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Pretties & Kitties: Spring Equinox Edition

Kitties & Pretties

Kitties & Pretties is my version of the various weekend book haul show-off memes such as Stacking The Shelves, The Sunday ShowcaseIn My Mailbox, Owl Post, etc. It goes like this: I set up and arrange the various books I’ve received lately, wait for one of my curious kitties to come investigate, then start snapping pictures. Or I let my husband pick up Winky, my blog mascot, put her in a bag (she likes being carried around in a bag – she’s weird and awesome like that) and place her on the table next to said book haul. Which is what happened above. 🙂

(Kitties & Pretties is free for anyone to use, with a link back to my blog)

Winter is nearly over and it’s time for another edition of Pretties & Kitties. These are all the books I’ve acquired so far in 2014. And this time I’ve got an extra-special surprise because Grrr, my beautiful but attitudinal girl is making an appearance!

Grrr Of Poseidon

Isn’t she gorgeous?

So one morning I opened my book-shaped package and found a copy of Of Poseidon, but I had to leave so I just left it on the back of the couch. That’s totally Grrr’s spot, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised to find her next to it, but when I tried to move it she reached out and grabbed it. So I just left it there. Most days I find her cuddled up next to it, and though I’m super-grateful to Janae’s Book Obsession and would  really like to read it, she’s made it clear that it’s hers now!

Since Jack is enamored of Grrr, (though sadly their relationship is decidedly Dickensian – meaning he’s Pip and she’s Estella), he likes to lay near her on the puffy couch. So while he was doing that, I thought I’d place a book or two on him. He didn’t mind.

2 Jack The Sowing

The Sowing by K. Makansi. Thank you to The Best Books Ever!

3 Jack Paris Cravings

Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit.

Thank you to the author, Kimberley Montpetit. She even included a bookmark that smells like chocolate! How cool is that?!

I decided I had to get a picture of both of them with their books.

4 Grr + Jack & their books

So I gave Jack the copy of Allegiant I bought, since it matches his fur.

This next picture is Winky (dark) and Vinnie (light) with all the stuff I got from Amazon with Swagbucks.

5 Wink + Vinnie licks Allegiant

Yes, Vinnie is licking Allegiant. Maybe he thinks if he licks it, that makes it his. Either way it was adorable.

Anyway, I got Allegiant and all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender just from doing online surveys for Swagbucks. Check it out if you want, it’s actually legitimate. I earn at least $25 a month. (Yes, that’s my referral link. You don’t have to use it.) 🙂

I also have to show you guys this picture, with Vinnie in mid-yawn.

5 second

He’s such a goofball. 🙂

And here is Wink with my new copy of Insurgent (and Vinnie’s tail).

6 Wink Insurgent

Next we have a box of ARCs with a Vinnie!

7 Vinnie ARCs

He’s a kitty, so of course he loves boxes. I won these beauties from Two Chicks On Books‘ Blogoversary. Thank you so much!

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd I did a little happy dance when I saw this one. I’ve wanted it forever. Just look at the ridiculous gorgeousness of that cover!

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau I already have an ARC of this one, so guess what that means? It means GIVEAWAY. Stay tuned. 😉

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan I’d just heard about this one and it sounded really interesting. I think I’ll be starting it soon. Not sure I can get a review done before it releases April 1st, but I can try!

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout I actually wasn’t interested in this one at first, but I read the first page and was hooked. You can read my review here.

Now we have Wink with my new reiki textbook.

8 Reiki Wink

Looks like she’s meditating, huh? Appropriate. 🙂

Here we have Vinnie on top of the bookshelf with my penguin robe and my pretty new copy of Asunder.

9 Vinnie Asunders

Asunder by Jodi Meadows won from A Dream Within A Dream. Thank you!

So those are my books! Pretty, aren’t they?


