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Life Update

Hi, Readers!

I am back from the dead. I know I have been gone for a long while and haven’t been posting for the last few weeks. Lot’s have happened and many things have changed in my life that kept me away. Even I have been slacking off on my reading. In fact, I have only read like seven books this year. Which is very low for me. But I am back with strength and will be more focused on Where Stephanie Reads. So why have I been absent?

I got a job and Then Quit

I recently started working at a new grocery store in the month of Lidl and it was a crazy time for me. I learned a lot and met awesome people that I got work with. But sadly recently for personal reasons, I had to leave that job and now I am back to job hunting.

I Left Town

Two weeks ago I went on vacation during my days off. I got to go to Orlando, Fl with my sister. It was super fun and it was the trip I went on without the parents. Which was an interesting experience? I also got to visit Universal Studios and saw the new Harry Potter section which was treated. Plus it was a must go for me. I even got my sister to go on the Mummy ride. Other than that I also got to spend time with my awesome cousins and got to hang out. It was so much fun and I’m sad that I couldn’t stay longer and hang out some more.

If you haven’t been to Orlando yet, I totally recommend visiting because it’s really nice down there. I also really like the chill vibe and didn’t really want to go back to Virginia.

So that is pretty much what is going on with me. Now since I am back and just got back to job hunting, I now have more time to focus on Where Stephanie Reads and also focus on what I want in life and where I want to be.

Token Huntress by Kia Carrington-Russell Book Review

In the near distant future where humanity is at its end. The world has been taken over by a war between Vampires and the Hunters. In Token Huntress, there is a combination of action, vampires, and romance that will keep the story movie as you read it.

  • Title: Token Huntress
  • Author: Kia Carrington-Russell
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 222
  • Author Site: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

The Token Huntress takes in the future where humans are scare and the world is taken over but three races of vampires. The Council which is made up of civilized Vampires, vampires that do what they please, and Sabers. Sabers who are beyond saving. In order to protect humans, there are THe Hunters. A race that is part human part Vampire with strong abilities and evenly matches to vampires. They fight to protect humanity from them and vow to fight vampires.

In the book, the story focuses on Esmore who is known as the Token Huntress. Her duty is to lead her guild and to fight all vampire and protect humans and the world. But unlike her hunters, she is born without a gift and has dark eyes. Despite not having a gift. She is a force to reckon because she is the strongest fighter and can outwit vampires. Things take a turn, Esmore meets a mysterious vampire that wakes a darkness within her. Throughout the book, she must discover the reason behind this darkness if she wants to save her kind of vampires. But will the mysterious vampire be a step in the way?

REVIEW:

This book is exciting. When I was reading it I couldn’t put it down. I read it like in two days and just want more from it because it was so good. There is action, a strong female characters, a hot romance and just lots of fighting scenes that held my attention. At first, when I learned that it was a vampire book I expected a typical urban fantasy vampire book but this was totally fresh. I think the end of humanity idea where humans are close to extinction, a world taken over by vampires and hunters at war with them gave it a fresh interesting take on this world. I also like the way the author built the world and history and lets you know why the world is this way and helped paint the picture. As for the main character Esmore, I think she is a strong bad ass. She can fight and doesn’t rely on special abilities except for her skills when it comes to a bow and sword. I actually can’t wait to see what comes next and see how the story continues.

LINKS:

Token Huntress on Amazon:
Author Site

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride Book Review

This book gave me a mixed bag of feeling. When I came across this book I thought it looked interesting and thought this book had a cool premise and cover. And usually, I have a good feeling about a cover and can spot a great book. Except this one gave me a different feeling.

  • Title: The Lesser Bohemians
  • Author: Eimear McBride
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Author Site: Here
  • Read Excerpt Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

The Lesser Bohemians is about a girl from Ireland who goes to London to attend drama school. This book takes place in 1990. The girl at the school meets an attractive actor who is much older and they both develop a strong bond. Throughout you see how their relationship evolves and changes. Along with that you also get to see the inner feelings surrounding finding that first love.

