April 2017 Book Haul

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April is almost over!!!! In celebration I thought I would do a book haul! It has been a LONG time since I have done a book haul on my blog or really anything outside of a blog tour book review so I wanted to go ahead and switch it up a bit. It’s definitely something I want to challenge myself to do every month now  that grad school is winding down and we are in our last few weeks of it which means *no more thesis writing* or rather, no more being behind in my thesis writing. So this haul will hopefully be the beginning of a monthly haul post for this blog and I don’t know, I just generally want to post a lot more! So brace yourself kids, you might be seeing a lot more of me. 🙂

So for the month of April I went a little crazy. Last year I put myself in a book buying ban for the latter part of the year so I guess I’m making up for lost time. It’s a combination of some really awesome books coming out and just some really really good book sales that I find super hard to resist. Without further ado, here is my April 2017 book haul.

I love a good cover and all of these are serious eye candy. Which is your favorite of these? Mine is Dark Matter. Love the contrasting colors and it just looks like a dark, gritty read. Hopefully will be getting to that one soon, I’ve heard it’s an awesome Sci-Fi read.

Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeton
American Gods (TV tie-in edition) by Neil Gaiman
By Your Side by Kasie West
The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Geekerella by Ashey Poston
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Scwab
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Whew! I’m pretty excited about all of these but I will probably end up getting to Queens of Geek and Geekerella pretty fast as I have a feeling those will be super fast, super cute reads. I’m really in the mood for that right now. I am also getting to The Color of Our Sky and American Gods in May as those are ARCs that were given to me by the publisher through TLC book tours for blog tour reviews. All in all, April was an awesome book buying month. I don’t feel guilty at all.

Bought: 14
Received from publishers: 2

What about you? Did you buy any books this month that you have been looking forward to or have you received any ARCS from publishers that you are dying to read? Have you read any of these and think I should bump any of them up to my TBR for May? Let me know!

Hope you guys had a great month. I’m looking forward to what May brings us! I’ll have a April Wrap up/May TBR post up by Monday and probably a review this weekend of the book I am currently reading!

Happy Reading everyone!

Blog Tour Book Review: The Mother by Yvvette Edwards

The Mother coverAbout The Mother

• Hardcover: 256 pages
• Publisher: Amistad (May 10, 2016)

From the critically acclaimed author of A Cupboard Full of Coats comes a provocative novel of a mother enduring the loss of her child, illuminating some of the most important and troubling issues of our time.

Marcia’s husband, Lloydie, expresses his tender love for his wife each morning by preparing a cup of tea and setting it by her bedside. This routine was part of the wonderful, secure life they had built, complete with a brilliant and handsome sixteen-year-old son, Ryan.

Then the unimaginable happens, and in a single moment Marcia is stripped clean of everything she had presumed was hers for keeps. Ryan, not the kind of boy to find himself on the wrong end of a knife, is brutally murdered. Consumed by grief and rage, she is forced to carry the weight of the family’s pain. She has to assume the role of supporter for her inconsolable husband, who has distanced himself and created a secret life. She must also bridle her dark feelings and endure something no mother should ever have to experience: she must go to court alone for the trial of her son’s killer, Tyson, another teenage boy. As the trial takes apart her son’s life and reassembles it in front of strangers, Marcia, always certain of Ryan’s virtues, finds her beliefs and assumptions challenged as she learns more about her son’s death and of Tyson’s life.

The Mother is a moving portrait of love, tragedy, and survival—and of the aftershocks from a momentary act of cruel violence that transforms the lives of everyone it touches.

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Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for stopping in on my stop on the blog tour for The Mother by Yvvette Edwards. Thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Amistad for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.

The Mother is a contemporary novel about a woman whose son was murdered. It follows the events of the trial, her struggle with her grief and her failing marriage, and her quest to learn to the truth behind her sons murder.

When I read the description of this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. It is definitely a book unlike any that I have read before. Although it was a fictional read, the perspective that the book is written in gave it a very personal, intimate feel. It felt like an exploration of someone’s journey with and through grief. It was heartbreaking to read about how she was struggling with his death and also to read about her troubled marriage and how they were affecting her both in spirit and also her physical body.

Halfway through I wasn’t sure how this book was going to end and whether or not I was going to like it overall but it actually went in a direction that was completely different than I expected and I really liked it. It was really affecting, emotional and there was also a couple of moments where my heart definitely skipped a few beats. The ending was pretty emotional for me…I didn’t cry but I definitely got that “I feel like I’m about to cry” feeling. Didn’t expect that at all!

