Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems of Both HistFic and YA

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems of Both HistFic and YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Hidden Gems (Five of Which Are Historical Fiction) (Five of Which are YA/MG) (& Two of Which Are Series) Ok, so let’s start by getting one thing out of the way. Each and every one of these books (and for the series, every book within said series) has less than TWO THOUSAND ratings on Goodreads. This, to me, is a travesty upon travesties. Each one of these books got at least 4 stars from me, if not FIVE GLOWING stars. I mean, FIVE GLOWING STARS and not even 2,000 ratings?! What even goes on, amirite?! If this post can get even one person to add even one of these books to their TBR, I will consider it a massive success … if I can […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start (…but haven’t) Just one small precursory thing before y’all start reading this … I really have no good excuse for any of this. *hangs head* Okay, so I’ve owned Finnikin of the Rock for about, oh, um, three years now?? I really have no good excuse for why I haven’t started this series yet, especially considering it has (wonderfully) wrecked so many of my friends’ lives!! I have read two of Susanna Keasley’s books and they were both SO. DAMN. GOOD. I own 4 (FOUR!) of her other books, but have yet to read them (two of which are from this series, The Slains). The best reason I can come up with is that her books are very […]

The Year of Recommended Reading: Sorcery & Cecelia

The Year of Recommended Reading: Sorcery & Cecelia

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We came up with The Year of Recommended Reads to work on getting through some of the books that have been sitting on our TBR piles forever, as well as to have a reason to force each other to read books that we think the other would like! 😉 Without further ado, the book for this month was …. Make sure you visit Alexa’s post about her experience with this book over at Alexa Loves Books! Why I wanted to read this book: For this month, this question is almost more of “Why I wanted Alexa to read this book:” and it’s a pretty simple answer: BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. But no, really – this was one of my absolute favorite books/series as a teenager, and I was actually pretty surprised that Alexa hadn’t yet read it; it seemed totally up her alley! One of the great things […]

The Year of Recommended Reading: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

The Year of Recommended Reading: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We came up with The Year of Recommended Reads to work on getting through some of the books that have been sitting on our TBR piles forever, as well as to have a reason to force each other to read books that we think the other would like! 😉 Without further ado, the book for this month was …. Make sure you stop by Alexa’s blog to check out her experience reading Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms! Why I wanted to read this book: In December of 2014, I was going through the Young Readers section of the bookstore at the end of the night (hello recovery during holiday, EEK) and my eye caught on this gorgeous faced out book called Rooftoppers. I had never seen it before, and the author (Katherine Rundell) was unfamiliar to me. I picked up the book, checked out the synopsis, and made a mental […]

ARC Review | Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

ARC Review | Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West Published by Holiday House, Inc on September 15, 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Source: Paperback ARC, BEA 2016 Length: 352 pgs Rating: ★★★★ GR Rating: 3.96★ Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form. Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, […]

ARC Review | The Graces by Laura Eve

ARC Review | The Graces by Laura Eve

The Graces by Laura Eve Published by Amulet Books on September 1, 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic Source: Paperback ARC, Book Expo America Length: 352 pgs Rating: ★★★ GR Rating: 3.36★ In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay. Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident. This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie […]

Mini Review: The One With the Princess Who’s Flunking Algebra

Mini Review: The One With the Princess Who’s Flunking Algebra

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Published: Oct 17, 2003 by Listening Library (Originally Published: 2000) Source: Audio, Audible Length: 5 hrs, 46 mins Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Date Read: 05/01/16 – 05/02/16 GR Rating: 3.75★ My Rating: 3★ What It’s About: She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom… NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!) DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.) SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne. Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO? *Overall much preferred the movie although I can definitely see the appeal for teens This was the book that the 2001 film starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway was […]