Simply Sunday #9

I know this is supposed to be posted on Sunday (yesterday) but it’s technically still the wee hours of the morning on this beautiful Monday morning. I’ve been waiting all week to share my favorite simple thing so I am posting this! Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is a quote from R.M. Drake:

There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom. And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest of places without the need of light.

Why I Chose It

Strength is an incredible thing; to me, it is even admirable. To me, this quote shows strength and beauty in the most uncertain of places.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week!

Emma

Book Review: On The Fence by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release date: July1, 2014

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble

SYNOPSIS

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds,

aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high. — Goodreads

TREAD ON FELLOW BOOK LOVERS. MINIMUM TO NO SPOILERS LIE AHEAD.

A light and enticing summer read, On The Fence will tug at your heart strings and fill you with an incredible amount of joy and a dash of sadness. But fret not, it is mostly – if not entirely – wonderfully giddy.

I honest-to-goodness enjoyed this sweet and light contemporary. I loved it and found myself laughing out loud at how utterly ridiculous and realistic the relationship between Charlie and her brothers (Jerome, Nathan, and Gage). Also, I cannot forget Braden, Charlie’s long-time neighbor and honorary fourth brother. My favorite scenes in the story were the hilarious situations Charlie found herself in, like getting dumped in bodies of water.

Then, there is this thing (because Charlie doesn’t know what it is) going on between her and Braden. They’ve found solitude in one another during late night conversations by the fence that divides their backyard. But during the day, it’s like those late night conversations never happened. They live in this alternate universe where they pretend that they’ve delved into each others lives. And with Charlie, that’s all right with her.

I loved the romance, even though there was a little of it (and I seriously wanted more!), I loved it nonetheless. I totally ship who she ends up with. It’s beautiful and oh, so sweet!

Meanwhile, she is struggling to understand who she is and where she fits in. She’s never known how to be a girl; the world of fashion and makeup completely foreign to her. It isn’t until she starts to work at Bazzar that she begins to question herself. She also wonders about her late-mother, who she doesn’t remember much about.

The thing that I loved about this book was how easy it was to read through. The chapters were sweet and short, leaving me wanting more. Thus, keeping me fully engaged and immersed in Charlie’s story. West tends to say so much in the simplest of manners. One look, one word – they can mean so much.

I also really loved the relationships in this book. Like I mentioned before, I loved the relationship between Charlie and her brothers. They are hilarious, over-protective, and sweet. They could be such pesks in the best way possible. The dialogue between the brothers and Charlie was seriously the best thing I have ever read. It’s just so ASDFGJKL. I have a brother and I can definitely relate.

Charlie’s father was also another greatly written character. As a single father, he struggled to raise Charlie because she was a girl. He didn’t know how to treat her as such and it isn’t a mystery why Charlie turned out to be a tomboy. Yet, he was still protective of her and did not give her any special treatment just because she was a girl. If he did, she would never have had to get a job to learn her lesson in consequences. Even though his presence was scarce, I really liked how he was developed. He’s a caring and loving father who works to have his kids have a good life.

Lastly, there is Braden who is just completely sweet and endearing. He has his own troubles that he keeps inside, letting Charlie know of them slowly throughout the story. I like that he fits right in with her family and he is treated as such. And I also love the thing ^^ that goes on with them.

Towards the end of the book, I might have teared up because it’s just…you wouldn’t guess that there is an air of mystery in this story. What happened to Charlie’s mother isn’t all that it appears to be. But I like how it was sprinkled throughout the novel. It wasn’t the main focus, but it definitely was part of a secondary plot line.

A light and enticing summer read, On The Fence will tug at your heart strings and fill you with an incredible amount of joy and a dash of sadness. But fret not, it is mostly – if not entirely – wonderfully giddy. I absolutely loved the glimpse of Caymen and Skye from The Distance Between Us. Nicely done Kasie, cookies for you!

I would say this is a companion novel to the setting that Kasie West builds in TDBU. It is it’s own novel full of new characters and differing experiences that is sure to melt your heart with sweetness.

It’ receives and outstanding…5 cupcakes!

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Simply Sunday #8

simply sundaySimply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare:

We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

Why I Chose It

I believe these words are beautiful in a time of loss. This inspires hope and love when death is often filled with mourning and painstaking guilt. But as long as we remember the good times with the recently deceased, there truly is no loss. They will always be there in your heart.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week! :)

Emma

Mid-Year Book Freakout

I first stumbled upon this survey from Chiara over at Books For a Delicate Eternity. I read it and it’s such an amazing idea from Cami and Ely  over at A Book So Fathomless. The Mid-Year Book Freakout is a time where you can be a complete fangirl over the books you’ve read so far in the year. Fun, right?

