The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid | Book Review

The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling

Releasing February 13, 2018

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Synopsis:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through
Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland:
New York City.

The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program.
Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’.
Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude.
He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart.
Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.

*Thank you Inkslinger PR and Harper Kincaid for the chance to read and review The Wonder of You! *

I am a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland if you didn’t already know. This book sounded interesting and different from anything I have read and I was really intrigued by it.

I still am unsure how I overall feel about this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it didn’t include Alice in Wonderland references. It was a little cheesy and the way the words associated with Alice in Wonderland were just thrown around, threw me off a bit. I think it would have been better if the characters were described more as the Wonderland characters rather than saying things like “his Mad Hatter nonsense” . I also thought the little line and cliches that Alice said all the time were a little annoying.

I did really like the characters though.Alice was a sassy fierce southern-belle and the other woman in the story were just as great! Dare was the tall dark and handsome type and had a great sense of humor.

Overall I still think I need some time to process and figure out how I really feel. I think I need to pretend like isn’t labeled as an Alice reimagining because that really has me caught up. It was a fun , short story with entertaining characters and of course the steamy moments.

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The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid | Release Day

Today we are celebrating the release of THE WONDER OF YOU by Harper Kincaid. This is a modern-day, romantic re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. Check out the teasers and blurb below.

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling
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Synopsis:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through
Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland:
New York City.

The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program.
Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’.
Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude.
He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart.
Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people’s hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky – and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.

When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh ’til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.

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Winter ’17-’18 Book Haul

It has been awhile since I have done a haul that wasn’t from something specific. These are some books I have gotten over the past few months.(Not including the ones I just got today)

Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Black Wolves by Kate Elliot

Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

The Glasswrights’ Apprentice by Mindy Klasky

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Some Girls Bite by Chole Neill

Twice Bitten by Chole Neill

Hard Bitten by Chole Neill

Biting Cold by Chole Neill

House Rules by Chole Neill

Have you read any of these books?

Friday Reads | Pulling Myself Out Of A Slump Edition

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I have been crazy busy with work lately and have been struggling with reading. And of course this is while I am hosting my blogiversary read-a-thon Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge. Currently I am reading 3 different books and who knows what will happen this weekend. I am about halfway through listening to Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout, the last book in the Wicked Trilogy. It is a New Adult paranormal romance. I really enjoyed this trilogy so far and I am super interested to see where its going to go and how it is going to end.

I started listening to The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which is something I really need to get to since it is a well loved series by many.

I am also reading The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, which is an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I am about a third of the way into it and I am really liking it. It is like the reverse of the original story and has some almost steampunk-ish vibes at times and a very interest interpretation of imagination and creation. I am really hoping to make some progress on these reads as next weekend I leave on vacation.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout | Fan Cast and Playlist

I have marathon binged the whole Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout. Sometimes when reading certain books I am inspired to do a little something extra with the books. While reading Wicked I could picture the main characters and could definitely pick out some songs that I felt went well with the story or would play if it was made into a movie. I wanted to share those with others and see what others that have read these books think. So onto my casting and soundtrack! 

 

  1. Down in New Orleans– Princess and the Frog
  2. House of the Rising Sun– Animals
  3. Carry On My Wayward Son– Kansas
  4. Can’t Fight The Moonlight– LeAnn Rimes
  5. Cosmic Love– Florence & the Machines
  6. Adieu LaMant– Zoie Palmer
  7. Lost Girl Theme Song– Jody Colero
  8. Dance with the Devil – Breaking Benjamin
  9. Dance in the Graveyards– Delta Rae
  10. Dreams– Fleetwood Mac
  11. Dark Horse– Katy Perry
  12. Royals– Lorde
  13. Castle– Halsey
  14. Ophelia– The Lumineers
  15. Love Me Like you Do– Ellie Goulding

 

#OTSPSecretSister| January Package

In case you aren’t aware of what #otspsecretsister is:
The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

This is my second round participating in the #otspsecretsister project. The first time I did the pen pal tier and really enjoyed it! There is nothing better than receiving mail! This round I am participating in the top tier. Thanks so much to Juli for being an awesome sister for this past round!

West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Young Pioneer by Rose Wilder Lane

On The Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

(We were chatting on twitter about Laura Ingalls Wilder and how I wanted to read books written by Rose. Growing up the Little House books were my favorite. I really hope to do a reread soon!)

Death Overdue by Allison Brook

♣ Homemade Scarf

♣ Cute Homemade Bookmark

Is anyone else participating in the new round of #otspsecretsister ! 

Alice in Wonderland Collection

If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was about time to share my collection. I hope at some point to take better pictures and I am sure I missed some of my Alice themed items. Like I know I forgot my mug, my water tumbler (its at work)  and my jewlery. I will be update pictures as my collection grows. 

