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Monday, January 30, 2017

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ARC Review: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters Margaret Dilloway

Momotaro #1
Author:
Margaret Dilloway
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Reviewer: Sophia

Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr. Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe. If Xander could do stuff he's good at instead, like draw comics and create computer programs, and if Lovey would stop harassing him for being half Asian, he might not be counting the minutes until the dismissal bell.

When spring break begins at last, Xander plans to spend it playing computer games with his best friend, Peyton. Xander's father briefly distracts him with a comic book about some samurai warrior that pops out of a peach pit. Xander tosses it aside, but Peyton finds it more interesting.

Little does either boy know that the comic is a warning. They are about to be thrust into the biggest adventure of their lives-a journey wilder than any Xander has ever imagined, full of weird monsters even worse than Lovey. To win at this deadly serious game they will have to rely on their wits, courage, faith, and especially, each other. Maybe Xander should have listened to Mr Stedman about the weather after all. . . .
ARC provided by Disney Hyperion

I think I've grown out of reading middle grade books now. I find that a little sad - the first book in Dilloway’s Momotaro series isn't even a bad book, aside from the fact I kept expecting a Percy Jackson vibe (which, in a way, it kind of does).

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters - if we're going down the Percy Jackson vibe (I'm pretty sure the synopsis makes the comparison….) - is basically Japanese folklore set in modern day, with plenty of Japanese mythological creatures making an appearance. Unfortunately, Xander definitely resembles a Japanese version of Percy Jackson - blue eyes, black hair, twelve years old, and the only difference? Xander has a bit of silver streak in his hair (oh wait…) and he's mixed (Asian and Irish).

It's no wonder I expected a lot of humor out of Dilloway's book (comparisons = high expectations). The first Momotaro book does have the occasional funny moment, but it just isn't as funny as I hoped it would be. (That might just be the fact I'm nineteen.)

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters is set in a comic book like format with illustrations featured throughout the book, and it will definitely appeal more to younger audiences than the older ones. (And hopefully it'll be more funny to them than to me.)

3.5 Owls

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Friday, January 27, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Ballad of The Beanstalk Cover Reveal + Shadowhunters S2E4 Review


Hello! Hello! (I said hello twice on purpose it was not a typo) I've had a weird week, but soon got over it after realizing all of the things that happened this week! It's also been very cold. Actually we've had a very hot Saturday which honestly felt like spring and the next day felt like we were back in the freezing temperatures. It doesn't surprise me since it's STL I'm talking about here. We literally get all four seasons in a week! Anyway.....Let's start with an awesome cover reveal!

Ballad of The Beanstalk
By: Amy McNulty
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Pre-order on Amazon | Goodreads
Synopsis: As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year- old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the
magical singing harp.

The e-book will be exclusive to Amazon and will be available for free to Kindle
Unlimited subscribers! The paperback will be available more widely; watch for news
about ordering it as the release date approaches.

We also have another cover reveal I would like to mention and that is for A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas! Go buy it once it hits your local bookstore on May 2, 2017!

We finally get the movie title for the upcoming Star Wars Movie coming this December 15, 2017!



Shadowhunters S2E4 Day of Wrath: Spoiler Free Review



I'm serious when I say this, but this season is WAY BETTER than the first. I highly recommend watching, because this episode totally made it worth it! There were tons of things going on. Valentine manipulating plans and having everyone destroy each other, to trying to have Jace back under his wing. Jace, of course, have to go and serve some jail time. I'm trying SO hard not to say anything that will spoil things for you if you have not watched it. Clary totally annoyed me a little, but the ending made me feel very bad for her. Poor Raphael and Simon for trying to find that weirdo Camille. Magnus is just as mysterious and awesome as ever. He is quickly becoming one of my favorites on this show. I'm also sensing that Alec is slowly softening a little which is such a good change. The ending broke me with Jace and Clary. You have to see this show JUST for this episode. It was very suspenseful and the commercials KILL ME EVERYTIME!

Go watch this awesome show on Freeform on Mondays 8/7c!



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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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1000th Post! (But whyyyy)

It took some convincing, but…

Lupe made me do this, guys. (I told her I did the 900th and she should have the fabulous honor of the first four digit post, but nooo.)

IT’S THE 1000TH POST OF BOOKWYRMING THOUGHTS.

