Summer/Fall/Winter 2017 Wrap-Up!

Wow it’s been a long times since I last did a wrap up blog post, but I guess better late than never to catch up. I think there are 39 books on this list. All but one of these books are rated 4 or 5 stars which I have to say is pretty miraculous. Continue reading “Summer/Fall/Winter 2017 Wrap-Up!”

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Children of Blood and Bone – Now We Rise Blog Tour

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and it does not disappoint. Admittedly I’m still reading it, but even from the first couple chapter I could already tell that I was going to love it, and I do, especially the world building and the magic system in which there are 12 different clans of Maji’s who are people with magic in their blood. Here is a poster in which you can figure out your own Maji power.  Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone – Now We Rise Blog Tour”

Hope Nation – ed. Rose Brock (Blog Tour)

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I love tabbing my books with stickys when I come across quotes and memorable parts, and I was very much tempted to tab every page. There were moments when I smiled, laughed, held my breath, and cried. I read this book at a time when I really needed some hope and inspiration and motivation and it certainly delivered. And with 25 powerful contributors, how couldn’t it?! So I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes from the first half of the book in this review. Continue reading “Hope Nation – ed. Rose Brock (Blog Tour)”

Book “Buying” Guide

IMG_2386.jpgBooks are expensive and keeping up with new releases, photos on bookstagram, and the never ending TBR is hard when you’re trying to save money for other things. And then there are those pre-order incentives when you get amazing swag and the shiny book itself. I’ve burned through a lot of my bank account on books and bookish merch. It’s terrible, but not really. I’ve mostly quieted my bookish merch since all I do with it is decorate my shelves and photos, but I am trying to do better at resisting the urge to splurge on books. So I thought I’d share some of my tips for obtaining books on a budget. Continue reading “Book “Buying” Guide”

In Tune Out of Sync – Kate Forest

In Tune Out of Sync was a really fun NA book. It merges music and traveling and romance, three things that I really love. As a musician, I love reading books where music plays a role, especially classical music, but I also am always hesitant about it. Music and our connection to it, whether we are musicians or not, is something that is unique to each person, which is part of why I love music so much and why it’s sometimes hard for me to read about musicians, but I will say that I enjoyed this book, especially since I was in need of a contemporary and it was just loads of fun to read during my recent travels! And thank you to the author Kate Forest for providing me a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review! Continue reading “In Tune Out of Sync – Kate Forest”

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

I first heard about The Cruel Prince from Leigh Bardugo at one of her events where she raved about it. Her blurb on the book says it’s “lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book” and it totally is lush and dangerous and a dark jewel of a book! But I will be honest and say I never really intended to read this book until the ARC* showed up in my mailbox and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read it early, because I loved it! And I also need the sequel immediately!! The Cruel Prince is the first book I’ve read by Holly Black and I can definitely see why she’s the Queen of Faeries. Continue reading “The Cruel Prince – Holly Black”

Books for Writing 2: World Building

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World Building

As a person writing a fantasy novel, coming up with a developed and unique world has been both really fun and a challenge. When it comes to my weakest point in writing, I would have to say description and that follows to world building. I also have no idea really what I want my world to physically look like so it’s kind of vague at this point in my first draft.

One thing I have done to help me envision my world is make maps. Continue reading “Books for Writing 2: World Building”

Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein – Lita Judge (Guest Reviewer)

Hey everyone! It turns out one of my new friends I met this year absolutely loves Frankenstein and Mary Shelly. So when I received an ARC of Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review, I asked her if she was interested in reading and reviewing it for the blog (whether it be positive or negative) and she said yes! Continue reading “Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein – Lita Judge (Guest Reviewer)”

Akata Warrior Book Tour + Giveaway!

AkataWarrior_BlogBanner“To learn is to live.” – Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

You know a book is amazing when days later, you’re still living in it. I love it when the book I’m reading becomes a part of my life, when the world is so immersive and the characters are so incredible and the story refuses to let you go. I truly feel like I’m living another life and for that space of time that book becomes my other reality. And now I am lost, having finished Akata Witch and Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor.

Continue reading “Akata Warrior Book Tour + Giveaway!”

Favorite Alex Rider Gadgets – Never Say Die Blog Tour

fullsizeoutput_1b22.jpegWhen I was in middle school (and some of high school), I used to be absolutely obsessed with spy / heist books. I loved them so much! Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and of course the British teenage spy Alex Rider. I think he was actually one of my first book boyfriends. Lol. So you can imagine how sad I was when the Alex Rider series ended in 2011 with Scorpia Rising . . . and you can also imagine how I died when I found our Anthony Horowitz would be releasing a new Alex Rider book this year on October 10th! Then I got invited by Penguin Teen to participate in this blog tour for Never Say Die and read the book, got to the end, and died again!

So in honor of the 11th Alex Rider book, I thought I’d talk about 11 of my favorite Alex Rider gadgets, because how can you be a spy without the coolest gear ever? (Review at the end) Continue reading “Favorite Alex Rider Gadgets – Never Say Die Blog Tour”