Week in Review: August 24th


Let’s just take a moment:

Okay, now that we’ve shaken everything off…back to the regular scheduled programing!

What I Did:

More summer work…Is this starting to sound repetitive? Yeah, I thought so too. Well, my life has actually been pretty boring as of late. Lots of prepping my house because I’M GETTING MY KITTEN ON FRIDAY! I’ve been talking and talking about her, but she’s finally coming home to me on Friday and I will be posting millions of pictures on Instagram of her, and of course I’ll be showing her off in my next Week in Review post! (Oh my gosh my NEXT Week in Review post!! The excitement!)

I also made a quick stop at the library on my way to the store to renew my library card, but unfortunately the books I was looking to take out were already on hold for someone else (Cress and The Queen of the Tearling, in case you were curious). I found out that Lillie has yet to read Lola and the Boy Next Door too, so I put that on hold from my library as an eBook so that the two of us can do a read-a-long! I can’t wait to read Lola and then go right to Isla and the Happily Ever After, both by Stephanie Perkins of course!

Links I Loved:

(Lots of links this week!!)

  • Diana @ Brilliantly Novel shares her favorite bookish websites! Even I discovered some new ones…!
  • Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles shared a photo of a highly coveted ARC that I am SOOOOO excited for *squeals*

Now, this week a lot of you bloggers had the itch to talk about ARCs! I found a bunch of your posts to be very informative and interesting discussions, and I can’t help but pass them along to other bloggers that could use your help, too!

  • Miranda @ Tempest Books discusses her feelings on whether or not you should buy a finished copy of a book after reading the ARC of it. I must admit, I very rarely do, but if I LOVED the book, I’ll be sure to purchase it so it will look beautiful on my shelf!
  • Bekah @ Awesome Book Nuts has a YouTube channel, and she recently posted two very informative and info packed videos all about ARCs. I definitely recommend that you watch her first and follow-up videos if you’re a brand new blogger looking for the facts, or even if you’ve been at it for a while like me! I got some useful tips and info from it, so thanks, Bekah! 🙂
  • Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts talked about her feelings on blogs that feature ARCs, already published books, and just her thoughts on ARCs in general as a newer blogger!
  • Reviews from a Bookworm discusses her thoughts on physical ARCs vs. eARCs, and gives a little advice to those who may want it!

Whew, lots of links!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

For Review:

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander – I’ve heard amazing things about this one and I’m just so freaking excited!!! (Thank you so much to Entangled: Teen!!)

UPDATE: Just got an email with a copy of IGNITE by Lily Paradis! This one is available for Kindle pre-order now! Thank you SO much to Lily for this one – I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

Mystery…?

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So I have no idea why this was sent to me but I’m not complaining! Thank you so much to MyKindaBook for this beautiful finished UK copy of Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

Most recently I finished reading…Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan. My review will be up tomorrow, but I will say that I was disappointed in this one.

And I’m currently reading The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello! It’s like a mashup of historical fiction and contemporary all rolled into one and I cannot wait to see where the author takes the story! Hopefully my review will be up on Thursday or Friday!

On My Blog:

Things look quite a bit different around here! Yes, I redesigned blog graphics yet again. I can’t help it! I really wanted to go for something more simplistic with the B&W color scheme, but keep my little butterflies for a small, light pop of color. I hope you guys like it as much as I do!

How was your week? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments! 🙂

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Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Released Date: September 2, 2014
Pages:
384
Format:
eARC
Source:
Publisher via NetGalley
Series:
The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1
Genre(s):
Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads:

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Special thanks to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book for review!

 After hearing some mixed things about Trial by Fire, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But what I got was a fast-paced and entertaining book that was difficult for me to put down.

When I read the first few chapters I thought that Trial by Fire was going to be the typical young adult paranormal book. But soon I found that I was immersed in a story of alternate worlds, alternate characters, and coolest of all – witches.

My favorite part about the whole book was the idea that there are an infinite amount of worlds, with an infinite amount of “yous” out there. Each one drastically different. I loved the world of “New Salem,” the world that Lily gets brought to by her other self. It was medieval and modern at the same time, and I loved how the author chose to build this particular world. Another thing about the book that I really enjoyed was how the witches ruled, unlike how in our history of Salem the witches were persecuted and burned at the stake. In “New Salem” science is what people got punished for. When you read the book you’ll be able to see just how drastically different it is.

The one thing that I had a problem with was some of the characters and how they interacted. Lily and the “new Tristan” acted completely normal together. I think it’s difficult to believe their interaction would come so easily and so quickly, especially after “her Tristan” did what he did to her. I, of course, fell for the swoon of Rowan and was rooting for him and Lily throughout the entire book. I liked getting to learn little bits of his history with Lillian, Lily’s evil “other.” I can’t wait to see where Rowan and Lily’s relationship leads after this book.

This brings me to all of the awesome magical elements of the book. There are so many amazing things that the witches, and even non-magical people can do thanks to willstones. After reading this book I totally want my own! Not just the willstones, but worldwalking, firewalking, and all of the spells make for a very developed and magical society, I’ll call it. The mechanics are another curious thing about this book. There’s so much detailed information about the magic in this book, that fantasy fans who don’t particularly love paranormal will really enjoy this one too!

All in all, I found Trial by Fire to be an exciting twist on a typical paranormal or fantasy book. Unable to put it down, I’d highly recommend this book. Trial by Fire should be the book that you buy on September 2nd!

P.S. – I hope this review wasn’t too hard to follow! All of these alternate worlds and people can get difficult to explain. But Josephine Angelini had no problem, that’s for sure. Didn’t have trouble following the book at all.

Top [Seven] Books I Want to Read But Have Gotten Mixed Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


With all of the books releasing this September there are a bunch that I was really anticipating. But the reviews are coming in, and now I’m starting to rethink them…

  

1. The Jewel by Amy Ewing

2. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

   

3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

4. Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

5. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

6. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

What books were you anticipating but are now getting mixed reviews, making you unsure?

xo, emily

Week in Review: May 25th

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Inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads.

What  I Did:

I had/have a long 4-day weekend so I spent some time book shopping, reading, blogging, and tried to get outside as much as possible! I finally got to play tennis again with some friends that are home from college and I had a great time! It was also #IReadYA week so I had tons of fun scrolling through the Twitter hashtag and chatting about YA!

Links I Loved:

  • Jackie @ She Reads She Blogs went on a rant about all the pretty British boys that have taken over the world of YA book to screen adaptations!
  • April & Jen @ The Starry-Eyed Revue had some really great commentary regarding their (and I think a lot of readers’) love/hate relationship with LOVE TRIANGLES.

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