*First Line Friday 8/9/19* A Dress for the Wicked- Autumn Krause

42650795. sy475 Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Shy in Avon-upon-Kynt. And for eighteen years, Emmaline Watkins has feared that her future held just that: nothing.

But when the head of the most admired fashion house in the country opens her prestigious design competition to girls from outside the stylish capital city, Emmy’s dreams seem closer than they ever have before.

As the first “country girl” to compete, Emmy knows she’ll encounter extra hurdles on her way to the top. But as she navigates the twisted world of high fashion she starts to wonder: will she be able to tailor herself to fit into this dark, corrupted race? And at what cost?

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“When I was growing up, the rector of our parish told me, Don’t judge people by the way they dress, there can be angels in rags and demons in silk.”

Arc review: the Beautiful by Renee ahdieh

Finally a new Renee ahdieh book! And we’re getting vampires or so they say.

Going into this book excited. Starts off with a girl named celine traveling from Paris to New Orleans for a new life in 1872. Going in you don’t really know what she is trying to leave. But finally in this fabulous city, Renee makes the perfect city with all its luxury’s and words that make it sound amazing. So the pace is quite nice getting glimpse of the city with starting to add some side characters and get to explore more of Celine’s personality. Starts off shy but also very coy and more tough than you think. As story goes along it was nice to see her nervous and scared but didn’t stop her even after people tried make her scared and such. After though this point in story after get to learn New Orleans and it’s way and just sounds like the life and learning it’s chain of command who has you thinking who it is. Story goes really stagnant by this point with the story and by time book even starts to pick up the book is at 65-70% thru. And don’t really learn what anyone is to my eye. Soo I was let down to this regard and hardly any “vampires” if want to call them that.

Side character plots:

Some of side characters introduced are poops and odette who show majority of story.

These character plots some were good some not. Pippa at first seems to be a great side character and the friend to lean thru the story, and had a good character plot going but for some odd reasoning gets put way to back burner. Which don’t understand as much I felt should of been a tad more.

Odette on the other hand she is shown early and enjoyed her big time. She is wicked charm but also can handle her own. She doesn’t have as much story plot behind her but fixture thru the story line. And can hope she can get more stuff In book 2 and see how she became who she was to original story.

So overal after first part I couldn’t wait to finish the book if renee could of made the middle better I think I could of liked it more.

Plot: 3/5

Pacing: 1/5

Characters story plot: 3/5

Cover rating: 3.5/5 (I think pirates more)

Overall rating: 2.75/5

WWW Wednesday 5-15-19

It’s Wednesday so you know what that means its WWW. Which ask the 3 w questions. What are you currently reading?

What you recently finish? and what will you be reading next?

1. What I’m currently reading is mosh pit of books but the iron flower

And I’m sorta here and their reading fifty shades of grey again on and off.

2. What did I recently finish?? The books I recently finished was alex van helsing vampire hunter book 1. Which is a small MG book which a kid gets static feeling when evil is near by like vampires. And great read right around Halloween and stories that involve sorta like Frankenstein.5/5 stars

Other I finished which I loved and always will is heir of fire by Sarah J Maas which is the 3rd book in the series and learning who characters are some new, honing powers and which characters will take sides and such. Throne of glass is well worth the huge risk to read its soooo good!!

3. What do I plan to read next is probably a touch of gold by Annie suillivan

Have you read any of these? And what’s your thoughts?

*Arc Review* The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

39338454Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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I received an arc from the First to Read website hosted by Penguin Random House.

You don’t know how excited I was when I saw this book pop up. I’ve been wanting to read this since I’ve finished The Kiss Quotient, which was one of my top romances of last year. It contained a nice mix of romance and diverse character portrayals throughout.

Book two is written in the same style where the main male character has autism whereas The Kiss Quotient the female lead has autism.

