It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book haul post! It’s literally been months since I last did one, which means I’ve been successfully sticking to my book-buying ban! I must admit, I’m doing this ban a bit begrudgingly because they’re books. I want […]
Release day February 27, 2018! Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her […]
It's Thursday, and it's time to start a new Meme!
What is Thursday Blog Trot? Well, since I don’t have all the time in the world to spend following my lovely fellow book bloggers, bookstagrammers, booktubers, and the like, I wanted to dedicate some time each and every Thursday to provide shout-outs to these peeps, and the hard work they spend each and every day to run their blogs, read books, write reviews, and so much more!
If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do, I’d love to see your posts and all of your blogger friends’ hard work!
Without further adieu, let's see what everyone has been up to!
The #NewBloggers 101 is a Discord group headed up by Evelina at AvalinahsBooks.space. She puts in a HUGE amount of effort to coordinate and provide amazing content for fellow book bloggers to learn from, starting with the basics. Each Friday, she or other bloggers from the group posts a self-help guide to all different topics. Her post from last Friday was:
This is the third part in a series on social media and networking. See the previous posts in theis series by expanding the list below!
- 02/09/2018: What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Writing And Scheduling Posts(#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 02/02/2018: What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Blogging Calendars(#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 01/25/2018 How Do I Write A Proper Review Policy? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 01/19/2018: Book Blogger Etiquette: How To Get Comments? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 01/10/2018: How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion, Edelweiss, NetGalley)
- 01/05/2018: When Should I Start Requesting ARCs? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion, Edelweiss, NetGalley)
This post is so helpful in regards to organizing how to manage posting, and keeping up across all platforms. While there isn’t a best way to do this, Evelina gives one way that works for her, and it is certainly helpful! I discovered the wonderful (and free!) Buffer.com which is one way to control social media posts, and have incorporated using that each and every day. I’d highly recommend checking these posts out. I mean, they are free guides and tips!
If you are a photoholic and bookaholic, Sushma’s post on Her Bookstagram Journey is what you need in your life!
She tells about her story and what got her into Bookstagram, and her journey until today. For being someone who has been (very) inconsistent with posting on Instagram, I find this material highly valuable and insightful!
Free Blogging Tips!
She has several very practical suggestions, but also focuses on individuality. The most valuable tip I got from her was to “not forget why I started blogging.” It’s so easy to get caught up in keeping track of all that needs to be done, and forget to love what I’m doing in the meantime. I’d encourage you to check out her post if you need a little bit of encouragement!
Aimee over at AimeeAlways has a lovely post on How to Style Book Reviews. She gets into the nitty-gritty and helps break down some formatting (including HTML!) that she uses while designing her book review posts. It’s no wonder why her blog looks so amazing! Any blogger can find some useful information in this post, so be sure to check it out!
Last, but certainly not least is a post from a series of posts called Bookworms Explained, by Chloe. She’s the lovely blogger behind bookdragons247. I love these posts! If you are looking for something light-hearted, funny reads, be sure to check this series out! The focus is to explain bookworms and how they think. But let’s be honest, that’s a lot easier said than done!
Here’s a list of her past posts in the series if you’d like to get caught up!
That's it for this week! Be sure to stop by each Thursday to discover more wonderful posts! Also, show these bloggers some love and leave them a comment, follow, or like! Until next week.
Nine While Nine Publisher: Parliament House Press For fans of This Savage Song! Find Out About Other Books by Stasia Morineax at http://stasiamorineaux.wixsite.com/stasiamorineaux Isabeau Finne’s perfect world utterly unravels when she meets Death’s right-hand man one fateful night, spiraling her life into a world of […]
The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman is struggling to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences make Jasmine wonder if she’s losing her mind.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Book: Finding Jade
Series: Daughters of Light #1
Author: Mary Jennifer Payne
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Page Count: 216
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Paranormal
My Review: ★★★
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Dun Durn, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Jasmine has always been different from most kids her age–she was born a twin. She grew up close to her sister until a few years ago when Jade was abducted. Jasmine and her mother have never recovered from the incident, understandably. With no body, or trace of evidence, there was no closure for them.
Life in 2030 was hot, no matter where one lived. After a drastic climate change, much of the world has been changed past the point of inhabitation. The conditions make it difficult for anyone to thrive. Jasmine’s mother, riddled with a debilitating disease, only grew worse when the abduction happened. Jasmine has worked hard ever since to help her mom out in any way possible, alongside her mother’s close friend Lola.
When Jasmine is transferred to a new school, she realizes that something strange is going on. Most of her classmates are made up of twins. Introduced to the world of demons, Jasmine learns that she is a part of a special network of individuals who have access to unusual abilities. There, she meets a boy named Raphael who has a hankering for helping her in the times that matter the most.
Jasmine learns through a series of extraordinary events that her sister is alive, but is stuck in a place called The-Place-in-Between. More sinister than it sounds, Jasmine must quite literally face her demons in order to rescue her long-lost sister from the shadowy realm.
