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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Ninja Girl by Cookie O'Gorman | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

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Ninja Girl Cookie O Gorman

Ninja Girl
Author: Cookie O'Gorman
Publication Date: March 30, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Seventeen-year-old Snow-Soon Lee kicks ass--literally. She teaches at her family-owned martial arts gym, The Academy, and cares more about training to be the next Bruce Lee than hooking up. In fact, Snow's never even been kissed. But when Girls Night rolls around, Snow decides to prove to her friends (and herself) that she's not just some boring tomboy. Impulsively, she kisses a hot stranger and even manages to escape his two security guards.

One stolen kiss…

Ash Stryker's senior year sucks. His politician father pulled him out of Chariot High, separating him from his championship-winning soccer team. Now he's stuck at a prissy private school with no friends, no team and no chance of being scouted. On top of that, thanks to the death threats his dad's received, Ash has a security tail aka professional babysitters. When the mystery girl from the movies shows up at his school, rappelling from the rafters, Ash knows one thing: he won't let her get away again.

One interesting job proposition…

After a seemingly random attack, Ash's mother surprises everyone. She hires Snow to be Ash's personal bodyguard until after the election. But can Snow's kick-ass skills hold up against the rising threats to Ash's family? More importantly, can Ash convince his ninja girl to screw ethics and kiss him again?

Opposites attract in this YA romance where a smooth talker meets his match in the tough girl who (literally) sweeps him off his feet. Moral of the story:

Sometimes even bad boys need a bodyguard.
Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

So I have Cookie O’Gorman’s debut novel, Adorkable sitting in my Kindle app, and I can’t wait to read it because it sounds freakishly adorable, and I am all about adorable books (I like to mention Imperfect Chemistry for the New Adult readers).

Ninja Girl is O’Gorman’s second novel, and it does seem like a second book in a stand alone series since from what I know, the love interest of this book, Ash, makes an appearance in Adorkable and the couple in that book make an appearance here. (Did I make sense or was that too weird?)

What drew me to Ninja Girl in the first place is the Korean MC, Snow, who looks up to Bruce Lee as her role model and makes her decisions based on what she thinks Bruce Lee would approve. She’s phenomenal at martial arts, which makes her stick out from her group of “friends” because she’s considered a tomboy. To prove that she is indeed a girl, Snow decides to kiss an entirely random guy, someone she would never typically go for, who turns out to be the son of a running candidate for the Senate that recently got pulled out of his life in a public school to a private school.

Ninja Girl reverses the whole damsel in distress and boy saves girl trope - instead, Snow is the one who saves Ash. Snow is recruited as Ash’s bodyguard when his father starts getting more threats as they get closer to elections. It’s just so refreshing to see a familiar trope being reversed and breaking out of the norm (and of course, O’Gorman isn’t the only one who does this, but I’m extremely glad there’s another female character to root for).

It is a very nitpicky thing, but I am a little bothered by the title since ninja originates from Japan. However, I feel the title fits remarkably well with Snow as a character - she is extraordinarily fast in her movements when we see her in action as a bodyguard.

I loved the writing style in Ninja Girl - O’Gorman is hilarious with her writing style, and there are a lot of moments where I just really enjoyed having Snow as the main character and getting to know Ash as a character. As mentioned, I currently have O’Gorman’s debut novel on my kindle and getting the chance to see her writing style in her sophomore novel makes me extremely excited to read her debut when I get the chance. There are some fantastic lines in Ninja Girl that I love, and I honestly want to make a different post featuring all of my favorite quotes from the book.

Overall, though, if you want a cute story with a kickass main character who is a POC and hilarious lines, Ninja Girl might be the book for you.

About the Author

Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now!

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Fangirl Friday: SHATTER ME #4?! + Future Disney Releases


Yes, I'm starting this post off with a BANG!

Anyone a HUGE fan of Tahereh Mafi's Shatter me trilogy and the novellas?

