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Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a Wildfire

Posted May 10, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a WildfireWicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović
on August 15, 2017
Genres: Magical Realism
Pages: 416
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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

I won’t even lie, I read Roshani Chokshi’s blurb before the synopsis and was sold. She said,

Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.”

HOW COULD THAT NOT MAKE YOU WANT TO READ THIS?!?!

The synopsis describes the twins as having magical abilities, which is awesome enough. But the really enticing part is the fact that they’re forbidden from falling in love. The family curse makes me think of A Million Junes which I absolutely loved. I have high hopes that this will be just as enchanting.

While I’m dying for an arc, I may be thankful for not getting one in the long run because this is a duology and I have a feeling I’ll be desperate for the follow-up. Look out for this summer release!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

Posted March 22, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

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Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona BlueRamona Blue by Julie Murphy
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 432
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Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

I completely adored Dumplin’, also by Julie Murphy. That was the first book where I’ve seen a fat character, happy and proud of herself and her body. Representation is so important. Everyone should have the opportunity to see themselves in a book. With Dumplin’, Julie Murphy earned herself a fan for life. I will read anything she writes. Ramona Blue looks excellent in it’s own right, as well. I lived in Louisiana when Katrina and Rita hit and there are still people displaced today, 10 years later. Julie Murphy writes touching, realistic and important stories. I’m sure this one is no different!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Run

Waiting on Wednesday: Shadow Run

Unfortunately, publishers are learning how to get me. Label something “Firefly meets Dune” and I will be breaking down doors to read it. That first sentence and I’m hooked. A prince in hiding, a misfit crew, an intergalactic war and a touchy captain all sound like Firefly to me. The rest of the book description sounds great as well. It also reminds me of Starflight, which I read last year and loved. I love all the science fiction that is coming out for young adults this year and Shadow Run looks like a great start!  

Posted March 8, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 4 Comments
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Life Update

This was supposed to be an exciting recap on the V.E. Schwab event that I went to on Thursday night. I went and I had a wonderful time. V.E. Schwab is gorgeous and well spoken and she has such wonderful justifications for ever decision she makes in her books. I would love to hear eloquent descriptions of world building and language development from all of my favorite authors. She signed ALL of my books too. Unfortunately, I only took a single picture. I had this intention of taking a bunch of pictures and doing another fun recap. I also was going to do a better write up about what she talked about and it was going to be done on Friday when everything she said was still fresh in my mind. That didn’t happen. Mr. Functionally Illiterate and I have been working towards becoming Foster Parents for a long time. On Tuesday, we finally got our license. Then at 5pm, we received our first call for a placement. We had a child in our house by 7:30 that night. That’s why there was no #BHPChat wrap up last Wednesday. I was a little preoccupied and I’ve stayed that way. I love it. I wouldn’t change it but I need to get used to the new normal.  Luckily I have lots of blog posts pre-scheduled. I’m still here just on […]

Posted March 6, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments
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Thoughts on Negative Reviews

Thoughts on Negative Reviews

I was sitting at dinner with my parents a few days ago and my sister asked me, “You post a lot about books you love and sometimes books that are only OK, do you ever really hate a book?” and I thought about it. Of course, I hate a book sometimes. I try really hard to stop reading and mark books I hate DNF. I tell myself I don’t have time to read things I don’t like. This is always a struggle for me though. An author took the time and put the tears and effort into a book. Shouldn’t I at least finish it? I know DNF reviews bother a lot of authors because they feel like if the reader just could get to the end, they would end up liking the book. I’m constantly at war with myself over books that I don’t like. Especially if I feel like I should like it. DNF or Not? I really struggled with this in September. Suddenly, I had a lot of long anticipated sequels in my hands and I devoured them. I read them one after the other and they were all…. Disappointing. This was a real blow for me and it sent me into a blogging/reading slump spiral that I’m still trying to escape from. 3 sequels that I couldn’t have been more excited about and all three […]

Posted February 3, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 9 Comments
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#Bookstgram Roundup Feb 2017

