Meet the Newbies 2016: Introduction

Thank you Kaitlin @ Next Page Please for the pretty graphic!

Welcome to the second annual Meet the Newbies, a debut event dedicated to enriching the debut experience for both readers and authors. Come learn about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts that you can't learn anywhere else!

My Glittering Court

I was given the amazing opportunity to read Richelle Mead's newest YA series, The Glittering Court prior to release, and I loved that book so much! It's completely different from Vampire Academy and is laced with elegance and refinement and all the luxuries of life possible in this Elizabethan-influenced setting. You can read my review here.

The Glittering Court is an enterprise where teenage girls of poor families are refined, polished, and educated as high-class ladies to become wives for men in the new territories. The Glittering Court includes beautiful estates where the girls are educated in all areas to make them the most alluring and desirable to men.

March Wrap-Up

Time is flying! I can't believe March is almost over. Some amazing things have happened this year, and I can't wait to share in this post!

Blog Tour: Stone Field (All Historical Fiction Books, Take Notes!)

Today I'm pleased to host a stop on the Stone Field blog tour!

Stone Field is a historical fiction novel that takes place during the Civil War and is a Wuthering Heights retelling. I absolutely loved the setting and time period of Stone Field. It is such an important part of the story.

Review: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating
Genre: Contemporary
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC via Publisher
Goodreads | Amazon
Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

A Trip to Powell's City of Books!

Hello from Oregon, APCB readers!  Yes, it's true: I hopped on a plane and journeyed across the Pacific.  I'm now, officially, on the U.S. mainland.

A couple of days ago, I visited Portland for a quick bite in the city.  And while I was there, I absolutely had to visit the famous bookstore, Powell's City of Books.

I snapped a few photos while inside Powell's premises, so take a look at all of the books!

APCB Adds #3

I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

Review: The Great Hunt

Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Fantasy | Fairytale Retelling
Page Length: 416 Pages
Publication Date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”

She could only stare back, frozen.

When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

A Typical Blogging Day for Rachel

As if being a teen isn't hard enough, *cues dramatic sigh and subsequent bed-flopping* adding blogging to the mix is a slightly insane endeavor not to be taken lightly. People complain that they have no time to read, and that's 100% true for high schoolers. Not only do we have school five days a week, but we also have hours worth of homework, extracurriculars, and lots of other school functions that eat at our time. Where is the reading time? When do we blog? How do we do anything? Answer: we don't!

Let's walk through a portion of a day in the life of teen blogger, Rachel, after returning home from school.

Ten (Or More) Books On My Spring TBR List

I haven't done TTT in awhile, and I have so many books on my spring TBR that I can't wait to read. Here are just a few that I plan on reading this spring!

Fantasy Reads:

Rise | Ruined | And I Darken | The Reader | The Crown's Game

Review: The Glittering Court

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: The Glittering Court #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 416 Pages
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via Publisher
Goodreads | Amazon
Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

Rachel's Back-To-Blogging Initiative

Today I want to talk about promotions stemming from publishers, blog tours, and any other source other than myself and the effect it has had on me.

I naturally love to come up with creative ideas and design my own types of promotion. As my blog eventually gained an established following, I started receiving more approaches from major publishers for review requests and promotional opportunities for their titles. I was honestly flattered by this and wanting to stay in their good graces, I said yes to basically anything. Any blog tour, any promotional aspect, etc. I didn't want to break the connect because 1. I love promoting books 2. I feared the publisher would lose interest in me and 3. I usually liked the promotional ideas that were unordinary and especially creative. I wrongly thought that these publishers' reaching out meant I had finally "made it" in blogging.

The Dying Desire...When Waiting for Sequels

After I read a great book, I immediately want to know if it's part of a series.  If it isn't part of series, I take a few sad, long, painful minutes days weeks bidding such a wonderful story goodbye.  If it IS part of a series, well . . .

Review: In The Afterlight

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #3
Genre: YA Dystopian
Page Length:  535 Pages
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Hardcover - won from a giveaway
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

The Glittering Court + A Giveaway

Richelle Mead is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her books are so addictive and she takes stereotypes (such as vampires) and puts a fresh spin on them. Her Vampire Academy series is still one of my favorites as it is action-packed, romantic, and hilarious. Richelle's newest fantasy series, The Glittering Court comes out April 5th, and I hope you guys are just as excited for it as I am!

As I'm over halfway through the novel, I can confidently express my adoration for this book. This book holds so much promise, especially for the subsequent books. It's a wonderful blend of old and new, and I really can't wait to see how it all ends in this book.

Rachel's Blogging & Bookish Mistakes

Today is the day that I spill my guts on all my blogging mistakes. I confess it all right here! 

-I thought Twitter was silly when I first joined....
-I sent a lot of emails asking bloggers questions when I first started out (Help me, I don't know what I'm doing)
-I struggle to take pretty Instagram pictures

ARC Review: A Study In Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Series: A Study in Charlotte #1
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: March 1st, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC via author (thanks Brittany <3)
Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | The Book Depository
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.


Blogging is an incredibly personal and vulnerable hobby. Throughout these two years I've learned so much, not only about books, but also about the publishing industry, writing, the world, and myself. Never did I dream I would embed myself so deeply into an online outlet, but I'd found a place that made me comfortable. I'd found a place that shaped me into a better person. I'd found a place that allowed me to connect with other readers, interact with publishers, and make friendships to last a lifetime.