So, without further ado…here is me fangirling…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.

I think I will have to go with Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. I read it entirely in one sitting. It was AH-MAZING!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.

Insurgent. No doubt.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Four by Veronica Roth. I love him and I need to read more about him so I can love him even MORE.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER. IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS MICHELLE. I NEED THIS. I NEED IT NOW.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I thought I would love this. Friends who received an ARC said they loved it…and I just…I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. It made me angry most of all.

6. Biggest surprise.

Silver Shadows. Most definitely. I mean, have you guys read it?! *runs into a wall* #DEAD

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Aimee Carter. I really enjoyed Pawn. Makes me want to read more of her work!

8. Newest fictional crush.

Adrian. Seriously. I loved him in Silver Shadows. I just…he’s giving Dimitri a run for his money. *sigh*

9. Newest favourite character.

Aria from the Under The Never Sky series. She’s a trooper! She’s courageous and brave and I admire her so much for it.

10. Book that made you cry.

City of Heavenly Fire. It’s the only book that has made me cry this year. I cried in front of my boyfriend for heaven’s sakes. He didn’t know what to do with me.

11. Book that made you happy.

It’s a tie between City of Heavenly Fire and Silver Shadows.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

The Fault in Our Stars. No competition.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

I’m really proud of this one.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. It’s a middle grade beautiful illustrative piece.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I need to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer, Trial by Fire, and Infinite Sea by the end of this year. Or I might just die of utter shame.

Emma

Goodbye July, Hello August

 

Hello my dears! Another month gone as summer slowly dwindles to nothing more than a dream. I feel like such a failure because I have not accomplished much during my summer break. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like, though I have been writing every day. I’ve also been trying to learn Russian, but that isn’t going very well. I may try to learn German and reinforce my Spanish knowledge. I’ve also been having my own small adventures. Last weekend I went to Utah and scaled the mountains of Zion. Kevin and I conquered the hardest trail which is Angel’s Landing (more like Hell’s Landing, if you ask me). It was really nice to just get away from the city and enjoy nature.

Anyways, before I ramble way too much, to welcome the new month I will share my favorites from the previous month (July). My favorites include books, music, shows, movies, ect. July was a pretty busy month and it was the most memorable so far this summer.

FAVORITE BOOK

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. The conclusion to The Mortal Instrument series left me blissfully happy. Tears were shed from both happiness and heartbreak. But mostly happiness. I loved every minute of my adventure reading this final book. It was beautifully written as well as near perfection. I cannot wait to read more of Cassandra Clare in the years to come! She is definitely one of my top 10 favorite authors. I hope to write an in depth review of this book soon because I still have so many feels buried within my soul.

FAVORITE MUSIC

I think Ed Sheeran is the bane of my existence. He is just…incredible. One of these days I want to see him perform live.

FAVORITE MOVIE

First, I would like to say that I have never seen a Planet of the Apes movie, not even the one with James Franco. I have been wanting to watch the adaption with Franco in it but never had the chance. So, I sat in the theater with an open mind, not really knowing what it will be about, nor the previous plot line.

With that in mind I really liked the film. I found it realistic (to a point). I found it intriguing and scientifically correct to how the apes communicated with one another using sign language. My theory (and I don’t know if this was mentioned in the film or is a known fact) is that Cesar is the one who taught the apes sign language as he was taught as a baby.

There was a point in the film where I got annoyed though because an event occurred, which caused something else to happen…and I just found it extremely illogical. I understand that it spurred the movie forward, but….*le sigh*

Overall, I found it great though. And if my prediction is correct, there will be another adaptation in the future. It seems like there will be war.

Dun. Dun. Dunnnnn.

FAVORITE APP

Vinted

I’ve turned my obsession from buying books to buying clothes off of Vinted. It’s an app where you can upload new or used clothes and sell them. So far, I”ve made about 5 purchases within the last two months and have had a great experience with the seller’s as well as with the Vinted community. What I also really enjoy about the app is that I can heart what I like or will potentially want to buy in the future.

The pay option is also easy to navigate and makes life a 100% easier. It’s great for first time buyers who are not sure how to use the app (like myself in the beginning).

Lastly, I love that you can be a person’s follower. If they are a seller, I love being able to know what they have uploaded. And if I like it and have money I will readily buy it right then and there!

