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Novel Newcomers 2017 has begun! This week's blogger is Uma from Books.Bags.Burgers.
Check out why fantasy is her favorite genre!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

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Novel Newcomers: Ross @ The Royal Bookshelf

Details? DETAILS!
Hello and Happy Monday!
Novel Newcomers 2017 has officially kicked off into full swing as of February 6 (okay, it was February 7)! Two weeks ago, Uma from Books.Bags.Burgers. and the host of the Fantastically Diverse Readathon (which Anelise is participating in, with the occasional help from me when I'm not busy writing essays and being the procrastinating productive student that I am) helped kick off the feature with an awesome guest post on why fantasy is her favorite genre (and if you like fantasy, I encourage you to check out her post!).

This week, we're going into our very first interview! This week's blogger is Ross from The Royal Bookshelf. (I got carried with an essay or two last week. Oops. The slacking has begun and that just makes me look really bad right now...)

All purple italics are my responses.

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
I am an aspiring writer, and have written 3 novels (so far!).

I’m also extremely obsessed with TV shows! Some I’m addicted to are Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, DC and Marvel shows and right now I’m binge watching Reign!

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Probably finishing an entire series the day it comes out. As I’ve said - it’s an addiction! *nods* It is, indeed. Especially the satisfaction of being able to skip through mid-series cliffhangers.

What is your favorite food?
Pepperoni Pizza, mhmmmm...

If you got the chance to write a retelling, what would it be and what kind of spin would you take on it?
Interesting question! I love love love the story of Mulan and also Beauty & the Beast. I’d probably try incorporate a retelling of Mulan into the modern world and then maybe have an LGBTQ+ Beauty & the Beast? OMG, yes! I would read both in a heartbeat! (Particularly the one with Mulan...)

What fantasy world would you want to get stuck in if you got to choose?
Easy question! Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters!! I’m obsessed with her works and I’d love to have my own [runes] & parabatai!!

The year is young and 2017 has so many amazing releases (I mean, at least that’s what I’ve heard)! What are some releases that you are excited for, both debuts and non-debuts?
Oh God. There’s too many! If I have to list some…
  • Release by Patrick Ness
  • All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson
  • A State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
2016 also had a lot of great releases! What were some books that came out last year that you did not get to, but would love to get around to this year?
Gemina by Jay Kristoff
When We Collided by Emery Lourd
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

What are you looking forward to this year?
Any upcoming book festivals, most importantly DeptCon 3! I’m really excited for that!

Where Ross Can Be Found: The Royal Bookshelf | Twitter | Goodreads

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Friday, February 17, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Everything Everything Trailer & Mulan Director?!

Hello and happy Friday!

I'm sure most are expecting Lupe every Friday, but I've kicked her out for the week because she's feeling miserable. (NOTE: I'm totally writing this on an iPad, so don't mind any funny mistakes.... It was autocorrect doing the deed.)

Anyways....

This week has been quite a bit in bookish news! Everything Everything officially has a trailer! It's based on the book by Nicola Yoon and set to be in theaters May 19 of THIS year. Check it out and leave your thoughts below! (Note: there has been some controversy with misrepresentation...).
But problems or not, I do like the song by Beyoncé in the trailer. (IT IS NOT NEW GUYS.)

All righty, time for my favorite part of this post. MULAN. The live action has a DIRECTOR. A female one! Hooray! Nikki Caro is set to direct the movie, so that means we'll get casting information soon, right?! This better be proper representation.
In music news though... NSYNC is reuniting? Um... I'm not sure how I feel, because I prefer Backstreet Boys.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Blog Tour: Jonah by Nikki Kelly - Review

Hello everyone! Today I am reviewing Jonah by Nikki Kelly for the Irish Banana's blog tour. Let's get right into it!






Jonah (The Styclar Saga #3)
Author: Nikki Kelly
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publishing Date: February 7, 2017
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble
The conclusion of the Styclar Saga trilogy focuses on Jonah, the vampire badboy with a hunger for Lailah and a rivalry with the angel Gabriel.

