Review: Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Published: 2015
By: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs., 45 mins.
ISBN:  9781478961833



I’m terribly sad to see this series end, but I loved every second of Sophronia’s adventures at Madame Geraldine’s. The great grande finale of the Finishing School series is Sophronia is basic a major heroine, not like she has been in the past where she just so happens to be at the wrong place at the right time, but in fact is exactly where she needs to be in that moment.

The Picklemen are up to no good and are targeting the school, but for what nefarious purpose remains to be disclosed. But Sophronia takes it upon herself to help save the school from disaster. Sending her friends on a wild chase to get help from a few well-known supernaturals, Sophronia takes all her training and does everything in her power to take control.

Girlpower. Steampunk. Deceit. This book has it all, with a hint of romance *cough* Soap *cough* [insertsqueehere] but I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the overall story with reoccurring characters and sudden unexpected twists.  Definitely has been a fun ride and I look forward to future works by Gail Carriger of the YA genre.

Have you finished the series? What are your thoughts? Would you have ended it differently?


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10 Gift Giving Ideas

Hey everybody!

It’s almost that time of year, and fortunately for you I have a little bit of time between classes, midterms, and assignments to create a pictographic list of awesome gift ideas for your bookish friend and/or family member🙂

I’ll start with the DIY crafts, because who doesn’t love to make something super special? And I don’t mean just buying a gift card and tossing it into the recipient’s lap😉

Check these out!!

Check these out!!




Try your hand at these fun, totally customizable bookmarks by Bev @ Flamingo Toes







Instructions on how to make a Mini Book

Not so crafty by like the idea of a crafty gift? Let a craftier person do it for you:

Brookish – All things Jane Austen inspired

beanforest – This fun button

Subscription boxes? Sure, why not!

Thanks to Bustle for making my life easier😉

The options are endless on gift-able cookbooks, here are a few of my favorites:

The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

Cooking Like a Master Chef by Graham Elliot

The Bookish Fashionista:

Redbubble: T-Shirts, Totes, and all other awesomes

Don’t forget to support authors!

Never More ties

Bookish Accessories:

Thumb Thing Book Page Holder

Huffpost: Awesome bookmarks!

Artori Design: Superhero Bookends!

Athropologie: The World of Peter Rabbit (adorable)

There’s also, just about, anything from Out of Print

**Note, none of these links will make me money, so click away me harties!

** Note. Note. If you have other suggestions, feel free to link in the comments below🙂

Happy Holidays🙂signature

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Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Published: 2013
By: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hrs., 06 mins.
ISBN:  9781478980070



I remember when I bought this book at an airport all-purpose shop while flying between Calgary and Edmonton, realizing I hadn’t packed anything to read. I had never finished the paper version and decided to restart and listen to it instead.

It took several rounds of renewals and re-check-outs before I actually finished this book. There’s a lot of detail, but this was certainly not my favorite Holly Black book. Although, I had only read one in the past, I certainly preferred it over this one. No biggie.

A vampire book. A vampire town. The whole idea was pretty neat. It’s kind of like witnessing a year round Mardi Gras event, where every night people partied it up like it was their last night, which for some it might have been. Coldtown was telecasted for years, and it built up quite the following. Appealing to primarily the youth, black sheeps of their families, and the lusters of immortality. Tawna was not one of those girls, but after a crazy party at a friend’s farmhouse out in the country that went terribly, terribly wrong, she was forced into making a decision that would ultimately change her life.

Perhaps I’ve grown out of the idea of reading vampire books, I could scapegoat Stephanie Meyer right here, but I can’t (it’s just not nice). This will certainly not be my last vampire or my last Holly Black book, but I will say if I created a top 10 faves list, this title would not be on it.


What’d you think of Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown?

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