Ninety Second Novel: The Shadows We Know by Heart

Nov 30, 2016

Hello, my fellow bookworms! Welcome to Ninety Second Novel! With this sporadic feature, I'll be using booktube as a way to review a book before I can actually review it. In other words, if I happen to read a book earlier than I can post my review for it, then I'll be using this feature to tell you about it. Look at it as a preview review, perhaps? For the feature, I'll be talking about whatever book(s) I read, but in ninety seconds or less!

My Big Fat Reading Mistake

Nov 29, 2016

I mean, I really should know better. It's not like I haven't read a series before, and it's not like I don't watch TV. And yet, I still keep making this reading mistake. (Though in all honesty I probably make a lot of reading mistakes, but let's just focus on this one.) Okay, so maybe it isn't exactly a mistake, but it's a bothersome occurrence that keeps happening and a position I'm repeatedly putting myself in. But what, you may be wondering, is my big fat reading mistake? (It does not, unfortunately, have anything to do with delicious Greek food.) Why, let me tell you.

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Nov 28, 2016

TitleGraffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: February 14, 2012
Pages/Format: 260, Hardcover
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Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes. 




Book in One Word: Well...

The Weekly Forecast (16)

Nov 27, 2016


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.

I usually explain why I didn't get all my intended posts up, but you know what? This week was Thanksgiving and I'm not going to worry about it. (But oh my gosh, that black sheep discussion post is never going to happen.)

Waiting on Wednesday (179)

Nov 23, 2016

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

I've been yearning for this book ever since I saw the cover reveal and promptly flooded my house with drool. Thank gosh it's only two months until the pub date, because I want it now. I just hope the final cover is waterproof.

Top Ten Tuesday (179)

Nov 22, 2016

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

This Tuesday's theme is...


Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Nov 21, 2016

TitleA Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: August 30, 2016
Pages/Format: 452, Hardcover
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Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


Book in One Word: Ehhh

The Weekly Forecast (15)

Nov 20, 2016

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.

Thanks to poor time management (and having utter writer's block for a discussion post), this was not my best week for blogging or reading.

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Nov 16, 2016

TitleAn Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: April 28, 2015
Pages/Format: 446, Hardcover
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Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
 



Book in One Word: Like

My Blogging Secret

Nov 15, 2016

Up until a few months ago I really struggled with blogging. It wasn't just that I wasn't posting often, or that my posts were the same things over and over again. It's that I felt like my posts lacked substance and content, that they were missing that something that made people want to come read them. Sure, my blog is mine and doesn't have to be for others, but it's not like I want to put all this time and effort into a show for an empty room. But then I got this idea for a certain kind of blog post, and now?

 
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