Jonah is the vampire who saved Lailah from the appetites of even darker evil: the vampire Purebloods. Now he must decide whether he will give up his existence so that Lailah will survive—even if it means that she will spend eternity with his friend and rival, the angel Gabriel.

This stunning conclusion to the Styclar Saga will have fans deciding once and for all: Team Jonah or Team Gabriel?

About the Author

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

Website | Goodreads | Twitter





Review (Spoilers for previous books in series!)
Hello everyone! So today I was supposed to review this book, but to be honest, I didn't finish. I didn't start reading until yesterday, which wouldn't of been a problem, except for that I was really tired. Long story short, I fell asleep. At least I woke up early so I could finish this. (That's why I didn't post this at midnight!) Because of this, I'm going to call this a status update, if you will. I'm going to talk about what I have read and share some of my predictions. I hope none of you get mad and start coming after me with a pitchfork... When I do finish this book, I will post my final review.

Okay, so in this book, Lailah is in the third dimension and meanwhile, Jonah is on Earth with everyone else. If you've read the other books, you know that both Jonah and Gabriel like Lailah and that she will have to choose one (hence the last part of the blurb, "his stunning conclusion to the Styclar Saga will have fans deciding once and for all: Team Jonah or Team Gabriel?"). Lailah struggles with a lot of pain and sorrow from the other books and also has trouble with her two sides: angel and demon. She also meets a friend who only knows her as "Cessie" and according to other reviews, that character helps Lailah.

Now about the ending, some people have said the ending is perfect, and a couple others think that it's crap (I wanna say because of who their shipping but I don't know, I haven't read up to that part if you read the first paragraph). Now I don't know the ending, but here's my educated guess/hypothesis. Each book is named after a character (Lailah being the first, Gabriel after, and Jonah to conclude). That also shows how important they are in the story because if they weren't important, they wouldn't be the titles. But also, each book kinda focuses on each character. Since this is the last book and it's titled Jonah (first sentence of blurb "conclusion...focuses on Jonah") I'm thinking that this focuses more on Jonah and his love for Lailah than in previous novels but since this is the conclusion and it's more about Jonah, I think Jonah and Lailah will end up together, although I do admit, I'm team Gabriel. But who knows, I might change while I finish reading this just like when I read the ACOMAF series (yes, I was for Tamlin first, but ACOMAF easily changed me). Okay, getting a bit off topic there... oops!

I find that this world is so well-developed, it almost feels like it could be real. For instance, the prologue is a re imagining of the Garden of Eden and the angels Orifiel and Eden (I think at least... I'm not that knowledgeable about this stuff).

Hmm, is there anything else I need to add? Well this is pretty long itself so I guess this is pretty much it. Wait, one more thing. I don't know about you but when I first start reading, I can usually get a good sense of what I will end up rating the novel (usually pretty accurate!) so with this one, I'm probably going to either rate it a four or a five. (You know that's your cue to go buy the book and read it, right? No? Oh, well go and do it! Unless you haven't read the others. Get those, read them, then get this book too! This whole series is really good and from what I've read, the ending is going to be one I won't forget. And those are the best types of books. Also, you know, a strong finish to a series is good.)
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Haha that's longer than I'll usually write for one of my actual reviews, and very detailed. Maybe I'll just keep this and just add my final review to Goodreads. What do you guys think? Should I post my final review here as well as Goodreads, or just Goodreads? Let me know in the comments below! (Just note that the review will most likely not be this long lol why would it?) I hope I didn't scare anyone off with so many words😅

Blog Tour
Here's the entire blog tour if anyone's interested!
February 13: Such A Novel Idea - Playlist
February 14: Books Are Love - Q&A
February 15: Feed Your Fiction Addiction - Kelly's Top 10 Addictions
February 16: Bookwyrming Thoughts - Review
February 17: Step Into Fiction - Review


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Review: Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter


Last Stand (The Black Mage #4)
Author: Rachel E. Carter
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Rachel E. Carter
Reviewer: Anelise
He’s the Black Mage and she’s the traitor to the Crown.

