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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Review: Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub (Better than R&J)

Still Star-Crossed Melinda Taub

Still Star-Crossed
Author:
Melinda Taub
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Reviewer: Sophia

Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

Once upon a time I read Romeo and Juliet for English.

It was awful and boring, and I hated it with a passion. I don't know why, but Romeo and Juliet just didn't clash well with me.

Still Star-Crossed isn't exactly like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - definitely not a retelling, though I would read a retelling of the cheese any day over rereading the original. Still Star-Crossed is like an unwritten sequel - the aftermath of what happens in Shakespeare's Verona after the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet. The Capulets and Montagues are in a truce of sorts, but despite the public image, a tension remains between the two families and they're back to their feuds within weeks in the dark of the night. Hoping to diminish the feud altogether, the prince of Verona - Escalus - selects Benvolio (Montague) to marry Rosaline (Capulet).

Benvolio and Rosaline are an interesting pair to put together - they're complete opposites of their cousins. Both of them would probably prefer marriage to a literal snake than a forced marriage to each other, and in the hopes to break off the marriage, the two of them try to ease the heavy tensions lurking over the city.

But Benvolio and Rosaline are so much more entertaining to read about.
THE BETROTHAL: A NUTSHELL
Escalus: In order to bring peace to the two families and to Verona, I have decided the Montagues and Capulets will be united through marriage.
Rosaline: DUDE. PEACE? I slapped that Montague not too long ago.
Benvolio: About an hour ago, in fact.
Rosaline: That's five minutes of knowing each other. Imagine a lifetime!
Benvolio: A complete life of misery.
Pause.
Benvolio: Then again, I guess my misery is yours to command, Your Grace.
They're not hopelessly romantic like their cousins with cheese lined around them! In fact, Benvolio and Rosaline hate being around each other. They only tromp around Verona’s streets behind their families’ backs in the hopes to figure out who is behind trying to start up the feud between their families once more. At the exact same time, Rosaline starts becoming more distant from her sister Livia, and in a way, Still Star-Crossed becomes a tale of a sisterly feud as well.

I think the only problem I really had with Still Star-Crossed is wanting to slap Escalus upside the head a few times for being figuratively blind. (Also, this is becoming a TV show. SOON. YES PLEASE.)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Cars 3 + December Movie releases!


I hope you guys had a happy thanksgiving and I'm truly grateful for everyone one of you guys who reads my blog posts every Friday! I honestly appreciate it! November went by fast and December is here already. I can't believe 2016 is almost over. Honestly, I'm kind of glad this year is almost over. We need a fresh start. 2016 wasn't EXACTLY the best year ever. Well, that's enough with the negativity and let's get excited for the Cars 3 teaser trailer and the new movie releases for the month of December!


I really liked the first Cars movie and the second installment wasn't that great as the first one. This third movie in the franchise looks very promising and exciting! Catch it in theaters on June 16, 2017!

December Movie releases I'm excited about!

Title: La La Land
Release Date: December 9
Synopsis: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.









Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: December 16
Synopsis: The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic sage to follow.

Title: Passengers
Release Date: December 21
Synopsis: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.








These books were released on November 22!

Title: Fate of Flames (Effigies #1)
Author: Sarah Raughley
Synopsis: Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?


Title: Of Fire and Stars
Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Synopsis: Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.




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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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ARC Review: Miles Away (Time Crisis Saga #1) by C.W.J. Henderson

Title: Miles Away (Time Crisis Saga #1)
Author: C.W.J. Henderson
Twitter | Website
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Reviewer: Lupe
Synopsis: Today never happened. Tomorrow is gone. Yesterday is a new day.

Miles Draven blames his birth parents for the problems in his life: classmates who torment him, seventeen years of rejection by foster families, and interminable loneliness. Despite his anger, he clings to an old photograph of his parents and two engraved, marble-sized glass orbs they entrusted to him the night of his birth—the same night they abandoned him. Miles hopes these objects will one day lead him back to his family and the answers he seeks. Those answers, however, defy all reason.

When assassins murder Miles’ foster family and target him, a mysterious young man named Matthias thwarts the gunmen and ushers him to safety. There he unveils irrefutable evidence that he’s both Miles' father and a time traveler. No longer safe in his own time, Miles travels with his father back to 1863 where he's finally reunited with his family. But all is not well. He soon learns of the bloody treachery that not only led to his untimely rescue from the future but also jeopardizes their mission to defeat an ancient evil that threatens the unwritten future of mankind.


