Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bookish Quiz : Pick a Holiday Decoration, Get a Book Rec!

*Bookish Quiz is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to share bookish quizzes found and personal results*

Hey Bookies!

This week's quiz is in honor of Christmas!

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Here's a snippet from Epic Reads regarding the quiz:

🎤 Deck the halls with bounds of books!
‘Tis the season to be reading!
Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!  🎤
Ready for a new book but can’t decide what to read next? Let the Holiday Book Gods decide for you! For this highly scientific book recommendation engine, please select the holiday decoration item you most enjoy and we will give you a book rec!
Take the quiz below!

My Results are below:

Snow Like Ashes released on September 15, 2015 and you can purchase it on most bookish sites or Amazon.


A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of ThronesAn Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter's future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Want to take the quiz? Hop on over to Epic Reads.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bookish Quiz : Which YA Book Villain Are You?

*Bookish Quiz is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to share bookish quizzes found and personal results*

Hey Bookies!

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Halloween is my favorite holiday! Haunted houses, hayrides, scary stories... FREE CANDY! Yes, I still go trick or treating -- Shhhh!

Having said that, the theme of this week's bookish quiz is sinnster ... Epic Reads came up with a quiz to determine which Young Adult villain you are.

Here's a snippet from Epic Reads regarding the quiz:

Everybody loves (to hate) a good villain. We’re not talking about those redeemed-by-the-end-of-the-series kind of villains, no. We’re talking about the soul-blacker-than-they-take-their-coffee kind of villains. The ones that genuinely get your blood pulsing because they’re just so dang evil. And, as the saying goes, everybody has a little bit of villain in them.
Find out which YA book villain you are with the following quiz!

My Results are below:

Harry Potter released on November 12, 1999 and you can purchase it on most bookish sites oAmazon.


The author's first novel introduces Harry Potter, the son of a powerful wizard and witch who are killed by an even more powerful sorcerer. Sent to live with his Muggle (non-magical) aunt, uncle, and cousin, Harry is treated poorly without knowing why. On his tenth birthday, Harry learns that he is a wizard and is to go off to Hogwarts, a prestigious school for wizards and witches. Harry and his friends, Hermione and Ron, soon discover that something shady is going on, and they must save Hogwarts from the very sorcerer who killed Harry's parents.

Want to take the quiz? Hop on over to Epic Reads.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bookish Quiz : Book Recs Based On Your Fave Scene from the Beauty & the Beast Trailer

*Bookish Quiz is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to share bookish quizzes found and personal results*

Hey Bookies!

This week's bookish quiz is inspired by the release  Disney live-action Beauty & the Beast. Epic Reads has you choose a scene from the film to recommend next read. 

Here's a snippet from Epic Reads regarding the quiz:

Ma cherie Mademoiselle,
It is with deepest pride & greatest pleasure
That we welcome you tonight
And now, we invite you to relax
Let us pull up a chair
As Team Epic Reads proudly presents
Your next book rec!
Like everyone on the Internet today, you probably watched the very first trailer for Disney’s upcoming, live-action Beauty & the Beast movie starring Emma Watson as every Book Nerd’s favorite Disney princess.
Now that you are in between your fifth and sixth viewings of the trailer, we have a book recommendation quiz for you! We’ve chosen 6 YA B&B retellings and carefully paired them with 6 memorable moments from the trailer. All you have to do is select the scene you loved the most from the movie trailer and we’ll give you a book rec! Let’s get to it!

My Results are below:

Cruel Beauty released on April 7, 2015 and you can purchase it on most bookish sites or Amazon.


If you’re excited about the upcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, don’t miss Cruel Beauty.
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in this dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Perfect for fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
Want to take the quiz? Hop on over to Epic Reads.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

New York Comic Con 2017 : A Book Lovers Guide!

Hey Bookies,

This is finally the year I will be attending New York Comic Con for the first time ever! Goes without saying, I am SUPER excited about going this year.

Since I am an INTJ and have the perpetual NEED to make plans for plans because, I mean come on, my total existence depends on it . . . I have decided to try and construct a A Book Lovers Guide for the fellow #Bookiedeeds Warriors also attending NYCC.


  • Penguin Random House’s schedule is here
  • Chronicle Books schedule is here
  • MacMillan’s schedule is here
  • Abrams Kids schedule is here
  • Harper Voyager’s schedule is here
  • Simon & Schuster’s schedule is here
  • Epic Reads schedule is here
  • Fierce Reads schedule is here
  • Tor’s schedule is here
  • Scholastic's schedule is here
Happy Reading!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Feature Friday ARC Review : The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

*Feature Friday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to feature YA books that have not yet been released by reviewing them.

