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Friday, October 20, 2017

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Blog Tour: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter | Review + Interview

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The Sky Throne #1
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 17, 2017
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

Sophia's Review

I haven't been on a blog tour in so long, it's weirddd. How do I format things again?

Honestly, I'm starting to trust Chris Ledbetter's ideas because all of the books I've come across/read that are by him all have one thing in common: they're different, they're unique and they refreshing take on something. Please don't ever let me down with bookish concepts. I'm picky now, and I'd probably cry.

Ledbetter doesn't disappoint, of course. Well before the demigods of Mount Olympus and Percy Jackson existed, there were the Titans and the Olympians. "WAIT, you ask. DOES THIS MEAN IF I LIKE RICK RIORDAN'S BOOKS, I MIGHT LIKE THE SKY THRONE."

And let's be honest: the Olympians probably didn't spring into adulthood straight from birth, so they have to start somewhere, even if it starts with Hyperion attacking young Zeus and killing his best friend in the process. This would be a highly tragic way for Lupe to die because she IS my best friend. He is then sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory, which if we're putting two things together, all of the students who go there will later be known as the Olympians.

Considering the fact Greek mythology is vast, there is a large cast of characters - anyone who knows little to nothing about Greek mythology might end up lost keeping track of all the characters and who they are. We've got the major players: Chronos/Kronos, Rhea, Zeus, the rest of the Olympians, the Titans, etc. - most of them have nicknames that are remotely similar to their original name, but it may be difficult to keep track regardless. Or maybe I'm very strange and have a shabby memory. My brain cries when I try to remember too hard.

"Okay, but the Olympians and Titans usually bicker like nobody's business. Is that included and will it give me headache (aka make me want to throw the book against the wall)?" Despite the somewhat large cast of characters, Ledbetter has a great balance between what we as readers know about Greek figures depicted in media and a personality each character has of their own. The Olympians have their bickering and putting each other down sometimes, but it's a lot less bickering and more familial than what I know of, which is 10 tablespoons of bickering and 1/2 teaspoon of actually getting along. Yes, Percy Jackson. I'm eyeballing you, even if I loved you in my middle school days.

The Sky Throne brings back great middle school reading memories without trying to replace them - fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus will most likely find themselves enjoying the first book in Ledbetter's new series.

And lo and behold, Ledbetter has confirmed! There is a sequel in the works! Secretly I'm dancing around. Shh.

Chatting with Chris Ledbetter

Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes. I am the store manager for GNC, a healthy lifestyle, vitamin and supplements store.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since December 2006.

What genre do you write and why?
I write fantasy mostly. I have dabbled in other genres, but I love the creative freedom of fantasy.

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
Yasss! Skittles. I must have Skittles to write.

Do you write every day?
When I’m in full on drafting mode, then yes, I write every day. But if I’m not drafting a specific manuscript, then I flit from project to project or research.

What is your writing schedule?
When I’m drafting, I usually get up around 4:30 am to begin writing before work. And then I’ll typically jot down notes about things I need to do story-wise at work. Then I’ll continue drafting when I get home from work. On days off, I write all day.

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
Yes. It’s a slower process to write longhand first, then transfer over to the computer. But I have found that my mind works through the process better when I write longhand. My brain thinks better, and I generally produce better initial work that way.

What is your next project?
My next project is the second book in the Sky Throne series. It’s called The High Court and it’s set to release late spring 2018.

Presents! (AKA Giveawayyy)

Grand Prize: One winner will get a signed paperback of The Sky Throne + $20 Amazon GC (open USA only)
First Place: Two winners will each get an ebook copy of The Sky Throne + $10 Amazon GC (open internationally)
Second Place: Two winners will each get an ebook copy of The Sky Throne (open internationally)

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Fangirl Friday: Black Panther Trailer + Stranger Things 2





Well, hello there! Hope you had a fantastic week! It's been a chill week for me and I'm looking forward to making my schedule for next semester! Time sure goes by fast!


