Friday, July 18, 2014

Giveaway of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Giveaway for an ARC (Advance Readers Copy) of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick!!!! This book doesn’t come out until October 7th, so you are really getting a sneak peak!I reached 200 tumblr followers the other day so this giveaway is for you guys. You are all incredible. I thought I would giveaway my extra ARC of Black Ice. Thank you so much for following me and my random reading adventures. 
Here are the rules: 
1. Must be following With A Book. (I will check).2. Your ask box must be open so I can contact you if you win. 3. Do not spam your followers with this giveaway but you can reblog as much as you want. 4. You can reblog or just like this post to enter. Or both. :)5. Ends July 26th! 

Good Luck! Hey guys I just wanted to let you know that I am having a giveaway on my tumblr page for With A Book. It's for an ARC of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. The tumblr page for With A Book is relatively new, but I wanted to have a giveaway for the lovely people who follow me over there.

If you are interested in the giveaway all you have to do is follow and reblog or like (or both) the giveaway post (which I will link here).

Tumblr is still a blog but it's a big difference from With A Book here on blogger. I am really enjoying Tumblr because I can easily share other peoples work. They take some beautiful pictures of books over on tumblr. I seriously recommend checking them out.

Another aspect of tumblr that I particularly enjoy is being able to instantly update my readers about what I'm doing or reading or what I think of a book with out having to think about it.

Basically Tumblr is a perfect combination of a blog like blogger and twitter.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sneak Peak Review: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

15828079Lies We Tell Ourselves
By: Robin Talley
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Source: BookCon

Sneak Peak Review by Marissa:

I am so excited to tell you guys about this book. I am not going to give a full review, more of a preview, because this book doesn’t come until October. But I wanted to give you guys a heads up about this one. I received this book at Book-Con.

In a brief overview, basically this book is set up in Virginia, late 1950’s public school. Like many white Southern schools during this time, many people were vehemently opposed to the impending integration of black and white students. Instead of taking this story from a grandiose, historical perspective, Talley sets the story from the perspective of the students. While they are dealing with all these larger scale issues, they are also dealing with typical high school things. Like friendships, love, peer pressure, which makes this story so relatable to me. The story is centered on two girls, Sarah and Linda, and their friends.

I don’t want to give away a lot, but another thing about the set up about the book that I really liked was the chapters are separated into literally the different lies we tell ourselves. It is a small detail that I really enjoyed.

This isn’t my typical fantasy, or romantic coming of age novel. I usually don’t get into novels that are so close to non-fiction. But I really enjoyed this one, and I think it will be a huge success when it comes out. Keep a look out for it in October! Have a lovely week everyone!


Monday, July 14, 2014


This week I will be participating in the Booktube-a-Thon over on Youtube. If you don't know what that is, it's basically a read-a-thon for booktubers (people who review books on Youtube).

It sounds like tons of fun. I have a reading pile of 7 books (one a day) that I want to get through. If you want to follow my adventures for this read-a-thon you can go to my channel at Since this is a Youtube read-a-thon there is also a challenge to post videos everyday. Which I will be trying to do!

Here's my TBR video of what I plan to read this week. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet


*Guess I should tell you that there are spoilers in this if you have never read Pride and Prejudice or seen the movie or the YouTube series. If you have seen/read one of the above it's okay to read this review. If not this is actually a really good remake of Pride and Prejudice if you want to read this story for the first time and are not a fan of classic novels.*

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
By: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Publication Date: June 24th
Received from publisher for an honest review

Summary: Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera—from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.

Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudicestory like never before.

Review: It's no secret that I am a huge fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. I have been following them religiously from the beginning. I was devastated when they finished the series. I really wanted to explore the modern Pride and Prejudice characters in this adaption more, and that's what The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet does. 

Going into the novel I thought it would just be the Youtube series retold in writing but it's so much more than that! Reading this you learn more about Lizzie and her sisters. There's so much going on in the background that Lizzie doesn't tell the world in her vlogs. Everything she kept out also made so much sense to keep out. It didn't feel like they were just forcing new content on the story.

Lizzie and Darcy's relationship is also fleshed more out in the novel. The reader can see things like Darcy's letter that was kept out of the YouTube series. It is also easy for the reader to see how much Darcy likes Lizzie in the beginning and how mean Lizzie is to him. I felt so bad for Darcy while reading the Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. Yet I love them together in the end. 

It took me awhile to get through this book because I watched the videos as I read the novel. I highly recommend doing that. It was a ton of fun. It's a great way to experience the videos if you haven't seen them already. The whole experience of Lizzie Bennet Diaries is something you do not want to miss. If you're a fan of the vlogs make sure you pick up this book. You won't regret it. PLUS THERE'S THE DINNER SCENE AT THE END with Darcy and Mrs. Bennet.

One last thing. In the questions with the authors at the end of the novel, they hint at more videos coming up soon. I really hope that is something that actually happens. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

17167166Throne of Glass
By: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Copy: Bought

Summary"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review: After reading Throne of Glass, I was not expecting Crown of Midnight to blow me away like it did. Throne of Glass was not bad but it didn't keep my attention like Crown of Midnight did. Now that the world has been explained and Celaena has won the competition, the book gets right into the action, and Sarah J. Maas is the queen of action scenes. They are intense to read but I love every second of it.  

It's easy to see how much the main character Celaena changed from the first book to the second. The first book concentrates on how she's the best assassin and can kill anyone while still looking attractive. In Crown of Midnight Celaena doesn't concentrate so much on looks, but what she is doing and why. She turned into the bad-ass main character that everyone is always talking about 
I think I secretly love, love triangles especially this one. While I'm 100 percent Team Chaol, I still like Dorian. The triangle played out really well in this book. Yet the book was more centered on what was going on in the castle. I really thought the four main characters were going to pair off but now I have no idea what is going to happen. 

After reading Throne of Glass I wasn't completely sure if I was going to continue the story but I'm so glad I did. Crown of Midnight completely changed how I look at this series. It had so many twist and turns. I really didn't expect anything that happened (besides the last big reveal). I highly recommend reading the first book now just to get to this one. I can't wait to see what happens to Celaena, Dorian and Chaol next. 

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