Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cover Cookies: Anna, Lola, and Isla

A few weeks ago, Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner asked me if I'd be willing to make some cookie for the Anna, Lola, and Isla readalong! I'd planned on doing them anyway, but this gave me the extra bit of motivation I needed to ACTUALLY get them done.  I'm super pleased with how they turned out!  Nor could I resist the temptation to turn the cute buttons into cookies as well.

Let me know what you think!



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why I've Been MIA

So.....

Where do I start? I haven't blogged ANYTHING in almost a month. I know. Bad book blogger. Very bad. I could go into details about WHY I haven't posted anything, but basically it's a list that looks like this:

1. I'm around 6 months pregnant.
2. I have a 4 year old boy who has a LOT of energy.
3. I have ZERO desire to do anything I don't feel like doing (See #1). Which at the moment includes sitting down at the computer and typing THINGS. (It doesn't help that my unborn child likes to kick and punch the living daylights out of me if I'm sitting upright at the computer).
4. I'm not even reading all that often, and when I do, it's generally rereads of books I already own (with a few minor exceptions.. like Landline and Isla). So I just feel kinda boring right now, and like I don't have a lot to say.

So yeah. Blogs will definitely be posted at random times for the next few months. Hopefully I can find a good solution so I can stay somewhat involved on here in the mean time.

I will have something new to show you (CoughAnnaLolaIslaCookiesCough) in the next couple of days to celebrate the release of Isla & the Happily Ever After, so make sure and check back for it. ;)

And with that said, you can always find me on twitter. I love twitter. Twitter and I are BFFs.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Swashbuckling Summer: Princess Bride Day!


First off, let's ignore the fact that I've in no way actually kept up with the posting schedule I made for myself at the beginning of this event, okay? We'll all be happier that way.

But since I've neglected you all, I'm here to add a lovely parting gift to the giveaway. And since I haven't posted anything since last week's movie break, I may as well offer up another movie for you all to watch. Tonight's feature is the amazingness that is...

The Princess Bride

That's right, another awesome 80s movie coming your way! But instead of once again regaling you with vague facts and begging you to watch this movie right away, I'm going to discuss the book! That's right, this here 80s classic is actually based on a novel of the same name by William Goldman.


You guys did know this was a book, yes? I'm fairly certain I'd watched this movie countless times before I found out that it was based on a book. So, I finally took it upon myself to read it and compare it to the movie for Swashbuckling Summer fun times.

(SIDENOTE for other movie geeks: Did you know that William Goldman also wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid? {I love, love, love that movie, btw} As well as Misery, Maverick and quite a few others. And since I'm talking about screenplays and pirates, he wrote one based on Blackbeard and Bonet that was to feature Sean Connery and Roger Moore. It was deemed to expensive to produce. I would've LOVED to see that movie. Especially starring two of the best Bonds ever. END SIDENOTE)

I was, quite honestly, expecting there to be quite a few changes from the book to the movie adaptation, because there always are. But there really wasn't. Sure there was information left out-especially about Fezzik and Inigo-but it didn't really add too much to the narrative. Just some basic backstory (Fezzik started fighting others when he was only 6, and hated it; Inigo's travels to become a master swordfighter after the 6 finger man killed his father). A minor change takes part in the Fire Swamp. I was glad to see the ROUSes, and the fire, but the lightning sand has a different name (which I am totally blanking on right now!). The biggest change, which I think was probably a wise change for the movie, was the name of the Pit of Despair. In the book it is called the Zoo of Death. I'm glad they changed it aren't you? Especially as this is more of a kids book, I'm pretty sure I don't want something being referred to as the Zoo of Death around my kiddo.

Quite possibly the most interesting part of the entire book to me was how it was supposedly an abridgement of a book by S. Morgenstern. A person who, in fact, Goldman made up (as is the entire country of Florin, FYI). There was never another edition of The Princess Bride. It's a unique story telling device, and one that Goldman accentuates throughout the book by use of Italics. Another literary device Goldman uses is parentheticals. He often takes a moment to explain something-even his own thoughts or how a word may not have been used during that time. It adds even more dimension to an ever-intriguing story.

And then at the end of the book, there's Buttercup's Baby. You really just need to read all of that part for yourself. I don't even know what to say about it, other than the fact that Goldman is a mad genius.

Having seen the movie so many times (I can't even tell you how many), it was fun to see the story again in writing, and picturing some of my favorite movie scenes as I was reading.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Swashbuckling Summer: Movie Break!


