Archive for November, 2015


November 17, 2015 • Cee • Lists


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten five quotes I loved from books I read in the past year.” Because I’m a weirdly ambitious person (at the weirdest times), I decided—why not create desktop wallpapers for my favorite quotes? Y’know, as you do, the day before the post is supposed to be up. In hindsight, I should’ve created these over the weekend, but I hadn’t realized Tuesday’s Top Ten was about quotes!

I only managed to do around five wallpapers (because they are extremely tedious, and it doesn’t help that my laptop started slowing down). No matter.

You have five awesome desktop wallpapers I’ve created—quotes from Six of Crows, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and more!

*(If you click on the image, the image will become bigger. :) Also, you can save it and make it as your desktop wallpaper if you want. Disclaimer: You can use the wallpapers, but you cannot edit, redistribute, or sell it as your own.) 

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November 16, 2015 • Cee • Discussion

The wonderful Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction + Crystal @ Bookie Emoji are hosting this awesome hop where people showcase their shelves because who doesn’t love looking at people’s shelves?

I’m not a fan of my shelves because they’re the same color or size, but hey, if they get the job done, it’s fine, right? And here are those sturdy shelves.

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November 12, 2015 • Cee • Discussion


The YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) aim to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year. It will be nominated and voted by readers (à la Goodreads Choice Awards and the *Book Shimmy* Awards) for the best cover design in each categories. It’s the only time judging a book by its cover is highly encouraged.

And so, we begin! It’s nominations time for the 2015 YA Book Cover Choice Awards!

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November 11, 2015 • Cee • Letters

Dear Samantha Mabry and A Fierce and Subtle Poison,

Doesn’t this book look magical?

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.Goodreads

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November 9, 2015 • Cee • Discussion


Prepare yourselves, my dear friends!

The YA Book Cover Choice Awards is back!

You might be asking what are you talking about? If you weren’t here for last year, I began pondering why there weren’t any awards for YA covers! We need appreciation for those gorgeous book covers, don’t we? Hence, the birth of YA Book Cover Choice Awards. (It’s quite a mouthful.)

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November 8, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott • November 10, 2015 • Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
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Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.


I received this book for free from HarperCollins for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Remaining line of Ginevra’s painting: I beg your pardon, I am a mountain tiger.

What inspired Da Vinci’s Tiger: The painting of Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci. This painting was Leonardo’s first portrait, and it was the first Italian portrait to have a women facing forward.

What is Da Vinci’s Tiger about: A fictional recreation of how Ginevra de’ Benci painting came to be! With the arrival of Bernardo Bembo, a Venetian ambassador, Ginevra’s life drastically changes. Gone are the days where she’s used as a pawn for somebody else’s agenda. She gets to carve out who she is when she finds herself in the company of the powerful Medici family, and attracts the attention of the Ambassador as well as rising Italian Renaissance painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio. Bembo commissions a portrait of Ginevra from Leonardo, and this book shows how it happens. This is Ginevra de’ Benci’s time to shine!

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