Ryiah’s world was shattered the night she discovered King Blayne’s nefarious plans. Now, she has to betray the one she loves most in order to save the realm from war. Torn between love and duty, Ry finds herself on a perilous mission to help the rebels and convince the kingdom of Pythus not to honor its pact with the corrupt king of Jerar—all the while deceiving the most powerful mage in the realm, the very man sworn to protect the Crown and hunt the rebels at all costs: her husband.

She’s one step ahead, but sooner or later the curtain will fall.

Sooner or later, she’ll have to fight.

Witness the epic conclusion of The Black Mage series, and see just how far one girl will go to save her kingdom and the boy she loves—even when that boy has become the enemy.
An advanced copy of this book was sent by the author and does not influence any of my opinions.


I love this book so much and it is just perfection! Instead of writing a traditional review, I'm going to be writing a letter instead ;)
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To whom it may concern,

Is there a way you could help me find something important? I lost it while reading a book titled Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter. Oh, you need to know what I lost first, don't you. Well, I lost my heart. It got stabbed by all the feels then tossed aside on one of the many roads in Jerar. Why, you ask? Let me tell you.

Firstly, I've been dying to read this since I first finished reading Candidate which was around summer of last year. The third book of this series left off on a cliff hanger and I needed to know what happens next. I was deeply saddened when the publishing got pushed back to February of this year. And now that I've read it, I'm deeply saddened that I finished reading this book. As I received a free advanced copy of this book awhile back, I knew I had to read this book but I didn't want to at the same time because then I would be done reading this series. I could always go back and reread it but its not the same rereading because you already know what's going to happen; you don't get to experience the same feelings as when you first read it. So, I delayed reading this for as long as I could and well, I got away with it, for the most part.

Secondly, the author's writing has improved. It's not like it was bad to begin with (it was pretty awesome), but now it's more powerful than before. Because this is the last installment in the series, it really helps make this novel memorable. 

One last reason (not that there's only three reasons my heart has been misplaced) is that I really loved how Rachel E. Carter made the lines of hero and villain blur to the point where the hero is can be seen as the villain and the hero, and the villain can seemingly be seen as a hero and a villain. It just tore my heartstrings! 

"Just then, I felt like the villain... I told myself I was the hero. Even if he would never understand"
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"Every hero was a villain in the end"
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"I was a traitor to the Crown. And this time, there was no turning back"


If someone can find my heart, please contact me. I will be needing it to continue living. And if Rachel E. Carter is reading this, then please know I left my heart in your book and I'd be liking it back soon.

Sincerely,
A fangirl

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Please note! Quotes are taken from an ARC and may have been slightly changed; I haven't checked them against the final text.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Top Ten Couples Representing Common Cliches (With GIFs!)

Hello everyone and welcome to today's post! Today, the Bookwyrming Thoughts team has come together (minus Lupe, she's sick and has school stuff) to make a Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday was started by by The Broke and Bookish (check out their master post list here: Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday). This isn't really a "top ten" but is instead four tropes with two couples each, one that is liked and one that is disliked, in honor of Valentine's Day (and hey, it's my birthday as well! *says Anelise, the somewhat-writer of this post*) Okay *clears throat* now to the actual post! And hey, a post cannot be complete without GIFs, so we had to add some in.

NOTE: If you are coming DIRECTLY from Top Ten Tuesday's linkup, you're in mobile version. Whoops!

Love Triangles

Sophia 1, Anelise 0 (Sophia cut to the chase with this one). Welcome to Love Triangle 101, where Sophia has a love/hate relationship where 90% of the love triangles that occur in literature are disliked and 10% actually make it to perfect decent standards.
Infernal Devices Image by Lara J. Russell
Love: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare vs. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Dislike: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Insta-Love

Okay, this one is just hard. Anelise finds that just about everything that is insta-love is pretty much terrible. But the main reason why is because it just doesn't seem real. Just look at the GIF above and you'll understand why.
Love: Well these aren't going to be love love but are probably half-way decent. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Note from Anelise: I have not actually read this, I'm just doing this one based off of the fact that many people love this series)
Dislike: Welp, most every insta-love is bad, but some that are terrible are Hush, Hush by  Becca Fitzpatrick and Twilight (note from Anelise: here's another one I haven't read, but the reason why is because of the insta-love. That should count for something)

Obsessed Damsel in Distress (AKA Obsessed)

Sometimes, Sophia pities the guy in the picture because well... we have book characters are obsessed with said guy and can't stop swooning over him and... they're a damsel in distress too. She sometimes wonders what the guy actually thinks of this... Are they flattered? Creeped out even a little bit?

