Book Buddies Review: Shadow and Bone

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Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: Let’s see if it lives up to hype
Last impression: Eeeeek can’t wait for the next
Format: Library hardcover / 358 pages
Publishing Info: June 5th 2012 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Review: One Past Midnight


One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightRatingfour and a half stars
First impression: Parallel life – sign me up
Last impression: EEEEEKK
Format: Library hardcover / 352 pages
Publishing Info: July 22nd 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.
With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

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Book Nerds Unite: Sharing Is Caring Giveaway!

Tis the season — for a big ol’ giveaway!book nerds unite]

The holidays are all about giving. We appreciate your support throughout the year and want to thank you; without our blogging audience we would just be talking to ourselves, after all 😉  Just in time for the holidays, we’re giving away some major gift cards. Twenty of us bloggers are coming together to bring you: Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway!

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below and start following some great bloggers. We’re offering a first place prize of a $150 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The second place winner gets $50 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Regardless, you’re a winner, because you get to add some great blogs to your feeds! Good luck!

bnu giveaway buttonGiveaway is US Only, running from 11/24/14 to 12/11/14. Winners selected at random. Please don’t mark a blog as followed if you haven’t in fact followed. All entries will be checked. Graphic created by Rachel at Hello, Chelly!

Sunday Post #1

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The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where you share news about your blog on a weekly basis. It can include what you’ve been reading, what you’ve posted, what’s coming up next, and any books you added to your shelves!

last week readingfinished readsp 1finished listenThe Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) last week blogrecent postsTop ten sequels I’m dying to get my hands on
My last WWW Wednesdays post before switching to the Sunday Post
Part II of the Getting to Know You Blog Hop – my other hobbies and why I blog
Five on Friday, featuring some holiday swap lovin’
20 things you might not know about me!
recent reviewsYolo (Internet Girls #4) by Lauren Myracle four stars
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer Armentrout three and a half stars
The Maze Runner (#1) by James Dashner four and a half stars

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Top ten books on my winter TBR
Part III of the Getting To Know You Blog Hop – my favorite movies and music
Five on Fridayupcoming reviewsOne Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
Book Buddies Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

20thingsI’ve seen some of these circulating around the blogosphere so I thought I’d share my answers with you! 🙂

 Question 1: How tall are you?

I’m about 5’2″ – I like being short. My 13 year old sister is a good 3-4 inches taller than me and makes fun of me for it. Sorry gurl I’d rather be my height than yours!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

LOL yeah right. Eating way too much pizza?

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Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Messy layouts, themes, fonts, etc. – I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like that. I need it to be cohesive and clear.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Just one? Lol. I think my top pet peeve would be excessive noise that I can’t control. If I can hear my neighbor doing anything I tend to get unnecessarily annoyed. Noise is a fact of life but it gives me major anxiety

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Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

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200 Word Review: The Maze Runner

1basicsThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Ratingfour and a half stars
First impression: Last person on earth to read this
Last impression: Shock, sadness, gimme book two
Format: Audiobook / 10 hr 50 min
Publishing Info: October 6th 2009 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None


If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.1thoughts1200

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Why I Blog & Other Hobbies (Getting to Know You Blog Hop + Giveaway)

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The ladies at Cuddlebuggery started up the Getting to Know You Blog Hop so that bloggers can learn a bit more about you and your blog. I decided to join up and made my post on the first day. I shared a special book series to me and offered a giveaway for one of my favorite books that I read since starting my blog. I decided to post three times about different topics so you can get to know me better! The giveaway is posted again at the bottom so you can enter if you haven’t already. 🙂

  • 11/15 – Getting to Know You: Introduction and Special Book Series (here)
  • 11/20 – Getting to Know You: Why I Blog and Other Hobbies
  • 11/27 – Getting to Know You: Favorite Movies and Music

gtk why blog hobbiesWhy I Blog

I have tried and failed with starting a lot of different blogs. I’ve always loved writing and the idea of having a blog, but I just never had anything that I knew enough about to blog about. I tried to start a beauty blog when I got into makeup, but I barely know anything about it. I tried to start a fashion blog to show basic outfits you can make, since I’m obsessive about what I wear and when, but that wasn’t for me either. Bookmark Lit was originally created as a “book review and lifestyle blog,” but I couldn’t even think about what kind of lifestyle posts to include. I decided to stick to what I know – reading! I’ve always loved reading (and wished I had time to read during my “dark ages”) and thought it would be cool to make a review blog. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of amazing book blogs are out there! This is such a great community and I know I made the right blogging choice.

Other Hobbies

2014-08-17 21.46.59Aside from reading, I really don’t do much. Seriously. My boyfriend and I collect and put together Lego sets, but he does that more than I do. He tracks everything, determines what to buy, and makes a mess of our apartment. I really enjoy the hobby, but it’s more HIS that I share with him. Football is pretty much my only other hobby, if you consider sitting in front of your TV for hours a hobby. I don’t want to talk about how awful my team (Carolina Panthers) is this year, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be watching them each week. My dad has Sunday Ticket so we’re able to watch all of our teams’ games… it’s kind of a necessary purchase when your family likes the Broncos, Raiders, and Panthers, respectively, while living in New England! I went to see my first real live Panthers game last year and it was amazingly life-changing. I’m so glad I was able to go see them and wish I could see them each season. I really want to live in Charlotte, but that seems more like a dream than reality at this stage in my life. We’ll see though.

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