Books, Life, Read, Review

Book of the Month Subscription Box: Review

***Note: I posted this yesterday and it disappeared! Poof! Gone! I really wanted to share how great this review on the sub box so here we go! 🙂 

 

It’s been a while readers! School has been crazy! It’s totally consuming. All worth it though 😉

So, I’m coming to you today with a subscription box I joined in January. If you have been following my blog, you know that I am an avid reader and jump at any chance to have another book added to my library, digital or hard copy. I decided to give the Book of the Month Club sub box a shot because there is not commitment and I rather enjoy receiving a book in the mail each month. Especially a hardcover! I have not read these books yet because I want to make a nice dent in my reading challenge,

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How does it work?

You choose one book from a selection of five, carefully put together by a set of judges. If you do not make a choice then a book will be chosen for you. When you sign up you select the genres you enjoy reading so no worries on getting a novel you won’t enjoy! If you don’t see a book you have to have then you simply skip the month. Pretty sweet, right?

How much does it cost?

When you join for the first time, we offer 3 standard enrollment offers:

  • 1-month for $5.00, then $14.99 per month
  • 3-months for $9.99 per month, then $14.99 per month
  • 12-months for $11.99 per month

All membership plans automatically renew, but you can cancel anytime.  

If you were previously a member, and are looking to rejoin BOTM, we offer 3 re-enrollment plans.

  • 3-months for $14.99 per month
  • 6-months for $13.99 per month
  • 12-months for $11.99 per month

For both new members and former members, special offers, different from those listed above, are occasionally made available through email and our partners, like magazines, blogs, and instagramers.

Note*** Payment information taken from https://www.bookofthemonth.com/contact-us

I love this deal and you get the chance of receiving hardcover novels before they hit the shelves! Along with the book, you receive a written review from one of the judges on a BOTM bookmark! I love this extra touch!

Below I will share the books I received along with a synopsis of each. 😉

January 2017

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When I signed up, there was a special offer going on where new members received Gillian Flynn’s book, The Grownup. I also received a BOTMC tote bag because I signed up for the 3-month membership. This sold me immediately on that membership because hey, we need another tote for all of the new books we’ll be lugging around! 😉

 

Lucky You by Erika Carter

An official Book of the Month Club selection.

In Erika Carter’s fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You, three women in their early twenties find themselves aimlessly adrift in the Arkansas college town they’ve stuck around in too long. Ellie, Chloe, and Rachel are friends (sort of), waitresses at the same dive bar. Each is becoming unmoored in her own way: Ellie obliterates all feeling with alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity; Chloe pulls out patches of her hair and struggles to keep incipient mental illness at bay; changeable Rachel has fallen under the sway of a messianic boyfriend with whom she’s agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to “health”, and she asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in “The Project.” In a remote, rural house in the Ozarks, nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them, each tries to solve the conundrum of being alive.
By turns funny, knowing and hauntingly sad, Lucky You is a study in damage and detachment, a fearless portrait of three women at a crucial point in their lives. With startling exactitude and wickedly deadpan humor, it lays bare the emotional core of its characters with surgical precision. The writing is deft and controlled, as natural and unforced as breath–which makes it impossible to look away.
Synopsis was taken from Amazon.com
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.

Synopsis was taken from Amazon.com
February 2017
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I’ll let you have a moment while you coo over the cover. Yes, cooing over a book is a thing!
As soon as I saw this gorgeous cover among the selections, I knew I had to have it! I was so pleased that the story sounded as powerful as this cover reflected!
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
National Bestseller

A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of A Fine Balance and Cutting for Stone.

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja’s family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Synopsis was taken from Amazon.com
March 2017
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Marlena by Julie Buntin

An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts―first drink, first cigarette, first kiss―while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.

Alive with an urgent, unshakable tenderness, Julie Buntin’s Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.

Synopsis was taken from Amazon.com

 

I will definitely continue my membership with the Book of the Month Club! I love the selections thus far! If you want to give this sub box a try, click on the link below!

https://www.mybotm.com/835s7cfrc3ow29

 

Happy Reading!!

x Steph

 

 

Life, Review

Lion: Movie Review

Hello friends! I’m excited to share that I have written another guest review for Sup, Nerds!

Head on over to their page and check it out! Lion is an amazing film and if you’ve been living under a rock, consumed by politics, or what have you, take a look at the trailer below! 🙂

x Steph

Click Here for the movie review!

Life

New Year, New Beginnings

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Happy New Year !

2016 was a tough year for many people all around the world. I for one, have slacked quite a bit, I admit that. However, I am lucky enough to still be in well enough health to move forward and do better. I don’t blame the year for whatever has kept me from accomplishing the things I want or for what ever bad thing that has happened in general. It’s not the year’s fault. Things happen, period. It’s up to us to change them and to live and own the year, not simply letting the year own us. Like so many people waking up on New Year’s day, I woke up inspired and wanting to change things. I fell off of my daily movement this past year but I am pushing forward now and hoping to gain a healthier mind and body. I am starting with a yoga challenge hosted by Yoga With Adriene. I’ve always liked her style of movement and the way she inspires you to “find what feels good”. Letting you know that you don’t have to follow the rules of a yoga book, if you will. You find what moves and poses your body enjoys and simply make it your own. Yoga is a journey, a discovery, an adventure! This is something I look forward to and building a strong foundation for myself this year. Cheers to everyone and I hope you all have a beautiful start to this year!

