Waiting On Wednesday: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Tess of the Road
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young 
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/ Goals

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…

My Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018

  1. Read 97 books in 2018.
  2. Post one to two book reviews a week.
  3. Join a book club.
  4. Go to more book conventions/author events.
  5. Limit myself to buying 1-2 bookish subscription boxes, instead of purchasing 3+ a month. 
  6. Bring back my “Friday Raves” blog feature.
  7. Visit my library 2 to 3 times a month. 
  8. Be more involved with the Bookstagram Community. 
  9. Blog hop more and comment more often on bookish blogs/Instagram pictures. 
  10. Enjoy reading and stop comparing myself to other readers/bloggers. Continue learning. Be creative. Accept criticism. And keep growing. 

What are some of your Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018?

Happy 2-Year Blogversary: Giveaway & 2017 Yearly Wrap-up

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After being an avid reader and constant reviewer on Goodreads, on January 12, 2016, I took the plunge into the blogger sphere and revamped my 2011 blog into a Book Blog. The last two years have been an amazing roller coaster of learning, making new friends, and raving about my favorite books.

I have loved every step, and I continue to learn things about myself, the community, and the publishing world. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, and more importantly, thank you so much for making me feel so welcome in the book blogging community.

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My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

My Favorite Bookstagram Photos I posted in 2017

Happy Friday! As Fall approaches, I wanted to post a photo reflecting my RAVING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟review for An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. In this debut novel, Rogerson litters the pages with vibrant warm colors, earthy smells, and a hint of magic that consumes my autumn-loving soul. If you love FALL and FAE, be sure to TREAT YO SHELF on September 26, 2017. 🍁🍂🍁 Click the link in my bio for my full review. 🍂🍁🍂 #bookaddict #bibliophile #booklove #bookish #treatyoshelf #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #igreads #instareads #instabooks #instabook #simonteen #mustread #margaretrogerson #bookfeaturepage #bookstagramfeature #Bookstagramit #cassieopiabooks #AnEnchantmentOfRavens #RantsAndRavesOfABibliophile

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  • Write and post a book review each week. (Hoping to have 52 book reviews posted by the end of the year).
  • Review at least one bookish inspired item, Etsy store/product, or subscription box a month on my blog.
  • Bring back my “Friday Raves” posts at least every month.
  • Respond quicker to blog comments.
  • Blog hop more often.
  • Participate in more book tours. 
  • Read 97 books this year.
  • Host more book giveaways on different social media accounts. 
  • Continue learning. Be creative. Accept criticism. And keep growing. 
  • Have fun!

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If It’s Not A Rant, It’s A Rave: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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Title: Here We Are Now
Author: Jasmine Warga
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: November 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

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“I think with some people you can just tell you’re going to have a
history with them. Even if that history hasn’t happened yet.”–Here We Are Now

Wow, Pamplemousse! I think this book found me at the right time in my life. Here We Are Now is short and expands over a few days, but I also enjoyed that flashbacks of the main character’s parents falling in and out love is littered throughout the pages. I really connected with the main character Taliah, who is definitely a hard shell to crack. But I loved that although she is sarcastic, smart, and funny, she also holds a tight rope around her emotions. She is cautious with letting people in, but I liked that her journey to meet her father and his family for the very first time, opens up her world to new challenges and emotional breakthroughs. 

I don’t want to give too much away in regards to the plot, because it is very straight forward and well-focused on Taliah, a teenager, meeting her father, a well-known rock star, for the very first time. And throughout the pages, Taliah pushes herself to open up to her dad, discover unknown information about her mom, and meet her long lost family. And importantly she matures and discovers things about herself. 

Here We Are Now is very straight-forward and focuses a lot on modern day scenarios, such as familial conflicts, diversity, biracial relationships, and tough love. I found myself laughing a lot during this book, because these characters are so witty and heartwarming. But there are also some parts that are heartbreaking, and these moments are so raw and gritty and realistic. In the end, I liked that the conclusion of this book leaves the characters wide open for new possibilities and room to grow, instead of a simple “happily ever after” ending. 

 

4 star rating

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

Waiting On Wednesday: Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Heart of Ash
Author: Kim Liggett
Publication date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Horror

Synopsis

Ash may have escaped the immortal-worshipping cult that killed her mother, but the love of her life is still under its thrall. Dane has been possessed by his diabolical ancestor Coronado, a man who’s fabulously wealthy, dripping with fame, and the leader of Europe’s most dangerous immortal network. Dane begs Ash to join him at Coronado’s castle in Spain, and swears that his blood bond with Ash is stronger than Coronado’s hold over him. Ash is desperate to help Dane vanquish Coronado without having to sacrifice herself to the darkness. But when you’re all in, blood and salt, the only way to hold on to the light might just be by setting everything on fire.

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Treat Yo Shelf: December 2017 Recap

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December 2017: Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read in the last month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

what did I read

what did i review

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Physical ARCs/Books

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I received one book for Christmas (HAHAHA), and it was The Magicians from my brother (picture below).

December’s Fairyloot

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December’s OwlCrate

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December’s #OTSPSecretSister Package

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How did you treat your shelves in December?