Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

31931941 Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest, unbiased review

Synopsis: In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community, and has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea's biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

With illustrations from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums and snippets of Wallace's fanfiction, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

April Book Haul and Reads



I'm finally able to start reading some ARCs again, and boy does that make me excited! I loved this one, and highly recommend it to anyone thinking of reading it!

My bookmarks from @laladreamyland arrived!

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Haha I've had a thing lately for bookmarks, so I couldn't pass these up. I was looking for a #currentlyreading bookmark to show off with my current reads, and couldn't pass up the Darkling quote! <3

It's so pretty! #bookmail #arc #tyndale @tyndalehouse

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An ARC from Tyndale House. This one definitely fits the season I am in, as I always seem to be waiting for something lately. I love the cover, so had to share! Looking forward to starting this soon.

Rereading a favorite! I love this trilogy so much! It never gets old! #currentlyreading #currentread #ya #fantasy

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An old favorite, and I will NEVER get over these books! They are amazing! I couldn't wait to revisit old friends, and enjoyed it as much, or maybe even a little more than I did the first time!



Anyone else shop at Ollie's Bargains Outlet? I LOVE their book section, and can't leave without a few! Here's my latest book haul.



I also recently tried BookOutlet and LOVED it! Here was my fist buy, I'm already looking to buy from them again soon!



I finally got around to reading this, and even started my ARC of Ash and Quill! (It keeps getting better!)



One of my favorite unboxing pictures so far! I can't wait to start reading this, and plan to as soon as I get my booked moved to my new house XD



Need I say more?! It's stunning!

Thanks to @NetGalley I'm reading this book! I'm about halfway through and can't wait to see what happens!

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I enjoyed this read. I loved the cover, and thought it sounded interesting. While not as good as I hoped, it was still a fun read.



OMGoodness! I LOVED this book! I mean so much! I can't even explain! I also recently read Lola and the Boy Next Door, and enjoyed it, but St. Clair! *fangirls!*



A nice filler read between series. I needed this after reading Empire of Storms! O.O



This book! I've been on a roll with amazing books on ARC and this one is no exception! I couldn't put it down!



This series is so good! I'm trying hard to take it slow, because I'm super not ready for this to be over! :'( But I love it so much it's hard! XD (This is book two in the Red Winter trilogy)

So that was a quick wrap-up of my books in April. I'm so ready for May! Great books, I'm moving, FairyLoot ;D Starting with ACOWAR with things looking up all month, bring it!

How did your April look? Did you find a new favorite? Meet any amazing new authors? Buy anything bookish? Feel free to share that and more about your April in the comments below!

We're so excited to finally reveal the May theme to you guys and it is... WARRIORS & LEGENDS! ⚔️ What kind of warrior would you be? Would your name be written amongst the legends? Would there be tales told and songs sung of your adventures? ⚔️ The May ‘Warriors & Legends’ box is perfect for people that love The Lord Of The Rings, and any epic fantasy adventure. There is a great variety of high quality and useful items that you are surely going to love - and most of them are exclusive! There will be a total of SIX items, and only one item will be based on a fandom (Lord of the Rings) - all other items will be related to warriors and legends or to our awesome book of the month! ⚔️ The book we’re featuring is a VERY highly anticipated novel from a bestselling author. The story is set in feudal Japan and is a mash up of Mulan and 47 Ronin. We loved this book SO much, and wanted to reread it right after finishing it! The writing is simply exquisite, and we’re sure you are going to love this book as much as we do! It will also come with a signed bookplate, letter from the author and many more goodies. ⚔️ For now we’re only going to reveal one supplier for this box and that is @inthewickoftime! We’ll be featuring a mini tin size candle that smells so incredible and it will be a FairyLoot exclusive! We’ll be revealing more suppliers over the next couple of weeks on social media - all we’re going to say for now is this box is going to be absolutely JAM PACKED! ⚔️ The May boxes will be available in our online store TOMORROW Thursday 6th of April at 1:00pm Greenwich Mean Time (2pm British Time) for single purchase and subscriptions. ⚔️ We have stocked up a lot for May boxes, so it should give more people an opportunity to subscribe! Even though we have increased the amount of boxes, the quantity is still limited, so make sure you grab yours soon! If you have a subscription, you don't have to worry about missing out, you will automatically get the next box.

