Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Top Ten Books That Give Me Autumn Vibes


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. This list is based mostly, though not entirely, on color scheme.

1. The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout - The pinkish-red with the falling confetti makes me think of falling leaves.


2. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter - The colors and the trees make me think of fall, and the birds make me think of birds migrating south for the winter.


3. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas - This is the bright yellow of many of the falling leaves, and the sparks are the pops of red.


4. If I Should Die by Amy Plum - Some great fall coloring! The decals also make me think of vines snaking around buildings.


5. Endless by Jessica Shirvington - Orangey fall colors and falling feathers like falling leaves.


6. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - This book is really great for fall representation, as it literally centers around the first frost of the season! Plus, look at that gorgeous apple!


7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - This is more early fall/late summer, but it makes me think of back to school.


8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi - This has some fall and some spring vibes, but the colors make me think of fall blooms.


9. Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards - Instead of a bright red phoenix feather, imagine a bright red leaf.


10. The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin - Fall colors with sparks like falling leaves!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top Ten Books to Read Around Halloween


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. These are scarier books that might have themes similar to Halloween.

1. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

2. Wilder Girls by Rory Power

3. Asylum by Madeleine Roux

4. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

5. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

6. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

7. His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

8. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

9. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

10. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Blog Tour: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco



I am super excited to be on the blog tour for The Never Tilting World! I absolutely loved the book and I hope you guys love it too! Read on for my review and a little The Never Tilting World mad libs!

Title: The Never Tilting World
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release: October 15, 2019
Series: The Never Tilting World
Pages: 496
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

You Can Find it At:
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Review:

First Impressions

I've been excited for this book for awhile. I shelved it as to-read on Goodreads back in April 2018. I revisited the book's description when I got an ARC a few months ago, and it jumped up on my TBR. I finally read it a few weeks ago, in preparation for this blog tour. And I'm so glad I did! The book was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend reading it!!!!

Characters

There are four main, POV characters in The Never Tilting World. The first character we meet is Lan. She lives in the eternally night portion of the world, and is about to begin serving as guarding to the young goddess of the city, Odessa. Lan is a healer, and also happens to be head over heals for Odessa, even if extenuating circumstances get in their way. The next character we meet is Arjun. He lives in an eternal desert. He's grown up hating the goddesses, but is in for a surprise when he stumbles across the young goddess Haidee and... a dead whale? Their meeting was probably one of my favorite parts of the book. Next we meet Odessa. As mentioned before, she is the goddess of the night half of the world. She's a book nerd, automatically owning a piece of my heart, and is hidden away in her home tower due to an odd illness she has. The author probably described her best when she said she had 'bookish chaotic lesbian goddess energy'. Odessa is determined to explore the world, despite her limitations, and part of that includes falling in love with Lan. Last, we meet Haidee. Haidee is a talented mechanic. To me, she gives off these sweet, innocent vibes. While Arjun doesn't like Haidee, she is fascinated by him.

While a cast this big might be hard for some, they all had unique voices that worked well. It was also helpful that each chapter header said which character had the POV that chapter. I think I most enjoyed Lan and Odessa's chapters, but they were all interesting. Each of the characters added something to the story, and I was really excited waiting for them to all meet up.

World Building

This is an incredibly complicated world. Seventeen years before the start of the book, the previous generation of twin goddesses did *something* that broke their world in half. It resulted in half the world being in endless sun and half the world in endless night. And of course, both sides thought the other half had perished. One really cool part of the book was the travel aspect. Haidee and Arjun were traveling across the desert and Odessa and Lan were traveling across the dark ocean. By having the characters travel, we got to see more of the world, and more of the effects of it being torn in half. This really enriched the reading experience for me. Sadly, the ARC didn't have a map, so I really want to get my hands on a finished copy to see it in all its glory!

Final Thoughts

This is a great book, and I'm glad I got to participate on the blog tour for it! I can't believe I'm going to have to wait a whole year to read book two, but I know it'll be worth it! This is my first Rin Chupeco book, so I can't compare it to her previous books, but I would say it has a similar vibe to Victoria Schwab's Monsters of Verity series or Susan Dennard's Truthwitch series!

Fill in the Blanks:

Below you will find some sentences about The Never Tilting World. First, pick out your words according to the descriptors, then fill in the sentences. I'd love to see your creations in the comments or on Twitter!