Alice’s Adventures Falling Down The Book Hole | Book Tag

This book tag is being hosted by Two Book Minimum for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge! I tried to pick my favorites or ones I recently read and really enjoyed that fit the category.

Alice in Wonderland:  A book that makes you think of your childhood.

♥ Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Caucus Race: A book with a race or competition you enjoyed.  

For some reason I can only think of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Through the Looking Glass: An Alice in Wonderland Retelling you have read or your favorite Alice retelling.

♥ Splintered by A.G Howard

Knave of Hearts:  A book about thieves

♥ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

White Rabbit:  A popular book you are late to the party for

♥ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: Your favorite sequel

♥ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Pool of Tears: A book that makes you cry

♥ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Caterpillar: A book in which the character reminds you of yourself

♥ Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Mad Hatter:  A book with a love story 

♥ Volition by Lily Paradis

March Hare: A book dealing with a mental illness

♥ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Dormouse:  An underrated/under-hyped book

♥ Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

The Queen’s Tarts: A book where something gets stolen/misplaced

♥ The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (I am saying it counts)

“Eat Me” Cakes:  A book with a magical element

♥ Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Flowers of Wonderland:  A book that involves music

♥ This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Queen of Hearts:  A book with a villain 

♥ Final Girls by Riley Sager (A serial killer is a villian right?)

The Bandersnatch:  A book with a mystical creature

♥ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

Down The Rabbit Hole: A book someone else recommended to you

♥ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Walrus & the Carpenter: A collection of essays, short stories or poems

♥ Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

The Jabberwocky: A book with a battle/fight scene

♥ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

The Playing Cards: A book with a group of characters

♥ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Tea Party: A book based in England/UK

♥ Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Cheshire Cat:  A mystery book 

♥ Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Queen of Hearts Castle: A book set in a castle

♥ Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Dinah: A book that focuses on friendship

♥ Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

 

I tag everyone!

By A Charm And A Curse by Jaime Questell | ARC Review

 

BY A CHARM AND A CURSE BY JAIME QUESTELL

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: February 6th 2018

Synopsis:
Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

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Leslie smiles at the girl with a mixture of pride and tentative hope. “It took us a few days to get Sidney set up somewhere else, and I’m sorry about that. But this wagon belongs to the occupant of the box.” Leslie strokes the side of the ladder that leads to the door. “What you’re going through is terrible, we know it is, though we can never truly understand. It’s a small comfort, but we want you to have a place that’s just your own, a place that you can use to escape.”

A weak, wobbly smile lifts the corners of the girl’s mouth as her gaze roves over the outside of the wagon, a shadow of the smile I saw the other night, when she was with her friend. I wonder what it would take to get her to smile for real.

“What about Sidney?”

“Sidney can make do.” Leslie’s smile broadens into a grin. “Have you seen the way he’s been eating? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him waddle out of the cook shack one of these mornings like Templeton the Rat.” She dangles a small copper key from the end of a length of faded red ribbon. “It’s like I said—the carnival owes the person in the box. This is the least we can do for you in return.”

The girl’s hand shakes as she reaches for the key, and she wraps her slender fingers around it tightly, as though she’s afraid of dropping it. I lose sight of her as she steps inside, and all I can do now is hope she likes the wagon.

I turn to head home and feel the sickening lurch as my foot lands in a slick patch of mud and whips out from beneath me. I throw out my arm. A flash of white-hot pain flares through my hand, but I manage to keep my footing. I step out of the mud that had nearly sent me sprawling on my ass, unsure as to how I even missed it in the first place. Then my hand begins to throb.

A gash runs diagonally across my palm. Blood wells from the wound, filling my cupped hand. The pain sets in, a deep pulsing starting in my palm and radiating up my arm. I glance over at the trailer and see a splash of red smeared along a sharp flap of metal. I must have sliced my hand on that as I tried to grab onto something to keep from slipping.

Falling on carnival grounds doesn’t happen; the charm sees to that. But my bloodied hand begs to differ.

 

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 *I would like to thank Entangled Publishing greatly for the opportunity to read this book!*

It seems like the past year carnival books have been all the rage. I find them absolutely intriguing and think they are filled with so much magic. But for some reason this was the first carnival book I read in completion. I am beyond happy that I was given the chance to review this book because I needed it in my life! This book was the perfect combination of magic, mystery, characters filled with personality and childhood vibes!

At the beginning I thought this might be inspired from Pinocchio and was getting some major flashbacks to the movie BIG. By A Charm And A Curse was so much different then I expected and found the mystery behind the charm and the curse to be so interesting. Questell really painted a detailed picture of carnival life and the ties that bind so to speak of those individuals who make up the unique performers of the carnival. The characters were full of personality and their own little quirks. I found the whole love aspect a little too fairy tale for me with the whole curse, but enjoyed the story behind the charm and curse associated with Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic.