Pretties & Kitties: 2013 Edition

Kitties & Pretties

Kitties & Pretties is my version of the various weekend book haul show-off memes such as Stacking The Shelves, The Sunday ShowcaseIn My Mailbox, Owl Post, etc. It goes like this: I set up and arrange the various books I’ve received lately, wait for one of my curious kitties to come investigate, then start snapping pictures. Or I let my husband pick up Winky, my blog mascot, put her in a bag (she likes being carried around in a bag – she’s weird and awesome like that) and place her on the table next to said book haul. Which is what happened above. 🙂

(Kitties & Pretties is free for anyone to use, with a link back to my blog)

So. Guys. I won A TON of books in 2013, courtesy of my new found obsession: stalking following book blogs. I know that normal people post their book haul weekly, but since I didn’t get into blogging myself until close to the end of 2013, and seeing as I still want to show off thank all the awesome bloggers who gifted me these books, I hereby present my 2013 Kitties & Pretties Overview!

We’ll start with the books I got for myself, during the first half of the year. Bought with a combination of Christmas gift cards and the weekly online bargains at BooksAMillion. Wink is taking her duty as Official Book Presenter very seriously.

Wink books intent stare

Books obtained include:

The Selection and The Elite by Keira Cass

The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare

Beta by Rachel Cohn

Blood Magic by Tessa Graton

Immortal by Gillian Shields

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Sweep: Volume 1 by Cate Tiernan

The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

Next I’ll showcase the books I won during the first part of the year from awesome generous bloggers, authors and publishers. Wink is generously voting for The Adoration of Jenna Fox with her total adorableness.

wink tail books

Books won include:

The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Testing and Indepedent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Every Other Day and Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

The Program by Suzanne Young

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Mermother: An Account of What Happened In The Sea by Elizabeth Jane Wolfe

Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon

Marking Time by April White

Winky’s tail and I also felt the need to point out how freaking awesome it is that I won a personalized copy of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows!


Yes, my first name is Julia. Rain Jeys is my pen name, though it’s also my middle/maiden name. 🙂

During the first half of the year, I also won Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley and Reaper by L.S. Murphy. I have to just use the Goodreads image, since I’ve lent both books out. 🙂

Next we have the awesomeness that awaited me when I arrived at my new house (well, kind of new – I lived here with my Grama as a kid) in California. After a certain date, I just had any books I won sent to my new address and my mom collected them into a book pile for me. Here they all are, lined up beautifully on the shelf of my new housewarming-gifted bookshelf!


Books awaiting me included:

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

A Darkness Strange & Lovely by Susan Dennard

Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Plague in the Mirror by Deborah Noyes

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright (and the movie!)

Also awaiting me in California was this unexpected present

Mystery Book

I have no idea who gave it to me, but thank you!

Shortly after arriving in California, my amazing husband purchased these beauties for me

House of Hades


This next pile is displayed by my adorable assistant, Captain Jack (yes, Harkness), who seems to wish me to read The Burning Sky next.

Jack loves The Burning Sky

I kind of forgot to divide these into piles (I was distracted by Jack’s immense cuteness!), but anyway:

The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone (won from the author’s blog)

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (purchased)

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (purchased)

Marked, Betrayed, Chosen &Untamed by P.C. & Kristen Cast (gift from  my husband)

And here is Vinnie, from atop his favorite perch, on top of the bookcase, and never too far from his penguin robe, to present the first book I’ve ever won from a Goodreads giveaway!

The Vinnie Kingdom

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I was lucky enough to have won the grand prize for the Indelible giveaway, which was this beautiful real copper rose (as in a rose – coated in copper) and a feather quill, ink and inkwells. Gorgeous.


Vinnie says we need a close-up of the copper rose


I didn’t win the actual book though! Even though I really want to read it!

It would take half my life to thank each individual blogger for each individual book here (especially since I’m still typing one-handed), so instead I shall list each blog and author here. Thank you so much!