If you haven't heard of this glorious series or still haven't read them yet (PURPOSELY throwing shade at Sophia), then I have no idea what you're doing with your life. It is one of my all time favorite series and I'm glad there will be three more books to this series! The third book didn't feel enough! It felt like it was the beginning of something new!

The fourth book will be called, Restore Me,and will be out next year on March 6. BTW, it's going to be told in both Juliette's and Warner's POV. JUST PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY!

Here's the synopsis!

"Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?"

I'm about to pre-order this gem off of amazon right after this post and just patiently wait. 

Now we are in an era where Disney is dominating the movie scene, because they are honestly going to do a live action movie of all of their animated movies. I'm not mad. Beauty and The Beast WAS EXCELLENT! 100 out of 10! Yes, you read that right. It is NOT a typo. So I expect the same quality from all of the live action movies coming soon. 

The company has recently released the release dates of these live action/animated movies!

The Lion King- July 19, 2019
Frozen 2 (Frozen sequel)- November 27, 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 -Nov. 21, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time-March 9, 2018

Anyone excited about any of these films mentioned? I can't wait for these to come out soon!

Let's end this post with a Cars 3 Trailer!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Understudy by Cheyanne Young | Audiobook Review

Understudy Cheyanne Young

Cheyanne Young
Narrator: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 4 Hours, 45 Minutes
Publication Date: January 6, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

The high school play is in two months and senior Wren Barlow just became director. Wren still isn't over the fact that she got stiffed as a stagehand instead of the lead role that she totally deserved. Now she is in charge of rehearsals, costumes, navigating around cast member hookups and managing the real life drama at home.

The principal counts on her to succeed because tickets have been sold and the money has been spent. But when he drops a gorgeous bad boy on her and wants him to help the play for extra credit, she falls hard for someone she knows she can't date. With everything spinning out of control, the mysterious and secretive detention king named Derek has a few tricks up his sleeve and wants to help—too bad Wren is scared to give him a chance to prove himself.
Audiobook provided by the narrator for review - thanks!

Wow, it’s been nearly two years since I’ve last written an audiobook review, and I feel like I’m in familiar shoes with no clue what to do.

The Storyline

Understudy follows Wren Barlow, who auditions for the school play in the hopes of winning the lead role and adding it to her college resume. Instead of getting the lead role, however, she ends up as a stagehand manager and later gets thrown into directing the play after her aunt suddenly quits. With tickets already sold, though, Wren is stuck handling everything from rehearsals to costumes along with her drama at home.

I don’t ever recall reading a story centered around a play, and I thought it was fascinating to have the opportunity to see what it is like working with a play as I never got the chance to do so during high school (I never had the time). The growing romance between Wren and Derek is cute, and I love how realistic the obstacles are getting in the way of them having a relationship throughout the book. (Not the cutest couple I’ve ever read, but still on the cute radar.)

However, Understudy has a little problem: there are a few stereotypes and assumptions laced throughout the book. (Maybe it’s just me and my personal preferences.)
  • Wren’s aunt thinks she is too fat to fit into the lead role of the play. “You did a fantastic job, butttt I believe you’re too fat for the role.”
  • Math obsessed geeks? Never could have pegged them as someone to get a Hello Kitty case? So who would you "peg" to get a Hello Kitty case then?
  • Boys just care about boobs from birth? This one is probably more true than not.
Fortunately for the first problem, Wren is not a character who flaunts the same beliefs her aunt has - she does not believe she’s too fat for the play and thinks she should have been selected on her talents. (From an acting stand point, directors probably choose the person based on the looks, but saying a person is too fat for the role doesn’t help their self-esteem. Sadly, this probably occurs more often in the entertainment industry than it is actually wanted.)

Looking past that, though, Understudy is a fun book to read with a cute romance to boot.

The Performance

Understudy is the first book I listened to without actually following along with a book version. (When I first started I was scared I would get hopelessly lost, so I never got an audiobook if the ebook wasn’t available to borrow.) Understudy is performed by Stacey Glemboski, whose credits also include Slave by Laura Frances, Grimm House by Karen McQuestion, and more.