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release DateJanuary 2, 2018
Pages: 384
Source: ARC

The Story:

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 
via Amazon


One-word ReviewOBSESSED

Reading Tune Gangsta - Kehlani

My Review

I am utterly obsessed with The Cruel Prince!

I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of The Cruel Prince at ALA Annual 2017. And boy am I ever grateful! The Cruel Prince is actually only the second novel by Holly Black I have read -- the first being The Darkest Part of the Forest which I enjoyed. I loved reading The Cruel Prince!

Tag Line:

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

Opening Line:

In Faerie, there are no fish sticks, no ketchup, no television.


To be honest, I was more than a little in love with The Cruel Prince

“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this is the least of what I can do.” 

The pacing of The Cruel Prince was a perfect for the unfolding of the plot, I believe. There was fantasy, realism, tension, passionate, aching and anger. The opening scene of the story completely hooked me. A Fey lord shows up at his human-ex-wife's house, slaughters her and her husband then takes their twins and his own daughter. 

Jude grows up an outcast in another realm, host to a High Fey court, simply because she is human. While her twin is complacent and satisfied with life in Fey court, Jude is determined to prove herself. To show the Fey who torment her, she is not less than. She wants to prove she can be just like them. 

But will Jude survive deadly subterfuge, and the political intrigue of High Fey court? Or the the betrayals from those closest to her? Her friends are her enemies and her enemies, her friends.

“I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.” 

The Cruel Prince was the package-deal. Holly Blacks' writing was magical. It was authentic and grippingThe Cruel Prince was its own world and I fully immersed. The story, the writing and the world-building was so captivated I could not put the book down. I was invested. 

All in all, I loved The Cruel Prince and highly recommend it to anyone who listens; I recommended it to a few people so far and it was well-received. As a former anti-fey and fantasy reader, I encourage even those who are in the same I was in to definitely give The Cruel Prince a try. You will not regret it!

Character Breakdown:

Jude Duarte : If I had to choose a single word to describe Jude it would be: FIERCE. This girl is fierce in everything she does. She loves fiercely. She's fiercely loyal. She's a fierce warrior and strategist. 

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.” 

“If you hurt me, I wouldn't cry. I would hurt you back.” 

Prince Cardan: Cardan, oh, Cardan. He is the enigma you love to hate and secretly pine over the way he makes Jude's existence miserable but obsessing over her in the darkest pits of his loathing because he hates that he loves her . . .

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop.” 

We know, Cardan. We know, you sexy, sadistic asshole. And we can't stop thinking of you either!

Here is one of my favorite quotes from The Cruel Prince:

“So I am to sit here and feed you information,” Cardan says, leaning against a hickory tree. “And you’re to go charm royalty? That seems entirely backward.”

I fix him with a look. “I can be charming. I charmed you, didn’t I?” 

He rolls his eyes. “Do not expect others to share my depraved tastes.” -- Cardan to Jude

“I am tired of caring,” I say. “Why should I?”
“Because they could kill you!”
“They better,” I say to her. “Because anything less than that isn’t going to work.”  -- Jude to Taryn 

About Author:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 

***Check out Holly Black's website for more information about her and the 
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Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

BookExpo America 2017!

This year I skipped the first day, May 31st, and only attended June 1st & 2nd.

BookExpo America was hectic this year- more than usual - and more Book Con centered. Still, I am so grateful to have attended for another year and hop to continue to do so in the future.

June 1st: Day 1 Highlights

Last minute prepping for BEA while waiting on line.

Macmillan sign

Table Signing

Emmy Laybourne signing BERSERKER!

Splendid BEA madness on the Exhibit floor


Ryan Graudin signing INVICTUS
The Table signing of ROAR - Cora Carmack

Another Table signing

RINGER by Lauren Oliver

Day 1 Loot:

Can't wait to crack open the covers of THE BELLES written by Dhonielle Clayton and THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black and HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by  Kerri Maniscalco.

June 1st: Day 2 Highlights

I signed the wall! Can you find the book that rocked my world?
by Julie C. Dao

The very talented Leigh Bardugo signing WONDER WOMAN - the line was INSANE!
In-booth signing of GLOW by Megan E. Bryant

Day 2 Loot:

Favorites some this epic pile include: FIREBLOOD by Elly Blake, & THE HAZELWOOD by Melissa Albert.

*Check out my posts for previous BEAs: BEA 2011 (Day 1Day 2 & Day 3), BEA 2012BEA 2013 & BEA 2014, BEA 2015.

Happy Reading!
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