Buying Books on a Budget – Part 2

This is part two in my “Buying Books on a Budget” series. You can read part one here.

In the first post, I mentioned Dollar Stores, Thrift Stores, and Libraries, but those aren’t the only places to find books. Here are three more places where you can find books for cheap!

1. Amazon

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Amazon for a few different reasons, but there’s no denying that it’s a good place to buy books. Ebooks are often very cheap, or cheaper than buying a physical copy of a book. Also, in some strange cases, you might be able to find a paperback or hardcover copy for cheaper than the ebook price! This is usually because of sales, so watch out for those. There are some blogs and websites that are dedicated to reporting book sales on amazon, so follow those if you’re interested in finding books for cheap.

Also, if you just browse your favorite genre and organize the search results from low to high, you might find some unexpected gems for very cheap! Prices can change very quickly on Amazon due to sales or dwindling stock, so act fast if you see something you like.

2. Half Price Books

Ahh, Half Price Books! Need I say more? You’re probably already familiar with the shop, but if you’re not, it’s a chain store that sells new and used books (and other media, like music and movies.)

As the name suggests, you can find books on discount. For the cost that you’d pay for a single book elsewhere, you can grab a few books to enjoy. It’s a great way to save money and support a bookstore.

3. Facebook Groups

There are plenty of Facebook groups that focus on either buying/selling or swapping books! A quick search on the site can provide you with some groups to join.  You can make some cash by selling your old books. (Be warned that you’ll probably have to pay shipping.) You could also swap your old books for a fresh, new read. Either way is a great way to clear room on your old shelves and get some new reads. Of course, be wary of scams online!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions or other suggestions I should add to this list!

Currently Reading: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam


Synopsis:  Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

My Thoughts so far: I only just picked up Elusion the other day from a thrift shop, but I’m hooked already. The cover itself is absolutely gorgeous, and the text itself gripped me from the first lines of the prologue. The authors are amazing at world building from the very start, which is important in a scifi story.

I’m only just getting started with this story, but it sounds good so far! I’ll post a full review when I’m done reading it. 🙂

Release Day Review: Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen


Synopsis:  Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Series: The Nyxia Triad #2

Date Started: 7/10/18

Date Finished: 7/16/18

Rating: 5/5

Thoughts: *Contains Spoilers for Nyxia (Book 1)*

Scott Reintgen has done it again. I wasn’t sure how Nyxia Unleashed could possibly live up to Nyxia, but it does. It really does.

Nyxia Unleashed picks up exactly where the first book left off, with Emmett and the others heading for Eden. Once there, they’re thrust into Babel’s main mission. However, new twists, turns, and secrets and revealed throughout the novel.

It was pretty cool to see the training and simulations from the first book actually put into action. The waterway and the mines make their reappearances, and I’m glad that we were introduced to them prior to this book. It really helps to show that Babel knew what type of world they were putting these kids into. While I liked their reappearance, I’m also glad that they weren’t a main focus of the novel. Nyxia could feel a tad bit repetitive with its challenges, but everything is fresh and new in Nyxia Unleashed. 

One thing that’s new is the culture explored in this book. I don’t want to give much away, but there’s a long section of the novel where the crew gets to explore this alien civilization as honored guests. It was a truly wonderful section, especially when you consider that each of the teens came from diverse cultural backgrounds. The lovely name of the planet (which isn’t Eden, Babel!) is revealed, along with its cultural significance, which I found fascinating.

The romance between Emmett and Morning is quite stable and wholesome. With the extremely high stakes and dangers, it’s easy to forget that these are young teens with normal teen hormones and emotions. The many romances that blossom up within the crew feel pretty natural and organic. I love the way that Emmett and Morning care for and defend each other, and also how the other characters react to their relationship. It makes the characters really seem like the teens they are.

The book isn’t all romance and culture though. There’s plenty of danger, both on the planet and off of it. Loyalties and trusts are tested. New and old faces make appearances. Lives will be lost. There’s honestly a whirlwind of things going on, with so many things to love, and so many to hate as well. (Not the book itself, but the characters and forces within it!)

The one thing I didn’t like very much were the chapters that weren’t from Emmett’s point of view. They sort of took me out of the story a little bit, even though they weren’t frequent at all. I think that book one only had one of these chapters, but this one had at least 3 or 4. Again, it’s not a big deal, and those sections add GREATLY to the story, but I’m not 100% in favor of them. At least they were clearly marked.

All in all, I greatly enjoyed Nyxia Unleashed. The stakes were higher than ever, and they’ll be even higher in the next book, Nyxia Uprising, which releases in April 2019. It’s a long time to wait, but I’m sure that it’ll be an amazing conclusion to the series. I honestly have no clue how this series might end, so I’m anxiously awaiting it!

Nyxia Unleashed is available TODAY! Go pick up your copy now.

Goodreads Link

Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen


Synopsis: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

Date Started: 7/9/18

Date Finished: 7/10/18

Rating: 5/5

Thoughts: Nyxia is quite possibly one of the most fun books I’ve read in quite a while.

