30.11.17

#Discussion: 10 Instagram Accounts I Love With Under 1000 Followers!

Hey guys! I have a special post for you today because I got sick of seeing roundup posts of Instagram accounts that have a billion followers. So I made a call out to people on Twitter who have less than 1000 followers to send me links and I am going to show off 10 of those accounts today and give you a list of the rest so you can check them out! Some of these accounts are my friends but idgaf they are super talented and should be showcased. You can see all the people who responded to my tweet by going through the replies.

I don't qualify for this post but if you want to follow me, you can do it by checking out my account.


Iris @ EatTrainRead

Iris is taking BEAUTIFUL pictures, photoshopping them, and just creating quality all around and yet has less than 400 followers which is unacceptable. Check out Iris's feed and then follow EatTrainRead on Instagram!
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Jesse @ BooksAtDawn

Jesse is a super skilled photographer, a fellow Canadian, and has the most aesthetically pleasing feed I've ever seen. I love when Jesse posts a new picture because I always want to reach out and pick up that book off my shelf. Check out Jesse's feed and then follow BooksAtDawn on Instagram!
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29.11.17

#Review: GOLDEN GUARD TRILOGY by Elise Kova

Today I am doing a series review of the 

GOLDEN GUARD TRILOGY by Elise Kova!

I beta read the first two books, but wanted to reread once they were done so I could give you thoughts on the finished copies of THE CROWN'S DOG and THE PRINCE'S ROGUE. However, I was busy with school and did not beta read THE FARMER'S WAR so you can read my thoughts on just the finished copy of that one! 

Also, you can read the entire trilogy for free with Kindle Unlimited, so you should get on that. Additionally each of these can be read as a standalone, so if you want to read about some Golden Guard members over others, feel free to do so! THE CROWN'S DOG focuses on Jax and Erion, THE PRINCE'S ROGUE focuses on Baldair and Raylynn, and THE FARMER'S WAR focuses on Craig and Daniel!

So let's get to it!


THE CROWN'S DOG

Author: Elise Kova
Series: Golden Guard Trilogy #1
Source: beta read for the Author/Purchased from TBD
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them.
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Disclaimer: I beta read the manuscript; however, I reread the finished copy of the book to give an opinion based on the finalized version.

Hello and welcome to Jamie Fangirls Session #1. I absolutely LOVED this book and being back in the Air Awakens world. I think what was best about it is that we saw aspects of the world from Air Awakens that we didn't see in the original series, so it felt like its own world while still fitting in to the overarching world and canon. I loved learning more about Jax and Erion and thought they had a really strong character arc in here that ties in nicely to what we see in Air Awakens.

28.11.17

#SapphicAThon TBR + #Interview with JULIA EMBER, author of THE SEAFARER'S KISS!

Hey guys! I am so glad to be back in the blogging world and I will have a bit of free time at the end of December so I am going to participate in #SapphicAThon! It is a readathon where the feature is f/f relationships being the centre of the book. It runs from December 14th to December 28th so you can ask for some of these books for Christmas and have time to read them after! You can learn more by reading the original post which has recommendations for each of the challenge categories.

My plan is to try and fill up the whole card using a different book for each category, but we shall see how much progress I make. Below are the challenge categories and what I plan to read for each of them with buy links!

Also, as a special treat, there is an interview with Julia Ember who is the author of THE SEAFARER'S KISS, one of the books I'm reading for the readathon! Learn more about her books, writing process, and more in the interview below!




Bisexual MC

QUEENS OF GEEK

Author: Jen Wilde
Series: N/A
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

Summary:
Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

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 her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

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SFF F/F

THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS

Author: Emily Skrutskie
Series: The Abyss Surrounds Us #2
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Summary:
Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart. 

But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?


Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?

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27.11.17

A List of Books to Ask for from Santa

Hey guys! With the holiday season fast approaching, it is time to compile those lists of books you didn't get a chance to read or buy this year that you want to ask your friends, family, and Santa or the holiday gift giver of your choosing! I know some of these will be on my list as well, so I hope you find some good finds on here! Plus I'm giving away a copy of one of the books, so read to the bottom to find out which one.

Comment below if there are other books you would recommend people ask for during this holiday season!

WILD BEAUTY

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Series: N/A
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
My Review!

Summary:
Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
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Why You Should Want It Under The Tree:

Beautiful, lyrical, and imaginative - those three words describe every book Anna-Marie McLemore has written and WILD BEAUTY is no exception. Bisexual characters are on the main stage and not shamed for it. Gay girls are allowed to love freely and the main characters are rich and full of depth. You will get sucked into the world and not want to leave. Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

24.11.17

#BlogTour: HERE SKIES SURROUND US by Melanie McFarlane // #Interview + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for

HERE SKIES SURROUND US by Melanie McFarlane!

Today I have an interview for you guys where you can learn more about the author and the book. Plus there is a giveaway for an echo dot that is international, so keep scrolling for that! But first, let's learn more about the book...


HERE SKIES SURROUND US

Author: Melanie McFarlane
Series: Dome 1618 #2
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: November 21, 2017

Summary:
Nat leaves her home, Dome 168, just as they begin to colonize on the outside. She travels with Evan to his home, Dome 569, to deliver a replica of the immune serum and allow Evan to report back to his mother, Caroline. But when they arrive, members of the “New Order” take them into custody and Nat and Evan are separated, once again.

