Tuesday, July 31

{Royal Rantings} Popular Series, The Hype & And Why Am I Like This *cries*

I'm an avid reader of Roberta's blog, Offbeat YA, which is where I first heard about Tell Me Something Tuesday, a weekly discussion hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. Each week Heidi, RDR's owner, writes about a new topic, and anyone can join in with their own posts.

I absolutely love what Roberta does with these discussions, and I've been meaning to write one myself, and guess what!? The time has come for me to actually do it.

This week's topic has all to do with popular series - particularly popular series I have no interest in reading. I tried to take this topic into various directions, and I hope you'll enjoy! 

Sunday, July 29

{Mini Reviews} Four Fantastic LGBTQIA+ Novels

I've been reading so many fantastic novels lately that I've decided it'd be a crime not to showcase them on the blog, especially given how underrated some of them are. Thus, I've grouped the following four incredible and diverse novels in one post, aiming to convince you to please, please pick them the hell up, because they are so good

To clarify what I meant by lgbtqia+ before you decide to read this - or not - this post contains books with bisexual, lesbian, asexual and gay rep. Hope you'll enjoy! 

Thursday, July 26

Let's Bask in Negativity - The NOPE Book Tag

I don't know about you, but whenever I'm angry or disappointed because of a book, I like to get it out of my system by talking about it with others. Which is what I'll be doing today - and, boy, am I going to be sharing some unpopular opinions! So, lay back and get ready for MY RAGE (just kidding), and then come and discuss your opinion in the comments, EVEN IF IT IS DIFFERENT FROM MINE! That's the most fun, to be honest. 

Saturday, July 21

An Interesting Mix of Darkness and Fun: Scream All Night by Derek Milman

Just a live funeral.
"A what?" The phone slips out of my hands. I juggle it back to my ear.
"Dad's final wish was to be buried alive," says Oren.
"His what was what?"

Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?

Thursday, July 19

Series That Are Kinda All Over The Place, But I Love Them Still

Book series are simultaneously one of the best and worst things in my life. Why, you may wonder. Well, here's why.

On the positive, more of my favorite characters and worlds (etc.) is always a blessing. However, series can go downhill so fast your head will be spinning like so:

... and that ain't a good feeling, my friends. I'd know, this post is all about being conflicted over series, and wow, did putting these contradictory feelings down made dizzy. 

For ease of reading, you'll find 'the bad' and 'the good' of each series divided from each other - may you have fun embarking on this ridiculous journey with me. 

Tuesday, July 17

Bite Sized Fiction: Our Favorite Short Stories and Novellas

Short stories and novellas are my saviors when it comes to getting out of a reading slump. I mean, when you're in a slump, is there anything better than a story that gets to the point incredibly fast and is easy to get through? I don't think so. 

Today, Clare and I have brought you 5-5 of our favorite short stories and novellas, hoping to give you some quality recommendations. Have fun browsing through our lists! 

Saturday, July 14

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Spellbook of the Lost and FoundOne stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

Thursday, July 12

Helpful Nudges Towards the Right Direction in Looking After Your Mental Health by Alice James & Louie Stowell

We talk about our physical health - but not so much about how we’re feeling. With lots of practical advice, this lively, accessible guide explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. Covering everything from friendships, social media and bullying to divorce, depression and eating disorders, this is an essential book for young people.

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.

Looking After Your Mental Health drew me in with it's promise of tackling serious topics in a not-so-serious way, and I was not surprised to see it delivered what it set out to. If I were to list what exactly had it going for this book, I'd say- 

Saturday, July 7

MY PLAIN JANE: A Disappointing Sequel To One Of My All Time Faves

“You’re definitely not coming with us,” Alexander said. “Not a chance.”
Reader, Miss Brontë definitely went with them.

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

I've just finished reading My Plain Jane, and boi, I have some conflicted thoughts to share. At the moment, I haven't yet decided how to rate it - to help myself out & give you a more logical, easier to read post, I'm going to list the pros and cons of the novel separately. 

Thursday, July 5

The Beach Read We All Deserve - Alex, Approximiately by Jenn Bennet

Alex, Approximately

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

Tuesday, July 3

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out

We love books. We freak out about them all. the. damn. time, thus Clare and I decided that the The Mid-Year Book Freak Out was created for us. #dontargue

For those who don't know what this is - it was designed for readers who want to showcase the best and worst of their reads, as well as their TBRs for the following half year. Warning - we went so overboard, mentioning multiple books in each category, so hopefully, you'll find some recs here. 

Monday, July 2

New YA Releases That Have Us Bewitched

Well, hello there. Look at us marching into the second half of 2018 already! I won't mourn on this rapid passing of time but...can you believe we're closer to 2019 than we are to 2017? Wild. As is the norm, though, we are here to distract you with all the books we'll be blessed with this quarter of the year so without further ado- here are the YA releases of July, August and September we're the most stoked for!