W…W…W…Wednesday: 11/30/2016

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?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Booklovers

Books to Book-inspired Candles to Subscription Boxes

BOOKS

#1: YA Fantasy: 

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#2: YA Historical Fiction:

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#3: YA Sci-Fi:

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#4: YA Contemporary:

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#5: YA Magical Realism:

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BOOK-INSPIRED CANDLES

#6: NovellyYours: Created by a fellow book-blogger, Brittany runs my favorite book-inspired candle store on Etsy. I’m addicted to the creative candles that she makes. They always smell so amazing and delicious.

#7: The Melting Library: This is another bookish-inspired candle store that creates some of the best scents, which is run by Raquel Nevarez. My favorite candle from this store is by far Bite and Sting, which is inspired by Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy series.

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BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

#8: UppercaseBox: A monthly YA book subscription, which always includes a signed, recently released YA hardback book along with other bookish goodies including tea samples, candles, scarves, nailwraps, buttons, bookmarks, etc. Expert Plan is $23.00 per month plus shipping ($6.00).

#9: OwlCrate: A monthly YA book subscription box, which includes a newly released YA hardback book with other bookish inspired goodies, including tea, Funko Pops, jewelry, candles, and etc. A 1-Month Box costs $29.99 plus shipping. 

#10: FierceReads GiftLit Subscription: This is one of my favorite subscriptions I discovered this year. You can choose between a 3, 6, or a 12-month subscription. For each month you subscribed, you will get a recently released YA Fierce Reads book (you can also pick and choose which books you want to receive). Along with the books, you will get one package filled with FierceReads goodies, which includes signed bookplates, posters, maps, nail polish, lip gloss, and tattoos. 

Note: If you have any questions about any of these gift ideas, please feel free to comment below. I will try to answer you as soon as I can. 

What are some holiday gift ideas you have for fellow booklovers?

Book Review: The Rift Uprising By Amy S. Foster

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Title: The Rift Uprising
Author: Amy S. Foster
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

ABOUT THE RIFT UPRISING

Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


MY RANTS AND RAVES OF THE RIFT UPRISING

Wow. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this book. The Rift Uprising was not what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. After the most recent election, this book hits home with discussions based on immigration, prejudices, governmental power, and basic human rights. As a book about covering up governmental experiments and conspiracies, I was on the edge of my seat a majority of the time while reading. 

Because this is a young adult novel, and like many dystopian young adult novels, The Rift Uprising situates a select few (superhuman) adolescents to protect society. There are many government secrets that linger in small towns scattered around the world. And one of these secrets are portals to different variations of Earth, called the a Rift. The Rift serves as a gateway between different Earth realities, and you never know what will come through, thus creating children with super powers to protect each country that has an active Rift. 

More particularly, The Rift Uprising focuses on a Rift in the state of Washington, which is protected by teen soldiers, and one of those main soldiers is Ryn. As the main character, Ryn is smart, feisty, and strong. She loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so automatically she became one of my favorite heroines to watch develop throughout the novel. I liked Ryn because she is fierce and brutally honest to her friends and superiors. She doesn’t hold anything back, especially when it comes to topics of mortality, sex, friendship, and questioning the government and her superiors. 

This story is intriguing, shocking, and sometimes even off-putting (there’s so much sexual tension!). Because the story is so action packed and character driven, I look forward to seeing how Ryn develops in the upcoming series and more importantly, I am interested to see how the story and governmental secrets unfold. 

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4

Note:  I was  provided a copy of this book by the publisher in an exchange for a review. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.


 
amy-s-foster-author-photo-headshotABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she’s not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.   

W…W…W…Wednesday: 11/23/2016

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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?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I am almost done with this book. It’s weird, engaging, and sometimes off-putting. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I liked this book, but didn’t love it. However, I did like it enough that I’m going to be reading book two soon. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I know this book was on my “next to read” last week. I’m hoping to read it this weekend. 