The storyline of the book is Khai feels as if he can’t find love since he doesn’t feel it, which makes him feel content. His is family takes matters into their own hands by going to Vietnam. They plan on bringing back a woman for him to meet for an arranged marriage. This is where Esme comes in (she is the other main MC). She is quiet, determined, and strong-willed. But she takes a chance to help her family to start a new life since she is living in an extremely poor part of Vietnam. In this awkward tale, can these two work?

Well, I enjoyed this one but not as much as The Kiss Quotient. I thought this book did a fantastic job of explaining the day to day life of someone dealing with autism, coming from myself who is special ed. Another thing I’ve come to learn, that I love in books, is a dual pov for the main characters. Esme was spot on as being very strong-willed while able to be vulnerable and always thinking about how to help her family. It’s harder to figure out what Khai is thinking due to this thought process. It was good but also confusing to figure out.

But this story was really cute. Esme is always trying to be her best and was always trying to help Khai be better. It takes time to like Khai because he is sooo stubborn but he has his cute moments. You just have to wait and see.

The plot mixed well, from Esme traveling from Vietnam to the States and the romance that blooms between Esme and Khai as he learns the things he can and can’t do. Helen paints a beautiful picture of how love can overcome anything.

My rating is 4/5 stars!

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Goodreads Monday

It’s been awhile since I went down the hole. But Goodreads Monday is a day we run into our Goodreads tbr and show a book you’ve been meaning to read for years or a book that you think deserves some attention. And this week is…

Ive been meaning to read Susan’s first series for quite some time now but word not used by Susan is zombies. I get nervous by them but one day, it’s just like the walking dead don’t say zombies either they say walkers. So with this book and sightwitch I have a lot of Susan dennard books to go thru.

*Blog Tour- Review, Excerpt & Giveaway* Spectacle- Jodie Lynn Zdrok

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SYNOPSIS

 

SpectacleA YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

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BOOK DEPOSITORY

My Review:

Jack the Ripper and his/her story just intrigues me and when I first read about this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. It sounded dark and downright creepy and that is exactly what it is.

Nathalie is secretly writing the Morgue column for the local newspaper. She visits the local morgue to see the victims they have brought in and she writes about what she sees. On a day that a girl was pulled from the river and brought in, Nathalie has a vision of the girl’s murder. But it’s in the perspective of the murderer.

Rumors of the bodies that keep popping up start to circulate quickly throughout Paris. The murderer starts to send in letters and they are published into the paper. They know that more victims are to follow. As Nathalie starts to try to uncover the dark mystery of who is capable of committing these heinous crimes, she keeps that odd feeling that she is being watched/followed. Now she must solve this mystery before it’s too late for her.

Spectacle was an amazing mystery that leaves you guessing up until the very end. But that ending will leave you with goosebumps and loss of sleep. This transports you back in time and you feel as if you are actually there with the way things are described. If you loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, then this is your next obsession.