Namaste

x Steph

Life, Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

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Hello readers! It’s been a while. Please excuse me as I blow the dust off my blog….

 

School has kept me so busy and writing has just not been happening for me. I opted out of the last round of camp but I feel like I need to jump on board with the following round. My last novel is still incarcerated and I have some ideas for a new story. My fellow writer’s understand this struggle, I’m sure of it.

Ideas for new stories pop up all the time and I just need to get them down because you never know which will turn into that big shiny golden nugget. I am so ready and excited to participate in camp nano this year! I have decided to go with a 20,000 word count for the month. I’m sure I can stick to it as long as I manage my time wisely and keep coffee brewing ;).

Are you interested in camping with some of the most creative people from all around the world? Click HERE and join the rest of us campers! Don’t forget to stop by the merch shop. There is always something to help inspire or simply scratch the itch for a good book-ish/writer’s novelty item :).

And so my friends, I leave you with a meme. Cause who doesn’t love a good meme?

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xo-Steph

 

 

 

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.

 

 

Life

Torture Brendan Episode V: Unfriended

Success!! Haha!

Sup, Nerds!

Released Date: April 17, 2015
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Movie Suggested By: Stephanie Cardozo


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So, this is what it’s come to.  The Blair Witch Project in  iOS fashion.  This segment was a pretty short one for me, mainly because nothing really happens in the movie.

A few quick death scenes, and 80 minutes of millennial garbage.

Six high school friends gather for a group Skype chat, because that’s what you do instead of actually interacting with people.  The ghost of someone that these kids drove to suicide, haunts them online, giving this film the “cybernatural” label.
The highlight for me, was that after witnessing two friends die on camera, and one of them sticking his hand in a blender, the ghost decides to make them play a game of “never have I ever”.  We all know this game, it’s a drinking game, damn it. The ghost only communicates through Facebook…

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Books, Life, YA

The Rose and the Dagger

I am exploding with excitement right now! Tomorrow, April 26th, is the release of The Rose and the Dagger!! This is the second installment of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. You can read my review on the first book here.

Okay, shall we get to business? 🙂

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How beautiful is this cover?! I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book as I sighed heavily reading the last line of The Wrath and the Dawn. The world in which Shahrzad and Khalid live in is filled with danger, love, mystery, and magic. The story is simply riveting and keeps you engaged with every turn of the page. It was only natural that I pre-ordered this baby as soon as it was up. 🙂 I can not wait to dive right in where the story left off and I hear there may be a magic carpet ride or two in this one :). Below is a blurb I have taken from amazon. If you haven’t read the first book, go get your copy NOW and immediately get your hands on a copy of the rose as well. Trust me when I tell you that as soon as you finish the wrath, you will definitely want this sitting by your side. 🙂

“In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.”

Happy reading my friends!

xo

Life, Writing, YA

Katrina and The Old Oak

**Note: This narrative poem is a spin off of my short story, The Old Oak Tree.** 

 

 

Freed from the vines, running, running from her mother,

from her brothers. Running from what she had done. Three

bodies, still as the bark of the old oak. Three bodies,

beautiful as spring, white as winter snow. Tears sting

like summer heat as she runs. Bare feet surge with energy,

pulling power from the earth with each step. “What have I done?”

“What am I?” She asks no one.

A voice calls out to her, familiar but absent for so long.

“Katrina.” She hears the voice, an odd tongue, unknown to her

before this moment. “Who’s there?” She called out to the

empty clearing. “Katrina, set me free.” Said the voice.

Searching wildly, red hair whipping around like a whirlwind of

flames. “Set you free? Where are you?” She asked. Within a moment,

the earth pulsed, forcing her body to stop where she stood. Her

heart beat rapidly, causing the skies to rumble with fear. Floods of

memories soared through her. A young red-headed girl, smiling,

running through fields of reds, pinks, violets, and blues.

A father, always close by. Chasing his little girl filled with

power unknown to the world. “Katrina.” Calls the voice.

Looking, walking, not knowing where her feet were taking her.

No, the earth, telling her to move forward. The old oak.

So tall, so strong. A place of warmth, glowing like the sun.

Leaves rustling wildly, branches reaching out towards her.

An image, a tall strong figure. Arms open, waiting, laughing,

wrapping around his red-headed girl. “Papa?” Calls Katrina,

staring at the old oak. “Free me, Katrina.” Her hands glow,

moving forward, inching closer. Feeling the heart of the oak.

“How?” She asks, so sure of who stood before her. “You will

know, at the witching hour.”

 

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.