Cover Reveal: Sleeping Handsome by Rebekah Eddy!

HI FOLKS! Today, we have a very exciting blogpost: we’re revealing the cover for Rebekah Eddy‘s new book, Sleeping Handsome!

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Are you ready?

Here it is!

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Sleeping Handsome is going to be released on Valentine’s Day this year, February 14, 2018!

About the Book

Minnie’s goal was to have a fun, worry free vacation with her best friend Amy. A few weeks spent in their favorite far away place before they both went back to their respective colleges. A visit to the many famous sights across the British Isles has been on both their bucket lists for a very long time, after all.
However, when a mysterious taxi driver mentions a legend that somehow concerns her ancestral heritage, she decides to dig deeper. After being accused of stealing the famous statue and tourist attraction known as Sleeping Handsome, Minnie and Amy are plunged into a world they would never have imagined existed.
Prince Gregory, after being awakened from being frozen in stone for hundreds of years, finds himself searching for his true love in order to reverse the stone spell on his kingdom and awaken the rest of his people. With his faithful horse Brutis by his side, he sets out to destroy his greatest enemy, release his kingdom from the stone spell, and win the heart of his princess.

About the Author

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Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
This nineteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

 

 

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Blogmas Day 21: #BeatTheBackList Reading Challenge 2018

HELLO FRIENDS. TODAY WE BEGIN WRAPPING UP THE YEAR AND STARTING TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR. (I have literally 10 wrapup posts. Who’s the most extra end-of-year blogger again?)

Today, we talk about what I’m going to read next year!

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I heard about this challenge, Beat the Backlist 2018 through my friend Charley’s blog. Basically, for Beat the Backlist, your goal is to read only backlisted books (or, books that were published before 2018). This isn’t that much of a problem for me, seeing as how I don’t usually read newly released books, but I’ve been getting more into it, and I also want to go through my TBR. You can set your own goal and you don’t need to have a blog (just a social media platform to update on).

If you’d like to find out more about #BeatTheBacklist, check here. It’s slightly more complicated than how I laid it out (bookstagram, prizes, teams, etc) but it’s all on the website if you’re interested so I don’t bore you half to death

So. What am I supposed to be talking about right now? Well, first of all, my goal. My goal for #BeattheBacklist is 80 books (out of either 120 or 150, whichever one I decide to go for) which is very sensible for me.

Next, here’s a list of books that I’m hoping to read this upcoming year-

  • The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (turning 18, folks. yes I’m very homeschooled)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • The Color Project by Sierra Adams
  • The rest of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • The Hobbit  and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkein
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Septys
  • Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim series (to get ready for the new ones)
  • The Shades of Magic (series? trilogy? not sure) by V. E. Schwab
  • The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Selection Series by Keira Cass

Mostly series, so there’s a lot more books than it looks like. (Also I get to read Harry Potter because I’m turning 18. WOOO) Also several books that most people read in middle school but I was too sheltered to XD

So. Are you part of #BeatTheBacklist? Even if you’re not, what are some books that you’re planning on reading next year? How many books are you planning on reading?

Blogmas Day 3: Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber Cover Reveal

Hi everybody! Today, I have an exciting post for y’all: it’s the cover reveal for Mary Weber’s new book, Reclaiming Shilo Snow!

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Are you ready for it?

Here it is!

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Ahhh!!!

Reclaiming Shilo Snow will be released on March 6, 2018!

Synopsis:

She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.

Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.

But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.

In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.

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Mary Weber is the author of the Scholastic Pick, Christy, Carol, and INSPY Award winning young adult novel, Storm Siren, and the Storm Siren Trilogy. As a conference and avid school speaker, Weber’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a too-loud world. In her spare time she sings 80s songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband, who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Isn’t the cover so pretty? Have you read any of Mary Weber’s books? (I haven’t, but I’m looking forward to reading them!)

Blogmas Day 2: Little Women Read Along || Liv K. Fisher

Hi everybody! How are your TBR piles doing? If they’re anything like mine, they’re about to topple over and flatten half of the country. You’re definitely going to thank me, then, because I’m here to ask you to read Little Women with Olivia and I!

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Believe it or not, I have never read Little Women! I’ve read most of it, but I never finished it, and I don’t really remember much of it anyhow.

So, here’s what the read-along entails.

