Monday, December 11, 2017

Trailer Reveal: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Giveaway)

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga, #3
Publication Date: December 11, 2017

Synopsis: Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

About the Author: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


Trailer:

Talent: Justin Edwards (cover model)
Giveaway:
SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK (containing multiple signed books & swag)
Open Internationally | Ends 12/22/17

a Rafflecopter giveaway

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Announcement + Giveaway)

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga, #3
Publication Date: December 11, 2017

Synopsis: Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

About the Author: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


AND NOW, for the beautiful cover....


Announcement:

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE! 

And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 

The Virtual Signing opens on 9/21/17 at 11 am ET & ends on 11/17/17.


Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trailer Reveal: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Giveaway)

Title: If There's No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis: Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?


About the Author: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


Book Trailer:



Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis: "I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness." 

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host. 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

Review: I don’t often read Middle-Grade books, but the premise of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding had me so intrigued that I couldn’t resist picking it up. And Alexandra Bracken did not disappoint. This was a fun, dark read with wonderful characters and fascinating creatures. We follow twelve-year-old Prosperity Oceanus Redding as he learns he is the host of a demon/fiend prince named Alastor, who is determined to exact revenge on his family, and who Prosper is determined to get rid of. I absolutely adored Prosper! He comes from a very respectable family but has always felt like he wasn’t quite good enough, especially compared to his twin sister, Prudence Fidelia Redding. He is an artist, loyal, and kind-hearted and I really enjoyed his narration. But I also loved getting to be inside Alastor’s head! He’s old-fashioned, stubborn, and just a little cheeky and I am excited to see his relationship with Prosper develop more. Prosper also becomes friends with another favorite character, a witch named Nell, who is proud, resilient, and kicks butt. The twists and turns were great, the atmosphere was delicious, and that cliffhanger left me eagerly awaiting the sequel.

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

-Kristen ♥

Friday, August 25, 2017

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Synopsis: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! 

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

Review: Graphic novels are still a fairly new genre to me, but with each one I read I fall in love a little bit more and The Prince and the Dressmaker has got to be the sweetest one I’ve read yet! Jen Wang’s illustrations were fantastic, the characters lovely, and the dresses absolutely divine. I loved watching Prince Sebastian’s confidence grow as he transformed into Lady Crystallia and I adored Frances’ friendship and easy acceptance. This story is about two characters going after their dreams and my heart warmed as I watched them come true. The ending was my favorite part as love conquered the day and I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy so I can read it all over again.

(I know there's a while to wait until the release of this book, BUT I WAS JUST TOO EXCITED NOT TO SHARE!!)

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 stars

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Title: Antisocial
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Synopsis: A single stroke can change your world. 

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.

Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.

About the Author: Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys playing with new recipes, reading romance and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime.


Guest Post: 

American Gods: Anime, Manga, and the West 

Thanks for having me! I’m here today to talk about my newest novel, Antisocial, a new adult gay and asexual romance set in a fictional college in upstate New York between a one-percenter fraternity boy and a highly antisocial artist. One encounter with Xander Fairchild’s artwork is enough to turn Skylar Stone’s carefully orchestrated life upside down, unlacing his secrets and inviting him into a secret anime-soaked world with a new set of friends. I’m also going to talk about anime and manga culture and how it interacts with western culture, specifically American, and my own personal reflections on it as a whole.

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been reading manga and watching anime, but the answer is, “many.” I’ve become more aggressive about it since December, it’s true, but this is largely because Yuri on Ice ignited a long-smoldering fire and I wanted to learn more, consume more. I’ve also begun studying Japanese, in part so I can travel to Japan but also so I can read Japanese, not only manga but also Japanese literature. I am, to quote one of my favorite animes, curious. I’ve always enjoyed anime and manga, but the depth to which I responded to Yuri on Ice made me want to know more, to dig deeper and attempt to understand why I was responding so much and so passionately. Yes, some of the YOI phenomenon was simply YOI, but there was always something different about every bit of anime and manga, and I wanted to try to find out what was going on.

I’m here to tell you, I don’t have a full answer yet, but I'm getting closer. I can recommend to you a few places for you to try your hand as well: The Soul of Anime by Ian Condry and The Anime Machine by Thomas Lamarre are two good entry points. So is getting your hands on as much anime and manga as you can swallow and drawing your own conclusions. Developing even a remedial understanding of Japanese language and culture helps too—that may sound like you’re coming at it backwards, but I’ve found that’s a good place to start. Because the first thing I learned was every time I made an assumption about something cultural about anime and manga, I was missing all kinds of pieces. Make no mistake—eight months into my studies all I have is a better understanding of what I’m missing, but that helps too.