And the owner of the blog has no clue what to do with that post.

Okay, okay, the 1000th post was a long time coming and I was aware of this happening since well… December. When the first 12 Days of Diverse Reads would propel us to this post a lot faster than normal speed. Being the procrastinator that I sometimes am… I’m not exactly prepared for this. (I also have papers for college due back to back... And I intend on taking out one of them at the very least.

Part of me hoped this would fall on a Friday, thus forcing Lupe to actually write the 1000th post without me doing anything but doing a wink wink nudge nudge. That backfired. Tremendously.

Well, let me backtrack just.a little: It WOULD'VE fallen on a Friday because today is Thursday and if I decided to chicken out, Lupe would get the fabulous honor of doing the first four digit post.

It really does not help that this year will be BWT’s fifth year in the blogosphere (even I don’t know what to do with that one yet, because I know Lupe and Anelise are not letting me get away with this year’s blogoversary like I did last year… Plus I’m sure Roberta will hold me accountable because it’s going to be her fifth blogoversary too).

So um… here’s to the first four digit post ever, which is sure to last a long while. A GIF to commemorate this occasion:
Thank you to everyone who made this fabulous journey possible. The list is long, but I’m saving that list for later on in the year. ^_^
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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ARC Review: The Unforgettables by G.L. Thomas (Meet Another Piece of Fictional Me)

The Unforgettables G.L. Thomas


The Unforgettables
Author:
G.L. Thomas
Publication Date: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Neighbors and best friends Paul and Felicia hoped they'd be friends forever. But as they change, so does their friendship.

She shouldn't have kissed him...He shouldn't have liked it.

Starting school changed everything....

Advanced copy provided by the author - thanks!

Meet Felicia, AKA a piece of fictional me out in the bookish world: awkward, anti-social, and kind of an outcast. It is no wonder why I immediately beeline towards cute contemporary novels (I always make a point to mention Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame because that book! Is! Cute! Cue exclaimation points and squealing.).

Side note: I haven't reviewed in months. I will probably be as boring and undirectional as 15-year-old me.

The Unforgettables is a story of two fabulously adorable nerds who find out they are neighbors and bond over a set of comic books. Paul and Felicia click over a chance enounter in the summer over the comic books that they’re huge fans of, thus beginning a friendship that wouldn’t be forgotten. At least until it becomes more than friendship.

What I Liked:

Cliches can have nerds and outcasts too! Also nerds can be well-liked. - One of the big reasons why I’m always weary of contemporary novels is how I somehow never relate to the characters. There is always something off about them - they all fit in, they’re popular, yada yada yada. (And sometimes there is something off... period.) The Unforgettables has both. Felicia is none of those. She isn’t popular, she doesn’t fit in - in fact, she’s the outcast and basically keeps to herself. Paul is well liked - he fits in, and he’s certainly not an outcast.

Another side note: Can Paul be an actual human being? I feel like we can be best friends, even if I’m not a comic book fan. (Plus, if most guys I come across were as decent as Paul is, the world would be better for awkward me.)

The serious amount of diversity involved. - Felicia is Haitian. Paul is biracial. There’s an interracial relationship. I am a happy little reader. That is not the only reason why I am a happy litttle reader.

Helloooo reality. - The relationship life is as awkward as it is heartbreaking, and I love how those obstacles are portrayed throughout the book instead of making it seem like cakewalk. The amount of awkwardness involved as Paul and Felicia venture into territory beyond friendship just makes it all the better. (I am all for awkward within reason.) Plus, it’s reassuring to find that I’m not the only one awkward in the romance department. All the other books make it seem heartbreakingly easy.
A crush equaled no assembly required. There were no broken promises or hurt feelings outside of the fact you weren’t with them. And if you didn’t let them in, the mere thought of them made you smile.
The Unforgettables is the classic story of girl meets boy next door with perks and bonuses that will even capture the attention of the cliche-disliker.
A little geekery never hurt anyone.
4 Owls
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Monday, January 23, 2017

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Cover Reveal: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Cover Reveal
Afternoon everyone, and Happy Monday! Speaking of Mondays, I just recalled seeing "Chocolate was nature's cure for Mondays" on a cereal box... But anyhow...