I really enjoyed my read of this book, I actually couldn’t put it down and read it in a day so it is a pretty fast read. I am giving this book a four star review since I really liked it and would recommend it!

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Yvette Edwards, photo by Danielle Acquah

Photo by Danielle Acquah

About Yvette Edwards

Yvvette Edwards, the author of the highly praised A Cupboard Full of Coats, has lived in London all her life. She resides in the East End and is married with three daughters and a stepson. The Mother is her second novel.

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Love-A-Thon Kick Off Questionnaire!

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Happy Saturday everyone!! I am so excited to be participating in the Love-a-thon which is taking place February 20-21st.

The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community. As in the previous years, the event will include mini challenges, Twitter chats and giveaways galore!

Hosted by: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish, Mel of The Daily Prophecy

To kick off the Love-A-Thon, here is a fun questionnaire I filled out so that you can get to know a little bit about me!

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  1. What’s your name? Kristianne, but I prefer the nickname Kris. Kristianne is just way too long! (That’s me pictured abovein my favorite X-Men shirt!)
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Texas!
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? For years I maintained a personal blog on deadjournal where I shared a lot of poetry and personal ramblings. I set up a blogger account and then stumbled onto book blogging sites there and for awhile I just followed a slew of librarian and book bloggers. I decided to set one up myself to talk about life, books and becoming a librarian but it fast turned into being mainly a book blog where I review books throughout the year! I love it, it’s so much fun.
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? I had shared a picture on facebook of some Anne Rice (my favorite author) books. A friend from high school left a comment on it something akin to “I remember in high school you always had your nose in an Anne Rice book”. Thus, MsNoseinaBook was born.
  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I will literally read and review anything. I review a lot of indies. As far as genre goes, I review a lot of fantasies but lately I’ve been reviewing a good mix of genres historical fiction, memoir and fantasy. I also love reviewing graphic novels which I’ve been doing a lot more of lately.
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? Sometimes I’ll do life updates. I love cosplay so I even put a comic con picture page to show pics of when I cosplayed at comic con. I want to do more tags and more general life posts in the near future.
  7. Best blogging experience so far? I think just interacting with authors. I have read some really great books from some really wonderful authors, a lot of them independently published. I just love supporting people who have put their heart and soul into their work.
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? How supportive everyone is and how passionate everyone is for reading.
  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016! There are SO many but to name a few:
    Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker
    Eleanor by Jason Gurley
    The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
    Burning by Danielle Rollins
    – and last but not least, Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky!
  10.  Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    You’re Never Weird on the Internet(Almost) by Felicia Day
    Outlander
    by Diana Gabaldan
    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Saraj J. Maas
  11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler. It’s a lovely contemporary that is the perfect beach read and I just loved it and more people need to read it
  12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? I think Hermione and I would great friends.
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  13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend? It has always been Mr. Darcy and it will always be Mr. Darcy!
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  14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)?
    – Jean Grey as Dark Phoenix from the Uncanny Xmen for sure because let’s be honest we would kick arse with her on the squad. I’m really just thinking that we will need to survive and conquer the world in the event of an apocalypse and I think with this team it could totally happen. 13801466._SY540_
    – Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings
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    – Katniss from the Hunger Gamesjennifer_lawrence_as_katniss_in_hunger_game__by_shanagourmet-d6tafur
    – Darth Vader from Star Wars (is that allowed?)
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    – and maybe Daken from Dark X-Men. I feel like I’m cheating going with comic book characters but I would definitely choose them.
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  15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I LOVE video games, that is my other passion aside from reading. If I am not reading, I am on my Xbox. I also play World of Warcraft. I love to cosplay as well.
  16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Vegan Makeup and Vegan Cheese!
  17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your What song would be playing? Liquor Store from Bruno Mars. I just never get tired of that song and I love Reggae.
  18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. This is hard because I don’t want my favorite books to be turned into BAD movies. I would love to see The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom made into a movie. It was one of my most favorite books of last year. It’s gorgeous!
  19. What would your dream library look like? I don’t know where this is from but I want it now…please and thank  youlibrary_by_vityar83-d6l7va6

  20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? Anne Rice, of course. She is LIFE.
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    I hope you enjoyed my answers! Now that you know a little bit about me, let’s be friends!