The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag

Book Blitz_Time to confess all of my bookish sins! I saw this tag on Lila’s blog Lost In A Story and thought it looked fun. It was originally created by A Page of Jenniely. Let’s go…


Questions:

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it: Yup, guilt as charged! I have a few ARCs that have been sitting on my shelf for a year that I haven’t picked up and honestly probably won’t. In my defence, I never requested them. They just randomly arrived and they just aren’t for me. Maybe I should host a giveaway? Hmmm….

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley: Nope! I’m pretty good with staying above 80% on NetGalley.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did): My issue is usually remembering to cross-post reviews to Goodreads.

4. Folded down the page of a book: Yes *hangs head* I do it quite often if I’m out and about and can’t find something to act as a bookmark.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book: Not in a long, long time. I’m usually pretty good about keeping my books away from liquids while reading.

6. DNF a book this year: I’ve DNFed a few books this year. Why struggle through something when you could be reading something else that you know you’ll like? There’s just not enough time in the day.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it: No because I honestly don’t have money to spare on purchasing books I know I’ll never read.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework): All of the time! Why grade essays when I can read a book?

9. Skim read a book: This usually happens with books I am about to DNF or those that I should have given up on.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal: This year will be the first time that I won’t make my goal. It’s amazing how not reading for around 3 months can put you so far behind. I’m sad about it but there’s always next year!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it: No, never. I get upset when I don’t get back books I’ve lent out and never want to be that person.

12. Broke a book buying ban: I’ve tried bans but they just never work. Sales on Amazon are always my downfall. A book for $1.99? Oh, yes please!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about: It’s scary to see how many half written reviews I have sitting in my drafts folder. I start one, get stuck, move onto another and repeat.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading: Only when I’m studying Spanish. I highlight words I don’t know and then write the definition in the columns.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads: No, I’m pretty good for adding books that I’ve read. I like keeping track of the books I read, especially since it helps a lot with the blog.


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Cover Reveal: Society of Wishes!

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Elise Kova (❤❤❤) has a new book coming out and I’m super excited to spread the word! She’s become one of my favourite authors over the past year and can’t wait to get my hands on this book next month!

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Release date: January 29th, 2018
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Genre: New adult, urban fantasy, romance

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.


Authors Q&A:

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E = Elise’s Answer
L = Lynn’s Answer

 

1) What made you want to start writing?
L: Is saying fan fiction too lame? Because it was definitely fan fiction.
2) What was your favorite part about working on this project?
L: Honestly, just being able to work with original characters and concepts was so exciting for me. And having someone so talented to collaborate with just made the whole experience that much more fun.
E: The collaboration was definitely an exciting and new element. Lynn really helped bring a fresh perspective to my writing and a new voice to draw from—especially regarding her personal heritage that really gave the character Jo so much more depth.
3) What part of the process did you find the hardest?
L: Everything was so new for me, but I probably had the hardest time keeping on myself to make sure I didn’t fall behind. I wasn’t used to working on a schedule, but I think I handled it well enough!
E: I really wanted to make sure that the work was divided evenly and it was our story. I’m so happy with the final product though. I really think it’s the perfect merger of both of our abilities.
4) Who is the character you relate to most and why?
L: Probably… Wayne? Because I’m charming and debonair and possibly, despite my heart of gold, most likely an annoyance to all. I also occasionally call people doll face.
E: Likely Nico. I was a studio art minor in college and was that girl who always had paint staining her fingers. Plus, even if I don’t always succeed, I really like making people smile.
5) Why the switch to new-adult, and urban fantasy?
E: I always want my work to be growing, changing, and evolving. I don’t want to be an author where people always know the story they’re going to get before they even pick up the book. Plus, it was really fun to write some super steamy romantic tension!

Giveaway:

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017. Looking at how many books I read this year was quite depressing. Compared to previous years I’ve read 50 less than I usually do, but these books stood out because of their interesting stories, strong characters and how they made me feel. I would totally read them over and over again! ❤

What were your favourite books of 2017? Did any of these make your list?

