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Friday, July 29, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Comic-Con Movie trailers

The event we all love because of the sweet movie previews and trailers they release for the upcoming year.
Isn't crazy that we are closer to the end of 2016?!

There are three movies that I am ecstatic about!

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Am I the only one who haven't seen the latest DC movie, Batman vs. Superman? I'm on neither team if you guys were wondering but I did grew up watching the cartoon version of Justice league. Anyone remember that show? Or am I just too old?

Here's a picture to jog your memory. I guess I'm too old if you don't remember watching this show. No hard feelings.

But anyway....
I'm excited to see what DC has to bring to the table because this is like DC version of The Avengers. So they better do this movie right.

Wonder Woman
Release Date: June 2, 2017

I am not a big fan of Wonder Woman but I am really excited that Gal Gadot IS WONDER WOMAN. I loved her in the Fast and Furious movies and she will NOT disappoint me. The trailer is AWESOME by the way.

Kong: Skull Island
Release Date: March 10, 2017
King Kong was a great movie and I highly recommend you guys watch it sometime if you haven't already. It's one of my favorite movies. I really hope they don't screw up with this movie because I don't think we need another prequel for this movie. They should've left this alone but I' still excited to see this film even if it will bomb.

Who's excited for 2017?! You know I am!
But first, I have to watch Suicide Squad in August and Star Wars in December! Oh god, so many movies to watch before we move onto 2017!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Blog Tour: Gifted - Ten Things Based on Real Science in Gifted + Giveaway

Title: Gifted
Author: H.A. Swain
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Goodreads
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a "plebe"--a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music--even if it is illegal.

Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping--and terrifying.

Top Ten Things Based on Real Science in Gifted

One of the reasons I love writing futuristic YA is that I get to use lots of scientific research in the process of world building. Here are my top ten picks (in no particular order) for actual science in GIFTED:

1. Fulfillment Warehouses 
Corp X, where Zimri works, is based on Amazon fulfillment centers (FCs), which are reported to be up to 1.2 million square feet. In the book, Zimri works in the last human-operated FC in the country.

2. Automated Nanobot Technology (ANTs)
The other fulfillment centers in Zimri’s world use ANTs—millions of teeny tiny robots that work together to move and pack merchandise. ANTs might look something like this:
In real life we’re far away from this tiny tech, however, at Stanford University a team of six microbots weighing 3.5 ounces total recently pulled a car that weighed almost 4000 pounds, so it might not be long until small robots could be doing heavy lifting for humans.

3. Personal Occupancy Domicile
I “borrowed” the idea for Zimri’s POD from the work of Kent Larson at MIT who designed a hyper-efficient, 200-square-foot apartment with moveable walls and retractable furniture.

4. Flying Cars
Orpheus has an automated flying car called a Cicada. IRL, driverless cars are already hitting the market and flying cars are just around the corner. The Slovakian company AeroMobil claims that by 2017, they will have this road-ready vehicle with stowable wings available for purchase.

5. Acquired Savant Ability Surgeries
Orpheus’s father is pushing him to have an ASA surgery so he’ll be a musical genius and can continue the family fortune. Although there is no such thing as this kind of surgery, it is true some people suffer head trauma (either through illness or injury) that results in an acquired savant ability. Usually these abilities occur in music, math, visual art, or enhanced memory. Scientists don’t know why this happens, but most likely some aspect of the brain’s circuitry has been “rewired” as a result of the trauma.

6. FingerCams
Orpheus wears an ExoScreen glove with a built-in finger cam. Although I made up the glove, the finger camera is a real thing based on the Air Clicker camera, which is a blue-toothed enabled device that connects to a smart phone.

7. Self-cleaning clothing
There is a small moment in the story when Orpheus says he’s worn his pants so many days in a row that the light-activated self-cleaning molecules in the fabric have stopped working. Researchers in Australia have already developed a special coating for fabric that can remove stains when activated by bright light. No water needed!