Glemboski is an expressive storyteller - although there are a few bland moments throughout, she brings the characters to life with their own distinctions, and she gives Wren a sarcastic humor that wouldn't otherwise be noticed in physical format. It also felt like I was listening to someone telling me a story from their past while having coffee and dozing off in a pleasant way or daydreaming but still taking in what the other person is saying.

Understudy is one of my first audiobooks told by Stacey Glemboski, and her performance is one of the reasons why I finished the book. Having an audiobook version felt like it fit in with the school play theme Cheyanne Young centers the story around, and I think Glemboski did a good job with her performance.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Blue Bottle Tree by Beaird Glover | Cover Reveal

Happy Tuesday book dragons (I'm still trying to figure this greeting out four years and then some later)!

I am briefly popping out of my study and project cave (more like project cave with the occasional procrastination because there are posts to schedule and reviews to write and deadlines to meet) to present to you the pretty and creepy cover of Beaird Glover's Blue Bottle Tree! (And if you missed the really pretty cover to Jadie Jones's Wildwood a few weeks ago, make sure to check that out too!)

Here's a peek at the synopsis:
There’s no such thing as Voodoo. At least, that’s what most of the Baptists in Bellin tell themselves. But Seven LaVey knows better.

In a small rural town just outside of Nashville, Voodoo conjures and curses simmer and seethe under the noses of the many who will never know. Seventeen-year-old Seven romanticizes about the meaning of life while held captive as a zombie under the shell of a kiddie pool. He's counting on the strength - and maybe even love - of a certain redheaded clarinet player to save him. But will she?

Filled with betrayal and revenge, two families struggle with a curse that stretches back to Queen of the Voodoos Marie Laveau in this contemporary Southern Gothic adventure. Prepare for a wildly original twist on the paranormal.
Lately I make everyone wait a second or two with stalling, but since I poked my head out of the study cave for a few moments to write this post...

Okay, that's creepy. That face is creepy. Welp. (And fog is naturally creepy...)

Blue Bottle Tree is coming October 24 from The Parliament Press! If you're interested in paranormal romance, dark fantasy, voodoo, or gothic set in the south, be sure to check Blue Bottle Tree out and add it to your shelves on Goodreads!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017


Monstrology in Wizard101: So... We're Collecting the Undead's Undead "Souls?" Oh, and I Steps on Casting?

Hello wizardlings! (Yeah... I'm still working on that greeting.)

Today's guest is a little harmless monster brought to you by Adobe Spark Post.

We’re here to chat about monstrology and how I decided to finally dabble into collecting the animus from undead creatures, as the game puts it. But in my weird and quirky little way…

Monstrology is basically collecting the undead’s undead immortal souls that can be collected an infinite number of times.
Oh, dear. It seems ghostie has been caught in a very weird position and trying to escape. Too bad, ghostie.

It can be used in three fashions:

Summoned as a House Guest

They’re the in between of pets and decoration, so walking decoration fits them… right? Or, depending on the poor creature whose animus can now be collected for an infinite amount of times, they can also float or prowl or… insert any other action of moving from place to place.

Animus is the proper term, not soul. Soul is just my weird way of analogizing all of this, and it’s also a little darker? But then there’s also the death school, which is almost necromancy in and of itself.

But anyways, necromancy and raising dead aside (I'm reading The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco so that's on my mind), they’re considered decorations. And they can move around like pets but can’t be your actual pet. I thought they had to be pretty little decorations to fight them (giddyup ghostie?), which I'm apparently not the only one if you follow Tales of the Spiral, where Shadowhorn gives you a walk-through of how Monstrology works.

Summoned Later

I would say summoned as a minion, but that would be extremely inaccurate and only partially true. Since I haven’t actually messed around with this newest feature too much, I didn’t get the chance of giving this a try from both sides of the spectrum. From the looks, it looks like we can summon as minions to assist in battle or through the monstrodome (which is like a book on a stand you can buy from the crowns shop or craft) and fight them repeatedly.
Okay, that looks really cool.

