Monday, November 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Lover in your Life

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week you make a list to go with that week's bookish topic.

weekly topic: holiday gift guide freebie

Hello everybody! The holiday season is starting up, and it's time to get your Christmas shopping done. So I'm here to give you some ideas for what to give the book lover in your life. Whether a friend, partner, or sibling, these ideas should help you narrow down your decision. First five are items other than books, and the last five are books!


1.) Bookmarks
There are some awesome bookmarks out there! I know that I love looking through all of the bookmarks out there, and my favorites have to come from Read and Wonder though. They make absolutely wonderful bookmarks, and they have bookmarks for a bunch of fandoms. Sarah J. Maas fans? This shop is a must look.

2.) Bookshelves 
This one might not be for you don't have a lot of money to spend, but this is really a great investment. While they might seem expensive when you buy them, good bookshelves last years. And well, you know, you can never have too many bookshelves!*

*Warning: This might cause an increase in book buying from the person you got the bookshelf for.

3.) Bookstagram Props
This is a nice idea if the book lover in your life partakes in bookstagram! Props can be almost anything, mugs (multi use), fake flowers (make sure that the colors go well together!), lights (I like the ones at World Market), really anything can be turned into a prop. A couple weeks ago I got some really pretty paper sheets, for around $4 each. I know that that seems outrageous! But if you treat them well and use them all the time (like I do), they can make great backgrounds. You've got to make sacrifices for your art, my friends.

4.) An Ereader 
If they don't already have one, this is an awesome gift! It's portable, the books are usually cheaper than getting them in a physical copy, it allows the book lover to receive more ARCs/received for review books (if they get them), and remember that warning from the bookshelves? This helps counteract that problem! YAY! HAPPINESS FOR ALL!

5.) Fandom Merch
You know those times that you spaced out when the book lover rambled on and on and on about that one series or book that they absolutely love? Ya, you should have listened because there is a lot of great merch out there for the different fandoms! There are socks that you can get for their Hogwarts house, and so much more Hogwarts stuff that I can't even fathom it all. Or, there are a lot of bloggers that make designs based off of books, one of my favorites is PaperFury, and there are a lot more aout there! So, check out some of their designs, and maybe you'll find something! :)

 ~Click on the book covers to go to their Goodreads pages~

1.) Serenity by India R. Adams

Serenity (Forever, #1)If you didn't know...I AM ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK. I read it this year, and fell in love with it. Sense then, I have read more of Adams work, and have loved everything that I have read. Adams is such a wonderful writer, and she is one of my favorites. Serenity is not a light, fluffy read; it's dark, and talks about serious subjects. But it is also filled with humor, amazing friendships and relationships, and some paranormal bits mixed in. This is such a fabulous read, and I can't recommend it enough.

2.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen is a book set in a dystopian world filled with magical elements. There are two classes of people, the silver bloods and the red bloods. The silver bloods have powers that were said to have been given to them by the gods (the silver bloods are the royals), and the red are like the peasants, with no powers. But everything goes crazy when Mare Barrow, a red, learns that she has the abilities of a silver. This book is filled with action and deception, and it has a beautiful cover so BONUS!

3.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)This is a very fluffy and lighthearted book, and it's a romance if that's what you're looking for. This book takes place in Paris at a boarding school for Americans, and a lot happens! This is one of my favorite contemporary books, and so of course I recommend it!

4.) The Next Together by Lauren James 

The Next Together (The Next Together #1)This is a very unique and enjoyable novel, and I really enjoyed reading it! This book takes place at different times throughout history, and we follow Matthew and Katherine as they are torn apart every time they meet. They are a couple that keep getting reincarnated throughout history, and we, the readers, are trying to figure out why. This book doesn't focus as much on the romance as it does the mystery, and that makes the book better in my opinion.

5.) My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesThis is a good one because it's winter themed, and there are a bunch of different authors in this because it's an anthology! There are twelve stories by twelve different authors, so it gives readers an opportunity to find authors that they like.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Weekly Recap: Change of Plans... (Week of 11/20/16)

Happy Sunday! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffienated Book Reviewer; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews; and Book Photo Sundays, hosted by Rabbit Ears Book Blog.

