to be.

Stephanie Garber is so sweet & she truly wants everyone to be happy, but I feel like Fairyloot & her conflicted slightly. On Garber’s Instagram, before the preorders were released, she talked about how everyone who wanted to purchase the new set of books would have their chance to & there would be enough for everyone who wanted to buy. Not the case. On Fairyloot’s Instagram story, they posted about how exclusive these editions were & that they were VERY limited. Conflicting stories right?

Fairyloot is based in the UK, so their 1 pm release is an 8 am release for both Kelsey & I, us being in the US on the east coast. So we set our alarms, wake up early, and believe me: we are not morning people, and get ready tk fight the hoards of people for the book set. Quite a few things went wrong:

1. The website crashed before the books were even released. I was trying to login to the FairyTrove on both my phone and computer at one point, I NEEDED those books. Took about 15 minutes to get logged into the website, 15 minutes to pull up the link to add the books to my cart, & about 15 minutes to check out.

2. There was very little communication between the buyers & Fairyloot, who were battling with the website in different ways. It took me about 45 minutes to purchase the books and about 30 minutes into that, we recieved emails that the site had crashed & they were working on it. They would email everyone once things were up & running again. I know better than to trust that.

3. It took between an hour and a half & two hours for the books to sell out completely. The email for the website being fixed arrived when there were only a few sets remaining. Did everyone that wanted them get a set? Not even close.

I’m going to note here that there a lot of people who wanted nothing to do with the reprint. They thought the series was overhyped and that there were too many variations of each book, so they weren’tgoing to pay the $100 (price plus shipping to the US) for the books. I understand that, I respect their opinions on the matter. Do I believe the same? Nope! I have, including both US & UK copies, 5 copies of Caraval, 1 copy of Legendary (I’m working on it), & 6 copies of Finale. You could call me obsessed.

The new reprint of the books are gorgeous: foiled covers, sprayed edges, foiled spines that spell out “Caraval”, & I believe there are some extras inside of the book too. I wish that Fairyloot & Garber had been on the same terms with the quantity and that there was more communication about the website backup. I am really excited to recieve these in December/January.

~♡Kinzie

Review by Kinzie: Caraval

Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.

What can I say? Stephanie Garber never ceases to amaze me when I step into her fantastical world of Caraval. Is it all just a game though? People aren’t always who they seem to be & the people you’re looking for may be closer than you think.

Garber creates beautiful scenery beyond your wildest dreams in all 3 of her books, her world building is definitely on point. I also enjoyed how the world of Caraval grew with every book. It started out as a large theater/carnival site, continued on into a town/village, & then concluded in a large kingdom.

The male haracters were a little fuzzy for me throughout. the whole series. Legend is presented as a figment of our & the characters’ imagination, but even after he was revealed as a real person, he never seemed real to me. I also continously got confused between Julian & Dante.

Overall, the Caraval series is a very well written ya series that I would recommend for any fans of magic & mystery.

About Me: Kinzie

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My name is Kinzie, I am 23 years old, & I was born & raised in Richmond, VA. I currently am working towards my associates degree in graphic design. I have a full time job that I practically live at & am blogging on the side. I do not get paid by any publishers of authors for reviews. My Goodreads profile is linked here: http://www.goodreads.com/kmarie1025

Gryffindor. Pirates. Disney.

Kelsey is my best friend, sister (not biological), & equal & I will forever treat her as such. We met in our 6th grade of school (middle school) & have been best friend & inseparable since. We’re going on 12 years now & have forever to go!

I have been a part of the book community since at least 2010, which started with the first series I read, Obsidian by JLA. I read mainly Young Adult books, but I do mix in romance/erotica, horror, & adult fiction occasionally. I have my “library” at home where I currently house 600+ books on 5 bookshelves: 2 tbr & 3 read/arcs. I do read on Kindle too, but I do prefer to have the hard copy too. I currently subscribe to Fairyloot & the ya Book of the Month.

Just to get this out in the open now: I have not read Harry Potter of the Hunger Games, I watched the movies first & just cannot read them now. For everything HP please refer to Kelsey.

My favorite authors are currently, & not limited to, Leigh Bardugo, Stephanie Garber, Kerri Maniscalco, & more recently Kate Marshall. Authors that I’ve met have been Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stephanie Garber, & V.E. Schwab.

~♡Kinzie

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