8. Delivery Drones
Items from Zimri’s fulfillment center are carried away by deliver drones and dropped into people’s home through special chutes. Amazon is already advertising drone delivery as one of their services of the future. Although I made up the dragonfly drone paparazzi in the book, California has already banned using drones to take photographs of celebrities.

9. Hybrid animals
Zimri talks about coyolves, squimunks, and frozards lurking around the river where she lives. I made up the squimunks (squirrel + chipmunk) and frozards (frog + lizard), but a coywolf (a mix of western coyotes and eastern wolves) is a true natural hybrid prevalent in the northeastern United States and Canada.

10. Digital Piracy
As long as there has been radio, TV, and digital downloads, there have been people figuring out ways to jack the system. Things are no different in Zimri’s world. She sets up a DIY short wave radio station hidden under the eaves of an abandoned house to distribute her music and then “accidentally on purpose” hi-jacks a digital stream, interrupting a legal concert with her own illegal show. Sites like NinjaVideo have been shut down and its founder jailed for flagrantly infringing on copyright laws by streaming digital content without paying for it.

Author Bio

Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, a barkless dog, and two rescue cats. She is the author of four novels for young adults, two kids craft books, two novels for grown ups, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non-fiction articles.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Sophia's Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far)


Can you believe it's almost the end of July? (I mean, I sort of can.) In the reading department, it's been an extremely interesting year – I've had far more memorable reads than last year, and the joke of the year so far is I only DNFed one book.

Well, then. I must be becoming better with my book choices.

With August around the corner, I've decided to share some of my favorite reads so far this year – even if this post is extremely late.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
I'll agree with the negative reviewers on Goodreads that there isn't really much of a plot (because there isn't). But... the main character is quite literally me – an awkward little bookworm who prefers to stick her nose in a book than have a social life. Plus, said MC is absolutely adorable... and the love interest too. And despite the fact there isn't really a plot, I still enjoyed this book a lot.

Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
I don't read contemporary. Not usually. But I hold Love Me Never in a special kind of regard because I spent far too much time trying not to giggle while everyone else in the house was sleeping in the middle of the night. It's also really dark (in context and in humor).... which I somehow like and that is probably why I say I'm an evil little devil spawn.

Titans by Victoria Scott
Okay, mechanical horses and friendship is really all you need to know.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Sea monsters and pirates. The sea monster is freaking adorable (and it has an adorable name that is totally a tongue in cheek and unless you know some Mandarin Chinese, you might not get it at first until its revealed later in the book). Enough said about this gorgeous gem.

Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis
As I've mentioned in my short review in early June... Kaitlyn Davis's retelling series is quickly becoming one of my favorite series of all time. It's just so different that there's definitely some resemblance to the original tale, but it can definitely stand on its own.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
This sequel to The Young Elites is dark as frick and if it gets any darker, I'm going to run away (I can only handle so much darkness as little evil spawn, after all).

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Bishop will probably have to battle Will Herondale and James Carstairs to get the favorite fictional boy friend spot – well, actually...

I think he might have replaced them... because he is extremely quotable and I love quotable characters. (Oh, dear. Is this when I properly say I can hide? Welp.)

Also, I'm extremely excited this book is part of the Missouri Gateway Readers Award for the 2016-2017 school year. Too bad I graduated and can't vote, because there are some really good ones this year.

What are some of your favorite reads so far this year? Any thoughts on the books I enjoyed?

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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: Interview with Betty, Giselle, and Maan

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Hey everyone and happy Monday! Welcome to another week of Novel Newcomers, in which I'm finally, finally posting on time and not days or weeks later like I have for the past few posts.... (okay, there's a total of three so far). Let's just hope a fourth and fifth one doesn't happen.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Betty: I’m not that great and I haven’t practiced in a while, but I do love drawing! That and practicing calligraphy and listening to music at just about every possible moment.

Giselle: I love going to concerts! They're my happy place. And I've always done photography as a hobby, be it digital or instant film. I also do graphic design! Everything from blog headers and marketing packs to business cards and bookmarks, I'm your girl. Lucky for me, both are hobbies I've been able to monetize. A girl’s gotta eat in college, you know?

