Libster Award

Rules

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you, link it to your post and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think deserve the Liebster Award.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.
  • Write the rules in your Liebster Award blog post.
  • Let the blogs know about your post and that you have nominated them.

 

Thank you so much to Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am still a new blog of about 5 months. I want to express my gratitude for all of my followers and those who have supported me.

 

Answers

1. What is your favorite childhood book? Was there one in particular that made you fall in love with reading?

Harry Potter is my favorite childhood book. It made me fall in love with reading from an early age. In middle school, both the Twilight series and the Mortal Instruments series encouraged my passion for books.

2. If you could do an interview for your blog with any author, who would you choose and why?

Sarah J. Maas. I love all of her books. She is my favorite auto-buy author. Her stories are amazing. It would be amazing to talk to her about the worlds she has created and about her writing process.

3.  Have you ever hated a book that everyone else loved?  If so, which book and what didn’t you like about it?

Yes. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I picked this book up, read a few pages, and then put it back down. I simply could not get into it. 

4.  What made you decide to become a book blogger and what have you learned along the way so far?

I love books and reading. Yep, shocking huh? I created this blog to share my opinions and talk with others about literature. This blog is also to connect with other bloggers, authors, and publishers to learn more about publishing, since that is the career I hope to go into. I have learned a lot about interacting with others, being social. I’m learning to put myself out there. 

5.  Aside from blogging and reading, what are some of your other hobbies?

Knitting, crocheting, writing, watching TV.

6.  Who is your least favorite fictional character? What do you dislike about the character?

Joffrey Baratheon. Need I say more?

7.  If you could choose to live anywhere else in the world aside from where you are now, where would you choose and why?

I’m not sure I would choose to leave where I am now. As much as I hate the winter season where I live, I love my hometown.

8.  What is the last book that made you cry?

The Fault in Our Stars. Both the book and the movie made me bawl my eyes out. John Green really knows how to toy with a reader’s emotions.

9.  What is your beverage of choice?

Coca-cola. Yes, I know it’s really bad for you. However, it is my go-to choice of drink for most meals, especially when I’m in a restaurant.

10. What are your favorite reads of 2016 so far?

11.  What is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?

Harry Potter. This may be cheating because I answer HP for everything, but oh well! (YA Book to Movie Adaptions)

 

Nominees

Saily @ Reading Turtle Duck

Liv @ Curly Hair Bibliophile

Marta @ The Book Mermaid – The Book Mermaid: Liebster Award

Esther @ Chapter Adventures

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

CW @ Read, Think, Ponder

 

Questions for Nominees

  1. What is your favorite type of blog posts to write?
  2. What is a seriously underrated book that you love, that others should read?
  3. How many books do you usually read per year?
  4. What does your perfect reading nook consist of?
  5. What is your favorite song at this moment?
  6. What kind of snacks do you eat while you’re reading?
  7. What are some books you wish were adapted into movies?
  8. Which fictional book world would you like to live in most?
  9. What is your most and least favorite genre?
  10. What was your favorite childhood TV show?
  11. How do you choose your next read?

Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). The topic for this week:

Halloween Related Freebie

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Books with Vampires

Let’s face it: in this day and age, vampires are popular. It is also one of the most popular Halloween costumes. In honor of these blood-sucker, whether good or bad, here is a list of YA books with vampires.

  1. The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
  2. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  4. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
  5. House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast
  6. My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking
  7. Vampire Agápe series by Georgia Cates
  8. The Captive series by Erica Stevens
  9. Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter
  10. Kindred series by Erica Stevens

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

10/22/16

“While some authors write their first drafts by hand and others type them, Vladamir Nabokav wrote the first draft of his famous Lolita on notecards. Not only did these tiny cards include the entire text of the novel, but he also used the them to make edits, take notes, and even doodle.”

Source according to Open Culture

Disclaimer

September 2016 Owlcrate Unboxing

I liked the August Owlcrate so much and I heard the September box would be the best ever, so I bought myself another one.

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The Book

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  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake I’ve heard so much about this book. I didn’t actually have it on my to-read list when I found in in the Owlcrate, but I’m quite excited to read it. It’s certainly on my TBR pile now.

