Monthly Archives:: August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

If Book Titles Were Literal

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Book Titles. They have the power to be enticing but also confusing… Sometimes they have something to do with the book and other times they are just a metaphor. What if book titles were literal? What if the book title was an accurate representation of what would be inside the book? I am going to reconstruct synopsises (IDK THE PLURAL okay?) of some books by taking their titles literally.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The night sky has fascinated many brilliant minds across the centuries but a recent study found that the stars in our night sky aren’t perfect. They have faults, are broken and all of them might explode into supernovas at any given point. What does this mean for the fragile life on Earth? Do we only have a couple of days or millions of years left before the stars all give up and explode?

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

You thought you’d seen the weirdest of the weird in books but have you read a YA novel told from the POV of a wallflower. This beautiful purple flower grows in one of the most popular hangouts at the high school and gets to observe all sorts of interactions. The good, the bad, the awkward and the bizarre. You name it, this wallflower has seen it.

3. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue-Hitchcock

About a girl and her need to solve a mystery by running around and sniffing other people’s houses. Will she figure out who done it? Will she save the day? Let’s find out.

4. The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter

Once upon a time, in a world very similar to ours, a young boy dreamed of rulling over the snakes. So he set on a journey to become THE SERPENT KING. This wonderful coming of age story is unlike any other you have ever read because SNAKES.

5. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

In the darkest reaches of the tropical rainforest, an army of ants is gathering. They are tired of humans, they are tired of their destruction and they are most definitely tired of getting stomped on. THEY ARE THE ANTS and they will RISE UP.

6. Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Swan-farmer Ivy is done. She is done with the swans always escaping their cages. She is done with running after them. This summer, Ivy is gonna let the swans be wild and become one with them. After all, the best way to live life to the fullest is by turning into a wild swan.

7. Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally

Remember when we all thought that there was no life on the moon? That it was a barren satellite where no life could ever survive? With the latest technology, NASA peeps discover that there are actually girl like creatures living inside the moon… something we never expected to happen. This fall, a horror/thriller, set in space is coming to a bookstore near you.

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Fresh Batch (August 28th – September 3rd)

Fresh Batch (August 28th – September 3rd)

Posted by on 08/27/2016 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Furthermore Tahereh Mafi Publication date: August 30th 2016by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been…

Epic Cover Battles #11: Bad Book Covers Edition

Epic Cover Battles #11: Bad Book Covers Edition

Posted by on 08/26/2016 • 8 Comments

Okay so there are so many pretty covers out there, so many mediocre ones and so many bad ones. This round of Epic Cover Wars is dedicated to the BAD BOOK COVERS because nothing makes a bookworm cringe and reluctant to pick a book up like a bad cover. The more amusing part about this edition is that 2/3 books I’ve chosen are actually traditionally published so I cannot imagine what possessed the publishers to slap on the covers they did onto these books. Here goess!

May the worst book cover win (???)

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious by Paula Stokes

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Posted by on 08/24/2016 • 6 Comments

If you read Paula Stokes’ guest post on the blog the other day, you’ll know that it is not secret that she is a talented writer but Vicarious blows that out of the water. Liars, Inc. was the last thriller she wrote and one I rated 4.5 stars because of how amazing it but Vicarious is EVEN better and kept me EVEN more at the edge of my seat and holy crap the climax of this novel almost killed me. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious

1. The main character. Stokes’ always writes great characters and this book is no exception. Winter is a complex character with a backstory that will make you want to shelter her from the world. Winter is BADASS but her past has left a…

Writing Outside My Perspective with Paula Stokes

Writing Outside My Perspective with Paula Stokes

Posted by on 08/22/2016 • 0 Comments

I am a huge fan of Paula (because she is an amazing human being) and her books (because they are fabulously crafted pieces of works) so when I was asked to participate in the blog tour, I was elated. Vicarious  was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it lived up to all my expectations even if there was a whole lot of heartbreak. . Today, I have Paula on the blog with a well-written and thoughtful guest post that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did.

Writing Outside  My Perspective: Maintaining Authenticity and Respect; Balancing Cultural Information with Pacing/Storyline Needs

I wanted to portray my characters and their cultures authentically and respectfully, but for me that did not mean I had to paint any culture…

Fresh Batch (August 21st – 27th)

Fresh Batch (August 21st – 27th)

Posted by on 08/20/2016 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Spontaneous Aaron Starmer Publication date: August 23rd 2016by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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“Katelyn Ogden was a lot of things, but she wasn’t particularly explosive, in any sense of the word.”

Mara Carlyle’s senior year at Covington High in suburban New Jersey is going on as normally as could be expected, until the day—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to spontaneously combust without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason—Terrorism! Drugs! Homosexuality! Government conspiracy!—while the seniors continue to…

Fresh Batch (August 14th – 20th)

Fresh Batch (August 14th – 20th)

Posted by on 08/13/2016 • 3 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Architect of Song A.G. Howard Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy #1 Publication date: August 15th 2016by Golden Orb Press

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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she…

10 #OZYA Books I Need in My Life

10 #OZYA Books I Need in My Life

Posted by on 08/10/2016 • 4 Comments

I love complaining but my fav thing to complain about is how I cannot read so many amazing #OZYA books because I cannot afford to pay a fortune in shipping and because they are not available outside of Australia. So here is a list of 10 books I want to read so badly and am hoping will be published outside of Australia.

1. Spark by Rachael Craw

I’ve had this on my TBR since before it came out and it just appeals to me on a spiritual level. Superpowers? Kids who are experiments gone wrong? YES PLEASE.

2. Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

This one is a YA/NA crossover that I’ve had on my TBR since my early Goodreads years. I absolutely love the sound of it and am DYING…