So that basically means I can try and collect Malistaire and beat him up often for putting me through torture?! Well, okay, there’s one particular boss that I really hate throughout my journey as a balance wizard, and it was horrible having to fight the dude.

I think he was an elephant.

Well, anyways, by default, the monstrodome lets you fight a group of four wooden minions until you switch it out. Like any battle, you can fight up to four monsters at a time, and the place you’re transported to is really cool. It’s almost like an alternative world to Krokotopia, in my opinion.
Ayy, it's a floating candle!
I guess it is an alternative world.

Expelled?! Monster, Bye.

That was a Beyonce reference.

Ah, well, no one’s getting expelled here. The poor undead little soul whose animus is being collected can… though I haven’t given this particular feature a try yet. You can basically expel any undead creature aside from the bosses.

So much for expelling Lord Nightshade from class, eh?

Monstrology has been out for almost two weeks - have you given this new feature a try? What are your thoughts?

And well... if we go into sinister mode, can things get darkerrr? 😈

Other Shtuffs In Wizard101

I took a gander at some of the other shenanigans as well KI introduced, including the new Professor's Hoard Pack, Jewel Vault - hey, speaking of vaults, do we have a gear vault? I'm in desperate need of one.


I did, however, get a rental of the new casting spell mount from the balance school. We can now step on casting! Hooray!
Surfs Up! Erm, Casts Up!
Personally I really like it, but I have one slight problem as a graphic design minor in regards to the mounts: the intensity of the color. It's too... light.

Did you check out the other updates? What undeadlings are you hoping to collect Animus from and fight constantly in the comfort of your own home (or dorm)? Be sure to leave your thoughts below or chat with me on Twitter (@HannahSophiaLin), because inquiring wizard minds want to know!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: So Many Trailers ahead!

Hey everybody! It's another post filled with trailers! Let's get started!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Official Trailer

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger Official Trailer

So many fantastic trailers were released this week! If I missed anything, please tell me in the comments below. Thank you so much and I hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Blog Tour: Quanta Rewind | Guest Post by Lola Dodge + Giveaway

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Hello bookwyrms, and welcome to the second day of stops on the Quanta Rewind tour, the fourth book in the Shadow Ravens series! Lola Dodge, author of the series is stopping by and taking over BWT with a guest post about Quanta (I didn't exactly make the topic too easy but heh), but before she takes over, here's a brief look on what her book is about:

Title: Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4)
Author: Lola Dodge
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Ink Monster Publishing

With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

Ten Things No One Knows About Quanta

This is such an interesting topic because there are still a lot of things that Quanta doesn’t know about Quanta. She spent so many years as a captive/lab subject that she’s just now figuring out what freedom feels like and what she enjoys. There’s so much she wants to do and try—as soon as people stop trying to kill her and her friends!

But here are ten things that no one knows about Quanta:
  1. Quanta wants to learn how to paint
  2. She has tons of scars from her lab rat days
  3. She doesn’t have “parents” per se—she was a test tube baby
  4. Being clairvoyant since she was young made Quanta a SUPER manipulative toddler
  5. If Quanta loses control of her Red Helix powers, she can break space time and kill a whole bunch of people…possibly ALL of the people (oops?)
  6. She doesn’t want to have kids
  7. In the first version of the series, she lived at a home with troubled Seligo teens, hustling them all at poker
  8. She can’t swim and doesn’t want to learn because fish are creepy (who knows what’s swimming around down there)
  9. She’s an ISFP
  10. Cipher is trying to get her to play video games, but Quanta’s awful at them—and she sucks at using any complicated form of technology
That’s a start—and you may find out some more of Quanta’s secrets in Quanta Rewind ; )

<3 Lola

About Lola Dodge

Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BAin English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

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Blog Tour: Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis | ARC Review + Giveaway

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Cage of Darkness Jennifer Anne Davis

Reign of Secrets #2
Jennifer Anne Davis
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Reviewer: Sophia
Other Books by Jennifer Anne Davis: Cage of Deceit, Rise
Other Fantasy Books: Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter, Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock

While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything.

Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar.