Love: There honestly isn't a single obsessed damsel in distress that is likable and can be named.
Dislike: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Best Friend


Well, lastly we have the falling-in-love-with-the-best-friend trope. That's pretty self-explanatory. Anelise finds it pretty cute for the most part and well, obviously needs to read more romance. 

Love: (Kinda but not really fits into the trope) Cinderella by Jenni James and On the Fence by Kasie

Dislike: Because Anelise is writing this at midnight and doesn't read enough romance that fits into these categories, none are found at the moment

Well, this is the end of the post I suppose. You've also learned a lot from reading this post. You've learned Anelise likes long explanations and obviously needs to read more...

Aside from that though, what tropes do you tend to like or dislike? Any ships you will go down with (Sophia and her ship from Six of Crows...)? Are there any books where you love it but hate the romantic cliches in it? Let us know in the comments below!


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Friday, February 10, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Super Bowl Commercials 2017 + Shadohunters S2E6 Review


The Patriots won the Super Bowl this year on Sunday and it was probably the one time I've ever been so focused watching a football game. I don't watch american football only soccer. Speaking of that, but am I the only one who felt that the commercials this year were weak? By WEAK, I mean they were not 'technically' funny. Here's a video compilation of commercials if you wanted to know what commercials most people thought was funny.



Shadowhunters S2E6 Iron Sisters: Spoiler Free Review


Like I said before, guys...... start watching this show! It's worth it! These commercials are killer though. They always go on commercial break right when it gets so suspenseful! I feel so bad about Luke trying to handle a loved one's death. Simon and Maia seemed like they are starting a really strong friendship, but let's be honest, I think these writers want these two together in the next episode or so. Aldertree annoys the heck out of me! I feel like he is the one that is going to be the doom of the institution. I call it as of right now! The iron sisters were very interesting. Magnus and Alec go on a date and they melted my heart. The ending! THE ENDING! I NEED ANSWERS! This episode and the last episode were the best and it just keeps getting better. Go watch it on Freeform on Mondays 8/7c!



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

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This Might Become A Thing But Wednesday Got Occupied

Well, Happy Day Before Friday! Time to start the morning (or afternoon or night, depending on where you're from in the world) with a GIF to kick off Thursday.

It all started with a Twitter chat a few weeks ago...
And it kind of became a bounce off from this one movie that I really hate but still base the name anyways...
So today's brief little GIF theme is Supernatural.
Lupe and I are trekking on with our college endeavors. Plus, it snowed randomly yesterday! They said it was going to be nice. 😑

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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RWBY Volumes 1 & 2 and Why You Should Watch It

In my four weeks of winter break, I’ve basically invested in a free trial of Netflix (obviously I won’t be subscribing until maybe the summer when I have far more time on my hands) and finally watched the show one of my friends keeps urging me to watch.

I am not an anime person. If anything, I avoid anime, unless it’s Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Sailor Moon, all of which I hold dear to my inner child heart. (Technically I am still a child, and I can probably pass as a child because I sound like a child, and I can’t help it because I was born that way.) But for my first week of break, I admit I have been binge watching RWBY. (Hey! I finished a book too! And I wrote a review! And then I started another book! And I worked!)
Kicking life, straight in the..?
RWBY was good enough that I decided to go write an entire blog post about it - I mean, a review of the first two seasons while fangirling and being the absolute dork that I am.

Why You Should Watch RWBY

Badass Fairytale Characters

I mean, they really kick monster butt. I know there are retellings of badass Red Riding Hoods, but Snow White and others? (I can’t tell what others, but I know Snow White is in there and maybe Sleeping Beauty.) I think I got sold on that aspect alone - precisely why Once Upon A Time needs to be available to be downloaded so I can go watch it! >_<
My favorite character in fabulous action

Cheesy Jokes

Sometimes jokes are so bad, they’re good. I am that weirdo who likes bad jokes - especially puns (plus I like to come up with them).