I enjoyed that this books was driven by the characters and their personal development and growth. Sometimes when there is the background of a carnival or something like it, I feel like it is sometimes easy for the author to focus on that event or element too heavily. Not that I do not enjoy world building or magic around things such as a carnival, but I absolutely hate when the characters are flat and stagnant. I have to admit at the beginning I was annoyed with Emma as a character, yeah a lot of horrible stuff happened but she was so whiney. I loved seeing her evolve throughout the story and was her biggest fan at the end of the book. I was a fan of Ben from the beginning and adored him all the way through. He was perfect and what every girl dreams of when in search of a love interest. It was nice to see that despite what happens to Emma he doesn’t see her as different and fights like crazy for her. There were some other characters that I quite enjoyed, but really wish more time was spent on some of them. I wanted to know more and learn more about them and their background.

Overall, Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic is a carnival I would want to runaway to a be a part of! They were such a family, they cared and defended one another. It was unique and magical. There were some issue with the story, I would have loved more details about the carnival instead of such a heavy focus on the romance. Because of that the plot fell flat at time, but I still found it to be an enjoyable read and has made me want to pick up more carnival focused books!

About Jaime Questell:

JAIME QUESTELL grew up in Houston, Texas, where she escaped the heat and humidity by diving into stacks of Baby Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High books. She has been a book seller (fair warning: book lovers who become book sellers will give half their paychecks right back to their employers), a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and now works as a graphic designer in addition to writing.

 

Author Links:

Author Website: jaimequestell.com

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaimequestell/

Author Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jaimequestell

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15396319.Jaime_Questell

Newsletter: http://jaimequestell.com/events/

Alice Inspired DIY| “Eat Me” Cake Shake

I thought it would be fun to do a DIY Post for a challenge with my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge. I set out to make Eat Me cakes, but with crazy busy life and little time they did not turn out very well at all. I decided to turn my failure into success and from that came the “Eat Me” Cake Shake and let me tell you it was absolutely delicious. So since this is a challenge that can earn point towards the read-a-thon I will give some instructions. The challenge is to create an Alice Inspired DIY project. It can be anything of your choice. Post about it with the pictures and instructions! Extra points for those who attempt the Eat Me Cakes!

Ingredients for Eat Me Cakes:

Cake:
♣ Cake Mix of you choice
♣ 3 Egg Whites
♣ Vegetable Oil
♣ Frosting (try to stick with white)

Mirror Glaze:
♣ 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
♣ 1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
♣ 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
♣ 3 Packets Unflavored Gelatin
♣ 3-4 Shades of Food Coloring
♣ 2 1/2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
♣ Edible Writing Gel

Directions:

1.) Mix together ingredients for the cake batter

2.) Spread batter into a greased 9×13 pan

3.) Bake cake in accordance to the directions on the box

4.) Pull finished golden brown cake out of the oven and let cool until completely set 

5.) Cut the cake in half (as pictured below)

6.) Then cut into small squares

7.) Start to frost the crumb coat on the two layers of the squares

8.) Start the mirror glaze by stirring the gelation, 1/2 cup lukewarm water in a small bowl and let it sit

9.) Add sugar, condensed milk, vanilla and 3/4 cups water in a saucepan on medium heat

10.) Stir until it begins to bubble and then add the gelatin mixture in and stir until dissolved

11.) Remove from heat and add white chocolate chips until melted .

12.) Divide among a few different bowls and add desired food color. Then let cool 10-12 mins.

13.) Mix colors in together by adding one coloring into the other making a pattern

14.) Set frosted cakes on a surface that catches drips. Pour glaze over cakes. Let drip for 10 mins. 

15.) Once glaze is set, take edible writing gel and write on the cake

Hopefully yours turns out better than mine, but if not then there is a yummy solution! 

 

♥ Ingredients for “Eat Me” Cake Shake 


♣ 1 Cup Cake from Eat Me Cake Failure
♣ 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
♣ Frosting
♣ Rainbow Sprinkles
♣ 3/4 Cup Milk/ Almond Milk
♣ Whip Cream

Directions:

♦ Smash up cakes and frosting and mix up in a bowl

♦ Add milk, ice cream, cake, extra frosting and some sprinkles into the blender (may have to add more ingredients to taste)

♦ Take extra frosting and spread on the rim of the cup and then roll in rainbow sprinkles

♦ Pour blended mix into the cup, being careful not to spill over the frosting

♦ Add whip cream to the top and pieces of cake scraps and ENJOY!