Waiting on Wednesday: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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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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About the Book - Raven

Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. 

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  1. I am in love with this cover. I love the colors. I love the raven. I love everything about it.
  2. THERE ARE FAIRIES!!! I have not read an amazing fae story in a long time…and you guys, I NEED THIS BOOK AND STORY AND CHARACTERS IN MY LIFE. 
  3. The synopsis sounds intriguing, dangerous, magical, and nail-biting. I have a feeling that this book is going to be words woven into the most beautiful fabric that I cannot wait to wrap myself in. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF THE FAIR FOLK, I NEED THIS BOOK ASAP.
    Is it September, yet?!

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Treat Yo Shelf & Giveaway: July Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

July Monthly Recap

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

What did I read?

What books did I buy? 

(This does not include Kindle purchases)

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What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  • Poppy by Mary Hooper from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books ( e-ARC)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (e-ARC)
  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold from Penguin (e-ARC)
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley (Irish Banana Blog Tour in September)
  • There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane (XPressoBookTours in August)

What books did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers as gifts or to borrow?

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My friend, Carrie, let me borrow this awesome read. Lets just say this book put me through an emotional roller coaster. 

Received this from Take Me Away to a Great Read through #booksfortrade on Twitter. Is this cover not gorgeous? 

 

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From the best book and Funko Pop giver, my brother, Johnny

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How amazing is my Secret Sister, Amanda? She has been the most wonderful cheerleader and friend throughout these last 6 months of #otspsecretsister (Round 4) project. I’m going to miss her 😦

Received this from Mary through #booksfortrade

July’s Uppercase Box

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July’s Owlcrate 

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GiftLit Box Book

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Giveaways that I Won in July

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Won from Jen at YA Romantics. Thanks, Jen. 

Riveted prize

Won from Riveted. THANK YOU!!! 

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Won this beautiful book and book swag from YA author, Mindy McGinnis. THANK YOU, MINDY!

July Favorites

  • Writing a guest post for New Adult August on the wonderful blog, Dani Reviews Things (Posted August 1 for #NAAugust).
  • Going on a road trip with my brother to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. SO FUN!

  • I am obsessed with the PokemonGo App. I have to catch ’em all!!!

Have you heard? Bookish News!

  • I have a blogversary giveaway posted on my Twitter account. See information and rules below.

BOOKISH GIVEAWAYS

Click on the following link to enter my most recent giveaway. https://twitter.com/CassieopiaB/status/754720899920752641

The giveaway is (INTERNATIONAL). GOOD LUCK!!!

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Treated my bookshelf with a new Ravenclaw mug from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida.

How did you treat your shelves in July? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

ARC Review: The Unexepected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Title: The Unexpected Everything
By:   Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 528 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads Summary

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?


My Rants and Raves of The Unexpected Everything

First off, if you love Morgan Matson’s past books, you will definitely add The Unexpected Everything to your favorites list. Matson once again creates a contemporary world rattled with familial problems, tested friendships, swoony and smart boys, and summer plans gone awry. The main character, Andie, is not the most likable character, but her development throughout the novel shows great maturity. A lot of characters consume this book, making the story a bit confusing and overpowering with drama, but overall each character brings their own spin and flair to the story, and they all help shape Andie’s unforgettable summer.

Andie is the daughter of a widowed congressman; she is organized, ambitious, and always has a plan. She has her summer internship set up and she’s single, so no one can get in the way of her goals. However, after her dad is caught in the middle of an investigated scandal, Andie’s plans get put on the back burner and she has to learn to “go with the flow.” Even though Andie is very high-strung, I love that she takes initiative to make the most of her summer instead of wallowing in self-pity.

Throughout the novel, Andie does not have the best communication skills when it comes to talking to her father and her friends, and this always seems to lead to more problems. When communication problems go astray in the book, frustration is ensued.  The lack of communication is a huge conflict that is stretched throughout the novel, and it is not just Andie dealing with it. Even one of her friends, who is obsessed with emojis, starts to feel the pressure of how communication is a key factor in making friendships and relationships work. Luckily, Andie meets Clark who is shy, but also has an innate gift of bringing people together through storytelling. 

In regards to my absolute favorite “rave” of The Unexpected Everything, I can definitely admit that Clark is by far my favorite character in the book. First off, his “geeky” shirts are “punny” and fantastic. And not to give too much away about him, but I love that he is going through a George R.R. Martin writing phase. Clark is smart, awkward, funny, and so adorable (those dimples!!!). He is definitely the perfect person to balance Andie’s strict, planned out life.

Additionally, my fellow Matson book-lovers, characters from Since You’ve Been Gone make small cameos in The Unexpected Everything…it’s brief but some of our favorite characters are there and it’s blissful and wonderful (EEEEeee!!!)! 

Overall, The Unexpected Everything is 528 pages of frustration AND adoration. It definitely has its great moments: Clark, Bertie’s shenanigans, and a big group scavenger hunt, to name a few.  This book is unquestionably the perfect read to start off your summer with. So prepare yourself for some teenage angst, leaked secrets, fluffy dogs, and a story about an unanticipated summer filled with humorous surprises.

4 star rating

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER/RETAILER 

Amazon        Barnes and Noble         Book Depository 

NOTE:         Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book for an honest review. All statements and opinions are mine.