Are you enjoying Swashbuckling Summer? Have you learned anything about pirates yet? Are you ready for a break?

Well you're in luck. It's movie night! So string up your hammock, grab yourself some grog, ale, beer, or fruity cocktail, some Pirate Booty (the popcorn. Get your mind out of the gutter) and kick back and enjoy tonight's presentation of...

THE GOONIES



What's that? You're super young and therefore have never heard of The Goonies?!? Well you're missing out. It's past time to get acquainted with this totally awesome 80s masterpiece.

From IMDB: A group of kids set out on an adventure in search of pirate treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure.

That's right. A group of kids. And pirate treasure (a pirate named One Eyed Willie to be exact). And ADVENTURE. The kids find a treasure map and follow it. And there are booby traps. Like a booby-trapped piano. And the Fratelli's (a gang? mob? I don't really know how to describe them. A mean family. How about that?) who make it difficult for the kids to find the treasure. It's fantastic.

There's some big name stars like Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee from LOTR), Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman (umm yeah. If you fall into the younger crowd, you probably don't know who this is...), and Martha Plimpton (Parenthood). 

I keep racking my brain to think of more things to say in order to significantly convey how much I love this movie and just how awesome it is. But I can't word right now, you'll just have to take my word for it.


Are you interested yet? Do I have you running to Redbox or some other video outlet to rent The Goonies? Because I hope you are. And I'm giving you a chance to win your own copy.

US only. Must be 13 or have parental consent.

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Click here to go back to the Swashbuckling Summer main page to find the schedule and giveaway information!

And remember, Goonies never say die.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Swashbuckling Summer: Pirate Flag Matchup


Are you ready for some fun? Before diving into all the books and movie related pirate stuff, I wanted to start off with a little real life pirate knowledge.

Did you know that not all pirate flags are the same?
This is the one that you are probably used to seeing (The Jolly Roger):


Originally, red flags were simply flown showing that the ship would show no quarter. From there it developed into each pirate creating his own flag. Your challenge? To see if you can match up the flag with the famous notorious pirate. Are you ready?

1.                                                                                          A. Thomas Tew


2.                                                                                         B. Bartholomew Roberts (1)

3.                                                                                         C. Edward "Blackbeard" Teach

4.                                                                                         D. Stede Bonnet "The Gentleman Pirate"

5.                                                                                         E. Edward Low

6.                                                                                         F. John Avery

7.                                                                                         G. Christopher Condent

8.                                                                                          H. Richard Worley

9.                                                                                          I. Edward England


10.                                                                                         J. Jack Rackham


11.                                                                                          K. Bartholomew Roberts (2)

Hope you enjoyed my pirate flag quiz! Thanks for playing!

Highlight for answers
>>1. F    2. K   3. B    
4. J     5. G    6. E  
7. C   8. I     9. D  

10. H     11. A<<
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Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Time for Swashbuckling Summer!


It's pirate time you guys! I'm so excited Swashbuckling Summer is finally here! In case you're wondering what this is all about, Emily & Danie over at Oh Magic Hour and I have teamed up for the next two weeks to discuss all things pirates. You can read all about it here, in case you need more details. But basically, we love pirates, and pirate related things.

But why do I love pirates you ask? Well. Ever since high school, which is longer ago than I care to admit to you guys, I went on a cruise to the Caribbean, which only made my love of pirates grow deeper. In fact, when I was in Nassau, Bahamas, I opted to go to the pirate museum instead of the beach. It was fascinating! I learned so much about pirates-until then it had been the more Hollywood romanticized pirates that I'd come to love. But seriously, I find them totally interesting. I still have my t-shirt from the museum as well. :)

So, with that being said, let's move on to why I like pirates so much now, and the ONE book character who made me want to do Swashbuckling Summer in the first place...

And that, friends is the dashing, snarky, but-don't-call-him-a-pirate-he-prefers-privateer...
STURMHOND.  Ah yes, my beloved Nikolai. He's my favorite. He was even my date to the YA Prom. I simply adore the man. I really don't know what to say about him, other than if you haven't met him yet, you should really drop everything and go read The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

MOVING ON.

The next couple of weeks promise to be very exciting around here! Bookmark this page so you don't miss out on any of the fun (as links will be updated accordingly)! And you can go HERE to find all of the goodies & posts that'll take place over at Oh Magic Hour!