REVIEW:

I really don’t know what to say about this book. I obviously don’t because I found this book somewhat confusing. In fact, the way the book was written was so confusing that I didn’t finish. The synopsis of the book was intriguing and I thought it was a great concept. But, the way it was written where there was the weird short sentence, awful use of function and just bad grammar usage I don’t know why I should finish it. The grammar in the book was very distracting that I didn’t really get into the story and after like 50 or more pages I gave up from frustration. Was this book written this way was for intended purposes? I don’t know but at the same time, I think the book should at least be a little easier for all readers. Anyway, that is my overall feelings. If you want to give the book a shot I will have a link above including an expert as well. And until my next post keep on reading.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Links:

Buy on Amazon
Author Site
Read Excerpt

September 2017 TBR

This is list is late but I did a video recently, talking about my TBR for the month. This month I am excited to read some of the books that have been on my TBR for awhile. I have a mix of sequels, a standalone and a new trilogy. This month I am adding an extra dose of fantasy and one historical fiction book.So let’s get to the list.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare books and I am an even bigger fan of the world of Shadowhunters. Even since The Infernal Devices I was hooked and loved her recently trilogy The Dark Artifices. So this month I will continue with the second book of the trilogy. If you have read it yet this is a trilogy focused on the two characters Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn along with the family of Blackthorns and other characters.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

Another book I will be reading is the last book from the A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t read the trilogy it’s about a girl named Feyre who accidentally kills a wolf. Later an angry beast shows up to tell it her that she actually a fae. As punishment, she must live with the beast and to live in the world of fae. If you wish to learn more do check my review on the book itself at here.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This is a fantasy book that I am excited about. I actually saw the cover and thought it looked cool. This book takes place in New York when magic was thought to be extinct. Except a few have magic but sadly it’s not allowed in this world. A thief who also has magic has to power to time-travel. This thief whose name is Esta takes on a job to steal an object that is in Old New York and so she has to time-travel there. Soon, she learns that the past is as dangerous the present.

The Lesser Bohemian by Eimear McBride

Here is another book that got my attention by the cover. I thought the cover was cool, mysterious and just interesting. This was a book sent to me by Blogging for Books. This is the book is history book about a girl who goes to a London school to study drama. There she meets an older man who is an experienced actor and then form a bond.

Links:

Lord of Shadows
The Last Magician
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Lesser Bohemian

Anticipated Reads of Fall 2017

Even though summer is at a close, I am not sad in fact, I am stoked because this fall there is a boatload of awesome books ready to hit the shelves. There are some sequels, returning authors who left us wanting more since their last book, and new series to looking forward to starting. So, in this post, I will be talking about some of the books that made my anticipated list.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows Duology I was really impressed and wanted more. So I was excited to hear there is a new book coming out. This book is a collection of fairytales, folklore, and myths that are connected to the Grisha World that we got to know about it in her other books.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This is another book that I was interested in checking out after reading Passenger and Wayfarer. I never read her other works and felt like I wanted to pick up another of her books. This is a fantasy book about a boy who has to deal with a demon that lives in him because of his great-great-great-great grandfather broke a deal with the demon. And through the story, the book must break the curse or else.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I never read any of Marie Lu’s book but her books have been on my TBR List for awhile. After my recent trip to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and seeing her speak I knew I wanted to pick this science fiction book.

Turtles All The Way by John Green

I was excited to learn that John Green is coming out with a new book. I was a fan of The Fault in Our Stars and recently read Looking For Alaska. I knew I must pick up this book when it comes out.

Origin by Dan Brown

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I been waiting for this book like forever. I am a huge fan of The Robert Langdon series and when I saw the cover I went crazy. This is the newest installment and can’t to see what adventure Dan Brown has in store.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Lastly, the new book by Andy Weir is going to be dropping in November and I am stoked. I been a fan of his other book The Martian and enjoyed it so much that I will soon reread it and then watch the movie. I can’t wait for Artemis to drop.

So that is my list of anticipated read of fall. I hope you enjoyed this list. Let me know in the comments if you are excited about these books and what other books you are excited about.

