Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


1. A Library in My House

This is a long term goal. When I die, I will die in my library with my books. Bam! I would also like a spiral staircase and one of those moving staircases. Basically...I would like heaven, please ;)

Now that's a cool idea. A floor-length window looking out on a gorgeous view in a library! This space is obviously meant to enjoy a book, and not to show off. Could use some comfy floor furnishings though :)

Book Haul...The One With Leprechauns


I've been in internet hell/perguatory or whatever you want to call it for a full week. This is where I bow down to all the bloggers who seem to schedule posts weeks in advance. Obviously, I am not that awesome.

Usually book hauls/stacking the shelves are on the weekend, but my days are all confused and turned around with being gone for a week. So it's MONDAY BOOK HAUL! Holla!

I have lots of awesome books plus a Wendy Higgins book that I am salivating to read. Seriously, I'm drooling ;)  
  • See Me by Wendy Higgins 
    • Hello, there are leprechauns in this book! And it's written by the same author that brought us Sweet Evil. There is no doubt I'll be devouring it soon. 
  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
    • I pre-ordered this one a little while back. The cover is gorgeous, and the concept seems to be the star-crossed lovers theme...maybe. It sounds awesome!! 
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
    • I've read the first two books in the series, and needed to get on with the third. I've heard nothing but fantastic things. And if it's as good as Scarlet, then I know I'm in for a treat. 
  • Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    • I've been meaning to read this one for a REALLY long time, but I've always passed by it in bookstores. I thought I'd snag me a paperback and change that ;) 

Have you read any of these books? Have you heard about them? Sound off below!

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

I've had this book on my shelf since it released last May and I've been a grade A idiot for not reading it sooner. I blame hype and my own fear. My name is Krista and I have a fear of books with insane amount of hype. Hypophobia.

I'm pleased to announce that the 5th Wave was my cure. It has literally woken me up, slapped me in the face, and kicked me in the crotch. All to tell me that I should never fear books with hype again. Because I hate that it took me so long to read this book.

After it ended, I had this blissful awareness that I read something magical, and brilliant, and all around epic. I may be gushing (okay, I am gushing) but that's just how much I fell in love with The 5th Wave. From the characters, to the plot, to the pacing, to all 480 pages of pure win--this book was an A+++.

My favorite part was probably Cassie. She's tough, but a new kind of breed of a YA badass heroine. She's not a Katniss. She's not a Tris. She's just...Cassie. She's a little heartless, a lot snarky, and easily one of my all-time favorite female characters ever.

Freebie Friday [5]


Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winner:
Congratulations...Gabby! Five Summers was shipped to you.

To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 

ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Blythewood by Carol Goodman -- Like New
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand New
Die for Me by Amy Plum -- Like New
Personal Demons by Lisa Desroachers -- Like New
On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs -- Like New
Evermore by Alyson Noel -- Like New
The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson -- Like New
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain -- Like New
Isle of the Night by Veronica Wolff -- Like New
The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan -- Like New
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi -- Like New
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington -- Very Good
Timeless by Alexanda Monir -- Very Good
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida C√≥rdova -- Very Good
Switch by Carol Snow -- Very Good
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow -- Good
Thirst: Vo. 1 by Christopher Pike -- Used
Meridian by Amber Kiser -- Used
Evernight by Claudia Gray -- Used
Dirty Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolariz -- Used, has library sticker

Halflings by Heather Burch -- Brand New
Legacy by Molly Chochran -- Brand New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Brand New
Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie -- Brand New
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian -- Like New
Gone by Michael Grant -- Like New
Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison -- Like New
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton -- Good

Book Review: Third Degree by Julie Cross

Third DegreeBOOK REVIEW:

Third Degree
by Julie Cross

First off, super big thanks to Julie Cross for letting me read this baby early. It's no secret that I adore Julie's books. Her Tempest series are my favorite time travel books, and her Letters to Nowhere series grabbed my heart with it's themes of loss, love, and gymnastics. Her writing is so fresh and addicting, so I knew I was in for a treat with Third Degree

This New Adult romance did not disappoint! Two parts quirky, three parts emotional, and a huge helping of sexy. The main protagonist is Izzy, a genius and young doctor. Kind of like a female Doogie Howser. The only problem is that Izzy lacks some tact and has zero filter, which means that she has to go back to college to relive some experiences that she skipped over--and hopefully learn a thing or two about people

If you're a fan of Hart of Dixie, you need to grab a copy of Third Degree TODAY! Seriously, Izzy is an little itty bitty Zoe Hart (if Zoe Hart returned to college instead of Bluebell, Alabama).

It's incredibly entertaining, and Izzy quickly slipped her way into my heart with her quirkiness and those brilliant tweets. 


