Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 20, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Published by: HarperTeen

An early review, I know! But in case you have an ARC and are debating whether to read... or debating whether to pre-order...

Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake | Goodreads

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Recommendations: Nerdy Academic Love Interests

So, say you've read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and you realized, hey, you like the romance, you like the sex, you want more of this in YA but there aren't too many novels for you to read. Maybe you want to move up, find other romance novels.

Or maybe you, like me, like romance novels and just want recommendations. Heh, well, I'm about to have a couple of recommendation posts specific to that. Today is about the nerdy love interests and heroes & heroines!

Already people have tried answering this-- there's a Goodreads list of Guys with Glasses in Romance Novels and one of Girls who are smart, funny, and proactive and another of Nerdgasms. I haven't looked at those lists in full but I personally don't tend to use those lists, and so will be recommending some of my favorites.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Tina Makes the Bookish Rounds (101): Cover Reveals Part IV

Tina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from the book community, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

Cover reveals from January 27-March 2: cover reveals round-up (101) part I
Cover reveals from March 2-April 27: cover reveals round-up (101) part II
Cover reveals from April 27-May 13: cover reveals round-up
Cover reveals from May 13-May 26: cover reveals round-up (101) part III

Today covers May 26-June 5. My hope had been to include movie news with this post, especially as I am going on vacation from June 5-19, so as to start the process of catching up with the backlog in these bookish rounds posts. Alas. Another time.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tina Makes the Bookish Rounds: Cover Reveals (101) Part III

Tina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from the book community, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

Cover reveals from January 27-March 2: cover reveals round-up (101) part I
Cover reveals from March 2-April 27: cover reveals round-up (101) part II
Cover reveals from April 27-May 13: cover reveals round-up

Today covers the cover reveals from May 13 to May 26. As I said in my state of affairs post, it is fully within my intention to restart these bookish rounds posts. I just need to decide how in terms of catching up with all the other elements (e.g. publisher book deals, new releases, etc.). In the meantime, enjoy the cover reveal coverage!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Young Adult (YA) Anthology Recommendations

Anthologies are great. They're an easy way to discover new authors while reading about fascinating worlds and fun characters. The nature of the short story means that everything has to be compact; every scene must work on multiple levels. I've enjoyed every anthology that I've read, if not every story within them, and I'm glad for these YA anthologies, especially because they helped me discover some of my favorite authors.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Blog & Channel State of Affairs

Hey, all! You may have noticed some changes around here, and this post is just to address some of those changes if you're interested. If you've got more questions for me, feel free to ask them in the comments as well!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cover Reveal Round-up

I will -- hopefully next week (i.e. when I might have some free time) -- actually post a full bookish rounds, but until then here is another round-up of MG, YA, and NA cover reveals from the past two weeks. Obviously, I may be missing some since I haven't done a full bookish rounds post in a while, but there's still a lot here. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

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