Penguin Teen Tour Recap!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when we found out the Penguin Teen Tour was making another stop in our city! I definitely jumped on The King’s English website and pre-ordered my ticket to the event as soon as it was posted! I had so much fun getting to know these ladies and if any of you get a chance to meet them definitely take the time to do it! They are incredibly knowledgeable in the writing game, hilarious, genuine, and had the best chemistry together. There was tons of laughter, Buffy recaps, and how each author felt about love triangles and insta-love!

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Things I learned about each one of these fabulous ladies!

Danielle Vega

Danielle grew up on horror books and movies. Her mother used to read her Stephen King as a child and that really fueled her love of everything horror. She’s a Buffy fanatic and would cosplay her at any ComicCon! She hates insta-love but feels that sometimes it is necessary to the story, especially with her books because she’s gotta get to the torture! There’s no time for love in horror! She loves reading twisted psychological thrillers and watching The Exorcist!

Romina Russell

Romina has a Galaxy Guide that helps her keep each element of her complex world building in order so that she doesn’t miss anything during her writing process. It even has chemistry elements of each of her planets makeup in it which I found to be really really cool! When we talked about love triangles her thoughts were that it works if it derives from the character, and their development, instead of out of the plot.

Morgan Rhodes

Morgan had some really good advice when it came to aspiring and current writers, and that is to keep plugging along no matter the obstacles, hold on to your vision, and always remember that the characters you create deserve to have their stories told. She has also written over 30 books!! She’s Team Jacob in the books and Team Edward on the big screen!!

Aditi Khorana

Aditi’s views on books was so beautifully put. She sees books as a mirror and a window. Books allow you to reflect on how you feel about yourself as well as how you feel about others. I thought this was so beautifully stated because it’s so true! She’d also totally cosplay Katniss!


Last but certainly not least…

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Our bookclub, YA and Wine, really turned out for this event which we couldn’t be more proud of. We have some amazing members who bring so much diversity, intelligence, and all out fun to our bookish lives! I couldn’t be happier to have helped in creative such a dynamic group of individuals through our shared love of books!


Will the Penguin Teen Tour be making a stop in your city? Which books from these fantastic authors have you read? 

WWW Wednesday

Hello, everyone! This is my first WWW Wednesday post and I’m pretty excited about it! I always have a book/kindle in my purse and an audiobook downloaded! I hope I’m able to introduce you to some new books!

WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

I am listening to YA Sci-Fi Red Rising by Pierce Brown and reading YA Horror There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. I read my first YA Sci-Fi last year and loved it! I’ve not dabbled much in the horror genre but so far I am really enjoying!


Finished Reading

I finished listening/reading two YA historical fictions on two ends of the spectrum. Now I Rise by Kiersten White is a much darker book as it mimics the life of Vlad the Impaler from the gender-swapped POV of Lada Dracul.  On the other side of the spectrum, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue  is a much lighter read and follows a trio of friends across Europe on a tour of a lifetime.


Reading Next

I plan on reading YA Fantasy Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle and will start listening to YA Historical/Realistic Fiction Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton in the next week or so.


What are you reading? What’s up next on your  TBR list? 

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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First of all, many thanks to Lizzie @ Stellar Kitten Book Reviews for nominating me for this award c:

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”


The Rules

  • Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  • The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Lizzie’s Questions

1. Do you like adult coloring books?

Yes!! I have the Throne of Glass Coloring Book! I even had a bookish coloring night with my bestie to color a few pages of it!!

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2. What’s a book or show from your childhood that you still love to this day?

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3. Do you have any pets? Or, if you could have any pet, what would it be?

I have a Great Dane, a Pitbull mix, and two cats! 🙂

 

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My Questions

  1. What’s your favorite 2017 read so far?
  2. What’s your favorite genre to read?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?

#ARCstravaganza: Little Monsters

Happy #ARCstravaganza Monday everyone! This week I am featuring Little Monsters by Kara Thomas! I am so excited to have found this book in our Book Blind Date box here at my local indie shop The King’s English. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it and can’t wait to get to reading it!!


