The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

No. No. And let me think, NO! This is not how I expected this review to be going at all. I was so excited for this book.

“For the winner of the game, there would be unimaginable power.

For the defeated, desolate oblivion.

The Crown’s Game was not one to lose.”

Funny because it seemed to me that Nikolai and Vika’s resolve to win the game lasted for all of two seconds! Continue reading “The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye”

ARC: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

“Citizens of Leratia be warned,” it read. “MAGIC IS RUNNING OUT! We are fast speeding towards a FUTURE without sorcery. Without HEALERS. Without a DEFENCE AGAINST INVADERS. Without MACHINES. The Society of Magical Preservation invites you to learn of this IMPENDING PERIL, and how it might be AVOIDED.”

Continue reading “ARC: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan”

The Vagrant by Peter Newman

This book is being released tomorrow on May 10th, which is also my birthday! I’ve already bought some books as my birthday to myself. But other than that, I don’t know what to do to celebrate. I want to throw a party! Continue reading “The Vagrant by Peter Newman”

Fire Girl: A Tale of Witches and Wolves by Andy Mulberry

Alright guys, I’m going to break character for a moment and apologize for being out of it this week. I thought I was going to finally be moving into an apartment. Our little family has been living with my parents for the last 10 months, and we’re ready to get out on our own. But it didn’t work out this time, and I was beyond disappointed. I rearranged my bookshelves though to help me regain a sense of control. Anyway, I promise to be better the rest of the week before I leave for Harry Potterland next week! Hooray!

Okay, and scene! Continue reading “Fire Girl: A Tale of Witches and Wolves by Andy Mulberry”

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

25526296I finished some books! I’m proud of myself. It’s been a busy week with a full schedule. And I must say, I enjoyed this new urban fantasy. It truly resonated with me. Continue reading “Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire”

Redecorating and The Lack of a Soul

As you may have noticed, I’ve done some redecorating. I proudly present to you Of Books and Bailey. I do so hope you like what I’ve done with the place. I find the revisions not too shabby myself, if I may say so. You might want to check out the updated About page as I have re-branded and refocused.  I am confident in the direction I’m heading. Continue reading “Redecorating and The Lack of a Soul”

Reading Wednesday: Tainted Ink by Tania Johansson

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I’ve had quite the week since we brought Grimm home on Friday. He’s a perfect gentleman. A peeing, chewing, occasionally barking gentleman. But a gentleman nevertheless. I’m enjoying having him immensely, but between Grimm, Oliver, and both Taylor and I being sick, I’ve scarcely had time to do anything that requires more of my brain power. Continue reading “Reading Wednesday: Tainted Ink by Tania Johansson”

Reading Wednesday: Shadow and Bones (#1 The Grisha Trilogy)

shadow_bone_sketch_castleI’d heard of the author Leigh Bardugo because her latest novel, Six of Crows, has taken off. However, upon perusing her other work, the onion domes on the cover of the Grisha Trilogy immediately caught my eye. I lived in Russia for a year, and I just love anything and everything related to the Russians, especially Russian culture. I just had to read this book!

The story follows Alina, a teenage orphan now serving her time in the army of Ravka. When her lifelong friend and fellow orphan Mal is injured, she manifests an incredible and unique power unseen among the world’s magic users. Continue reading “Reading Wednesday: Shadow and Bones (#1 The Grisha Trilogy)”

Reading Wednesday: The Golden Compass + Film

119322The Golden Compass by Philip Pullmanis a fantasy, steampunk novel in a theocratic society. Each person is accompanied by an animal companion called a daemon, which is essentially a physical representation of the person’s soul. These animals talk and eventually take a permanent shape. The story follows Lyra, a 12-year-old orphan who has grown up at Oxford College. Children all over England have begun to disappear. Lyra ends up going on an epic journey to find these children, befriends an armored polar bear, and becomes the wielder of the Golden Compass. Continue reading “Reading Wednesday: The Golden Compass + Film”

Reading Wednesday: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

41elhgtwvglI know what you’re thinking. Whaaaat? You haven’t read this yet?! I know, I know. I read the Mortal Instruments series. So why hadn’t I read this one? I’m honestly not sure. So when I saw it on the book shelf in the library, I knew I needed to give it a whirl. I mean it is amongst the most well known and popular YA series. I have a lot of things to catch up on, but despite that, I took the time to barrel through it. Continue reading “Reading Wednesday: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”