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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Wrap-Up

But how can March be over already??

I know, I kind of slowed down in blogging momentum near the end of the month, but there is a reason for that.

As I've mentioned before (at least I think I have), I'll be taking April off from reading. So I'm writing as many reviews and posts ahead of time to last through the month.

Sooooo.... what happened this month?

So, in case you missed it, the March Giveaway ended and the winner is Lauren at My Expanding Bookshelf

I've emailed you. Please email me back within 48 hours. The March book of the month, which I took the first line from for the giveaway was Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton. Congrats on winning a free audiobook form audible!

Blogging Things

Not much really happened. I read fourteen books, including audiobooks and one DNF (very late in the book too). So that's not too shabby. In case you missed it, I posted reviews for these:

I also, for the first and only time in many months, did a Waiting on Wednesday post.

I'm wanting to start a feature of a weekly interview. I love doing interviews! But if this happens, it'll be a long way off.

Life Things

I have some health answers and more health questions. Such is life. 

Instagram Things

I got throwing knives in. Yes, I ordered throwing knives, because I want to learn. I still need a target though, so I'm currently just using them for props.  Here are two of my more recent photos from this month.

If you're on instagram, let me know your username! I'm constantly on the search for more bookish accounts to follow.  I try to post at least once a day, though I usually post more.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: Duels and Deception

Title: Duels and Deception
Author: Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Crystal Storm

Title: Crystal Storm
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: December 13, 2016

The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Audiobook Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: November 15, 2011

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Hunted

Title: Hunted
Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 14, 2014

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekly Snippet

Hello. I'm running behind on a lot of things this week, so I'm picking something completely random.

Enjoy! I'll be back tomorrow with a review :)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Goodbye Days

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Giveaway

Happy March everyone!

I cannot believe everything has snuck up on us so quickly, and I'm sitting here wondering how in the world I'm going to get all the things done on time.

Anyway, it's a new month and time for a new giveaway.

This month, I've decided to give away any one book on Audible. So yep! You get a free audiobook!

The only thing I ask is that you are able to redeem a gift from (the US site). You don't have to be US-based, just able to redeem from a gift from the US site, because that's where my membership is, so that's where it will be coming from. If you're international and there's a book that's not on your site, this is a great chance to try and get it!

And of course the usual: no giveaway accounts, no private accounts, etc.

Waiting on Wednesday (58) Before She Ignites

Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meados
Pages: 400
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.
Jodi Meadows’s new Fallen Isles series blazes with endangered magic, slow-burn romance, and inner fire.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Wrap-Up

Hey guys! -waves-

So I'm sorry I didn't have a monthly giveaway for February. But I did try to make up for it by having a couple twitter giveaways this month. I'm still trying to decide what to do for my March giveaway, so if you have any ideas before tomorrow, leave a comment below!

So let's get this party wrapped up!

Things I read

Okay, I did a fair amount of reading and reviewing this month. I'm honestly feeling really lazy, so I'm just going to put a picture of my goodreads page lmao.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Queens of Geek

Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: March 14, 2017

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Strange the Dreamer

Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Release Date: March 28, 2017

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly Snippet

Hello! I'm deep in revisions and super busy. So I'm providing you with a tiny part of Spy Project (the part I've skimmed over already at least lol).

Hope you enjoy! I need to get back to work...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Audiobook Review: King's Cage

Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 7, 2017

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Audiobook Review: Ink Mage

Title: Ink Mage
Author: Victor Gischler
Publisher: 47North
Release Date: April 29, 2014

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city’s mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat.

But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

With the help of her bodyguard, Kork, the battle-trained young Rina narrowly escapes the slaughter and makes her way to the lair of an ancient sorcerer—the Ink Mage—who gifts her with a strange, beautiful set of magical tattoos.

Now a duchess in exile, Rina sets out on a quest to reclaim what is rightfully hers, aided by a motley assortment of followers who will help her in her cause—some for noble reasons and others for their own dark purposes.

With the enemy’s agents nipping at her heels, Rina must learn to harness her new and startling magical powers if she is to assert her rightful place as ruler of Klaar.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekly Snippet

Hello and welcome to Weekly Snippet, a post where I show you a small bit of one of my WIPs. This week's snippet is from Iron Curse, my MS that is temporarily available to read on Swoon Reads. At least until March.