@IsabelJenkinsMD: Common cause of urinary tract infections – not peeing after sex. So ladies, what are you waiting for? #JustPee #SexThenGo

What I'm Reading [1]

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)


2014 has been a year of writing with much less reading for me. But when I do start a book, it feels super special and so I want to shout it from the rooftops. 

Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige

I've been waiting for this book for...forever. So when my pre-order came in the mail, I was all kinds of happy.

It already sounds like such an amazing concept. Dorothy is evil. Amy must venture into Oz to kill her. What?! Yes. I'm so down for this. Combined with some really great reviews from other bloggers already, and I think this could be a winner.

I'm starting it today, so I'm pumped. I'm ready. Reading is a go.

Have you read Dorothy Must Die? Have you heard about it? Sound off below!

Movie Review: About Time


About Time

So freakin' good! If you're looking for a romantic comedy that's so real and heartfelt, then you need to watch About Time pronto! Oh yeah, and there's some time travel in it. But it makes this movie so much more original and extraordinary.

First, let's begin with Domnhall Gleeson who plays Tim. This is the same redhead who played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films. I'm so thrilled to see him in a lead role, and one where he can show off his comedic side. He plays awkward-funny to perfection.

Rachel McAdams plays love interest Mary. She's so much different than her normal characters. Bookish, a little nerdy, and a perfect match for Tim. I LOVED the fact that Rachel McAdams was paired with a normal guy for a change. (But let's be honest, Domnhall is still pretty cute even if he's no Ryan Gosling.)

Sexy Sundays: Breach by K.I. Lynn


Sexy Sundays is a weekly feature on Nawanda Files where our romance expert will provide reviews for the hottest New Adult and crossover titles in the genre.

Breach (Breach #1)
by K.I. Lynn

Deeply compelling and disturbing is the best way to describe the hot relationship between coworkers Lila and Nathan. Delilah is an overworked corporate attorney (contracts and such). Her boss brings in Nathan Thorne, Harvard Law graduate control freak to help with the work load or so she thought... The chemistry between these two is so violently hot I could barely stand it, rapidly reading page after page as their relationship becomes more and more involved.  Lila has a history of physical and verbal abuse; Nathan has a secret so big he refuses to share it with Lila or anyone else so the question becomes "can two broken souls make one whole person?" Lila's friends, Caroline and Andrew both google Nathan and immediately accept him because of what they read.  Lila wants Nathan to reveal his secrets to her, she doesn't want to stalk him on the internet.

Battle of the Heroes: Kaidan Rowe vs. Daemon Black


Kaidan Rowe  v.   Daemon Black

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)This might be the most epic of all battle of the heroes. I'm pitting two paranormal guys against on another to see which one has the better sex appeal and will ultimately be more compatible...with me. Yes! These battles are so insanely biased that they are almost laughable. But guess what? You have a chance to take the same quiz and vote for your favorite hero at the end. So it's Kaidan Rowe from Wendy Higgins' Sweet Evil trilogy vs. Daemon Black from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series. As a disclaimer: I've read the first two books in the Sweet trilogy but only the first book (Obsidian) in the Lux series. Now...let's begin with some background info of the guys.  

Kaidan Rowe

He's a Nephilim, half angel and half demon, and also the son of the duke of Lust. Yes, you read that correctly. L. U. S. T. Prepare for some sexy times people because Kai will literally have your heart racing and your panties a meltin'. He's a bit of a jerk at first, and also a drummer of a band. Sexy! But he soon warms up to sweet Anna and shows that he's more than just the guy who sleeps with his groupies. 

Daemon Black

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Daemon is an alien. Yep, an alien. But not the green guys you see in cartoons. Nope, he's more along the lines of the WB's hot Roswell type aliens. And oh, he is one giant jerk. The kind of bad boy that makes you want to slap him one minute and then jump his bones the next. Like Kai, there's so much underneath his rough exterior.

Major plus points for having the female love interest (Katy) be a book blogger. She gets marked by Daemon after he saves her, and now evil guys are after her so Daemon has to protect her. Oh man, oh man, there are so many swoony scenes in this book. JLA knows how to write sexy, snarky, and just plain awesome! And most of the epic moments come from Daemon black. His powers: Element manipulation (if I remember correctly), super speed, and panty dropping. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

The Treatment (The Program, #2)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating

Trust Me, I'm Lying
by Mary Elizabeth Summer

There's just something about this book that I'm so drawn to. Maybe it's the cover. Or the fact that they're pitching it as a YA Ocean's Eleven. Con artists are the best. I haven't read Heist Society but Trust Me, I'm Lying looks like it could garner the same kind of praise. main character is named Julep! WTF. I don't know why I love that but I do! It's so unique and kooky that I can't help but be drawn to it. The only downside: the release date is October. That's a hella long wait.