TBR *Wednesday! Plus Book Haul

I was a little busier than I wanted to be this week, so I didn’t get the change to make my TBR Tuesday post on Tuesday. No problem, as this is my new thing so I’ll just do it on Wednesday

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This might be a seemingly random selection of books, and it sort of is, but what if I told you that I bought all of these books for a dollar apiece? Yes, each individual book was only a dollar. A few are a bit torn, but they are all mostly in good condition! The hardcovers were also seemingly brand new, and they were also only a dollar apiece. I could have gotten many more, but I didn’t have enough time to search through.

This store is called BookOff, and I went to the NYC store. They also have an online store, and stores in some other cities. Here is a link to their site: http://www.bookoffusa.com/

At the store you could buy and sell items, and some of the stuff I saw included but was not limited to action figures, video games of ALL sorts (including Vita games that I can rarely find and old games for systems like PS2), books for kids, YA, and adult (all had dollar and 2 dollar sale shelves), manga (that I did not get to see so I don’t know how cheap it was), books in Japanese, DVDs, CDs, and probably other things that I did not see. Everything was so cheap, the workers were friendly, and it wasn’t too busy. I would definitely suggest that you go here, especially since the Strand is raising their prices a bit. This is also in walking distance of Times Square, so it’s super easy to get there!

I will do a larger haul once I get the chance to go there again. I wasn’t planning on going there on Saturday and it was raining, so I never got the chance to really look at everything.

Books I have recently read and haven’t had the chance to review

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)The Redeemed: A Snowverse Novella (The Almosts, #3)Audrey and the Hero Upstairs (Scandalous, #5)Flip the BeatThe Dolan Girls

Books that I plan to read (or am in the middle of reading) for the next week

Library Books

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessThe Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)Alex and Eliza (Alex & Eliza, #1)When Dimple Met RishiMarked (House of Night, #1)

ARC/Review Copies

Separated: A Snowverse Novel (The Royal Cleaner #3)Joshua's Island (James Madison, #1)Pawns (Wielders of Arantha, #1)Unsheathed: An Epic Fantasy CollectionA Thread in Time:: The Chronicles of Darius Book 14 (The Dagger of Destiny)Divine Fate: The Complete SeriesThe Girl Who Knew Da Vinci (Out of Time Thriller, #1)

Random Choices

Kenzie And The Guy Next Door (Scandalous, #4)Belle the Beast Tamer (Wonderland Guardian Academy, #2)

I still want to get a lot of reading finished before the summer is up so I will be pushing myself to the limit for the next 19 days before I start school. Wish me luck!

Winter Flowers Blog Tour plus Review

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 flowersbook_front.jpgWinter Flowers (The Flowers Series #2)

by Tani Hanes

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: July 20th 2018

Summary:

What ever happened to Pete and Daisy?

When we left them, their daughter had just been born, and some momentous decisions had been made.

It’s now four years later. Their family has grown, as has their love for each other. Clio is a rocky smart, precocious four year old, and she’s been joined by baby sister Francie. Pete’s career as a musician is finally taking off, and things should be rosy; however, fame and fortune bring their own pitfalls, and a voice from the past arrives in their lives, threatening to upset everything they’ve worked for.

Can they survive Pete’s success, and the long shadow cast by Daisy’s past? How will Pete deal with groupies, temptation, and prolonged separation from his family? And how far is Daisy willing to go to protect those she loves?

Join the Santangelos on this rollicking roller coaster second installment of their journey.

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My Review

Daisy and Pete have an amazing relationship with their two girls, Clio and Francie. They seem to have a perfect family life, but then Clio’s birth father wants to come back into the picture. He’s still in Pete’s band, which means that they can’t avoid him for the next few months.

Just before Pete’s band is going on tour, Daisy has a miscarriage and starts drifting away from Pete. Pete worries that while he is on tour, she will not be faithful and will instead find someone else. Even though when he left they were on good terms, he still worries about what will happen while he is away. He also doesn’t want Richard to try and confront him while he is on tour, because if he tries to defend himself, Richard will try to tear their family apart and take Clio.

I loved reading about Pete and Daisy’s family in this story! Francie and Clio were adorable, and it was a treat to see them grow and learn from their parents. I was also happy that Pete loved both his daughters equally, even though only one was biologically his. I was always rooting for Clio to be able to stay with the family that raised her.

I got upset a few times when Pete seemed to be putting the blame on Daisy, basically asking her why she chose Richard of all people to sleep and have a child with. I understood that Richard was a horrible person, but Daisy wasn’t expecting to have a child by him. It wasn’t even her fault for anything. Sometimes he would say that nothing was her fault, and then other times he would say that the whole situation was her fault, even if she was literally crying and saying that she wished Clio was his and not Richard’s.  He eventually realizes the error of his ways though, and I was able to overlook this flaw in his character.