Anyone excited about the upcoming Marvel movies like the Black Panther? Guys, I'm stoked for this! See the awesome poster and trailer that was released earlier this week!



Let's talk about the good stuff here. This upcoming Friday, we will FINALLY get to watch season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix and I cannot contain my excitement!


I would re-watch or watch the first season (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) if you haven't watched it already just so you are prepared for the release of the epic new season. Watch the final trailer below if you need a reminder of how awesome the show is. You're welcome for having something to look forward to this week!





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Friday, October 13, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Emerald Cloth Cover Reveal & Giveaway + Star Wars!

Hey guys! Happy Friday the 13th! We are one week closer to Halloween! Tell me in the comments below on what you plan to be! I plan to just wear my Darth Vader onesie watching horror movies. I'm a boring bean, I know.

Before I show you the exciting cover reveal and giveaway, I just wanted to say another sad news that is tragic. The fires happening in California right now is horrifying and my thoughts and prayers are those affected by the fires. Seems like there's always something bad happening every week and it's terrible


Title: The Emerald Cloth
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Release Date: April 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Designer: David Farrell
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Hosted: Lady Amber's PR
Synopsis:
Resist.
That’s what my friends tell me.
But to free my prince,
And save my people from extinction,
I must cooperate with my greatest rival.
Everyone believes Kiera Driscoll is dead. Only her friends know the Violet Fox is alive, because they’re in hiding with her deep in Feenagh Forest.
Prince Keegan Tramore, who married Kiera in secret, faces a far worse fate. Cursed to slumber eternally, Keegan has been captured by the powerful Frostfire family. The curse is spreading, only affecting those born on the surface. Worse, the Frostfires pin the blame on the Freetors and persecute them relentlessly–a nightmare for Kiera, who wants all Marlenians to live in harmony. Difficult, now that the Frostfires and their Northern allies–including Kiera’s bitter enemy, Lady Dominique Castillo–have usurped Keegan’s rightful throne.
There is one hope: the Emerald Cloth, an artefact with legendary healing properties. Although Kiera swore she’d never seek another artefact again, she will do anything to protect her people. The Frostfires seek the cure as well–and they’ll go to great lengths to prevent it from falling into Kiera’s hands.
Whatever the cost, Kiera must free Keegan and her people from the magic-induced slumber before the kingdoms succumb to the curse of the Silver Spear.

Author Bio
CLARE C. MARSHALL grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet she turned out okay. Her YA sci-fi novel Dreams In Her Head was nominated for the 2014 Creation of Stories award. Her hit fantasy novel The Violet Fox earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. If there’s time left in the day, she devotes it to Faery Ink Press, her publishing imprint. When she’s not writing or fiddling up a storm, she enjoys computer games and making silly noises at cats.

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Have y'all seen the new Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer during half time of that football game?! I was honestly watching Dancing With The Stars at that time (Team Stark and Fish Upon A Star BTW), but I had to change the channel just to watch the spectacular trailer. One word though. PORGS!!!!


We also can't forget about our other superheroes!



Those who love soccer or are soccer fans every four years for the World Cup, well I got some sad news. The United States soccer team got eliminated and won't be participating in the upcoming World Cup 2018. Just wanted to let y'all know ahead of time before you ask when the USA is gonna play when you see a World Cup game on TV somewhere next year. Let's hope the USA team can get themselves together and hopefully qualify for the next World Cup!





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Friday, October 6, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Las Vegas + Restore Me Cover Reveal


It seems like I'm starting these posts with some sad stuff before we go onto other news. I can't just fangirl about books and movies if I don't state the important things that happened that week first.

I have no words and I don't think there are words in the dictionary that could describe how I feel about the tragic event in Las Vegas. It was plain awful and I just have no words. No words as to how I can help to fix this. I know we can do better than this.