It's small, I know. But I haven't worked on this MS in a while, and there is a lot I plan to overhaul once I have it taken down from the Swoon Reads site.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Traitor to the Throne

Title: Traitor to the Throne
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Viking Books
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review: Frostblood

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)Title: Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little Brown BFYR
Release Date: January 10, 2017

The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: Traveler

Title: Traveler
Author: L.E. Delano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review: Romeo & What's Her Name

Title: Romeo & What's Her Name
Author: Shani Petroff
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?

This... This definitely had a scene that was the most mortifying thing I have ever read in my entire life.

Emily has a thing for Wes, the super sweet, smart, nerdy, and all-over just about perfect guy at school. Even better, they grew up just down the street from each other, so she's been harboring this crush for quite some time. When he comes back from winter break, she finds out he and his girlfriend broke up and is determined to get his attention. 

Much to Emily's surprise, Wes gives her the attention she always wanted. She's shocked/confused/etc until he seems to be doing to same to all the girls. So is he just being a a nice guy? 

So let's talk about the characters. I really liked Wes. He was super sweet, and constantly tries to do the right thing. But, as Emily points out early on, he is constantly walked over by others, which leads to some interesting times later on. Because he really just can't say no to anyone for anything.

And then there's Emily. She weirded me out at first. Okay, probably because I was pretty similar to her. Her obsessive crush was maybe a bit much, but who could blame her when she lives down the street from the hottest guy in school?

I loved that when Emily found out she had to perform she really and truly did try to learn her lines. She crammed with her friend Kayla (I loved both Kayla and Jill, her best friends) before the show, and they tried to come up with a way for her to see the lines on her phone. And we're led to believe she might actually know her lines. But then things happen, and more things happen, and she's totally lost, making up the entire scene in "Shakespeare-speak". Not gonna lie, it was bad. Mortifying. Even more so because I know that part was based on a true story. 

Characters: 3 stars
Plot: 4 stars
World: 4 stars
Feels: 4 stars

4 stars

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Snippet

For this week's snippet, I went back to Iron Curse, which can be found on Swoon Reads in all its typo-y glory (lol). This particular snippet is from the prologue.

I need to get back to revising this, but I have so much that I need to read at the moment. It's been pretty far from my mind. Remember, this month on Swoon Reads is reading month. That means that the submission deadline for this publishing season just passed, and they are giving readers one extra month to read, rate, and review manuscripts.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Whoops! My Bad!

So today is the first of the month.

Today I would usually have a monthly giveaway post up. But I have a confession.

I forgot.

I've been crazy busy between a really stressful week at work, getting back from ALA, health issues, and my blogaversary, that it totally slipped my mind. I suck. I don't like not giving you guys the entire month to enter, so I'm going to skip this month and try to have an extra-awesome prize for March.

Sorry! I'm dumb, and I suck. I'll try to make it up to you guys!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Wrap-Up

I can't believe January is over already. 

So, let's get through this as quickly as possible. So, I know I've been fairly absent from the blog recently, getting behind on things. But I do have a reason. I've been going through some health issues that have made it difficult for me to do stuff. 

My Reads

I've gotten back into listening to audiobooks while at work. So I listening to both ACOTAR and ACOMAF this month. I also wrote a discussion about Tamlin, which you can find here.

Aside from those audios, I've been making my way through Jennifer L Armentrout's Covenant series. I did an audiobook review of the first book here. In a word? Meh. But since it's an audiobook, and I like the narrator, I wanted to finish the series anyway.

Physical books and ebooks I read are fewer. I read S Usher Evans' The Union, I officially DNF'd Nevernight after being on page 24 for months. I DNF'd Because of the Sun, my first read of the year (that bodes well) because of an intolerable main character, and I reviewed A Tangled Web

Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: The Union

The Union (Madion War Trilogy, #3)
Title: The Union
Author: S Usher Evans
Publisher: Suns Golden Ray Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2017

Fifty years of war have led to this.Prince Galian spends his days ministering to the sick in Kylae, but his nights strategizing how to change hearts and minds of his people. With the death camp closed, the country is becoming more volatile, and even King Grieg may not be able to maintain control over the warring factions.

