26.4.18

#BlogTour: SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young // #Interview

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young!

I have a review of the book plus an interview with the author for you! It's a really exciting book and I can't wait to share my thoughts and let Adrienne tell you more about her process. Make sure you check out the whole post and leave your thoughts below! But first, let's learn more about the book...


SKY IN THE DEEP

Author: Adrienne Young
Series: N/A
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Summary:
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
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Describe SKY IN THE DEEP in 10 words or less.


Adrienne Young: Blood, battle, more blood, loss, and a little kissing.

24.4.18

#BlogTour: SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS by Alisha Sevigny // #Review + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS by Alisha Sevigny!

Today I have a review of the book today (which I loved!) and a giveaway for one of THREE copies of the book if you live in the United States! Be sure to enter below, but first let's learn about the book...

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS

Author: Alisha Sevigny
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary:
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.

As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.

But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

When I was younger, my family and I went to Muskoka for a week to spend some time by the lake and with nature. Reading SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS took me back to this time and added another dimension that I didn't know I was missing. I am now in my group chats trying to convince my friends we should go spend a week or two in the "wilderness" this summer. SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS has everything you need to be satisfied with a summer, contemporary, romance novel so I do hope you pick it up.


23.4.18

ARC #Review: OVER RAGING TIDES by Jennifer Ellison

OVER RAGING TIDES

Author: Jennifer Ellison
Series: Lady Pirates #1
Source: eARC via Author
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Rating: 3/5

Summary:
The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board. 

That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.

Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans...

To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.

Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.

She just isn’t sure that she won’t.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

So. This was good and I was really getting into it at the end. But it was way too short. Nothing truly happened. This felt like the first half of a book, not the first book in a series. I think if it was pitched as a novella, I would have been happier.

21.4.18

#Discussion: Book Perspectives + Recommendations!

I like reading books that are written in different ways because reading the same type of perspective over and over is nothing but boring. I try to vary my readings to include first and third person perspectives (and sometimes even a second person here or there) depending on the type of book I'm reading and my mood. 



There are pros and cons to each type of writing style and sometimes it is hard to get into a book because of this so it is important to know the different types of perspectives, advantages and disadvantages of them, and what you can expect from these books as well. So let's take a look at the options below and see the pros and cons (and list some of the best books that fit that category as well!)

First Person

What is it?

First person POV refers to the I, we, me, my, mine, us narrator, often the voice of the heroic character or a constant companion of the heroic character. This can be in the past or the present tense but usually focuses on just one of the main characters (although I have read some books where one character has first person present narration and there are other types in there as well and it took me SO LONG to get used to it that I didn't even enjoy the book and I probably couldn't tell you the name of it now)

ADVANTAGES OF THIS POV: 
•    It feels natural to most writers because we live in an I world.
•    You have to deal with only one mind: the narrator’s.
•    You can create a distinctive internal voice.
•    You can add an element of craft by creating a narrator who is not entirely reliable.

DISADVANTAGES OF THIS POV:

•    You are limited to writing about what the narrator can see or sense.
•    The narrator must constantly be on stage or observing the stage.
•    You can’t go into the minds of other characters.


Books You Should Read:

- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas