From the New York Times bestselling author and literary phenomenon V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic, My Sweet Audrina) comes a shivery gothic tale of romance, class divisions, and the secrets that haunt families for generations.⠀
Ever since Fern could remember, she and her mother have lived as servants in Wyndemere House, the old gothic mansion of the Davenport family. She may have been a servant, but Fern developed a sweet friendship with Dr. Davenport’s son, Ryder, and she was even allowed free range of the estate.⠀
But Dr. Davenport has remarried and his new wife has very different ideas about a servant’s place. Now Fern and her mother are subject to cruel punishments, harsh conditions, and aren’t even allowed to use the front door.⠀
Yet, for all her wrath, the cruel woman cannot break the mysterious bond between Ryder and Fern. And when Ryder invites Fern to join his friends at prom, there’s nothing Mrs. Davenport can do to stop them nor can she continue to guard the secret that haunts the women of Wyndemere—but there’s nothing she won’t try.⠀
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This place had me pondering a lot many things. So much so that I lost the wavelength on which my thoughts were running. And finally it all came out in the form of a new blog post.
Life is all about the choices we make, or maybe those choices are a result of the life we are destined to live.
#partner Thank you so much to @orendabooks for the free review copy!
A million thank yous to the wonderful Karen at Orenda for sending me over a copy of Keeper! I’m a little over halfway through this one and just absolutely in love. I can’t say enough good things about Johana Gustawsson. Her Emily Roy and Alexis Castells series is absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Block 46 ASAP! 🖤🕵🏼♀️
~ As Above, So Below ~
The magicians key. The trick that allows the magician to change something of a physical nature without making contact and with nothing more than his imagination. The magician knows with certainty that for the change to occur he must will it to happen and hold firmly to the belief that it will change... in this sense magic is liken to religion since both require belief and faith that a change will occur.
Your physical world that surrounds you matches perfectly the world of your thoughts... if you want to change something in your life then be the magician of your thoughts... use your imagination, hold the belief firmly that change will occur and watch in awe as they reveal themselves to you in your physical world. ~As above, So Below~
If you could have dinner with any five people — living or dead — who would you choose?
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Another example of a great list question, right? 😉
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Not surprising, all of my picks are authors 😆😆
1. Leigh Bardugo
2. Victoria Schwab
3. Pierce Brown
4. Alexandra Bracken
5. Jay Kristoff
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I think I am in for a night of very lively conversation that is sure to entertain!!
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The Dinner List is a book that features this same concept and I was so excited to see it as one of the @bookofthemonth selections! Plus, I ADORE Audrey. I cannot wait to read this one. Summary below 👇🏻
“We’ve been waiting for an hour.” That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.”
At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.
When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.
Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.
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The Queen of reposts returns 😂 I have no new pictures until I take new ones this weekend🙈
QOTD: What was your last binge read?
Mine is VOX by Christina Dalcher! I have zoomed through this book and I absolutely love it! It's released on August 23rd and I'll have a review up for it on release day! ~
I wanted to also share with you my knowledge of the awesome @inkysbookshelf app! It's a bookworm app on which you can create visual bookshelves of all your favourite books and TBR! My username on the app is 'thepinkbibliophile' so add me!💕
Hotel World by Ali Smith Book 57 of 2018 Right from the very first page I just knew I was going to love this book. I mean, first of all Ali Smith is one of my favourite authors anyway. I always list her & Zadie Smith as my current two favourites. But sorry Zadie, it's actually definitely Ali who takes the crown. It's her writing, the way she describes things, it makes me giddy, it's like a trip, intoxicating. It's also at times challenging, it makes me think, question, stimulates my mind in a way that precious few do. Really, I absolutely LOVE her writing, she's the author whose books I want to press into everyone's hands saying 'read this , read this please'. I treated myself to this one & I'm so glad I did. It's basically five people's stories interconnected by a hotel. It's really best that I say no more. Each one of the five is breathtaking in its own way. At least one personally resonated with me very strongly. Exquisitely written, one of those books that you finish head all a whirl and all you want to do is turn right back to the beginning and start again. In fact I did! This magic I want more of; reading books I absolutely love that challenge & stimulate me.. Yes please! (I've just ordered several more of her books that I haven't read yet, because my goodness why on earth haven't I done so before!) Please tell me if you love her too!