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(I don't claim this picture, it's from the FairyLoot page, but I had to share!) This will be my first FairyLoot and I'm stoked! (It was super expensive, so I'm saying it's an early b-day present to me, but I have been trying to get one for just under a year, and finally did it!)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The Mourning Ring

The Mourning Ring
by Sarah Parke

Publication Date: October 10, 2016
CreateSpace
eBook & Paperback; 350 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fantasy







READ AN EXCERPT.

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Bronte lives to tell stories. She longs to improve her fortunes through her writing. Charlotteís father expects her to leave behind her childish fantasies in order to set an example for her three younger siblings.

But the Bronte children hold a secret in their veinsóa smidgen of fairy blood that can bring their words to life.

When Charlotte discovers that the characters from their childish stories exist in an alternate world called Glass Town, she jumps at the opportunity to be the heroine of her own tale.

The city of Angria teeters on the brink of civil war and Charlotte and her siblings must use their magic and their wits to save its people from a tyrant with magic abilities. But entering the fictional world means forfeiting control of their own creations. If they fail, the characters they have come to know and love will be destroyed.

Charlotte is determined to save the city and characters she loves, but when the line between creator and character becomes blurred, will she choose her fantasy or her family?

Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

 Review: An interesting mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot in this one. I was surprised at every twist, and the ending was great!

About the Author

Sarah Parke writes fantasy and historical fiction (sometimes at the same time) for young adult readers and those young at heart.

She has a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program. Her work has been published internationally, most recently in the July 2015 issue of The Writer magazine.

For more information, please visit Sarah Parke's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 19
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Thursday, April 20
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Review, Excerpt & Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, April 21
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Review & Excerpt at Adventures Thru Wonderland

Saturday, April 22
Interview at T's Stuff
Review at A Book Drunkard

Sunday, April 23
Review, Excerpt, & Interview at Quitterstrip

Monday, April 24
Review & Excerpt at Rainy Day Reviews

Tuesday, April 25
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Wednesday, April 26
Review at Just One More Chapter
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TTT #12: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish


April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book
This one if a bit of a challenge for me. I've actually never thought of WHY I want to read a book, so this is a bit of a learning experience for me XD Again my answers aren't in any order, they are list listed as I think of them.

10. Written by a favorite author! (I mean come on! This is probably the most popular answer! lol) But really, if I see a book by someone I know, especally if I LOVED the last book I read by them, then it's pretty much an auto buy!

9. Eye catching! If I'm walking through a store, or even looking online and I title or cover catches my eye, I am a lot more likely to want to buy it. I'm very visual, so things that catch my attention are more likely to appeal to me.

8. Recommended and/or reviewed by a favorite author! This goes along with number 10, but if an author I love endorses a book in any way, I'm probably going to instantly want to know more about the book!

7. Series I've read! If it's the next book in a series I love, (and if I haven't already pre-ordered it XD) I often have to get my hands on it as soon as I see it! (I mean come on! It's been a year since the last book came out! The struggle is real!)

6. If the bookish community it talking about it! I've added a TON of books to my TBR for this reason alone! In the last year (I started my blog last April! O.O) alone I've met so many wonderful people and added (and read) so many amazing books that I would have never read/heard of outside of this incredible community! 

5. Retellings! So before last year, I don't believe I had ever read a retelling. Now I can't get enough of them! ACOTAR started my love for retellings, but now I've read quite a few, from Peter Pan retellings to Beauty and the Beast and even some based on lesser know stories. 

4. Fantasy! I LOVE fantasy books! So as my go-to genre I'm always looking for a new favorite! Especially books that involve pirates, knights, ninja, dragons, quests, or adventure! Plus I love superpowers, so that's always a welcome bonus!

3. Sassy/Sarcastic Leads! I LOVE sarcastic characters, and it's even better if it's one of the main characters! 

2. Intelligent Characters! Think Sherlock! I love characters full of cunning and wisdom! Especially if they are matched against an equally intelligent adversary! 

1. Legend/Mythology/fairy-tale! Ok, I'm a sucker for all of the above! Often they have one (or more!) of the other things I have mentioned, and what's not to love!? From the old stories, to modern tales, there is so much potential! 