I'm extremely excited to be revealing the cover to Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel! The cover is so pretty and gorgeous and I just want to print out a poster version (of course, if I did that for every pretty cover I see, I would be out of space in my room... and I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to do that in the first place in an apartment...)

So without further ado...
LOOK! It's so pretty! And ominous. Good ominous, because books about harbringers of death are my thing to read about.

Here's a gist of what the book is about:
A debut novel about a teenage girl who discovers the new boy next door is a harbinger of death, and who must find a way to survive in a town destined for tragedy.

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full. Harbingers settle in places where tragedy is about to strike, then feed on the energy of the dying. Then, they leave. Off to the next doomed place. No one wants a family of harbingers of death as neighbors, but that’s exactly what seventeen-year-old Angie Dovage gets when Reece Fernandez moves in next door.

Angie knows the mysterious boy is more than he appears, but can’t imagine that his presence heralds a tragedy that will devastate her small community. But her fears run deeper than Reece’s inevitable departure, because where harbingers of death go, grotesque, ruined creatures called Beekeepers follow. And where Beekeepers go, fear and chaos and death follows.

Angie wants to protect everyone she cares about, but stopping the Beekeepers involves a choice that will claim her life or Reece’s soul. She will learn the price of both.
Tell Us: Do you like the cover? What do you think of it?
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Novel Newcomers 2016: The Bloggers Who Started in 2015

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

2016 has been an interesting journey - more details in my year wrap up. 2016 was also the first year that Nori and I launched our project together: Novel Newcomers! For those who are unaware of what Novel Newcomers is, it is a feature featuring new book bloggers from the past year. Basically, all of 2016, we featured some of the new book bloggers (because there are definitely more than those who signed up) that started in 2015.

And if you're a book blogger who started in 2016, we want to feature YOU! Sign Ups are closed, but spots are still open, so be sure to email me if you're interested!

And now to wrap up Novel Newcomers 2016, we're listing all of the participants who were a part of the first ever Novel Newcomers. Be sure to take a look at their blogs and come back in a few weeks to begin meeting bloggers who started in 2016!

Note: There is a small chance that I did forget a blogger or two (or more!), and if I did, I profusely apologize in advance.

Second Note: This is a LONGGG list.

Chelsea @ Sparkles and Scribbles
Lynette @ Charmingly Simple
Gabriella @ Let's Gab About Books
Shari @ YA Book Monster
Lillie @ Little Lillie Reads
Jamie @ Books and Ladders
Rachel @ Go Read a Book
Angelica @ The Bookish Angel
Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl
Meedah @ The Review Queen
Ali @ Book Lover Thoughts
Alice @ Arctic Books
Sara @ Reading the Blues Away
Brooke @ Brooke's Books
Tina @ Tina, The Bookworm
Sarah and Gabi @ Girl Plus Book
Alice @ Alice's Book Vault
Claire @ BlankSlaters Reads
Sophie @ Sailing Through Books
Sam @ Literary Lover
Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire
Christine @ Tine's Reviews
Linda @ BookMania Life
Amber @ bookstackamber
Ava @ Bookishness and Tea
MC @ Blame It On the Books
Tanaz @ Bookish Freaks
Ricky @ Reader, Writer, Fanboy
Blaise @ The Book Boulevars
Whitney @ Imaginary Book Club
Amber @ Only True Magic
Josephine @ Josie's Book Corner
Marissa @ Growing Up Booknerd
Cilla @ Paved With Books
Aentee @ Read at Midnight
Victoria @ The Petite Book Blogger
Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa
Lila @ The Bookkeeper's Secrets
Alaina @ An Infinite Book World
Amanda @ Book Recs and Paperweights
Jess @ Princessica of Books
Aentee @ Read at Midnight
Wren @ Books In My Suitcase
Brigitte @ The Book and the Bone
Jessica @ Novel Cravings
Kaitlyn @ One Night Book Stand
Giselle @ A Book and A Cup of Coffee
Betty @ What's On My Bookshelf
Maan @ Pigeon Reads
Trisha Ann @ The Bookgasm Blog
Anna @ Go By The Book
Ardis @ Pondering the Prose
Breeana @ Recommends Book
Elvira @ What El Read
Meena @ Tattooed Pages
Paloma @ Pages and Pineapples
Aimee @ Hello... Chick Lit
Joan @ Fiddler Blue
Codie @ The Reading Worm
Faith @ Faith's Bookspiration
Stephanie @ Reading is Better with Cupcakes
Helena @ Book Nerd Addict
Meleika @ Endless Pages
Ryan @ Ryan's Bookish Confessions
Natasha @ A Binding Attraction
Heather @ The Hermit Librarian
Trisha @ Yellow, Green, and Read All Over
Emily @ Emily Reads Everything
Annalisse @ Hopeful Reads
Alex @ Fiery Reads
Sarah @ The Country Bookworm
Deanna @ BooksABlog
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Debbie @ Silk and Serif
Bhavya @ Books N' Calm
Valerie @ He Said Books or Me
Melanie @ Books Are My Children
The Book Jar Blog
Reg @ She Latitude
Dani @ Dani Reviews Things
Cyra @ Rattle the Pages
Rachel @ Bargain Book Bliss
Ashley @ Living Off Books
Christina @ Books and Prejudice
Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA
Em @ Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf
Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
Fatima @ Fafa's Book Corner
Nicole @ The Anatomy of a Bookworm
Cheryl @ I Heart Fictional People
Nisha @ Nisha In Wonderland
Raisa @ Wonderland Novels