Across the Great Madion Sea, Theo Kallistrate seeks an audience with the Raven rebels, rumored to be brewing insurrection against President Bayard. But they don't trust her, and progress has been achingly slow. When the war takes a major turn, Theo and Galian find themselves front and center in a political firestorm that could end with their union…or their funeral.

The Union is the final book in the Madion War Trilogy, which readers have called, "fast-paced," "compelling," and "not to be missed."

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Snippet

Weekly snippet is a fairly new feature where I share a small portion of a WIP. This week, you can see something small from Nightmare Project, my 2016 NaNoWriMo project. Most of what I have will be overhauled, but I like to share anyway :p

Do you like this feature? Want me to continue? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Super Special Awesome Blogaversary!

If you get my reference, then cheers! If not, I'm a sad panda. But I still love you.

Anyway, today is the last day of the Midwinter conference in Atlanta, and it also happens to be my second blogaversary! I can't believe I've been doing this shit for two years. WTF.

Friday, January 20, 2017

ALA this weekend!

Greetings! Today I am driving up to Atlanta with my best friend for the ALA Midwinter conference. 

It will be most fun. We will be sharing an AirBnB with notable bloggers such as TracyMC, and Emily.

So because of this, I won't really be around all weekend. I won't have a review up Monday (I know, I know, I've been so behind lately). But I will have my super special awesome blogaversary post up! So be sure to check back!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When you can't ship "The Ship"

I know I've read multiple books where I just couldn't get behind the ship. In all likelihood, you have too. The love interest is controlling, or he's just not right for the heroine.

And that's the thing. It's happening again...

I'm reading a series where I just can't with the ship. I read through the synopses of all the other books in the series, and it continues as it is, shipped as such. So what do?

If I had known from the absolute beginning about what Bardugo would do with the Darkling, would I have continued on with the series? Probably not. He's one of my absolute favorite characters, and seeing him turned into such an awful villain was painful. Almost as painful as seeing the ship with Mal (because honestly Mal is a douche canoe).

So when there is the suggestion of a possible other ship that I like sooooo much better, but I know it will go no where? WHAT DO?

I got lucky with ACOTAR. I was never 100% behind the Tamlin ship, and when ACOMAF came around, I was happy to leave it behind. But now I don't know what to do. I haven't been on this end of shipping very often, mainly because I'm very good at calling the ship. And okay. I did call the ship. I just don't like it.

The thing is, as a writer and a reader, I do not like love triangles. So if there is an alternate love interest (there is one introduced in this case), I find myself going crazy. WHY does there have to be a love triangle? Of course, then you look at the fandoms for these different books (let's take Twilight for example) and see how vehemently the fans support one or the other. So even though I know this ship of mine ends up badly, I still want to route for it. But personally, as a writer, I avoid doing love triangles, because it just feels all kinds of wrong. And so now I leave you with a question.

For those of you that still ship with Tamlin, or those that hate Rowan. Those that can't get behind a ship. What should I do? Should I continue on with this series? 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Audiobook Review: Half-Blood

Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18, 2011

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Snippet

I'm not sure how long I'm going to continue this series. We'll see. This week, I decided to just do a screenshot, since I apparently can't be bothered to check for typos when I'm copying things over by hand lol.

This is a tiny snippet from my project that's currently in revision, Spy Project. Let me know what you think in the comments. Should I continue with this feature?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monthly Giveaway Hint

Welp, I think a lot of people are a bit stuck on what the book of the month is. So here's a reminder of what the first line is:

"She'd never killed before tonight."

And here is your hint:

It's the first in a six-book YA fantasy series, the fifth of which released last year. And it is not Throne of Glass. Enter in the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a US hardcover of My Lady Jane (US/Can only, full details here)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Roseblood

I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today! I love Phantom of the Opera so much, so this is extremely exciting.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed Roseblood poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: A Tangled Web

Title: A Tangled Web
Author: M.L. Sparrow
Release Date: February 1, 2017

Japan, 2011

Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she's already in love with Ryuu.

A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Discussion: ACOTAR

I want to talk about all the things ACOTAR. Because we all remember how much I loved ACOMAF, and with ACOWAR coming out later this year... well yea.

If you're not in the know, I am talking about A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J Maas. This will be a very spoilery discussion for both the first and second book. So beware. If you haven't read both, you might not want to continue.

