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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Blog Tour: Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux | Audiobook Review + Giveaway

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Hellooo peeps! Welcome to the next stop on the Gold Rush tour, the latest book by Jennifer Comeaux.


Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Links: Goodreads | Audible | Amazon
Narrator: Emily Stokes
Length: 11 Hours, 39 Minutes
Publication Date: May 29, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Four Reasons to Read Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

I'm still lacking in my reviews, but now I'm playing with style to change things up a little. Gold Rush is the first book by Jennifer Comeaux I've read, and it's the first performance by Emily Stokes that I've listened to. Here's a list of reasons why you should consider giving Gold Rush a try.

Ice Skating! - If you're looking for a book centered around ice skating, this book is for you. I've had an interest in reading Comeaux's books since I've found out they were about ice skaters, and it was amazing to read from an ice skater's perspective. Liza is also extremely passionate about ice skating

Adorable Kids - Stokes does an amazing job depicting the voice of a kid, and she makes the two in Gold Rush all the more adorable through her performance than it would be compared to the book version.

Past Characters - Fans of Comeaux will be absolutely delighted to know some of the main characters from her previous books will be making an appearance or even a critical role in Liza's journey to an Olympic medal.

Sweetest Love Interest. Ever. - Braedon is one of the most adorable and sweetest boys in the history of fictional boy land (there's a lot of them). He's completely understanding of Liza's priorities and commitments without any ifs, ands, or buts, and it's just one of the things in literature I love reading about.

About Jennifer Comeaux

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Kaeley @ Spoilers May Apply | Novel Newcomers

Hello all! It's almost Friday, and that's probably worth celebrating in and of itself if you're off for the weekend (except me, which I'm always working, working, working and being a busy bee).

I've been told to not overwork myself.

This week's blogger, if anyone has been following BWT for the past few years, is someone that might be a little familiar... because she was part of the trial run last year when Lupe, Ella and I looked for a new minion coblogger to help us take over the world run the blog.
Side Note: RWBY is a good show.
Welcome back, Kaeley! Though this time you're not getting kidnapped like we did last time. Kaeley blogs over at Spoilers May Apply and she's joining for a chat about books, blogging, and other shenanigans my mind comes up with.

She didn't get the ultimate evil question, if anyone's wondering.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
I adore cartoons and dedicate a good deal of time to watching them and LOVE discussing them with anyone and everyone who will humor me. Favorites include Avatar: The Last Airbender, Steven Universe and Gravity Falls.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
When I was in high school I taught myself how to roll my R’s walking around a Costco and saying “super.” I know it’s not that unusual.

What is your favorite food?
Asian food. I love all Asian food, but East Asian food is probably the foremost in my mind. I love a lot of different aspects about different countries. I love the emphasis on pickles in Korea, sashimi from Japan and hand-pulled Muslim-Chinese noodles. I could never eat a hamburger again and die happy.

If you could rewrite the ending of any book of your choice (yes, just one!), which would it be?
Clockwork Princess. Jem deserved better than [two] pages of the epilogue; I will die on this hill.

Sophia: I know right! Jem deserved so much more than what he did. 😭😭😭

What are the top three books you wished someone revealed the ending of so you wouldn’t have to face it yourself?
I’m kind of neutral on the whole spoilers thing. I’m a little disappointed when I find out spoilers, but I’m still able to enjoy the story. But I’ve never hated an ending so much I wanted to know about it going in.

Name five characters you would love to have as family members.
Oh jeez, I have no idea. Ramona from Ramona Blue, Cath from Fangirl, Lara Jean Song Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Nix from The Girl From Everywhere, Jem from The Infernal Devices and Nero from Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions. Honestly, though, I could never just pick five.

Any advice for future book bloggers?
Blog for yourself. When you first start out, it can be hard to keep in mind some bloggers have been at it for years. At first no one comments on your blog, and it can feel like you’re shouting into the void. Even one year out I have maybe 2-3 consistent readers who I know enjoy and visit my blog specifically for my reviews. Blog to improve your writing; blog to challenge yourself and your paradigms; blog to learn more about yourself and what you like to read. Just do it for yourself, because at the end of the day your readers come to read your blog for your perspective, and that won’t translate if you don’t do it for yourself.

Find Kaeley on the Interwebs!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

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The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel | Favorite Quotes (In Which 90% is Probably from Bishop)

I’m a huge fan of quotes. Every book that I read, I enjoy highlighting and taking note of the quotes and lines that I liked from the book (also so I can use them for later in the review, but primarily because I’m such a quote junkie).