Novel Newcomers 2017 kicks off on February 6, 2017! Plus, there's going to be a few Twitter chats throughout the year and I can't wait to see you guys there! (I'm completely new to hosting Twitter chats, so don't mind me embarrassing myself.)
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Friday, January 20, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Power Rangers + Shadowhunters S2E3 Review


Remember last week when I talked about that awful ice storm that was going to happen? Yeah.... Well that was some weak storm, but I prefer the storm to be that way. In other words, Sophia and I are back to hitting the books in college. Sounds like this is going to be an exciting semester. Here in the states, there's the inauguration of the new president. Everyone must be thrilled while others, like me, would be balling their eyes out. It sure is some awesome week. How was yours? Do tell me down in the comments below!

I seriously think I was a tomboy growing up because I LOVED watching The Power Rangers and enjoyed them. Now that they are making a comeback on the big screen, I have no idea what to think of this anymore. I do plan to see this film because the official trailer looks phenomenal! Catch this in theaters on March 24.



Shadowhunters S2E3 Parabatai Lost: Spoiler Free Review



Continuing onto this TV series.... can I just say that this is the episode that honestly HOOKED ME and got me excited for once! This was honestly a slow start to the season, but this episode truly kicked butt! It was intense as I was wondering if Alec will be OK and we got some awesome flashbacks as to how Alec and Jace created their bond. Simon was torn about his mother and being forced by Raphael to find Camille. The acting in this episode have certainly improved BIG TIME. We saw some werewolves in this episode as well who wants Jace dead since they think that he is the killer when really he's not. We got to see an adorable MALEC moment as well. The ending made me tear up a bit. Then all of a sudden, The Clave showed up and ruined everything. LIKE ALWAYS. I need the next episode! Watch this awesome series on Freeform on Mondays at 8/7c.



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Blog Tour: A Thousand Salt Kisses Later - Book 2 Review + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today, I have another (yay!) post on the blog tour for A Thousand Salt Kisses Later hosted by iRead Book Tours. So two days ago I posted a review to the first novel in this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses (psst! Click here to go to that post) and today, I have a review for the sequel! Let's get started on this post with a bit of information (because knowledge never hurts).

I'm sorry. I had to. This cat is so adorable!
*coughs* Ahem, back to the book...


A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (Salt Kisses #2)
Author: Josie Demuth
Publication Date: November 17, 2016
Publisher: Wise Ink
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble
The spellbinding sequel to A Thousand Salt Kisses.

Four years ago, Crystal White fell in love with Llyr, a prince of the magical mer colony living off the coast of Starfish Island. For one summer, he enchanted her with stories of jeweled palaces and underwater gardens, but then he left, returning beneath the waves with her heart in tow.

Now, graduated and with no job in sight, Crystal is forced to go back to the island she thought she had left in the past. By the sea again, she realizes she is far from over her first love, and when an opportunity arises to contact the merfolk, Crystal can’t resist.

Once more with the mer, Crystal is forced to come to terms with the fact that Llyr has moved on, and also with her own magical secret that has endangered her life, his throne, and every mer kingdom. Working against all odds, she has to try to save the people she has come to love and—if she can—rekindle the romance of her first summer on Starfish Island.

