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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Series We've Been Meaning to Start But Haven't | Top Ten Tuesday (WE SHOVE BOOKS AT EACH OTHER)

This is the time where we expose the series that we each have not read yet. Oh let the shaming begin.
  • Sophia: But don't you mean the book shoving begins? 😅
  • Anelise: Haha I agree! *shoves piles of books in front of everyone*

Shatter Me trilogy and then some (BECAUSE THEY EXTENDED IT GOSH DARN IT) - Lupe has been shoving this series at me for YEARSSS.
  • Lupe: HOMEGIRL. You have not LIVED yet! Trust me on this one. You will thank me forever once you start reading this. 
  • Sophia: I'm a sheltered bean.
  • Anelise: I read the first and I think you should definitely at least read book one. Also, Lupe might accidentally murder you if you don't. *coughs*
And well, it's been sitting there on my TBR for those years. I keep finding excuses, like this audiobook I'm listening to currently (I think this narrator has a southern accent. O.o)

The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman - Illuminae first came out when I started court reporting lessons, and I was originally interested because I wanted to practice those skills on something I actually enjoyed (Illuminae is written through different formats, so I'm bound to find an interview transcript.).

Now it's just me wondering what the hype is all about.
  • Anelise: I’ve read Illuminae and I really liked it but still haven’t read Gemina oops. I have a problem reading sequels/finishing series. Anyway, I’d say that this series is pretty good and you should try it. But yeah… *shoves book in Sophia’s face* read it.

Harry Potter - MUAHAHA FIRST SERIES HACKED BY SOPHIA (not literally, more like wrote it in).
  • Anelise: wait a second… Lupe still hasn’t read Harry Potter?! You have been deprived child!
  • Lupe: Wait. Wait. Wait. HOLD UP! I haven’t read the books, because they just intimidated me when I was younger. It’s true. I haven’t seen Finding Nemo, BUT I have seen half of Finding Dory. I do have to say, I did start crying the first five minutes of that movie. DON’T JUDGE ME! I will read HP and watch those movies. Eventually…...
  • Sophia: Excuses.
  • Anelise: *coughs*

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have seen this all over social media and all of my favorite booktubers have read it. I have never gotten around to reading it yet. There’s still time for me to start it, but who knows when I will. 
  • Sophia: Tragedies of a bookworm. I haven't read this.
  • Anelise: *gasps* How have you not read this yet? I have! *stares at huge looming TBR pile behind me* Okay fair enough... Someday you'd better read this series (and I'm talking to the both of you!)

The Selection by Kiera Cass. The books have such beautiful covers, and I’m still trying to get myself into starting this amazing series I keep hearing from everyone. If you didn’t know already, I have been in a book slump for a bit over a year. I have read books here and there, but haven’t actively read much as I used to which explains why I STILL haven’t read Harry Potter. 
  • Sophia: I haven't read this, either...
  • Anelise: Meh. I loved it the first time I read it but when I reread it I didn't like it as much. Characters came off as too whiny or indecisive *cough* America Singer *cough* (Plus, who names their character based off of a country and said characters job?) (Agree with the covers though.)

The Mortal Instruments - Okay, I admit I’ve read the first three books but that was like two years ago. I still haven’t picked it back up, not because I don’t like it (I really love the series) but because I’m drowning in my other unread books on my shelf so yeah…

  • Meanwhile... Sophia read the first two and called it quits. Lupe also read the first two and gave up as usual. They have similar reading tastes.

Legend - I still haven’t read anything by Marie Lu because of my mile high TBR. Oops? I also own the series so that doesn’t really help me out… *awkwardly shuffles away in hopes no one notices me* 
  • Lupe: GURL. I haven’t read Legend either!
  • Sophia: Me neither. (We have a mutual TBR list!)
  • Anelise: We should do read-along thingies where we shove books at each other and read them together!

Throne of Glass - I’m interested in seeing what all the hype is about. But I won’t consider reading this until the whole series is out that way, if I end up liking it, I can binge the whole series instead of waiting for book(s) to come out.

  • Whaaaa?! Lucky! Not many big authors come to my city (sad).
Then there are so many other series I need to start but can’t list because this post would never end (probably the same with Sophia and Lupe) haha. *TBR starts crushing Anelise even more than before and Anelise dies cries*

Well there you have it. All a (most likely) tiny percentage of the books we still have not read is out in the open. Trust us, there are still more series we haven't read yet.  I'm sure you can find other series we have not read based on our accounts on Goodreads. If you do so happen to find that one of us haven't read your favorite series yet, please tell us in the comments below or tweet us! We're more than happy to extend our never ending TBR list.

  • Sophia: This is so asking for trouble, Lupe.
  • Anelise: Lupe, I hope that last sentence is supposed to be sarcastic... 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

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Fernanda @ The Wanderlust Reader | Novel Newcomers

Hellooo bookwyrms!

It's Monday! Time for an entire week ahead with no procrastination whatsoever.

Well, actually, there will be some procrastination. There is always some form of procrastination involved (really it's real life plus that). 😅

Anyways, back to Novel Newcomers. This week's featured blogger is Fernanda from The Wanderlust Reader. We're chatting about summer because summer is right around the corner. Literally.

It feels like it's already summer. 😒

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Oh I see, you’re pulling out the big guns right away. Um, I’ve always loved music because it is another way for me to escape the reality and with that comes singing. I joined chorus during my sophomore year of high school and I fell in love with it instantly. Although I’m no longer in high school, I continue to sing around the house when no one is present because it’s too embarrassing. I’ve also been interested in volleyball since a young age and I think it was mainly do to the fact that my mom played professionally for several years.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Ooo I have a good one. Maybe but probably not. In my French class, we were given superlatives and mine was “le sauveteur du monde francophone” (the rescuer of the French speaking world). For some odd reason I’m really proud that my teacher thought so highly of me.

What is your favorite food?
French fries hands down.

What are some of your favorite books to read in the summer?
I typically read fantasy 24/7 but I’m more inclined to read contemporary during the summer. Some of my favorite summer reads are To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

If you could travel abroad for one summer, name five places you would love to visit.
I’ve always wanted to travel to India and Belgium so those are probably my top two choices but I’d also love to revisit Spain, Austria, or Fiji because they were absolutely breathtaking.

Name five bloggers you would love to travel the world with. (Can be from Novel Newcomers, does not have to be.
Anna from @readerandproud
Angie from @thebookishfeels
Gretchen from @chicnerdreads
Rebecca from @rebeccagough
Sarah from @thebooktweeter

Find Fernanda on the Interwebs!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Guarding Eden Cover Reveal + Secret Knights Cover Revamp & Giveaway!

Hey! I have an action packed post for you today. I have a cover reveal, cover revamp, and giveaway to announce. Let's get right into it!

Title: Guarding Eden (A Midway Novel)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Designer: Stefanie Saw
Edited by: Victoria Schmitz - Crimson Tide Editorial
Expected Release Date: July 21, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Synopsis: ***The Midway Novels are spin-offs of the Hidden Wings Series, but each book can be read as a standalone.***

Tucked away at an upscale, private boarding school in Brindle Hollow, Washington, seventeen-year-old Eden East comes face to face with a hideous creature on her walk back to her dorm. Shaken to her core, she's left questioning the world around her, and soon finds herself entering a friendship with a hot, new student named Alexander.

Little does she know, Alex is a Guardian Angel, sent from Midway to protect her from those dangerous creatures—known as Darkling—lurking in the forest outside Brindle Hall. It isn’t long before Alex learns this is no ordinary assignment. Eden’s existence holds a secret; something hidden from even herself.

Eden is thrust into a world where Fallen angels and creatures of the Underworld will stop at nothing to catch her. With Alex at her side and a little help from some of his old friends, they form a formidable front against the enemy.

 Hopefully, it’s not too little, too late.

Author Bio: 

2016 Young Adult Author of the Year - Penned Con
2013 Break Out Author by Young Adult & Teen Readers
2013 Book of the Year (Hidden Wings)

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She's a daydreamer and a caffeine and peppermint addict who loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. 
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!