Thankfully she is reunited with her uncle, Alec, who takes Nat under his protection. But Nat has a lot to learn about Evan’s home, a progressive dome that colonized on the outside over a decade ago. There are many rules in Dome 569 put in place by Caroline; some that come with sharp and sometimes deadly consequences when broken. Here, Nat learns of the struggles that can come with change, and how tearing down the old ways doesn’t always make things better overall. In the process, she uncovers truths that could tear down the kingdom Caroline has sacrificed to protect, and in turn puts Nat at risk.

Will Nat be able to protect Evan from the lies, or will he succumb to them for the sake of his family, just as his mother did many years before? As Nat uncovers the secrets of Dome 569, will she be willing to give up her morals and values to pay the price for freedom, or die fighting for what she believes in?
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23.11.17

#Review: WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore

WILD BEAUTY

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.


The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book and decided to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion of the book.

Hi, I love Anna-Marie McLemore's books so it is probably not surprising that I also enjoyed WILD BEAUTY. However, if this was my introduction to her books, I'm not certain I would have picked up the rest. While still beautiful and imaginative and full of great representation and culture, it was way too slow to start for me and I found the side characters to be a little bland and similar. I know that the family was meant to feel as though the girls could be interchangeable but it was too much for me to really enjoy that aspect because I could never really differentiate between any of them.

21.11.17

#Review: THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

THE NIGHT CIRCUS

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Series: N/A
Source: Audiobook via Audible
Publisher:
Publication Date:
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Summary:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂȘves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway - a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart. 
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Y'all lied to me. And I am upset about it. I was told when I DNFed THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye that I would enjoy THE NIGHT CIRCUS because it was the same premise but SOOO much better. So I downloaded it as an audiobook and set out to listen to it. And it was alright at first but... it was really slow. I thought "that's okay, everyone said it's so good so it must get better!" Spoiler: It did not get better.

20.11.17

#REVIEW: PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS

Authors: Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson
Series: Peter and the Starcatchers #1
Source: Audiobook from audible
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary:
Orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious cargo the "greatest treasure on earth" - but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous? Adds to classic Peter Pan.
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This one was sooo slow. I had the audio on 3x the speed and it still felt like it was taking forever to get through. But the ending was great so if you can push through the beginning to get to the end, you'll be happy about it! Unfortunately for me, a good ending isn't enough for me to be completely satisfied with the novel.

17.11.17

#COVERREVEAL: RIGHT KISS, WRONG GUY by Natalie Decker

   
Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Right Kiss. Wrong Guy. (Offsides #2) by Natalie Decker

presented by Swoon Romance!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title!
 

What do you think of the cover?

     
 

RIGHT KISS, WRONG GUY

Author: Natalie Decker
Series: Offsides #2
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Summary
You'd think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.

But Valentine's Day sucks when you're single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.

A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom's match-making business is doing great, and her school's new fundraiser is "Love-Grams."

Juliet's miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.

Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he's all but invisible. She isn't impressed.

Jared's never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and he's determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla's sister.

Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won't work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?

Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone's face. Juliet won't play his game.

Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.
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Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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16.11.17

#REVIEW: I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU

Authors: Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Series: N/A
Source: Finished Copy via Publisher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary:
Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We're still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G

So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and decided to review it. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.


I enjoyed this one but like other books in this format (using letters or texts to tell the story), I dislike that you miss out on seeing the main conflict. It really takes away from the story for me and almost feels lazy because we don't know the "truth" behind what happened to understand where each character is coming from and why they are angry. That really takes away from my reading enjoyment. However, I liked the characters and the expose of first year university life so I would recommend this if you're transitioning from high school to university and are nervous about doing so.

14.11.17

#Interview: Michele Bacon, author of LIFE BEFORE and ANTIPODES

Hey guys! Today I have a very special post for you so you can learn more about

LIFE BEFORE by Michele Bacon!

I have an interview with the author where you can learn about her writing process and her second book ANTIPODES that releases in 2018! First, let's learn about her books...


LIFE BEFORE

Author: Michele Bacon
Series: N/A
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Summary:
Seventeen years is a long time to keep secrets, so Xander Fife is very good at it: everyone believes he has a normal family. If he can just get through this summer, he'll start his real life in college with a clean slate--no risk, no drama, no fear.

Xander’s summer plans include pick-up soccer, regular hijinks with friends, an epic road trip, and—quite possibly— the company of his ideal girlfriend, the amazing Gretchen Taylor.

Instead of kicking off what had promised to be an amazing summer, however, graduation day brings terror. His family's secrets are thrust out into the open, forcing Xander to confront his greatest fear. Or run from it.

Armed with a fake ID, cash, and a knife, Xander skips town and assumes a new identity. In danger hundreds of miles from home, one thing is clear: Xander's real life is already in progress and just getting through it isn't enough. 
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What is the best part about being an author?

Michele Bacon: Talking to readers is my jam. Becoming an author gave me access to schools, libraries, and bookstores. I often couple author talks with writing workshops, because many writers love to talk shop. Hearing people's stories and helping them find their voices has enriched my life immeasurably.


What are the hardest scenes for you to write?

MB: I find visual scenes very difficult. In LIFE BEFORE, chapter 34 is very physical and visual, and I struggled with it a lot. I always have an idea of how everything looks, and must focus on showing it to readers.