This app is amazing! If you like thrift shopping, you’ll love this app! Some of the items are even new items that are bought and never worn. Most items are in great mint condition. Whoever invented this app is a genius. It’s just great and I love it!

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT

White Nail Polish

It doesn’t matter from what brand the White Nail Polish comes from, but I have worn the color more often this month than any other time this year. I love how simplistic it looks. It’s the perfect color for summer. And there are so many patterns (or not, if you want to keep it simple) that you can do with it.

I’m not that creative, so I keep it simply white with a dash of pink glitter coated on top. Isn’t that isn’t summery, then I don’t know what is!

FAVORITE PLACE

Zion National Park

In the middle of July, Kevin and I took a trip up to Utah, spending the weekend there. It was absolutely beautiful! I’ve never been to Utah and my mind was completely enthralled by all the lovely forestry. Our mission was to climb the rigorous trails of MT. Zion. And boy, did we climb!

Some of the trails were excruciating. And leave it to my boyfriend to pick the hardest one of all called Angel’s Landing. The view…it was all worth it just for the beautiful view that overlooked the cavern.

I want to do it all over again. Soon.

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What were some of your favorites during the month of July? Let me know in the comments below! Or if you’ve blogged about it, don’t be shy; leave a link behind! :)

August is promising to be a good month! So far, I have already finished three books! That’s already more than I have ever done in a month this year. (I know, it’s severely lacking). The bad thing is that I am now behind on my book reviews! But I must not fret. I will post them. I have to, to feel accomplished. Plus, I miss writing a well, honest-to-goodness review.

Hope your August goes well lovelies!

Signing off for now,

Emma

Simply Sunday #7

simply sunday

Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from Emily Bronte, one of my all-time favorite classic authors.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

Why I Chose It

This resonates of love. When you find that person you want to spend the rest of your life with, it’s because they essentially are the missing half of you. They are calm, where you are frantic. They are free-spirited when you are quiet but daring. Of course, there are similarities that are binding and comforting; qualities and likes that bring people together, forming a foundation to love.

And when that person loves you, they know you. Truly. Deeply.

I may have gotten what the quote’s true interpretation wrong. What do you think? Let me know down in the comments!

Got your own Simply Sunday? Leave a link down below! Or if you don’t, let me know what was your favorite simple thing this week :)

Emma

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoats Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release date: November 26, 2013

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble

SYNOPSIS

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand. — Goodreads

GO FORTH LOVELIES. THERE ARE NO SPOILERS TO BE WARY OF. YOUR WELCOME.

An e-galley was provided from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.

First, I’d like to comment on the cover. It is beautiful! I love it’s simplicity and the detail depicting Kitty Doe’s initial III and the pawn piece on the right-hand corner. I also love the semblance of Kitty’s eye within the intricate circle disk. Kudos to the designer of the cover.

I read Pawn within a span of a few months because 1. I read my kindle whenever I am running errands and 2. I lost (misplaced?) my kindle. I recently found it last Sunday and picked up reading where I left off.

I found Pawn interesting with it’s dystopian world. In Kitty Doe’s world, when you reach the age of sixteen you are given a test that ultimately decides your role in society. Only those who are of intellect have a decent life, while the Hart’s are the only ones who are deemed at VII – elite status and the governing force for America. Those who earn a III or lower are cast off in society with low wage, trivial jobs or sent Elsewhere to be hunted like animals and slaughtered. But in the shadows, there is a rebellion to overthrow the Hart’s and their power.

What I really liked about Pawn was the never ending lies and deceit. Mystery was laced in every chapter and as the reader, we discover those truths along with Kitty. I never seemed to be ahead of the game. I absolutely love that!

Because of the edge of mystery, the story moved along smoothly. The chapters were short and full of cliffhangers. So, it is only natural that I wanted to keep on reading. I wanted – nay – needed to know what would happen to these characters.

As for the protagonist – I liked Kitty. I like that she sacrificed her own will in order to save those she loves. She was also strong mentally. There were things that happened, things that she saw, but she always kept her head up. That is an admirable quality. Then there is sweet, loyal Benjy and mysterious, passionate Knox. When it comes to secrets, there is no better candidate than Knox.

I was afraid of a love triangle, but Carter has not shown an interest in that trope. Hopefully, it does not come to pass! Between Benjy and Knox, I don’t know who’d I pick. But I loved them both. Maybe I loved Knox a little more because he appeared in the book more than Benjy. If Carter does not introduce a love triangle between the three of them (Kitty, Benjy, Knox) then I will be happy. A girl and a boy could be friends without having the possibility of a romance. Am I right?

