Fashion Find: Alice in Wonderland x Irregular Choice Shoe Collection

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Irregular Choice is combining forces with Disney to bring us a truly whimsical collection of footwear!  So far only one style has been released but it’s a MUST for any Alice in Wonderland fan.  The collection goes on sale on February 26th (I know I’ll have my quick-clicking-shopping-fingers ready!) and there will also be in store events worldwide.  The collection is limited edition and Irregular Choice promises that we can expect “glittery details, hidden characters, lighted elements, and heels in the shape of characters.”  The styles that have been revealed are called Flowers Can’t Talk, We’re All Mad Here, and I’m not sure of the the third style.

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Tea & Book Chat: Boomerang by Noelle August (Boomerang #1)

Boomerang by Noelle August is the first book in a companion trilogy (a la Anna and the French Kiss) by Noelle August (who also write’s novels as Veronica Rossi) and it’s my first foray into New Adult (or rather, contemporary NA because A Court of Thorns and Roses is technically Fantasy NA).  The story follows a girl named Mia and a guy named Ethan who have what they believe to be a one night stand until they figure out the next morning that they’re both starting new jobs as interns at a company called Boomerang.  Oh, and they’ll be competing for one position that’ll be offered to the best intern at the end of the summer… and there’s a no strings attached policy for all employees. Let the messy complications ensue!

First we have Mia, who dreams of becoming a filmmaker.  She comes from a wealthy family but she’s determined to carve out her own career path instead of using her family connections to get ahead.  Then there’s Ethan, who recently graduated college and is drowning in boxes of unpaid bills, who desperately needs this job.  The one thing these two have in common is a ton of chemistry with each other but for obvious reasons, they both want to focus on the opportunity at Boomerang and what it could mean for their futures.  Ethan has a bit of a messy past with a recent ex and you can bet she swoops in to complicate things further.  Another notable relationship throughout the book is Mia’s with her Nana who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.  It’s heartbreaking to see Mia witness her grandmother’s degrading memory but the glimpses of her past during the Civil Rights movement was an unexpected touch.  While Mia and Ethan navigate the drama they’re faced with regarding each other and outside influences, I found I was definitely rooting for them to get together throughout the whole book!

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One of Boomerang‘s main strengths is that it’s told in alternating narratives, so the reader gets to be in both Ethan and Mia’s minds for an equal portion of time.  While the story is constantly moving forward from chapter to chapter, it gives insight into how the same situation can be interpreted differently by two people.  I found that I really enjoyed this form of storytelling in a contemporary romance.  I also loved reading about the atmosphere within the Boomerang offices.  I could clearly picture a start up company and the fact that it’s a dating website added another aspect of fun to the mix.  I would never want to work with some of their co-workers, especially Cookie, but the CEO Adam seems like an interesting guy who is one of the main characters in the second novel, Rebound.  I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about his past and seeing how he got to where he is in the business world.

Final Thoughts: Boomerang by Noelle August (aka Veronica Rossi) is a cute contemporary New Adult novel following two people who have a one night stand and then find themselves working at the same company which has a no strings attached policy for employees.  It’s a very messy story for Mia and Ethan but it’s enjoyable to see the life of their relationship.  Boomerang is told in alternating narratives between the two main characters which allows the reader to have complete insight into Mia and Ethan’s relationship and it’ll have you hoping they’ll get together in the end.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking to try out a New Adult book!

Rating 3

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started? (via Goodreads)

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BookTube: Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Ft. She Might Be Monica

One of my favorite board games is the Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game from the U.K.  Most people choose not to play it with me but luckily Monica agreed to!  We’re both pretty much on the same level of Harry Potter knowledge so it was a good match up. I ordered my copy of the game from UK eBay but supposedly a U.S. edition is now available so it’s probably easier to find if you’re interested in picking up a copy.

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DC Collectibles Reveals Raven & Bumblebee Bombshells

Another big reveal that occurred this past weekend at Toy Fair involved two additional DC Collectibles statues to be added to the Bombshells line.  I’ve been collecting these since the beginning and since then I’ve been hoping the Teen Titans ladies would be added to the lineup.  Now that a prototype for Raven has been revealed, there’s also hope that a Starfire Bombshell may grace comic book store shelves in the near future.  *fingers crossed*  Raven is a sultry pinup style who looks like she’ll tell you your fortune.  I love the blue fire detail and the way her signature cape has been reimagined.  The other statue announced is Bumblebee! I love her cheerleading uniform and I think it’s a really cute direction for her statue to go in.  She’s mid-jump and he skirt drapes really nicely.  I also love her pom-poms and pigtails.  Every time I write about Bombshells I seem to mention the next ones I’d like to see and so far they’ve come true so this time I’m going to wish for Huntress (her concept art is to die for!) and Katana!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter

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 Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter!  I was lucky enough to experience Hamilton in person last year and since then, it’s steadily become an obsession of mine.  The upcoming book includes the full script of Hamilton along with over 200 funny, revealing footnotes written by Lin himself, and interviews with over 50 people involved in the production of the Broadway phenomenon.  I will read anything and everything about this show and I highly doubt that I will ever get the soundtrack out of my head (not that I’d want to!).