1. Noun; different noun
2. Time of day; noun
3. Adjective; noun
4. Adjective; verb
5. Relationship; imaginary animal

1. The world of Aeon is full of ______ and _______.

2. The city of Aranth is in perpetual _______ and is surrounded by _______.

3. Haidee lives in the ______ City, which runs on ________ power.

4. Out of the Abyss come _______ monsters, which _______ the inhabitants of the cities.

5. Haidee makes ______ with all animals, even _______!


Praise:

“The Never Tilting World is what happens when Garth Nix meets Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s a dark, lovely, and even timely look at a world that’s fallen apart, with just the right blend of epic action and twisted magic.” ―Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper

“Visually vivid, magical, and exhilarating.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Dark and richly drawn, The Never Tilting World is a lavish fantasy about sisterhood, sacrifice, and finding strength in a treacherous world. Chupeco’s writing is lushly descriptive, transporting me to the brink of the abyss; while reading it, I could swear the world stood still.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of For a Muse of Fire

“Multiple plot twists and a breathlessly cinematic tone will attract fantasy and romance fans alike.” ―Booklist

“Complex, brutal, romantic, and terrifying. With a phenomenal cast of characters who stick to your bones and vivid worldbuilding that shows up in your dreams, this is a book that demands to be experienced.” ―Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and editor of His Hideous Heart

“This rich fantasy spotlights power’s corruptive influence, love’s redemptive nature, and the urgent concerns of climate change. The tale’s scope and creativity astound.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A great choice for fantasy shelves.” ―School Library Journal

Author Bio:

Photo Content Rin Chupeco

Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She is the author of The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and the Bone Witch trilogy.

You Can Find Her At:

Tour Schedule:

Week One
October 21st Monday JeanBookNerd Interview
October 22nd Tuesday Bibliobibuli YA Interview
October 22nd Tuesday Insane About Books Review
October 23rd Wednesday Tea Party Princess Guest Post
October 23rd Wednesday Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews Review
October 24th Thursday Starlight Reads Review
October 24th Thursday Random Bookish Banter Review
October 25th Friday bookishaestha Review

Week Two
October 28th Monday A Dream Within A Dream Review & Interview
October 29th Tuesday Nay's Pink Bookshelf Review
October 30th Wednesday A Bookish Dream Review
October 30th Wednesday A Backwards Story Review
October 31st Thursday A Court of Coffee and Books Review
October 31st Thursday BookHounds YA Review
November 1st Friday Casia's Corner Review
November 1st Friday Life Within The Pages Review

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Top Ten Books I'd Change the Title Of


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. No idea what I'd change the titles to, but these just don't quite fit the stories. My general reasoning will be that the titles don't seem to capture the essence of the story or that it's too vague. Also, I made this list while looking at older books on Goodreads, so most of the titles will be older as well.

1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

2. Frostbite by Richelle Mead

3. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

5. Fallen by Lauren Kate

6. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

7. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

8. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

9. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

10. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (183)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater and The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White!

Call Down the Hawk is the first book in the spinoff to The Raven Cycle, the Dreamer series. The book follows Adam and Ronan from the old series, along with new characters. I, like many others, am excited for this book largely in part because of Adam and Ronan. They are a cute couple, and I want to see more moments of them together. I'm also excited to meet the new characters, as they look interesting. I'm a big fan of The Raven Cycle, so I expect to enjoy this as well!

Synopsis:

The dreamers walk among us... and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed...

Release: November 5, 2019

The Guinevere Deception is Kiersten White's first book in the Camelot Rising series. While I haven't read all her books, I really enjoyed her recent novel, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein! While that book was more horror, this one is fantasy, but both are retellings of women's stories from the literary canon. This book reimagines Guinevere as a changeling sent to protect King Arthur. I'm really excited to see Guinevere navigate her identities and the changing landscape of Camelot. I don't know if this will be part of the story, but I kinda want to see a story where Guinevere and Morgana fall in love. The synopsis doesn't give away anything regarding romance or a love interest, so I'm gonna hold out hope. Side note, if anyone does know of an upcoming YA book where Guinevere and Morgana fall in love, let me know!

Synopsis:

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Release: November 5, 2019
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