COVER REVEAL – Piece of Work by Staci Hart

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SQUEEEEEE!!!!I’m so excited for this to release! Is it May 17th yet??

cover-wrap-380Piece of Work, an all-new sexy romance from Staci Hart, is coming May 17th!

Title: Piece of Work

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: May 17th

Cover Designer: Staci Hart

Photographer: Periwinkle Photography

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.

His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.

You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.

But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart.

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About the Staci

StaciHartStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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BLOG TOUR – The Measurements of Decay by K.K. Edin

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 Book Synopsis:

In the far future, Earth’s nearby star systems have been colonized. Outfitted with a device that allows them to escape into hallucinations at will, people spend most of their time withdrawn into their own minds. Tikan Solstafir, a renegade who refuses the illusory life enjoyed by others, lives in self-imposed exile on a starship. When a mysterious enemy attacks the ship, Tikan embarks on a mission to destroy the galactic tyranny and liberate humanity from its own dreams. Meanwhile, in the 21st Century, a disillusioned philosopher believes that humanity s collective misery originates in people s failure to communicate with others and make sense of the world. Growing increasingly misanthropic and monomaniacal, he proceeds on a hermetic quest to save humanity from itself, while also succumbing to his own moral decline. As these stories intertwine, a young girl reappears through various epochs, fleeting through Ancient Greece, Medieval Norway, Bolshevik Russia, among others. Unbound by time, Sielle has formed few attachments. Eventually thrust into Tikan’s world, she becomes unwillingly entangled in a political scheme spanning centuries. At once a tortured love letter to philosophy and a space opera spanning centuries, it is a novel of ideas wrapped in a cautionary tale.

Author Bio:

K. K. Edin was born in New York and grew up in the UK, France and parts of the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science and a Masters in Philosophy from Boston University. He currently lives in Boston and The Measurements of Decay is his debut novel. Find K.K. Edin on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, and at www.kkedin.com.
The Measurements of Decay [Metempsy Publications] is now available in hardback, paperback and e-book formats on Amazon.
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AUTHOR Q&A

1. What inspired you to write The Measurements of Decay?

The novel draws from many inspirations. Too many, perhaps. I began writing it when I was 20 years old and steeped in the classics of philosophy. I recall that the main themes arose out of a series of thoughts I had at the time in response to Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy. Part of Descartes’ work seemed to imply to me, at the time, that absolute certainty about something can only be achieved in virtue of being that thing. Obviously the only thing one can be is oneself. With this as the criteria for knowledge-at-its-best, the implication, therefore, is that anything other than oneself is subject to doubt. But what would it take for that certainty and those conditions to extend to other things and people, and even form the foundation of science? What political and moral implications would this have? The logical thread quickly ended up somewhere between absurdity and nightmare. In other words, perfectly suitable for the crucible of science fiction. My study of philosophy continued to inform the novel, especially as many problems related to the tension between objectivity and subjectivity became apparent. It is one of the key conflicts of philosophy: How can the individual make sense of being in the world, which is shared by others? How does our limited and unique perspective impact our moral considerations, our ability to be scientific, or our understanding of consciousness and being? Moreover, how can we make sense of duty, freedom and knowledge in the shadow of this subjective-objective tension? These are the themes I wanted to address, but I wanted to address them in grand, Melvillian style. I wanted to combine the speculative power of science fiction, the psychological investigation that authors like Dostoevsky or Hamsun perform, and those problems of philosophy that occurred to me while I was a student. And I wanted to create a beautiful, if dark and risky, work of it.

2. What advice would you give readers interested in reading The Measurements of Decay? How should they approach the novel?