SPECTACLE BY JODIE LYNN ZDROK EXCERPT

Nathalie helped herself to the food and, despite her mother’s protests, cleaned up the kitchen afterward. Most every household task was a challenge for Maman since the fire in May. She was healing well enough but still getting used to this new, slower pace. She was restless now, not sure what to do with herself and especially her hands, which weren’t accustomed to stillness. Maman had been an apprentice at the House of Worth when she was Nathalie’s age and a seamstress ever since. She worked at the tailor shop, creating everything from everyday frocks to magnificent costumes for the Opéra Comique. Nathalie was proud of her mother’s talent and felt fortunate to have an abundance of skirts and dresses. Maman bought fabric at a significant discount from the shop’s supplier, and Nathalie was often clothed in silks, cottons, muslins, and velvets that her family would never otherwise be able to afford.
Maman had been helping out with costumes backstage at the Opéra Comique. Nathalie was proud of her mother’s talent and felt fortunate to have an abundance of skirts and dresses. Maman bought fabric at a significant discount from the shop’s supplier, and Nathalie was often clothed in silks, cottons, muslins, and velvets that her family would never otherwise be able to afford.
Maman had been helping out with costumes backstage at the Opéra Comique when it happened. One of the wings of the Salle Favart caught fire from a gas jet during a show, and life as her mother knew it was forever changed. Dozens of people died and many suffered burns; some people told Maman she was lucky to escape with burns only on her hands and arms. Maman always thanked them politely, as if she hadn’t heard it many times before. Nathalie, however, knew her mother was devastated by those very scarred, painful hands and the memory of how nimble they once had been.
As much as Maman claimed she could still sew, her inefficiency frustrated her, and it was clear she wasn’t ready to return to the tailor shop. Even arranging her chignon, the color of nutmeg and always so tidy, was a struggle some days. She rejected the doctor’s assessment that she might never regain sufficient movement in her hands and fingers, and she made sure she kept her hands as active as possible.
And so half-finished dresses with luscious fabrics and practical cottons and ornamental beads and sensible buttons hung throughout the apartment. Ghosts on dress forms, reminding Maman of loss and happier days. More than once Nathalie had suggested taking them down, but her mother refused.
Nathalie tore her article from the back of the journal and put it on the table as Maman talked about her morning errands at the marketplace, telling a story about a woman who’d tried to steal mushrooms by stuffing them in her cleavage. “May I read your article? Even I’m curious about this one. The whole market was talking about it.”
“Please do. It was … an especially difficult one to write,” said Nathalie, glad to be able to disappear into her room.

She rested her vial of catacomb dirt on the shelf where she kept unusual things. A doll with clothes that Maman had sewn, a jade dragon Papa had brought back from China. A partial bird skeleton (Stanley was responsible for that; the remains of the poor creature were on the edge of the roof, and when the wind carried it to a spot under her window, she kept part of it). Silvain, her stuffed rabbit from childhood, worn out from so much cuddling. A mourning brooch with a braided lock of her grandmother’s hair in the center. Some of Nathalie’s baby teeth and claws Stanley had shed, together in a porcelain cup Aunt Brigitte gave her for imaginary tea parties as a child. Tangible little chapters of the book that was her, thus far.
Nathalie took off her dress and put on a shirt and stockings. She was just stepping into her trousers when Maman called from the kitchen.
“Ma bichette. The victim, my goodness. But tell me, what did you truly see?”

Copyright © 2019 by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Giveaway:

–  5 Winners will receive a Copy of SPECTACLE by Jodie Lynn Zdrok.

Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Jodie Lynn ZdrokJodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History (Providence College, Brown University) and an MBA (Clark University). In addition to being an author, she’s a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. She is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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WEBSITE: https://jodielynnzdrok.com/

Thank you, Jean Book Nerd and Jodie Lynn Zdrok for allowing us to be a part of this amazing blog tour. Click on the image below to find out more about this blog tour and upcoming tours.
Happy Reading!!

Tour Schedule:

WEEK ONE
MARCH 25th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
MARCH 25th MONDAY Sophie Reads YA REVIEW
MARCH 26th TUESDAY Bibliobibuli YA INTERVIEW
MARCH 26th TUESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
MARCH 27th WEDNESDAY Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW
MARCH 27th WEDNESDAY Wonder Struck REVIEW
MARCH 28th THURSDAY My Bookish Escapades EXCERPT
MARCH 29th FRIDAY Wishful Endings GUEST POST
MARCH 29th FRIDAY Adventures Thru Wonderland REVIEW
WEEK TWO
APRIL 1st MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
APRIL 1st MONDAY A Bookish Dream REVIEW
APRIL 2nd TUESDAY A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW
APRIL 2nd TUESDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW
APRIL 3rd WEDNESDAY Random Bookish Banter REVIEW & INTERVIEW
APRIL 3rd WEDNESDAY Bookish in Texas REVIEW
APRIL 4th THURSDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
APRIL 4th THURSDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT
APRIL 5th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW & EXCERPT

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