BookTube: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Review

I filmed my first review video! With the exception of Cassie, Melissa and I’s monthly book club, Spines With Wines, I usually save my wrap ups for the end of the month.  Apparently, if it’s Harry Potter, I have no trouble talking for 20 minutes straight so that was fun for Andrew to edit lol! Filming this video made me unexpectedly emotional and spoiler warning, I cried two times because Harry<3.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Vlog

I can’t believe I have a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my possession.  To celebrate the book’s release and Harry’s birthday, me, Andrew, Gil and Kelly baked some Harry Potter treats, watched some films and favorite YouTube videos and attended the midnight party at our local Barnes and Noble!

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Potter Month: My Harry Potter World Haul

Potter Month

Potter Month is a month long celebration of Harry Potter hosted by myself and The Nerdy Girlie! If you partake in Potter Month, you can POST YOUR LINK HERE and see what other Potter fans are up to!

Today I’m finally posting my Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and Marvel) haul from when Andrew and I went to Universal during our honeymoon.  I had been saving the video for Potter Month (despite filming as soon as we got home) and then other things just took priority because I was so behind due to wedding things!  I swear our honeymoon vlog and EternalCon vlogs are still coming!  Our day at Harry Potter World was my favorite of the whole honeymoon since my office had gifted us with a VIP tour.  We got to go to the front of every line and take photos wherever we wanted and we were even told how things are made and we had the opportunity to see their production stages which was really cool!  We spent the bulk of the day in Diagon Alley (the Gringotts ride is my absolute favorite now!) and by Hogwarts of course<3

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Waiting on Wednesday: Starfall by Melissa Landers (Starflight #2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing Starfall by Melissa Landers which is the second book in the Starflight series.  I haven’t read the first book just yet but it arrived here yesterday.  I can tell you that it’s a sci-fi book and it takes place on a spaceship.  But the real reason I’m anticipating this one is because of the beautiful cover that was recently released.  It’s actually what inspired me to pick up the first one!  I’ll leave the synopsis down below, but I’m not even going to read it because I don’t want to spoil myself!

Starfall

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend… with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee, including Solara and Doran, are planning a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, they find Cassia ruling her home planet, having imprisoned the rogue prince who would have overthrown her family. Deep down, Kane knows that Cassia can’t rule her world and be with the bastard son of a business man, but he’s also sure she returns his feelings, and that makes the circumstances all the more painful. When the outer realms are threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew rally to protect the population from widespread enslavement. The reunion forces Cassia to consider who her true family is and if she can live without the boy who has been there for her through thick and thin. (via Goodreads)

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Potter Month: My Harry Potter Shelves

Potter Month

Potter Month is a month long celebration of Harry Potter hosted by myself and The Nerdy Girlie! If you partake in Potter Month, you can POST YOUR LINK HERE and see what other Potter fans are up to!

Yesterday night / morning I was one of the many people not at SDCC scrambling to secure the Funko exclusives being sold at retailers so people unable to make SDCC also had the opportunity to feed their collectibles addiction.  The number one collectible I needed for my collection, more than anything else is the Newt Scamander Funko pop which I talked about in a YouTube video recently.  He’s such a cutie and he’s wearing a little Hufflepuff scarf!  For those that don’t know, Newt is the main character in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  I seemed to be one of the only people able to place an order at B&N yesterday morning (the website was down for the majority of the day) but I got an email shortly after I placed the order that my Newt would be delayed. Which made me incredibly nervous.  So I basically ran to B&N yesterday morning and I picked up two more Newts.  Albeit, I got an email later in the day that Newt shipped so that’s great news! I’m glad that I was able to help friends with my two extras who were unable to get him.  The new figure inspired me to rearrange my bookshelves a bit since there was literally zero space on my two shelves dedicated to Harry Potter and I still had another set of books and some potions to add to my display.  So last night I got to work and I’m so pleased with the result! Although, I STILL have no space for the Hogwarts Funko train >.<  Also! Sorry there are no outfit photos this week.  My computer was being slow last night and I didn’t have the time to stay up and edit since I waited until 1 AM the night before to get the Dorbz Rides Vanellope Funko when Hot Topic put their exclusives up for sale and I near fell asleep at work the next day since my normal bedtime is 10PM lol!

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Tea & Book Chat: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (Summer #2)

**Warning! If you haven’t read The Summer I Turned Pretty which is the first book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han, there will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**

It’s Not Summer Without You is the second book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han.  This book picks up almost 10 months after the events of the first book and we spend the majority of it living the current consequences resulting from past events which are often relayed via flashbacks.  Your thrown into a world where many things have changed since The Summer I Turned Pretty ended and because I waited between books (it’s been almost a year since I read the first – also during BookTube-A-Thon!) I initially thought I had forgotten a major thing that happened.  I really enjoyed this book, much more than the first despite how sad it is.

