Monday, September 19, 2016

Why You Should Preorder THE DIABOLIC (if you haven't already)

S.J. Kincaid, who is one of my favorite authors, is releasing a new book in November. It's a standalone novel, and it is absolutely breathtaking. Seriously. I don't think it is possible for me to tell you how great that book is.

Here's the stunning cover:


S.J. Kincaid is currently doing a pre-order giveaway, which means that you can get some amazing goodies if you preorder THE DIABOLIC. I've just gotten mine, and I can't tell you how excited I am for my shiny hardcover to come in November. 

If you're interested in learning more about the book, check it out here. You can also send in your proof of preorder here and get some pretty cool swag.

Trust me when I say this isn't a book you'll want to miss out on.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT has arrived!

I can't contain my excitement! I've been waiting FOREVER for this book. I started rereading the first book in the series, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, to get reacquainted with the characters. As soon as I finish the first book, I'll dive right into the second.

I don't have an Instagram account (I'm really lacking in the social media department), but I wanted to share a picture I took of my huge hardcover and AN EMBER IN THE ASHES tote bag. 


Penguin Teen did a preorder giveaway for A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, and here's my collection of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES swag (which is really just a bookmark and my copies of the books) with the tote bag I received. I firmly believe that one can never have too many bookish tote bags (you have to lug your library books around in SOMETHING), and this one will be the fourth in my growing collection. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Checking In!

Hello and happy Monday! The past week was pretty busy, so I didn't have time to pull together a review for you. I did, however, manage to finish the Lunar Chronicles, LIFELINE, and SIX OF CROWS. They were all quite good, although I think SIX OF CROWS was my favorite. And the ending...when I mentioned that I thought there would be a cliffhanger, I didn't know there would be a cliffhanger like that one!

Yesterday I started a book I thought was YA but actually turns out to be very much adult. I feel like I can't just add it to my "did not finish list," but it's reminding me why I stick to YA and MG. I like them SO much better.

Have a great week!

Monday, September 5, 2016

What am I reading right now?

While my posting has been dismal over the past few weeks, I have been reading quite a bit, and I'm hoping to write reviews for them in the upcoming weeks. However, I decided to post the books that I'm currently reading and the ones that are next on my list. Here they are:

The Lunar Chronicles 
by Marissa Meyer

I'm really behind the curve on this series, but I'm really enjoying them! I'm currently reading the third book in the series, CRESS.

LIFELINE 
by Nicole Hopkins

I don't usually read self-published books, but a friend recommended it to me and I decided to give it a shot. I'm about a third of the way through it right now (yes, I read multiple books at once), and I'm finding it a fun read.

SIX OF CROWS
By Leigh Bardugo

I loved Leigh Bardugo's first series, and I've heard only good things about SIX OF CROWS. Plus the sequel comes out this month, so if it ends on a cliffhanger, I don't have to wait a year like those of you who have read it.


P.S. I LIKE YOU

I love Kasie West, so of course I have to read her latest release! So many people have told me that it's amazing.

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That's it for today! Have a good day!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: THE WRATH AND THE DAWN

I'm sorry I missed last week! I decided to do a short review of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN today. I'm setting it up a little differently, so let me know what you think of the more casual review style in the comments!

Here's the cover with its interesting overlay design:


Wondering about the picture beneath? Here it is (although the proportions are slightly altered and there's writing on it):



THE WRATH AND THE DAWN's main character is Shahrzad, a girl who volunteers to marry Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, in order to avenge her best friend. Khalid marries a different girl each day...and her dead body is found the following dawn. But Shahrzad soon finds herself falling for the young Caliph, and as she learns more about him, she learns that he may be different than she thought.

That's my blurb for the book. Here's the one I pulled from Goodreads:

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.



...And here's what I thought of it!

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN is very different from a lot of other fantasy books out there. While most fantasy novels are set in a world obviously inspired by Europe during the Middle Ages, this book has a distinctly different setting. The world feels like it was inspired by the Middle East, and I loved how that gave this book a different texture.

Shahrzad is rash and not afraid to speak her mind, two common traits for main characters. While a lot of authors will give their MC these two traits for the first five chapter of their book (as long as it takes for these traits to get them in trouble) and then discard them, Renee Ahdieh (I'm sorry; I don't have an accent key on this computer) was sure to follow through. Yes, Shahrzad is rash. But she never stops being rash. And that makes all the difference.

I really liked this book, and it was a quick read. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Nothing New Today!

Thank you for checking in, but I don't have a new post for you today. Have a great week and happy reading!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo: July 2016


It's always hard for me to dive back into blogging after an extended break. As you may have seen, I posted a list of last names last week. However, I thought that this week I would do something a little more personal and talk a little bit about what I did in July.

Ever since I did NaNoWriMo for the first time in November 2015, I've become a big believer in it. I love the way it pushes you to write and achieve goals you never thought you'd be able to reach. And while I absolutely loved November's NaNoWriMo, I've found that I actually like Camp NaNoWriMo (which takes place in April and July) better.

Camp NaNoWriMo differs from the regular NaNoWriMo in a few ways. First of all, Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own goal. While I went into April's Camp with a goal of only 10K words, I decided to really challenge myself and set a goal of 50K words for July. (Spoiler alert: I reached my July goal!)

Another difference between Camp and the November NaNoWriMo is this: you get sorted into a "cabin" with up to eleven other writers. You can set parameters (such as word count or age) so everyone in the cabin has something in common. I absolutely loved the way cabins worked! I found my cabin mates to be amazingly supportive and helpful.

NaNoWriMo has taught me that I work well under pressure. On the last day of Camp, I ended up writing 16K words in order to hit my 50K goal. For those of you who have never had to write 16K words in a single day...it's hard. But that's the sort of motivational magic that NaNoWriMo brings you.

So will I be doing NaNoWriMo again in November? Of course! But I wouldn't be telling you the whole truth if I didn't say that I'm more excited for April's camp than I am for the "official" NaNoWriMo.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!