Schedule of Events 
(Broke Book Girls only)

Monday, July 7th: Intro Post & Giant Giveaway Begins (in conjunction with Oh Magic Hour)! 

Wednesday, July 9th: Pirate Flag Quiz Time!

Friday, July 11th: Time for a Movie Break! Join me in watching the 80s Classic The Goonies! (Giveaway!)

Saturday, July 12-Sunday July 13th: Instagram Challenge! Show us your favorite pirates (books, movies, etc), and tag me (@brokebookgirls) and/or Emily (@ohmagichour) and use the hashtag #swashbucklingsummer to enter the giveaway!

Monday, July 14th: Princess Bride Day! I'll be discussing the book and the movie. (Giveaway!)

Tuesday, July 15th: Top Ten Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 16th: Review: Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey

Friday, July 18th: Review Steel by Carrie Vaughn

Sunday, July 20th: Wrap Up & Winners Announced!

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Also, if at any time you want to join in-and we'd LOVE to have you-grab the button below and come join our crew!!


ARRRRRRR you as excited as we are?!?

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

ARRRRRRR You Ready for Some Pirates?



It's almost time for Swashbuckling Summer! Starting next week, I'm pairing with Emily & Danie over at Oh Magic Hour to discuss our mutual love of pirates! For 2 weeks, we'll be discussing all things PIRATES (or at least pirate related. Or things that take place on the open seas. You get the gist).

A big THANKS to Meg (@megsaysthings) over at Cuddlebuggery for designing our awesome banner. Didn't she do a fabulous job!?


So Just What Is "Swashbuckling Summer?"

Emily did a fantastic job explaining everything over on her intro post, so I won't rehash everything here-just click on over to Oh Magic Hour to go check it out. But...SS will take place July 7-20th, and there will be reviews, guest posts, author interviews, fun facts, and of course giveaways! So make sure you check both blogs often so you don't miss out!

I Love Pirates Too! Can I Join In?

Absolutely! We'd love to have you join us! If you're interested, fill out the info below or email me (lindsay.self85 @ gmail.com) or Emily (ohmagichour @ gmail.com) and we'll get it all set up. We'll have a linky on the welcome posts, so if at any point during the 2 weeks you want join us, just grab the button below, add your link and you'll be all set!



Did You Say Giveaway? I Think I Heard You Say Giveaway.

Yes, yes you did. We have a bunch of giveaways planned for books, movies, pirate swag, and maybe (if time permits) some pirate cookies ;). There will be a few single book giveaways throughout the 2 weeks, some bigger prize packages, and a BIG giveaway at the end! So make sure you check back often so you don't miss a chance to win!

That's It!

We're so excited for Swashbucking Summer & we hope that you are too! 
Arrrrrren't you glad you stopped by? 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classic Books

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love, love, LOVE classics. I really do. I even have a classics shelf on my bookcase:

And a special stack of classics that have been gifted to me by my husband on special occasions. They're all special edition hardback, leather copies:
Little Women, Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice

But instead of telling you about all my favorite classic books, I've decided to focus on just one. My favorite one of all.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

But I'm not just going to leave it at that. So below I'm listing my favorite adaptations (books, movies, etc) of my favorite classic book. So here we go, in no particular order:


In case you've somehow missed out on this, you should really drop everything and go watch it. It's a serialized version of P&P set in modern times and told through video diaries. I LOVE it. Even though it's over (they're now doing Emma!) I still go back and watch some of my favorite videos
Which leads me to my honorable mention of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.
I haven't read this yet, but definitely plan on doing so soon.

Pride & Prejudice (2004 movie version)
This is probably my personal favorite movie adaptation. I LOVE this version so much. I know what minute all of my favorite scenes take place. Not that I ever skip the rest of the movie just to watch the Darcy-Elizabeth swoon-worthy parts. Nope. Not at all.

 Pride & Prejudice (BBC Mini Series)
 Probably the most comprehensive choice on the list, this adaptation is wonderful. I just wish it wasn't quite so long sometimes, or I'd watch it more often. Bonus: It's on Amazon Prime now!

Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
It's been a while since I've read this book, but I've always enjoyed it. Definitely quirky and interesting.

The second appearance of Colin Firth on this list. There's just something about him that says "Darcy!" I guess. I love Hugh Grant as Wickham too. So dastardly!

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik


A super cute, fun, easy read that places our characters in high school. I think I read this in about 2 hours last summer!