About the Author
Josie Demuth is an author based in London. First published on Wattpad, her Salt Kisses series has garnered nearly four million reads and are now serialised on Radish Fiction. The second of this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is her fourth novel.
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads




Review (PS there may or may not be spoilers for book one so be warned)
Just a note, I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which in no way affects this. Thanks to the people who organised the tour for a copy!
I'm pretty sure this technically can be read as a stand-alone but I feel it's necessary to read A Thousand Salt Kisses first to understand more about Crystal, Starfish Island, and her friends. This story takes place four years after the first book, and Crystal has just graduated from college (so this one kinda borders YA/NA) and has to come back to Starfish Island after living in London. Also, this novel focuses less on Crystal and Llyr's (love the name <3) romance and more about the merfolk world.

I feel that since this book focuses more on the merfolk world, you get to know the mer-characters more and they become a bit more developed than in the first book. Also, they play bigger parts and Crystal's human friends are left behind a bit here.

Now that I'm writing the review (which is actually the night before this is going up *sweat drop*), I just realized but you get to find out why the title of this book (and the one before it) is A Thousand Salt Kisses (Later). I find it kinda cool, but now I'm thinking I'm stupid for not catching this before... Anyway...

Umm... I think if I keep going I'm just going to ramble on about stupid stuff so I'm just going to say this is the end of the review (unless I can come up with coherent thoughts).

There is a *slight* love triangle introduced but it was still pretty obvious who Crystal was going to go for. That's because (at least I think) the third character was never meant to be an actual love interest, if that makes sense. Ugh, how do I explain this? He wasn't meant to end up with Crystal, there that works.

As far as I know, there are five total books in this series (I checked on Wattpad) but I don't know if all five of them are being published. My guess would be yes, but either way, I'm going to go onto Wattpad to read the next book because this series is something I like and would love to continue it. Well bye!

...

Just kidding, I can't leave this post behind... Maybe...



Giveaway
Okay, one last thing. There's a tour-wide giveaway! I posted it on the first post but I'll put it here as well just in case you haven't read it yet/are too lazy to go over there.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Who's On Our Dream Panel? (Our Fangirl Hearts Will Be Overjoyed If This Happens)

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

We’re extremely excited to write this post (I mean, I, Sophia, completely forgot that last Wednesday was January 11, the original date of the post, and to top it off… I forgot my iPad… which really did not help) and had so much fun (okay, somewhat, because brainstorming is always the hardest in my humble opinion) throughout the process.

The folks over at Eventbrite inspired us to create our dream panel - if we had the opportunity to bring our favorite characters or authors together, who would we bring, and what kinds of dying questions would we ask them?

Onward, to our dream panel! Um… assuming there is no bloodshed. We’ll shed some light on that in a moment.

Moderator

So with our dream panel… we might have gone into the dark side just a little bit. For our moderator, we’ve chosen the infamous He Who Must Not Be Named… VOLDEMORT!
Okay, we had a little bit of a mini debate between Puck from Iron Fey and the famous creator of Harry Potter, but then Lupe came up with the genius Voldemort idea… only because it will be hilarious to have a villain moderating a panel. I then suggested Draco Malfoy, because I mean, imagine someone giving an unsatisfactory answer.
Voldemort it is, then.

Authors and Characters

We went into the creative side for this one. Instead of choosing one or the other… we went with both… because it’ll be a lot of fun to see the authors’ reactions when they notice a panelist or two are the actual famous characters.
Just a crack in reality here or lack thereof in terms of the actual movie...
Authors
  • J.K. Rowling - Anelise just revealed to us that she’s a Slytherin…
    • WE’VE GOT A SNAKE AMONG US BIRDIES. HELPPP. Just kidding, Anelise. <3
  • Rick Riordan - Rick is not my favorite author, but he’s one of my favorite authors.
  • Richelle Mead - I mean, this is Lupe’s favorite author we’re talking about. (I am not as big of a fan of Vampire Academy as Lupe is, though.)
  • Marie Lu
Characters
  • Lucy - Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame (Hint: This is my favorite New Adult book and I probably mention it at least once a month if not more.)
  • Will - The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • Sydney - Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  • Tris - Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Cinder - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Questions

What Hogwarts Houses would you sort yourself into? What about in Ilvermorny?

