Happy Birthday, Morganville

Oct 31, 2016

I think it's safe to say that we have all that series. You know, that series. It may not have been the one that got you into reading, and it may not be the one you call bae. It is, however, a series (or book, for that matter) that has a very special place in your heart and soul. It's a collection of stories and characters in a world that's utterly precious to you. Reading those books fills you with a sort of love and elation, and revisiting that world is always familiar and relaxing. In short, it feels like an awful lot like going home, and those books are home. So. It's that series. And today I'm absolutely honored to have the creator and Founder of Morganville herself on my blog to talk about Morganville, because that series--my series--turned ten years old this month, which is cause for a celebration.

The Weekly Forecast (12)

Oct 30, 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 read some good books and got some blogging done this week, so I'd call it a success.

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 5

Oct 28, 2016


Gather around, morsel mortals! Welcome to Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, a (typically) annual Halloween feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf. What Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf entails varies from year to year so that, like a haunted house, you never know what to expect. It is, however, always comprised of two things: it's Halloween and it's bookish.

This year Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf encompasses one of my favorite aspects of Halloween: dressing up. Am I the only one who sees things in a store and is reminded of a book, or thinks that a certain character would totally wear that shirt? What about actually dressing up as your favorite characters? HELLO, BOOKISH HALLOWEEN. Cosplays, costumes, whatever--either way, you can dress up as--you can be--characters from books. And for Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, I'm going to do just that: put together a series of character costumes (complete with lists of where you can buy everything) just for you. I'll be doing female versions of all the costumes, buuut they can also all be gender-swapped (or some may be gender-swapped), which is super fun! Check it all out...if you dare. (Insert evil villain laugh here, mwahaha.)

And if you've been following along this whole time, thank you. I had fun--and some stressful moments--putting these costumes of sorts of together, and now I want to dress up like all the fictional characters all the time. I just hope you've enjoyed it all, too.

You can find day one--a certain witch with iron teeth--here, day two--a guy with, er, dirtyhands--here, day three--a girl with naturally blue hair--here, and day four--everyone's favorite person who never grows up--here.

Today's costume is...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 4

Oct 27, 2016


Gather around, morsel mortals! Welcome to Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, a (typically) annual Halloween feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf. What Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf entails varies from year to year so that, like a haunted house, you never know what to expect. It is, however, always comprised of two things: it's Halloween and it's bookish.

This year Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf encompasses one of my favorite aspects of Halloween: dressing up. Am I the only one who sees things in a store and is reminded of a book, or thinks that a certain character would totally wear that shirt? What about actually dressing up as your favorite characters? HELLO, BOOKISH HALLOWEEN. Cosplays, costumes, whatever--either way, you can dress up as--you can be--characters from books. And for Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, I'm going to do just that: put together a series of character costumes (complete with lists of where you can buy everything) just for you. I'll be doing female versions of all the costumes, buuut they can also all be gender-swapped (or some may be gender-swapped), which is super fun! Check it all out...if you dare. (Insert evil villain laugh here, mwahaha.)

You can find day one--a certain witch with iron teeth--here, day two--a guy with, er, dirtyhands--here, and day three--a girl with naturally blue hair--here.

Today's costume is...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 3

Oct 26, 2016


Gather around, morsel mortals! Welcome to Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, a (typically) annual Halloween feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf. What Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf entails varies from year to year so that, like a haunted house, you never know what to expect. It is, however, always comprised of two things: it's Halloween and it's bookish.

This year Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf encompasses one of my favorite aspects of Halloween: dressing up. Am I the only one who sees things in a store and is reminded of a book, or thinks that a certain character would totally wear that shirt? What about actually dressing up as your favorite characters? HELLO, BOOKISH HALLOWEEN. Cosplays, costumes, whatever--either way, you can dress up as--you can be--characters from books. And for Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, I'm going to do just that: put together a series of character costumes (complete with lists of where you can buy everything) just for you. I'll be doing female versions of all the costumes, buuut they can also all be gender-swapped (or some may be gender-swapped), which is super fun! Check it all out...if you dare. (Insert evil villain laugh here, mwahaha.)

You can find day one--a certain witch with iron teeth--here, and day two--a guy with, er, dirtyhands--here.

Today's costume is...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 2

Oct 25, 2016


Gather around, morsel mortals! Welcome to Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, a (typically) annual Halloween feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf. What Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf entails varies from year to year so that, like a haunted house, you never know what to expect. It is, however, always comprised of two things: it's Halloween and it's bookish.

This year Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf encompasses one of my favorite aspects of Halloween: dressing up. Am I the only one who sees things in a store and is reminded of a book, or thinks that a certain character would totally wear that shirt? What about actually dressing up as your favorite characters? HELLO, BOOKISH HALLOWEEN. Cosplays, costumes, whatever--either way, you can dress up as--you can be--characters from books. And for Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, I'm going to do just that: put together a series of character costumes (complete with lists of where you can buy everything) just for you. I'll be doing female versions of all the costumes, buuut they can also all be gender-swapped (or some may be gender-swapped), which is super fun! Check it all out...if you dare. (Insert evil villain laugh here, mwahaha.)

You can find day one--a certain witch with iron teeth--here.

Today's costume is...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 1

Oct 24, 2016

Gather around, morsel mortals! Welcome to Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, a (typically) annual Halloween feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf. What Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf entails varies from year to year so that, like a haunted house, you never know what to expect. It is, however, always comprised of two things: it's Halloween and it's bookish.