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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

little monsters.jpgFor fans of Pretty Little LiarsLittle Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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The Details

Title: Little Monsters

Author: Kara Thomas

Publisher: Delacourte Press

Publication Date: July 25, 2017


NOTE: In August #ARCstravaganza is going to switch to Instagram only. We’re so sorry for the change, but it’s getting really hard to manually track all the entries each month for the giveaway. We really appreciate your participation!

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If you would like to participate in the #ARCstravaganza and enter to win an ARC of an upcoming YA release, please follow the instructions below and feel free to use our #ARCstravaganza graphic and info below in your own posts.

#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by YA and Wine  and The Clever Reader to give bookstagrammers a chance to show off the ARCs/eARCs/Galleys they are excited about! Post a picture on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month.


What ARC’s/eArc’s do you have on your shelf? Will you be joining in the #ARCstravaganza fun?

Standalone Sunday: Soldier Boy

This book just released on June 13th this year and I thought it’d be a great book to feature for two reasons: 1. It’s a YA Historical Realistic Fiction, which I’m pretty sure I’ve not read before, and 2. Our amazing bookshop has set us up with Keely Hutton for a Skype discussion with our members next month. I will be listening to this intense read within the next two weeks in preparation for our chat! Review/Discussion highlights coming in the near future!

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about a Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her awesome bookish blog!


Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

 

soldier boyIt was just a nightmare.

All Ricky needed to do was wake up. Just open his eyes. And Kony’s red-eyed beasts with their long claws dripping blood and their fiery breath would have disappeared. His brother would be beside him. His parents and sisters would be safe and asleep in their beds.


Just like before.

Here is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 at age fourteen by Joseph Kony’s rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and sent to battle government troops alongside his brutal kidnappers, but over his two and a half years of enslavement, he never stops dreaming of escape.

Here also is the story, set twenty years later, of a fictional character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again, and representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky has helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

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Have you read many books in the YA Historical/Realistic Fiction genre? If so, what books? Have you had this on your TBR list? 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Review

I read this book after attending an author event with the wonderful Mackenzi Lee here at The Kings English on June 30th. It was the second time I’d met her, the first last summer for her release of This Monstrous Thing, and it was so much fun! I knew I had to read this book after that signing because it sounded like an adventure I’d never forget!


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

GGTVHenry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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My Review of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

5 Stars

 

This book was so adorable! The adventures found among this trio of friends is unforgettable. Monty, Percy, and Felicity go on quite a tour through Europe leading them to a mysterious family in Spain, sinking islands off the coast of Italy, and onto a ship of pirates who have a story of their own.

Monty is quite the character. He lives a privileged life as a nobleman’s son but dreams of a life where he gets to choose who he wants to be, and who he wants to be with. You will definitely be in for a ride when the young boy whose lot in life is to run an estate he despises takes you on the journey of a lifetime. He does a good job at disappointing his father at every turn whether being caught with a young miss, drinking to debauchery, or swiping the little things he finds in rooms he’s not supposed to be in. He is a witty drunk who enjoys kissing the lads and ladies while pining for the one person he cannot have. He can be compared to the oh so lovable Damon Salvatore!

Felicity has such a voracious appetite for educating herself in all things women in her era are not supposed to have any interest in. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine being caught up in one of her brothers shenanigans gone awry. I loved Felicity because of her drive to break through societies expectations of her as a woman in the 18th century. She is who I would hope to be if I were born during that time period.

Percy is the most level-headed of the three of them. I loved his character because despite the things he’s been made to endure throughout his life he not resentful, but grateful. Where Monty is selfish and impulsive, Percy is level-headed,  humble, and kind. He balances out the trio in such a way that you just can’t help but love him. He becomes the center of their journey but you can feel how much he doesn’t want to be. He has accepted who he is without any regrets and I think that is important because we often times forget that even when we don’t feel like we can be ourselves there are always those people who will support you in every way possible.