In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive.
Advanced copy provided by the author for the blog tour

Well, booklings, it’s that time again in which I slack off in reviews, forget about writing them and have trouble writing those reviews when I have to write the reviews (I could call off from the tour, but I already the book, so I might as well).

Cage of Darkness is the newest book by Jennifer Anne Davis and the second book in her Reign of Secrets series. The book is the sequel to Cage of Deceit, which, in my review for the blog tour last year, there is a massive cliffhanger. The actual review is hidden, so all you need to do is click on the letter, and it’ll expand. ^^ Of course, I haven’t checked up on that review in particular since BWT went through its latest makeover, so… I don’t know how the spoiler button will fare (it seems to work? I rarely use it now).

I adored Cage of Deceit a lot more than Cage of Darkness, but I liked it in its own regard when I didn’t compare it to its predecessor. Cage of Darkness brings back Princess Allyssa in all her kick butt glory as she and Prince Odar are forcibly taken on their journey to Fren by an assassin who takes her to Russek, where the royal family there is looking for revenge. Much like in the first book, Cage of Darkness focuses on court politics and intricacies involved, but in this sequel, the court politics are brought up a notch as new players are introduced.

One of my favorite things back in the first book was how Allyssa isn’t the “typical” princess - caring about the court, winning the hand of a prince, going to balls, etc. Allyssa snuck out at night and teams up with someone else just to bring down the criminals of Emperion, and she doesn’t care much about trying to win a prince’s hand. Cage of Darkness gives us a brief look at how she is outside of the court but focuses heavily on how she handles herself as a princess in another court despite the unpleasant conditions she faces.

The one thing that I am bothered with, however, is the romance between Allyssa and Odar. I totally ship the two of them. They’re both clever and strong willed, and they’ll make a great couple together. (Also, I am all about strong couples like Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows.) BUT…. this might just be a personal preference, but Allyssa kind of moves the relationship a little fast even when things are falling apart around them, thus keeping both at a distance from each other.
So far, she’d heard a lot about what the king and queen wanted, but nothing about what Odar did. “I love you and want to marry you. I thought you felt the same.” She folded her arms, trying to hold herself together.
But anyways, that might be a nitpicky personal thing. Other than that, Cage of Darkness lived up to all of my expectations as a sequel, and I am eagerly waiting for the third book to see what Allyssa goes through next.

About Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

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Fangirl Friday: Movie Trailers + Upcoming YA Movies/TV Shows

Hey! Welcome to another fangirl friday post! I got movie trailers to fangirl today, as well as some news about some new YA movie and TV Show adaptions happening very soon!

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight

Detroit Trailer

Dear White People Official Trailer (Netflix)

Anyone a fan of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle? Universal Cable Production has acquired the rights to adapt this phenomenal series as a TV Show!

More news!

Anyone else a fan of Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sand?
Willow Smith's production and Cartel Entertainment have the rights to produce the movie! Hurray!

Congrats to these two amazing authors for this great opportunity! I can't wait to hear more information about these fabulous news.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Wildwood by Jadie Jones | Cover Reveal

Hello, and happy Tuesday!

Wildwood is the first novel in Jadie Jones's Wildwood trilogy, originally published as the Moonlit trilogy before being acquired by The Parliament House. Moonlit, now being published as Wildwood, was something I've wanted to read for years (and it's been sitting on my Kindle because adulting has responsibilities I have to attend to), and I am more than excited to hear the entire series is getting a complete makeover.
Puppies are involved because I just got out of a conversation of baby animals not too long before I wrote this post. Puppies for the win. But kittens are cute, too.

And with the makeover, Wildwood is getting a completely brand new cover!

Here's a look at the synopsis:
Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least that’s what she tells herself. She also tells herself that the shadows stalking her in the woods aren’t living, murderous beings.

On her father’s death, Tanzy is swept up by the woods and the shadows that took him. She quickly realizes those monsters lurking in the dark now have their sights set on her. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is introduced to a world…unseen.

Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a doctor’s trophy wife with a southern drawl, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred man with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling and the shadows close in.

