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The ABC-Book-Challenge: S

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Hi all! I’ve decided to do the ABC-Book_-Challenge too! I have been thinking for a while to find something to write next to my weekly reviews and I thought this might be fun 🙂

I got the idea from Sofii @ A Book A Thought, so thank you! Like her, I don’t know the original creators so if you do, please let me know!

This week, a new semester starts and it seems my schedule is actually quite okay for once. I have classes early (which I really don’t mind, I’m at school at 8am every day anyway), almost no days with 3 hours between classes, and no days where I have classes till very late in the afternoon as well. 

Talking about school, you know what also starts with that letter….

Memorable titles that start with the letter S

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: I’m sure you all know this book, because let’s be honest, there are childhood books that you just don’t forget. This is one of them.
  • Solitaire: As mentioned before, this and Radio Silence is what made me fall in love with Alice Oseman’s writing so much. I love the diversity of all the characters and how very accurate it felt reading. Oseman is quite amazing at describing things in such a way that it feels like she’s writing about me. Review here
  • De Stomme van Kampen: a Dutch book that the Dutch people probably recognize.. It was one of my favorite books and I might have read it over 5 times or so. It’s about a deaf guy who becomes a very famous painter and I just loved it so much. I might reread it someday. 
  • The Sun Is Also A Star: this book was just so nice and simple a love story, and sometimes I really love that. I loved the characters and how they treated their problems and I just really loved the kind-of-cliche that this book was. Review here

Books on my TBR that start with the letter S

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Book Haul and Other Things

Heya all!

You know you have the best boyfriend when he actually tells you to stop doubting and take the books home from the store, and walks away to the counter really fast as soon as you put the books in his arms…🥰

In other words, we went to the bookstore to celebrate me being done with my firs semester of this year! And, because it’s been a really stressful period, again, we wanted to do something nice together in the four days that I now have between last Wednesday and next Monday. Lucky me for not having exams on Thursday and Friday as well.

However, I bought books! Lots of them actually! Yay!

My Haul:

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(yes, for me, this is a lot of books to get at once because I never find time to read and when I do, I’m too tired and I’ll fall asleep before I can even think about opening a book 😭 )

Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle is a comic book I’d been wanting to buy for my boyfriend for a while, and when I saw it in the store, I held it up for him to see. As soon as I did that, I remembered I wanted to gift it and basically told him “you have not seen this, you have no idea what I have here” 😅

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu is a book I’ve been wanting ever since I’ve had Warcross, but this was the first time I actually had seen the matching version! Matte cover with shiny text, and the right format as well! 🤩

Call Down The Hawk and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I actually read The Scorpio Races earlier as a young teen, borrowed from the library! Just like the Wolves of Mery Falls series haha. Call Down The Hawk only recently got published and I’ve been looking at The Scorpio Races for many times now so I thought I’d just bring both of them now 😂

And last but not least: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto and The Crown’s Game bt Evelyn Skye. And no, it’s not intended they both have the word Crown in the title 😂 Both of these are books I’ve looked at and doubted over many times before, and this was actually the first time I’ve seen Crown of Feathers in the paperback version!

And that’s all!

Although there’ll be many more times with many more hauls, this tiny one was one I wanted to share with you all🥰

Tell me how you like my blog!

As you may have noticed, I’ve changed my blog a bit, I finally (FINALLY) uploaded the header I wanted for so long (ok not the one I actually had planned because that didn’t work out sadly) and I’m really happy I finally did it. I now have a blog header and a header for my posts, and I hope to be fixing more small things soon!

But if you’d want to, do let me know if you like this style! Tell me how to improve, I’d love to hear all your ideas and experiences 🥰

On the blog soon….

I hope! I finished This Mortal Coil last night (and OH MY WHAT THE HECK) and I want to review it soon! I’ve also read quite some other books I haven’t yet reviewed so I’ll see how much time I have, and most of all… how much I remember from what I’ve read this year 😅😂

Let me know if you liked these books, or if maybe they’re still on your TBR as well!

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Book review: A Thousand Fires (Blog Tour)

Hey all!

Today I bring you a book review of a book that I requested an excerpt from at Netgalley, and really liked it so I also requested the full ARC, and signed up for the blog tour. Luckily, it did not disappoint so here I am!

This book tour is hosted by Tale Out Loud (link) and Afire Pages (link).

Title: A Thousand Fires

Author: Shannon Price

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TW: heavy drinking, drugs use, self-harm (mentions and on-page), gun violence

A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price

Summary: Valerie is a girl who has lost her younger brother to the Wars two years earlier, and since then, she’s determined to avenge him by joining the Herons. Too bad for her, the Stags get to her first on the night of her eighteenth birthday, and she becomes a Stag. Still, she wants revenge for her brothers death. Together with the rest of the Stags, she finds out what the life in a gang really looks like, how the rules work, and what it will cost her.

