Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read Because Of My Mum

May 16, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

My mom instilled in me a love of reading at an early age. I remember always taking walks to the library that was only a block or two away from my home when I was young. We’d spend hours there and I loved every minute of it. Throughout my life though she’s recommended a variety of books to me and these are the ones that left the most lasting impression over the years.

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The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene
These are some of the first books I remember my mom recommending me. My mom grew up in the same small town I did and would tell me stories about hanging out in the library and reading all the Nancy Drews (and Hardy Boys). I never got around to the Hardy Boy’s and I didn’t finish all the Nancy Drew’s but I sure did love them.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
This is my mom’s favorite book and she passed along that love to me. I went on to read many of Scott O’Dell’s stories but there was something truly special about Island of the Blue Dolphins. We’re about to do our first ever re-read soon, right mum? 🙂

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children #1) by Jean M. Auel
I read this at an incredibly young age when you consider how much cave sex was going on. People these days would tend to think this is a bad thing, but her never limiting what I decided to pick up was vital to my growing love for reading.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
I was a bit late to the Potter party but my mom was the first to get me a copy. I lived with my other parent for a short period of time who was one of those weirdos you hear about that, for religious reasons, wouldn’t let Harry Potter in their house. Hail satan. I would sneak my copies into my bedroom and read under my sheet at night with a flashlight just like Harry did. Best mom ever.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
My mom and I read these together, well, as together as we could back before Kindles when we only had one copy. I read them first and she quickly scooped them up. I had just handed off Dragonfly in Amber to her and grabbed Voyager to take with me to work that day. I worked in a gold mine and I hated it so bad, I was constantly sneaking off to hide in the bathroom to read. My copy of Voyager was so old and beat up it had split in half and I accidentally grabbed the second half. It was the worst day ever but still good for a laugh to this day.

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Edgar Allan Poe
My mom gave me my first introduction to Edgar Allan Poe by way of a small little book that was crumbling it was so old and if you couldn’t tell it was ancient, the $0.35 price tag gave it away. He quickly became one of my all-time favorites thanks to that little book.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I was a huge Goosebumps fan but fell out of love with horror as I got older. She clued me into this one (I read this before I had even picked up Stephen King) and it reminded me of everything that I used to love about the genre.

Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
My mom told me she tried reading this book when she was pregnant with me and that one particular story grossed her out so bad that she put it down and didn’t come back to it for months. I laughed, thinking she was over-reacting. Then I read The Raft and I knew what she was talking about. I started reading this in March 2014 and didn’t manage to get back around to it and finish until March of 2016. I actually think Survivor Type is even more horrifying though.

That Same Flower: Floria Aemilia’s Letter to St. Augustine by Jostein Gaarder
My mom came to visit my several years ago (we live in separate states) and when it came time to say goodbye in the extremely early hours of the day she left me this book, told me it was beautiful, and that I had to read it. I was much too sad to think about going back to sleep so I stayed up and read this cover to cover. It was beautiful and got me through the saddest times of that night.

The Collector by John Fowles
Fowles was a generalized recommendation from her many years ago and not sure quite where to start, I started at the beginning. The Collector may be crazy psycho (it’s about this guy that kidnaps this girl and keeps her in his basement — so what) but what an incredible book to claim as your debut novel. I have yet to read anything else by Fowles (it’ll happen, I swear) but this remains the best recommendation ever.

