In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

July 24, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I have no words to even begin describing the awesomeness that is In the Shadows. I don’t think I can even properly describe the plot without saying too much. I want everyone to go into this completely blind, like I did, because it’s much more enjoyable that way. But alas, I should probably tell you something about what you’re getting into. BUT I don’t think I can do that so instead, how about a list of why you should read In the Shadows? 1. It is awesome. You should probably read it for this reason alone. 2. The illustrations. The illustrations are just gorgeous and tell a whole tale of their own, separate from the text, until they weave together to make one complete and freakin’ awesome story. 3. The writing. For a horror/fantasy novel, In the Shadows has almost lyrical writing. The writing was just intricate and beautiful. 4. The characters. Each character was unique and intricately written. I loved reading all the different point of views and seeing all the characters through each other’s eyes. I loved each interaction, meaningful look and giggle. 5. The ending. I know this shouldn’t count as a category but I think… Read more »


Interview with Nikki Kelly (author of Lailah)!

Interview with Nikki Kelly (author of Lailah)!

July 21, 2014 Interview 3

  I’m super excited to be able to share something awesome with you all! I finished Lailah last week (my review will be up closer to the release date) but I am super lucky to be able to interview Nikki!  Nikki is just lovely and I’m so glad that she agreed to participate in this interview & stay tuned for a giveaway! Interview Q: Describe Lailah (the main character) in 5 words! A: Sincere, practical, stubborn, lost, conflicted! Q: How did you get the idea to mix vampires and angels in the same novel? A: I always say, write what you know and write what you love, and I am a big fan of all things Vampire and Angel. A self confessed Twihard, a lover of all thing True Blood and Angel stories, it stood to reason that I would end up writing something that included either or both—I decided, why not both! The story takes our preconceptions of what these beings are, and turns that idea on its head, offering new Vampire and Angel mythology. And from the blurb of the novel, Lailah might seem like it’s a Vampire and Angel mash up,… Read more »


2014 ARC August Sign Up

2014 ARC August Sign Up

July 21, 2014 Challenges 11

Hello my loves! Yesterday I shared with you some of the changes coming to this year’s ARC August challenge. I was still working out the rules so I didn’t post the sign up but after a little brain storming I think we’re good to go! For those of you who are new to ARC August first let me say WELCOME AND HAVE FUN!! I started ARC August last year because I really suck at keeping my NetGalley and Edelweiss ratios in the green. I’m so bad in fact I do believe my ratio at the start of ARC August 2014 was around 26%… But that’s besides the point. I wanted ARC August to be a month full of encouraging other folks who were drowning in ARC’s (and some who weren’t) to put some sort of dent in that pile. A month for us to focus on getting through those ARC’s, but also have some fun. And this year will be no different! So here’s the deal: Type up a post saying you’re participating in ARC August! This can be done on your blog, tumblr, Facebook, Goodreads, twitter or instagram. I seriously don’t care… Read more »


2nd Annual ARC August!!

2nd Annual ARC August!!

July 19, 2014 Challenges 9

It’s that time of year my dears! ARC August is just around the corner and this year it’s going to be bigger, better and all around more awesome! “But Octavia. What is ARC August?”   Well my friend ARC August is a month long challenge I held on RSR last year as a way to help motivate people to tackle their huge (and small) ARC piles. For the entire month of August I encouraged people to read as many ARC’s as they could, hosted a few twitter chats and of course gave away a prize at the end of it all. Last year’s prize was a $25 gift card (I have no clue who won O__O) but this year I’m making some HUGE slight prize changes.   “What changes?!”   Well the first change is I will NOT be formally participating.     Calm down and let me explain! I haven’t requested any ARC’s in AGES (since March) so I don’t really have any I “have” to get to ASAP. I do, however, have a ginormous pile of ARC’s from BEA 14 that I need to read…..AND GIVEAWAY. *hint hint*… Read more »


Indie Bookstore Visit: Mabel’s Fables!

Indie Bookstore Visit: Mabel’s Fables!

July 17, 2014 Uncategorized 6

Last week, I visited a Toronto indie bookstore and basically, I loved it. So, I’ve decided to share it with you all! The bookstore I went to was Mabel’s Fables and it’s a widely known children’s bookstore, in Toronto. It is also 1/2 Canadian bookstores participating in the ISLA pre-order campaign (the purpose of my trip) so if you’re interested in that, I recommend ordering it through Mabel’s Fables! I went to Mabel’s Fables with a co-worker and personal friend and we stayed there for a good two hours! The store has two floors, the first floor featuring books for babies and toddlers and the 2nd floor featuring MG and YA books. The landing to the 2nd floor has some bookshelves featuring Adult titles that are 20% off! I saw a signed copy of Attachments (by Rainbow Rowell!) on the Adult shelves and I am still kicking myself for not purchasing it. Anywho, the bottom floor of the store also had the cash register, which featured a display of Deep Blue and held cute bookmarks and gift cards. The store also had cute totebags (for $5!) and I snagged a light purple… Read more »


Hi there…remember me?

Hi there…remember me?

July 14, 2014 Random Ramblings 4

Hi guys!! I’ve missed you!! As many of you know I’ve been absent lately because I’ve been enjoying a fantabulous summer with my princess. Movies, water parks, birthday parties, science centers, lego exhibits and a move to a new house up THREE flights of stairs. So yes, to put it lightly I’ve been somewhat occupied. But it’s seriously been the best summer I’ve ever had so no complaining on this end! But with the summer coming to an end and the princess heading back to Georgia for school I figured I’d get my blogging life back in order. So I figured I’d let you all know about the upcoming changes coming to Read. Sleep. Repeat.   A New Look! Shelly was very luck (and unbelievably AWESOME) enough to win a new look from the insanely talented Ashley of Creative Whim. But since we are already the proud owners of Ashley’s AH-MAZING Tweak Me Theme we decided to pass that giveaway along and just edit our theme!     Bringing It Back! There are a few features, I really miss doing and am planing on bringing back with a bang. Including: Stop & Chat!… Read more »