So. Let me first link you to my original review for ACOTAR, here.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Snippet

Welcome to the Weekly Snippet, a new feature on my blog where I show you a small excerpt from one of my WIPs. This is the first time I have a feature on my blog that focuses fully on writing instead of reading, so we'll see how it goes haha.

This week, the snippet is from Iron Curse, which you can find online here.

Cara shivered when she thought back to her sister—bright and beautiful, powerful and protective—murdered by those half blood abominations. She choked back a tear. No, she hadn't cried over Talia in a century, and she wasn't about to start now just because of a missing petulant little girl.

The brat needed to be found, and she knew without a doubt that Jifanya pay for what Fildor and Vantaria had failed to do—stop the wizards from existing.

Let me know if you like this feature. I can share more of my WIPs in the future.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 New Years Resolutions

Again, Happy New Year!

So this year I have a few things that I really want to do between my personal life, blogging life, and my writing life. So let's take a look at them, shall we?

  1. Finish revising Spy Project - I've been working on this project on and off since last January. I'm currently somewhere around 63k words, and I still have a while to go. But I'll never finish if I don't sit down and actually work on it. I haven't done any writing in a while, and I need to do something about that.
  2. Finish a first draft of Nightmare Project - This was my NaNoWriMo project that went horribly wrong lol. I have around 10k words, and a lot of it will need to be rewritten, because a major plot point has completely changed since I discovered it doesn't make any sense. But the big problem was that my computer broke during the second week of November, so that was pretty much when I stopped writing. I need to get back to it.
  3. Go back and do a final round of revisions on Iron Curse - I really want to get this one published. It's been sent to one agent, so I'm hoping she can see I'm very willing to revise. But if she's not interested, I need to send to other agents. And for that, I need to make some big changes.
  4. So that said... My final writing resolution isn't to get published, but to query agents - I can't get published without an agent. Well, I can lol. I could self publish, and some indy publishers accept submissions from unagented writers. But the first step to getting published, aside from writing the MS, is querying agents. It's a long and arduous process, so I need to start at some point. I'm really wanting mostly to query Spy Project. I have what I think is a decent query, so we'll see :)
  5. Read 75 books - Last year I set my reading goal really low at 55, and I surpassed it easily, even though I spent a lot of time writing. This time I want to spend more time writing, but I want to read 75.
  6. Get to 300 blog followers - I know this isn't likely, but it would be nice. Still, who knows with my writing where the future of my blog will lie. I have enough trouble getting posts up as it is.
  7. Stick to a diet - Lol. This last one is definitely my personal life. So over the past two years I have gained a lot of weight. I had lost a lot a few years back, but now with my job I've gained a lot back. I think I may actually be at my highest ever. So I really want to get back down to a healthy weight. It's just a matter of sticking to a diet, actually cooking real food, going out for walks, etc. It's harder than it sounds!
What are some of your new years resolutions?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Wrap-Up and End of Year Survey

I can't believe it's 2017. IT'S NOT 2016 ANYMORE PRAISE THE LORD OF DARKNESS.

I'm going to start here with my December Wrap-up, and then move on to my 2016 end of year survey. Because of how long this is, I'll have a separate 2017 goals post up tomorrow.

December Wrap-Up

So the first two weeks in December were all about Indie publishing, as I last-minute took over co-hosting the #ReadIndie Challenge. Because it was so last minute, It didn't do all that much for the challenge, but Tracy and I have some special things planned for next year, because we had a great time this year. 

So that will take place again next December (I know it's a long way away!), so if you're interested, keep an eye out. We'll probably be announcing it earlier to give people time to get things read.

So I read a total of four books in December. I know, I've been slacking. I didn't listen to any audiobooks, and I didn't do any work on my manuscripts. For January, I've already finished one book, started an audiobook, and I've worked through some MS problems in my head. I need to sit down and work on them. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Review: Because of the Sun

Title: Because of the Sun
Author: Jenny Torres Sanchez
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 3, 2017

Dani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on.

But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own.

Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January Giveaway!

Okay guys, sorry I've been so slow. Work has been really bad lately. So first, my wrap-up post will be up on Tuesday, January 3.

Second, the winner of my December giveaway was Annie. I've just emailed you (I know I'm behind lol). Please email me back within 48 hours with your choices of the selected books.

Next, in case you didn't know it, December's book of the month was Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. If you haven't read this series, you definitely should.