Thank you, mommy. I wouldn’t be the reader I am today if it wasn’t for you. <3

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 15th, 2017

May 15, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 6 Comments

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of May 15th, 2017

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Thick as Thieves (The Queen’s Thief #5) by Megan Whalen Turner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Seeker (Riders #2) by Veronica Rossi [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tor Teen

The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2) by Evelyn Skye [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Grit by Gillian French [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

My Future Ex-Girlfriend by Jake Gerhardt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen by David Clawson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

A Million Junes by Emily Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill

The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Contagion (Dark Matter #1) by Teri Terry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2017 by Orchard Books

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

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Antisocial by Jillian Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press

No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flux

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The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HarperCollins

Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

The Shadow Cipher (York #1) by Laura Ruby [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Walden Pond Press

You’re Not Proper (Striker #1) by Tariq Mehmood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by HopeRoad Publishing

Moon Shadow by Erin Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Aladdin

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The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Vanguard (The Genesis Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ace Books

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tachyon Publications

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Doubleday Books

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by First Second

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Greedy Pigs (Sin du Jour #5) by Matt Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Tor.com

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Broken River: A Novel by J. Robert Lennon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Graywolf Press

Testimony (Kindle County Legal Thriller #10) by Scott Turow [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

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The Second Day of the Renaissance (Inspector Trotti #1) by Timothy Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Soho Crime

You Were Here by Gian Sardar [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flatiron Books

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Hogarth

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Eagle and Empire (Hesperian Trilogy #3) by Alan Smale [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Lilli de Jong: A Novel by Janet Benton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Nan A. Talese

The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Touchstone

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession (Six Tudor Queens #2) by Alison Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books

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Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Park Row Books

The Beach House: Coming Home: A Novel by Georgia Bockoven [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books

The Queen of Dauphine Street (NOLA Nights #2) by Thea de Salle [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 15th 2017 by Pocket Star

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Evensong: A Novel by Kate Southwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Riverhead Books

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Harper

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall by Suzette Mayr [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Coach House Books

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Stacking the Shelves (172)

May 14, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my weekly posts! I’m exhausted practically all the time lately and usually by the time I realize that I don’t have a post for the next day, I’m usually in bed and good luck getting me up. I haven’t been spending my weekends getting stuff ready for the week and I need to get back into the groove of that so I have some posts ready to go in advance and not just the night before. 🙂

Recent Posts

New Books

I realized I keep forgetting to share my BOTM pick from April (lol, my May box is already en route.) I haven’t read it yet because I haven’t been quite in the mood yet but I’m very excited to get around to it.

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I (of course) pre-ordered ACOWAR (and also took the day off work just to read it). Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I picked up Wedding Girl on sale for Kindle and an Agatha Christie. My library checkouts are a bit random. I don’t often read Non-Fiction but I have always been fascinated by the Tudor time period. What led up to the Tudor time period? Well, that’s my current obsession. I’m currently reading The Wars of the Roses and I absolutely love it. I’ve since added a crazy amount of fascinating sounding histories to my TBR because apparently it’s quickly become my thing. I’m all ears for recommendations. 🙂

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Purchased
American War by Omar El Akkad [Purchase]
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis [Purchase]
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie [Purchase]

Library Checkouts

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones [Purchase]
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones [Purchase]

What new books did you get this week?

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Audiobook Sync: Week 3 Titles | Bronx Masquerade and Teenage Diaries (May 11 – May 17)

May 11, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 3 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 17th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 18th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes | Read by Jessica Almasy, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez, Cherise Boothe | Published by Recorded Books | Download available here!

Acclaimed poet, novelist, journalist, and educator Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. Each of the 18 kids in Mr. Ward’s inner city classroom has something important to say, but some don’t even realize it. Then Mr. Ward begins to have “open mic” poetry slams once a month on Fridays. Young adult listeners will identify with the characters in Bronx Masquerade as they explore questions about life and self-expression. “As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they’re looking for-real characters who show them they are not alone.”-School Library Journal

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Teenage Diaries: Then & Now by Radio Diaries | Read by Hosted by Joe Richman | Published by HighBridge Audio | Download available here!

They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life; usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers. Sixteen years later, five of those diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives.