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country’s origins for a diverse new generation.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages–“since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda–traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don’t throw away their shot. (via Goodreads)

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History is Happening in the Wizarding World

The past week has been overflowing with Harry Potter news and this Ravenclaw couldn’t feel more lucky to be alive right now!  I’m going to list my favorite news first because everyone has heard it by now and I’m already planning which bookstore I want to go to for the midnight release so I can feel like I’m in high school again.  From books to toys there’s just so much report so I’ll get to it:

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This is the most exciting news since it’s a new story set in the Harry Potter world!  Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced I had been praying that the show would find it’s way to NYC because really, how could I possibly survive in life without knowing everything about my favorite world?  The answer is, I probably couldn’t.  Luckily, for everyone who isn’t able to make it to London, Scholastic (or Little Brown if you’re in the UK) will be releasing a book of the full script!  Apparently there’s some confusion online but Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is NOT a prequel.  It takes place 19 years AFTER the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I love that it’s being released on July 31st for Harry’s birthday<3  Because it’s being printed so soon, the first version of this book is the Rehearsed Edition script and once it’s finalized, a new version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released, entitled the Definitive Collector’s Edition (in typical Potter fashion since publisher’s know us Potterheads will spend all of our money on new editions).

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Speaking of special editions… the 20 year anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is coming up in 2017 and to celebrate, Bloomsbury will be releasing Special Hogwarts House editions of the first book.  My thoughts: WHERE CAN I PREORDER MY PRECIOUS RAVENCLAW THEMED TOME?!

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As I’m sure you’re aware, the movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which JK Rowling is penning the script for) is being released later this year.  Bloomsbury has announced that they’ll be releasing an updated hardback version of the textbook on February 9th, 2017 (woo less than year!) which will include new content from JK Rowling in the form of an introduction.  They’ve also just given a teaser for the cover (above) and announced that Jonny Duddle will be the cover illustrator.  You may recognize Duddle’s work because he also illustrated all of the new Potter covers in 2014.

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Yes, there’s more!  You know that beautiful Harry Potter Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?  Well, we’re about to get illustrated versions of the Hogwarts Library books as well (which include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Autumn 2017, The Tales of the Beedle Bard  – 2018 and Quidditch Through the Ages – 2019).  I’m going to need an entire bookshelf dedicated solely to HP. This is not a complaint.

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This weekend Toy Fair is taking place at the Javits Center in NYC and Funko had a ton of Potter reveals to share! I’m thrilled to say that my dream of a Hogwarts Express Funko has been realized.  Unfortunately, there’s no official release date just yet but at least these are in our near future!  I love that the Mystery Minis line includes animals! I never thought I would say this but Voldemort is pretty cute in this line! And can we just about how Ron is holding a Chocolate Frog and Hermione is clutching a book? I’m in love!  Images of the toys below were released exclusively on Mugglenet.

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And right before Toy Fair, Funko announced the exclusive Harry Potter Funkos that’ll be available during the second wave.  My favorites are the Hot Topic exclusives which include Draco in his Quidditch robes and Cedric Diggory in his Triwizard outfit *sobs.*  The other two Pops, Harry Potter in the Sorting Hat and Neville Longbottom will be exclusive to Barnes and Noble.

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BookTube: Pretty Books! Ft. Alexa Loves Books

I am so excited to be sharing the first of Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and my BookTube collaboration videos (you should totally subscribe to Alexa’s channel)!  We both deeply love books and we’re serious and avid collectors so we decided that it would be perfect for us to showcase some of our best looking books for anyone else who shares our hobby addiction.  We had so much fun filming and we ended up spending hours discussing Doctor Who, anime and of course, books!  What are some of your favorite books in your collection? I’m always on the hunt for irresistible editions!

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Tea & Book Chat: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Study #1)

Poison Study is the first book in the Study trilogy by Maria V. Snyder (between Goodreads and Amazon I found conflicting series titles but it seems like Maria V. Snyder is in the process of publishing a total of six books set in the same world.  The first three are referred to as the Study trilogy and the second trilogy is named the Soulfinders trilogy) and my interest was initially sparked when I heard fellow BookTubers comparing the book to Throne of Glass.  And boy, there sure are a lot of similarities.  Poison Study was published seven years prior to Throne of Glass so I did my best not to compare during my read since it wouldn’t make sense to to judge a book based on another book that didn’t even exist when it was first published.  I really got into Poison Study and I’m absolutely continuing the series because it is a truly incredible and original epic fantasy (especially considering the publication date).

Yelena is one book character that I would not want to mess with.  Within the first chapter we find out that Yelena is a prisoner sentenced to death for killing a man and she is scheduled for execution.  She is given the choice to go through with her execution or become the new poison tester / food taster for the Commander.  Obviously, she accepts the latter.  Yelena is a fascinating character and I loved that the story is told completely from her point of view.  The reader is not immediately clued in to her past but as the story progresses we gradually learn the truth, and Yelena even learns a few things about herself.  I really admire her for being such a go-getter and a serious badass.  Her actions and clever mind are constantly tested with every curve-ball situation that’s thrown at her and she continues to prove herself time and time again.  She’s loyal, quick-witted, strong and compassionate.   I especially love the relationship she forms with Valek, the Commander’s head of security.  Valek is also intelligent and compassionate but he never throws it in people’s faces.  He takes his job very seriously and it’s obvious that he is most concerned with protecting the Commander and could care less about advancing in the politics of Ixea.  And speaking of the Commander, his backstory is pretty epic.