This year Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf encompasses one of my favorite aspects of Halloween: dressing up. Am I the only one who sees things in a store and is reminded of a book, or thinks that a certain character would totally wear that shirt? What about actually dressing up as your favorite characters? HELLO, BOOKISH HALLOWEEN. Cosplays, costumes, whatever--either way, you can dress up as--you can be--characters from books. And for Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, I'm going to do just that: put together a series of character costumes (complete with lists of where you can buy everything) just for you. I'll be doing female versions of all the costumes, buuut they can also all be gender-swapped (or some may be gender-swapped), which is super fun! Check it all out...if you dare. (Insert evil villain laugh here, mwahaha.)

Today's costume is...

The Weekly Forecast (11)

Oct 23, 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 was on top of blogging this week (weeeeeeee), but I didn't get much reading done (not weeeeeeee).

Ninety Second Novel: Wintersong

Oct 21, 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!

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Oct 20, 2016

TitleRuin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publishing Date: June 17, 2014
Pages/Format: 422, Hardcover
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The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.



Book in One Word: Surprising

Waiting on Wednesday (177)

Oct 19, 2016

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

I've been on a contemporary kick lately, and sometimes I'll start one and be immediately pulled into the story. That's what happened when I read the first chapter that came with this book's cover reveal, and now I want more. I'm also super intrigued by its promise of surfing, skateboarding, and a one-armed love interest. Right now, I'm just the Girl Without This Book. And that's not very nice.

Top Ten Tuesday (177)

Oct 18, 2016

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

This Tuesday's theme is...


Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Oct 17, 2016

TitleThe Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Publishing Date: October 4, 2016
Pages/Format: 384, ARC
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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?



Book in One Word: LIKELIKELIKE

The Weekly Forecast (10)

Oct 16, 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 missed a post this week due to poor time management (and not writing a post up the night before, like I should), but otherwise this week went well!

Can Books, Like, Not?

Oct 14, 2016

This week is, apparently, Pet Peeve Week. (I don't know who comes up with these things, but I guess it's a thing.) Since it's Pet Peeve Week I thought I'd take the opportunity to use it as a blog post and talk about some of my pet peeves...in books! Sometimes books do things that bother me, are completely unnecessary, and/or make me scream why why why. And lucky for you, I'm going to tell you all about them.

Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Oct 13, 2016

TitleDiplomatic Immunity
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: September 6, 2016
Pages/Format: 368, eARC
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Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story's main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.

Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity...it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?



Book in One Word: Enjoyable!

Waiting on Wednesday (176)

Oct 12, 2016

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

I discovered this book after seeing The Hiding Spot's Sara tweeting about getting an ARC and I was like, "What's this?" and now I'm like, "I need this."

Top Ten Tuesday (176)

Oct 11, 2016

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

This Tuesday's theme is...


The Weekly Forecast (9)

Oct 9, 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 was back on track with blogging this week (woohoo!), so here's to hoping it keeps up!

The Nonfictional Mourning of Fiction

Oct 7, 2016

I tend to avoid books that have a WARNING: YOU WILL PROBABLY CRY label. I'm not a fan of books that are inherently sad. Scratch that--I'm not a fan of books that will make me feel sad. I've had some experiences with books that left me feeling broken and sad, like my ribs are a dam and there's a hole in my chest and it's all waiting on the edge to burst into tears and notes of melancholy. I can spend a whole day (or more) tense and down in the dumps because a sad book took its sadness and, like a needle, shot it into my veins. I don't like books that are sad because they make me sad, plain and simple. But there's one particular element and procurer of sadness that gets me the most and hits me the hardest and lingers the longest, and that's when a character dies. The thing is, these characters aren't real, so therefore they didn't really die. So why do we--why do I--care?

Review: The Doorway and the Deep by K.E. Ormsbee

Oct 6, 2016

TitleThe Doorway and the Deep
Author: K.E. Ormsbee
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publishing Date: October 4, 2016
Pages/Format: 480, ARC
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Even after escaping from the Southerly Kingdom, Lottie Fiske and her best friend Eliot have returned to the magical Albion Isle, despite the fact that she is a wanted criminal there, because she is seeking answers about her abilities, and her parents--but war is threatening Limn, and the answers she needs seem to lie in the Northerly Kingdom, along a road full of dangers.









Book in One Word: CHARACTERS

September Rewind

Oct 5, 2016


I fell behind on blogging this month with the combination of my Throne of Glass reread (which I spent all my time doing) and the death of my laptop charger, but things should be back on track this month. I've been reading more, too, which very much pleases me! And I plan to do more posts and do something fun for Halloween, so I'm excited!

Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Oct 4, 2016

TitleHolding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: October 4, 2016
Pages/Format: 400, ARC
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 


Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.



Book in One Word: Hmmm.

Blog Tour: Nemesis by Anna Banks

Oct 3, 2016

Hello, forgers of magical, mystical worlds! Today is all about Nemesis, the latest from Anna Banks. For the blog tour I was asked to do a makeup look inspired by Nemesis's book cover, so that's exactly what I did. I put together a little video showing how you can create your own Nemesis look, complete with some serious eyeliner work. And at the end of it all, there's a sweet giveaway you can enter--good luck on beating your bookish nemesis!

The Weekly Forecast (8)

Oct 2, 2016

Welcome to a new (and hopefully) weekly feature of sorts here on Beauty and the Bookshelf: The Weekly Forecast! (Name possibly still tentative.) 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 (and maybe even read and watched and listened to?) 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.

Last week was not my best blogging week since, well, I didn't blog at all. But that's because my laptop charger quit on me (when I was trying to put together a blog tour post, of course) and I couldn't blog. (I did try a bit on my phone but apparently making posts for Blogger isn't a mobile-friendly activity.) NEVER FEAR though, because I once again have a working laptop charger and I CAN BLOG. So I'm going to recap what was on the blog two weeks ago and then forecast this week!
 
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