Paperback Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

It’s the paperback release day for THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead today and I am so excited to help celebrate by participating in this blitz. Make sure to read all the way to the end to enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of the ten copies the publisher is giving away.



Title & Series: THE GLITTERING COURT (The Glittering Court #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: April 5, 2016 / Paperback release date March 28, 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook





Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…




RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.





Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Books to Celebrate Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (live Action) Movie

Today is the day! Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Live Action) is finally releasing in the theaters today, and I am so excited to see it. Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite fairy tale ever since I was a little girl, and I absolutely LOVED the Disney animated movie.

To me, there is no more perfect Beauty then Belle. Not only is she lovely, imaginative, kind, and independent but she also adores to read. Let’s not forget to mention she’s feisty too, with a thing for “breaking the rules, going against what society expects of her and never wanting to settle or give up on what she believes in. Sounds like the perfect heroine right? Plus…she has the best dresses too! So in honor of my obsession with all things Beauty and the Beast, I decided to make a list of all the amazing books recently released that are related to this “tale as old as time”. If you are a fan of the book and movies, you will NEED to add every single one to your own castle’s library.


Books I Own, or Soon Will Be Adding To My Castle’s Collection…



The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve

This book looks absolutely stunning! It is super colorful, and even has a few interactive 3-D pages too.



Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb

I LOVE this book. It has been in my collection for just over a year, and I still am in awe every time I look through it. The artwork is gorgeous.



Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Charles Soloman

I adore this book for many reasons. The first reason being that it is one of the first gifts my husband gave to me when we first started dating.  My other main reason is because this book is filled with information about the making of the animated movie. We learn all about how the animated movie came together (the new version also has information about the upcoming live action movie).


Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett

Jan Brett is one of my favorite authors/illustrators; I remember this to be one of my first books I ever read by Jan Brett. The illustrations are lovely and so full of details.


Beauty and the Beast (Calla Editions) by Hon. Eleanor Vere Boyle

A beautifully designed edition, with one of the earliest adaptations I ever remember reading.


Beauty and the Beast ( The Barnes and Noble leather-bound edition)  

Recently added to my collection the book is filled with many fairy tales that includes the featured title. Though I now own it, I have not yet had the time to go through all the stories in this edition, but I am going to assume it is because they all feature “Beauties” and “ Beasts” .


Beauty and the Beast by Agnese Baruzzi

I just ordered this book from Target and I can’t wait to see what it will be like. So far, I’ve gathered that the illustrations are done in the style of “paper cutting” to make silhouettes…(More on this later).



RETELLINGS (I haven’t read these yet, but they all sound pretty awesome)


Beast by Brie Spangler


As Old As Time by Liz Braswell


Beast Charming by Jenniffer Wardell


Beauty and the Beast: Lost in A Book

by Jennifer Donnelly (Thank you #otspsecretsister for

sending me this one as a gift!)


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


Directly Related to the New Live Action Movie


Beauty and the Beast– A Novalization by Elizabeth Rudnick


Art of Coloring: Beauty and the Beast by Disney Book Group


Beauty and the Beast – Belle’s Library: A collection of quotes and musings by Brittany Rubiano

This adorable little book looks too cute to pass up. I don’t know much about it, except that it is a book filled with literary quotes and musings.


Beauty and the Beast : The Enchanment by Eric Geron


Are you excited for the upcoming  live action version of the animated movie?  Do you have a favorite character? Do you have a favorite book edition of the fairy tale? Are you an avid Beauty and the Beast fan/collector like myself? Tell me all about it in the comments below.


Picture Book Review: The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter (Illustrator)

Picture Book Review: The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter (Illustrator)The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter
Published by Flying Eye Books on February 14th 2017
Genres: Children's Picture Book
Pages: 32

Ever wondered about the mysterious place we all visit when we fall asleep? Robert Louis Stevenson's classic children's poem about dreamland is given new life in this wonderfully illustrated book. Accompanied by Robert Hunter's bold and beautiful illustrations, this picture book will bring the beloved Scottish author's work to a whole new generation of young readers.
Robert Frank Hunter is a London-based illustrator. Working on a range of projects in both print and moving image, he is keen to keep applying his work to new disciplines.

When you open the gorgeous and colorfully illustrated The Land of Nod, you are instantly captivated. These beautiful images provide a dream-like landscape to accompany the words of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Land of Nod”. Every single page is full of details and whimsical drawings reminiscent of the “feeling” of a dream. Which is sure to draw readers deep into the story. Because of the lovely hues of blue and pink Mr. Hunter uses in his illustration, he is able to create a “twilight-type” mood and truly bring the poem to life.


It is clear from the illustrations and the words of the poem that the little boy is feeling isolated from the outside world. However, in his dreams, he can go on all kinds of adventures and see all sorts of different things. This would be an excellent choice for a bedtime story, or for inspiring young poets. As well as a book to read to little ones when they are sick and have to stay in bed. I highly recommend The Land of Nod to dreamers of all ages.



The strangest things are there for me,
Both things to eat and things to see,
And many frightening sights abroad
Till morning in the land of Nod.”


*Thank you to Flying Eye Books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.  


YA Book Review: You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando

YA Book Review: You Don’t Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen OrlandoYou Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) by Kristen Orlando
Published by Swoon Reads on January 10th 2017

Fighter. Faker. Student. Spy.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan must decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice?

You Don’t Know My Name is an intense and thrilling story that brings us right to the action from the start. The story begins as Reagan’s family home is being invaded by an assassin. That’s definitely one way to catch the attention of your reader!


I love Reagan as a character. She is fierce, brave, smart and strong. Reagan’s parents belong to a secret spy agency called The Black Angels, and Reagan is expected to become one too. Even though she is training to become a Black Angel, the reader can still relate to her. She’s vulnerable and questioning what she really wants to do with her life. The constant stress of having a new identity, and constantly moving is starting to become too much for Reagan.


When Regan’s parents are kidnapped, Reagan has to decide how much she is willing to risk and sacrifice in order to save them. There are some crushing moments in this story, and I wanted to reach into the book and comfort Reagan. The relationship between Reagan and her parents is a big focus of this story. They expect her to follow in their footsteps and become a Black Angel. However, Reagan is torn between doing her duty or following her heart


Though I normally shy away from anything with anything that seems like it could be INSTA-LOVE, I really enjoyed Reagan and Luke’s budding romance. It is actually quite swoon-worthy. I like that Luke can stand on his own as a character, even without the romance. Luke is sweet, adorable and completely accepting of Reagan “just as she is”. Luke’s support for Reagan is one of my favorite things about them as a couple/team. Also, I didn’t feel like their relationship was rushed or that it was INSTA-LOVE, which made me happy.


You Don’t Know My Name has some fantastic pulse-pounding action scenes, it keeps you entertained and turning the pages. The author does a great job keeping you hooked and guessing what will happen next. There are so many twists and turns that I truly couldn’t guess what would happen next.I love the suspenseful mood the author creates and the detail she put into the world of the Black Angels. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves spy stories, suspense, and books that completely absorb the reader into the intrigue of the story.


**Thank you to Swoon Reads for providing me with an advance copy of You Don’t Know My Name in return for an honest review. **