I requested an excerpt on Netgalley and really liked it, so when I got approved for the whole ARC, I was happy, but also afraid it’d disappoint. This is a book I’d not pick up myself as easily, which shows that Netgalley can be really useful to stimulate readers. The idea of the gangs intrigued me, especially since there isn’t a lot explained in the first part of the book.

Valerie’s one and only goal is to avenge her brother, which I do respect, but sometimes I wish I could slap her since her actions are not always as easy as she thought they would be. I read this book in almost one sitting (considering I have school during the day and I do have to sleep sometimes, I read it quite fast), and flew through the story.

I loved the friendships that formed in the book, the feeling of a gang being “home” for most of the members, and most of all, the feeling of family. The feelings of guilt (as she thought it was her fault her brother died) eat up Valerie so much, she sometimes harms herself. The gang helps her to think of other things, which takes away the urge sometimes.

There is definitely diversity representation in this book, although not a lot of LGBTQ+ rep, and while that’s not a must, I wish it would have been more than one sentence.

The story was strong, and there were definitely some parts I didn’t see coming. Overall I really liked it, and would definitely recommend it. I didn’t specifically see the “retelling” part, but that might just be me…

And last, but definitely not least: the cover is gorgeous, as with most books that tend to attract me.. ^^;

 

Author info

Shannon Price is a YA author living in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in English, she interned and later worked for Counterpoint Press in Berkeley, CA. As a publicist at Counterpoint, she garnered coverage for her clients’ books in media outlets like the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalEntertainment Weekly, and many more.

In 2014, she was accepted into the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School at the University of Edinburgh where she studied Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature under the tutelage of best-selling Irish writer Ruth Gilligan. In college, she worked as the Art Editor of the Santa Clara Review and represented the Review at AWP 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. She was a mentor in the second round of Author Mentor Match and regularly attends writing events around the Bay Area.

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Book Blitz: The Memory Thief, Q&A + giveaway!

Hello all!

Today I’ll bring you something exciting: The Memory Thief, a book that’s been published on October 1st, and definitely seems worth checking out!

Title: The Memory Thief
Author:  Lauren Mansy
Published by: Blink
Publication date: October 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Summary: In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

Sounds awesome, right?!

Author Q&A with Lauren Mansy

  • What was it like to write your first book and have it published?

Incredible! It’s been such a wonderful journey filled with many sweet moments. I began writing over seven years ago, and it’s definitely surreal that The Memory Thief is now on shelves! As of late, there have been quite a few teary moments—and I’m totally not a crier! I’m truly overwhelmed by every kind word, the support, and the willingness to walk alongside me as The Memory Thief has gone from something imagined to a real book. I couldn’t be more excited to share this story with readers! 

 

  • What was your inspiration behind TMT?

When I was a teenager, my mom was diagnosed with a heart condition, which led to an unexpected heart surgery. On the way to the operating room, her heart stopped six times, and the doctors warned my family that it was unlikely she’d survive. And if she did, she may not remember us due to the trauma she’d experienced throughout the entire ordeal. 

I was sitting at her bedside when she first began to stir after her surgery, and I slipped my hand into hers and told her that it was me. Then she began to squeeze my hand three times, our signal for I love you! That’s my most favorite memory because I’d never felt such fear suddenly overcome by the most incredible joy. That collision of emotions was the moment which first sparked the idea for The Memory Thief

Ever since then, I always struck by how memories make up so much of our identity and influence our relationships with others. It terrified me that my mom wouldn’t remember me, but I’m so thankful to say that she made a full-recovery. Though it was long and difficult process, she never gave up hope that things would one day get better. Her unwavering courage inspired me to want to share this story. 

 

  • What kind of impact did writing TMT have on you personally?

Writing TMT has had a huge impact on me. I first began writing after completing treatments for Hodgkin’s Disease, a form of lymphatic cancer. It was a very difficult time in my life, and writing fiction helped me express myself in ways that I’d never done before. It helped me process through some of my most difficult memories. 

When I first began drafting The Memory Thief, I realized there were still some emotions about being faced with the possibility of losing my mom that I’d yet to express out loud. Writing this book proved to be a source of healing, and a wonderful platform for exploring truth in my own life through a backdrop of fiction. 

This story is very dear to my heart, and reflecting back on the process of writing this book is what made the moment of holding it in my hands so amazing. 

 

  • What is your favorite part about TMT?

I think my favorite part is the relationship that Etta has with her mother. 

Gwendolyn was one of my favorite characters to write because she’s full of opposites. Because of her coma, she hasn’t spoken a word in four years yet that entire time, she’s been teaching Etta how important it is never to give up, even when all the odds are stacked against you. 