So that's my Ten, what were some of yours? Did any books come to mind from this list? If so share them! If you also did this TTT share that too! I'd love to see what ten things you picked! 

Happy Reading!

Stephanie

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: A Million Junes

30763950 A Million Junes by Emily Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to First to Read by Penguin Publishers for this ARC galley!

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.


Blog Tour: Runes


Runes
Series: Runes Book 1
by
Ednah Walters
Genre:
YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Seventeen-year-old
Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s
disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of
her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St.
James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way
of reading her.
Raine
is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment,
until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is
different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine.
Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not
sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared,
she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to
the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What
Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part
of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a
side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.



Immortals 
(book 2)

Grimnirs 
(book 3)

Seeress 
(book 4)
Goodreads * Amazon






Souls 
(book 5)

Witches 
(book 6)

Goddess 
(book 7)
Review: I loved this book! Fun, exciting, and mysterious. Plus hot guys with strange powers? Um, yes! Well written and impossible to put down. Just the thing I needed to break my latest book-hangover XD I'm so glad I found this series!


USA
Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters is a multi-published author of
four different series--her Norse-mythology-based bestselling YA
Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim
THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).
She
also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald
Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this
series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES.
Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th). 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

A fun Tag: I mustache you some questions!

A fun Tag: I mustache you some questions!


I was glad to notice I've been tagged by Vicki from Lil Miss Vix Reads to participate in this tag. Thanks Vicki!

Four jobs I've had:
1. Home Repair worker;
2. Food/clothing ministry center;
3. Walmart apparel worker;
4. Birthday/holiday card stocker.

Four movies I have watched more than once:
1. The Lion Kin
My FAVORITE movies growing up! 



2. Dead Poets Society
Another movie I have loved for years!
 

3. The Sword in the Stone
King Arthur, need I say more? XD



4. Howl's Moving Castle
Ok, so I have a weakness for anything Studio Ghibli but this is my all time favorite movie they made! (My second favorite is Spirited Away) 

 



Four books I would recommend:



The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)1. The Chronicles of Narnia;
This book started my love for reading, and even today it never gets old! 


Rhodi's Light (The Rhodi Saga, #1)2.The Rhodi Saga;
I had the pleasure of finding this trilogy last year, and loved it! (Trigger warning, it does deal with cutting and depression) but I feel it is done in a supportive way, and intended to bring hope and awareness to readers.


Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, #1) 3. Auralia's Colors;
Book one of the The Auralia Thread series, this was a cover buy, but I'm so glad I bought it! As soon as I finished this one, but immediately went out and bought the other three books!


The Book Thief4. The Book Thief;
This one honestly started my love for books involving Jewish characters, and other cultures in general.  




Four places I have visited:
1. Texas;
2. Florida;
3. West Virginia;
4. Illinois;


Four places I would rather be right now:
1. New Zealand
2. Ireland
3. Israel;
4. Hawaii.

Four things I don't eat:
1. Hershy's Chocolate;
2. Clams/muscles/oysters;
3. Squid

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chocolate covered strawberries!
2. Homemade Ice Cream
3. Most anything made from scratch!
4. Desert Pizza

Four TV shows that I watch:
1. Hawaii Five-O
2. Blue Bloods
3. Code Black
4. Chicago (Fire, PD and Med)

Four things I am looking forward to this year (2017): 
1. Keeping my blog updated;
2. Hopefully getting a job invloving books;
3. A boyfriend? ;D
4. Finally getting a car!

Four things I'm always saying:
1.  Believe in yourself;
2. Be positive;
3. Be the best version of yourself everyday;
4. God's got this!

Four people I tag: 
1. Christine Danielle @ bibliophilic madness
2. Mary @ bookhounds
3. Monique @  Mo books
4. YOU! If you want to, feel free to participate :)

News
I'm trying this new thing, I'm linking everyone who participated in this tag at the end of this post. I think it would be a nice way of sharing the tag and letting more people know about it. I'm planning on doing this with every tag I participate in.

So if you participate in this tag, please let me know in the comments and add your URL, so I can add you to the list (If you already participated because you were tagged by another blogger, you can add the link as well).