Lupe's Review!

Hey, hey, hey! I haven't done a review in a while, right? It's been an extremely long time, but you guys know how hard that college life actually is. The struggle is real my friends. I was given an ARC and here is my long awaited review!

I have to say, Miles Away took me on an adventure and it was truly riveting! Miles Away is basically about an adventure through time. Miles, the main character, takes us through different phases of time that we know of like the American Civil War. The main villain in the novel is Gaius. Gaius confronts Miles during these different events in time. Miles reminds me of the many teens out there who are passionate, impulsive, and just deeply craves to be accepted and to be part of a family. Teens can really relate to Miles on this one and will enjoy the action throughout this amazing read. Although, I do have to say, Miles does like to spit profanity here in there when personally, it wasn't that neccessary.

The entire fighting/action scenes is what honestly made the book in my opinion. I have to applaud to Henderson for the awesome descriptive writing for making these scenes very captivating! If you love to read science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and adventure, then you will DEFINITELY enjoy this book! The ending was excellent and I will definitely keep a look out for the next book in the Time Crisis Saga. Miles Away is out on November 22! Go get your copy today!


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Friday, November 18, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Movie/TV Show Trailers + Title Reveal!


It has definitely been one crazy week since we had tons of new movie/TV Show trailers thrown at us! It's amazing! I cannot wait for 2017!

We began this week with a bang and by that, I meant we finally got a sneak peak at the Beauty and the Beast movie! It looks absolutely phenomenal and I couldn't have asked for anything more. Watch the trailer below if you haven't already! Catch it in theaters next year on March 17!


Then,  we got hit with another TV Show trailer for the upcoming A Series of Unfortunate Events! My heart couldn't handle all this awesomeness AT ALL. I was very happy and cannot wait to watch it on Netflix this January 13! You better bet that I WILL DEFINITELY review each episode, well the entire season, very soon!




To top it all off, we got another movie trailer which I was NOT EXPECTING AT ALL! The movie trailer for Before I Fall. The trailer speaks for itself. It's stunning. It's captivating. It's interesting. It's just magical! Watch it for yourself and you tell me in the comments below how excited you are for this film. Which reminds me.... I have the book sitting on my bookshelf and I haven't read it yet..... I should get on it REALLY SOON! Before I Fall hits theaters on March 3, 2017!

Who doesn't love Sarah J. Maas' series, A Court of Thorns and Roses? I can't really say anything since I haven't read them. (I know, my reading game is NOT ON POINT LATELY). I can't deny that it looks like a fantastic series just reading by the synopsis and looking at the fabulous book covers. Book 3 now has a title! There's more information below!

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Synopsis: Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Rosesseries.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
 




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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Review: Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock (Fairy Tale Law and Order?)

Lost in Wonderland Nicky Peacock

The Twisted and the Brave #1
Author:
Nicky Peacock
Publication Date: April 14, 2016
Publisher: EvernightTeen
Reviewer: Sophia

Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder...

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.
Review copy provided by the author via Netgalley

Lost in Wonderland has got to be one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, and if I’ve read a weirder book than this one, then this is the weirdest book I’ve read this year.

Okay, the book’s weirdness is what intrigued me to read the book in the first place. But let me say just how weird this book really is:

The book starts with a character named Mouse. Honestly, I thought the book started with a legit mouse (it really sounded like one as well). A flipping mouse! Who starts a book with a mouse?! Really, I just got so confused for awhile at the very beginning, so to save everyone else’s sanity, the main character is not actually a mouse.

It’s a reference to some of the characters involved in Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. After that got cleared out, the plot actually made a lot more sense. (Let’s also keep in mind that I do not remember the synopsis of a book. I read it, I find it interesting, I get the book myself, and then actually read the book. Maybe I’ll remember the synopsis if I’m lucky.)

But anyways, Lost In Wonderland is extremely weird. As in, top of the notch weird. It’s disturbing and gruesome and twisted. But it’s such a good kind of weird, that I think this entire series would be a really cool TV show. Lost In Wonderland is basically Law & Order, CSI - just think of any crime related shows - with a fairy tale twist. I just can’t get how awesome this would be on an actual screen, and I just want to see if Peacock incorporates any other fairy tales or just Alice In Wonderland.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: Melanie @ Books are My Children, Reg @ She Latitude, Cyra @ Rattle the Pages, Dani @ Dani Reviews Things

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is doing well, or at least better than last week. This week on Novel Newcomers, I'm featuring Melanie @ Books are My Children, Reg @ She Latitude, Cyra @ Rattle the Pages, and Dani @ Dani Reviews Things. It's also about a week until Thanksgiving, so brace yourselves for food related questions! (This food business will not end and will most likely carry over to next month.)