I can only offer my prayers and my thoughts to those who passed away during the incident and to those who were affected by this. #StayStrongVegas





To end this very short post....

HAVE YOU ALL READ THE SHATTER ME SERIES BY TAHEREH MAFI YET?!

If not, then you honestly should stop reading this post and go to your local library. You better check out those books and start reading it to catch up on the awesome stuff you are missing out on! If you have read them then, we should be best friends.

Mafi has stated that she will be releasing three more books and EW exclusively released the cover reveal for the fourth book called Restore Me, that will be released on March 2018, on Wednesday.

THE COVERS ARE GETTING MORE BEAUTIFUL!


Also, they released a small excerpt which you should definitely read by clicking here. I am happy. I am anxious. I can't breathe, because I've never realized how much I needed this and how God has blessed us with this beautiful cover. The excerpt was so beautiful and awful at the same time! Beautiful, because Warner and Kenji was in the excerpt duh. Awful, because its ONLY AN EXCERPT AND I WANT MORE RIGHT NOW. HOW DO YOU GUYS EXPECT ME TO SURVIVE UNTIL MARCH TO GET MY HAND ON THIS BOOK? HOW?!

In all honesty, you have to read the entire series in order to understand the beauty of this world Mafi created. Let's hope I can survive until march. PLEASE pray for me and my sanity.








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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Iridescence @ Light Up the Shining Night | Novel Newcomers

Sometimes I want to take a very, very long break from the interwebs and blogging and disappear under a rock, never to appear again because there are days I just don't want to do anything or accomplish anything and it's a horrible feeling because I think I could've accomplished a lot in that unproductive time. And then a few HOURS go by.
So while I'm being a very productive human being (AKA not wanting to slack and wanting to be ahead in both blogging and school or at least one of those before later months come knocking), Novel Newcomers 2017 is still in session even if I'm very bad at staying on track and should probably find a cohost because I'll have less on my shoulders.

This week's Novel Newcomers was originally two bloggers but I've divided them up into separate posts for reasons I won't disclose (reality: I'm waiting for others and I don't nag because I know I was the one late). The first half is Iridescence from Light Up the Shining Night Stars, who helped cohost the first #NovelNewcomersChat back in early August (it was a smol chat, but we did pull it together last minute... whoops), along with Annie from I Live and Breathe Words.

Somehow the other half got lost in my email and while I was cleaning it up a few months ago or a few weeks ago the person completely disappeared? How..!
I probably need help. Shoutout to the next Novel Newcomer Rebekah from Rebekah Rose Books for dealing with sleepy brained me who somehow deleted her email.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Most of my free time is taken up by these two, but if I have some more time to spare I usually sketch or doodle something. I used to sketch and paint way more often but it's cut down now. I also bullet journal. I'm a planner and I love the flexibility that the bullet journal system provides. I plan a lot.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
When I first read this question, I was (still am, tbh) very confused. I asked my best friend the same thing and she replied, "um, nothing?" with a confused face as well! I'm not sure if this is an "accomplishment" but it is unusual. A few of my friends in college are actually a bit afraid of me. I have no clue why but one of them told me that she's sort of afraid of me, maybe because I'm blunt and take no nonsense. Or something like that. I never thought I'd be someone who intimidates others as I'm usually the one talked over. So I guess that is kind of accomplishment. All of them are still my friends though. They said that they appreciate my honesty and bluntness, and we're all good friends.

What is your favorite food?
Pizza! Definitely Pizza. I'm actually a vegetarian since birth (I haven't even had egg once, ever) so I suppose that cuts down a lot of food options. Pizza is the food my best friends and I eat when we have some money saved up or as a celebration for anything. It's pizza.

Name 1-3 authors who are not well known or bestsellers whose books you think everyone should read.
I recently read a series by Jennifer Probst called Searching For. It's romance, and I totally loved ALL the books in the series. I'm surprised that I only came across her work now because I've been going through romance books for quite a while now.

Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy is one of my favourite books which gave me so many feels. I haven't seen her or this book mentioned anywhere, and I hope that changes! Again, this is romance.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of my all-time favourite books, and I've hardly seen any mention of it?! This book deserves to be read by everyone. I have read it three times, and I still want to reread it again. It's effect doesn't fade. Zafon writes VERY well.

What book world would you prefer to not get stuck in and why?
Mostly, Game of Thrones. I would die very soon. Also maybe The Hunger Games. That world is just depressing.

If you had to possess the soul of a fictional character for a day, who would it be? (You’re really just experiencing their day.)
Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. All I want is to experience being loved by Rhysand. Even if I see him only for five minutes. If only I could *sighs*

Favorite line from your current read? (Can be funny, inspirational, etc.)
"We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved." This is from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Hocus Pocus + PLL Spin Off + More!

It's the last week of September and it's time for the fabulous month of October where the temperatures drop (thank God) and we are one month closer to the end of the semester and the end of 2017! Time sure goes by fast.

I feel like I'm the only one on planet earth who haven't seen Hocus Pocus. *cue the gasp of horror*

 

A fitting GIF, don't ya think? Well, apparently Disney is remaking this movie with a new cast. *cue the eye rolls cause we all saw this coming* Although I've never seen the film, I sure do understand the anger. Guess we'll see and find out who will be the new cast and we'll judge from there. I might see the film for the first time this year. Who knows?



Alright PLL (Short for Pretty Little Liars if you didn't know) fans. It's time to be excited once again that we will see Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprise their roles for the new show Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Honestly, I was a fan of PLL at first, but after the second season, I was so over it and was wondering when it was gonna end. Am I the only one who felt that way?

Anyway... here's a little blurb of what Freeform said about the series.
"Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from their top-tier college to their overachieving residents. But nothing in Beacon Heights is as it appears to be. The stress of needing to be perfect leads to the town’s first murder. Behind every Perfectionist is a secret, a lie and a needed alibi."

The one thing I'm very excited about is the new trailer of Pitch Perfect 3. Watch the fantastic trailer right now and fangirl along with me please!


RWBY is an anime series and season 5 will be in select theaters! The blurb under the YouTube video has an excellent decription. You are better off reading that than me trying to re-explain everything and butcher it in the process.


"Fathom Events and Rooster Teeth are partnering to bring RWBY, the global hit western-style anime series, to cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event featuring the premiere of RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 1, a look back at Season 4, and exclusive interviews with the talent and crew! The world of Remnant is filled with horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity. Fortunately, the kingdoms of the world have risen to combat these forces by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of Beacon Academy." -quoted from Fathon Events





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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Blog Tour: Finding You - Excerpt & Giveaway



Finding You
Author: Lydia Albano
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla's only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming... If they're going to survive, they'll have to escape on their own.

Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano's debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

About the Author:

Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.
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If you want to take a look at the whole tour schedule, Finding You - tour schedule

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Before I post the excerpt, here's a giveaway!
US/CAN only; Winner receives a print copy of Finding You, ends Sept. 28
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Excerpt
I catch my breath and watch as they descend the steps, the prison soundless but for the muffled thuds made by their boots. No one else speaks, moves, breathes.

The stranger is not a prisoner; if anything, he is leading the men. His clothes are fine, velvet and silk, but unflattering: his cravat tight but everything else ill-fitting; a black bombin hat perched awkwardly on his close-shaven head. He walks quickly with jagged steps toward the cell, and I recognize him: Curram’s man, the one who handled the money at the warehouse.

He stops only inches from the bars and looks in at us, his face twisted into an ugly, condescending sneer.

We all shrink back at the same time, as far from the cell door as possible. Someone’s hand clutches mine, small and cold as ice; Eugenia stares at me, trembling. I squeeze her fingers with my own, wishing I could tell her to be strong, that we’ll be all right. But I’m sure we won’t be.