Speaking about love, there was actually a lack of it. There were a few sweet moments between Benjy and Kitty, but that was not a main focus. The absence of love was also seen between the Hart family, which despised one another. Augusta, who is the Prime Minister’s mother, was ruthless and cold. Then, there is Celia who sought revenge for the death of her family, and whose role in the rebellion was more than anyone could have guessed. And then, let’s not forget the Prime Minister himself, who has a few secrets of his own. Lastly, there is Greyson who wants nothing to do with the sick game his family plays. He is the only character who is loved in the family. But they sure do have a funny way of showing it. *hint hint*

Overall, I really liked the aspect of this book.  I found the world interesting and sad all at the same time, yet cast societies do exist in the world today. Even in America based on my sociology and anthropology studies.  – I have never read anything by Aimee Carter and had a good experience with her work. The writing and world was solid, while keeping me engaged the entire time; flipping the pages like a maniac. But it left me…indifferent. I don’t know how to explain it. It was good and I would read the second installment, but…there was just something about it that leaves me blank.

Please do not take my word as holy. It was a good dystopian and I liked it. I recommend it to those who like the genre in YA. Like I said, it was a pretty fast-paced read that kept me wanting more, which deems it 3 cupcakes!

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Cover Reveal: Game Changer by Collette West

Hello world! Today, I bring you a cover reveal of Collette West’s new novel, Game Changer. *woot woot* You may have heard of Collette West as I have done a previous cover reveal for Night Games, which also has a fabulous cover! I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a good cover. And Game Changer is that – a good – nay, a BEAUTIFUL cover. Game Changer is due to hit stores on July 25, 2014.

So…here it goes…

TADA!

SYNOPSIS

Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle’s sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn’t want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle’s little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there’s no way he’s letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

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I really like the idea for the novel. I mean, a girl playing for the Major Leagues? On a boys team? *whistles* I am interested to know where this is going! Definitely adding it to my never ending TBR list on Goodreads. What did you think? Let me know down in the comments below!

xx

Emma

 

Goodbye June, Hello July

Ello lovelies! I hope you all are having a fantastic start of the week! I luckily had the day off after an unremarkable Fourth of July weekend. But it did rain…actual RAIN. It rained so much that the sidewalk flooded in my apartment complex. It was a beautiful sight to behold as Vegas does not get rain often.

What’s your favorite part about rain?

The rain this pass weekend definitely has to be one of my favorite things that has happened so far this month. For June, there are quite a few things that I absolutely adored. For May, it was quite uneventful – which is why I didn’t do post a May Monthly Favorites. May was rather dull and filled with homework, work, and doctor’s appointments. BLAH.

Anyways! I will chatter away if I do not get started :D As always, my monthly favorites consist of things I absolutely adored in the previous month (in this case June) as I welcome the new month.

FAVORITE MUSIC

Ed Sheeran has once again captured my heart with his lovely voice. If you have seen The Fault in Our Stars in theaters, you will surely have heard this song playing at the credits. I’ve actually cried multiple times upon hearing this song because it is the epitome of what the book stands for. I just….I love it.

FAVORITE SHOW

Salem

This is one of those shows I watch religiously. Since it’s premiere in April, I have watched every single episode the following Monday on Hulu – thanks to Anna from The Writer Diaries.

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. – WGN

The thing I absolutely love about Salem is the sense of realism the show portrays. I like how the Protestant’s fled Britain in order to have religious freedom, yet they condemn anyone who is not like them. It is hypocritical, yet true to that time. I also love the lore of witches. The show mostly portrays the evil in witches. They have yet to explore the good side of witchcraft, which I thought they might in one specific character. But that unfortunately is not going to happen. Maybe? Possibly? I don’t know. I seem to theorize what may happen, but am often wrong.

I also really REALLY love the acting. I love Shane West, who has played in Nikita and is the infamous Landon Carter in A Walk to Remember. I love how he is strong and brave and is self-righteous. Then, there is Janet Montgomery, who had a guest role in Merlin, and now plays Mary Sibley, the town’s most powerful woman. I also love Seth Gabel (Cotton Mather) and (Tamzin Merchant (Anne Hale). I even like Elise Eberle (Mercy Lewis) for her amazing performance thus far. I think the show has a great cast full of actors we know and some we are not familiar with. But they make a great show full of lies, betrayal, mystery, and witchcraft.