The reader should approach The Measurements of Decay with a degree of patience. I have written the novel in an ornate style that bucks the minimalist trend. That alone means paying more attention to the language and not racing through the plot, which is itself somewhat complicated and tangled in other aspects of the writing. The reason for this is that the language is itself a key part of the story, for philosophical, thematic and character reasons. The overarching plot, meanwhile, unravels quite slowly. Many readers have expressed that they found themselves having to accept a degree of ambiguity through the first half or so, but being enthralled by the plot thereafter and appreciating the upward climb retroactively. In addition, the philosophical content of the book can be quite intense, especially for someone without a background in the subject, though not, I think, impossible. Lastly, I would say that the reader should treat the Narrator as a character with his own idiosyncratic worldview, use of language and will. Much of the novel is an exploration of his psyche and his philosophical troubles. To understand the novel is to attempt to understand the Narrator.

3. Who are your favorite authors you like to read and/or follow?

Herman Melville, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas de Quincy, Dan Simmons, Alfred Bester, Ursula K. LeGuin, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Gene Wolfe, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien (particularly The Silmarillion).

4. When do you find the time to write?

Usually late at night, but not necessarily. I tend to write whenever I have at least a solid hour in the day, and all other tasks have been completed.

5. Who and/or what has influenced your writing style?

I am attracted to beautiful and daring language, intellectual ideas and poignant characterization. The novels that I enjoy the most tend to be ornately written, poetic and philosophical in some degree. In terms of fiction, I draw from the psychological investigations of Dostoevsky, Knut Hamsun and Thomas de Quincy, the immortal masterpiece that is Moby Dick, the speculative powers of science fiction from Alfred Bester and Ursula K. LeGuin, and the magnificent prose of Cormac McCarthy. Most of the ideas I like to base my themes on are drawn from the history of philosophy, though not always.

6. What are you working on now?

I have ideas for three more novels, each very different from the other, and different to
The Measurements of Decay. I am also focusing very much on my professional career
and my personal life, with much less time for writing, at the moment.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Decide from the beginning if you want to write mainly for artistic or entertainment or
commercial reasons. If you decide to write for mainly artistic reasons, your standard
should be nothing short of an absolute masterpiece. You will in all likelihood fail, but it
will probably force you to increase the quality of your work. Aim for the stars, as they
say. In terms of writing itself, I like to think of the first draft as a process of excavating marble from a quarry. After the marble is prepared, you can begin sculpting. I also do not believe in inspiration as a necessary requirement to writing. I have found that inspiration only makes starting easier, or helps in generating ideas. It provides no noticeable increase in quality. If you are writing for purely artistic reasons I would also avoid any business related information about the world of publishing until you are finished with at least the second draft. The knowledge may poison your vision. On the other hand, if you are writing mainly to entertain or for commercial reasons, make sure to read up as much as possible about the publishing world, and, in particular, about the constrictions of your respective genre.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (ARC review)

TITLE: Furyborn

AUTHOR: Claire Legrand

RELEASES: May 22nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

GENRE: YA Fantasy/New Adult

“You saved us. You saved everyone. Astavar still stands free. The Empire fleet has been destroyed. You did that, Eliana, and you should be proud of it.”

MY THOUGHTS: I had a serious book hangover after reading Furyborn. It was a phenomenal book and a top 10 read of the year – I can already tell! Loads of action and adventure, but also love; although, it was nice to read a book that wasn’t centred heavily on the romance aspect – it just kind of spices things up a bit. There’s some kissing, but it doesn’t make or break the book. There’s also a whole load of betrayal and distrust, which makes my heart pound! There’s magic, angels, plotting, killing, assassins, trials, and wraiths. The writing was AMAZING! Compelling and detailed, while not being overly descriptive. Claire Legrand keeps you interested by never revealing too much about each character while alluding to things happening outside of the spotlight.

“Dread,” he murmured … “is only a feeling, easily squashed. But wolves, my dear, bare teeth.”

Milla-Marry-MeRielle, having all 7 kinds of elemental magic, is an interesting character – of course you can’t have a main character that isn’t if you want to write a great book. She starts out with what seems the best of intentions – going through trials to prove that she is the prophesied Sun Queen – but is too easily influenced by an external force…I still have so many questions about what’s going on, though!!

