Apr 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (183)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

Honestly, this book had me wholeheartedly at pig.

Apr 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (183)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...


Apr 10, 2017

Review: The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow

TitleThe Animal Under The Fur
Author: E.J. Mellow
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
Publishing Date: March 30, 2017
Pages/Format: 453, eBook
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From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight. 

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin. 

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length. 

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed. 

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile. 

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter. 

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.


BOOK IN A WORD: Likey!

Apr 9, 2017

The Weekly Forecast (33)

Welcome to a weekly feature of sorts here on Beauty and the Bookshelf: The Weekly Forecast! I've been reworking the blog a bit, trying to post more and be consistent, but also to post more than reviews and the same two memes every week (assuming I even post anything during a week). Then I thought of The Weekly Forecast, a way to recap what I did on the blog the week before, and then to forecast what will be on the blog the coming week. The latter could be helpful because it keeps me in check, kind of: if I tell you I'm going to post a review this week then now I basically have to post a review this week. But first: let me tell you what happened on the blog last week.

Between my birthday, starting a job, and getting hardcore obsessed with a few books, I definitely fell a bit behind on blogging last week. I need to work on balancing everything a bit! And also tell my body hell no when all it wants to do is nap nap nap.

Apr 6, 2017

24 Notable Things

It may seem like an odd (yet even) number--24. Or maybe it's not so random. There are, after all, 24 hours in each day. The 24th day of December is Christmas Eve. There's some show I've never seen called 24. Pure gold is 24 carats, and Bruno Mars sings about it. Kobe Bryant's jersey number is, apparently, 24. Then there's this very post, which will briefly list 24 of my favorite things. And it just so happens that today, April 6, I am 24 years old. (And if you turn April 6 into 4/6, then 4 times 6 is 24.) So this, basically.

Apr 5, 2017

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

TitlePrisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: April 22, 2014
Pages/Format: 401, eARC
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In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.




BOOK IN A WORD: GOOD

Apr 3, 2017

March Rewind

It's APRIL? WHAAAAAA?! But that's okay! That means it's my birthday month. And that it's ALMOST TIME FOR A COURT OF MIST AND FURY.

Apr 2, 2017

The Weekly Forecast (32)

Welcome to a weekly feature of sorts here on Beauty and the Bookshelf: The Weekly Forecast! I've been reworking the blog a bit, trying to post more and be consistent, but also to post more than reviews and the same two memes every week (assuming I even post anything during a week). Then I thought of The Weekly Forecast, a way to recap what I did on the blog the week before, and then to forecast what will be on the blog the coming week. The latter could be helpful because it keeps me in check, kind of: if I tell you I'm going to post a review this week then now I basically have to post a review this week. But first: let me tell you what happened on the blog last week.

YA KNOW, I would've had all my posts up this week (for once in forever), but my stupid computer wouldn't turn on Thursday or Friday so I couldn't put said post up.

Mar 30, 2017

Review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

TitleTell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publishing Date: April 5, 2016
Pages/Format: 328, eBook
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Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.



Book in One Word: Cute!

Mar 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (182)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

Do you ever read a book's synopsis and just think, yes? Like, the book totally and completely calls to you? That's me and this book. I'm here for the title, cover, and premise, and something about it sounds right up my alley. My want for this is on a fully-definitive list of best dreams of books I'd like to read.