If you love historical retellings, then Salem is a show for you. I’m really hoping that the season isn’t over just yet. Just give me a few more episodes WGN!

FAVORITE MOVIE

The Fault in Our Stars

This movie was irrevocably incredible. There are so many words, so many feels. Bottom line: The movie was everything I wanted. I wish I could say how I felt watching it without going into a terrible mess full of rambles and tears. I had my doubts concerning Shai and Ansel, but they portrayed Hazel and Augustus so well that it hurt. By the end of the movie, I was a blubbering mess, while my friends and I just sat their as the credits rolled, crying our eyes out.

The film was a YA movie adaption done at it’s absolute best. Better than that. It was…

 

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT

Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

Where has this been all my life? I love how this particular base coat, drys like a matte finish in seconds! No more waiting for that pesky base coat to dry in order to paint your nails. By the time, you are done coating your opposite hand, the first hand is dry and ready to go! Who wouldn’t love that?

I’ve notice that my nails have been growing quite fast (faster than usual) since I’ve started to use this base coat. My nail polish also lasts a lot longer (about two weeks) if I do not chip it away. (Nasty habit). If you love painting your nails like I do, I highly recommend this base coat. It’s a bit pricey ($18 on sale for $7) but it is well worth it!

FAVORITE EVENT

American Library Association (ALA)

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Two weeks ago, I was fortunate to go to the biggest book convention hosted in Vegas. I wasn’t sure what to think. I definitely did not expect to walk away with 100+ books and ARCs. I also did not expect to meet wonderful publishers, librarians, authors, and bloggers! I had so much fun, while simultaneously being sore and tired from carrying books.

I now have so many books that I have no idea where to put them. They are still unfortunately in their designated bags awaiting to be put on shelves (whenever I can acquire them).

The thing that surprised me was that everyone I bumped into (which is a lot as I am prone to be clumsy) were really nice and forgiving. I liked that because in Vegas people are not typically like that. You bump into someone and you either get a) dirty looks or b) yelled at for not being more careful. So it was a nice a surprising change to what I am used to.

My 5 top favorite most anticipated books are:

Black Ice by Becca Fitzapatrick

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Falling into Place Amy Zhang

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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June came and went like spring. It didn’t seem entirely there and by the end it was gone completely. July is proving to be the same. We are already in our second week! Where does the time go? Soon enough it will be the end of summer break :O

What were your favorite things in June? Let me know down in the comments below! Or if you have your own monthly favorites post, be sure to leave a link!

xx

Emma

 

 

 

Moon

Hello lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of my musings. My boyfriend Kevin is an avid supporter of my writing and in hopes that inspiration may ignite the frivolous walls of mind – he’s created this mini writing challenge where one of us picks a topic and write about it. This isn’t the first time we’ve done this, but it is the first time he’s allowed me to share his piece with the world! And I will share mine as well.

I warn you, though, mine is REALLY SAD.

The topic in question was: Moon.

Kevin’s

My moon.

Without the sun’s complement, you are invisible, alone, and unknown to us. The shining rays of your complement allow us to know who you are, and to allow you into our life as we did the beaming star in the sky.

Our moon.

Without your glistening twilight, you bring comfort to me, knowing that my love is gazing upon your surface at the exact moment that I do. You are the hope and solace that I need to bring content to my heart.

Her moon.

She sees the romance and adventure that you signify, and her heart is filled with your embrace. You hold her as I would – every single night for the rest of her nights.

Emma’s

If it wasn’t for the sun, we would never know the beauty of the moon. The world would be cast into darkness once the set, taking with it the only source of light we know.

I look out into the sea now, basking in the cool air that surrounds me, and think of such things. I think of how similar that natural outcome is comparable to life, to mine.

It’s a year today, since I’ve lost him. He went swiftly and willingly, letting the madness overcome every fiber of his being. Until one day, he was carried away by the vigilant hand that is death.

He was my moon, lighting the dark tunnel I went into at times. He was the only person who could light up my world like that. I didn’t know how he did it, but I wish he would have shared his secret with me before he left me…

Alone.

My only regret was not saving him, like he had saved me all those times before.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be your moon as you were mine.

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If I can get Kevin to write with me every week (or maybe it’ll be the other way around), would you guys like to see these kinds of post more often? Let me know! Maybe this will be the thing that causes something to stir deep within me; a story begging to be told.

Until next time,

Emma

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