I like it when I go into a book not really knowing what to expect. I like even more when a book takes the reins and leads me down a path that I don’t foresee. Finding Jade had a lot of surprising attributes to it that make it stand out. However, a few of those attributes could ultimately be its downfall, as some are under-developed and without must investigation. Needless to say, I thought this was an interesting take on the paranormal topic of angels and demons. While I didn’t necessarily like parts of the backstory, I appreciated the author’s ingenuity and ability to converge several (seemingly random) paths into one.
Things that I liked:
#1 There is a lot of diversity among the characters. Both Jasmine and Jade are of Chilean descent, and the book is mostly set in Toronto which has a lot of diversity in and of itself.
#2 The concept, while a bit unpolished, was interesting. I did not expect the book to travel in the direction that it headed toward, which made for a surprising read.
#3 I loved the (random) variation of settings, and how they were tied into the plot. The-Place-in-Between, aka a Pergatorish “Hell-like” state where people would become stuck in was original and rather creepy. I felt like I was stepping onto a London street at night knowing that Jack the Ripper was on the loose when reading these scenes.
Things that I didn’t like:
#1 I felt that there were several aspects of this book that were left without much explanation. Granted, this is the first book in a series, but I found that it would have been more beneficial to have more information on specific topics such as Lola’s Ibeja doll, the Seers themselves and what all they are actually capable of, and more on Raphael (but I’m certain more is coming on him in Solomon’s Ring.
The Seers were never painted into a full picture for me.
Seers are genetically connected to this chick called Lilith, who was apparently Adam’s wife before Eve. She’s gotten a bad rap over the centuries because she held supernatural powers and led armies into battle, refusing to be subservient to men. Good for her, right? But because she used her girl power without shame and men could not control her, they made up nasty rumours about her. Rumours that she was a demon, a vampire, and an evil whore. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: not a lot has changed between guys and girls over the years. Kind of depressing. Instead of spreading this stuff on social media, guys back in the day wrote trashy rumours on scrolls and cave walls. Nice.
While we do get some background information, (with some jabs at the male gender – another thing I didn’t care for) I couldn’t seem to grasp the entirety of their capabilities and entire purpose.
#2 SPOILER ALERT!!!
I found Jasmine’s reaction to finding her sister so…odd. A lot of time was spent in the first portion of this book with her pondering her sister’s disappearance. Yet, when she discovered she was alive and successfully rescued her from The-Place-in-Between, she almost seemed indifferent. No, I don’t expect her to be jumping up and down from that moment on. I just found her to have a lack of engagement with her sister’s return. It was weird.
[I found Jasmine’s reaction to finding her sister so…odd. A lot of time was spent in the first portion of this book with her pondering her sister’s disappearance. Yet, when she discovered she was alive and successfully rescued her from The-Place-in-Between, she almost seemed indifferent. No, I don’t expect her to be jumping up and down from that moment on. I just found her to have a lack of engagement with her sister’s return. It was weird. (hide spoiler)]
END OF SPOILER.
#3 While the setting clearly takes place in Toronto, I had a hard time envisioning where the characters were throughout. The proximity of the schools, what they were like, the subway scenes, and The-Place-in-Between settings were only briefly touched upon. Especially seeing how this takes place in a dystopian future, I was looking for more detail on the different locations, as well as the drastic variances between them and the eras in which the characters travel.
Overall, I thought this was a unique read. While I had some issues with underdevelopment of some aspects of the plot, I thought the characters were decently-developed and played into the plot well. I’m curious to see where they will end up in Solomon’s Ring.
Sexual content: Kissing only.
Violence: Moderate – there were some scenes particularly in The-Place-in-Between that were grotesque, including decapitation of some characters.
The Bone Roses Publisher: Parliament House Press Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy […]
It is the autumn of 1846 in Ireland. Lorraine and her brother are waiting for the time to pick the potato crop on their family farm leased from an English landowner. But this year is different—the spuds are mushy and ruined. What will Lorraine and […]
Are your reviews-to-write list getting you down?
Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. I’ve been sitting on some reviews that I need to write for a few months. It’s time to buckle down and get them done! Currently, I have seven reviews that I need to write and post (including one book that I’m currently reading, but will finish shortly.)
So, what exactly is this "Review Rally?"
Seeing how I’ve been unsuccessful with staying on top writing my reviews, I needed a little motivator. For the next seven days (February 19th-February 26), I will be posting a book review that’s been sitting in order to get caught up! One review per day. At day seven, I should be sitting on a fresh, clean “to-review” pile.
The list that needs reviewing:
Interested in joining? Go for it! Just use the tag #ReviewRally. Let's help motivate one another!