With wild blood coursing through her veins, will Tanzy’s choices shed light on the shadows of her past, or will they bring forth the darkness within her?
Curious? Ready to take a look at the amazinggg cover?

Seriously, though. It's really pretty. And despite the fact I try not to judge a book by it's cover, a book with a pretty look does get my attention.

I'll try not to make this as long as the last cover reveal. (Lupe cuts straight to the chase though. I'm a little more... evil? I guess?)
Thoughts? What do you guys think? Wildwood is coming out THIS September from The Parliament House!

About Jadie Jones

Young-adult author. Equine professional. Southern gal. Especially fond of family, sunlight, and cookie dough.

I wrote my first book in seventh grade, filling one hundred and four pages of a black and white Mead notebook. Back then I lived for two things: horses and R.L. Stine books. Fast forward nearly twenty years, and I still work with horses, and hoard books like most women my age collect shoes. Its amazing how much changes... and how much stays the same.

The dream of publishing a novel has hitch-hiked with me down every other path I've taken (and there have been many.) Waitress, farm

manager, road manager, bank teller, speech writer, retail, and more. But that need to bring pen to paper refused to quiet. Finally, in 2009, I sat down, pulled out a brand new notebook, and once again let the pictures in my head become words on paper.

As a child, my grandfather would sit me in his lap and weave tales about the Cherokee nation, and a girl who belonged with horses. His words painted a whole new world, and my mind would take flight. My hope - my dream - is that Tanzy's journey does the same for you.

Confession time: Jadie Jones is not my name. It's a pen name I created to honor two fantastic women who didn't get the chance to live out their professional dreams. First, my grandmother - a mother of four during post World War II America, who wanted to be a journalist so bad that even now when she talks about it, her blue eyes mist and she lifts her chin in silent speculation. And second, a dear friend's mother who left this world entirely too soon. To Judy Dawn and Shirley Jones, Jadie Jones is for you. It's been a pleasure getting to know her.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Giveaway + Netflix Shenanigans

Hey guys! I won't bore you guys to death today since you are only reading this to find out more details about the giveaway. Here's the giveaway!

The Dead Inside: a true story
Author: Cyndy Etler
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Hardcover
For readers of Girl Interrupted and Tweak, Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious "tough love" program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”
All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.
To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.”

The Author:
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Anyone a big fan of Zordaida Cordova's Labyrinth Lost?

Well Paramount now has the rights to develop this novel into a movie! HOORAY! No other information is released yet other than the the fact that we will get to see this beauty on the big screen soon!

NETFLIX is STEPPING UP THEIR GAME! With the release of 13 Reasons Why, and the master piece (according to my father) of a Marvel show, The Iron Fist, everyone has been wondering what else Netflix will be releasing yet. 

Well,  A Series of Unfortunate Events has been renewed for a THIRD SEASON! So expect more episodes of this fabulous show.

Anyone a fan, like my dad, of the Marvel shows on Netflix? Well here's a tiny teaser trailer of The Defenders coming this August!

Last, but not least. Anyone remember Anne of Green Gables? There's going to be a series adaption on Netflix on May 12! Watch the trailer below!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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Insurgent Movie Review (Um, guys? Insurgent Stands Well?!)

Based on the novel by Veronica Roth
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort
Release Date: March 20, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13

This film raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris and Four are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Back when I read the book version of Insurgent, I started to dislike the entire trilogy - by Allegiant, I couldn’t care less about Tris and what happened to her. Yippee yay to whatever happened to Tris. Now what?

I, however, digress. (Please note that I was extremely sleepy while writing this weeks after I saw the movie and the review is indeed short… as all of my reviews have been lately… I guess this means it’s time for a new, modified version of chibi views!)

Contrary to many book lovers, I thought Insurgent was pretty good. There is a lot of CGI involved throughout the movie and it doesn’t really follow the book in a way, but I just really liked the movie version of Insurgent and thought it was far better than the book (one of my friends says the same, but his opinion doesn't count).