  • Eleven chapters per week, which is approximately one-and-a-half chapters per day
  • Book discussions every Friday, from December first to December twenty-second
  • Chats with fellow fans of Louisa May Alcott
  • Reading Little Women for the first time… or again, with new friends to fangirl with!

Here is the schedule:

  1. December first: discuss chapters one through eleven
  2. December eighth: discuss chapters twelve through twenty-three
  3. December fifteenth: discuss chapters twenty-four through thirty-five
  4. December twenty-first: discuss chapters thirty-six through forty-seven

No commitment is required. If you’re interested in participating, feel free to pop in and out whenever you please, and if you fall behind or get ahead, that’s totally fine! 🙂

If you’d like to continue the discussion on Twitter or Instagram, you’re more than welcome to tag @oliviakimwrites on twitter and instagram and use the hashtag #WinterWithLouisa.

Have you read Little Women before? Are you doing the Little Women read along? How is the status of your TBR? Are you going to make your GoodReads goal for the year?

Blog Tour: The Blood Race by Kate Emmons!!! || Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Hey guys! Remember last week when I said it was a good week for books? Well, today, I’m bringing you all, THE BLOOD RACE BY KATE EMMONS! *confetti*

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I first heard about The Blood Race after following the author’s sister, Abbiee on her endeavors on the internet (blogging, writing, musics, ALL THE AESTHETICS serIOUSLY GO CHECK HER OUT). I got to read an ARC of it, and iT IS SO GOOD!

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He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.

As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

Amazon || Goodreads

There’s also a TRAILER for this book! IT’S AMAZING GO CHECK IT OUT

About the AuthorAuthor

When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons lives in the often-snowy hills of rugged Vermont with her husband and dog named Rocket.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Blog || YouTube

Review

OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race!

Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together.

While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all the other books, and the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS.

They are both so well defined yet complex yet broken. They each had a past story, and they had a story to tell. They each had a power, and that was what drew them together. They were so beautiful and I loved them all so much.

Not only the characters, but the world itself was so wonderfully built. The world-building was so detailed and vivid, and while it was tricky to understand what all it entailed (as is the case with many alternate universe books that have world building), it was all so beautifully described and the end result was stunning.

The plot had so many loops and swirls that it was impossible to tell what was coming next. There were so many tropes that didn’t show up, unlike so many of other YA fiction books (there. is. no. romance. #WHAT) There were so many hidden meaning behind each of the small things in the book that clearly meant so much.

(small disclaimer: there is use of s**t and an instance of when the f word was about to be said, as a part of character development)

You may like this book if:

  • You like fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/suspense, or any of the above
  • You like well developed YA fiction
  • You like stories with meaning and motifs behind everything
  • You like great worldbuilding stories and/or beautiful lovable characters

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway!!

This is actually THE FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER ON MY BLOG!!

With that, I also don’t really know how to set up giveaways…but rafflecopter seems like a good choice. 🙂 (I also can’t figure out how to embed the giveaway into the post, like the Blogger folks, so you’ll have to click the link. yes, I know, it’s a pain)

The giveaway runs from today (August 7th, 2017) until next Sunday (August 13th, 2017) at midnight. (tweeting everyday gives you more chances!!)

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That’s it! Go check out some other stops on the blog tour here:

Loud and Clear || Totally Graced || Abbiee || Plottinger Twist || Silver Mess || A Heart Redeemed | Quills in the Inkwell

Blog Tour: Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire!! || Review

Hey guys! It’s a busy week in the book world! I’m going to be part of TWO blog tours for brand new books this week that I’m super excited about! Today, I’m part of the Andora’s Folly blog tour by the lovely Abigayle Claire!

About the Book

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

Amazon || GoodReads || Pinterest

(There is also a giveaway for Andora’s Folly Abi is currently running on her blog: find it here!)

About the Author

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Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com … when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads || Pinterest || YouTube || Google Plus

My Review

The only exposure I’ve had with Pandora’s Box is in first or second grade, when I did the unit on Ancient Greeks and did Greek Mythology. (was that just me?) Not only haven’t I read the story in literally ten years, I remember HATING the story.

As a result, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to get from Andora’s Folly, which is a Pandora’s Box retelling. Basically, it is a Greek mythology retelling set in a fantasy world, which I thought was super unique!

The “retelling” feel wasn’t very obvious: it was the kind where you finished the book and went “ohhhhh it WAS A RETELLING!!!”which is always the kind of retelling I like! 🙂

This was a novella, which meant that it was on the short side: 100 pages or so, but the characters were all very well developed and the storyline was complete, which can’t be said for many other novellas.