Hello everybody! I have news, so gather round! First, I ACTUALLY FINISHED A BOOK. I THINK I NEED A PARTY BECAUSE HOLLY SHIT THAT TOOK FOREVER. I finished Summer Days and Summer Nights, and I ended up really enjoying it! There were some stories that I liked more than others, but there are definitely some authors that I'm going to keep my eyes on. So overall, SUCCESS! Then I decided that I was going to start clean, and clear off all of the books I was trying to read. I decided that I was going to start reading a contemporary because those usually get me out of reading slumps, so naturally I started reading Glass Sword which is not contemporary is any way possible. My decision makes sense on planet Mars, but not so much here on Earth. Anyone from Mars reading? Can you help me understand my mind? Please?

Second, I didn't end up visiting my grandparents for Thanksgiving. There was too much snow, and I wouldn't have been able to get back home. So I mainly hung out with my Mom eating chocolate donuts, drinking sugar soda, and playing Pokemon Moon.

Finally, I'm hosting a readathon! Me and Amy are hosting the I'm Way Behind Readathon, and I'm super excited! You can check out the Twitter page to learn more. Alright, I think that's it. Have a fabulous transition into December, and read some good books everybody!

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) 

I might have gone a little crazy on Black Friday...Okay a lot crazy.

Kindle: Lost Wolf by Stacy Claflin/Wolfbound by Jody Morse/Sanctuary by Melle Amade/Bottled by Carol Riggs/House of Royals by Keary Taylor/Without You by Yesenia Vargas/Archaic by Regan Ure/Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson/Fire & Ice by Patty Jansen/Dust & Rain by Patty Jansen/Blood & Tears by Patty Jansen/Touched - The Caress of Fate by Elisa S. Amore/Cafe Love: Cupid's Cafe Box Set Books 1-4 by Ashley Lauren/New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson/Through the Veil by Colleen Halverson/The Awakened by Sara Elizabeth Santana/Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner/Fire & Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle/The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry/Whisper of Memory by Brinda Berry/Watcher of Worlds by Brinda Berry/The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven/Way Down Dark by J.P. Smythe, James Smythe/Crush by Chrissy Peebles /Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons/The Falconer by Elizabeth May/A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest 


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Friday, November 25, 2016

The I'm Way Behind Readathon!

You guys! I'm hosting a readathon with Every Book You Need To Read and More! The I'm Way Behind Readathon is a readathon that takes place from December 4 through December 11, and everyone starts at midnight in their own time zone. Basically, the goal of this readathon is to read as much as you can. It's the holiday season, and it gets stressful and busy! So, lets have some fun!

There aren't any rules (besides having fun), but if you want, we made up some challenges for you to try! Here are seven, but don't feel like you have to complete all of these!  And if you complete some, I give you an online high five.  

1.) Read a book from the library.
2.) Read a book that you recently bought.
3.) Read a book that has been on your TBR for more than a year.
4.) Read a 2016 release. 
5.) Read a book that was gifted to you.
6.) A book that has more than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads.
7.) Listen to an audio book.

So there you go! Feel free to try these, and let us know through Twitter if you do! The official readathon Twitter page is @imbehindRAT, and you can find the hosts there, and on our individual Twitter accounts; Nikki & Amy- @bookwormgirls88, and me (Anna)- @bookish_anna. Are you going to join us? You don't need to be behind to join in! Tell me in the comments if your joining, and if you are, what books are you interested in reading? Hope to see you December 4th!      

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Book Blitz: Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Book: Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1)
Author: Audrey Grey
Published: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Synopsis: The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?

My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.

Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.

I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”
Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.
“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.
“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”
His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.
I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.
And time is the one thing we don’t have.
Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.
“How did it happen?” I ask.
“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”
I roll my eyes. “And I thought was lacking in conversational skills.”
He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.
“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”
“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”
“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.
Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.
You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.
“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”
Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”
“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”
“What makes being Chosen so special?”
“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”
For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.
“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”
A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.”
“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”
“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”
“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”
I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.
Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”


About the Author: Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

You can find Audrey on Twitter, her Website, FacebookInstagram, Goodreads.


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