The second book didn’t sit as well with me as the first book did - Tris and Four argue way too much that it almost overshadowed the plot of the story. The movie version doesn’t really focus much on their relationship drama - it is much more on the overall plot of the entire series and continuing from Divergent. Much better in my opinion, but then again... it's a matter of personal preference.

From the movie itself, I think Insurgent stands well on its own as a movie. But as a movie based off a book… not so much.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

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Novel Newcomers: Di @ Book Reviews by Di and Mia @ Pen and Parchment

Happy Monday!

As unplanned originally... I didn't get around to scheduling Novel Newcomers anytime last week so... yay, procrastination. (I really am tired lately, especially after working seven days a week during spring break. I'm one of those people who needs a lot of sleep to operate properly and I don't understand why so...)

Well, booklings, without further digression and ado, this week's Novel Newcomers is the first of the groups (and therefore it's a little hard to be creative without the questions going one way or the other so...): Di from Book Reviews by Di and Mia from Pen and Parchment.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Di: Outside of the blog I have a full time job and a very young family so a lot of my attention is there. I adore spending time with my daughter (who is now three), and she shares some of my own personal interests which is wonderful too. We like reading together (picture books obviously!) and she also loves horse riding and has her own pony.

I’m also a closet foodie and love cooking (and eating!) and watching [My Kitchen Rules]. 😊

Mia: In addition to the bookish world, I love to participate in my local theater community! I do a couple performances per year at an acting school for teenagers (we’re currently putting on Rent, for those of you that might know it), and I also take classes at my nearest dance studio! Fun fact - I’ve been a tap dancer for almost 7 years (and pretty decent at it, if I do say so myself). I’m also an animal lover (I like them a whole lot more than people).

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Di: Well, this is a tough question! I don’t think I have any really unusual accomplishments!!! Just regular ones. 😊 Probably my most unusual was when I was a kid and I used to do gymnastics I could walk on my hands for 50 [meters]?

Mia: Back when I was in my painful tween years, I went to a bowling tournament with a few of my friends and left with a trophy. Now you might be thinking, “Oh that’s cool I bet you did really well.” In reality, I succeeding in being the worst bowler there. Literally - the trophy even says “Worst Bowler” on it. Who knows why the parents running the event decided to make a trophy for that, but somehow my score managed to be lower than every other kid there. I still have the trophy on top of my bookcase.

What is your favorite food?
Di: This is also a tough question for a closet foodie. 😊 I don’t know that I have a real favourite food – something that I could eat every single day… My favourite meal would have to be something with intense Asian flavours like a well marinated beef and some fresh, crunchy wilted greens. For desserts I love apple – so apple crumble or apple pie is my favourite there.

Sophia: Oops (food is life though).

Mia: French fries, especially if they’re thin and crispy (so basically McDonald’s fries; Chick-fil-a is a close second though). Also ice cream, together they make me one pretty happy - though admittedly very unhealthy - individual.

Speaking of food, March 14 was Pi Day! What's your favorite pie? (I hope I’m not making anyone hungry…)
Di: APPLE PIE!!! 😊

I also love the good old Australian mince pie – it’s something I miss the most when I’m not there!

Mia: Ah it’s so funny this question is included because I’m actually typing up these answers on Pi Day! I’m not a super huge fan of pie myself (it ranks lower on my list of favorite desserts), but I really love a good chocolate pie. Or key lime. Or pumpkin during Thanksgiving. Honestly I like most pie :D

Sophia: But I had to include pie somehow. 😂😂😂

March is Women’s History Month. If you could go back in time and meet any women, who would it be and why? (I know, I’m bringing in history. I’m trying to be somewhat creative here.)
Di: I’d love to meet Enid Blyton. She was my favourite author as a child, and I’d like to meet the woman who sparked my love of reading and who had such an imagination and way of writing.