Cliffhangers

If Netflix doesn’t have the third and fourth season, at least Crunchyroll has them and I can go invest my time in Crunchyroll when I’m on the internet. Thus far, both Volume 1 and 2 end in cliffhangers - after the credits are over. Unacceptable to my fangirl heart. Unacceptable.

Character Development

There is so much character development throughout the two seasons that I’ve watched, especially with Weiss, who is the heir of a major company and a complete stuck up. But as she continues at Beacon Academy to become a huntress, she actually improves and grows as a character. ^_^

Adorable Main Characters

Ruby Red, the primary main character (and seems to be based on Red Riding Hood) is absolutely adorable. She’s two years younger than her peers, being pushed ahead of her classmates in becoming a huntress. Compared to everyone else, she’s certainly a little immature, but she’s adorable in the process (plus Weiss’s constant exasperation is hilarious). Plus there's a chibi version.
Thus far, I'm at Season Four, but get ready for tears if you get attached to any of the characters....
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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Novel Newcomers: Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers

Happy Monday!

I'm extremely excited to be kicking off the second Novel Newcomers, which starts TODAY. I'm also extremely excited to have today's guest poster, because she has an amazing blog design with an amazing blog name to top it off. She also writes fantastic discussion posts, so I'm really happy she will be kicking off NN17!

Why Fantasy is My Favourite Genre

Greetings Muggles and Magicfolk alike! I’m Uma from Books.Bags.Burgers. (www.booksbagsburgers.blogspot.com) and I’m really excited to be a part of the Novel Newcomers 2017! I’m taken a break from training young witches and playing with sphinxes to tell you all why Fantasy is my favourite genre ever! (Not that anyone needs reasons to love fantasy but we all love lists don’t we? )

1.  Because Witches and Evil Queens and Oh, Monsters!

You’re probably thinking I’m an evil witch in disguise (I’m not even going to deny that) but come on people! You gotta admit that dark evil characters with magic and sorcery up their sleeves are the best thing in literature ever! I bet the most boring of books you’ve had to read in high school would have been so much more better with evil witches (ie, me).

2.  Because We have Magic

Maybe you don’t ‘cause you’re not an evil witch but let me tell you a secret- Reading books makes you magical. I became a witch when I first read Harry Potter and then I became a demigod when I read Percy Jackson and then a Damphir when I read Vampire Academy (I happen to be multitalented) When you read fantasy books, you’re basically inside the book. When reading fantasy, you could be an assassin or a pirate or a mage or a monster (Monsters can be fun people. You gotta give them a chance.)

3.  The covers of fantasy books are gorgeous

Ok I know we aren’t supposed to judge books by their cover but I would definitely pick a book with mages and fire-breathing assassins on the cover over books with well, reality.

Also, they look good on my Bookstagram. (I’m shamelessly going to add a link so you poppets can find more such gorgeous pictures of glorious books! - https://www.instagram.com/books.bags.burgers/ )
Photography: Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers

4. Because I can escape reality for a while

We have so many problems in real life and sometimes I’m basically just trying to escape it all! Fighting Voldemort, training with Dimitri Belikov (He is my first ever book boyfriend) and going on quests with Percy and the gang is so much more awesome! I get to feel all badass and freaking amazing when reading a book.

5.  Fantasy books teach you things you’ll probably not get to use anywhere but you can’t deny their awesomeness.

RESUME
Name: Uma of the Wonderful West (Wonderful = wicked)
Age: I stopped counting after the first couple hundred years or so

Academic Qualifications:
Can make Polyjuice potion
Knows how to destroy Horcruxes
Knows how to kill Strigoi
Knows Greek mythology
Is a Dream Thief (Ronan Lynch’s protégé)
Can kill quietly and efficiently
Skills:
Can transform into a tigress
Knows how to play wizard’s chess
Can communicate with animals

See I might not get a chance to use these undeniably awesome talents but there’s always a chance I might get plunked into the middle of a fantasy novel so these are my precious talents!

Is fantasy your favourite genre? If not, what is your favourite genre and why?


Where You Can Find Uma: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

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