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Dani: I am a huuuge technogeek, so I love getting my hands on new gadgets and apps. I’m eyeing up the Amazon Echo Dot at the moment so I can talk to Alexa while I’m home and feeling lonely. And she can read my books to me. Fingers crossed I’ll get it for Christmas…

Cyra: I am kind of a couch potato. So I like to do things I can do from my couch. I like video games. Basically I stick to Legend of Zelda only, but occasionally play the other Nintendo game. I also like to binge watch tv shows and watch movies. And dress my cat up in silly costumes.

Reg: I enjoy writing, cooking and baking -- right now in that order, though that order changes every few months or so.

Melanie: I’m huge TV watcher, especially when it comes to K-Dramas and shows on Netflix. I’m also a bit of a nerd, so I sometimes watch science shows or history documentaries.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Dani: I once took 20 minutes just to get a pot of water boiling. It was my second week at university and I was trying to cook spaghetti for the first time ever. It turned out that the stove in my flat had the numbers rubbed off the dial and I’d had it on the lowest setting. I thought I was doomed forever to eat microwave meals because the kitchen would never be my friend, but now I’m not too bad of a cook (even though I don’t enjoy the process).

Cyra: When I was in middle school, we always played this game we called ‘snowball fight’. Basically it’s like dodgeball with tons of little soft balls to throw at the other team. And if you catch a ball, all of your teammates who have been hit get to come back in the game. I have never ever ever been an athletic person. I can’t catch the ball, I can’t throw the ball well. But there was one day I was playing this game and I was the last person in. A loss was almost certain at this point. Things were bleak. But I somehow managed to catch a ball between my knees and carried my team to victory. Like a boss.

Reg: This question stumps me! I don't think there's anything particularly unusual about any of my accomplishments in general, but personally speaking, actually sticking with my blog has been a little bit of an accomplishment. I tend to get bored really easily and have no trouble dropping hobbies once that happens, but so far it's going great with this blog!

Melanie: I don’t really have any unusual accomplishments, but I can roll my belly (I think that’s unusual).

What is your favorite food?
Dani: This completely depends on mood… I do love a really good beef fillet cooked on a braai (South African barbecue)! Also, chocolate mousse is the best thing in the world.

Cyra: I want to say something exciting, but I would have to go with pepperoni pizza. If I could eat pizza all day every day and not die of heart failure or something, I would do it.

Reg: It's hard to pick just one, but I think I love pasta the most out of everything else. It tastes great for very little effort. 😉

Melanie: I absolutely love Red Velvet Cake! I would eat [it] every single day if my parents allowed me to.

Speaking of food, what cuisines have you never tried but would love to someday?
Dani: You know, you mention Thanksgiving below, and that’s one thing I really, really want to try. I want to have the full Thanksgiving experience, complete with family and feeling like I’m going to burst.

Cyra: Living in South Dakota, we really don’t have a lot of exciting cuisines here. At least nothing authentic. I would love to try REAL Italian food. That sounds amaaaazing.

Reg: I've tried so many things that it's a bit hard to come up with one I want to try but haven't yet! Right now I'm craving for Ethiopian cuisine though - there's this local restaurant that serves the best injera bread, lentils and meat stews.

Melanie: I’ve always wanted to try sushi or any other types of Asian cuisine. The sushi thing might be out though since I’m a vegetarian, but if I ever went back to eating meat I would definitely want to try sushi.

Continuing on the food track, name three characters, three authors, OR three bloggers you wouldn't mind having Thanksgiving dinner with (if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, then a dinner).
Dani: The three authors I’d love to sit down to dinner with are Elise Kova, Sarah J. Maas and Pierce Brown. Ahhh the beautiful people...who can also break my heart…

Cyra: I would love to have Thanksgiving dinner with Alexandra Bracken and Susan Dennard (I saw them together at the PassTruth Tour this year and they were so fun!). I would also love to include Lauren Oliver because her books really got me into YA.

Reg: Just this idea is making me nervous! I get all tongue-tied around authors I like, but some of my favourite authors are Sarah Dessen, Victoria/V. E. Schwab and Brandon Sanderson, preferably on three separate dinners so I have all the time I need to pick their wonderful brains.