Speaking specifically as an American, even though I’ve traveled and read more widely than the average citizen, I’m still highly aware of how isolated my culture is and how little influence we have in our entertainment from the outside world. We take for granted that our cinema will be in our native language and not dubbed or containing subtitles. We assume movies in our native language will be produced by major studios because they are, and the same for television. We ignore foreign language work because we can, and because there’s no real pressure or movement for us to look outside our own borders for anything; when there is a cultural movement, we feel entitled to a translation and are annoyed if there isn’t one. So one of the reasons I’m so fascinated by anime and manga are because they’re such powerful industries that function terribly well without US participation. Don’t worry, they’re happy to have our participation, but no one is going to jump if we start throwing hissy fits either. I find that refreshing, and I suspect having to work to understand a medium I’m so interested in is good for me.

In The Soul of Anime, Cordry talks about how anime in particular is consumed not passively but discussed on social media and across cultures and discussed around the world on social media, that this energy is now part of commercial success. This is true of a lot of entertainment, though, and not unique to anime and manga alone. It is true that Japan produces more anime, old-school type animation than we do, and that most of their entertainment (certainly a greater percentage than ours) is in this format. But this still doesn’t inform how it influences the west. Except, still working backwards, it might. Because Cordry also talks about how these animators are often exported and even the top creators and directors work in incredibly humble environs the exact opposite of our Hollywood studios. This part I’m not entirely sure on, but my preliminary understanding also is that while their voice actors are treated as celebrities, they do not live quite the grand and insane life style that ours do. There seems to be a humility all around to the whole process, at least overall.

Something else which is markedly different is that we have censors and Japan doesn’t, not in the same way. Comics, movies, and television have censors and advisory boards which limit content—even standard books have recently begun to come under that cloud for fear of not getting into big box stores and retailers, though that seems to have gone by the wayside with Amazon and Fifty Shades of Grey. For all the United States’s love of free speech, we have a highly Puritan sensibility regarding content at times. It’s subtle, but it’s there, and you notice it when you watch foreign entertainment. 

We also have a rather mercenary sense about our entertainment. Especially in regards to anything in film or television, if it doesn’t make money, it won’t get produced. And when I say money, I mean money. There’s a lot of content we could be producing that has an audience ready, but unless it’s massive, we won’t do it. This is a stark contrast to Asia. Take a gander on YouTube sometime and you will find yourself awash in “BL drama” (boy’s love, Japanese for gay romance) from Japan and Thailand—yes, Thailand—whereas you will find almost nothing here in the US, where our laws regarding same-sex marriage and LGBT rights are far different. The audience is smaller, but their idea of what a “hit” needs to be is smaller as well.

The greatest thing I’ve noticed about Japanese anime and manga, though, is something Skylar mentions briefly in Antisocial. In Japanese stories, I have noticed a stark difference in how problems are solved and how heroes are perceived. There is far more importance placed on group dynamics than on the individual, and it is frankly refreshing. There is a greater import on the society and a sense of belonging to the group and getting along, of not knowing your place exactly but working with your community and having respect. It’s the kind of thing I was taught when I grew up, which I have watched erode all around me specifically in my state and generally in this country—I think right now this is why it is so attractive to me as lately the United States honestly looks like a civil war on its best day and a trash fire as a matter of course. Japan is all about order and norm in its storytelling, a sense of putting things as they should be and everyone joining together.

I’m quite, quite certain this is fantasy up, down, and sideways. Whenever I find myself too wistful, I think of when I was twenty-one, about to graduate college and traveling to Europe on a credit card with my choir, terrified of graduation and about to enter first a chaotic dark period and then meet my future husband, but at that moment things were just about to get really terrible and I could feel it—I was chain-smoking on the deck of a ferry from York to Rotterdam and a young man from Manchester who was travelling to Germany for work sat there and told me emphatically how great my life was because I was American. I blinked at him, thinking of my debt and terror and broken family and shitshow of a boyfriend and I said, “Um, no.” He got angry and told me, “Yes it is. I know how you live. I’ve seen The Brady Bunch.”

Honey. He was dead serious.

I think of that guy a lot these days. Because I’m pretty sure I’m watching Japanese Brady Bunch, but by God, I don’t want anybody to take it from me. I thought about that guy a lot as I wrote Antisocial too. Right now I feel like so many people have this yearning to escape to a better place, this deep craving for there to be somewhere better, somewhere magical where people are sane and smart and a land where everything is okay. It doesn’t, of course, exist, but we don’t like that answer. What we want are gods, deities to magically make things work out and to be our buffers for life.

