Month: September 2015

Sep 30
{Review} BigLaw by Lindsay Cameron

{Review} BigLaw by Lindsay Cameron

  BIGLAW is a hilarious book that will appeal to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. It reminded me a bit of Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker, and I liked this book for the same reason’s that I loved Kate’s “Sanity Break”- it is freakin’ hilarious. and BIGLAW plays off of enough truth to make it even funnier. I am not from the BIGLAW world (I am much happier at my smaller boutique firm), but I did spend a summer at BIGLAW so I certainly know a lot of the inns and outs, and some of my peers have filled in the rest of associate life for me. And Mackenzie works in a New York firm in the Corporate Law department, which can be extra demanding. BIGLAW is told from female associate, Makenzie’s point of view. Mackenzie is a super bright, super hard working attorney that is doing just about everything to impress the partners at her firm. She has to if she wants to move up in… Read more »

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Sep 30
{Blogger Guest Post} How Blogging Has Helped Me Become An Etsy Entrepreneur @mybookishfetish

{Blogger Guest Post} How Blogging Has Helped Me Become An Etsy Entrepreneur @mybookishfetish

I love bookish goodies, and etsy is a book lovers paradise for things that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Jessica over at www.bookishserendipity.com has started her own etsy store and she is having a really cool blog tour to celebrate. She is sharing the story behind her store, some of her favorite products and even giving a studio tour. I will link to the blog tour stops below, so be sure to check them out. Today, she is here at Book Briefs to talk about how being a book blogger has helped her start her Etsy Business. This week, I launched my Etsy store Bookish Serendipity Co, where I sell jewelry and accessories inspired by books. The entire experience has been phenomenal so far…and it also reminded me a lot of a different experience: book blogging. Here are a few things that blogging has taught me about running a small business: 1. Social media is important. Blogging has taught me so much about the power of… Read more »

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Sep 29
{Review+Giveaway} The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore @LaAnnaMarie

{Review+Giveaway} The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore @LaAnnaMarie

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore is a beautiful story in the young adult magical realism genre. The Weight of Feathers has been called The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet. Now I haven’t read the Night Circus yet (I know, don’t shoot me!) but I can totally see the circus meets Romeo and Juliet comparison. Throw a little magic in and you have it. I loved The Weight of Feathers so much. I was equally fascinated by the Palomas and the Corbeaus. The story starts out with the Palomas, but then shifts for much of the book to the Corbeaus. At first, I started out on the Palomas side and then switched over to the Corbeaus camp, but I soon realized that there are no good guys and bad guys here. Just two families that each have a bit of their own special magic and each have a whole lot of judgment and confusion over what the other family has done. It was almost comical the way that… Read more »

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Sep 29
{Giveaway} Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz

{Giveaway} Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz

Happy Book Birthday UNTIL BETH! We’re so excited to be sharing this fantastic Young Adult novel by Lisa Amowitz with you today! Be sure to stop in at the bottom, and enter the giveaway for books, swag and a guitar pick necklace! The giveaway is open internationally! About The Book UNTIL BETH Author: Lisa Amowitz Release Date: September 29th, 2015 Paperback: 260 pages Publisher: Spencer Hill Press  ISBN-13: 978-1633920330 She doesn’t just play, she kills it. Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good. Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch… Read more »

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Sep 28
{Review} Get Real by @TellulahDarling

{Review} Get Real by @TellulahDarling

I love Tellulah Darling so much. I am such a big fan of her mythology series, the Blooming Goddess series. But sometimes you never know what to expect when you read something totally different from an author. Get Real is a new adult urban fantasy romance and I am here to say…it was SO. FREAKIN’. GOOD!! This is on my list of top 2015 reads. Get Real is one of those books that made me totally unsociable and rude. I flat out ignored people to keep reading. If you like your paranormals or urban fantasy with a heavy side of romance, Get Real is the perfect book for you. Get Real puts us in the international world of cads, or people with magical abilities. These abilities generally fall into one of 5 (or 6) categories, with people in each category have particular sub-strengths and gifts. These gifts point them in the direction that their schooling will take place. Get Real is the story of Francesca, a fiery Italian “good girl”… Read more »

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Sep 27
{Monthly Wrap Up} Month of September 2015

