Fairytale Fashions: Harry Potter Bibs

Yesterday we talked about Harry Potter book 8 (so. freaking. excited.)! So today I thought we’d continue the Harry Potter love with a fairytale fashions for the little ones. Take a look at these Harry Potter bibs from LullaBabywear!

The top one is my favorite, but I think the Gryffindor one is pretty cute too! I don’t have kids myself, but I love shopping for them. They always have the cutest miniature sized things :) It’s definitely one of my favorite things about being an aunt. If you want to see a picture of my adorable nephew check out this fairytale fashions post on Where the Wild Things Are hats.

My sister-in-law is actually the owner/operator of LullaBabywear and she was kind enough to offer us a coupon code if you feel like doing some shopping! For 10% off a purchase of $15 or more, just use the code “about2read” at checkout.

New Harry Potter Book?!?!

By now, you’ve probably heard that there is going to be an eighth part to the Harry Potter story called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and that it’s going to be a play you can see in London. Well, we got some big news recently…

 

 
It’s going to be a book also!!! Details in the video above but suffice it to say I am over the moon excited about an 8th Harry Potter book. I can only hope we get more books in the future.

Add Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to your Goodreads list, pre-order it on Amazon or The Book Depository (free International shipping).

Have you ordered a copy yet? I just pre-ordered mine and I can’t wait until it gets here!!

 

The Worst YA Boyfriends

Do you know what I love doing around Valentine’s Day? Posting things about love! Specifically book love. And in this case we’re getting into the ugly type. The ones with the bad boyfriends. Here’s a look at some of the worst boyfriends in YA (and one in new adult):

 

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So there you have it! My least favorite boyfriends in YA. What boys would make your list? Do we have any in common?

Monday Musings: 5 Places on Bookish Travel List

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England

I’ve been reading books that take place in England forever. Because of that, there are soooo many places I’d like to see. I have to go to Oxford since parts of the Harry Potter movie are based off Oxford University. Wuthering Heights took place in Yorkshire, so that’s a must (as is trying Yorkshire pudding in Yorkshire). I’d love to see Bedlam (probably the most famous insane asylum in the world), and I have to go to Bath. Everyone in Jane Austen novels goes to Bath.

France

Marie Antoinette, anyone? I shockingly haven’t read too much about France in novels outside of Marie Antoinette. That’s tragic. The French Revolution is absolutely fascinating and I’d love to read more about it (aside from Marie’s life). Anyway, I’d like to see Versailles, Point Zero (mentioned in Anna and the French Kiss), and Mont St. Michel. The setting for Avalon in Jenna Black’s Faeriewalker series is actually based off Mont St. Michel and it looks absolutely stunning (more on that here).

Nantucket

Have you read Nantucket Blue yet? I loved it! Oh, and we can’t forget Starcrossed (loved that one too).  I hadn’t really wanted to go to Nantucket prior to reading Nantucket Blue, but it sounds so amazing that I’d really like to visit.

 Greece

It’s no secret that I love Greek mythology. Absolutely adored it as a child. I want to go to Athens and Corinth and Sparta  and Crete and probably a million other places. Mt. Olympus, Thessaly, and Macedonia are also on my list! So are the Greek isles, but not because of literature. They just sound amazing!

Wales

My grandmother was Welsh, so I’d like to visit Wales sometimes. You know who else is Welsh? Will Herondale. And do you know where he goes in Clockwork Princess? That’s right. Wales. It sounded beautiful.

 

What destinations are on your bookish travel list?

 

Bookish Love Tag

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!! I love this holiday—it’s just so much fun to dress up, go out, and do something special. Even if it’s just something at home, that’s always fun to plan too (I love cooking something delicious with my husband).

Now that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I’ve decided to do the Bookish Love Tag! I was tagged to do this by the lovely Kassidy Voinche awhile back, but wanted to save it for this time of the year (and the tag was started by Novel Noise who I just subscribed too).

 

*If you’re getting this in your email, you can view the video here. .

The Siren

The SirenTitle: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: January 26, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
3 Stars

SYNOPSIS

From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance.

A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude...until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


Ok, this is going to be a hard book to review. Because The Siren was kind of weird, but I also kind of liked it. I think I only really liked it because it had a ton of death in it, which made me sad and I needed a good cry (more on that here).

So stepping back from the emotional place I was in when I picked this one up, let’s talk about the good and the bad.

