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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Sylvia @ Serial Bibliophile | Novel Newcomers

Happy Thursday all!

Unfortunately I'm still behind on Novel Newcomers, which is horrible on my part because everyone else is waiting for something from me and here I am, slacking in the blog department. 😭😭😭

Slacking aside, this week's featured Novel Newcomer is Sylvia from Serial Bibliophile! Syl is taking over the blog with this year's releases that are perfect for the summer (or if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, you'll wish it was summer).

Summer Reads for All Your Needs!

Hey guys! It's Sylvia from Serial Bibliophile! Today I'm sharing 10 Young Adult Releases of 2017 that are perfect summer reads (One is actually an adult read but it still fits perfect on the list!). This list includes books for everyone's taste: from contemporary, to sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, and even a little bit of dystopian!

I hope this list helps you find the perfect book to spark your summer!

1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

2. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

3. Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

4. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

5. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

6. Want by Cindy Pon

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

7. Lucky in Love by Kasie West

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

8. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Timesbestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

9. Waste of Space by Gina Damico

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.

10. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park--a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore--the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife--a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan's gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia's most privileged families.

Aaaaaaand, that's a wrap! I hope you guys find something that sparks your interest and your summer! I've read half of these and I can vouch that they are AMAZING! The rest, are on my TBR and I cannot wait to pick them up!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Blog Tour: Lucky in Love - Review + Favorite Quotes

Happy release day to Lucky in Love! To celebrate, I have today's stop on the Lucky in Love blog tour! I will be providing my review and my favorite quotes.

Lucky in Love
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love. 

Anelise's Review

Kasie West’s books are all cute, light, and fluffy. This is no exception. It is also fast-paced which makes this good for a quick read.

This story is about Maddie and what she does after winning the lottery. The romance part takes a bit of a back seat here with the main focus on Maddie’s spending of her money. I didn't really like that the main character kept spending her money without really thinking about it (ex. she rents a yacht for $20,000 just for an unnecessary party). Because she's still just a young adult, she's going to make mistakes and that really shows in the story. Also, I really liked her friends. They helped to carry the story well.

Overall, I liked the story and would definitely recommend this to someone who likes fast-paced YA contemporaries.

Top 5 Favorite Quotes

“Maybe we were all zeros in our own ways”

"I believe in making our own luck… But having a talisman now and again can help motivate us.”

“Sometimes regardless of what we want, reality takes over.”

“I think you can interpret dreams however you want. That there is no set meaning, only what you make of them.”

"We make our own luck… We chose our own fate. We controlled our own future. I knew what I wanted. I needed to go get it.”

About the Author:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.


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Lastly, here is the whole tour schedule so go check out all the other stops!

July 19
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club & Pink Polka Dot Books : Welcome Post

July 20
- Adventures of a Book Junkie : Interview
- Forever 17 Books : Review
- Novel Ink : Review + Favourite Quotes
- Serial Bibliophile : Review
- Daydreaming Books : Review

July 21
- Feed Your Fiction Addiction : Guest Post
- A Thousand Words A Million Books : Review + Favourite Quotes
- The Bibliophile Confessions : Review
- Lost in Lit : Review + Favourite Quotes
- Boricuan Bookworms :  Review

July 22
- Wishful Endings : Guest Post
- SuperSpaceChick : Review
- The Hollow Cupboards : Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
- The Heart of a Book Blogger : Review
- Library of a Book Witch : Review + Favourite Quotes

July 23
- Her Book Thoughts : Review
- Here's to Happy Endings : Review
- FLYLēF Reviews : Review
- TheBooktarian : Review + Favourite Quotes
- Soph Reads Books : Review

July 24
- LILbooKlovers : Interview
- Reading Is My SuperPower : Review
- The Book Return : Review
- Lazy Book Lovers : Review
- Rebel Mommy Book Blog : Review

July 25
- The Candid Cover : Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
- A Backwards Story : Review
- Happily Ever Chapter : Review
- Between the Pages : Review
- Bookwyrming Thoughts : Review + Favorite Quotes

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Monday, July 24, 2017


The Great Spyre! Also Say Hello to Sophia IceHeart | Questing Shenanigans

Hellooo wizards, and Happy Monday!