Last year, I read The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. I never really got around to writing the review since I don’t remember much from it aside from political ties of sorts - the MC is set to marry the ruling family and has plans to murder the son, who she ends up falling in love with. Great… now the book sounds worse than it actually is. (I promise it’s actually better than I just made it sound.)

I also wrote that from the top of my mind so… allow me to kindly push the actual synopsis and not the nutshell one I wrote from my brain top.

One of my favorite characters from The Book of Ivy is Bishop, the poor dude who is in the plans to be murdered. He is extremely quotable and 90% of my notes is filled with quotes from him while the other 10% are quotes from other characters and generic notes about the book. It isn’t much, unfortunately, because I was hoping to right the review shortly after reading and well… that didn’t happen as planned.

Have a synopsis:
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

Favorite Quotes

I think we can love our families without trusting everything they tell us. Without championing everything they stand for.

We’re not our parents. We don’t have to agree with everything they stand for.

Dancing around the truth is exhausting.

Love isn’t something you can [begin] late. Love is more than charts and graphs and matching interests. Love is messy and complicated and it is a mistake to deny its random magic.

Everyone needs someone to put their faith in. Life's too lonely otherwise.

There is something sad about your own father never calling you pretty, about never really knowing whether you are.

We can't choose who we love. Love chooses us. Love doesn't care about what's convenient or easy or planned. Love has its own agenda and all we can do is get out of its way.

Life is one sick joke after another, I’m discovering. Because it hardly seems fair that it should hurt so much to finally get what I’ve been wishing for.

There is no way to keep someone safe forever. The world is full of a million dangers both realized and never considered.

Have you read The Book of Ivy yet? Any thoughts on the book? Favorite quotes?

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Friday, July 7, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Devil's Revolver By V.S. McGrath Cover Reveal


Hey! Hope you had a great Fourth of July! I worked on the Fourth (I know, I suck), but I still did manage to go see some fireworks! I also managed to get out of work early so YAY ME!


AND YAY for you guy,  because I have a cover reveal to share! Check out the spectacular cover for The Devil's Revolver! It's very unique and very awesome!


The Devil’s Revolver
By: V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1)
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Goodreads
Synopsis: She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.


About The Author
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.






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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Isabella @ The Book Pandas and Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads | Novel Newcomers

Hi bookwyrms!

Welcome to this week's edition of Novel Newcomers, where I feature new book bloggers who started in the past year (2016). This week's bloggers are Isabella from The Book Pandas (Lupe approves of this name because she adores pandas) and Erica from Erica Robyn Reads.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Erica: I love photography! That is definitely my biggest hobby. I love just wandering around taking photos of anything that interests me, but I also do a lot of hired work. I also really enjoy going for walks, jogging, binge watching netflix, and hanging out with friends and family.

Isabella: I love dancing ballet! I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old, and it’s probably my biggest passion in life besides reading and book blogging. I’m also obsessed with pandas (of course), chocolate, and Broadway shows.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Erica: This may be a bit of a lame one, but I was hired a week before I graduated college to do exactly what I was going to school for: Business Marketing and Social Media. It’s been three years and I’m still pretty proud of that accomplishment!

Isabella: I’m actually a Level 10 rhythmic gymnast, which is the highest level and a position you have to qualify for. The qualification competition is extremely nerve wracking, and you have to be one of the top 25 gymnasts in the country!

What is your favorite food?
Erica: I am a total sucker for mozzarella sticks! Like seriously... it’s embarrassing to see my lack of self control when I’ve got a plate of them in front of me.

Isabella: As I’ve said above, CHOCOLATE! Really almost anything with sugar though. Did I mention I’m a super healthy teen?

What do you look forward to this summer?
Erica: I’m planning to take my second ever stay-cation. I cannot wait! I’m hoping to do nothing but read, hit the gym, and blog!

Isabella: Two things! First, I’m attending San Francisco Ballet School’s summer intensive for four weeks, which I’m super excited for since I love the San Francisco Ballet. Second, I’m celebrating a super late Sweet 16 by going on a short Disney Cruise with my parents as well as visiting Disney World and Harry Potter World. Oh, there’s also this other small thing I have to do: college applications. No big deal, right?

If you could vacation anywhere in the world for the next several months, where would you go?
Erica: England! I went once for a month back in 2008. I absolutely loved it! I dream of going back all the time. Hopefully someday I will be able to visit again.

Isabella: There are so many places I would love to travel to! Can I just pick a world tour? :P My top eight choices would probably be London, New York, Manila (where most of my family lives), Tokyo, Chengdu (for the pandas), Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Orlando.