Melanie: I would love to have dinner with Courtney Summers, we could rant about Supernatural together. I would also like to have dinner with Mira Grant and Patrick Ness (so I could ask them why they killed off my fave characters).

Thanksgiving is usually spent with family. What fictional family would you love to be adopted to and why?
Dani: I just realised that a lot of my favourite books don’t have families that are together. They’re more like characters that come from icky homes that have banded together to make their own family. But if I’m going for a traditional family, I’d have to say the Weasleys. Firstly, because I have an unnatural thing for gingers. Secondly, because they are so fiercely loyal and supportive. Thirdly, then I could be Hermione’s sister-in-law.

Cyra: Easily the Weasleys. My parents got divorced when I was little and now that I’m grown up, I have to decide which side of the family to have Thanksgiving with. I would love to spend Thanksgiving with a WHOLE family and not have to choose.

Reg: I'd love to be adopted by the Garretts in My Life Next Door or The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick! Just a very supportive, heartwarming family. 💗

Melanie: I would love to hang out with the Dregs from Six of Crows. While they may not be the ideal family to spend Thanksgiving with they sound like they would be really fun to hang out with and they kind of remind me of my own family.

It's the second to last month before 2017! What books publishing next year are you excited for?
Dani: TOO MANY. But here are my top five: THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova, WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones, ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard, IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown and THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon.

Cyra: Oh goodness. There are SO many! 2017 is going to be an amazing year for books! A few that I’m looking forward to are WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken, CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth (the main character has my name, the need is strong), THE CONTINENT by Keira Drake, HUNTED by Meagan Spooner, and GIVEN TO THE SEA by Mindy McGinnis.

Reg: So many! We've gotten a lot of great releases in 2016 and I think the trend will continue. My top most anticipated releases are:
  • A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Melanie: There are so many books I’m looking forward to! Could I just direct you to my Goodreads account (just kidding)? I’m really looking forward to reading The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Warcross by Marie Lu, The End of Oz by Danielle Paige. I would go on, but I’m afraid this blog post would be three pages long.

What advice would you give to book bloggers who started this year, or even future bloggers? Any you wish you knew about before you started blogging?
Dani: Don’t go crazy on Netgalley. Request only what you really want to read because you’ll get more approvals than you expect and forever mess up your score.

Cyra: I 100% agree with Dani. Take a breath before you go nuts on Netgalley!! Also just have fun! That’s really the best I can do. And trust me, as fun as it may sound, it’s actually NOT fun to be drowning in Netgalley books you don’t know if you’ll ever get to!

Reg: I think my biggest blogging takeaway or advice is this: there's really no right or wrong way to blog, so be sure to try out a couple of different things and see what works for you! What works for someone else might not be what works for you - for example, some people might post everyday, but you can't (or don't want to), and that's fine.

As for what I wish I knew before I started blogging... I guess I wish I was better prepared for how many things to do there would be. I've cut down a little because I'm pursuing other goals in my life, but I almost never have downtime now because there's always something to do, be it reading, reviewing, commenting, blog-hopping, graphics-making or sourcing, social media, and others. The list just goes on! 😊

Melanie: Blog for yourself! Too many times this year I compared myself to other bloggers and I was afraid no one would look at my blog if it wasn’t like theirs and that is definitely a road you don’t want to go down. Just be yourself while blogging, don’t try to be like other bloggers. Don’t feel pressured to post all the time, your followers will still be there if you take a break.

You can find Melanie over at her blog, Books are My Children and on Twitter (@theblerdygirl).

Reg blogs at She Latitude and can be found on Twitter (@shelatitude).

Cyra is a blogger at Rattle the Pages and can be found on Twitter (@cyrashaefer).

Dani can be found on her blog, Dani Reviews Things and can be found on Twitter (@Dani_Reviews).

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley (a really spooky contemporary retelling of Macbeth)

As I Descended
Author:
Robin Talley
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Reviewer: Ella

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.
Review copy provided by Harper Teen via Edelweiss - thank you!

There were good things about AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley, but the whole time I spent reading it, I was waiting for it to get better. It delivered an extremely creepy modern day Macbeth retelling but slightly lacked in other areas, like the ending but overall was an interesting read.