The storyline overall kept twisting, and had me on my toes the whole time. The romance stuff (what fairytale isn’t complete without a sweet romance?) was super sweet, but also completely clean at the same time.

Overall, it’s a short, sweet, but well written book! Definitely go check it out if:
A) you like fantasy tales
B) you like Greek Mythology
C) you like novellas that are well developed

Blog Tour

SAT, JULY 29: Madison Guy // Spotlight || Maddy // Interview
SUN, JULY 30: Emily Mundell // Review || Faith Potts // Review
MON, JULY 31: Hanne T // Review || Victoria Lynn // Spotlight + Interview + Review
TUES, AUG 1: Ashley // Spotlight + Review || Faith Thompson // Spotlight + Review
WED, AUG 2: Mikayla // Review || Soleil // Spotlight || Ivy Rose // Spotlight + Review
THURS, AUG 3: Ashley Bogner // Review || Savannah Grace // Spotlight + Interview
FRI, AUG 4: Lisa // Interview || Abigail McKenna // Review
SAT, AUG 5: Grace Anne // Review || Zane Jones // Interview

(I have done my best to link the blogs who are also part of the blog tour, in the hope that y’all are going to go check them out! There is some awesome stuff on their blogs!)

A huge thank you to Abigayle Claire for providing me with a free ebook copy of this book for my review! I was not required to leave a positive review.

 

 

Blog Tour: The Sorceress and the Squid by Emily Mundell! || Spotlight

Hey y’all! I’m back today with…yet another blog tour*! Today, I’m featuring The Sorceress and the Squid by Emily Mundell! I’m going to be spotlighting her book, which includes what her book’s about and a little bit about the authoress herself!

*because y’all obviously don’t read the title of what I post -_-

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In the magical land of Perth, divisions between the Old Kingdom and the New have waged for centuries. The humans have long harbored a mistrust of the spell-casting Fae and vice versa. In the midst of this conflict, Estrella the Sorceress lays waste to the Training Academy for Human Warriors, making an enemy in the soldier, Jalen. During their standoff, Jalen is turned into a squid and Estrella, unable to restore him to his original form, takes pity on him and travels west across the Sea to bring him to the Wizard in hope he can be saved. But is there more to the unrest in Perth than meets the eye?

Amazon || CreateSpace || Goodreads

About the Author:

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Emily Mundell is a 19 year old author, artist, horsewoman and lover of the wonders of the wide world. She hails from the Great White North of Canada and has spent her life growing up in the heart of rural Alberta in a close-knit farming community – though she has often entertained fantasies of inhabiting the Shire.

Writing is her true passion – though horses and art take a close second. With fantasy as her primary genre, Emily has been writing stories since the tender age of eight when she finished her first “book.” She is currently working to complete her Creative Writing Certificate through the University of Calgary. An avid bookworm, true country-mouse, and unconventional tree-climber, Emily can usually be found on a horse, working on one of her half-dozen projects, chasing a loose cow, or being swept off her feet by the man she calls her own personal “hobbit.”

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads

Blog Tour Schedule:

June 19th – Hanne T, Spotlight (that’s me!)
June 20th – Jem Jones, Review/Character Interview
June 21st – Liv Fisher, Spotlight
June 22nd – Anna, Interview
June 23rd – Lisa, Interview
June 24th – Karyssa Norton, Interview

Cover Reveal: Five Poisoned Apples

Honestly, why don’t I just make this a book blog…I blog so much about books XD But anyhow, I’m bringing y’all today the final cover reveal of Rooglewood Press’ collection of fairy tale classics, Five Poisoned Apples, a retelling of Snow White (duh).

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So basically, Rooglewood Press holds yearly creative writing contests for fairytale retellings, starting with Cinderella, going through Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, and now is on Snow White*.

*Titles lead to purchase links on Amazon

So basically, what the contest is, is for writers to write (oh, gee, really?) a retelling of Snow White in any genre/setting/etc you like, and Rooglewood Press will select five winners to be published in Five Poisoned Apples (along with a $125 cash prize and other cool stuff).

ENTRY DETAILS AND STUFF

So…here’s the cover, in all of its glory!

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The stories are due by December 31st, 2017, and the winners will be announced on April 2, 2018.

Have fun writing! (and I’m avail as your beta readers/promoter person when you win XD)