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Title: Secret Knights Series
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Cover Designer: Naija Qamber Designs
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Synopsis: (Spin-Off to Crossroads Saga - Prequel to The Chosen Knights) can be read as stand-alone

Michael and Claudia’s decision to move back to Crossroads was to keep their children safe, but they can’t escape who they are. Their children, Zachary and Lucia, were destined to be demon hunters—Venators. From the age they were able to hold a sword, they were trained to become the best and to ensure they would become leaders one day. 
All is peaceful throughout the land until the Fallen and demons’ presences were felt in the between and on Earth. As the Venators investigate these locations, they will quickly learn how dangerous their lives are. Hearts will be broken. Teammates will lose their lives. And they will face obstacles which will test their faith. 
As danger grows, the fear of fallen angels and demons regrouping has the Divine Elders on pins and needles. Now, Zachary and Lucia, along with Uncle Davin, must prepare themselves—mentally and physically—to live on Earth to investigate where the focal point of evil resides before it’s too late.

The Chosen Knights
Synopsis: (HIGHLY recommend to read prequel first--The Angel Knights)

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen. 
The Blessed Knights
Above a small hill lay a home.
And green men peer out under the dome.
Thirteen crisscrossing arches behold,
with angels singing must be told.
Cubes like teeth thus showed,
pierce one and the door shall glow.
Part the sea like Moses,
to see the bundle of red roses.
Only then you shall see,
what is destined to be free.

Eli, Lucia’s half-demon love interest, has been stabbed with a true-cross dagger and captured by Cyrus, master of the possessor demons. The Chosen Knights must work together once again not only to save Eli, but also to decipher a clue to find the second missing page of Jacques de Molay’s journal. Meanwhile, Uncle Davin informs Crossroads’ Divine Elders of the danger ahead and learns there is much to fear. Countless children are being taken from all over the world to be turned into demons. Michael, one of the Divine Elders, has no choice but to intervene. The Chosen Knights track down Mortem, the demon who is the key to finding Cyrus, and learn they must travel deep into the pit of a Hawaiian volcano. When they astral travel to the past in search of a clue and follow Jacques de Molay to Rosselyn Chapel in medieval Scotland, what they find will rewrite history.

Author Bio:
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: An exciting new book to movie adaption!

Hello there!

It's been a long, LONG week for me and I hope life is treating you well. Working full time during the summer break can really take a toll on you. In all honesty, this all just makes me wish I can go back to school. I know. Shocker. I just never realized how fascinating studying and going to class is compared to working.

Enough about me. Let's focus on the glorious news that the director from The Bourne Identity Doug Liman will be directing the YA novel Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Congrats to these authors! Sony's Columbia Pictures has the rights make this film. Check out the synopsis from Goodreads! Unearthed will be out January 9, 2018.

Unearthed (Unearthed #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner
Synopsis: When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

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Thursday, June 8, 2017


Questing Shenanigans: MooShu and Oni

Hellooo wizardlings!

I'm really just giving this "Questing Shenanigans" thing a try because I really don't have a lot of other blogging motivations - particularly with reviewing.

I think I'm outgrowing reviewing books slowly. Ahh!
I'm watching Sherlock currently soo...
Seriously though. Blogging funk is not fun.

So here I am, making a gaming related post over the past few weeks that I never got around to but I kept on taking notes and making random commentary while playing the occasional Wizard101, doing blogging related things, fixing annoying phone problems (I finally got a new one yesterday because I'm just tired of doing all the things to no avail), and other shenanigans.

Questing Shenanigans!

I have two characters - Sophia Waterheart and Sophia Legendheart - with the first being my main (I love the balance school). For the past few weeks, I've been working on Sophia Legendheart, who is my myth character in Wizard101. I first created my myth a few years ago, leveled her up through Marleybone, and basically abandoned her. (I thought I was higher when I got back on, but I underestimated her by a long shot.)

But for the past few weeks... I really didn't want to go through the rest of Azteca, which is extremely boring and tedious when you're soloing. So instead of boring myself to death, I switched characters and decided to take on the next world: MooShu.