The Lily of Life: a Fairy Tale written by The Crown Princess of Romania, aka Carmen Sylva The Lily of Life: A Fairy Tale is a children’s story that was originally published in 1913. Written by the Crown Princess of Romania, Pauline Elisabeth Ottilie Luise zu […]
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Since the topic of the day (and this month) is LOVE, let's talk about something that has captured my affections.
I'm sure you've all heard of it. Or maybe, you haven't...
Either way, it’s the topic of today’s Top 5 Wednesday, so hopefully this will shed some light on Kindle Unlimited, and just how great it (can) be! I skipped last week’s Top 5 Wednesday post because I didn’t care for the topic. The same has happened for this week. So, I’m making my own topic for discussion. 😛
I want to say ahead of time that Kindle Unlimited may not be the right program for you, and that’s fine! This is more based on my personal experience with it.
If you are unfamiliar with the program, Kindle Unlimited is a subscription available through Amazon that gives access to readers to a vast array of ebooks. You can “rent” or “borrow” up to ten books at a time, and replace them with others at any time! There are no time parameters for how long you have a title out. It’s pretty nifty!
So, onto why Kindle Unlimited is great…
If you like to find new authors, that aren’t necessarily well known (but have fantastic books) Kindle Unlimited is one way to do it! I’ve come across several books that I haven’t seen in the bookworld’s spotlight. It’s too bad that they aren’t, because some truly deserve it!
As a book reviewer, I really like to find authors that have wonderful work, but need some more publicity. Kindle Unlimited is just one way to find some of these amazing authors.
One series I will forever rave about (available through Kindle Unlimited) is the Fairy Queens series by Amber Argyle. Seriously, if you love fae, fantasy, and strong female characters, check this series out!
Many popular reads (i.e. the Harry Potter series) are available for free through Kindle Unlimited! Now, there are some publishers that do not partake in making their books available through this program, including HarperCollins, Simon & Shuster, MacMillian, and Penguin. This may seem limiting, however, considering how many books are out there, you will still be able to find great reads.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on books, or don’t live close to a library, (because honestly, libraries are LIFE SAVERS for us book worms) Kindle Unlimited is an affordable way to access a TON of books. I spend only $9.99 a month for the subscription (that’s about $2 less than a new hardcover copy off of Amazon.) For me, it’s totally worth it.
There are over 1 million books available through Kindle Unlimited.
Let’s be honest, none of us will read a million books in our lifetime, so, you’ll never run out of books.
This one is more personal but–Kindle Unlimited has saved my tail more than once when I forgot to download a book from Netgalley before it was archived. (It’s only happened a few times, luckily.) Also, I’ve been able to find a lot of books available in sequels that I’m reading through that I can access through this program. Basically, it saves me a lot of time and money!
Tell me, do you use Kindle Unlimited? What are the positives/negatives you may have come across with the program? Let me know in the comments below!
Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, […]
When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Author: Kim Chance
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Flux Books/North Star Editions
Page Count: 408
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Cover Artist: Jake Slavik
My Review: ★★★
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
All great wars are fought over power.
While I really wanted to love this book, I just couldn’t find it in me to rate it any higher than three stars. The first 20% sucked me in. Lainey is the typical, everyday girl that is completely unsuspecting. Her observant but sassy character was refreshing and captivating to begin with. Then, the weird and rather creepy encounter between her and the witch takes place, and the plot’s individuality and pacing goes downhill from there.
One of the biggest issues I had with this book was that Lainey persistently believed that she needed to handle these supernatural situations alone–when she lives with her uncle and his obviously “witchy” girlfriend. (view spoiler)[(By witchy I mean, is basically a witch herself) (hide spoiler)] If you live with someone who speaks about your energy regularly, and practices rituals religiously, I’d think that would be a great resource to confide in after an experience like Lainey had with encountering the dead woman. I get that some people might think you are crazy for saying these things, but that’s not the case here. It’s simply too obvious of a solution.
As Lainey continues to deny the fact that she’s seeing a ghost that is trying to communicate with her, the plot drags on for the first half of the book. Lainey meets a mysterious character named Ty, who is of the tall, dark, and handsome sorts. He instantly becomes a love-interest for Lainey, although she tries to deny that as well. Lucky for her, Ty knows more about this world she is encountering than she.
As Lainey uncovers the secret behind these odd encounters with the woman, she realizes she’s very unprepared to deal with the responsibility that has been set in her lap. Too many times these types of characters become overly-capable in an unrealistic time-frame. A crash course in self-defense turns people into super-heroes, which is what happened here. I would have liked to see more of a progression in Lainey’s abilities rather than the instantaneous progression that happened.
Despite its short-comings, this was an entertaining read. It wasn’t as in-depth, or original as I was hoping. However, its characters were likable, had some depth, and the main topic was unique. It simply needed more focus on its uniqueness in order to help it gain some distinguishability.
These numbers may not be 100% accurate, but I counted each word I came across.
“You can’t control what happens to you, only how you react to it.”
“Actions define character, not circumstances.”
“All great wars are fought over power.”