Mini Reviews: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding + Smoke & Mirrors

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

33785202The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Release date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy
Format: eBook

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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding was a delightful and quirky middle grade novel. I had so much fun reading it and can’t recommend it enough! The book has a perfect mixture of spooky, Halloween-like vibes (demons, witches, curses), real world issues (bullying, fitting in) and witty dialogue that I was never bored. While it’s labeled as middle grade, I totally believe that people of all ages would enjoy it.

The story focuses on Prosper, a young boy who just doesn’t fit in. To make matters worse, he finds out that he has a demon living inside of him! Much of the story is Prosper arguing with his demon, Alastor. I just loved their conversations so much! Prosper is very sarcastic and Alastor (while supposed to be evil) can off as a grumpy old man, always trying to trick Prosper into agreements. Every page that featured these two characters was enjoyable to read.

My only issue with the book was how uneven it was. The story started strong, became stagnant in the middle and then picked up pace near the end. I struggled to get through the middle bits and am happy that I did. It was more than worth it but I didn’t take away some of my enjoyment. Overall, even with the pacing issues, this is a must read for people looking for a fun and spooky read.


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

35489043Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet
Release date: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry
Format: eBook

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Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose, and short stories, Faudet’s whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of readers from around the world.

This is Michael Faudet’s third poetry collection. I completely adored Dirty Pretty Things but found Bitter Sweet Love to be alright. This collection harks back to what made me fall in love with his writing. It’s a mixture of poems, short stories and quotes that explore love, relationships and sex. However, unlike his previous collections, the writing here focuses more on love and relationships than sex, something I found I could connect with more.

I read this collection in one sitting, although I do have to be completely honest, I skipped over the poems that were sexually explicit. That’s just not my thing and in past books they could be quite crude, so why push to read something I know I won’t enjoy? I think I would have loved this collection more if it was just the author speaking from his heart. The poems of failed relationships, longing and heartbreak are what appeal to me and when done right, the author can really stir up feelings I’ve long forgotten. I quite enjoyed how Faudet can transmit such raw and intense emotion in very few words. That, however, is not the case with his short stories. They were long and drawn-out…they lacked the urgency of his poems and brought the book to a standstill.

So, while I think this was a significant improvement to his previous release, Smoke & Mirrors was a mixed bag. It reminded me of why I love most of Faudet’s poems, but other parts were slow and cold. I guess it’s sometimes hard to top a much beloved debut but this collection gave me some hope that the next will be even better.

 

Ever the Brave Blitz!

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Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill is now out in the world! I absolutely adored the first book in the series (read my review here) and can’t wait to pick up this one to read over the holiday break.


4222c-9780544664463_hresEver the Brave by Erin Summerill
Release date: December 5th, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
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Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.


Book Excerpt:

The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase
that smile. I slam the door.

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against
the stone.

“I am.”

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something
different form brown trousers.

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust
on me and make me noble.”

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

“Stop it,” I snap.

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That
grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from
her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be
free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how
to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to
do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five
minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of
the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and
shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly
clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads
from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of
ale.

I’ve felt this way before.

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath
suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The
breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is
very wrong.

“The king.”


About the Author:

9ad4a-erinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, Ever the Hunted. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and hot tamales.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit. This was kind of hard because so many of the fantasy or historical worlds that I love reading about are quite dangerous! Lots of fighting, evil rulers, murder, etc. But still these worlds have captured my imagination. They all blend myths, history and fantasy together and are just so magical. Of course to survive in them I’d probably have to become good with a sword and learn how to dance.

 

What are your favourite book settings? Would you want to visit any of these?

Beat the Backlist: 2018 Edition!

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Beat the Backlist is a year-long reading challenge hosted by Novel Knight. It is “focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases.” The challenge begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st.

I signed up for this challenge this year but completely failed at it. I totally blame NetGalley *shakes fist* and my long hiatus….but I’ve totally got this in 2018! Time to get to the books I’ve been meaning to read for a while or the ones I should have reviewed this year but ran out of time to.


Proposed TBR:


My Team:

Part of the challenge is to submit the books that read you in order to support your team. The team with the most points has the opportunity to win prizes! My team is…

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Will you be participating in the Beat the Backlist challenge?