Highlights from Mackenzi Lee’s Signing with McKelle George

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Have you read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? What about This Monstrous Thing

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Review

I was invited to read this as a buddy read with @thriftedition who I met through Instagram. I’ve been hearing lots of good things about this book and have been working on adding more YA Contemporaries to my reading schedule.

This was a perfect feel good edition to that “Read” pile and I definitely plan on reading more of Jenny Han’s books!


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

tatbilb.jpgWhat if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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My Review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

5 Stars

This book was so adorable. The concept was unique and light-hearted. Who wouldn’t want to write letters to all the boys they’ve loved, or at least read what those letters might have said if you’d written them.

Lara Jean was such a likable character and easy to relate to. At times her naivete got in the way of the story for me but once I reminded myself that this is a high school romance I was able to get passed those feelings. I think that Margot did so much for her that Lara Jean didn’t really get a chance to experience real responsibility, or even what it feels like to fail a little bit in life. She almost lives inside this bubble that doesn’t allow her to really see how reality can be. Once Margot leaves, and she decides to take more responsibility, does she feel more real.

I loved each of the letters she wrote to her crushes because each one was unique. I think my favorite one was the letter she wrote to Lucas because it was just so genuinely positive about who he was as a person and how he’d impacted her life. It made me wish that we were made to write positive letters to each other at that age. I also liked that some of those letters weren’t received/talked about because I think it would’ve made the story a bit more complicated and may have add unnecessary characters. Plus, lots of people lose touch with each other in high school so it made it more realistic.

Kitty was probably my favorite character. She’s so much fun and has the most spunky of personalities. She made this light-hearted story come to life with her humor, acceptance of everyone, and all around genuine excitement for life.

Peter K was such a fun pretend love interest. He’s so adorable and I just loved the banter him and Lara Jean had throughout the book.

I would definitely recommend this cutesy YA Contemporary to anyone who is looking for a nice feel good love story! I can’t wait to read what comes next for Lara Jean in P.S. I Still Love You!

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Crystal Blade

I can’t express how excited I am for this book! It’s not only written by a local author of mine but it is also the sequel to one of my favorite 2016 reads, Burning Glass (which just released in paperback this week!)!! Kathryn Purdie has written an intense YA Fantasy that’s so unique you won’t be able to put it down!

We’re only one month away from the release of Crystal Blade now and for me it can come fast enough!!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Be sure to check out their blog and share the upcoming books your excited about with us each Wednesday!


Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie

444f1361-84f6-4ff9-903e-656146255fe3-2866-0000020bc971eefaThe peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.

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The Details

Title: Crystal Blade

Author: Kathryn Purdie

Release Date: August 15, 2017

Publication: Katherine Tegen Books


About Kathryn Purdie

From her website

kpurdieMy love of storytelling began as a young girl when my dad told me, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while we listened to the film score together. Enchanted, I began my own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring my younger sister as the nerd or maid, while I reserved the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.

In high school, I focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. When I wasn’t on the stage, I spent my time composing sappy poetry and completing at least ten pages in my journal every night. My author dad edited my school papers and taught me the art of writing. I went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)

The writing bug bit me when I was in recovery from donating a kidney to my older brother. I found my old stash of short stories, and the inspiration for my first novel struck. I’ve been writing ever since.

A lover of art in all forms, I also enjoy singing and playing the guitar. My husband is equally artistic. We keep busy raising three rambunctious and creative children.

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.


Crystal Blade Pre-Order Swag details found Here

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Have you read Burning Glass yet? If so, what did you think of it? Is Crystal Blade on your TBR list? 

#ARCstravaganza: As You Wish

This cover is so beautiful and I’ve been seeing it all over the place. Although I have not read The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, I’ve heard amazing reviews so I’m sure this one will be right up there with it! I plan on reading both As You Wish and The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett before the year is out!

I was approved for this beautiful e-ARC by Netgalley for an honest review. I will post my review as it gets closer to publication day!

Happy Reading!


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As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

as you wishWhat if you could ask for anything- and get it? 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

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The Details

Title: As You Wish

Author: Chelsea Sedoti

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: Expected January 2, 2018


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