I feel, sometimes, as if my culture has tried to whisper false gods to me. I think back to the election and all the build up and chaos before and after, and it makes me bananas, because everything feels like broken promises: gods who lied. I think seeping myself in a foreign culture feels like release because I’m just so grateful to not look at my own for a twenty-two minute episode or the span of a manga.

I do know the real answer is to be my own god—to find my own truths, to be a leader and helper and a light in my own way, and I do try. But I also enjoy my moments of respite, and I won’t be giving up my Crunchyroll or my RightStuff Anime membership anytime soon.

If you want to make an escape with me after reading Antisocial, I’m currently in the middle of a blogging streak about what I’m watching, but you can also keep up with me at MyAnimeList. I hope to see you there.

Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Antisocial
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Synopsis: A single stroke can change your world. 

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.

Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.

Review: This book absolutely warmed my heart. I fell in love with the story and the characters, and was so happy with the representation in this novel. At the very core, this was a story about being true to yourself and being happy. It tells us that our families are made up of the people who love and support us even if they're not related by blood or law. It tells the reader these truths through the relationship of Xavier and Skylar. These two were adorable and I loved watching them grow as people and grow together as a couple. Heidi Cullinan captured Xavier's passion for art so beautifully and had me aching to see the paintings she described. Just as beautiful was watching Skylar shed his false exterior and accept who he really was. This was my first time reading about a character who falls on the ace/gray spectrum and I hope to read more in the future. I was also drawn into the setting- Benten College, which is absolutely drenched in Japanese culture. Xavier and Skylar's group of friends were charming, and while some were more developed than others, they became family over the course of the book. My favorites were Zelda, a fierce friend of Xavier's from the beginning who is unafraid of anything and Unc, a wonderfully cheerful fraternity brother of Skylar's who was always willing to lend a helping hand. Overall, I absolutely loved this book and hope I get to read more about these characters again someday.

An ARC was provided by the author through NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 stars

-Kristen ♥

Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night (Author Interview)

Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Author: D.E. Night
Series: Croswald, #1
Publisher: Stories Untold Press
Publication Date: July 21, 2017

Synopsis: In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.


About the Author: D.E. Night lives, dreams, and writes in South Florida amid her menagerie––two dogs and two cats––with her husband. “The Crowns of Croswald” is her first book. She draws inspiration from silver-screen storytellers, magical imaginings, and her younger brothers. A day spent in Croswald, or another whimsical world, is her favorite kind of day.


A post shared by Kristen (@kmichelle1) on
The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night arrived along with some amazing goodies! I am absolutely in love with my gorgeous glowing glanagerie bottle and I am excited to dive into this fantasy story to learn more it's magical properties. :)

Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write The Crowns of Croswald

I have always found joy in being creative, art projects and things like that. But more than that, I’ve always loved stories, mostly my favorite animated movies. I’m a Disney fanatic. My draw toward fantasy and my creative drive sort of forced me to start writing. For me, it’s not just about the writing, it’s about creating characters, designing scenes, and imagining everything and anything magical. Croswald is basically me in a book––fairy tale with an edge. I love fashion, fairy tales, anything that sparkles, and I especially love magic.

2. What was your favorite part about creating the world of Croswald?

I’m so grateful to be one of those people that really truly loves what they’re doing. My favorite part of this whole experience is seeing pieces of my world come to life, whether in the form of illustrations or being able to hold a physical book in hand. It’s like a dream. I also love the process of creating characters and naming them. I have a lot of fun with that.

3. Tell us more about creating a character. What sort of process do you go through? 

Well, I don’t know if it’s a process exactly. It always seems sort of like randominspiration. For example, eating dinner beside my 11-year-old brother who loves butter and bread. Emphasis on the butter. Readers get to meet Woodley Butterlove and understand how my little brother inspired such a character.

4. Ivy is a strong, inspirational character. How do you think she grows throughout the book, and what would you like the reader to take away from that? 

I think a lot of people’s natural talent is hindered by self-doubt. I think for Ivy Lovely, the first book is all about discovery and uncovering her hidden talents. It’s all about taking that first step and trusting your gut. I like to think that her first stride across the slurry fields may speak to a reader waiting to take the first step in their own adventure. Everyone should get the chance to step into something magical.