Maan: I like singing and playing the guitar but I’m not a pro when it comes to playing it. I like listening to indie music as well as alternative rock ones, them being Fall Out Boy and Paramore (totally ironic, i know) but the songs I like to sing along to are ballads since that is what my voice range can handle.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Betty: I’m nearly silent on my feet and I love sneaking up on people and scaring them. (Just ask my family, they hate me because of that.)

Giselle: Last summer on a cruise I won the Harry Potter Trivia contest with 47 correct answers of 50. That's probably my proudest, most unusual accomplishment! :P

Maan: My most unusual accomplishment would maybe make my baby cousin smile at me. I’m not good with babies, never have been, so when they laugh or smile at me I feel like high-fiving myself.

What is your favorite food?
Betty: Can’t choose! I love so many different kinds from Mexican, to Korean and Italian. I am not the sort to eat small amounts because I’m watching my figure. Thankfully, I am blessed with a so-so metabolism that keeps me at the same weight without fluctuating.

Giselle: ummm the edible kind? No but jokes aside, I love cooking and baking so I agree with Betty, there's too many different kinds to choose! Italian, Japanese, Mexican… I'm half Puerto Rican, and food is probably at the heart of our culture. I just love food!

Maan: I could eat potatoes and cream cheese everyday. I also agree with what Betty and Giselle about loving Mexican and Korean food. I practically eat everything except seafoods. (I’m allergic)

Let's spread some blogger love! Name three bloggers you don't know who are participating in Novel Newcomers and give them a compliment.

Betty: It was hard to decide, but I finally got it down to Giselle and Maan because it’s always great to meet new people even though I am so socially awkward. Great blogs by the way! Also Ava @ Bookishness and Tea. She does a lot of tags, something I am so lax in following through with, and there are enthralling and fun to read.

Giselle: I don't think I'm acquainted with much of anyone in this feature! So I'll choose Betty, who is also being interviewed. I'm loving your answers so far! I hope to get to know you, and other Novel Newcomers, this summer!

Maan: Can I name more than three? I know some of the participating bloggers but I’d definitely like to know Rachel @ Go Read A Book, Sam @ Literary Lover and Stephanie @ Reading Is Better With Cupcakes. I love all of your blog names and your blogs! <3 Also to Giselle and Betty, I’m more than happy to share this post with you :D

What are some of your top reads this year?
Betty: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, Scarlet trilogy by G.A. Gaughen (absolutely loved it, 5 stars all the way), Rodent by Lisa J Lawrence, Raised by Wolves Trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor.

Giselle: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry was my first and only 5 star book of 2016 thus far! A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, and Dreamology by Lucy Keating all got 4 star reviews from me. I went through a couple of months where all I read was contemporary, and I wound up loving them.

Maan: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

What are some books publishing this year that you can't wait to read?
Betty: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (dying for this book), Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May,

Giselle: I'm with Betty on Crooked Kingdom. I already have an ARC of it, but I'm just so dang excited for the finished copy and for the rest of the world to read Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Manisculco! S. Usher Evans is releasing a new series this October called LexieSpells and it looks like a ton of fun. I'm also super eager to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

Maan: My top 2 most anticipated reads would definitely have to be Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I am just dying to get my hands on those and get a read on.

In the unfortunate tragedy you have to kill your favorite fictional boyfriend/girlfriend, who would it be? (Sophia is guilty of this question, but she loves this question oh so very much.)
Betty: Rowan Whitethorn from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass Series. Although I might kill myself afterward...or just waste away from grief.

Giselle: Anybody who breathes oxygen will tell you the love of my literary life is Noah Shaw, from the Mara Dyer trilogy. Seeing as I'm basically Mara and I'd like to hope The Shaw Diaries holds an uplifting fate for my dearly beloved, I'll have to choose my second most-favorite book boyfriend. Aleksander Morozova; The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. Sorry, bub.

Maan: I already feel guilty thinking of anyone to answer this question. My top three favorite fictional boyfriends are Daemon Black, William Herondale and Kaz Brekker and I don't have the heart to kill them off. So I’ll choose the next one, Chaol Westfall. Sorry Chaol, you know I still love you, though.