 

The Goodies

  • Six of Crows bookmark I can now use this when I read Six of Crows for the first time!
  • Remade There are a bunch of authors on the cover, including Kiersten White. This is a YA adventure in a series of 15. The story starts 10/14/16, so modern the date occurred last week. Teen live in an apocalyptic world filled with mechanical horrors, and they must search for answers.
  • Three Dark Crowns: map of Fennbirn The map in the book is blown up in size.
  • Signed bookplate The kind Kendare Blake signed a bunch of tags for Owlcrate subscribers.
  • Darkness owlcrate button This button is so cute. At the moment, it is securely fastened on my backpack.
  • Celaena’s cake candle I can’t light candles in my dorm room, but I still love to look at it. The smell didn’t scream chocolate cake to me, but it still made me hungry.
  • Note from Kendare Blake The author of Three Dark Crowns wrote an adorable and crateive note to those who recieved this box.
  • Moon Chosen passport P.C. Cast’s new book is promoted in this passport filled with pictures and snippets.
  • Three Dark Crowns: fortune teller Oh my gosh! I made so many paper fortune tellers when I was younger. It was the thing to do back in elementary and middle school. Maybe they are coming back. Or maybe Owlcrate is indulging my inner child.
  • Darkness owlcrate spoiler
  • Fortune telling bath bomb One word: Awesome!
  • Miss Peregrine’s pencil case – This Miss Peregrine’s pencil case is unique and useful. I still haven’t seen the movie yet.

 

The Overview

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  • 5/5 This box was amazing. I’m so glad I purchased it.

 

Next Month

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  • Once Upon a Dream

Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). This weeks topic:

Ten Characters I’d Name A Child After

  1. Arya: Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini
  2. Jace: Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  3. Celaena: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Daemon: Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  5. Kaiden: Sweet series by Anna Banks
  6. Kelsey: Tiger Saga series by Colleen Houck (Tiger’s Curse review)
  7. Valek: Study series by Maria V. Snyder
  8. Rhys: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
  9. Elizabeth: Witch Hunter series by Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter Review & The King Slayer Review)
  10. Raisa: Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

Heartborn Review

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Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Synopsis: Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

About the Author: Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal

More Info: eARC, 238 pages, published by CreateSpace Publishing on September 1, 2016

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my thought and opinions below.*

 

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Livvy is not your ordinary girl: she only has half of a heart. Literally, this impacts her health. Figuratively, this impacts her in no way. While she may be held back by her condition, the missing half of her heart does not stop her from being passionate. She can love just as fiercely, which is where Kieron appears.

Kieron is heartborn and meant for greatness. He fits into his family’s carefully laid plan, one that they have been cultivating for years. When he is thrown to Earth he knows his purpose: find Livvy.

The book jumps back and forth, following the progression of the two worlds. One in which a powerful household fights back to restore peace and justice. In the other, a solitary girl with a fate beyond her imagining.

First of all, look at the cover! *squeals* I could stare at it all day.

Second, Livvy + Kieron = cute. This relationship was…well, it was insta-love. If you don’t want to read about the couple who falls for each other immediately, this may not be the book for you. Kieron, though, is so sweet and he is perfect for Livvy.

Cressa is something else. I love her character. While she seems to be the most timid, I believe that she is actually one of the most brave angels up in Silver. She is strong, dedicated, and willing to do whatever it takes.

House Windhook is also something else. They are intelligent, powerful, and manipulative. They will use anything for their own personal gain, yet their end goal is the least selfless act they could possibly work for.

While Livvy’s family is mentioned and introduced briefly near the end of the novel, they don’t have a real presence in the story. I wish they did because the dedicated, whole, and loving family dynamic is commonly missing from most YA.

The book goes back and forth between two main stories, that of the Silver and the real world. The point of view throughout the story, however, is somewhat altered, focusing on different characters, causing temporary confusion and disorientation.

Throughout the whole book I felt as if there was something missing. Pieces of the story were never revealed, causing a mass confusion of the events. There were parts that were just too fast. I don’t think the reader is ever told how Kieron found Livvy. His whole transformation into the real world is forgone. At the end, the climax occurred in a rushed manner, so that I had to do a double take to figure out what was happening.

There was an instance of action that I loved. There is a fight, a power war, in The Grievance that caught my attention. House Windhook is so manipulative and sneaky. The action was slightly vague. It was muted by description, but it was also my favorite scene in the book.

Speaking of description, this book is filled with so much detail. The imagery and illustration is almost to the point of being over the top. Think J.R.R Tolkien…but different. In addition, the world building was awesome. The creation of the Silver and the power structure of the angels is extraordinary. The world is separate from our own, but connected in a way that is so unexpected. The only drawback is that there is SO much information, that it is dumped on the reader too fast. I could honestly just read this book for the description and world building.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a very unique perspective on angels. The world building was amazing and complex. The price isn’t too bad at $2.99 on Amazon Kindle. This is not my favorite novel, but it wasn’t a bad read.

Buy it here:

amazon

 

 

Barnes-and-Noble

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). On this week’s blog post:

Books On My TBR Because of YA Book Community Recommendations

  1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  7. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
  8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  9. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  10. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I slightly deviated from the main topic “All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation” of today. Since I have joined this YA book community, I have bought and added so many amazing books to my TBR. Thanks to all of the blog reviews, Twitter chats, and all around excitement over these books, I may have never discovered them. Thank you to everyone in this community!

Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I read first?

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}