THE GLITTERING COURT Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

Release Day

WELCOME to the PAPERBACK RELEASE DAY of THE GLITTERING COURT by RICHELLE MEAD! Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win a paperback copy of the book from Penguin.

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THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead 
(The Glittering Court #1) 
Publication date for Paperback: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Razorbill

Genres: Historical, Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
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SUMMARY 

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead 

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RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Would Love to Meet

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Ten Authors I Would Love to Meet

For the longest time, I have been obsessed with meeting authors and getting my books signed. I have over 400 books signed, but I’m not sure of the number of authors I have already met. Below are 10 authors I would LOVE to meet! 

  1. Sharon Biggs Waller
  2. Ilona Andrews
  3. Alwyn Hamilton
  4. Stacey Lee
  5. Melissa Landers
  6. Meagan Spooner
  7. Kasie West
  8. S. Jae-Jones
  9. Evelyn Skye
  10. Lauren Gibaldi

What authors would you love to meet? What authors have you already met?

If It’s Not a Rant, It’s a Rave: Starfall by Melissa Landers

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Title: Starfall 
Author: Melissa Landers
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 
Format: Hardcover, purchased

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N |  The Book Depository


My Rants and Raves of Starfall

I swear Melissa Landers should write for a TV show. Her gift for storytelling is so engaging, and Starfall had me on the edge of my seat from chapter 1. There were so many twists and turns that I did not see coming, and I could not have asked for a better story to unfold in the Starflight series. UGH, WILL THERE BE MORE IN THIS SERIES?! PLEASE TELL ME THERE WILL BE MORE!

I love the chemistry between Cassia and Kane. Their dialogue, actions, and feelings toward each other is sizzling, swoony, and oftentimes frustrating (but so, so good). Their friendship, teasing on-and-off-again relationship, and sacrifices that they make for one another throughout the book fueled me to the very end. Their relationship is so imperfect, yet swoony, which made me root for them throughout the entire novel. 

Starfall is so quick-paced and action-packed, but it’s the development of the roguish Kane and the smart, cunning, and fierce princess Cassia that strengthened my love for this book. And I loved that behind Cassia is a gang of misfits who would sacrifice anything to keep her, and each other, from becoming a victim of their enemies. The friendships in this book (and series) are true squad goals, and allow the story to unfold with excitement and adoration. If you’re a fan of television shows like Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even The Magicians, this book is for you! You will fall in love with the strong friendships, wild escapades, snarky attitudes, and witty dialogue that meshes this novel into a one of a kind sci-fi adventure.

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NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds and reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Book Review: Get it Together, Delilah by Erin Gough

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Title: Get It Together, Delilah
Author: Erin Gough
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Publisher:  Chronicle Books
Genres: Young Adult, Contempoary, Romance, GLBT+
Format: e-arc from Netgalley

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A story about falling in love, literally.

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn’t have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it’s working fine. Her dad is on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, so Del’s managing the family café in his absence. Easy, she thinks. But what about:
– homework and the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell
– or how one of Del’s best friends won’t stop guilt-tripping her
– and her other best friend is so in love with his tutor he might go to jail for her if Del doesn’t do something

But who cares about any of that really, because above all else, she can’t stop thinking about beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street until one day Rosa comes in the café door . . .

And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N |  The Book Depository


My Rants and Raves of Delilah

***Please note that this review contains some spoilers.*** 

At the very beginning, I found Get It Together, Delilah to be a constant page-turner. Plus I was instantly in love with the cute and creative cover. I really enjoyed how Erin Gough’s storytelling wraps you up in the aroma of coffee, but in the end, I had hard time connecting with the main character and rationalizing some of her actions. 

Get It Together, Delilah spans over about four months, in which the main character, Delilah, takes on an overwhelming amount of responsibilities. For me there were some missing pieces in this book, and some situations that did not add up. For example, while her dad was off on “vacation,” I kept wondering, where is the adult that Delilah’s dad thinks is running the café with Delilah’s help? Is her dad even communicating with him? Did I miss something? Did I read over the explanation? My mind was always screaming, where is the parental responsibility in this book?!

In regards to the main character, I was a fan of Delilah’s confidence and her straight-forward attitude. But as the story progressed, Delilah started irritating me. She began taking on too much and everything started slipping through the cracks for her. In the second half of the novel, I felt that she was overbearing at times, inconsiderate of other people’s opinions and feelings, and she never rationalized situations too well. 