Betty can be found at What's On My Bookshelf, Goodreads, and Twitter (@WOMBookshelf).
Giselle can be found at A Book and a Cup of Coffee, Tumblr, and Twitter (@lovedmetoruins).
Maan can be found at at PigeonReads, Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter (@Pigeonxx).

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Friday, July 22, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Divergent Movie Crisis

Yo Yo Yo!

That was me trying to be cool but I should stop now shouldn't I?

Before you read on.... I hope you've read the Divergent trilogy because I do mention a spoiler about the ending. So read on at your own risk if you haven't read them yet.

Everything was bright and sunny until the news hit me yesterday that the final movie installment is going to skip the big screen..... it's going to be shown on TV.... possibly with a new cast...

I know. I know.

I'm really surprised as well but I have to say that Allegiant was pretty bad. The graphics were great but it honestly felt confusing at times. It was forever since I've read the last book but I even knew the movie was not the same as the book.

The first two movie were great and good in my opinion. They were even big box office hits but this latest movie really didn't do so well at all. We were expecting much better quality of a movie honestly. I just think they screwed things up by splitting the last book into two movies.

What's interesting is that they are wanting to do a spin off. Sophia made me think about how they will truly end this movie series. I even wonder if they are going to kill Tris. If not then I'm pretty sure they will receive PLENTY of backlash.

New cast?

Then might as well don't do the final movie if they aren't going to have the same cast as the first three movies. Or they should just suck it up and just release a movie in theaters like they have originally planned.

I just can't wrap my head around the fact that there might be a spin off. I mean I'm sure there are different routes they can take with this series but they should just leave this world alone. They might screw things up.

Overall, I just hope we receive some good news later on about all of this. I wonder what the original cast thinks....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Guest Post: Has Technology Changed the Way We Enjoy Books?

Hi everyone and happy middle of the week!

I'm extremely excited to have Caroline for Culture Coverage here on the blog today talking about technology and books - two combinations that are highly popular among bookworms today. Of course, that's not to say I don't enjoy holding a physical book in my hands every once in awhile - I definitely do (especially new ones since I won't be tempted to sneeze) - but with technology rapidly changing day by day, it's certainly made some impact on the way bookworms read.

(On a side note, we're looking for a new addition to the blog!)

Has Technology Changed the Way We Enjoy Books?

There’s no doubt that technology has changed the way we enjoy books and Bookwyrming Thoughts has already got newcomers covered with their post on reading apps for Android. I’m grateful that they’ve decided to allow me to share my thoughts on this with their readers too, as this is a topic that comes up frequently amongst book lovers and gadgets like the Kindle certainly don’t seem to be becoming any less popular.
Though there are likely a significant number of readers who will always prefer the hard copy, technology has emerged that makes it possible to save some shelf space and enjoy multiple books while on the go without purchasing a larger backpack.

Carrying books around with you can, unfortunately, be inconvenient, especially if you want to have different titles on hand. But e-readers have nearly solved that issue, allowing readers to access several different books (or e-books, to be exact) on one handy device that is smaller than the typical paperback or hardcover.

For those who don’t have the money to invest in an e-reader, smartphones give you the ability to read books on the go as well, the Kindle app being one example of a way to do so. If you haven’t enjoyed an e-book yet but are curious about the technology, here are a few ways to get started that will also give you an idea of how technology has changed the way we enjoy books.

Amazon’s Kindle
The Kindle was first released in late 2007 and sold out within the first five and a half hours it was on the market. It then took five months for Amazon to restock the Kindle, but its popularity didn't die down despite the initial shortage. Today, the Kindle has been updated to include new features, and there's always more than one model available on Amazon's website.

For those who are looking for something with even more capabilities, Amazon offers the Fire tablet, which you can not only read e-books on but also use apps and surf the web. Both are an excellent choice for those who are looking to digitalize their libraries. These two gadgets definitely come in handy, as you can listen to your favorite books on them as well (which could be especially useful when you’re on a road trip!).