Books by Sharon Lathan
I won one of her books in the Armchair BEA contests and loved it! I picked up a couple of more when I was finished! I love reading slightly altered and/or continuations of P&P. These are great if you're in the mood for more Darcy & Elizabeth (and who isn't?)
 
Books by Elizabeth Aston
Aston's books are the first ones I remember stumbling upon at the library years ago. I checked out every. single. one. my library had and devoured them. They all pick up after Darcy & Elizabeth are married and follow their lives. They do go in order, so if you're interested, make sure and look up the order before reading.

One Thread Pulled by Diana J. Oaks
 I'm not sure exactly how I came upon this book, but it's great. Oaks changes one thing from the original book and takes it from there.

A Constant Love (on FanFiction.net) by SophieTurner1805
I'm an admitted fan fiction lover, and this is one of my absolute favorite ones. Often times when I'm in the middle of a reading slump, I read fan fiction to help drag me out of it. 
This story is completed, and she started the sequel yesterday. :) Here's the summary:
A Pride & Prejudice continuation: For Elizabeth, the joy of her marriage and honeymoon are quickly followed by the demands of becoming Mrs. Darcy, all while helping her shy new younger sister come out into society. Georgiana must deal with more suitors than she expected, when she fears nothing more than once again being persuaded to think she is in love with the wrong man.


So, that's it for my list! Have you guys read/watched/etc any of these? Are there any I missed that you love? Let me know in the comments! I'm always on the lookout for great P&P adaptations!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The YA Prom

Do you have your dress ready? Hair? Shoes? Makeup?

Because it's YA Prom time! 

I totally love this idea that Alexa and Gaby created! All you have to do is pick your date and your dress, and head to prom! Granted, I'm much closer to 30 now than actual prom age, but that didn't stop me from having a blast with this post! So without further ado, here are my selections for my date, dress, shoes, and hair. :)

My date....



None other than the dashing and debonair privateer prince himself, Nikolai STURMHOND!
Was there every any doubt? I did briefly consider taking Hector or Chaol, but in the end, I would love to hang out with this guy for an evening, adventuring, and snarking about all the things.

So what does one wear to prom with a pirate?  
Well, here's my dress pantsuit...
Source
I originally considered doing a dress, but then I figured Sturmhond and I would be getting up to all kinds of hijinx, so I figured I'd be slightly more practical. I mean, who can run around and get up to trouble in a dress? Not me, that's for sure.

Speaking of running...  
I'll need some shoes.
Source: Jimmy Choo
Seeing as how we plan on getting into all kinds mischief, I need some flat shoes to run around in. With Sturmhond's connections, I'm going to have the Fabrikators make sure they are indestructible and extra comfy. ;)

And finally, I'll need my hair to look all pretty. But also functional.  
So here's how I'll fix my hair.
Source
I like the idea of having my hair pulled back (not quite into a ponytail), but still having it be elegant and beautiful. This hairstyle definitely fits the bill.

And because this is what really matters, this is my prom date for life & I at our wedding 7+ years ago:
So that's it! Will I be seeing you at prom? Will I be sharing my date with any of you?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Joint Review: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Book: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy #3
Released: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Pages: 417 (Hardcover)
Rating: 5++


From Goodreads:
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

In the off chance you haven't read this series yet, you really, really should. Like now. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 until you've read this series, mmmkay?

Sarah and I decided to try something new for this review (I keep saying review. It's probably more of a discussion, but whatever, I'll call it what I want). Since we both love this series so much, we've opted to do a joint review. So we hopped on Google Docs and chatted back and forth. It's long, and slightly rambley, but we had a great time!

So without further ado... here's our review/discussion. SPOILERS BELOW. I REPEAT, SPOILERS BELOW. PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE TO READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE BOOK, OKAY?!?
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First of all, welcome to our first ever joint review! Sarah and I are writing back and forth to each other to review this. I, Lindsay, will be writing in blue, and Sarah will be in black from hereon out. I apologize for anything ridiculous that may be said in advance. (ALSO SPOILERS ABOUND. SERIOUSLY. THERE ARE SPOILERS ALL OVER THIS REVIEW. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!)

Because frankly, we're ridiculous all the time.

And our excitement for these books knows no bounds. Let’s get started.

Sarah, have you sufficiently picked yourself up off the floor? I know that your beloved Darkling was killed off. Should we refer to him as Aleksander now?

