Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Loot Crate ► My Dream Crate

I think we can all agree that subscription boxes are the best thing ever. Right? It's so much fun with the anticipation of the box arrive and to open it to see what all the goodies inside are. One of those subscription boxes is Loot Crate. I haven't gotten one of these boxes for myself yet, but of course I know of it and someday I definitely want to because their boxes look seriously awesome and perfect for people who love nerdy things (Like me!)

But anyway, they asked me to make a blog post and create my very own dream crate. I jumped at the chance of doing this because it sounded like a lot of fun and to be honest I've been picturing my perfect crate for ages. Here we go!




The Theme:

Through Time and Space








































Books!







And that's it!

What do you all think of these items? And what would be in YOUR dream crate?



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: April 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews




Bought:
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Finally got my hands on Brigid's new book. I've heard AMAZING things about it!

Won:
Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters
I won this signed copy from Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews. I'm so happy to finally own a physical book by Pepper Winters. It's one of my favorites!


Bought:
Paper Fools by Staci Hart
I pre-ordered this book but I was still surprised when it appeared on my Kindle. Does anyone else forget they pre-ordered a book sometimes? lol

Bought:
The Bear and the Wolf by Ruth Downie & S.J.A. Turney
I love these two authors so I couldn't resist the book for only $0.99


For Review:
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
This should be my next read! :D

Bought:
Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille
On sale for $0.99! Woop woop! 




Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Fought Napoleon by Linda Lafferty

Title: The Girl Who Fought Napoleon: A Novel of the Russian Empire
Author: Linda Lafferty
Publication: September 20th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Rating: 2/5

In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.

It’s 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother’s footsteps. She’s a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.

Both Nadya and Alexander defy expectations—she as a heroic fighter and he as a spiritual seeker—while the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino, and Smolensk rage on.

In a captivating tale that brings Durova’s memoirs to life, from bloody battlefields to glittering palaces, two rebels dare to break free of their expected roles and discover themselves in the process.


The Girl Who Fought Napoleon was a quick read but I struggled quite a bit with it. I feel like two stars for the book is a little harsh but the negative things in it definitely dominated the few possitive ones

The book started out well enough. I really like the chapters featuring Nadezhda Durova, a girl who disguised herself as a boy to join the Russian cavalry against Napoleon. I loved Nadya's spirit and courage for running away from home and following her heart.

But there were also chapters about Tsar Alexander I. Although I liked Alexander as a character in this book, I just didn't like his chapters. I feel like the book could've done without those and the few chapters in Napoleon's POV as well. I wish the book had been more about Nadezhda and everything she did. I think then the book would've been so much better.

The writing wasn't bad but I can't say it was amazing either. The narratives could be a bit confusing, jumping from year to year. It's really too bad because I loved the author's book, House of Bathory back in 2014. 

Would I recommend The Girl Who Fought Napoleon? I'm not sure. The story wasn't all bad. It has some great scenes, the history felt well-researched and it didn't take me long to finish. I just wished the focus had actually been more on the actual girl who fought napoleon—Nadezhda Durova.



The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master's degree and a PhD in Bilingual/Special Education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. Her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo when she was just ten years old, and she enjoys playing to this day. She also competed on the Lancaster University Riding Team in England in stadium jumping, cross country, and dressage. A veteran school educator, she taught at the American School in Madrid and at Aspen High School as an English as a Second Language and Bilingual American History teacher.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.




The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli by Alyssa Palombo
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
Pre-order on: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Kobo

A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence―most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici―become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.


Historical fiction. 15th Century Florence. Botticelli. Why wouldn't I want to read this amazing sounding book? :D



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.



► Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book 


Ancient Egypt


Whether or not it's fiction or nonfiction, I'd read anything about Ancient Egypt. It's my favorite historical era to read/learn about.

The Princess of Egypt Must Die | Ancient Egypt: Secrets Explained


Shadowhunters


Any book written by Cassandra Clare about the Shadowhunter world is a must-read for me. My favorite book is still Clockwork Angel



Magical Realism


When I know a book has magical realism in it it's almost guaranteed that I will enjoy it. I just love that line between contemporary and the magical. 



Myths & Legends


I absolutely love myths and legends. Song of Princes is a great one for Greek mythology and I've always been intrigued in the Bathory legend also.



Time Travel


Time travel is probaly one of my favorite things that will make me pick up a book. Especially if it's time travel to the past (which it usually is).



Fae


Fae are my favorite supernatural creatures. Whether or not they're good or bad, I love reading about them.



Space


In the last two or so years I've been getting really into books set in space. Michelle Diener's Class 5 trilogy is my favorite.



Dark Romance


Dark romance a la Pepper Winters and Skye Warren is my favorite kind of romance. 




Historical Fiction/Romance


This is my favorite genre so I had to add it. I love reading any historical books. These two are top favorites of mine.

America's First Daughter | Loveweaver


Ottoman Empire


I don't know what it is but whenever I see a book that features even a little bit of the Ottoman Empire I have to read it.

The Merchant's Pearl | And I Darken




Have you read any of these books or what 'thing' would make you instantly want to read a book? Let me know!



♥ Holly's Boys ♥

Highly recommended story to check out!