I really like Shakespeare (ROMEO AND JULIET is my favourite play!) and I really enjoyed Shakespeare's MACBETH when I read it last year. I think AS I DESCENDED really ticked all the boxes that a book retelling another story has to tick while at the same time giving it a completely new spin on the story at the same time.

Robin Talley's writes character growth like a pro. The characters at the beginning of AS I DESCENDED are completely different and almost unrecognizable by the end of the book. Talley writes so well that you don't actually notice the slow dip into madness that the characters have taken until you've finished the book and looked back on it.

The writing is flawless AND SO CREEPY. I started reading this book late at night (...not really a good now that I think about it, ahaha) and didn't stop until I'd finished the whole book. The hours flew by while I was reading and I couldn't have stopped if I'd wanted too.

I did feel like the ending of AS I DESCENDED let it down. The pace of the novel was quite slow (which I liked), but then when it got to the end, EVERYTHING HAPPENED REALLY FAST AND STUFF WENT DOWN AND THINGS HAPPENED AND THEN IT WAS OVER THE END. I found this rather disappointing as questions I had weren't answered or explained which was frustrating.

Overall, slightly disappointing in some places but ultimately I definitely recommend this to fans of Macbeth and Shakespeare in general!





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Friday, November 11, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster + Book Releases


It's been one heck of a week, right? I thought so. America gained a new president and I'm sure I don't need to go further on because you already know what I'm talking about. Well, can't wait to see what the next four years will bring us! (Sarcasm intended)

Anyway....

Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie poster that Emma Watson released on Facebook yesterday? Check it out now! Isn't it pretty? I'm very excited about this film and I'm sure you are too. I can pretty much bet on the fact that this movie will be outstanding! Let's watch this film together once it hits theaters on March 17, 2017!



All of these amazing titles were released on November 8!

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Synopsis: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Title: Double Eclipse (Summer on East End #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Synopsis: The sultry sequel to Triple Moon from #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz. 

Twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are back for another summer in North Hampton, and this year they’re serious about two things: avoiding trouble and dedicating themselves to rest and relaxation. Molly’s headed to Aunt Ingrid’s, while Mardi has convinced their father, Troy—a.k.a. Thor, the god of thunder—to let her crash with her boyfriend, Trent, who also happens to be Tyr, the god of war. It’s a tangled web they weave, but that’s to be expected where gods and goddesses are concerned.

Their vacation’s just begun when an old secret is revealed, leaving Molly and Mardi to question everything they’ve ever known about their family. Then a hot new guy comes to town and starts brewing even more trouble . . . and soon enough, the twins are back to their old tricks.

After an ancient prophecy comes to light, Molly and Mardi notice some mysterious changes, changes that will put their sisterhood to the ultimate test. East End’s shaping up to be much more exciting than the girls were bargaining for, but what’s a summer in the Hamptons without a little magic and mischief?


Title: Dead Girls Society
Author: Michelle Krys
Synopsis: You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
 



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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Currently Listening To: September-October 2016

A couple of months ago, I started college (I say I started around September because the end of August is technically around September) as a little baby freshman (I guess I do look like a baby considering the fact that I look 13 for a 19-year-old).

I don’t live on campus. I drive. Despite the fact I’m missing out on the full college experience, at least I can save what little money I can actually save (which is virtually none considering my family situation - and yes, it is no secret that I sacrificed my own happiness in regards to choosing a college. I suppose I’m not that heartless after all).
To occupy those dreadfully boring 15-30 minutes (depending on traffic because I am totally running around on a highway that intersects a highway that probably goes halfway across the state and has awful traffic during rush hour peak), I finally started utilizing Hoopla (I got an account a year or two ago and never used it again).

A very fun word in and of itself as the name of an app. Not as many music choices as Spotify does, which I’m a little disappointed in. Plus, I can’t borrow Halsey’s new album with her song, “Castle,” which I love, because of the Parental Advisory label tacked on there.

Except now I can’t get Lorde either.

Getting a little sidetracked with the complaining. But still! I’m disappointed.
At least Hamilton is available. (I haven’t seen the actual musical, therefore I am not a true fan.)
Anyways, to keep the blog somewhat active while I figure out my college, work and life endeavors, I decided to go and share some of the music I’ve been listening to for the past couple of months. (Let’s just say there’s actually a lot of music, so I’m just listing albums.)