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The story takes place in Ixea, a kingdom that’s been divided into sections, each with a General in command of the area who reports to the Commander.  Ixea had severed their connection with the land to the South because it’s ripe with magic which is something that’s not tolerated in Ixea.  I don’t want to spoil anything so all I’ll say is that there are so many incredible fantasy elements that appear throughout the book and as I’m sure you can imagine, things become complicated between Ixea and the South for reasons and it’s up to Yelena and Valek to figure out what’s going on.  Snyder completely nailed the pacing of the plot and she reveals just enough information in each chapter to keep the reader hooked and needing the next one.  I’m really looking forward to reading the next book, entitled Magic Study, because the taste of magic Poison Study exposes the reader too will left me with a strong craving for more.

Final Thoughts: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is a very strong introduction to the Study trilogy.  The plot is paced perfectly and it’ll grip you from the beginning until the very last page.  The story follows a girl named Yelena who’s offered an ultimatum on the day her execution is scheduled.  The book is narrated from her perspective and the reader quickly learns that Yelena is a force that’s not to be reckoned with.  There’s a ton of intricate groundwork laid in Poison Study and I couldn’t be more eager to read the next installment and find out more about the world and Yelena’s place in it.

Rating 5

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear… (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1)

I wasn’t planning on writing a full review for any of the books in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series (if I chose to continue reading after the first installment) but I wound up really loving the story so here we are!  I have lukewarm feelings at best for The Mortal Instruments, hence my hesitancy toward reading The Infernal Devices.  I like it enough that I want to finish The Mortal Instruments but I’ve never been DYING for the next book the way that many other people seem to be.  Luckily, I was told by Cassie that in order to read books 5-6 of The Mortal Instruments, I should read The Infernal Devices trilogy first or it would be completely spoiled in the remaining books.  I am so thankful that she told me because I honestly loved Clockwork Angel and I want to read that story for myself instead of hearing it through Jace / Clary and gang.  IF it had been spoiled, I would’ve never picked this one up.

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Clockwork Angel follows protagonist Tessa Gray who discovers she has a strange shape shifting ability after being kidnapped and trained by said kidnappers, the Dark Sisters.  The story takes place in 1878 London which is such a magical setting! It gave the story a very steampunk feel (especially when picturing Henry in his laboratory working on different inventions).  I took an immediate liking to the new (or rather old) band of Shadowhunters we meet in the London Institute but my favorite is the head, Charlotte.  Charlotte is running the school during a time when women are not even considered for such roles.  She’s a strong and independent person and she loves her husband despite his absentmindedness.  I admire her for putting trust in him when no one else does, even if the results are not always the desired outcomes.  I do have to say that I did not love Will Herondale the way everyone else seems to.  I’m assuming his character will mature over the next two books because quite frankly, he’s a bit of a jerk.  I do however love Jem! He’s so rational and his use of logic in every situation is to be admired.  My heart also breaks for him because of his past and I cannot wait for more of him in the next books.

Additionally, I found it really interesting to see more of the Clave and learn more about their inner workings.  And it was really exciting to recognize so many members as descendants of current Clave members.  And speaking of connections between characters,  I squealed when Magnus Bane appeared! He’s my favorite character from The Mortal Instruments and it completely makes sense for the High Warlock of Brooklyn to have been around during the 1800’s but I wasn’t expecting him to appear in London!  I also enjoyed seeing Camille and her relationship with the Clave.  I’m very curious to learn more about Tessa’s necklace and to see more of the clockwork creatures we meet in book one.  Overall, I’m very pleased that I decided not to skip over this prequel.  I definitely love it more than The Mortal Instruments and it’s only been one book!

Rating 5

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… (via Goodreads)

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Love For Books Readathon: Name that Cover Challenge!

I’m so excited to be one of the mini challenge hosts of Jessi from Novel Heartbeat’s Love for Books Readathon which kicked off this Monday February 8th and runs through February 14th.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time to do so, or if you’d like to find out more information about the Readathon you can check out Jessi’s announcement post.  During the course of the Readathon there are two mini challenges, the first being hosted by myself and the second by Stephanie of In Wonderland so be sure to check out her site too!

PROGRESS: So far this week I’ve finished 2 books and I’m currently reading 3 more that I hope to complete by Sunday!

Name that Cover Challenge!

The challenge I’m hosting is the name that cover challenge.  The photo collage below features pieces of book covers, all of which are contemporary romances (in honor of the Love For Books Readathon) and they range from backlist books to new releases to preorders.  See how many you can guess and leave your comments in the answers below! I’ll be revealing all the answers on the last day of the Readathon so you can check back then to see how you did!  You can number your answers from 1 – 9 in order of the boxes.  Good luck and happy reading!

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