Blogger & Author Appreciation


Blogger & Author Appreciation

There has been lots of tension brewing in the bookish community. It seems like endless hit after hit! Things have calmed down a bit, but my lovely friends Amber and Jessica at The Book Bratz decided to create a post/project to perpetuate "good feels" and happiness and love within the community much like Alexa at Alexa Loves Books did with her Love-A-Thon event. Bloggers and authors need each other, so despite some fighting and animosity we are always supportive of one another. Amber and Jess asked some bloggers what they feel about authors and vice versa. Here is what they want to say to one another.

#Fantasy February ~ Disliked Fantasy Novels


With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that there are quite a few fantasy novels that I have found quite repulsive or just plain bad. I can't begin to explain the anguish I feel when I hate a book.

Review: The Ruby Circle

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #6
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Page Length:  348 Pages
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ebook via iBooks
Goodreads

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon ~ Intro Post


1. What’s your name?

Rachel

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?

I live in Pennsylvania, land of trees and deer !

ARC Review ~ The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Series: The Winner's Crime #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length:  416 Pages
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Source: eARC via Publisher! Thanks Macmillan! 
Goodreads

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

ARC Review ~ A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling
Page Length:  352 Pages
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC via publisher (Thank you Harper Collins!) 
Goodreads

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before."

In Bookish News ~ Mid-February Report

Lots of stuff has happened in February! Our eyes have been pleased and wowed again and again with each and every cover reveal (there are so many). Our jaws have dropped after reading about the recently-signed book deals. Here's what has been going on:

ARC Review ~ Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery
Page Length:  384 Pages
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC via publisher (Thanks Macmillan!)
Goodreads
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

ARC Review ~ Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length:  400 Pages
Publication Date: February 10th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: ARC via publisher
Goodreads

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

#Fantasy February ~ Book That Introduced You To Fantasy


Fantasy is easily my favorite genre. I just love everything about fantasy!! This adoration for fantasy had to start somewhere, right? Here are the books that shaped and developed my fantasy frenzy.

Gabriel by Nikki Kelly ~ Cover Reveal + Giveaway

As some of you may know, I am obsessed with this book entitled Lailah by Nikki Kelly. Nikki is such a sweetheart, and I loved her book, the setting, and the characters (especially Gabriel). Thank you so much Nikki and Macmillan for allowing me to be part of the cover reveal!

ARC Review ~ The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Page Length:  336 Pages
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: ARC via publisher; Thanks Tor Teen! 
Goodreads

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
I'll admit I was skeptical. How can one write a fantasy novel standalone? Is there enough time for world-building, characterization, and plot development and resolution? Never fear, this book blew away my worries and brought a great fantasy novel that I'm sure people will love.

#Fantasy February ~ Why I Love Fantasy


I've always been a fan of fantasy. I will read any type of fantasy: epic, urban, high, general, you name it! Most of my favorite books are from the fantasy wing. 

January Wrap-Up & Bookish News

Yes, I know I am quite late to this. I vowed to start doing wrap-ups each month to organize and tidy-up each month of blogging. Here's some of the things I've done this month along with some recent bookish news.

#Fantasy February ~ TBR


Here is my #Fantasy February TBR! This is VERY idealistic, and this first week of February is quite busy for me so I doubt I'll be able to read all of these. Here are the urban fantasy, fairytale retellings, epic fantasy, and fantasy novels in general that I plan on reading!