So how do you guys actually blend into the normal world when you're first created by the authors? Is it like some sort of veil and we just think as though you always existed, or something else entirely?

Do you sometimes wish you could change the actions or even a trait an author created for you?

Have your ever started writing something and gave up and never went back to finishing the story?

How does it feel to know that someone created you and knew from the beginning where you would end up? Do you even like where you ended up? *eyes Tris*

For characters, what happens after we read the last page of the book? Do you keep on living life behind the scenes by yourself, without the help of an author, that we don't get to read or what?

How much research do you put into your books?

Do you base any of your characters off real peeps? (Sorry characters don’t mean to offend you!)

As characters do you ever think it’s weird that there’s someone who created you and knows every inch of your mind? Or do you feel there’s much more to you that the author doesn’t know about? Or do you just not even know you were made up?

Let’s Chat: Who do you want to see in your dream panel?

Eventbrite is a platform that helps people find and plan events from all over the world. To check out events near you, be sure to check out their website! Interested in creating your own panel? Eventbrite has free tools on their conference management page to help you get started!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Blog Tour: A Thousand Salt Kisses Later - Book 1 Review + Giveaway

Hello! Today on the blog, I'm going to be posting a review of A Thousand Salt Kisses, the first book in the series on the iRead Book Tours.

A Thousand Salt Kisses (Salt Kisses #1)
Author: Josie Demuth
Publication Date: June 2, 2016
Publisher: Wisk Ink
Links:Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble
Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.
During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.
Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.

About the Author
Josie Demuth is an author based in London. First published on Wattpad, her Salt Kisses series has garnered nearly four million reads and are now serialised on Radish Fiction. The second of this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is her fourth novel.
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Review
Just a note, I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which in no way affects this. Thanks to the people who organised the tour for a copy! 
I decided to read and review this book because when I saw it, I saw how it started as a Wattpad book and became published. Now, I don't know about you, but I love Wattpad and the books on it.

I found the premise of this novel to be great! I liked how the pacing was on the fast side but wasn't too fast. What I also liked is the mermaid/merman thing. Not many stories with supernatural in them are mermaids, as far as I know (the only one I can think of off the top of my head right now is the Emily Windsnap series). I also really liked how it dealt with environmental issues. It had a factory that kept polluting the ocean water, killing the merfolk, and there's many people in the story who work to get rid of the factory, Crystal's dad included.

I feel like this still has potential though, it didn't live up to how I thought it would be. I think if it focused more on the merfolk and not on Crystal and her life (no offense Crystal!), I would like it more. The reader gets to know a bit about the Jeweled Kingdom but there's not much known. I also felt the plot was a bit predictable. I love it when stories are unpredictable and the reader can't guess the ending, but with this novel, I didn't find myself surprised by the ending.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel and will be reading the sequel, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (look for the review with the blog tour on Thursday!).


Giveaway
Before I go, there's a giveaway! Win a copy of A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth. One winner will also receive a $10 Amazon gift card (2 winners total, print book open to USA & CAN only, ebook open int’l) It ends February 4th.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Diverse Reads Subscription Box

Hello everyone! So today I am proud to announce that Diverse Reads is officially open for orders! Now, what is Diverse Reads, you may be asking? Well, here’s Angel, the founder, to help explain:

“So, Diverse Reads is a subscription box meant to celebrate people's different experiences and thoughts! I wanted to create the box because I am an Egyptian-American Muslim woman and, unfortunately, until I was halfway through 11th grade, I never read a book that accurately represented Muslims. To be honest, I'd never read one that even had a Muslim in it but I'd seen so many TV shows and movies that misrepresented my religion so many times over and that was really disappointing. 

That was three years ago and though the literary world has gotten more diverse, it's still hard to find books that represent my religion and culture well without quite a bit of researching.
As I look back on how long it took for me to find myself in a world I so dearly love, as well as how much research it's taken to just read diverse books, I find myself hopeful that, through 'Diverse Reads', I can help someone much younger than me find themselves in literature much sooner than I did.”


Now, every month you'll get a new, diverse young adult novel and 3 -5 awesome, handpicked goodies based on the themes of the book! The book of the month for January is Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson!