5. As a debut author, what surprised you most about the writing process for The Crowns of Croswald

Probably my patience. I think people often get deterred by the time it takes to complete something. It’s taken me three and a half years to get to this point and I was surprised by how calm I was throughout the whole process. Excited, but calm.

6. This is the first book in a series. Without giving too much away, what do you have in store for your readers as the series evolves? 

Of course, readers will get to join Ivy on her adventures of discovery through Croswald, full of weird and whacky character. Also a lot of magic and new inventions. The final show down with the dark Queen is going to be spectacular!

7. Your love of magic and fantasy is apparent in your writing. How did your love of magic develop? 

I spent every birthday visiting theme parks with my best friends. My mom would pick us up early from school and we’d spend a day in a place of total imagination. That world offantasy seemed so vibrant and I always dreamed of creating a place one day where people can visit. When I wrote, I always wrote keeping that in mind. Where can people visit? What can they see when they go there? Like I said, I love being creative and writing a book seemed the perfect fit. Besides being a Disney fanatic, I love that, with magic, anything is possible.

8. The Crowns of Croswald follows the adventures of Ivy Lovely, a strong heroine who is full of spirit and unwavering courage. Can you tell us more about her and how her character came about? 

The reader meets Ivy when she’s unsure, held back, and lonely. Through the course of The Crowns of Croswald, we get to see Ivy become who she is meant to be: impulsive but smart, studious but adventurous. She doesn’t know it yet, but those are the very traits that will save her kingdom. She trusts her gut and that gets her pretty far in life, but she learns to ask for help along the way. Most importantly, she’s compassionate and funny: two must-haves in any friend, in my opinion.

9. If you could give readers one message to inspire them from your book, what would it be? 

Believe in the magic of your dreams.
____________________________________________

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Title: Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis: It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... revered ... all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Review: I absolutely loved this book! First, it features one of my favorite tropes; girls disguising themselves as boys to go after something they want. And second, it has a diverse cast of characters that I completely adored. Our protagonist, Jordan Sun, attends this elite boarding school for the arts; but because she doesn't fit any of the roles she auditions for, she never gets casted. That's when Jordan decides to take matters into her own hands, disguising herself as Julian in order to audition for her school's most popular a cappella group, the Sharpshooters. I loved this group of boys, but my absolute favorites were Isaac and Nihal, who grew the closest to J. I loved reading the lyrics of the songs they were performing and it was amazing getting to listen to the songs come to life on Riley Redgate’s website! Overall, this book was fun, inclusive, and aca-mazing! 

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Once Upon A Mattress

Hey guys! So the wonderful people over at Leesa challenged me to make a post about how to spend the perfect lazy day in bed. And since I'm pretty much an expert at staying in (soooo much better than going out) here's my tips:

1. Find a Cozy Spot


This place isn't called The Cozy Reading Corner for nothing. You need a nice, comfy spot to park you butt and spend the day. Whether that be your bed, the couch, or a pallet on the floor, get cozy!

2. Obtain Yummy Snacks


Some people prefer a good cup of tea/coffee but that's never been my thing. Instead, I'd prefer to have a yummy snack. I love anything chocolate, chips, popcorn, cookies, this list could on and on.

3. Pajama Party


Strip down or bundle up. Just make sure you're wearing something comfy!

4. Get your Entertainment


Here's the really fun part! All you need to do is find something you love to do. You can read the next book on your TBR, catch up on your fave TV show, knit a cool scarf, color to your heart's content. Do whatever makes you happy!

(Optional) 5. Snuggle Buddy


For me, a day in just isn't complete without snuggling with my very best friend, Mia. If you have your own fur baby, then make sure to get some snuggles in.

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cover Reveal: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Title: Zenith
Authors: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Androma Saga, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, full of action, fantastical intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance 

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situationand at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

About the Authors: Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga. When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary and is represented on YouTube by Brian Lieberman at Studio71.


Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga. She is also the 24-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX duology and THE BALANCE KEEPERS trilogy for HarperCollins. She lives in North Texas, where she writes full time. Lindsay is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary & Media.



AND NOW, for the awesome cover....


-Kristen ♥

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cover Reveal: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Title: 27 Hours
Author: Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga, #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Synopsis: Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish. 

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon's darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

About the Author: Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable. Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.


AND NOW, for the awesome cover.....


-Kristen ♥

Trailer Reveal: Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Till Death
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Synopsis: In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . . 

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

About the Author: #1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Book Trailer:



-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis: Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

About the Author: Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


AND NOW, for the absolutely beautiful cover....


-Kristen ♥
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...