Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Because You Love to Hate Me | Back Cover + Villain-Author Pairing Reveal

Hey, y'all, look at the glorious back cover of Because You Love to Hate Me, a young adult villain-themed anthology pairing authors & booktubers! And, and, and do you want to know which author I was paired with and what villain my author is portraying?

Check it out!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

August and September Recap / Book Talk

Hey, everyone! Today I've got my August and September recap. It's been a while since I've updated; I'm probably, right now, in a relationship best described by Katherine Locke, who once wrote that she wasn't in a relationship because she was in a relationship with her ambition. I've started grad school, and I really just want to get ALL THE THINGS done, from work done in my old lab to work now in my new lab. I also moved across states July/August, so you could say that I'm still "catching up" with everything... new people to meet, new places to go, new everything. Which is why I haven't been reading or updating as much, but looking forward to getting back into it all!!

Let me talk about what I have read recently!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July TBR

Hey, all! Today I’m here to talk about my July TBR, including four middle grade fantastical adventure stories and four young adult novels that aren’t quite as easily grouped together. I went on vacation in New Zealand for two weeks in June (5-19) and then managed to get sick for about a week and a half (June 22 – July 1), so I’ve been somewhat absent in terms of booktube videos and blog posts. Even now, with this July TBR, I’m moving in less than twenty days to another state! Ack! So who knows how many of these books I’ll be able to finish in this short time frame, but if any of you have copies of them and want to read them together, please let me know!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Is "Light-Hearted" SFF Taken Seriously?

My friend's boyfriend asked me for book recommendations the other day. He said that he liked Brandon Sanderson's works and the Wheel of Time series but that Game of Thrones, which everyone had recommended, was too dark and bloody. But more importantly, he asked me whether I thought that SFF books generally were too dark, whether I could think of some light-hearted SFF books.

My instinctive, gut reaction was to say that there aren't many light-hearted SFF books (though I speak less for the adult market-- I'm much more familiar with YA), and that those books which are light-hearted tend to be taken less seriously. Is that a correct assumption? And why?

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.

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