Ugh. Don't remind me! I'm utterly devastated. I think that was the worst moment in the book for me. I wanted him to redeem himself, I had hope until the very end. And yes, let's call him by his given name .. Aleksander *sigh*

I had hope for him as well. But only like 3%. Did you really think she wasn’t going to kill him off?

No! I wasn't expecting it at all. I actually teared up. It was so sad. I was truly hoping that he would have a change of heart; That once Alina had possession of the third amplifier, she could somehow convince him to be a better man. I really believed she could have changed him if she had more time.

Lindsay, What was the most shocking moment for you?

Oh that’s easy. Hands down the moment that had me sobbing and wanting to curl up in the fetal position (at 2:00 am, mind you) was when my most beloved Nikolai (a/k/a STURMHOND) was turned in to the evil dark bird thing (in transition to becoming a volcra maybe?). I was miserable. THAT WAS NOT OKAY BARDUGO. It was even worse because it was the middle of the night (on release day) and I had NO ONE TO CRY WITH. Although I did send my friend Kristina a few DMs on twitter so she could read them the next day. It still did nothing to lessen my heartbreak.

It was horrible! I love Nikolai. When he became that volcra thing, I was completely heartbroken for him.

Nikolai is so strong and always has something witty to say and at that moment you really saw him in a completely different light. He was vulnerable and it was something we haven't seen from him really.

Lindsay, what was your least favorite part of the book?

First of all, in regards to Nikolai’s snarkiness, I must include my favorite line of the book when Alina says, “Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake.” BECAUSE I WOULD PAY MONEY TO SEE HIM DO THIS. And I think he would actually do it too.

Yes, I laughed out loud!

Anyway, my least favorite moment is at the very end with Mal. I’ve made no secret about my dislike of Mal-who I absolutely wanted to be killed off in this book after reading Shadow & Bone and Siege & Storm. (And after reading it, I have since recanted. I came around to his side. Kinda.) BUT I felt that the whole bringing him back to life thing was just a bit far-fetched. My lone theory on this is that she killed the amplifier part of him, and left his regular body/soul to be brought back. I would have been more than happy if he stayed dead. Then Alina could’ve married Nikolai, which was totally my end game. Ha. What was yours, Sarah?

I would have to say my least favorite part was also when Mal came back to life. I couldn't stand Mal in the first two books. He was so whiney. I mean, Alina had sacrificed so much and he could only focus on himself. And let me point out that he only realized he loved her after she was the Sun Summoner. (HA! It’s not just me that feels this way, Emily!) Granted, in this book he claims that he's alway loved her, but I think that's a load of crap. Anyway... Yeah. I wish he'd have stayed dead.

Nikolai is the only one who is allowed to come back. Anywho… let’s move on to some more people who are awesome. Like Baghra. Holy crap, how awesome is she? And just how much did you love her backstory?!

I was thrilled to read Baghra's backstory. It was probably my favorite part in the entire book.

When Alina first asked her how she knew so much and Baghra's ignored the question (When Mal interrupted because Genya was having a crisis with the King) was when I first realized that there had to be some relation there. At first I started to assume she was Morozova's wife but then we find out she was his daughter. I had so much sadness for her. The way she was treated by her parents was really sad to me.

I can’t even imagine having to deal with all that. And then having your son do everything that Aleksander did. No wonder she was so sassy. I also did not see it coming that she was Morozova’s daughter. She obviously knew something about the amplifiers, which made me assume there was a close connection, but I didn’t know it would be that.

AND THAT FINAL SCENE WITH HER. I CAN’T EVEN. What a story arc Bardugo created.

Right?! The part where she told Alina how she raised Aleksander was heartbreaking. She had the best intentions. She never wanted him to live in fear the way she had when she was a child. She wanted him to be strong and brave. Instead she inadvertently helped him become the monster he became.

I feel like when she jumped off the terrace, that was kind of her way of paying her  penance. She felt somewhat at fault for Aleksander becoming The Darkling and her death was her way of trying to fix it ... If you will.

One of my absolute favorite scenes, if not THE favorite, was the scene between Genya and the King. Holy moly, that was intense! I know you love Genya, so what did you think about that part in particular?

That part was amazing. I do love Genya. Her attitude is the best. When she described how she poisoned the King ... MIND BLOWN! Good for her. The King was such a sleaze bag. The Queen needed to be punched in the face. How could she turn a blind eye to something as horrible a rape? Her excuse was sickening. "She's a servant." Bleh. Nikolai's response was perfect. It made me love him even more.

