Week in Review: 11/30/14 | Thanksgiving & Black Friday Fun!

Week in Review

 In Life

Well as all of you in the US know, this past Thursday was Thanksgiving day! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I actually had Wednesday in addition to the normal Thursday and Friday off of school, so I took advantage and did what I always do on days off from school: go to the bookstore! My friend and I went out to lunch and then caught up and chatted about books and we had a lovely time.

On Thanksgiving day I went to my aunt’s house with the rest of my family and we could not stop laughing —  it was by far the best Thanksgiving day I’ve had in a long time!

Then on Friday, oh! Black Friday, mom and I got a later start than usual and left the house at around 6:45 AM and headed to Target. We got lots of DVDs and TV shows for so cheap. Also, Target had select books for 50% so I got a hardcover for $9! Don’t plan on seeing the books I got quite yet though as they’re Christmas gifts for myself that I picked out and obviously won’t get until Christmas day! 😉 Then we headed over to Barnes & Noble to hurry and pick up some of those signed copies that I’ve been really looking forward to! After that we went to various other stores for clothes shopping, but didn’t get too much else as the lines were really long!

After a long 4 hours of shopping, I went home to have lunch and I used my $10 Book Outlet credit for Black Friday to buy 3 books (all hardcovers!). The total came to $0.32 without shipping, so I only ended up paying just under $5 for all three! Gotta love Book Outlet!

In Books

So as you all know, I DID get lots of books this week, but I’m really not supposed to know since other people will be giving them to me as gifts. So you guys will just have to wait a little longer until Christmas to see the goodies!

Recently Finished & Currently Reading

I haven’t finished anything all too recently, although I did complete The Scarlet Letter for my English class. I ended up quite liking it for a classic, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. I’m almost done with Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, the second book in His Fair Assassin series. I’m hoping to finish it later today or tonight. But anyway, I’m LOVING it! Sybella is awesome and BEAST!!! That is all.

In Blogging

Before I share the links as usual, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has commented, liked, followed, and became my friend since I’ve started blogging. I didn’t get a chance to make a post on Thanksgiving, but I wanted you all to know just how much you mean to me. I’m slowly working my way through the comments replying to everyone’s and I’ll be making my way over to YOUR blogs very soon!

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

I hope everyone here in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving and everyone else had great weeks! I’d love to hear all about it!



Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Series: ?
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

“There’s something hidden in the Maze.” Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.

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Special thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for review!

I devoured Suspicion, reading it in practically one sitting! But while it was a quick and fun read for me, I still had some problems with aspects of the book. Although for the most part, the good and entertaining parts outweighed the bad!

Not only did the synopsis for the book initially intrigue me, but Jessica Brody’s (another great author I love, by the way) blurb put me over the edge with excitement:

“If Alfred Hitchcock had directed Downton Abbey, the result would have been this book.”

Other comparisons to The Princess Diaries definitely had me interested, and I wasn’t let down by the fun of Suspicion. The story was entertaining and engaging. The way Alexandra Monir combined the paranormal happenings with the otherwise normal storyline was wonderful, keeping me intrigued and guessing up to the very end. I never expected it to end how it did!

Suspicion has a very historical feeling to it although it’s set during present day. I loved how when Imogen travels to Rockford Manor it’s almost like the reader is brought back in time to the past, and where the secrets are still haunting her.

The one problem that I had with this book was that the romance, a somewhat large portion of the story, seemed rushed for me. Although Imogen and Sebastian were friends from childhood, they were separated for such a long time, and I found they picked up where they left off quite quickly. The revelation and resolution regarding their relationship seemed too good to be true, and was pretty predictable.

Alexandra Monir will really wow you with her mystery and paranormal revelations toward the end of the book, though. Everything really started coming together and the final puzzle pieces were being placed.

All in all, I found Suspicion to be a really fun and entertaining read! It’s not too deep and dark, but has the perfect amount of paranormal and mystery to keep the reader engulfed in the story. I felt the ending to be a little rushed, and if maybe there was one more chapter I would have been just that much more satisfied. But I’d definitely recommend this one to fans of lighter paranormal books with a sweet romance!