At the very start of Nyxia, we’re dropped straight into the action. Backstory comes later, woven easily into the course of the novel when things are relevant. The stakes are set high from the very beginning, and they stay that way throughout the entire novel, as new twists, turns, and challenges pop up.

I really enjoyed the diversity of the characters in this book. Emmett, the main character, is black, and the other characters come from various countries across the globe. I also enjoyed that language barriers and cultural differences came up, and how they were dealt with.

There really aren’t any dull moments in this book. While a good majority of the book consists of the competitions, there are always new challenges thrown in for the recruits to react to. There’s also the aspect of friendship and romance. I feel that the friendships in the novel felt pretty real and organic, especially given the situation. However, without giving anything away, one romance felt pretty instantaneous and unbelievable. You’ll probably know it when you see it. That was one downfall for for, but just a minor one. The main conflict in Nyxia is the danger, secrets, and challenges that come with Babel’s competition. Everything else is extra.

I found myself constantly flipping pages while reading this, and I finished it in a day. It’s not necessarily a fast, easy read, but the action and high stakes kept me up at night reading it.

Nyxia is the first book in a series of 3, which is evident by the cliffhanger at the end. If that’s a turn off for you, don’t worry! The second book, Nyxia Unleashed, comes out later this month on July 17th, so you won’t have to wait long to find out what happens next!

Fans of Divergent, The Hunger Games, Across the Universe, and Dove Arising will love this high-stakes sci-fi thriller!


Review: Planting Gardens in Graves II by r.h. Sin


Synopsis:  r.h. Sin continues his bestselling series with Planting Gardens in Graves II, another powerful collection of poetry that hones in on the themes dearest to his readers. This series celebrates connection, mourns heartbreak, and above all, empowers its readers to seek the love they deserve.

Date Finished: 7/8/2018

Rating: 5/5

My Thoughts: Let me start out by saying that I’m almost always the first person to say “I don’t like poetry.” I’m an English major in college, but most of the poetry I’ve had to read just doesn’t connect with me. Nothing against the classic, great poets, but I just haven’t felt anything groundbreaking from reading poetry.
Well, r.h. Sin (and a few other poets) are changing that for me.
I’ve seen r.h. Sin’s work at Target, and I’ve always been intrigued by the short, brief poetry that looks like something I’d see posted on Tumblr or Instagram. I’ve never read any of his poetry books before, but when I got the chance to read and review Planting Gardens In Graces II, I jumped on the chance. I’m not sure what poetry was in the book before this one, but I can genuinely say that for a newcomer to r.h. Sin’s work and to poetry in general, this book definitely provided for me.
Let’s talk about the poems themselves. Very few poems are longer than a single page, which allows you to just read a single poem at a time, or to binge a few and then reflect. Unlike the poetry that I had to read in school, these poems are of relatable, modern subjects, such as love, heartbreak, and anxiety. There’s a palpable sadness running through the entire thing, which I think separates it from some of the more uplifting poetry in this style that you can find on social media sites. Sometimes a sad poem is all you need.
There’s no complex rhyme to pick apart, just a nice rhythm dictated by the line breaks. I appreciated the varying poem lengths. While many of them are short, consisting of just a few lines, others are longer and definitely feel deeper. Still, I found myself enjoying all of the poems, and reading them slowly, as one would sip a hot, flavorful tea. You don’t have to read them in order. I did, to see how r.h. Sin wanted to present these poems, but opening up to a random poem and just seeing what it was to offer works just as well. My only complaint is that this book wasn’t divided into themed sections, but then again, maybe this poetry book works better in the way it’s currently organized.
This book earns 5/5 stars from me. Partially because it’s bringing me out of my “I hate poetry  phase,” and partially because it’s the type of book that I just know I want to keep on my bookshelf for a long time. I currently don’t have a section for poetry, so I guess that r.h. Sin will get the first spot.
Here are some of my favorite lines.
– “Chase success/not him/choose yourself/not him”

-“I began making a list/of all the benefits/of loving you/and the page remained blank”

-“The world is cold/burn bridges to keep warm”

I recieved this ebook via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. Thanks! I really enjoyed this!

Like what you see? Pick up your own copy on 7/10/18!


Currently Reading


Synopsis:  Following the smash success of her best-selling book, Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell now returns with the follow-up sequel Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart.

Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration.

A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.

My Thoughts So Far: I was so excited to get a copy of Pillow Thoughts II on Netgalley! While I haven’t read the first Pillow Thoughts, a friend of mine has read it. Also, I’m a sucker for jellyfish, so I literally had no choice but to read it.

I’m usually not a big fan of poetry, but this month, I’m challenging myself to branch out and explore a new literary genre. I’m starting out gently. Pillow Thoughts II has definitely the type of poetry I needed. Many of the poems are short but meaningful. While I could have easily breezed through all of the poems, I’m taking the time to savor each of the poems. I’ll have a review soon, and maybe even some quotes to share before the release date.