 

What I Liked

  • The main character is a tad rebellious (a new trait for her)
  • The romance was cute
  • The fashion descriptions. The items worn sound breathtaking and I can actually picture them in my head
  • New take on sirens

 

What I Didn’t Like

  • This book is kinda weird
  • The personification of the ocean was creepy—in a WTF? way not a scary way
  • The romance was cheesy (yes it was cute, BUT there was also cheese. Especially at the end.)
  • I didn’t particularly like any of the main characters
  • We’re dealing with mass murderers—and they’re the “good” guys

 

So, in a nutshell. The Siren is a weird book. Do I recommend it? Well, I read it over the course of a few hours which means I was engaged and liked the pacing. I recommend this one if you are in a horrendous mood and feel like crying over basically nothing (the book really isn’t very sad, there is just a ton of people dying). I also recommend it if you’re a Kiera Cass fan and just want to see what her work outside of The Selection is like!

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork PrincessTitle: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Date: March 19, 2013
Pages: 570
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.


It’s so nice to finally have answers to questions we’ve had since book 1! I have to admit, I was getting a little annoyed that we still didn’t know what Tessa was going into book 3, but I did enjoy the anticipation it added to the book. Overall, Clockwork Princess was a strong conclusion to The Infernal Devices—which I enjoyed more than the first three The Mortal Instruments (haven’t read the last three yet).

Let’s start with the romance because it’s been on the forefront of my mind since I started the series. I like Jem and I like Will. I think they’re both great. In a way, I’m happy about how things ended for Tessa with both guys, but I also kind of wish there was never a love triangle to begin with. Sure, it worked for the story, but I like it when the main character picks one guy and isn’t all “but I love them both.” I’m a bit conflicted on how it all went down.

Then there is all the madness surrounding Mortmain. I thought all of the action and mystery here was really well done. Wouldn’t change a single thing about it, in fact. Our villain was perfect, the action was perfect, the response of the clave was perfect. Absolutely loved everything about it. I also loved the addition of several characters to the Institute. They were great and I really enjoyed how everything played out there as well.

The only things I’d change about Clockwork Princess is the love triangle and the epilogue. It was so nice to see where all of the characters ended up, but I have to wonder if we could have done that with a few less pages!

 

January Wrap Up

It’s been awhile since I’ve read 8 books in a month and man, does it make me wish summer was back! I know you’d think I’d get more reading time in the winter since there’s not a lot to do outside, but I find that the summer is way less busy for me.

This month I read 5 books, which is one more book than I’ve been reading lately. So yay for progress! Here’s a look what I read (video link here, if you’re getting this in your email):

 

 
What books did you read this month? Did we read any of the same ones?

Books Mentioned:
*Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow: Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 
*Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 
Siren by Kiera Cass: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 
*Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 

*Thanks to the publishers who have sent me books for review consideration. All gifted items are marked with an *.

February Most Anticipated New Releases

One of my favorite things about starting a new month is all the new books coming out!  Let’s take a look at the books I’m most excited about in February 2106 (video link here if you’re getting this in your email)!

 

 
So I completely didn’t realize when I filmed this that The Stars Turned Away was renamed to Unhooked. Then new cover and title are even cooler than the original:

Fairytale Fashions: Siren Inspired Dress

I just finished The Siren by Kiera Cass a few days ago, and like all of Kiera’s books so far, it has a gorgeous dress on the cover.

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There is one scene in the book where the girls go to a party and I had a very clear picture of the dress in my mind. Imagine my surprise when a few days later, I stumbled across a dress that was almost exactly what I imagined:

Siren Inspired Dress from BHLDN

This is the beautiful Coppelia dress from BHLDN. I absolutely love that site and wish it was around when I was getting married! There is a good chance I would have gotten my dress from there. The beaded latticework at the top of the dress reminds me of the dress texture on the book cover and also kind of looks like siren scales (although these sirens don’t have scales).

Siren Inspired Party Dress

Even though the BHLDN dress reminds me of a completely different dress mentioned in the story, I think it works for the cover as well! Anyway back to The Siren dress I was referring to earlier—the main difference between the BHLDN dress and what was described in the book is that the book dress had sequins on top and this one has beading.

Have you read The Siren yet? Is this the dress you were envisioning for the party scene too? Does it also remind you of the cover?