It's Not Summer Without You

Belly is still immature and a bit annoying but after what happened, I felt more for her.  The sibling love triangle is in full force in this book which is one of the only aspects that I really didn’t like from the first book, but I feel like it was developed more thoroughly and that it worked better in It’s Not Summer Without You.  At the end of the first book Conrad and Belly appear to be living happily ever after but everything basically falls apart in this installment.  We see the cruel ways Conrad has been treating Belly, his hot and cold behavior, and their awful prom experience.  There’s one major factor that I do not want to spoil, but it’s a huge reason for his behavior.  While it’s understandable that he would be affected by this event, he definitely uses this as a scapegoat in my opinion.  Belly’s brother Steven was mostly absent from this book and her bossy best friend Taylor continually got on my nerves.

Final Thoughts:  While I enjoyed It’s Not Summer Without You much more than the first book in the Summer series, it was not without its faults.  This is a heartbreaking book to read but I felt that Han truly created and built upon some beautiful relationships in this installment.  As I stated before, the main character, Belly, is still immature and annoying but I definitely forged more of a connection to her.  I’m looking forward to reading book three (much sooner than it took me to get to this one!) and seeing how the story concludes although I am extremely worried that my ship will be sinking.

Rating 4

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach. ( via Goodreads)

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli because I will read anything Becky Albertalli writes!  I sincerely hope that The Upside of Unrequited can capture even half of the magic of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because it would be an immediate favorite.  The cover for this book was just recently released and I love the colors.  It perfectly compliments the Simon cover so I’m envisioning many bookstagram photos of the pair of them<3

The Upside of Unrequited

“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back.”

What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig.

Then Cassie meets Mina, and for the first time ever, Cassie is falling in love. While Molly is happy for her twin, she can’t help but feel lonelier than ever. But Cassie and Mina are determined to end Molly’s string of unrequited crushes once and for all. They decide to set her up with Mina’s friend Will, who is ridiculously good-looking, flirty, and seems to be into Molly. Perfect, right? But as Molly spends more time with Reid, her cute, nerdy co-worker, her feelings get all kinds of complicated. Now she has to decide whether to follow everyone’s advice…or follow her own heart. (via Goodreads)

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BookTube-A-Thon TBR

I changed my mind about participating in BookTube-A-Thon because my Pokemon Go addiction is real and I want to give myself the motivation to put down my phone for a week (at least) and refocus on reading.  Good luck to everyone else participating as well!

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BookTube: July TBR

Now that we’re already halfway through the month it seems like a good time to finally post my July TBR.  These are all the books I’m planning on reading it July (although I am completely failing at reading because Pokemon Go has been my life this month).  I’m giving myself today as my last day to be super obsessed and then I’m going to get back to some serious binge reading next week, just in time for the BookTube-A-Thon which I am sort of casually participating in.  I’m not committing to five books for the week though because next Saturday is my birthday!

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Book Look OOTD – Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

As far as life updates go, I’m still pretty obsessed with Pokemon GO so there’s not a ton of new things to report.  Right now I’m level 17, going on 18 and in the last 7 days Pokemon GO is responsible for wasting 79% of my battery life so that’s embarrassing.  I will say that I just love the sense of community that’s formed when I pass other people playing and we just give each other knowing nods whereas previously in NYC I wouldn’t ever think of engaging with a stranger under any circumstance.  I even made friends with a man in a suit and we sat together during my lunch break attempting to catch Pokemon at our nearest PokeStop.  Andrew and I have also been re-watching Sailor Moon<3 and we just finished the first part of the first season last night.  So far my favorite episode is the one where they have to battle an enemy who targets an anime artist working on the Sailor V anime.  I’m also just about finished reading the second volume of the Princess Jellyfish 2-in-1 omnibus manga.  So I’ve just felt like an Otaku for the past week.  Other exciting news is that we finally got a shower curtain and it’s the best shower curtain because it features the Death Star!

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to style a Book Look OOTD for Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan because it’s one of my favorite books of the year so far.  It’s inspired by Rapunzel (one of my favorite fairytales!) and the end left me CRAVING the next book.  You can read my full review here.  I can’t believe how lucky I was to find a shirt that matched the Reign of Shadows book cover so well! The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize until I was already wearing it.  A lot of times while I’m shopping I’ll buy a shirt or dress with a certain book cover in mind but this one was, as Dumbledore would say, a happy mistake.  I’m also wearing the shoes that I wore at my wedding.  I bought a pair of fancy sparkly Bagdley Mischka d’Orsay heels for the photos I took at my house before the ceremony but as soon as I left I switched into my new and blue bottomed Tieks.  I’m seriously obsessed with Tieks.  I have about six(?) pairs now and I have a wish list of more colors.  They’re just so comfy and I need that in a shoe when I’m walking 3+ miles per day in NYC.

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Outfit Details: Shirt – (ModCloth)  |  Jeans (Siwy – Similar)  | Headband – (FemmeDeBlom – Similar)

Shoes (Tieks)  |  Necklace (House of Harlow – N/A)  |  Bracelet (House of Harlow – N/A)

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