Time for a new edition of Questing Shenanigans, in an attempt to keep the blog more active in terms of my posts. I'm still planning this books based on spiral worlds, but that's not exactly coming too soon. Or maybe it will. I don't know yet, honestly.

Anyways... lately I've been questing on my Myth, Sophia Legendheart because I got a little bored of my balance trekking through Azteca slowly but surely. (It's kind of annoying if you ask me. Azteca is great and all, but gosh, it's longgg.)

Just last week she finally got through Dragonspyre, with some really cool screenshots to add to it all.
On the way! I loved riding a dragon to get to Malistaire (the final boss of the first storyline).
I actually had the honor of going to Malistaire twice - the first time by myself through Team Up and the second time helping out a friend because I knew she was right behind me and we just didn't end up together fighting him. This shot actually had to take twice since the first one was awful.
But eh... maybe it wasn't too bad.

I also gave LegendHeart an entire makeover... after some bad/good luck on packs (yes, I know, waste of money, but I'm also not online as much as members, so... crowns I go.)

It'll be awhile before I decide to refill on crowns. (Or they're on sale big time, but even then... it's wise if I wait awhile. They're on sale now.)
I REMEMBERED THE RIGHT KEYBOARD SHORTCUT NOW. (I did get a permanent mount. That's a plus. Along with a lot of fire gear. Is this a sign that my next wizard should be fire?)

LegendHeart is taking a detour in Grizzleheim and Wintertusk because she's level 44 and that's probably not a good idea to start Celestia at such a low level.

Shortly after, I ended up creating an Ice Wizard, highest in health and resist, not so great when it comes to damage. Meet Sophia IceHeart, my little baby Ice Wizard.
The other two are just chilling in their seats. IceHeart made it to the second part of Krokotopia, but I decided to give her a rest to level my Myth to level 50 or 60 (maybe more) before leveling my Ice again.

But here's a quick screenshot of her meeting a frost giant.
Yeah... I forgot the shortcut too. Oops. This always happens.

That's all for this edition of Questing Shenanigans - now how do I properly close without sounding cliche? (Last time I had a cool minotaur fist pump.)

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

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RWBY Volume 5 with Weiss Schnee, San Diego Comic Con, Yada Yada - It's Time for a Late Edition of Fangirl Friday!

Happy Saturday, book nerds!

We skipped out on Fangirl Friday last week because Lupe is having problems with the intermawebs and will not return until said problems are fixed (also because Blogger mobile sucks like shizz and we would prefer to avoid that problem completely).

All righty, time for this week's newsss. The good news, not the bad news, which are way too many if you ask me (there's three if I remember, and probably more, but don't remind me please).

Rooster Teeth, creators of the show RWBY, featured a short film starring Weiss Schnee, one of the main characters of the show, according to Entertainment Weekly. If you haven't watched the show yet, I highly recommend it if you're in love with badass fairy tale characters and puns. All the puns. Be sure to check out the short film below, and let me know your thoughts! Volume 5 of RWBY premieres October 14.

San Diego Comic Con happened this week! Which means a shizz ton of trailers to showcase. Let's start with Netflix's new trailer for their show, Bright, starring Will Smith.

Marvel featured the official trailer for their upcoming show, Inhumans, during SDCC this year.

The Shape of Water also featured their first trailer.

TWO new Harry Potter books are set to be published THIS fall. Lupe has, unfortunately, not read the series yet, so Anelise and I are secretly planning to put her in the HP Box of Shame. YOU HEARD ME, LOOPS.

Sarah Hyland will be appearing in Shadowhunters, based on Cassandra Clare's bestselling Mortal Instruments series, as the Seelie Queen. Here's a sneak peek:

We've got ourselves a female doctor, Doctor Who fans, much to some people's dismay. I personally think it's one step in the direction where females are finally getting lead roles in major fandoms, but we've yet to see POC folks.

Julie Plec announced The Originals will be ending at Season 5 on Twitter.