Happy listening!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 8th, 2017

May 8, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of May 8th, 2017

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Amulet Books

Reaper by Kyra Leigh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Delacorte Press

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Imprint

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It Started With Goodbye by Christina June [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Blink

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by HarperTeen

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Running Press

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Scholastic Press

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Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Flatiron Books

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by HarperTeen

The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Delacorte Press

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The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Randall Platt [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Sky Pony Press

Edgeland by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Oneworld Publications

Umberland (Everland #2) by Wendy Spinale [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Scholastic Press

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Deadmen Walking (Dark-Hunter: Deadman’s Cross Trilogy #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Tor Books

Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #3) by Robin Hobb [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Del Rey

Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Adventures of Owl #3) by Kristi Charish [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Gallery Books

The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by Amy Harmon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017

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D’Arc (War With No Name #2) by Robert Repino [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Soho Press

The Last Iota by Robert Kroese [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

House of Names: A Novel by Colm Tóibín [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Scribner

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Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Hogarth

Sycamore: A Novel by Bryn Chancellor [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Harper

Some Rise by Sin: A Novel by Philip Caputo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Pantheon Books

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The Play of Death (The Hangman’s Daughter #6) by Oliver Pötzsch [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Mariner Books

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Forge Books

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Arcade Publishing

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Fake Plastic Love by Kimberley Tait [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Flatiron Books

The Book of Summer: A Novel by Michelle Gable [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

How to Be Human: A Novel by Paula Cocozza [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Metropolitan Books

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Viking – Pamela Dorman Books

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

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Audiobook Sync: Week 2 Titles | Feed and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (May 4 – May 10)

May 5, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Sync 4 Comments

This week’s free set of titles is ready to download and they are two I’ve personally been anxious to read for years! Make sure you get these downloaded by May 10th because a new set of books will be available to download on May 11th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive App to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each Thursday after 7am Eastern Time to download the new audiobook pair for the week. Each title is available for one week only, but once downloaded they can be kept forever, so the opportunity to listen can extend well beyond the term of the summer program.

This year’s program kicks off on April 27th and there will be a total of 32 titles available to download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Now without further ado, your free audiobook titles this week….

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Feed by M.T. Anderson | Read by David Aaron Baker, a Full Cast
Published by Listening Library | Download available here!

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon—a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world—and a smart, savage satire that will captivate listeners with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams | Read by Stephen Fry
Published by Random House Audio | Download available here!

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

Happy listening!

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Monthly Rundown: April 2017

May 4, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 10 Comments

Books Read = 18

18 again! Three months in a row, woo-hoo. I’ve been listening to a ton of audiobooks (8 out of 18 this month) and went on a bit of a fairytale binge following my re-read of A Court of Thorns and Roses. That series was just as good on audio — and even better the second time around.

Posted Reviews

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Unreviewed Reads

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11419680Best of the Month: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
I had been holding off on reading this one for ages and after recently discovering my undying love for Steve West’s narration, I bought the audible version and oh man… I loved this so much.

Least Favorite: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ★★29981261
Oh man. This book. This started off so intriguing and I loved the similarities to The Collector but that ending was positively infuriating.

49011Biggest Surprise: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter ★★★★
I’d been wanting to read something of Angela Carter’s for ages and I was on a massive fairytale kick so I started this one spontaneously. I need everything else of hers, immediately.

Biggest Disappointment: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly ★★Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a Book
I had so much hope for this one! It sounded so cute! But it just didn’t work for me at all.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Covers Made For Kindle Reading

May 2, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love romances but damn they get some bad covers. I’ve read all of these (and highly recommend them!) but these covers were not seen in public. Oh no, these are Kindle reading only.

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How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye
Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander #1) by Karen Marie Moning
Asking for It (Asking for It #1) by Lilah Pace
Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks

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The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (Mackenzies & McBrides #3) by Jennifer Ashley
Seven Secrets of Seduction (Secrets #1) by Anne Mallory
Some Like It Wild (Kincaid Highland #2) by Teresa Medeiros
Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa Dare
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior (MacKinloch Clan #2) by Michelle Willingham

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 1st, 2017

May 1, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 7 Comments

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Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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GUYS, IT’S HERE.

Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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I’m so excited I could cry. I took the day off work just so I could stay up all night and read all day. I might need to schedule in a nap but I’M SO EXCITED.

All right, here’s the rest of the books being released this week. 🙂

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Week of May 1st, 2017

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The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

Avenged (Ruined #2) by Amy Tintera [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney Lucasfilm Press

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The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Philomel Books

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Count All Her Bones (Girl, Stolen #2) by April Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The Scattering (The Outliers #2) by Kimberly McCreight [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins

One Cut by Eve Porinchak [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

Deep Water by Katherine Nichols [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

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And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Razorbill

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2017 by Hot Key Books

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Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Amulet Books

Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (The Two Princesses of Bamarre 0.5) by Gail Carson Levine [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins

Posted by John David Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Walden Pond Press

Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Just Dreaming (Silver #3) by Kerstin Gier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Spill Zone (The Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westerfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by First Second

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Aladdin

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Lost Legacy (The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1) by Gwenda Bond & Chistopher Rowe [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Greenwillow Books

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The Jane Austen Project: A Novel by Kathleen A. Flynn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harper Perennial

City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Broadway Books

The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1) by Robyn Bennis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Tor Books

Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) by Chelsea Mueller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Talos

Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Ace

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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Tor.com

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Orbit

Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Saga Press

Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Red Wolf (Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

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What My Body Remembers by Agnete Friis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Soho Crime

16th Seduction (Women’s Murder Club #16) by James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Riverhead Books

Crime Song (Frank Marr #2) by David Swinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Mulholland Books

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The Graves (Abby Endicott #2) by Pamela Wechsler [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books

Proving Ground (Lourdes Robles, #1) by Peter Blauner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Broken Bay: A Novella by Andrea Dunlop [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria Books

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The Baker’s Secret: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

The Language of Solitude: A Novel (The Rising Dragon #2) by Jan-Philipp Sendker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria / 37 INK

Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Graywolf Press

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Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Murder Between the Lines (Kitty Weeks Mystery #2) by Radha Vatsal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Goodnight from London: A Novel by Jennifer Robson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Touchstone

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The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Park Row Books

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Picador

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Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book about a Not So Perfect Mom by Bunmi Laditan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Mira Books

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

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Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria Books

Against All Odds by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press

Nothing Like a Duke (The Duke’s Sons #4) by Jane Ashford [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Algonquin Books

Before We Sleep by Jeffrey Lent [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Trajectory: Stories by Richard Russo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Dinner Party: Stories by Joshua Ferris [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

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Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a Book

April 28, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, New Adult, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews, YA 10 Comments

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Recorded Books on May 5th 2015
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows

four-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

‘I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.’

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and it’s always so fascinating to see how authors mold fairy tales into a unique story of their own. A Court of Thorns and Roses definitely veers off the standard path making “Beast/Tamlin” a member of the fae court, making “Belle/Feyre” a badass female hunter, and removing the animated furniture entirely. The story still revolves around the curse and the time ticking down before it’s too late, but Maas adds a magical element (and a deviant female villain) to this already magical fairytale that I absolutely adored. What I loved most was the incredibly dark turn she took the tale which gave the added opportunity of adding a new level of complexity and intrigue to Feyre’s character.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Like spending time re-reading. I occasionally get hang-ups about “wasting” time re-reading when I should be spending my time reading stories that I haven’t yet experienced. But sometimes a re-read is necessary (like when you’re gearing up for the final installment of a beloved trilogy!!) and sometimes the second time is even better than the first. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses for the first time in June 2016 and it was far from love at first sight (mostly because I was never Team Tamlin) but during this re-read I was able to set aside my issues with the romance and focus more on the world building and the fascinating aspects of the story itself that I didn’t pay much attention to the first time. I also decided to splurge and bought the audiobook copies and guys, let me tell you, these are fantastic on audio with Jennifer Ikeda’s narration. I’m pretty devastated that she won’t be returning to narrate A Court of Wings and Ruin but it’s still well worth listening to her narrate the first two installments, I’ll just be reading the third one with my eyeballs instead. 🙂