The man is smiling now, his pale eyes raising gooseflesh on my arms. He puts a key in the cell’s lock, turns it, and opens the door.

I can’t back up any farther. The walls feel closer, the cell smaller. Someone starts to cry, and my pulse races in my ears. The man looks like a giant, towering over us with his arms crossed, amusement evident on his face.
He is still as stone except for his eyes, which flick from one of us to the next. I brace myself for him to move, but when he lunges forward, I jump anyway. It’s Eugenia he grabs, yanking her to her feet, pulling her hand out of mine. I’m too startled to hold on, fixated as her hair tumbles forward to cover her face, and it’s as if I’m seeing myself taken away, her skin as white as bone in the shadows.
He adjusts his grip on her arms as she screams for help and thrashes uselessly. He’s bigger, stronger, and I’m frozen in horror.

I hear her cries, and they might as well be mine.
The man’s hat is knocked off his head, and with a grunt he flings Eugenia out of the cell and to the ground outside.

The soldiers hoist her to her feet; she looks like a porcelain doll, pale and fragile, between them. They drag her up the stairs, weeping and still begging for help, and I sit, unable to move.

The fancy man is still standing in the entrance to the cell, but now he is watching us. He bends very deliberately to pick up his hat, his eyes running over us the entire time. When he places the hat slowly onto his head, he’s smiling.

Then he backs out of the cell and shuts it behind him, turning the lock and hooking his cluttered ring of keys on his belt once more. He turns, climbs the stairs, and is gone.

Eugenia’s screams echo off the walls, or perhaps only in side my head. Fear fills the air, pushing my heart faster and faster. I can’t think about her. I don’t want to imagine what comes next.


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Fangirl Friday: Natural Disasters + Lit CelebrAsian (formerly Lit InvAsian)

I want to start off and just say that I'm really sorry to everyone who has been affected by these natural disasters. Even if you know someone or have family that have been affected by the hurricanes (Irma, Maria, Jose, and Harvey) and the powerful earthquake that hit Mexico. It seems that mother nature is throwing everything at us and just testing us on how well we can work together and how strong we can be. I'm pretty sure we are gonna prove her wrong.
 


Now for some good news in the world....

Lit InvAsian is gonna launch extremely soon!

UPDATED Oct. 2, 2017: Lit InvAsian is now Lit CelebrAsian to be more inclusive.

I'm awful at summarizing and Glaiza explained it way better than me! Here's the info!

"Lit CelebrAsain was created by the #AsianLitBingo co-hosts after the support and appreciation that followed #AsianLitChatLit CelebrAsian is run by a group of bookworms and #DiverseBookBloggers dedicated to uplifting Asian voices in literature. We aim to highlight the diversity of Asian voices through spotlight features and annual events like the Book Club, Asian Lit Bingo and Asian Lit Chat

This upcoming weekend, we're launching our first bi-monthly book club, so check out our Twitter @LitInvAsian to vote on the forthcoming book poll. Help us choose what to read and learn more about the Lit CelebrAsian features to come! We'll also be updating TwitterGoodreadsInstagram,Tumblr and Litsy: litinvasian over the coming weeks. Our book club is open to anyone to join, so feel free to drop by."
-Glaiza, Lit CelebrAsian Co-host
Go follow them and join the book club!




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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Review (Everything Ruined?)

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Everything, Everything
Author:
Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Reviewer: Sophia

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I'm part of a reading challenge on this app called Habitica where I have to read a book turning into a movie this year, so Everything, Everything kind of got picked because of that. (I know it's problematic. The reading challenges are the only reasons why I chose to read the book.)

Anelise and I were also throwing out random books from our library for hours and this was the first that we both had a copy of or could borrow from the library, so here we are.

I was hoping to learn more from Everything, Everything than I actually did. Madeline Whittier, aka Maddy, is someone who has SCID - an immune disorder where those affected basically have to be isolated from everything. I learned virtually nothing but the bare bones definition of SCID for the duration of the book:
  • You have to be isolated from the world
  • Anything, ANYTHING can trigger a reaction
  • It is basically a very miserable life
Let's be honest: it's the dictionary definition.