This week is packed with news and trailers from San Diego Comic Con, but that's all we're going to cover for this week! Come back next week for more bookish news and whatnots that happen - hopefully internet shenanigans will stop for Lupe, but it's the internet. Who knows.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Blog Tour: Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux | Audiobook Review + Giveaway

Tour Schedule
Hellooo peeps! Welcome to the next stop on the Gold Rush tour, the latest book by Jennifer Comeaux.

Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Links: Goodreads | Audible | Amazon
Narrator: Emily Stokes
Length: 11 Hours, 39 Minutes
Publication Date: May 29, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Four Reasons to Read Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

I'm still lacking in my reviews, but now I'm playing with style to change things up a little. Gold Rush is the first book by Jennifer Comeaux I've read, and it's the first performance by Emily Stokes that I've listened to. Here's a list of reasons why you should consider giving Gold Rush a try.

Ice Skating! - If you're looking for a book centered around ice skating, this book is for you. I've had an interest in reading Comeaux's books since I've found out they were about ice skaters, and it was amazing to read from an ice skater's perspective. Liza is also extremely passionate about ice skating

Adorable Kids - Stokes does an amazing job depicting the voice of a kid, and she makes the two in Gold Rush all the more adorable through her performance than it would be compared to the book version.

Past Characters - Fans of Comeaux will be absolutely delighted to know some of the main characters from her previous books will be making an appearance or even a critical role in Liza's journey to an Olympic medal.

Sweetest Love Interest. Ever. - Braedon is one of the most adorable and sweetest boys in the history of fictional boy land (there's a lot of them). He's completely understanding of Liza's priorities and commitments without any ifs, ands, or buts, and it's just one of the things in literature I love reading about.

About Jennifer Comeaux

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Kaeley @ Spoilers May Apply | Novel Newcomers

Hello all! It's almost Friday, and that's probably worth celebrating in and of itself if you're off for the weekend (except me, which I'm always working, working, working and being a busy bee).

I've been told to not overwork myself.

This week's blogger, if anyone has been following BWT for the past few years, is someone that might be a little familiar... because she was part of the trial run last year when Lupe, Ella and I looked for a new minion coblogger to help us take over the world run the blog.
Side Note: RWBY is a good show.
Welcome back, Kaeley! Though this time you're not getting kidnapped like we did last time. Kaeley blogs over at Spoilers May Apply and she's joining for a chat about books, blogging, and other shenanigans my mind comes up with.

She didn't get the ultimate evil question, if anyone's wondering.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
I adore cartoons and dedicate a good deal of time to watching them and LOVE discussing them with anyone and everyone who will humor me. Favorites include Avatar: The Last Airbender, Steven Universe and Gravity Falls.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
When I was in high school I taught myself how to roll my R’s walking around a Costco and saying “super.” I know it’s not that unusual.

What is your favorite food?
Asian food. I love all Asian food, but East Asian food is probably the foremost in my mind. I love a lot of different aspects about different countries. I love the emphasis on pickles in Korea, sashimi from Japan and hand-pulled Muslim-Chinese noodles. I could never eat a hamburger again and die happy.

If you could rewrite the ending of any book of your choice (yes, just one!), which would it be?
Clockwork Princess. Jem deserved better than [two] pages of the epilogue; I will die on this hill.

Sophia: I know right! Jem deserved so much more than what he did. 😭😭😭

What are the top three books you wished someone revealed the ending of so you wouldn’t have to face it yourself?
I’m kind of neutral on the whole spoilers thing. I’m a little disappointed when I find out spoilers, but I’m still able to enjoy the story. But I’ve never hated an ending so much I wanted to know about it going in.

Name five characters you would love to have as family members.
Oh jeez, I have no idea. Ramona from Ramona Blue, Cath from Fangirl, Lara Jean Song Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Nix from The Girl From Everywhere, Jem from The Infernal Devices and Nero from Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions. Honestly, though, I could never just pick five.

