The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

July 31, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

I’ll admit that when I first heard about a book about a girl dying from a heartbreak, I was wary to read it. But nonetheless, when it went on sale, I immediately bought it because of all the great things I’ve heard from others. I’m just excited to say that I really enjoyed reading this one and I can definitely see why it comes so highly recommended. When Brie’s boyfriend breaks up with her, her heart literally breaks in half and she passes away. While I  know that sounds kinda tacky, and lame, it actually turned out really well in The Catastrophic History of You and Me. This novel follows the events passing Brie’s death, including what happens to her family and boyfriend. For a novel with an odd concept, the plot actually plays out really well and the whole dying thing seems semi-plausible. I loved all of the characters in The Catastrophic History of You and Me and I especially loved… Read more »


Waiting On Wednesday ~July 30th 2014~

Waiting On Wednesday ~July 30th 2014~

July 30, 2014 Features & Spotlights 3

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we can share upcoming releases that have us excited! Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop To Be Published March 3rd, 2015 The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope… Read more »


Taking a Step Back

Taking a Step Back

July 30, 2014 Features & Spotlights 4

  Lately, I’ve been feeling very anxious. Not towards what I have to do but more towards what I didn’t do. August is almost upon us which means my summer is already more than half over and I keep thinking about how I haven’t done anything I wanted to. Sure, I scheduled all my posts for August, I started doing some school stuff and I started working on a new writing project but it still doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing what I want. I keep thinking about all the reviews I should write, all the posts I should plan, all the to-do lists to finish, my piles of books to read, and keeping up with my WIP. Just thinking about all of these things makes my so anxious, nervous and stressed and it’s honestly a real problem. So I’ve decided to take a step back. I don’t have to review all of these books. I don’t have to write these posts… Read more »


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… Read more »


Interview with Nikki Kelly (author of Lailah)!

Interview with Nikki Kelly (author of Lailah)!

July 21, 2014 Interview 13

  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… Read more »


2014 ARC August Sign Up

2014 ARC August Sign Up

July 21, 2014 Challenges 35

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… Read more »


2nd Annual ARC August!!

2nd Annual ARC August!!

July 19, 2014 Challenges 11

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… 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… 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… Read more »


Shelly’s Guide to.. Summer Reading!

Shelly’s Guide to.. Summer Reading!

July 10, 2014 Uncategorized 12

With summer in full swing, I’ve decided to put a list together of a bunch of summer reads! Thanks to Allie, Sana, Giselle, Jennifer, Jacquelyn and Mel for their recommendations on Twitter! Clicking on the cover will take you to the goodreads page! Note: I haven’t read all of these and I made the list through recommendations and what I think will be good summer reads!                           BONUS: Check out the flow chart that I made for some more summer recommendations!