Between the tablet and the smartphone, we have a strange new breed of device that lends itself to be a very useful reading tool: the phablet. Small enough to fit into large pockets and big enough to read small text, phablets offer features that differ slightly from a smartphone. For instance, the Galaxy Note series allows you to write on things, making it possible to take notes as you read.

This is a significant step toward bridging the gap between devices and traditional books. Up until these devices appeared, books still carried the advantage of being something you could mark, but no longer. But this new functionality is just one of several benefits readers will enjoy by using digital media. There are other useful features as well.

Translations and Read Aloud
One thing that's making digital reading more accessible is increased access to translated versions of texts. Thanks to the ease of purchase offered by online book sales (particularly through Amazon), readers of different languages can find it easier to locate a popular book that’s been translated into their native language.

If that’s not enough, audiobooks have also been given a facelift because technology makes it possible to convert any book into a read aloud text. Apps with varying voices can simply scan the text and begin reading the book to you so you’re able to follow along even when you can’t actually look at the book (some people like to read while driving, if that makes sense).

Savings, Hygiene, and the Environment
Most of us are interested in saving money one way or another. If you’re someone who likes to read a lot of books, e-books have a lot to offer in that category. Because the actual cost of materials is virtually nothing, the cost of a book is usually considerably less than a physical copy (excepting some second-hand stores). It's also something you can't lose, as the book is generally tied to your account rather than a physical copy.

While not everyone is very concerned about the cleanliness of their books, make no mistake: books get very nasty since there's basically no way to clean their pages properly. With e-books, it's very easy to remain clean because tablets and the like can easily be wiped off with alcohol or electronic-safe cleaner (and increasingly these devices are gaining water resistance).

That cleanliness also extends into the environment. Producing electronic devices are by no means without their impact to the Earth, but a single person can also own dozens and dozens of books. Each of those books leaves a footprint and takes up space. Since you’re probably going to own a device one way or the other, I’d consider it a net gain for environmental friendliness.

As with anything, there are a few downsides with moving more toward digital books. More books are becoming digital means bookstores naturally are losing customers and may end up having to cut workers or close stores.

More technology also means greater risk to security. When you go online to purchase an e-book (which is the only way to get them), you potentially open yourself up to nasty hackers or viruses, unless you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to safeguard your devices. This is particularly the case for devices that you use on WiFi, as these networks tend to be unsecured (and can end in identity theft).

Lastly, the one regrettable loss to e-books is the loss of that freshly printed book smell. It might not sound important, but there is a subset of readers that truly enjoy the fresh odor of a brand new novel. That also means no “old” books to remember later in life, unless for some reason your grandkids are sorting through your Amazon account.

Overall, though, technology offers us more ways to read than before. In the long run, the effect will probably be viewed well. But what do you think? Tell us in the comments whether you think e-books are pushing us in a good direction or not.

About Caroline:
Caroline is an avid reader and a cybersecurity specialist. While she loves a good book, she hopes readers of e-books will stay safe by using the right type of security software and practices while browsing for titles. If you liked this article, check out some more of her writings on Culture Coverage.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

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The Search is On: Bookwyrming Thoughts is Looking for a Coblogger!

Hey everyone!

Bookwyrming Thoughts is looking for another addition! We've all been busy for the past few months and have decided to add on a person or two to lighten our blogging burden. Take a look at the requirements and if you think you'll be a good fit, go ahead and apply below! Ella, Lupe, and I are extremely excited to have another person to work with. :)