Erica Hayes

My Friends Are Fiction

Literary Meanderings

Christy’s Love of Books

DJ Librarian Dishes

Jean Book Nerd

Short & Sweet Reviews

Lili Lost in a Book

Bookaroo-Ju Blog

The Quiet Concert

The Secret Writer

Ex Libris Kate

Kate Tilton

Readers Confession

Forever 17 Books

YA Romantics

Vade Mecumbt

Ensconced in YA

Kismet Book Touring

 I Love to Read and Review Books 

The Attic -YA Book Reviews

The Book Belles

Tressa’s Wishful Endings

BookHounds YA


Vickie Johnstone

2013 was definitely the year of books, but I want 2014 to be even better! So I’m off now to read some more. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Have you read any of these? Do you want to? Any you especially recommend? Some I’ve read already and some I haven’t. Either way, I love your input. Thanks for reading!


Stacking The Shelves: Santa Edition

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews,

where bloggers show off all the pretties they’ve obtained that week.

Merry Christmas! (Also, Happy Yule, Hannukah, Kwanza and Boxing Day!) I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday(s) and that Santa fulfilled all your wildest bookish desires!

This is my first Stacking The Shelves, and since before I was even born my parents have been giving me books for Christmas (yes, my mother confirmed this – I was born on New Year’s Eve, so my parents bought me some pre-birth gifts – we’ve never been big on having to celebrate holidays on the actual holiday), it seems like the perfect time to participate. Santa gifted me with book goodies galore, so I hope you enjoying taking a peek!

Here’s what they looked like after I unwrapped them:

And here they are all stacked up:

So pretty!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My step-mom had read this and says it was really good (she has great taste in books and our preferences are similar), and my edition has 50 pages of bonus material! So excited to dive into this one before the movie comes out.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us? 

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurled in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….
Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

Yay more Libba Bray! I am still in serious withdrawl from The Sweet Far Thing (my happy-dance over receiving this book made my step-mom inquire about the Gemma Doyle series so now I think she may read it. Awesome.), and I’ve no doubt this book will be wonderful and magical as well.

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father’s greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.

Meanwhile, the mermaid Princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart…

A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. It will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.

I met Carolyn Turgeon this summer and have wanted to read this book ever since. I love retellings, and the passages she read out of this one were gorgeous. 

Steampunk Poe by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac

If you combined clockwork gears, parasols, and air balloons with Edgar Allan Poe, what would you get? Steampunk: Poe! This is the first collection ever of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk. Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose literary talent continues to open the mind to countless interpretations.Every Poe story and poems is fully illustrated with steampunk-inspired art—from 1920s aviation gear to elaborate musical instruments—creating a fresh perspective on his work containing bizarre characters of madmen and mystery. Just in time for Halloween,Steampunk: Poe is the perfect classic horror choice with a haunting steampunk twist!

It’s so beautiful! The illustrations are so wonderfully eerie. I love how they complement the text.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Once and Future King is T.H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur, a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.

Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.

During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause, and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself.

Yay! So excited to read this. I love the Arthurian legends but I’ve actually never read this one. Now I can rectify that. 

Ruby Red by Kersten Gier

Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I’d have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I’d seen on my last journey back in time.

Or more precisely, the one who’d kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesly. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century . . .

Secret Edwardian time-travel societies. Definite must-read.

Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip

The World Fantasy Award-winning author’s foray into the modern world-now in paperback.

No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia A. McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in many years-a tale of the tangled lives mere mortals lead, when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday…

When bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn returns to her childhood home in upstate New York, she meets the Fiber Guild-a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew-and learns why her grandmother watches her so closely. A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings. And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods.

A McKillip for Christmas! Her books are so amazing. I know this one will be too. 

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem, the latest invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a recognizable—yet strangely inverted—world.

Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside “saecular” world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent’s walls. Three times during history’s darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. And Erasmas has no fear of the outside—the Extramuros—for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago.

Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fraas and suurs prepare to venture beyond the concent’s gates—at the same time opening them wide to welcome the curious “extras” in. During his first Apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn’t seen since he was “collected.” But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change.

Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros—a threat that only an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose—as, one by one, Erasmas and his colleagues, teachers, and friends are summoned forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a staggering responsibility, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world—as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond.

My husband got this one but it looks interesting so I may read it too some time. 🙂

Thank you so much Santa! My sweet, helpful little Captain Jack and I are all-Christmas-ed out and going to sleep now! Thanks for reading!