Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Book Tag


Hello all and Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day has been enjoyable thus far and that you're staying warm wherever you are (it currently feels like a bitter tundra where I am). I figured what better way to incorporate Valentine's Day on my blog than with a book tag! There are ten book-ish questions here and I'm so excited to chat with you about all of them! 



1) Stand Alone Book You Love

I actually don't read a lot of standalones. I typically reach for series or companions because I've found the characters I get the most attached to are ones that I can go on numerous adventures with. That being said, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is a standalone romance that I absolutely adore! Since I finished it I've been so excited to reread it and I can't wait to revisit these characters.

Red, White & Royal Blue



2) Dystopian Book You Love

I'm going to have to go with The Host by Stephenie Meyer for this one. I absolutely adore this book. Some people consider it to be just sci-fi, I think it falls under dystopian because it's set in a future Earth overrun by aliens. I cannot tell you just how much I love this book--it's so unique and gripping and just amazing. 

The Host (The Host, #1)



3) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

This one is a more recent find but it is A Fallen Hero by Sara A. Noë. I got the chance to read this back in August and fell in love. It's such an interesting world with a found family on the run that absolutely make you fall in love with them. However, it's a self-published book with no publisher backing so I haven't seen many people discussing it. I'm trying to change that, though, and I'm actively trying to promote it to all of my fellow book-nerds. 

A Fallen Hero (Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms #1)



4) Favorite Book Couple

I'm going to have to go with Feyre & Rhysand for this one. I have loved them since ACOMAF and I cannot wait to reread about all their adventures together. Seeing the unconditional love they have for each other and reading all their cute scenes just makes me adore them. (Image: Charlie Bowater)

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5) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

There are so many that I could put for this question but I'm going with Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I don't know why I haven't read that yet, seeing as I've liked every other thing I've read by Marissa, but I just haven't. I do own the first two as ebooks, though and am hopefully going to get a chance to read them this year!

Renegades (Renegades, #1)



6) A Book With Red on the Cover

I decided to go with Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout (the third book in the Dark Elements trilogy) for this one. The new covers after they went through a change are absolutely stunning and this one is no exception. I love it and the main color scheme is definitely red.

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)



7) A Book With Pink on the Cover

I struggled a bit with this one because I wanted to find a book I hadn't talked about yet that I absolutely loved and had a prominent romance, because Valentine's Day. In the end, I realized that Long Way Home by Katie McGarry fit perfectly! I have read four of Katie's books now and have all the rest on my TBR because I've never read a book from her that I don't like. What's even more amazing is that these books are contemporaries or romances but they also have other aspects to them and the characters aren't solely focused on just the romance.

Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3)



8) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.

I was trying to think of who this would be and I'd have to say Thomas Cresswell from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. He just seems like the kind of character who would go super romantic for Valentine's Day.

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9) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

I'm not single on Valentine's Day, but if I was my lineup would be the following: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin for something to read; Bones or Teen Wolf for something to binge; and To All the Boys I've Loved Before if I wanted a romcom.

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)



10) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

This one isn't out yet but will be in just a few weeks so I decided to go ahead and include it: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. I know that I'm going to love this one, the only thing I'm unsure of is if I'll love it more than ACOTAR or Throne of Glass...

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)



Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Lauren



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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

BLOG TOUR: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace + GIVEAWAY


Hello everyone! Today I am so excited to be bringing another exciting blog tour to you guys! All the Stars and Teeth was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and I am so grateful for not only the opportunity to review it but also to bring it to all of you!

This blog tour post is jam-packed with amazingness. There's information about the book and author, links to purchase it, my review, a specially curated playlist, an exclusive excerpt, the book trailer, and a giveaway! Not only that, but I also have an exciting post going up on Instagram that you can find here! 



SYNOPSIS

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Written by Adalyn Grace
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates
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MY REVIEW

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and I was so excited and incredibly grateful to be able to read it early and get to showcase it on my blog as a part of this blog tour. I do want to say that although this book was sent to me for review, all thoughts contained in this review are entirely my own.