I still root for Pete and Daisy, but there were several other people in this book that tried to be with both Pete and Daisy. They did try to turn those people down, but they did entertain them sometimes. I think that the main moral of this story was that communication matters. If they had communicated more, those other people would not have even tried to enter their lives. Because they didn’t communicate, it opened up the possibility for others to try and take their spot.

Clio was an adorable little girl, but she was portrayed as being wise beyond her years. I think that she was maybe a little too wise for a 4-year-old, but it was still hilarious to read some of the things that would come out of her mouth at certain times of the story. Her younger sister wasn’t like this at all, but I don’t know how she will have grown int he next story when she is a little older.

I enjoyed this book, despite the lack of communication between Pete and Daisy and the mixed messages being sent by Pete. My favorite part of the story was just them coming together as a family and growing past their issues.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a non-conventional contemporary adult romance with strong family themes.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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IMG_1863.jpegAbout the Author

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I’m from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!

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#LOVE_YOUR_BTS NYC!

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I went to the #LOVE_YOUR_BTS event in NYC Yesterday, and here are some of the (dark) pictures I took while there! I also go to meet TheJessLyfe, my favorite Kpop reaction Youtuber. Here is a link to her channel!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9hRmyrPOKyD6B45RUQEOA

Here is one of my favorite old videos of hers

And here is my favorite new video of hers

 

Overall, the event was super fun. They had a beautiful gallery of artwork submitted by people from the ARMY Amino, a story wall submitted by people from the ARMY Amino, a merch table where you could get pins and postcards and stuff for posting on Twitter and on the Amino App, and a dance area where they played KPOP music and had people dancing and singing.

What is Amino you may ask? Amino is a social media app where you can meet people who like the things that you like. They have groups such as the Young Writer’s Amino, the Sarah J Maas Amino, and the ARMY/BTS Amino. On amino you can chat create blog posts, quizzes, talk in chatrooms with your friends, and participate in group-wide activities.  I have been on Amino for awhile, but I have only become active after going to this amazing event yesterday.

This year was the first year that Amino Apps hosted a meetup for the members of the ARMY Amino, but I am sure it will not be the last. By next year, I might even decide to vlog the entire event, who knows :3

Overall, thank you Amino Apps for this amazing event, and I cannot wait to go to another!

I went to the Strand!

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My second favorite bookstore of all time is the Strand Bookstore of NYC. I love this bookstore, it has really cheap books that are of an amazing quality. This is half book haul, half just talking about my weekend, so here are the books that I bought!

The Ring And The Crown

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

I love the Descendant’s movies on Disney Channel, they are a bit of a guilty pleasure for  me, and so when I saw that she wrote a book besides the Isle of the Lost series, I was excited! This book is about two girls who were friends when they were little, and now one is being forced into a marriage that the other girl actually wants. They are going to try to team up in order for both girls to have their happy endings.

Something Strange And Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly by [Dennard, Susan]

Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing, and as the dead rise in her city of Philadelphia she knows her brother has something to do with it. She enlists the help of the Spirit Hunters in order to protect the city from these dangerous supernatural beings.

Outlander

Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by [Gabaldon, Diana]

Claire Randall has just been reunited with her husband after serving as a nurse in World War 2, but suddenly she becomes an “outlander” in Scotland of 1743. Her only chance to survive lies in Jamie Fraser, a handsome Scots soldier, and BAM! time travel love triangle. Now I have every book besides the last book in the Outlander Series.

Deep Wizardry

Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards Series Book 2) by [Duane, Diane]

I am not going to put a blurb for this book, as I don’t want to spoil anything for myself because I haven’t read the first book in the Young Wizards series. But I will eventually get to this book and then I will discuss it.

Shatter Me

Juliette can kill a man with her touch, which the reestablishment sees as a gift that can be used to their benefit. Juliette never fought for herself, but after being reunited with the one person who cared about her, she finds strength she never knew she had.

The Hunt

The Hunt (Cage) by [Shepherd, Megan]

I won’t put a description for this either, as it is the second book in the Cage series and I don’t want to spoil for anyone.

And I Darken

And I Darken by [White, Kiersten]

Lada Dragwlya likes to be a brutal princess. She doesn’t want to be married, but instead wants to serve her country and protect her brother. But no one expects a princess to be brutal. Her brother, Radu, is expected to be strong like his father. But instead he is sickly, and hates hurting anyone. When both are abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts of a strange land, they are forced to come together and bide their time.

Thanks for reading!