Any advice for future book bloggers?
Blog for yourself. When you first start out, it can be hard to keep in mind some bloggers have been at it for years. At first no one comments on your blog, and it can feel like you’re shouting into the void. Even one year out I have maybe 2-3 consistent readers who I know enjoy and visit my blog specifically for my reviews. Blog to improve your writing; blog to challenge yourself and your paradigms; blog to learn more about yourself and what you like to read. Just do it for yourself, because at the end of the day your readers come to read your blog for your perspective, and that won’t translate if you don’t do it for yourself.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

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The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel | Favorite Quotes (In Which 90% is Probably from Bishop)

I’m a huge fan of quotes. Every book that I read, I enjoy highlighting and taking note of the quotes and lines that I liked from the book (also so I can use them for later in the review, but primarily because I’m such a quote junkie).

Last year, I read The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. I never really got around to writing the review since I don’t remember much from it aside from political ties of sorts - the MC is set to marry the ruling family and has plans to murder the son, who she ends up falling in love with. Great… now the book sounds worse than it actually is. (I promise it’s actually better than I just made it sound.)

I also wrote that from the top of my mind so… allow me to kindly push the actual synopsis and not the nutshell one I wrote from my brain top.

One of my favorite characters from The Book of Ivy is Bishop, the poor dude who is in the plans to be murdered. He is extremely quotable and 90% of my notes is filled with quotes from him while the other 10% are quotes from other characters and generic notes about the book. It isn’t much, unfortunately, because I was hoping to right the review shortly after reading and well… that didn’t happen as planned.

Have a synopsis:
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

Favorite Quotes

I think we can love our families without trusting everything they tell us. Without championing everything they stand for.

We’re not our parents. We don’t have to agree with everything they stand for.

Dancing around the truth is exhausting.

Love isn’t something you can [begin] late. Love is more than charts and graphs and matching interests. Love is messy and complicated and it is a mistake to deny its random magic.

Everyone needs someone to put their faith in. Life's too lonely otherwise.

There is something sad about your own father never calling you pretty, about never really knowing whether you are.

We can't choose who we love. Love chooses us. Love doesn't care about what's convenient or easy or planned. Love has its own agenda and all we can do is get out of its way.

Life is one sick joke after another, I’m discovering. Because it hardly seems fair that it should hurt so much to finally get what I’ve been wishing for.

There is no way to keep someone safe forever. The world is full of a million dangers both realized and never considered.

Have you read The Book of Ivy yet? Any thoughts on the book? Favorite quotes?

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Friday, July 7, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Devil's Revolver By V.S. McGrath Cover Reveal

Hey! Hope you had a great Fourth of July! I worked on the Fourth (I know, I suck), but I still did manage to go see some fireworks! I also managed to get out of work early so YAY ME!

AND YAY for you guy,  because I have a cover reveal to share! Check out the spectacular cover for The Devil's Revolver! It's very unique and very awesome!

The Devil’s Revolver
By: V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1)
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.

About The Author
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Isabella @ The Book Pandas and Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads | Novel Newcomers

Hi bookwyrms!

Welcome to this week's edition of Novel Newcomers, where I feature new book bloggers who started in the past year (2016). This week's bloggers are Isabella from The Book Pandas (Lupe approves of this name because she adores pandas) and Erica from Erica Robyn Reads.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Erica: I love photography! That is definitely my biggest hobby. I love just wandering around taking photos of anything that interests me, but I also do a lot of hired work. I also really enjoy going for walks, jogging, binge watching netflix, and hanging out with friends and family.

Isabella: I love dancing ballet! I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old, and it’s probably my biggest passion in life besides reading and book blogging. I’m also obsessed with pandas (of course), chocolate, and Broadway shows.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Erica: This may be a bit of a lame one, but I was hired a week before I graduated college to do exactly what I was going to school for: Business Marketing and Social Media. It’s been three years and I’m still pretty proud of that accomplishment!

Isabella: I’m actually a Level 10 rhythmic gymnast, which is the highest level and a position you have to qualify for. The qualification competition is extremely nerve wracking, and you have to be one of the top 25 gymnasts in the country!

What is your favorite food?
Erica: I am a total sucker for mozzarella sticks! Like seriously... it’s embarrassing to see my lack of self control when I’ve got a plate of them in front of me.