Mia: This is actually such a tough question. As an intersectional feminist and a promoter of equality, diversity, and representation (especially in YA lit), there are so many women I would love to thank. The ones that come most recently to mind are the three women depicted in Hidden Figures [Margot Lee Shetterly] - Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn. These women played such a massive role in helping to fight discrimination towards both women and African Americans, they basically did the impossible during a time in which only white, cisgender men had opportunities or power. Not to mention, they’re all wildly brilliant, and without them we may never have made it to the moon or developed the modern computer. I think everyone owes a great deal to these three women.

It’s past April Fool’s Day, but what prank(s) would you like to see in a book one day? Which pranks would you prefer to not see?
Di: I’m not really big on pranks or pranks in books, but I do remember last year for April Fools Duolingo advertised a new pillow that would teach you a new language while you slept. Obviously it was a total prank but I couldn’t help but wish that there was actually a way to read while we slept! That would definitely help my TBR!!

Sophia: I actually wished the pillow prank was a real deal. 😅 I'm all for reading while sleeping, though. 😁

Mia: Um, I honestly have no clue for this question. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled a prank myself, or even had one done to me (at least not one that was very memorable). In general, I guess I’d like to see more light-hearted pranks being depicted in books, where I can laugh along with the characters and get all those happy feels. I definitely don’t want to see anymore pranks where it’s at someone else’s expense, and a character ends up hurt (emotionally or physically). Sort of like the infamous pig’s blood prank in Carrie - it served its purpose as a plot device, but it has to be very compelling and written precisely for me to enjoy reading about it.

Name five countries, aside from your own, that you would love to visit and at least one book set in that country or represents the culture that you would love to read (if any).
Di: There’s plenty of countries I would love to visit! It’s hard to narrow it down but here are some books that I have read/want to read that are set in or draw inspiration from countries that I’d love to see.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Eon duology by Alison Goodman

Mia: THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES, but here’s the five I could come up with off the top of my head:

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse depicts Tokyo, which I would love to visit, but I also really want to see the nature-y parts of Japan.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh I believe is also based on feudal Japan, which I can’t wait to read.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, you all probably saw this one coming a mile away

I know Africa is a huge continent so that’s a pretty broad place to pick, but mostly I’d love to travel through the savanna. I know a few family friends that actually took month-long safaris and that  just sounds like a life-changing experience to me. But I’d also love to visit Egypt, Zimbabwe, and a ton of other countries!

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is set in Kenya, which isn’t exactly the wilderness but unfortunately there aren’t too many YA books set in Africa itself

Also not a singular place, but all of the nations and cultures in Scandinavia seem breathtakingly beautiful, so it’s definitely on my life bucket list. Unfortunately I literally can’t think of any books off the top of my head that depict anything Scandinavian, and I’m #lazy so please let me know if you know of any.

I took an art history class last year and ever since then I’ve been dying to see Italy and its various art-filled locations. I know The Valiant by Lesley Livingston depicts a Rome with female [gladiators] -  which may have actually existed - and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is also loosely based on Roman culture.

Whew! Sorry for that ridiculously long answer, there are so many places I want to travel to!!

Let's spread some blogger love! Name three bloggers you don't know who are participating in Novel Newcomers and give them a compliment.
Di: Kathryn @ Bookwise – I visited this blog today and it’s clean, easy to navigate and also relevant to me in the books that I love to read!

Fernanda @ The Wanderlust Reader – Again – another gorgeous looking blog with a similar taste in books!

Kaeley @ Spoilers May Apply –  This looks like a clean and well organised blog and while we might not read or enjoy exactly the same books I liked the manner in which the reviews I read were written. Short, sweet and honest!

Mia: All the participating blogs seem positively beautiful, but I spotted The Book Pandas right off the list (because that name is just too adorable), and highly recommend you all check out Isabella’s blog! I can’t get enough of the panda theme, it just makes my heart so happy. The Introvert’s Wonderland also has an awesome header, I wish I had even a tiny bit of those design skills! Lastly, Serial Bibliophile (who I think I follow on Twitter?) has a really unique blog layout and writes incredible reviews!

Where to Find Di: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads
Where to Find Mia: Blog | Twitter | GoodreadsInstagram | Tumblr

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