Seriously. Of all the ways to poison him, that’s how you do it. Game. Set. And Match to Genya. And I was thrilled Nikolai basically stood up for her to his not-actual dad and to his mom (another great revelation I expected, but was happy to hear nonetheless).

Also on the Genya front, I loved her developing relationship with David. I’ve always loved him as a character, and I really enjoyed seeing them happy together.

Right. She totally hit the jackpot with David. Men that'll love you when you're beautiful are a dime a dozen. But a man that'll love you after you've been disfigured ... He's a keeper!

How did you feel about Mal being the third amplifier?

I really liked that twist. I always figured there was something about him, I could never put my finger on it exactly. I always suspected Alina was the descendant of Morozova, not Mal, but it still worked. And it definitely explained his ability to track the other amplifiers.

Yeah, I knew his tracking abilities were beyond amazing. But I didn't see that twist coming at all.  

Let’s talk about that Epilogue. I love me some epilogues. Especially when they take us years into the future. If I’m not going to get more books in the series, this is my favorite way to wrap them up. So Alina & Mal get their HEA. Married. No one knows who they are. They (predictably) buy the orphanage. And they maintain contact with all their BFFs (including King Nikolai). The end.

Yes. It was perfectly wrapped up like a little present. I was kind of annoyed by that. It was almost too perfect. I DID like that they ended up back at the orphanage. However, I was more interested in Nikolai and the other Grisha. I didn't really care for more Alina and Mal.

Let’s hope we get a few glimpses of them in The Dregs (SO EXCITED!!!)

Okay. Rate this book! How many stars do you give it and why?

5+. I absolutely adored this book. I will most definitely be reading it again. I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t enjoy about it-even the small issues I had with it, which aren’t many-are overshadowed by the rest of the book’s sheer awesomeness. Bardugo will definitely always be on my auto-buy list.

I agree. I give this book a 5. It was the best in the trilogy. I never once tired of it. It had me going from the first page to the last page. Even though my dearest Aleksander didn't survive (and Mal did), I still loved (almost) everything about it! Bardugo did not disappoint.

And there you have it! Our first ever joint-review. Thanks for sticking with us through all of our questions and rambley answers. Chime in below in the comments to let us know your thoughts on the book!

Hope you guys enjoyed! Maybe we'll do another one of these sometime soon.

(I'LL BE ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY SHORTLY! SO COME BACK IN A BIT!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cookie Covers: The Grisha Trilogy Edition

So, in case you somehow missed it, we're having an entire Grisha themed week this week. Which leads me to today's post.

When I first decided to start making cookies based on book covers, THESE covers are the reason why. I love, love, love them so much. They're absolutely gorgeous, and I'm happy to say they translated exactly how I imagined into cookies.

So without further ado....

GRISHA COOKIES!



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PS. Make sure you're following me on twitter to win these:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR!

 TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Look! Posts! TWO days in a row! Huzzah! We're glad to be back, and will hopefully get back to our normal posting schedule now. In case you missed it, we're super excited about the release of Ruin & Rising, so we're having an entire week of related posts to celebrate it-including a giveaway (which you can check out HERE.) On to this week's topic: Our Summer TBR! Check out our selections below!
 Well. Seeing as how it's Grisha Week here, I better start out with the obvious...

1. Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo. As I'm writing this I am anxiously awaiting my email notifications to tell me that it has been delivered to my kindle. Upon which I will start devouring it. Who needs sleep? (This is also why you aren't getting any pretty cover pictures from me today. #dealwithit)

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I've fangirled over Rowell many, many times on this blog. And I'm sure I will again. IT'S A BOOK ABOUT A MAGIC PHONE!

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I read the sneak peek chapters of this and OMG I WANT THE REST OF IT NOW.

4. Deliverance by CJ Redwine. I am super excited about this series ender. Can't wait to see what CJ does with Rachel in this final installment.


5. On the Fence by Kasie West. I love all of her books. I'm sure I'll love this one as well.

Honorable Mention: I'm about halfway through Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon. This book is a beast. I'll finish it as soon as I'm done with R&R.
Hello, hello. Long time, no blog. We're back and I'm so stoked about to release of Ruin and Rising! Team Darkling (can I get an amen?!) Anywho, I have quite a few books on my TBR list but I managed to narrow it down to five. Here they are...