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookHunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-half-stars

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

Yeva has never been comfortable living among the town aristocrats but instead dreams of the stories her father would tell her when she was younger; of the forest and the magic contained within. When her father loses his fortune and they are forced to move back to his lodge in the woods, Yeva could not be more content knowing she can spend her days familiarizing herself once again with the woods even though she knows it’s not a reasonable way for her to spend her life. Her father also begins spending his days and nights in the woods, mentioning hunting a beast and when he fails to come home after weeks of being gone, Yeva sets out to help him only to be captured by the beast that her father was hunting.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.
She reminds us of what we could be.”

Hunted is told primarily from Yeva’s point of view but is interspersed with short snippets from the Beast, showing the constant battle between his animalistic side while he fights to retain a hold of his humanity. Yeva is kept in a cell for weeks on end, telling him stories of Ivan and the Firebird to the one on the other side of her cell door who brings her food every day, having no idea that he is also her captor. The Beast finally shows himself to her and reveals that he captured her for a purpose: she must train to be a more superior hunter than she already is because she’s the only one that can kill the creature responsible for cursing him.

Hunted is a combination of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with the Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf Russian fairy tale and it’s a slow to unfold type of story. There’s also a disassociation from any sort of emotional connection that was key in my own connection with the story. I found it to be a beautiful story in essence of a young girl not knowing what to do with her life, wandering aimlessly, and I really wanted to feel her adversity but I never quite felt like there is much at stake for our young heroine. The significance behind the Firebird plays a huge role in this tale, as well as storytelling in general, and the romantic building blocks were left feeling incomplete in the attempts at focusing on the bigger picture. There is a note at the end Spooner includes regarding the origins of this story and the lengthy process it took to come to fruition was a heartwarming story. Her dedication to all of her readers was unbelievably touching and made me wish I had loved this story more than I did.

‘Male or female, young or old, if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic.
There’s no such thing as living happily ever after — there’s only living. We make the choice to do it happily.’

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookBeauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Disney Press on January 31st 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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two-stars

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

“Isn’t that what a good story does? It pulls you in and never lets you go.”

DAMMIT, I WANTED THIS STORY TO PULL ME IN AND NEVER LET ME GO.

Lost in a Book replicates its Disney counterpart where Belle is a captive of the Beast in his castle that still includes Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and more. Beast reveals his library to Belle and she is awed, but instead of the bright shiny room of perfection we all have embedded in our minds:

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Belle immediately realizes how much the library has fallen into disrepair and needs to be cleaned excessively. Within this library, she finds a room and within this room a special book which transports her to a world of adventure where anything is possible. She quickly becomes enamored with the book and the world it shows her, despite her understanding that it isn’t actually real, and is constantly sneaking away to be in this world. When she isn’t hiding in the book, she’s complaining ad nauseam about her provincial life.

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Good gawd, we get it, you hate your life. Lost in a Book quickly becomes less about the Beast and all about Belle… more scenes from his point of view would have been welcome. Any scenes that showed the Beast’s feelings for Belle grow felt lacking any sort of emotion and instead felt like all it was was a last ditch effort to save his servants. Maybe those parts were left out with the understanding that we knew, based on the Disney production, how Beast actually felt, but I wanted to see it included in the story itself since there were so many changes I felt it should have been able to stand on its own. Especially in regards to the villain: Gaston was absent completely in exchange for a female villain: Death. Yes, Death. You see, the story actually starts with Death and her sister Love.

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Indeed. See Death and Love made a bet that Belle wouldn’t be the one to break the spell (Death obviously bet against her) and when she began to realize that Love might actually win, she set out to make sure that didn’t happen. *yawn* This could have been a charming addition to Beauty and the Beast retellings but the story lacked any real substance and most definitely lacked the magic the original tale had.

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