Participating Bloggers:
1. Vicki @ Lil Miss Vix Reads
2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
3. Veronika @ Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes
4. Lee and JJ @ Rare Worlds Blog
5. Carrie @ The Book Goddess
6. Who will be number six?


Have a great day!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Ultimate Book Tag

 So while I was looking for book tags, I stumbled upon this one, and had to share it! If you have made, or know of any other fun book tags please share them below!

This book tag is called The Ultimate Book Tag and it was created by the lovely ladies at Chapter Chicks.
If you like to participate, please leave your link in the comment below so I can visit and read your answers.
Let’s get started!!
The Ultimate Book Tag
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Sometime. Lately I have been reading more in the car, and find that it doesn't bother me as much, but I still can't read on hills or curves.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Stephanie Perkins. I'm not a rom/com, chick-lit fan, but I love her work! It just feels right, and even makes me laugh out loud in spots! (Unlike most modern romances that bore me!)
3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Neither. I read Twilight as a kid, but didn't like it, and never read Harry Potter. (These were the only two books my mom banned me from reading!)
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
I don't carry a 'book bag' exactly, but I use my backpack as a purse/suitcase/book bag/etc! So I always have either a book or my Kindle with me everywhere I go.
5. Do you smell your books?
Haha yes!
 6. Books with or without little illustrations?
While I read a lot of books without, I love the ones that have them! It is just a special touch, and also helps bring the book to life for me.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
*Cring* Twilight

No actually, (I know it's blaspheme to say about my favorite book,but...) the Inheritance cycle. While I love the first two books, I felt the ending was rushed, and left a lot out, two things I dislike in books now. I feel the story didn't get told as well as it could have been, and that we missed important parts due to things like deadlines (which I know are important, but so is telling the entire story) I also feel that by the end, Paolini had started to get burnt out on Alagaesia while fans still wanted more.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not really. Other that the fact that I read A LOT so librarians always knew my name because I spent most of my time reading as a child lol (I think it both amused them, and frightened them at the same time at the number of books I would check out each time!)
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
A children's book called Gaston's Tale by Celeste K. Ramirez
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do. Openings mostly, and a few scenes, but nothing put together yet. I would love to be an author one day, but I am very hard on myself, and so I often scrap the things I write. Maybe one day...
12. When did you get into reading?
I found my love for reading in the second grade. My second grade teacher always encouraged our love for reading and would read us books every week. The only one I remember, and the one I fell in love with was the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I didn't start reading until the fourth grade, but that one moment planted a seed that has lasted a lifetime, and continues to grow! (My first reading goal was to read the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe myself one day! Something that I am proud of doing to this day!)
13. What is your favorite classic book?
Because of my second grade teacher I have to say the Chronicles of Narnia. It was always have a special place for me, but I can't pick just one book. After reading them all, I feel they loose meaning is not read together, so I have to recommend them all!
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Nope! Science was always my favorite, but I also enjoyed history if I had a good teacher. English(Grammar) and Math were two classes I hated, but always love the literature side of English.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I say thank you and then pass it on to someone else who would enjoy it.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Not entirely similar, but one that I feel readers of both might enjoy is one of my favorite. The Rhodi Saga, or book one Rhodi's Light by Megan Linski
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
Since I feel I'm super awkward I don't vlog, but as I'm getting out of my shyness more, maybe one day. In person I tend to talk to much and super fast when talking about things I love (books for instance!)
18. What is your favorite word?
Hmm... I don't really have one favorite. I guess if I had to pick right now it would be: Eloquence
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Um... don't they all mean the same thing? lol
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Can I choose Fae? No? OK then I'll take both! Sensual vampires and magical faeries? Um, yes!
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters. I have never been comfortable with stories about Angels and demons. While I have always loved a good shapeshifter story!
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Again. Both. Why? Well spirits have unfinished business which leads to mysteries and I love mysteries. And werewolves, the are similar to shapeshifters to the whole pack drama brings me in.
23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires. I can't see myself ever falling for a rotting corpse...sorry
 24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
*grimace* Both? Yes I know tacky, but if it's well written I enjoy a little of both, but forbidden love would be my favorite.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action packed. I can stand romance in a fantasy/action book, but don't like books that only deal with romance. (They tend to bore me... haha)
Happy Reading!