Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Wrap-Up

The month is already over!! Goodness, where did the time go? (also am too lazy to find my header lmao)

First, let's talk about what happened this month.

Writing Things

I did Camp NaNoWriMo! And I not only finished my 20k word goal, I also finished this draft of the manuscript! YAYYYYYY! There have been so many changes from my first draft, it's fascination to see the journey it has taken me on.

Reading Things

Ummm. Yea.

Life Things

I have a fun announcement, but I can't say anything just yet! Still, watch this space for more bookish fun :D

Giveaway Winner

So if you didn't know, the book of the month was Every Day by David Levithan. The winner of the candle from Cornerfolds Candles was Rossi, who I have already spoken with. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another monthly giveaway. There won't be a review tomorrow as I'm still catching up from my month away from reading. I'll be back next Monday though, likely with a review of ACOWAR (WHERE IS MY COPY DAMMIT I WANT IT EARLY TOOOOOO).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cover Reveal: Red Days

Hey guys, today I have a cover reveal for you! Hurray! I love covers haha. So here is the book.

Title: Red Days
Author: M L Sparrow
Release Date: July 23, 2017

2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: The Alchemists of Loom

Title: The Alchemists of Loom
Author: Elise Kova
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I Canceled My Audible Subscription, and Here's Why

Hey guys. It's no secret that I enjoy listening to some of my favorite books.

Sometimes I even -gasp- review audiobooks. Strange, I know. This was the main reason for why I ended up joining audible.

I'll be honest. I was happy with audible until very recently. There are so many good things about it. 1) It's relatively cheap. Much cheaper, in fact, than just buying audiobooks directly from amazon or another company, because you're paying for credits. 2) Satisfaction guaranteed, meaning if you didn't like an audiobook, you can return it and get your credit back. 3) 30% off all titles, plus other sales when not using credits.

So yea. I would say that I really liked using audible. Until recently.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Flame in the Mist

Title: Flame in the Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Putnam
Release Date: May 16, 2017

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Monthly Giveaway Hint

Hey guys! It's that time again. Halfway through the month where I give you a hint as to what book the first line for my giveaway comes from.

Though honestly, you could just google it. I don't care xD

Anyway, the first line is...

I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am.

So. Your hint is that it is a contemporary read with some hints of speculative fiction. But it's still in the contemporary genre. It's also a widely known LGBT+ read that has a companion novel. 


Go forth and enter on the giveaway page!

Also, I'm having am Instagram giveaway this weekend for getting to 300 followers (such a small account but I'm still happy lol). So don't forget to check out my account for details here :)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Given to the Sea

Title: Given to the Sea
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Putnam's Childrens
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Dark Breaks the Dawn

Title: Dark Breaks the Dawn
Author: Sara B Larson
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc
Release Date: May 30, 2017

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Giveaway

So. I don't know if you all know, but my good friend, Tracy, over at Cornerfolds has an Etsy shop. Her shop is, in fact, here. We've been brainstorming different candle ideas, so yes. CANDLES.

So, this month's prize is any one 8oz candle from Tracy's shop. No Tracy, you are not eligible to win xD And I'm sorry guys, this is US only. Shipping is incredibly expensive for something like a candle. I try to stagger them. My last giveaway was international. My next will probably be as well.

Okay, so here's the fun part. How to enter :) All you have to do is both follow my blog and tell me what book the following first line is from.

I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am.

Got it? Good. Go forth and enter!

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