And everything is so WHITE. White walls, white rooms, white bookshelves - I like the occasional white but ALL white is associated with hospitals. I suppose hospital is the atmosphere Yoon is going for? Still, though. Hospitals do have a splash of color somewhere? At least I'm pretty sure they do, but I'm that one kid who rarely went to the hospital.

So if you want the really quick version: the romance is the plot. I'm usually not a fan of contemporary romance, but I've been on a contemporary streak lately after reading some amazing books lately in the genre. The romance between Mandy and Olly is adorable - seeing their limited interactions, IMs, emails, etc. and even when they saw each other outside of those. If you don't mind a cute romance or have a curiosity to know more about SCID, then Everything, Everything might be up your alley. But I like learning things. This is why I'm still Ravenclaw and not Gryffindor, so Pottermore is wrong, I tell you. WRONG.

I thought the layout was interesting and different, making the book seem quicker. I also loved the illustrations - they complemented the story really well and felt like a nice addition.

Despite the cute romance, interesting layout, and amazing illustrations, I am still disappointed with the ending. It's one of those endings that might depend on the reader’s preferences, but I thought it was a screwed up ending where some of the characters have HUGE issues. I know I have my own issues of life, but this one is a really messy issue and I'm surprised no one got even a tiny bit suspicious for what? 16, 17 years?

I know there are some out there who will turn around and say that Everything, Everything is a fantastic novel. It is! But the ending ruined everything, and I cannot add this to my collection of shove worthy books.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | ARC Review (Crows and Death)

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Black Bird of the Gallows
Author:
Meg Kassel
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Reviewer: Sophia

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
Advanced copy provided by Entangled Teen via Netgalley

“I'm going to sleep!” says reviewer, as she furiously types on the keyboard. The next time she looks up, an hour has passed, leaving her with one less hour of sleep and an 8 am class looming closer.

Obviously, I am a complete night owl because all of my decent reviews (aka my usual self and not some half hearted attempt of I THINK THIS IS A REVIEW BUT MY BRAIN IS CRYING SO I GIVE UP *presses schedule*) are all written after all the other souls in the house are sleeping soundly.

There's only one other soul 99% of the time.

Also, I read this weeks ago and completely forgot about the release date being last week, so I started writing other reviews and reading other books and poor Meg Kassel’s debut just sat there crying at me silently, “Are you going to review me?”

Five Things about Black Bird of the Gallows

At the same time, I had high expectations for Kassel’s debut novel, I also didn't, for some weird and odd reason my brain won't conjure up (the brain is strange, very strange). Here are some things to be aware of before/when picking up the book:

Death is a theme, but used differently - the few novels I've read with a death theme always have something in common: there's probably a grim reaper, and the grim reaper collects souls. Kassel uses a similar theme, but it's not the exact same theme. Honestly, I'm curious if this has mythology ties - is it okay if I kind of regret dropping myth and folklore senior year? I sacrificed it for college credit in speech instead (that's okay, right?).

I am in love with gorgeous lines, and Kassel delivers - I mean, they're not enough that I want to draw them (this is a rare thing to happen), but there are lovely lines and descriptions! And there's humor. I think I enjoyed the humor more often.
Suddenly, I notice the light steam coming off his skin—the same coming from my mouth when I speak. It feels like I’m sitting next to an attractive, boy-shaped wood stove.
There's a music aspect - As a once upon a violin player, music is important! Okay, maybe not important in my life as much as books are, but music books are cute. Music plays a major role in Black Bird of the Gallows when it comes to character development. When we first meet Angie, she's not as confident with her music as she eventually becomes later in the book.

Birds! (Okay, Crows) - It's probably a bad idea for me to read another book involving birds after Shatter Me, but I'm fine with birds in this one. The crows are also one of my favorite parts of the book - the crows aren't directly involved with death, but they play a role as well.