What We're Looking For:
  • Have a Twitter and Goodreads account. Twitter is not a MUST (it IS encouraged), but Goodreads is.
  • Decent grasp on the English language
  • At least 13 years of age or older
  • Passion for books or games. We're open for ideas if you want to post about something else! :)
  • Post at least once a week or once every two weeks. We're pretty lenient on this, so don't let this stop you from applying if you don't meet these requirements!
  • Easily reached through email, Goodreads, Twitter, etc. (Usually within a day or two)
  • Let us know if you sign up for a blog tour – that way, we're not accidentally signing up for the same tour or posting two different tour posts on the same day.
  • Avoid posting on Friday because Friday is Fangirl Friday and Lupe will happily fight you if necessary (unless, of course, you have an idea, then she's all ears)
  • Bonus points for a fabulous sense of humor – this includes cheesy puns
  • Commitment - willing to stay with the blog and helping the blog grow
What You Get as a Coblogger:
  • People to conspire mischief and mayhem with (aka brainstorm)
  • Access to blog statistics for requesting ARCs and review copies
  • Access to group account for requesting books, posting, and emailing
  • Access to the exclusive group chat where we speak randomness and conspire more mischief and mayhem
  • Access to the Google Drive folder with everything Bookwyrming Thoughts
If you feel you'll be a good fit here at Bookwyrming Thoughts, go ahead and apply! Also, if you don't meet a requirement or two but still feel you'll be a good fit, go ahead and apply as well, because you never know what we might like about your application!

Ella, Lupe, and I can't wait to see who the new addition to the blog will be! Best of luck to everyone who applies! :)

Here's the link to the form if you can't see it:

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Novel Newcomers (Late Edition): Guest Post with Wren @ The Litaku

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Happy Sunday! As you might have noticed... I've slacked off yet again (except when you've scheduled so many posts on a tablet, you start getting pretty darn tired of doing that so...). I don't know how Nori and the people of Novel Newcomers 2016 assigned with me are dealing with me. Hopefully I'll be better at this next year. I make no promises because then I'll be held to that... but I can definitely promise the next NN16 post here is actually very much on time.

My other excuse is driving lessons, trying to transition into college, and making plans with Lupe and Ella to add on another coblogger to Bookwyrming Thoughts (look for that tomorrow if you're interested!). Somewhat exciting news... (okay, the driving lessons are scary).

That aside, allow me to introduce Wren from The Litaku, who will take over the rest of this post.

The Fight of the Century: Anime vs. Books

Hi, I'm Wren. I'm your guest poster today.

You may or may not know that I adore anime. But I also love books. This is a warring part of my life since the two of them are kinda time consuming. So I decided to settle the score once and for all: with a pros and cons list. (Does anyone else get the 'How I Met Your Mother' reference? No? No?)

Pro Anime:
Anime has a lot more visuals. Instead of using your imagination, everything is set out in front of you. You can see what characters look like. This is better for fan arts since you don't have to guess what a character or setting looks like. Books give out subtle pieces of information, but if you don't pay attention, you might miss it. Which is tough for fan fiction and fan art.

But my favorite part of the visuals is that you can see the amazing settings. The fantasy animes have great settings. Gorgeous realms. It steals my breath every time. I love it.

Anime is short and easy to watch. Yes, anime can be 24 minutes long and have 20 episodes, but it's much easier to binge-watch anime in my opinion. I can sit down and just watch.

For me, I read only a few times a day. But anime is easier to make time for. Especially with lunch being 30 minutes long.

I also love the OPs/OST (The former stands for opening song/animation, and the latter is short for Original SoundTrack.) These are so amazing.

Book playlists just aren't enough. Songs can be shared between books, but animes typically have their own special songs. Not always made for the anime but typically not re-used.

Many of the songs on my phone are anime Ops/EDs/OSTs.

Pro Books:
With books, you can imagine more. The sky's the limit. I love that. Fan art can be taken to the extremes.

A quick example. Remember how everyone got riled up when the 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' released photos of Hermione, Harry, and Ron? And people got mad over the black Hermione thing? Well, JK Rowling never stated that Hermione was white.

Things like this are open to interpretation. Anything is possible.

Books are more diverse than anime. Books have different races and different genders and different sexualities. We are moving towards the diverse world we live in.

But anime still makes fun of LGBTQIA. There are many yaoi and yuri animes that are basically fan service. Books are way more accepting. Plus, anime seems to always antagonize the US. I know there are problems with the US, but this is too much.