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
Various Artists - Finding Neverland The Album
Bea Miller - Not An Apology
Skylar Grey - Don’t Look Down
Lorde - Pure Heroine (Extended)
Linkin Park - Meteora
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Colbie Caillat - Gypsy Heart
Christina Perri - Head or Heart
Demi Lovato - Demi
Various Artists - Ultimate Pitch Perfect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Pitch Perfect 2: Special Edition (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

What have you been listening to? Any music recommendations? Favorite artists? And if you’re an audiobook fan, feel free to open a conversation on that as well!



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Monday, November 7, 2016

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ARC Review: Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf (To the Dark Humor We Go)

Forget Me Always Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious #2
Author:
Sara Wolf
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: EntangledTeen
Reviewer: Sophia

All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

It’s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about him. The boy she can't quite remember. She's stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.

But as Isis’s memories start to return, she realizes there’s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack’s girlfriend.

Jack Hunter—the “Ice Prince”—remembers everything. Remembers Isis's purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him feel. She burned a hole in the ice…and it's time to freeze back up. Boys like him don't deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.
Advanced copy provided by EntangledTeen via Netgalley - thanks!

Several months ago, I first got introduced to the life of Isis Blake and Jack Hunter in the first book of the Lovely Vicious series, Love Me Never. If anyone remembers from my review of the first book, I confessed that I had a case of the giggles (and had trouble stifling said giggles) because Isis Blake is hilarious and sarcastic and just hard to hate (okay that last one applies to Jack as well).

So when I found out Forget Me Always was available to request… which means more of Isis Blake and Jack Hunter and everything that comes with those two, I confess I leapt at the chance to read the second book in the Lovely Vicious series. (I promise this is the last book I'm touching until I actually go through the ARCs from earlier this year and posting those reviews. But really, they're in drafts.)

Forget Me Always, unfortunately, did not leave me in a constant puddle of giggles like its predecessor. It is much darker than the first book - both Isis’s and Jack’s pasts come to light and sort of… mesh together. Rather, they don’t actually mesh together, but what was originally two different pasts have something in common between the two that’s bringing the pasts together.

However, despite the darker atmosphere of Forget Me Always, the second book in the Lovely Vicious series still has Isis Blake’s signature humor and sarcasm found throughout the first book, which will surely lighten up the third and final book’s darker atmosphere.

4 Owls


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Cover Reveal + Review: The Crown's Dog by Elise Kova


Hello all! Today, I'm revealing the cover for the prequel to the Air Awakens series, The Crown's Dog by Elise Kova! The official release was on, November 4th, but whatever. I'll just be fashionably late! Without further ado, lets get started! (Oops, sorrry for the late pub. time! I kinda forgot to schedule it last night...)


Title: The Crown's Dog (Golden Guard #1)
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Author: Elise Kova
Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Summary: 
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown's dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, this life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le'Dan, a nobleman's son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax's discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir's old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela's truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela's trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair's summer amuesment of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as musteries compound, the ghosts of Jax's past may not be the only things haunting them.

About the Author:
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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(PS Here are the pre order links if interested!)
Preorder On:

| AMAZON | KOBO | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY |
(more preorder locations to come)

Okay, you gotta admit, that cover is just gorgeous.

I was originally going to do just the cover reveal but then decided to add my review as well so I don't have two separate posts on The Crown's Dog so on Friday night (the day I drafted the top portion of this post), I read The Crown's Dog so I can write my review. So, here's the review part of this post! Also, please note I got an ARC from the author in exchange for a review.
I think the first thing I'd like to mention before going into the review is that I have actually not read the Air Awakens series yet. I've been meaning to for awhile and I think this prequel series will give me the motive to actually start reading it. *hides from people throwing tomatoes at me* 

Reading this before reading Air Awakens was a bit strange because I usually read the actual series first before reading the prequel because then I can know more about what's going on in the story but with this, I kinda liked not knowing much about it.

This story is told through both Jax and Erion's point of view, before the time of Air Awakens. I really loved the plot and... well, I just loved the whole book.

This plotline almost made me think of a mystery story because Jax, Erion, and Baldair are looking for the murderer of a servant girl with the symbol of the legendary pirate, Adela Lagmir, on her hand. (I think I was sold on this book when I saw pirate in the summary.) I can't wait to read more about Jax, Erion, and Baldair, as well as reading the Air Awakens series!

(PS I'm pretty sure this review is terrible, oh well. My brain feels like mush right now
so bear with me through this kinda-badly-written review that's not very imformative...)



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