It gets dark - Black Bird of the Gallows might be less dark at the beginning, but it gets dark, VERY dark near the end. (Secretly my evil little heart likes this. I'm worried.)

Overall: Black Bird of the Gallows is perfect for those who enjoy books about death but are looking for something different than what we usually see.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Stranger Things 2 + Pirate101!

Hey guys!
It's been another stressful week for me, but I'm sure yours was excellent! I got exciting news to share with you other than the fact that I'm still reading Chamber of Secrets. It's been quite a week, so give me a few more days to finish this bad boy and get on with the HP reading challenge I set myself up for.

Stranger Things season 2 is coming very SOON! I'm honestly so excited about this! They release posters that pays homage to the 80s movies and it's fantastic! Check out the newest one that pays homage to the movie Jaws.




Any gamers in the room? Pirate101 got some new updates going on and hopefully you all are excited as Sophia! (I don't play games. I have no life right now. School is ruining my free time. Help.) Check out the video below!



Any Hellboy fans? I love the movies, but it's getting a reboot. I wasn't TOO happy about it. Now I am after I saw this photo of David Harbour as Hellboy! I can't wait for the release of this reboot!






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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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I Would Be a Better Contemporary Character Than Any Other Genre

Anyone who knows me will know that I’m an avid reader open to all kinds of genres except for a particular one I like to steer clear of as much as possible (though lately that’s been failing because Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman is so cute and there’s a Korean MC and she’s really bad-ass so…).

I am not a fan of contemporary novels.

I’m not! I dislike it because well… I just don’t connect well with contemporary for some reason. Plus, most of the novels in contemporary are romance, and I’m not a big fan of romance either. PDA makes me extremely uncomfortable, and complete strangers hitting on me is a surefire way for me to give a nasty look (and if they go too far, a very nasty comment).

But if I think about it, and I mean really think about it, I would make a better contemporary character than a fantasy character.

I would probably run from all the monsters.

I’m afraid of bugs - all of the bugs (I forgot what the actual phobia name is, but it starts with an ‘e’ and I’m a little too lazy to actually look it up at the moment). But still, if I’m afraid of bugs, then I’ll definitely be more than a little afraid of a monster. Monsters are bigger than bugs, who are smaller than the palm of my hand.

I’m not a sword-wielding bad-ass.

I probably look like I could kick someone’s butt and hurt them severely, but I never went through any training myself. The chances of my survival in a contemporary novel is a lot higher than a fantasy novel.

I’ll be a damsel in distress in a fantasy novel, too.

I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that. If anyone seeing this is sinister and mean ill will towards me, I’m screwed for sure.

I’d be too awed by the world to even focus.

Contemporary worlds are realistic, and I live in a realistic world, so I’m not going to be looking at a flat square that can message people in complete awe. Fantasy worlds are more elaborate and prettier than contemporary, and I love looking at pretty landscapes and buildings. (This is one reason why I really wanted to go to a college that is a 5 hour round trip. The campus is gorgeous.)

I’d get killed in my sleep.

I’ve been told I sleep like a dead person, and my mom has to whack me for me to actually wake up. Don’t worry, guys, she’s not abusing me. The point is, if I sleep like a dead person, I would never know if a monster sneaks up on me and takes a chunk of my brain.

I’d get killed regardless. RIP to me.

Sleep is probably not the only time I can get killed easily in a fantasy novel. Chances are, I’ll slip on ice, trip over a bump in the carpet (I’ve actually faceplanted on one) - I’m somewhat clumsy and even Lupe knows it.

Would you survive longer in a contemporary novel or fantasy novel? Do you want to live in a fantasy novel where you’re counted on by everyone to save the world, and there are potentially monsters at every turn? I would love to know your thoughts on this, so be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below, or chat with me on Twitter (@HannahSophiaLin).

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