1. Written in My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon. Lindsay already has a jump on this one. I've been holding off because I need to be able to dedicate AT LEAST one full month to get through it without any other reading distractions. 

2. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. Any book that has ANY sort of time travel plot always gets me. The premis to this one really grabbed my attention.

3. The Young World by Chris Weitz. Distopian New York City ran by teens? Please God... please let this book be a modern version of Lord of the Flies! 

4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Um ... Matthew Quick wrote "Silver Linings Playbook" which is a wonderful book and was turned into an amazing movie. (Jennifer Lawrence! Am I right?) I'm excited to read more of Mr. Quick's work.

5. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. I need more contemporary young adult fiction in my life. I've been stuck in fantasy land for a while now. 

That's it! What's on ya'lls lists?  


It's Grisha Week!!

It's Grisha Week here on The Broke Book Girls!!

We are HUGE fans of this series, so we thought we'd take an entire week to celebrate just how much we love it! So we have an entire week of  fun planned!


Monday: Intro post & Giveway Announced (which is what you're reading now)

Tuesday: TTT - Summer TBR - what better way to kick off summer than reading R&R?

Wednesday: Twitter Giveway! Make sure you're following me for this one! @brokebookgirls

Thursday: Grisha Quiz! Time to brush up on your knowledge of all things Grisha

Friday: Joint Review of R&R and the Giveaway Winner Announced! Sarah & I will be attempting our first joint review, plus find out who wins the prize pack (see rafflecopter below)


We're super excited for this week & we hope you are too!

Plus we figured what better way to celebrate (and hopefully get us back in to the habit of blogging in general!) than with a giveaway!

That's right! We have a giveway to go along with Grisha week! Check out the rafflecopter below to enter!

And just what do these cookies look like?!? Check them out HERE!


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Thanks for stopping by & I hope you're as excited about Grisha Week as we are!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

It's Armchair BEA Week! (Introduction Post)

Well hello there. I'm so excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year! There's so much fun stuff planned, and I can't wait to get to it this week!

First up for the week is an introduction, so without further ado.... here are the 5 questions & answers so you can learn a little more about me!

1. My name is Lindsay, I'm 29, a wife, mom to an almost 4 year old little boy, and a cookie decorator (and I really like to make book related cookies. Like these. And these. And also these. And yes, they're all actually edible.). I've been blogging for about 6 months now along with my co-blogger Sarah. I started a blog for one reason really, I love talking about books. Being able to share that love and fangirl over books with other bloggers is one of my favorite things to do. You people get me. I'm blogging from smack-dab in the middle of the Texas Panhandle (that's the square part at the top).



2. My blog in one sentence.... hmmmm.....

You can find me most often on the social media sites listed below (especially twitter. I love twitter):
Twitter: @brokebookgirls
Instagram: @brokebookgirl
Goodreads: Lindsay (Broke Book Girls)

3. My favorite genre is fantasy, especially epic fantasy. I love, love, love getting swept away into a whole new world. There's just something about the way an author can create an entire world/country/city/history/etc that just draws me in. I love it.
I mean, can we discuss how amazing Leigh Bardugo is for creaking Ravka?

 4. My favorite book I read last year was, um, there's a lot. Picking one is hard and you can't make me do it. Favorite fantasy series, that ended, is The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I actually just re-read it last week, and am happy to report that it was even better the second time around. (See: HECTOR). As for contemporary, my favorite one I read last year is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I adore her books so much, and binge read all 3 in about 2 days, but Attachments is my favorite of them all. (Since I can't resist, I love The Grisha Trilogy and The Throne of Glass series. But they're not finished yet, so I'm not including them even though they are AMAZING.)





My favorite books so far this year are Open Road Summer by Emery Lord for Contemporary, A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller for historical fiction, and the wonderfulness that is Cress by Marissa Meyer for fantasy/sci-fi. I've read some amazing books this year though. It's hard to narrow it down to even 3. (Honorable mention to Something Real by Heather Demetrios and Lady Thief by AC Gaughen. The FEELS you guys.)





5. I would LOVE to see The Lunar Chronicles made into a movie. There is so, so much potential there. The story. The visuals. The action. The romance. Seriously, these books have it all. Plus I would kinda love to see Thorne up on a big screen...

Ignore that number there. I didn't want to make a new graphic....

So that's it! Welcome & I can't wait to read about you all! Please leave me your links in the comments!! :)