{Monthly Wrap Up} Month of September 2015

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Hey guys! How has your week/month been? September has been a crazy whirlwind for me and after I missed the first two sunday posts, I decided that I would hold all my books until the end of the month to do a monthly wrap up. If you follow me on instagram, you will see that my family got a new puppy! I have been sharing pictures of him like crazy, along with the books that I have been getting in the mail. Another thing you may have noticed is that there was a film set in one of my pictures. My office filmed 150 videos on various legal questions and topics. In one day! That was all kinds of stressful. Basically, all of the attorneys in my office sat in one room and we each took turns being filmed. You would sit in a chair with these bright lights shining on… Read more »

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Sep 25
{Series Mini Review} The Moreno Brothers by Elizabeth Reyes @AuthorElizabeth

{Series Mini Review} The Moreno Brothers by Elizabeth Reyes @AuthorElizabeth

So guys, I have a confession to make. I am way better at reviewing “review” books than I am about books that I buy for myself. Books that I buy for myself often get pushed to the bottom of my TBR or, like in this case, get read but do not get reviewed. I read these books in 2012. 2012 guys!! and they were never reviewed. I made some notes for myself when I reading them, so I know why I didn’t review them. Because I didn’t really have a lot to say, but still. So I decided to combine books 1 & 2 and do a mini series review because this was a good series for upper ya/na and I think it deserves a little love. Also, I get to try out the multiple books feature of the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin. I love how easy it was to display all the info for each book. ————————————— Forever Mine and Always Been Mine are the first two books in… Read more »

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Sep 24
{Review+Giveaway} Taking the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux @LadyWave4

{Review+Giveaway} Taking the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux @LadyWave4

Taking the Ice is the third and final book in the New Adult Ice Series. The Ice series is a contemporary romance series centering around ice skating pairs. You should read the first book, Crossing the Ice, and the second Losing the Ice, before reading Taking the Ice as they all feature the same couple. Courtney and Josh. Crossing the Ice was one of my favorite books of 2014 so I feel confidant recommending it to fans of contemporary romance and ice skating everywhere. I love Jennifer Comeaux’s writing. In Losing the Ice Courtney and Josh were finally paired up together and I was super excited to see them skating together, and I was even more excited to read Taking the Ice, because not only were they still skating together but this time they were going for Nationals and maybe the Olympics. Talk about high pressure. Losing the Ice was much more somber than Crossing the Ice. So I was ready for happier times with my favorite couple. And while… Read more »

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Sep 23
{ARC Review} The Summer Marked by @RebekahLPurdy @EntangledTeen

{ARC Review} The Summer Marked by @RebekahLPurdy @EntangledTeen

The Summer Marked is the second book in the Winter People series. I really enjoyed the Winter People last year and I was really interested in seeing what was going to happen next. If I recall correctly, The Winter people ended in kind of a nicely wrapped up place. Salome was living happily ever (right now) with Gareth, so I was interested to see what was going to happen next. I don’t think I even knew there was going to be a second book when I read the first one because it wrapped up so well. But man, oh man was I wrong. The continuation of The Summer Marked flowed so freakin’ perfectly from the end of the Winter People. Salome  is plunked right in the middle of a war of the ages (or rather, seasons.) The Summer Marked really seemed to pick up the pace of the first book. There is constant movement. I really liked that about the story because, since I already knew the characters, I was… Read more »

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Sep 22
{Review+Giveaway} The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton @ajkrafton

{Review+Giveaway} The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton @ajkrafton

The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton is a new adult supernatural standalone that was uniquely different than anything else I have read this year. First, can we just gush over the cover for a moment? Holy cow, it is just so ethereally beautiful. I love the colors, I love the background choices- everything is just perfection in my opinion. The Heartbeat Thief , though classified as new adult, but completely clean and would be appropriate for young adult readers as well, but the character is ageless, and the writing has a literary feel, that is also very assessable, so I can just as easily see this appealing to adults. The idea behind the Heartbeat Thief intrigued me to no end. Before I started reading, I thought Senza (the main character) was some kind of farrier of death, that she would actually steal hearts out of people. I don’t know why I thought that exactly, because the hint is in the title of the book. She steals heartbeats. Just a simple… Read more »

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