What books are you looking forward to releasing the rest of the year?
Erica: I absolutely cannot wait for:
  • The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter (Expected publication: June 6th 2017)
  • You'll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron (Expected publication: June 6th 2017)
  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan (Expected publication: June 13th 2017)
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Expected publication: June 13th 2017)
  • Giant Days Vol. 5 (Giant Days #17-20) by John Allison & Max Sarin (Expected publication: June 20th 2017)
Isabella: Ahhh I don’t know how to choose! There are so many wonderful books releasing later this year! Some of my most anticipated releases that I haven’t read yet  are probably Warcross by Marie Lu, Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee, The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Because You Love to Hate Me, and Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. Books that I can’t wait for all of you to read are Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue [by Mackenzi Lee]. Honestly, I could go on for days, but let’s just say that there are definitely tons of amazing books coming out later this year!

Find Erica and Isabella on the Interwebs!
Erica: Blog | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter
Isabella: Blog | Twitter | Instagram

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan | Audiobook Review (Who Would Dare... Really?)

Nerve Jeanne Ryan

Nerve
Author:
Jeanne Ryan
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Length: 6 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Reviewer: Sophia

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

The beauty of commuting to school: I CAN LISTEN TO ALL DA AUDIOBOOKS. (Even if it’s 15-20 minutes depending on morning traffic - not round trip.)

Storyline

Nerve is a book about dares. It is, essentially, The Hunger Games: Dare Edition in the Modern World.

Modern World meaning reality TV, where the world can watch players do said dares. Oh, and said reality TV show on the interwebs is called Nerve. The book follows Vee, who decides to give Nerve a try with a basic little dare that will land her spot in the semifinals.

Nerve has a cool concept - and I’ll admit that I decided to listen to the audiobook because there’s a psychological aspect to it I’d rather not talk of. (It’ll make me sound like I’m analyzing this for a research paper. Ew. No.)

My only problem is Nerve (the game) itself. Each dare as Vee and the other players get closer to the live finals is more daring than the one before. Each prize is bigger than the one before, with the grand prize varying from player to player. Each one more ridiculous in my opinion, because my brain facepalmed (I know brains can’t facepalm) so many times it wasn’t even funny.

Although I suppose if I got a full ride to a university, I would probably be very keen on taking the offer despite the risks of the dare. Psychology is an interesting thing.

But how does Nerve even get all that money, all those funds? I’m curious, but as I said, psychology is an interesting thing, and Jeanne Ryan does an interesting job exploring the psychological aspects involved.

Ugh. If I have to do a research paper for any psychology classes, Nerve is first on the blasted list to be picked apart page by page.

Narration

In my young experience of listening to audiobooks (assuming I’m blogging for the next few years, I’ll be getting those earful experiences), this is the first time I’ve heard Caitlin Davies perform.

Honestly? I can’t complain. Caitlin Davies is one of the few narrators I’ve heard about before I even started listening to audiobooks, and I’m just nodding along to everyone’s praise for her performances.


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Friday, June 30, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Kingdom Saga Collection trailer Reveal!


Hey everyone! Today, I'm going to reveal an exciting book trailer for you guys! This weekend is going to be crazy considering that the Fourth of July is on Tuesday! Sadly, I'm stuck working the day before, the day of, and the day after the fourth. *Cries in agony* Hope you have a Happy Fourth!

The Kingdom Saga Collection: Books 1-4
By: Megan Linski
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Goodreads
Release Date: May 19th 2017
Gryfyn Publishing
Summary: A princess becomes a warrior, indulges in forbidden romance, and rules an empire in an epic fantasy saga inspired by Aladdin and the 1001 Arabian Nights.

Princess Bennua is betrothed to a foreigner in a far-away land -- until a prince of thieves comes to claim her for himself. Kidnapped and brought to a desert of mystery and wonder, Bennua finds herself the master of a djinn trapped within a magic lamp... and in love with a man who’s as secretive as he is dangerous.

Her travels take her to lands of ancient pharaohs and dark crypts, to illustrious palaces and jungles filled with mythical beasts. Bennua finds herself in service of an ancient deity, a fire god who is at war with the devil, and in the middle of a war where angels battle kings and monsters devour men.

Swords clash, magic ignites, and sultans fall. One girl has the power to save the world, and she will bring the desert to its knees with her bravery... her strength... and her love.

With thousands of copies in the hands of readers, The Kingdom Saga is an emotional story of true love, redemption, and faith featuring a strong heroine, a handsome prince and a lovable djinn.

Includes all four books in The Kingdom Saga series!


ON SALE FOR ONLY $0.99 THROUGH JUNE 30!
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Book Trailer!



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About The Author
Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.

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