On her journey to save her mother, Etta discovers that Gwendolyn’s story is intertwined with Etta’s in ways that she never imagined. Writing this aspect of the plot was so much fun, and definitely one of my favorite parts of the drafting process, as well! 

 

  • What do you hope readers take away from TMT?

The main thing I hope readers take away is that it isn’t the hardships of the past which define us but the strength we find in overcoming them. Etta has been through a lot of difficult things, and she struggles with trusting others because she has a hard time trusting herself. At the beginning of the story, Etta has spent four years hiding from both the people and events which haunt her, but to save her mother, she’ll have to come face-to-face with the past. I hope her journey will inspire readers to never lose hope, even in the midst of impossible odds. 

 

  • How are you reflected in TMT (or, how much of you is reflected in the book)?

Because this story is based on my own journey with my mother, many of Etta’s worries, doubts, and fears are things I also experienced when faced with the possibility of losing my mom. The questions that Etta asks about how to deal with a situation like this are questions that I often pondered myself. 

So when I first began writing TMT, I thought, “What if I wasn’t the only one who faced this fear? What if there was an entire society that feared their loved ones no longer remembering them?” It was these kinds of thoughts which ultimately let me to want to explore a world where memories reign over everything. Then writing Etta’s emotional journey also helped me process through a lot of my own memories, as well. 

That’s one reason that I love not only writing but reading fantasy novels. Even though these characters live in worlds that are vastly different than our own, what they love, hate, and fear can often be so relatable. That often sticks with me long after I read the last page, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share this journey with readers. 

 

  • What is your favorite thing to do to promote your book?

My favorite thing has been getting to know readers. I had the privilege of attending BEA and ALA this past summer, and I loved meeting librarians, educators, fellow writers, bloggers, and industry professionals. Writing can often be a solitary venture, but the publishing process has been filled with creating some wonderful relationships. I couldn’t be more grateful for this community!

 

  • Why should readers be sure to place TMT on their TBR list?

The Memory Thief is a book full of secrets, lies, and betrayal. It’s set in a world where memories are currency, people are struggling to hold onto their true identity, and nothing is quite what it seems. And Etta is a very flawed character. She has a lot of regret and has made many mistakes, yet she never stops fighting to save her loved ones. If any these things appeal to you, I hope you’ll consider adding TMT to your TBR! 

 

  • What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while being a writer?

I think the biggest lesson being a writer has taught me is the importance of the “story behind the story”. Though the publication journey is filled with exciting moments (like seeing the cover for the first time and holding the final copy!), the journey of getting here has changed me for forever. There have been highs and lows, moments of uncertainty coupled with unexpected encouragement, and wonderful support from family, friends, and even strangers! Writing fiction gave me a voice when I was still struggling to find mine, and I’ll be forever grateful that even as the last page of The Memory Thief ends, my own life story is still being written 🙂 

 

  • Additional thoughts?

If you’re interested in learning more about The Memory Thief, I have more information of my website, and I also LOVE connecting with readers! 

Bonus: Giveaway for The Memory Thief!

As a bonus, you can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of The Memory Thief, enter using this link or just paste this into your browser: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251233304/

Are you interested in The Memory Thief? Did you read it already? Let me know!

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The ABC-Book-Challenge: R

Hi all! I’ve decided to do the ABC-Book_-Challenge too! I have been thinking for a while to find something to write next to my weekly reviews and I thought this might be fun 🙂

I got the idea from Sofii @ A Book A Thought, so thank you! Like her, I don’t know the original creators so if you do, please let me know!

This week has been another busy week, and while the project is working kinda okay, the people I’m working with are actually not too terrible (which is great since last year was no fun at all honestly), but my other homework needs to be done as well, so I’m figuring out how to do both and still have me-time left.

However, my ABC-challenge is actually almost done, and although I’ve had fun, I won’t do it again, I think. During this challenge, I felt like I constantly needed to change the titles I posted, because I read new (sometimes better) books, and my TBR had to be adjusted, and honestly, nothing is more annoying than pulling up Goodreads every time, putting the books in alphabetical order, and scrolling till I found the letter I was working on ^^;

Anyhow, on with the actual post!

Memorable titles that start with the letter R

  • Radio Silence: a book that I wanted to read because I’d heard good things about it, and the story did get me curious. My boyfriend actually got me Solitaire and Radio Silence, and soon after I Was Born For This, and I devoured them in three nights. I love everything about those books.
  • Renegades: I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything that Marissa Meyer writes ^^; I really loved Renegades (and Archenemies) and am now anxiously waiting for Supernova to be published! I wrote an excitement post about it here 🙂

Books on my TBR that start with the letter R

If you’ve read any of those titles, please tell me your thoughts!

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