All the Stars and Teeth is the first book in a new duology by debut author Adalyn Grace. It follows our main character, Amora, as she is forced to flee her kingdom after she fails to prove her mastery of soul magic. Enter Bastian, a pirate (seriously swoony). The two decide to strike a mutually beneficial deal and set sail. 

This book was everything I hoped it would be. It was fun, it was exciting, it was full of oceans and pirates and magic and other sea creatures. I love pirate stories and this one was no exception.

The main reason I enjoyed this book so much was definitely the main characters, though the world, plot, and magic were also well-written. There’s just something about these main characters, the close side characters, and the ship’s crew. I cannot wait to read more about them in the second book and see how the romance progresses.

I also really liked how the author didn’t stray away from difficult topics. There’s a few instances of difficult content and I liked how it was dealt with. It wasn’t used to glorify anything or solely to advance the plot and “wow” factor. Additionally, the author put trigger warnings on Goodreads, which really made me happy! 

Overall, this was a wonderfully written book that I can’t wait to reread soon and then devour the sequel when it comes out! 

Rating: 4 // 5 stars



PLAYLIST
1. Control - Halsey
2. Run Boy Run - Woodkid
3. you should see me in a crown - Billie Eilish
4. Waves - Dean Lewis
5. Way Down We Go - KALEO
6. Deep Water - American Authors
7. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
8. Across the Sea - The Wailin’ Jennys
9. Castle of Glass - Linkin Park



MEET THE AUTHOR

Adalyn Grace graduated Summa Cum Laude when she was 19-years-old. She spent four years working in live theater, and acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper. During and after college, she studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular animated show, The Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender). She was a participant in Pitch Wars 2016, and is a former literary agent intern for an established agency.

Adalyn splits time between San Diego and Arizona with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs, and spends her days writing full time while trying to find the city’s best burrito.

She has several projects in the works, and hopes to continually push the boundaries and explore the limits of upper young adult fiction.

You can follow her on Twitter, at @AdalynGrace_

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PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon     |     Barnes & Noble     |     iTunes     |     Book Depository
Kobo     |     Google Books



BONUS FUN





GIVEAWAY

Prize: a finished copy of All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (US/CAN only)

Starts February 4, 2020
Ends February 18, 2020

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The Fantastic Flying Book Club



Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Lauren



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Sunday, February 2, 2020

January 2020 Wrap-Up!


Well, my January TBR was an ambitious one and I do have to say that I absolutely failed miserably. I thought I was going to smash out of a bunch of books over winter break but that didn't happen, and now it's already February and I read all of two books in January. One was a bit disappointing and the other was a slave narrative for class that hit me really hard in the feels. Hopefully February will be a better month reading wise, but let's just dive into my wrap-up.



BOOKS READ
1. 
Title: Scavenge the Stars
Author: Tara Sim
Rating: 3 // 5 stars
Blog Tour
Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1)

2.
Title: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Author: Frederick Douglass
Rating: n/a -- read for class
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
My professor said one day in class that Frederick Douglass was one of the best writers in American history and that his narrative is one of the best novels out there. I'd have to agree. I'm not going to say much on it since I had to read it for class, but it was a very heartbreaking, eye-opening, and inspiring story.



BOOKS HAULED

Because my wrap-up was so short this month and I didn't get that many books, I thought I'd just briefly list the four books I did get here!
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
    • The hardcovers recently underwent a cover change and I wanted to get the original covers before they got too rare and when I saw this at my local used store I couldn't resist
  • Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway
    • I had to get this for my Fiction Writing class this semester 
  • Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
    • I adore all of Katie's books that I've read so far and this is one of the ones that I need to get reading soon so when I saw a signed copy for cheap I decided to snag it
  • Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson
    • This is one that I had to get for my African American Literature class this semester
I didn't get that many, and I don't anticipate getting very many in February either. I've been super busy and haven't had the time to read, and if I'm not reading voraciously I also don't have as big of an urge to buy books. 



BLOG POSTS

December 2019 Wrap-Up!
Bookish Resolutions for 2020
Book Series I Finished in 2019
Blog Tour: "Scavenge the Stars" by Tara Sim
Favorite Books of 2019
Blog Tour: "Tweet Cute" by Emma Lord



Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Lauren



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