#Bookstgram Roundup Feb 2017

There are TEN #bookstagram challenges for the month of September! I really love this month because the challenges have all sorts of topics. They range from being love themed to high school superlative themed. Look through them and pick the one (or four) that interest you the most. I love looking through instagram pictures and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Leave a link to your instagram page in the comments! @Emilyreadseverything #WithLoveBerkley hosted by @berkleyRomance #RfabFeb17 hosted by @reviews_from_a_bookworm #onceuponabookstagrammer hosted by @onceupon_a_book & @alwaysbookstagrammer #lilBookishSuperlatives hosted by @lisa_lostinlit & @lostinlit_Becca #FrenchieFantasy#February hosted by @frenchiefiction & @queen.of.fantasy   #FPBLoveMonth2017 hosted by @thenocturnalfey @theroyalpolarbearreads #FebruaryLibrary17 hosted by @librarylooter & @anniekslibrary #FebFoodBookChallenge hosted by @annerose2602 @faeofnightcourt @faerilybookish @kmbooks24 #DiversityFeb Hosted by @lilys.wortwelt & @tintenpoesie #BookishPetsChallenge hosted by @BookishPetsBookClub & @MichelleBookAddict

Posted January 27, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1 Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 27th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review, the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads I received this book for free from Free for Review, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The story is fun and engaging. I read it in a single sitting and just tore through it. Erin Summerill’s writing is easy to read and her characters make the story easy to connect to. I liked Britta and Cohen for their shared history. The supporting characters were some of my favorites. Captain Omar and Leif kept me guessing the whole book. I didn’t know whether to cry or cheer half the time. Enta was easy because who doesn’t love a grumpy old grandmother. She was probably my favorite. I loved the culture of Malam. For instance, the entire conflict stems from a cultural traditon. Britta is in mourning for her father and mourners are forbidden from leaving their house. Typically, the town brings the mourner food. However, Britta is an outcast. No one takes care of her in these terrible circumstances. If she wants to survive, she has to leave to find food. Otherwise, she will starve.  I liked this book […]

Posted December 23, 2016 by Emily in Review, Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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WoW: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

WoW: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine! What I Love Uh? EVERYTHING! I don’t even know where to start. This synopsis has me waiting for a kickass bounty hunter heroine that has to choose between her childhood love and avenging her father’s death. There’s sure to be tough choices, moral ambiguity and a fantastic adventure. Even if the summary didn’t grab me, that cover is amazing. This book as one of my very favorite covers this year! The second I saw it, I wanted to read this book. Have you heard of this one? What do you think?

Posted November 9, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Love Connection by Camilla Isley

Awesome Indies: Love Connection by Camilla Isley

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page How long did this book take you to write? I had to go back to the first Love Connection Word file and check the date to answer accurately. It is dated December 4, 2015. I finished with various rounds of self-editing in late June. Overall, it took seven months to write and another two to work with professional editors. Tell us about your book. Love Connection is a Romantic Comedy with two parallel story lines, Sliding Doors style. Gemma, my protagonist, is at the airport waiting for a connecting flight and she has to decide if she wants to crash her ex-boyfriend’s wedding or be made of honor for her best friend. The separation of plots takes place when a flight arrives on time as opposed to be delayed and Gemma meets someone at the airport who unknowingly changes her mind on what to do. I thought it would be fun to explore where two opposite decisions would bring Gemma in her life. What was your favorite part to write and why? The best part for me was to write each chapter in two ways, one for each of the two parallel universes. Each moment in the story is split in two, and I was so fascinated by how Gemma’s life, her emotions at certain stages of the story, could […]

Posted November 4, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Bloggiesta Fall 2016 Sign up

Bloggiesta Fall 2016 Sign up

For the first time, I am not only participating in Bloggiesta but I’m hosting it as well. MC at Blame it on the Books is a ROCK STAR and keeps me organized, no easy task. She’s a pleasure to work with and I would be absolutely nothing without her. I’ve said many times but the best thing to ever come out of Bloggiesta, for me, is our friendship. If you don’t know what this is, Bloggiesta is a challenge and an opportunity to improve your blog. You formulate a plan of blog chores and then you work to get the done over the course of a weekend. The other component is mini-challenges. Bloggers all over talk about different ways that they do things and then they issue a challenge. Past mini-challenges on time management, social media use and a variety of other topics are on the bloggiesta site. In the past during Bloggiesta, I’ve put together a huge and overwhelming to do list. I always have a list of things I want to do in the back of my mind and I write them ALL down on my bloggiesta goals. The end result is that my list way too long for me to finish in just four days and I end up feeling like a failure. I absolute intend to write a more manageable list this year. However, I say […]

Posted September 14, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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