Saturday, April 29

Conquering Kingdoms Book Tag

Hello guys! Today - courtesy of Clare from Dual Reads, who told me she'd be interested in my answers - I'm doing the Conquering Kingdoms Book Tag. This tag is styled after The Falling Kingdoms series, which I've never read, if you're wondering, BUT THE QUESTIONS ARE TOO COOL TO PASS ON. So, here I am. Hope you'll enjoy. 

Thursday, April 27

Fierce Female Friendship and Lovely Romance in 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

“I love you, Allison. It happened when I wasn’t looking for it, when I didn’t know I needed it. But I fell in love with you so quickly and so smoothly. So without question.” 

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

rape and terminal cancer

Tuesday, April 25

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

If you regularly participate in Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), or just like to check out other people's posts, you likely know that today's topic - stuff that will make us turn away from a book fast as hell - is the exact opposite of last week's. If you've seen that post of mine, you saw (and hopefully liked) how I mentioned two books that I picked up exactly for that reason. I'm not doing that today, because the books I could bring up for some of these categories don't deserve to be promoted. At all. 

When reading my post, some of you might wonder how do I know about all those things without reading the book itself? Thanks to all the kickass bloggers' review in the community - SO THANK YOU EVERYONE for your insightful thoughts. KEEP ON BEING AWESOME. 

Please don't forget that everyone has the right to decide against reading a book based on anything (blurb, reviews, quotes) AND sharing that with the world, telling their reasons. 

Sunday, April 23

Peter Bunzl - Cogheart (The Cogheart Adventures #1)

Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

Thursday, April 20

Oh, I've Read This Book! ...Or Have I?

Have you ever read a book and then thinking back, discovered you've forgotten parts of it? Have you ever read a whole book and then promptly forgotten all about it? Because then, congrats! You've got book amnesia.

I consider myself a classic case of recurring book amnesia- many are the times when I've forgotten things about books I've read. It maybe something trivial like the name of a side character to something major, like a huge chunk of the whole story. Or on rare occasions, it may even be... wait for it... a whole freaking book

Tuesday, April 18

Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Okay, you guys, today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic? One of the most interesting and coolest ones I've ever done, so I'm EXCITED. I'm not 1000% sure how others are crafting their lists, but I'm going to share with you ten things that make want to pick up a book instantly, which is not to say that I'll actually pick up these books. 

Instead of going into a long explanation about why I'm attracted to these things in books, I'm going to share with you two examples in each category that I picked up for that very reason and that I loved. All the books listed are 4 and 5 star reads, so they come highly recommended. READ THEM.

The reasons are in no particular order. 

Saturday, April 15

A Spectacularly Diverse Book: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

"You don't need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want."

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.

Thursday, April 13

2 YA Historical Fiction Novels With Strong, Capable Heroines: My Lady Jane & A School for Unusual Girls

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

Welcome to Stranje House.

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

Tuesday, April 11

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read

As I've had to miss the last two weeks' Top Ten Tuesdays (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), I'm not going to have a long-ass intro here, because I want to get onto the books already. But, just so everything's clear: today's topic is about unique books we've read. 

I managed to find these 10 beautiful and wonderful books fairly easily, because every single favorite book of mine is somewhat unique TO ME, at least, right? However, I did try to describe why I think they're original and creative and all the good things in the world to make you all read them, because they're SO GOOD. Pinky swear. 

Saturday, April 8

My Life in Books Tag

Hello, you lovely human beans. I hope you've been doing well. Me, alas, not quite so much. I've been having a nightmare of a couple of weeks, with uni draining me of life- possibly quite literally, I must add. Anyhoo, for today's post, I decided to do a book tag I stumbled upon at Dreamland Book Blog for two reasons- no, make it three. One, I haven't had time to READ. It's appalling, I know, but I've simply not been able to make time for reading...priorities and all that, you know? Two, it's been ages since I did a book tag, so why not? And three- these questions looked like fun, so again, why not indeed?  

Thursday, April 6

20 Opening Lines From Books That *Will* Rock Your Socks Off

A few years ago, I read an article about a bookshop that chose to advertise some of their novels by sharing their first chapters on little pamphlets. I loved that idea, loved it, and have wanted to share something similar on the blog ever since, a few days ago I finally decided to write this post. 

As I was looking through some of my favorite novels, somehow, I started to concentrate on the opening lines (here, by that I mean 1, 2 or even more sentences that are strongly connected), instead of the whole first paragraph of books, thus the title and topic of this post. However, I'm pretty sure I'll be back with a somewhat similar post, only about killer first paragraphs in the near future, because it was fun to sort through my beloved novels, looking for the ones that have the best opening lines. 

Monday, April 3

Freakishly Exciting YA Books Releasing in April 2017

Hello, everyone! While my April is going to be pretty hectic, full of studying and shit, because my exams start around the middle of May, I'm still pretty darn excited for this month, because of four super-duper awesome looking books releasing. I think it's pretty common for more Contemporaries to be released in the spring and summer time, which is totally showing on my list, as 3 of the 4 novels I can't wait for are lovely sounding Contemporary novels. 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to four YA books that sound like the perfect Spring and/or Summer reads. 

Saturday, April 1

2017 SerendipiTea Tour - J. M. Sullivan: The Wanderland Chronicles

Hello lovely readers! Today I'm here with a special post - I have the honor of kicking off the 2017 SerendipiTEA tour that is fully focusing on supporting and highlighting debut authors. 

Obviously, I'm all for boosting new authors, and I'm super-satisfied with my assigned author J. M. Sullivan, whose debut novel - that you can read more about in this post - is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, first in a series called The Wanderland Chronicles. 

Continue reading to find out more about Alice, learn a bit about J. M. Sullivan and to enter to win some awesome-souce prizes.