Delilah also makes too many assumptions when it comes to her friends and their actions, and often fails to communicate with them to know the actual truth. At times, Delilah frustrated me, and then I wanted to scream the book’s title, and say “OMG, GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH!” When it comes to the girls she has crushes on, she is often inconsiderate of their feelings, and sadly only focuses on her own needs and wants. I’m not too sure if it’s my age showing (i.e. I’m not a teenager), but I at least think Delilah was smart enough to use common sense. 

One of my favorite things about the novel was the relationship that starts between Delilah and Rosa. Their interactions are so awkward and cute. I was cheering on their relationship the entire time. In all honesty, I think it was their realistic and adorable relationship that saved this book for me. 

Get It Together, Delilah contains a cast of memorable characters who become Delilah’s support group. I loved the quirky friendships in this novel, and how much love and support they give to each other. Although Delilah was not my favorite person in the last half of the book, I think Get It Together, Delilah realistically portrays the hardships and harassment that young adults face in and outside of school; especially those who have found themselves but society fails to accept them for who they are. This is definitely a book I would share with high school and middle grade students; I feel like they would relate to Delilah’s struggles and frustrations more than I could. 

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

NOTE: Thank you to Netgalley and Chronicle Books  for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.

W…W…W…Wednesday: 03/22/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

30038906Emery Lord is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and so far I am really enjoying this book. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would, but it was still a good read. My full review will be up on Thursday.

29739361I have heard mix reviews for Traitor to the Throne. I, however, loved it. I should have a review up soon.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I won a copy of The Beast Is An Animal from SimonTeen on Goodreads. The cover is so beautiful and creepy. I cannot wait to read it.

How does your week of reading look?

Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Books I Read In One Sitting

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Leigh Bardugo wrote one of my favorite series, The Grisha Trilogy, and once again her storytelling did not disappoint with Six of Crows. Now I just need to motivate myself to read Crooked Kingdom, but I’m too afraid of what’s going to happen.

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I read Rebel of the Sands for book club, and I absolutely loved it. I love the world and more importantly the characters. I just finished the sequel, which was so good. Now I need book 3!

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Another book club pick that I absolutely adored. I read Tell Me Three Things in one sitting because it was so fun and quick to read. Plus that cover was obviously screaming my name.

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Oh, Uprooted, I fell in love with you so fast, and I still adore you. I remember reading this book when my mom was alive, and I could not put it down. I kept telling my mom, you have to read this after to me.

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Anna and the French Kiss is always a book I turn to for a reread. It’s cute, funny, and quick. It’s also a great cure for a reading slump. Trust me, you want this swoony read in your life.

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When a book takes place in Kentucky, I usually gobble it up. And Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series is definitely a book that will keep your heart racing and have you on the edge of your seat.

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There is something about Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s writing and storytelling that is so magical and enchanting. The Accident Season will bewitch you, and I always hope the next reader loves it as much as I did.

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Illuminae is filled with pictures, transcripts, and fast-paced dialogue. The whole book is such a quick read, so I have no doubt that any reader will be able to read it in one sitting.

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Contemporary books are always fast reads for me, and Fangirl was definitely a great page-turner. I related to Cath on so many levels. I also really enjoyed the story, the quirky characters, and witty dialogue.

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Caraval is so enchanting and mysterious. I could not put the book down. I’ve read it twice already and it just came out in January, hahaha.

What are some books that you could not put down and
ended up reading in one sitting?

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers! Be sure to check out his original post about the award hereI was nominated and tagged by Kirsty at Kirsty’s Book Reviews. Thank you, Kirsty!

THE RULES:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

TIPS:

  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).

I don’t know if this is breaking the rules, but below is a mash-up of my own pictures that I gathered to express my aesthetic. 

I like to think that this collage aesthetic is me in a nutshell. As you can see I’m a mix of donuts, books, witchiness, Funko Pops, fandom candles, NKY/Cincy sunsets, more books, feminism, coffee love, cemetery visits, cute shoes, books and more books, awesome mugs, organization, tote bag hoarder, fantasy lover, Jane Eyre fanatic, and my furbaby–Josephine the poodle. 

I tag:

Kayla
Laura
Sydney
Rendz
Lia
And anyone who would love to participate!