Waiting on… The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

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Well, when I reviewed the first book back in June, I pretty much raved about how good it was. So, naturally, I’m really eager to get my hands on this one! (I mean, I was since the day I finished The Kiss of Deception!) This one sounds like the stakes have been raised and it promises a lot more action than the previous book. I can’t wait to see where the story takes Lia and the others next!

Highlight to view kind-of spoiler: Also, are you guys still shocked by the revelation of who was the prince and who was the assassin?? I give Mary E. Pearson props for the writing when it came to that one!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


The TBR & The GIF Tag!!

I was tagged in TWO different tags this week, so here are my fun answers!


Thanks so much to Mimi for tagging me! You can check out her video HERE!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads! I don’t know what I would do without it. I don’t normally create TBR piles like some bloggers each month, but without Goodreads it would be pretty tricky to keep track of everything I have and have not yet read!

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

This month, most of the books I’m planning to read are eARCs, but I usually like to mix it up and read print books a lot too!

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Well, if I have books for review with release dates coming up those take priority over everything else. But other than that, I really just like to read what I’m in the mood for!

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

I had to refer to my Goodreads shelf for this one (see, I don’t know how I’d live without it as a blogger!). The book that came up as the first book that I’ve added to my to-read shelf was Hallowed by Cynthia Hand! I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I still someday hope to pick this up…someday…

A book you recently added to your TBR?

Here are the three most recent:

A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?

I haven’t had the best of luck with anthologies in the past, but the typography and detailing on this cover sold me.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

There are surprisingly a lot, but a lot of the books on my TBR from my early Goodreads days have gotten crossed off my list that I even hope to get to.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?


A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’m really nervous I’m not going to love it as much as everyone says! :O

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Literally every time I mention this book I am told to read it. EVERY time. And I MUST READ IT SOON!

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Ever since I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I’ve been pining for The Evolution of Mara Dyer. If you’ve read these books you’ll understand the feeling!

How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

885 books on my TBR shelf. (I need to get reading!)


Thanks so much to Rachel for tagging me to try my hand at reviewing some books with just one GIF! *all GIFs from giphy.com*

1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

(haven’t read)

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

(haven’t read)

4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

(haven’t read YET)

6. Tease by Amanda Maciel

(haven’t read)

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

(haven’t read YET)

8. PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

(haven’t read)

9. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

10. Dangerous Girls by Abagail Haas

(haven’t read YET)

I tag YOU!

Thanks again to both ladies for tagging me!


Week in Review: 11/23/14 | I’m finally more active!

Week in Review

In LifeIMG_4860

I’m finally on the mend from pertussis (whooping cough) which took so much out of me. Although I missed most of the week of school I’ve been resting a lot and thank goodness will (hopefully) be back in business very soon before the holidays!

Clary got home from being spayed on Monday, and is fully back to her crazy self, too! I missed her when she had to stay at the vet overnight. To the right is a picture of her the day she got home and was really sleepy!

In Books

I haven’t gotten many books during my sort-of-absence. I’ve actually just requested some recently so fingers crossed I’ll be accepted for those!

For Review

The Missing by Necole Ryse
This is the second book in The Birthright Trilogy. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, but I am really looking forward to seeing how the story progresses. I think the stakes will be a lot higher in this one!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading

Well, this week I had my first DNF book (The Beginning is the End by Cara Davis), which wasn’t a great way to start my week of reading, but I really couldn’t force myself to push through farther than I did.

Last night in almost one sitting I started and finished Suspicion by Alexandra Monir, which I really enjoyed, but had a small problem with. My review will be up on Black Friday of next week to hear my more developed thoughts!

As of right now I haven’t started anything for pleasure YET. I’m almost done with The Scarlet Letter for my English class, and when I finish that I shall start something new!

In Blogging

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!