“Some say the Queen was frightened

In her last moments

But I like to think she was angry.”- The Word of the Prophet

246855721000 years later, enter Eliana – bounty huntress and all around badass. She keeps most everyone at arms length due to her profession and rarely lets anyone close to her, unless it serves her. Initially, she seems very self-important and arrogant. Her entire world is shaken to its core just when she feels most invincible and sets her an a soul searching journey with her little brother across her kingdom in which she finds that things are not as she’s always thought. She really has to examine her own ethics and goals throughout the story. The juxtaposition of how she treats her little brother versus how she treats everyone else makes me love her story. I think she may be my favourite….

“Watch and learn, little Dread.” “Call me ‘little’ again, and I’ll punch you.” “You know just how to entice me.”

Claire Legrand is super talented and I truly cannot wait to read the rest of the series….actually foaming at the mouth while I wait.. Exceeded all of my expectations and then shattered them to bits.

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BLURB: The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

“The Gate will Fall. The Angels will return and bring ruin to the world. You will know this time by the rise of two human Queens – one of blood, and one of light.One with the power to save the world. One with the power to destroy it.Two Queens will rise.They will carry the power of the Seven.They will carry your fate in their hands.Two Queens will rise.”

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final product. Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (ARC review)

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Author: Adrienne Young

Releases: April 24, 2018 by Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

My Thoughts: Compelling, gripping, beautiful novel that I already see myself rereading for many years to come. I feel rent open by the love and loyalty Eelyn feels and how it shifts throughout the story in response to the things she discovers. This is an amazing telling of one girl going through many hardships to find out that her clan really isn’t all that different from the one she’s been raised to hate, and they have the same basic needs and desires as herself and her clansmen. How do you continue to hate a culture once you begin to view them as fellow humans? She feels betrayed by her brother’s choice, but, as much as she fights it, slowly comes to accept it and his newly claimed family. When the Herja attack, she realises more about herself and her life than she expected.

“I was the ice on the river. The snow clinging onto the mountainside.”

Eelyn’s journey drew me in from the first page and I absolutely loved every minute of it. This girl is a strong Viking badass who takes shit from no one and will cut your balls off for your trouble. I think I’ve developed a girl-crush! Of course, the protagonist wouldn’t be so interesting without some flaws, right? Well, hers are very relatable. She’s grown up in a culture who’s told her that the Riki are the blood enemy due to some god’s clash ages ago. She’s stubborn and believes in the tradition of her people…until she doesn’t. How can she continue to believe that these are the enemy after all she’s seen? Still, trust is hard won and it takes time to change thoughts you’ve been entrenched in from the time you’re young.

Vegr yfir fjor – honor above life.”

Fiske, her captor, is not all he seems from the beginning. I love his part in her story and I thoroughly enjoyed that even though he ‘owns’ her, he’s still fair and just. He protects her time after time when he really doesn’t have to do anything and I love him for it. Yes, partly because they share a brother, but also because he is just a good guy. He’s a phenomenal character who just gets better as their journey progresses.

“Home felt an entire world away.”

To be entirely honest, I wanted more of this story. simply because I never wanted to leave Eelyn’s world. To say I loved this book is an understatement. I was shocked to learn this was Adrienne Young’s debut novel. She has written an amazing novel that I can’t wait to dive into again and again. I’ve already bought a few copies to give to friends…

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Blurb: OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Early Praise for Sky in the Deep

“With Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young has brought to life fascinating, multi-dimensional characters in a starkly beautiful world. Everything is rich and evocative. The ice melts against your skin at the same time the adrenaline takes hold of your heart. This is a gripping story, richly told.”

-Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

 

“Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, Sky in the Deep is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages.”

– Stephanie Garber, New York Times Bestselling author of Caraval

 

“Brutal and beautiful, with breakneck pacing and starring a heroine that will make you want to run into battle with her, Sky in the Deep is a stunning debut that will leave readers enchanted and breathless all at once.”

– Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Star-Touched Queen

 

“A dangerous and brutal world navigated by an equally fearsome girl—Sky in the Deep is a delicious tale filled with fierce battles, shocking betrayal, and a slow-burn romance that’s as hard fought as the wars raging between the two clans. Readers will welcome this vivid gift to the fantasy genre, as will fans of darkly lush historical settings. Wholly unique and instantly addictive, I was captivated from its opening lines.”

– Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times Bestselling Author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

 

“Bleak, beautiful, and deadly, Sky in the Deep is both a gritty, gut-wrenching tale of war and a thoughtful meditation on identity, family, and faith–a story with the ferocity of its main character as well as her raw and tender heart.”

– Traci Chee, New York Times Bestselling author of The Reader

 

“Heartrending, heart-mending: this book broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then put it back together even stronger than before.”

– Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Empire

Available for pre-order:

Coming in 2018 from the following publishers:

United States & Canada: Wednesday Books (April 24, 2018)

Germany: Harper Collins

The Netherlands: Unieboek Spectrum

Czech Republic: Albatros

Spain: Urano

All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final product. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books via Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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COVER REVEAL – Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Disgrace, an all-new emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming April 26th and we have the gorgeous new cover!

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Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: April 26th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: QuirkyBird Designs

Photographer: Rafa Garcia

Model: Christian Balic

Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After seventeen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too young for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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AUTHOR: Alwyn Hamilton

RELEASED: March 8, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

GENRE: YA Fantasy

“In this desert I could never seem to escape being seen as powerless, so long as I wasn’t a man.”

MY THOUGHTS: I…wasn’t as impressed with this as I expected to be, sadly. I expected a fast paced, magical, shoot-em-up type novel after the first scene of Amani attending a pistol pit, but most of it felt like a lot more filler and not much happening. The adventures were mostly fun, but it seemed to drag on a little in the first 200 or so pages. Some of the scenes were a little disjointed, and, as much as I loved Jin, the chemistry just didn’t seem to click between them. Even if their arguments and banter were hilarious.

“If I wanted to. If I wanted to be part of this story, this rebellion. Truth be told, it was more than a want.”

Now, when it finally did pick up, I was completely swept away. We find this entire other group of beings that are striving to do what’s best for their country, even while being prosecuted for being different. They’re such idealists, with a few realists mixed in for good measure. Some of the characters are super annoying (the commander), but are necessary to building this world. There needs to be something to struggle against, and not all antagonists are likeable. However, I wasn’t hugely thrilled at him losing, either. Kinda awkward!

“I wasn’t that girl anymore, the one who left people.”

The best part of the whole book was Amani’s internal journey. She really becomes a strong, independent, woman who becomes part of something bigger than herself. Her story is actually really interesting. There’s a different vibe about her (obviously, MC’s are always different), but it always seemed more than just having foreigner heritage. When we find out the real reason she never belonged in Dustwalk (her hometown), I was pretty shocked! That was my favourite twist to the novel. All in all, I’ll be reading the next instalment and hoping the series improves.


BLURB: The New York Times bestselling novel by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016, published in 15 countries!

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.

 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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TITLE: Fangirl

AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell

RELEASED: September 10, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

GENRE: YA Fiction

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster”

MY THOUGHTS: What a cute, lighthearted, yet poignant story about love, life, and muddling through the hard times. To sum it up, I absolutely loved Cath and her world. She warms my little book nerd heart and reminds me of myself during my freshman year of college. Cath is struggling to acquaint herself with her new, upturned life when Wren decides she needs to be different – by leaving her twin behind. That made me really sad, but, without it, Cath wouldn’t have developed into the girl she becomes. Cath is, understandably, bereft and a little pissed off, but mostly sad that Wren doesn’t want to embark on their college journey together.

“‘You’re never alone,’ Wren said, sighing again. ‘That’s the whole fucking point of having a twin sister.'”