Isabella: As I’ve said above, CHOCOLATE! Really almost anything with sugar though. Did I mention I’m a super healthy teen?

What do you look forward to this summer?
Erica: I’m planning to take my second ever stay-cation. I cannot wait! I’m hoping to do nothing but read, hit the gym, and blog!

Isabella: Two things! First, I’m attending San Francisco Ballet School’s summer intensive for four weeks, which I’m super excited for since I love the San Francisco Ballet. Second, I’m celebrating a super late Sweet 16 by going on a short Disney Cruise with my parents as well as visiting Disney World and Harry Potter World. Oh, there’s also this other small thing I have to do: college applications. No big deal, right?

If you could vacation anywhere in the world for the next several months, where would you go?
Erica: England! I went once for a month back in 2008. I absolutely loved it! I dream of going back all the time. Hopefully someday I will be able to visit again.

Isabella: There are so many places I would love to travel to! Can I just pick a world tour? :P My top eight choices would probably be London, New York, Manila (where most of my family lives), Tokyo, Chengdu (for the pandas), Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Orlando.

What books are you looking forward to releasing the rest of the year?
Erica: I absolutely cannot wait for:
  • The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter (Expected publication: June 6th 2017)
  • You'll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron (Expected publication: June 6th 2017)
  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan (Expected publication: June 13th 2017)
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Expected publication: June 13th 2017)
  • Giant Days Vol. 5 (Giant Days #17-20) by John Allison & Max Sarin (Expected publication: June 20th 2017)
Isabella: Ahhh I don’t know how to choose! There are so many wonderful books releasing later this year! Some of my most anticipated releases that I haven’t read yet  are probably Warcross by Marie Lu, Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee, The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Because You Love to Hate Me, and Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. Books that I can’t wait for all of you to read are Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue [by Mackenzi Lee]. Honestly, I could go on for days, but let’s just say that there are definitely tons of amazing books coming out later this year!

Find Erica and Isabella on the Interwebs!
Erica: Blog | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter
Isabella: Blog | Twitter | Instagram

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan | Audiobook Review (Who Would Dare... Really?)

Nerve Jeanne Ryan

Jeanne Ryan
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Length: 6 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Reviewer: Sophia

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

The beauty of commuting to school: I CAN LISTEN TO ALL DA AUDIOBOOKS. (Even if it’s 15-20 minutes depending on morning traffic - not round trip.)


Nerve is a book about dares. It is, essentially, The Hunger Games: Dare Edition in the Modern World.

Modern World meaning reality TV, where the world can watch players do said dares. Oh, and said reality TV show on the interwebs is called Nerve. The book follows Vee, who decides to give Nerve a try with a basic little dare that will land her spot in the semifinals.

Nerve has a cool concept - and I’ll admit that I decided to listen to the audiobook because there’s a psychological aspect to it I’d rather not talk of. (It’ll make me sound like I’m analyzing this for a research paper. Ew. No.)

My only problem is Nerve (the game) itself. Each dare as Vee and the other players get closer to the live finals is more daring than the one before. Each prize is bigger than the one before, with the grand prize varying from player to player. Each one more ridiculous in my opinion, because my brain facepalmed (I know brains can’t facepalm) so many times it wasn’t even funny.

Although I suppose if I got a full ride to a university, I would probably be very keen on taking the offer despite the risks of the dare. Psychology is an interesting thing.

But how does Nerve even get all that money, all those funds? I’m curious, but as I said, psychology is an interesting thing, and Jeanne Ryan does an interesting job exploring the psychological aspects involved.

Ugh. If I have to do a research paper for any psychology classes, Nerve is first on the blasted list to be picked apart page by page.


In my young experience of listening to audiobooks (assuming I’m blogging for the next few years, I’ll be getting those earful experiences), this is the first time I’ve heard Caitlin Davies perform.

Honestly? I can’t complain. Caitlin Davies is one of the few narrators I’ve heard about before I even started listening to audiobooks, and I’m just nodding along to everyone’s praise for her performances.

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