For those who have no clue what that is, MooShu is the fourth world in the game Wizard101 and part of the first storyline. It's based off cultures in Asia, primarily Japanese and Chinese culture (though more on Japanese culture). Not my favorite world, unfortunately, because there is quite a few dungeons to go through.

All of which are oni. I went through 3/4 of the oni with teams, all of which ended up with me getting a random questing buddy or two who later got ahead but I'm not too worried about because Wizard101 actually has a team up feature I occasionally use. (YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT LEVEL YOU'RE DEALING WITH SO OCCASIONALLY I'M STUCK WITH UPPITY UPPER LEVEL. I have a huge pet peeve with that for some reason.)
I lost the first one by forgetting to talk to someone and had to redo the entire dungeon on my own.
Ooo, that second screenshot I really want to submit because it looks really cool.

The one thing different about balance and all the other schools is we don't have any converts. We have all the shields, no one can shield against us (unless you have an ice wizard with killer resist and tower shield or actually trained for the spell).

One more thing for me to learn.

I did however, finish MooShu, but unfortunately, I'm beating my own myth professor for access to the next world. And... I GOT A NEW SPELL. Lookie, it's the minotaur in action.
That was a fist pump, brought to you by the minotaur.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

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Finding Dory Movie Review (Baby Dory is Life)

Finding Dory
Sequel to Finding Nemo
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill
MPAA Rating: G
Release Date: June 17, 2016

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time - it goes without saying that I’d try to watch the sequel… ten years later. (I keep telling Lupe she can always steal my copy of Finding Nemo should she want to borrow it… But I think she finds Star Wars: Rogue One far more appealing than cute baby fish. Meanwhile, this chick has yet to watch Star Wars.)

Finding Dory is set one year after the events of Finding Nemo (they made us wait ten years for this?), bringing us back to the animated world of land and ocean (now that sounded super cliche). To be brutally honest, it’s pretty much the backward version of Finding Nemo - only we’re finding Dory to a degree instead.

Those who watched the first movie will most likely remember that Dory has a short term memory - she forgets things so quickly, she puts my memory to shame.
(My mother says I have a bad memory because I don't remember what she says most of the time. In my opinion, there’s a bit of a language barrier playing a role as well, which is embarrassing because I have to tell people, “Um… sorry, my Chinese isn’t good…” with a sheepish look while my manager is like, “So um… what are they saying?”)

So we have baby Dory opening up the film with absolute cuteness - which only lasts for a few minutes, much to my dismay. But worry not - baby Dory will make an appearance here and there throughout the movie as Dory goes on an adventure across the ocean to find her parents with Marlin and Nemo. Meanwhile, her parents are searching for her as well, which is most likely the entire plot of the story.

Finding Dory isn’t solely about finding Dory for years and trying to reunite her with her parents - it’s a tale of friendship, too. Marlin’s friendship with Dory is going to be put to the test when Dory insists on finding her family with their help, thus resulting in a stronger bond in the end. As Dory seeks assistance to find her family, she reunites with childhood friends and forms new friendships with other sea creatures who also have a desire to return to the ocean.

Despite being maybe 8-9 years late, Finding Dory is a great movie for all ages to watch and bring nostalgia from the first film. (Also, Lupe has not watched this. I'm very disappointed in her.)

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Friday, June 2, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Glass Castle + Murder on the Orient Express Trailers

Hello there!
Isn't it crazy that it is already June?! We are halfway through the year and it still shocks me that 2007 was a decade ago when it feels like it was 2 years ago. If you know what I mean?

Anyway, I got very excited last week when I found out about the book adaption to my favorite memoir, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, that I've read in high school! I forgot to share it with you guys last week, but I just have to share it with you guys today! Comes out August 11, 2017!

If you haven't read the book, I HIGHLY recommend it! It's not one of your typical memoirs. You know its got to be a good memoir when I rarely read and don't enjoy memoirs as much as I would like. Her writing style is phenomenal and worth the read!

I've also read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie in high school and it was honestly a very good suspenseful novel I've never thought I would enjoy. I'm happy with all of the actors who are in the upcoming film. I can't wait! Comes out November 10, 2017!

I'm very excited for these upcoming adaptions and I hope you are too!

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