And, thankfully, there isn't any fanservice/hentai/ecchi in books. Sure, there are erotica books, but it isn't breasts shoved into your face. Admittedly, I don't mind the 'Free!' boys' nice abs. Because I But I have problems with bursting busts and the overusage of cameltoes. And why is it just the girls that are shown like this?

This is my decision. Currently, as I write this post, I am pro-anime. I focus more on anime, and, as you can tell, my blog The Litaku is way more anime than books. But I still can appreciate a good book every now and then.

What's your decision? Anime or books?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Blog Tour: The Head of Medusa by Michelle Madow - ARC Review + Giveaway

The Head of Medusa Michelle Madow

Elementals #3
Michelle Madow
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Publication Date: June 29, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

The epic story of witches, gods, and monsters that USA Today called a "must read" continues in the third book of the Elementals series!

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake – the fire Elemental – is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him – the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.

Okay, okay, let me get this clearly out of the way... my review to the second book does not currently exist (along with plenty of other books for the past few months, because um... still trying to dip my feet back in the blogging world). BUT... I've definitely read the book.

The third and latest installment in Michelle Madow's newest series starts right off from book two – or rather, close enough. Things between Nicole and Blake are finally and officially public, the Elementals' powers are growing, and Typhon is discovered to have escaped from Kerberos (unfortunately for the rest of the world who aren't too aware of what's going on).

To stop Typhon from taking over the world, Nicole and the rest of the Elementals are sent to retrieve the head of Medusa – a feat just as equally dangerous as dealing with hydras or any other mythical creature for that matter. Madow definitely meets up to expectations with her latest novel – The Head of Medusa is just as action-packed and plot driven as the second book, if not better. And with the cliffhanger Madow has going on with this one, I definitely have the sights and intentions to finish the rest of this series as soon as the final few books come out.

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Author Bio

Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Visit her website,, to get books of Michelle's for FREE!

Author Links:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Ten Facts About Sophia (It's Been Awhile, So Why Not?)

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Once upon a time... I think I did a fact post about me.

Of course, that was a long, long time ago, when I was a baby blogger and probably fifteen years old...

So on a random Monday, I decided to go check out Top Ten Tuesday to see what the topics would be in the future, and decided, "Hey! Why not do the facts about me post on the 11th of July?"

Ten Facts About Sophia

1. I'm currently learning French through Duolingo and Busuu. I also want to learn Italian and a few other languages, but I'm going slowly rather than prowling through it quickly. (Quizlet is a big help as well.)
2. I've been sorted into all of the Hogwarts houses except for Slytherin. Here's the funny story that goes with it...

Before Pottermore, I always got sorted into Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw (most of the time it was Ravenclaw). When Pottermore first came out, I got sorted into Ravenclaw. Several years later, I decide to get a Ravenclaw lanyard, take the Pottermore test again (when the new Pottermore came out) and end up with Gryffindor.

3. I haven't changed the look of Bookwyrming Thoughts for two years. Every time I think about changing the look, I keep backing off on it because I actually like the way it currently looks. But what about you guys? What do you guys think? Time for a fresh look, or keep it the way it is?
That face though
4. I started book blogging shortly after I turned 15. I'm now 18 and this is a little bit of a scary thought because I don't know how to adult properly.

5. I haven't written a review for the last two months. This is weird. Really weird. But for some reason, I really enjoy it and apparently want to continue this reviewing hiatus.

6. I freak out when guys express interest in me. This is especially true when they call me cute - and not the little kid version of cute and adorable in which I actually remind them of when they were teenagers. (And then I use a cute GIF and get called cute again...)
7. My current favorite artist is Zara Larsson. Like the Kpop group Girls Generation, I came across a song of hers by accident on YouTube.

8. My favorite classic is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Every other classic I've read so far I'm not a huge fan of, but To Kill A Mockingbird somehow worked with me and I don't really know why.

9. Since I came up with this very evil question for Novel Newcomers... if I had to kill my favorite fictional boyfriend, it would probably be Bishop from The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. And he's new...
10. I laugh way too easily.

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