QOTD: What would be your weapon of choice as a warrior?⠀ 🏹 ⠀
I used to think about this a lot when I was a teen reading a lot of fantasy! 😂 The ladies I read about used everything from traditional weapons like swords and spears to more subtle espionage weapons of poison and lock picks. I think a bow from horseback is my favourite. I can always get away fast if I need to plus get my enemies from a distance. 😂😂😂😛 Priorities. ⠀
One of the main characters in Rise of a Hero has epic horse skills, but also uses other abilities to spy on her enemies. What about you? Would you favour deadly daggers or perhaps a staff?⠀
We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
Picador Modern Classics are little books of perfection. Do you collect these?
Hello lovlies 🧡. Did you read Ash Princess? I still haven’t but I was organizing my anticipated reads for early next year and I stumbled on the gorgeous cover of Lady Smoke 😍. If you ever want to cheer me up show me a beautiful cover and tell me I can start this series now 😁
Do covers of anticipated sequels make you excited to read a book? What are some books you need to read before their sequels are released next year? .
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Gareth Nicollet had been born into wealth, but he’d learned at an early age that money wasn’t everything it was cracked up to be. Regrettably, he’d made a meaningful choice early on in his life that now threatened his future with the woman he loved.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Book 86 of 2018: Lucky in Love by Kasie West.
Maddie has been working hard towards her goal of going to university; she is a responsible young woman that knows exactly what she wants and has never believed in luck.
She decides to humor the cashier at the local store she goes to by buying a lottery ticket soon after her eighteenth birthday, and to her surprise, she wins! Maddie is now a millionaire and thankfully, won't have to worry about college scholarships. But with the responsibility of all the money she now has to invest, she finds it's hard to trust anyone around her, especially the new friends she has made. Seth Nguyen, her handsome and funny coworker at the local zoo, is her haven, due to the fact he has no idea about these recent events. Maddie knows she will have to tell him about the money eventually, but will she be able to trust him once she does?
Kasie West has done it again with this cute and fast paced YA Contemporary. I love immersing myself in the fun and uncomplicated stories she manages to write time and again, especially after a long series or emotionally exhausting standalone.
Maddie is ambitious and hard working and extremely believable, her day to day life, while hard at times, is like a breath of fresh air that balances out all the cute and perfect contemporaries out there. That's not to say this was not cute and perfect in itself, because it (mostly) was, but it has a dose of drama that I never saw coming.
The fact that the main character wins millions of dollars thanks to a lottery ticket was so much fun to read about, but this is where it gets complicated: I truly thought Lucky in Love was going to be my favorite Kasie West book to date, and I was sadly wrong. Why? Because some of the choices Maddie makes are extremely questionable at best, and downright stupid at worst. She is still the responsible character we come to care about, but the fact of the matter is having all this money goes to her head (mostly because of peer pressure). So I found myself stressing out half
the time about a book that should have been, mostly, an explosion of rainbows and unicorns.
Happy Tuesday bookish peeps! 🤓 I'm off to work pretty soon but I wanted to get a post in because I'll probably be busy until I get off at 9:00 tonight. I have a meeting and a program today, so it's a big day. I'm looking forward to both though! My program tonight is an art program and I'm going to let preschoolers paint with pudding lol. It's going to be glorious! 😂😂😂
Who else is excited about the July @totallybookedcrate? 🙋🙋 I just got mine yesterday and I can't wait to open it! I don't want to spoil anyone so I might wait a day or two to unbox it in my story, but if it's anything like the June box it's going to be amazing! And I'm excited to see if I got the contemporary or fantasy book. 😁 The August theme is A Whole New World, and it will appeal to fans of Aladdin, Six of Crows, Strange the Dreamer, Harry Potter, and Nevernight! If that sounds like you then go snag one! You can use my code TBCNERD10 to save on a subscription or single purchase! 😍😍
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QOTD: Okay, so I've been seeing a lot of Kiss, Marry, Kill on people's accounts and I've decided to try it lol. So give me three characters to kiss, marry, or kill. 🤓 I'll do my best with the ones I don't know lol. 😂😂🙈
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Soooo I recently went to the bookstore to buy some gifts for my friend’s birthday. Now, I knew she likes horror and murder mysteries (I like them too haha), so I tried looking around for books in that genre. I was contemplating getting a Stephen King book for her, but in the end, I decided to get Murder on the Orient Express so that she could discover a different author. And now I’m super excited to get the rest of her present ready! I’m thinking about drawing a little something for her, and dropping off her present on her doorstep with a lil red balloon as if Pennywise had delivered her present 😂
That’s all then. Enjoy your day day, everyone 💛