What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Am Thankful For

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Thanksgiving Freebie!: Books I Am Thankful For

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Harry Potter will forever remain a series that I was able to share with my brother. It is also a series that I remember checking out from the library and staying up all night to finish, each time a new book was released.

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Ilona Andrews, husband and wife writers, wrote the Kate Daniels series, and since the beginning, I cannot get enough of this series. It is by far my favorite paranormal/urban fantasy/romance series.

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I read Uprooted a month before my mom passed away. It’s actually the last book I remember discussing with my mom. I read this book in one sitting and I wish that my mom would have been able to enjoy this story too.

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This book became a deep part of my book life and my every day life for many reasons. I love the strong themes of feminism, female empowerment, and Victorian/Edwardian social struggles A Mad, Wicked Folly elaborates on. This book gave me hope for Young Adult Literature and the strong, passionate themes that will touch every reader that gets their hands on it.

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The Night Circus is always the first book I recommend to people. I love the enchanting atmosphere Morgenstern creates in this book and I highly recommend it to readers that love a romantic story with a touch of magic.

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I’ve always had a fascination with Lewis Carroll’s most notable novel. This book and even the movie remind me of my struggles I went through in life and in school.

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Before I took a Shakespeare class in college, I always refused to read him. I never understood why people raved about his words. However, after taking a year of Shakespeare studies in college and attending numerous plays, I could not get enough of his works. “As You Like” is one of my favorite plays because of the mystery, intrigue, romance, cross-dressing, and humor scattered throughout it.

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One of my favorite parts of studying Victorian Literature was discovering and and learning about novels and poems written by female writers. “Goblin Market” is one of my favorite poems rooted with fairy tale images mixed with social commentary and female empowerment. This poem also interested in the Pre-Raphaelites–their writings and artworks are beautiful.

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Paradise Lost is one of favorite books/epic poems that comments on social and religious ideologies. This was one of the first pieces of literature that opened my eyes to new ways of thinking in regards to religion, society, morality, choice, injustice, and the idea that every story has more than one voice/one side.

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As many of you might know, Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite novel. More importantly, it is one of the first books that my mom gifted to me. It was also one of the first books that we shared a common love for, and I’m so glad I got to enjoy that experience with her. 

 

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Title: The Kiss of Deception
By: Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 489 (Hardcover)
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

About The Kiss of Deception

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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


My Rants and Raves of The Kiss of Deception

I am on the fence on how to rate The Kiss of Deception. I keep going back and forth between a rating of 2.5 stars and 3.5 stars, but I think I’m going to settle for a 3-star rating right now. Overall, I enjoyed reading The Kiss of Deception, but there were parts of the book that rubbed me the wrong way. 

RANTS:  The Kiss of Deception contains many young adult literature tropes that I’m not too fond of: Instant-love, a love triangle, scattered multiple points of view, and pages of useless or dragged out scenes. Additionally, I had a love/hate relationship with the main character. 

I really had a hard time connecting and sympathizing with the MC heroine, Lia. Yes, she has very little say in her love life and future, but even when she is separated from her royal obligations, Lia was off-putting to me. It’s odd that she fails to see that her actions have consequences, and oftentimes, these consequences are shocking or oblivious to her. Lia was a hot and cold heroine for me to root for, but after reading the last few chapters, I am on board to see her progress into a more confident and courageous character. She has the yearning and potential to be a fierce heroine, and I look forward to hopefully seeing her develop in the series.

RAVES: I am a sucker for mysteries, royal characters, deception, deciphering dead languages, and discovering prophecies. So ideally this book was screaming my name. And in the end, these were the topics that kept me interested in the plot and finishing the book. This book ends in a twist and cliffhanger, and I look forward to uncovering more about Lia’s fate, the prophecies that surround her, and the mysteries that will unfold. Because The Kiss of Deception is  part of a series, yes, I have decided to adventure into the next book. 

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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

W…W…W…Wednesday: 11/16/2016

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?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like?