Links:

Origin
Warcross
Artemis
Language of Thorns

A Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Turtles All the Way Down

August TBR List

I am excited for August because on my TBR list there are a ton of exciting books. On this TBR I will be reading a couple of sequels from books I read last month but also books that have a movie coming out next month. Below I have a video talking about the books I will be reading.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

One of the books I will be reading is Traitor to the Throne. This is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands. Both books take place in a fantasy world that is similar to Aladin. This story also focuses on a girl named Amani who dreams of leaving her hometown in hopes of being free and to be able to see the world. Later she gets tangled up with the foreigner Jin who is wanted for treason. Both Amani and Jin go on the game and get involved in the middle of a rebellion that wants to be free from the evil sultan. The book picks up where the last book and I am sure it holds more magic and djinns in it.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

After reading the first book Six of Crows I was sucked to the world that Leigh Bardugo built. Six of Crows has a mixture of fantasy, action and great characters that held me to my seat. I also enjoyed the elements that were inspired by the culture of Russia.In the second book, I will be continuing on with a story with great expectations.

The Glass Castle by Jennette Wells


I don’t know a lot about The Glass Castle except that it has a movie coming out this summer. I know the book is a memoir about the author and the trailer for the movie looked like a great story that I must pick up. Though from what my sister has told me it seemed like a great book.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King


I been wanting to pick this book up and always wanted to read a Stephen King book but always had to put it off. I mean his books look really intimating and he has so many to choose from. So, after seeing The Dark Tower trailer I knew that The Gunslinger was going to be a great place to start. Plus I like the fact that it has its fantasy elements.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


I heard A Wrinkle in Time was a good book and I love fantasy books. I love reading about new worlds and magic and wanted to jump into this world. I also thought the trailer looked fascinating and imaginative as well.

That is my list for my TBR. I might add more books during the month and discover more. Let me know in the comments below if you read or heard about these books? What do you think of my TBR? And are you a fan of Six of Crows? Well, until next time keep on reading.

Links:

Traitor to the Throne
Crooked Kingdom
The Glass Castle
The Gunslinger
A Wrinkle in Time

How I Get Cheap(free) Books Part 1

Hi, guys. It is Friday and today I am back with another post. And today I will be talking about the ways I save on books. I go, to be honest, I think books are expensive and my own personal financial situation makes it hard to buy expensive books all the time. I also know that many others who just starting out with book blogging or even booktube can’t always afford books all the time so I am here give you my tips on how I get my books without breaking the bank. So in this post, I will be broken this subject into two different posts. Today I will be covering physical books and on my next post will be about e-books.

Cheap Books

Starting things off I will be skipping out on buying physical books online because I don’t really shop for books online unless I got a gift card for my birthday or Christmas because I find shipping cost to be pricey for me.

Used Bookstores

One of my favorites places to go is a used bookstore. I love how each store is different and you never know what you’ll find. I also like the fact that you can walk in and not have to worry about a sales person following you around and asking you if you need something like tens times. Which sadly happens to me a lot when I shop at other stores(Victoria’s Secret).  Another thing about used bookstore is the fact that most of the books are affordable. The books can go between $5 to a $1 depending on the store.  Another great reason I like about Used bookstores is that you can trade in your own books for either money or store credit and can use to buy more books. But note to not expect to be paid a fortune just probably $10 bucks or less. Just check with the bookstore.

In the Streets:

This is something I learned on a nice day while going to a gelato store in my area. I was walking down the street and spotted a chair and on it had junk all over. It even had old books, papers and so on. Along with the stuff on the chair, there was a sign that said: “Free take it”. I decided to take home one of the books that were on my TBR list and since then I came up with this tip. If you are even walking down the street or just anywhere and see a book that interests you just take it. Someone has to give it a home and give it some one appreciation.

Library Book Sales:

Another great place I love getting books is library book sales. I got to say that this is my favorite place because I visit and support the local libraries I go to. I also can return the books I borrowed and then buy books. Most library books sales happen once a month and last a certain amount of time. Usually a week or a few days. What I like about library book sales is that you never know what you are going to find and can find that hidden gem. I also like the super dirt prices. In fact, the prices are so low I barely spend more than $4 at a book sale. By the way, my personal library has a $1 a Bag day where for just one dollar I get can a whole bag full of my choice of books. Deals like these vary depending on the library but these sales are great for anyone who wants to do book haul videos.

So those are my favorite ways to get books. I hope this list helps you on your journey to finding books and as well saving money on them too. If you totally enjoyed this post do share it on social media. And if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments below and until next keep on reading.