Cath is just so damn relatable. She is too heavily involved in the internet world that she can’t see what’s happening in her own life until it’s right on top of her. She writes fanfic on an internet forum which keeps her busy and feeling like she has loads of people depending on her, but her time spent doing that takes away from her time available to do other things such as make friends and find the dining hall. Although, that’s mostly down to her social anxiety. Enter roommate Reagan, who forces her out of her comfort zone, and Levi, who gets all the heart-eyes!

“I’m fucking done with encouragement.”

I felt these two had the biggest effect on her development. They were massively great people for her! Reagan is a bitchy, older student who wanted nothing to do with another roommate and got Cath for her trouble. She definitely isn’t cuddly by any means, but totally has more aspects to her than the one she initially shows to the world. Her prickliness is pretty endearing. Levi is such a wonderful guy! Totally my favourite, by far. He goes above and beyond for everyone he meets and is nearly always wearing a smile. I love him. He’s the perfect gentleman, down to earth, and hilariously funny. I loved how he called her Cather start to finish. He’s uncompromising in his personality, which was super refreshing.

“You don’t get to be a mother if you show up after the kids are already grown up.”

This was a totally cute read, but still dealt with some heavy topics. Cath’s parents are separated, yet her mother tries to come back into Cath + Wren’s lives. Cath is beyond upset and unwilling to allow this. I get that. Having a mother myself who I am unlikely to have back in my life in the near future, I get why she was so upset. You don’t get to walk away when times get hard and then come back in whenever you think it might be easier. As a parent, it’s all or nothing – you don’t get to pick and choose the bits you like. Also, Wren deals with some addiction, and mental illness is brought into the story by both Cath’s anxiety and their dads bipolar disorder. I love the way the author deals with each topic seriously while still injecting some humour to lighten it up. I will absolutely be looking into more Rainbow Rowell novels in the future!

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BLURB: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 

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Céad Míle Fáilte – Welcome

Hello everyone! Welcome to my new blog!

Ok, well not exactly new, but it’s a new page, anyway.. I recently relocated here from my blogger in order to streamline my posts and reviews. Plus, I just really like the look of WordPress blogs. Some of my favourite bloggers are on WP, so I took the plunge!

If you’re here, you’ve probably realised by now that I love books. I love reading more than near anything else in life, and thoroughly enjoy spreading my love of books with everyone I meet. So, I decided awhile ago to start blogging about it to meet new friends to talk books – I mean, can you really ever have enough bookish friends? I hope you all have a great time here with me as I review books I’ve previously loved and most books I read in future.

Another thing you’ll probably notice is the variation in spellings. I drift between US and UK word spellings simply because I’m an American expat in Ireland. My software often tells me words are misspelled when I use the US version, but I did many years of schooling in the states, so some things will slip through!

A bit about me: I’m an avid reader. My mom says I started reading around 3 years old and just never stopped. I honestly don’t remember ever not being able to read. I was the kid who read at recess and brought a book everywhere I went. I can often be found in a comfy spot with a book and a cup of caffeination – ordinarily coffee. Yes, I’m a bit of a coffee addict…so sue me. Coffee is my friend. It keeps me going!

I’m a dog training assistant, as well. I love it! I completed an internship with a puppy school near me recently, and they just never let me go. I help teach classes once a week, am a grooming assistant 2-3 days a week, AND pet sit a couple times a week. Currently on a housesit for a wonderful couple who own a collie cross girl who is so smart and such a good girl! Will miss her when we go back home… My ultimate goal is to become a canine behaviourist, so that’s what I’m working toward. In the meantime, I love the teaching experience.

I read mainly YA Fantasy, but also love Contemporary Romance, New Adult, and Historical Fiction. Honestly, I’m pretty open to reading anything if the blurb draws me in or people are shouting its praises. My current favourites are Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and Bring Me Back by b.a.paris. I loved those so much!

Anyway, I’m running off to rugby, so I’ll see you all here again soon! Feel free to leave questions in the comment section! xx