So, how does it work?
Well, it works in three easy ways:

1. You take your pick of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscription plan! One month is $20 excl. shipping & taxes! Then you get to sit back and relax while you wait!
2. I (Angel) gather(s) all the supplies needed to make your fabulous subscription come to life then begin packing and sending it on its way!
3. Diverse Reads is delivered right to your doorstep! Now you can enjoy the book & goodies, and share what you got on social media using #DiverseReads!

Guess what, though? You can get 10% off your first order of a 3 month or a 6month subscription with 'JOIN10'!!! Just click here to get started and begin your awesome diversity adventure!!! You can only get January’s box by Tuesday, January 17th so hurry up fast to get your order in!!!





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Friday, January 13, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Rose Petal Graves Cover Reveal + Shadowhunters S2E2 Review



You should pray for us (Sophia and I) because we are currently trapped inside our homes because of the winter storm Jupiter. Sophia will have a hard time going to work while I'm calling off work because there is no way I will drive to work in freezing rain/sleet. Been there, done that and had an accident. I'm not doing that again.

YAY FOR A COVER REVEAL!

Rose Petal Graves
By: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Paranormal/Faeries
Release Date: March 29th 2017
Links: Goodreads
Synopsis: ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.
Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

About The Author
Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.
When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).
Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

Author Links

Shadowhunters S2E2 A Door Into The Dark: Spoiler Free Review


This is a continuation from the last episode where Jace is kidnapped and everyone is trying to find him. This episode was filled with revelations and just about made me dislike Clary's mother and Alec. Alec is stubborn as always. They both got on my nerves this entire episode. This episode made me also realize that I love Izzy. She truly is an amazing person trying to make Clary feel better throughout this episode and she is truly a good friend. Clary also went through some obstacle about how she never wanted this life and just wants a normal life. Simon and Magnus are funny as per usual. Valentine is just mean as you can imagine. The scenes are beginning to be more gory and it truly made this whole episode have this creepy vibe. New things have been exposed and introduced in this episode and I can't say much or else I might spoil something. The ending was MARVELOUS. So I highly suggest you watch this! Shadowhunters airs on Mondays on Freeform 8/7c.
 


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Blog Tour: You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando - Review + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you all the You Don't Know My Name blog tour. I will be doing a review of this book but before that, here's some details about the book and author.

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)
Author: Kristen Orlando
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

About the Author
Writing is one of the great loves of my life (with bacon mac and cheese, Netflix binges and PJs also in the mix). My childhood in Columbus, Ohio was spent reading every single Baby-Sitter’s Club book ever written and acting out imaginary tragedies in my room (complete with costumes and props) until a really embarrassing age. I started writing plays for my younger cousins as soon as they were all old enough to act (The Spoiled Princess may be a personal favorite) and haven’t stopped writing since. After graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English Literature, I’ve been lucky enough to make writing my career; first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist.
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REVIEW
I was originally interested in this book because it was going to be published by Swoon Reads (okay, I guess I was a bit biased thinking that but all the books Swoon Reads publishes are amazing!) but after reading the blurb, I was really interested in this.

This story is contemporary which is a genre I'm still pretty new to, but I love how this isn't all just about the romance part. It has a nice thriller vibe to it because of the spies in it. Well, I guess it's not a vibe but who cares... Anyway, what I really love about the spy aspect is that Kristen Orlando showed Elizabeth having anxiety and panic attacks because to me it makes it more real. I feel like whenever I read a book with an awesome protagonist who is trained as a killer or has the skills of one, you just see that part of them and you never know if they ever get anything like anxiety from any traumatic events they go through. Something else that made me really love this book is the BFF trope in it. I admit I am a sucker for those (because it's so cute!).

I loved reading this book and could not put it down (except when I had to, life calls I guess...). I definitely cannot wait for the sequel to come out now!

(PS random fact but this is only the second book I have read so far this year!)

Tour Schedule
Week One:
1/2/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview
1/3/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review
1/4/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post
1/5/2017- YA Book Nerd- Review
1/6/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles-

Week Two:
1/9/2017- Ohana Reads- Review
1/10/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book- Excerpt
1/11/2017- Bookwyrming Thoughts- Review
1/12/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview
1/13/2017- I Heart Romance & YA- Review

Giveaway!
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of You Don't Know My Name, US only (sorry int'l folks!)

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