November 2016 Wrap Up!

November Wrap Up

Hey guys!

This month sure did zoom past us. It definitely felt that way to me at least. As Christmas fast approaches, so does the mall craziness (a.k.a my job). My stress levels are at an all time high this time of year.

Not only did I get strep throat earlier this month, but I’ve also not been able to go to the gym as much as I want! But on the good news side of things, the lovely Jenna from Reading with Jenna came to visit Toronto! It was such a fun week spending it with her. I took her to a lot of bookstores, and we definitely ate our way through the city! We also took time and watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Finally we had a board game night with Joey and Maria from Big City Bookworm. It was definitely the highlight of my November!

Phew…. boy am I exhausted! So let’s get to how well I did in books!


 

Wrap Up Books I've Read

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – November 2nd, 2016

Paper Princess by Erin WattNovember 9th, 2016

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – November 9th, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. ParisNovember 12th, 2016

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent HartingerNovember 16th, 2016

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys – November 23rd, 2016

Thanks A Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst – November 28th, 2016

Crimson Dagger by Morgan Rhodes – November 29th, 2016

Obsidian Blade by Morgan Rhodes – November 30th, 2016

Only 7 novels + 2 novellas this month!

Other books I’ve started:


 

Wrap Up Reviews

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – 4/5

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3/5

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5/5 

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in December:


 

Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Crystal Storm – November 2nd, 2016

Windwitch – November 9th, 2016

Roseblood – November 16th, 2016

History is All You Left Me – November 23rd, 2016

Frostblood – November 30th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

Recent Adds to my TBR – November 8th, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Humor – November 29th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Awards

November Awards

N/A

November Achievements

700 Blog Followers November 2016

28,500 Blog ViewsNovember 2016

11,500 Blog Visitors November 2016


 

Wrap Up Book Tags

Beauty and the Beast Tag – November 20th, 2016


 

Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

N/A


Wrap Up Cover Reveal

October 31st to November 6th

November 7th to November 13thBIG REVEAL: Wonder Woman Warbringer

November 14th to 20thBIG REVEAL: Lord of Shadows

November 21st to November 27th


And that was November. I did more reading this month than in the past couple of months, so as always, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in December!

Until next time,

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Frostblood | Waiting on Wednesday [#33]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 17th 2017

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Frost BloodSeventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Why I’m Waiting

As soon as I read the synopsis for this one, I knew I wanted to read it. It sounds like everything that I love in a fantasy novel and can’t wait for January to come so I can get my hands on a copy!

P.S. Elly Blake is a debut author!


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Humor | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Humorous Books to Buy this Holiday.

I have recently been getting into a lot of Humor books lately and I thought I would share with you guys some of the ones I enjoyed. This are great gifts for your mom, dad, brothers and sisters, and of course your friends! So sit back and enjoy.


Top 10 Ten

Yes PleaseIN A PERFECT WORLD…

We’d get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we’d all be friends with Amy — someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn’t ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she’s not available for movie night.

Luckily, we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy’s hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haiku from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz,” the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs.” Yes Please is a chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

Top 10 Nine

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty’s candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen (“I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out”) to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already.

Featuring all-new material, with a focus on the past fifteen years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point-just like Betty White.

Top 10 Eight

You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost)From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world… or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Top 10 Seven

Seriously... I'm KiddingEveryone loves Ellen! Television icon, actress and proud wife, Ellen is a star like none other. This comedienne is known for her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which is going strong in its eighth season.

Seriously… I’m Kidding is a look at Ellen’s life through her humour.

In her own words, Ellen says, “I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share … I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?”

Ellen was also most memorably the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo, hosted the Oscars and served as a judge on American Idol.

Top 10 Six

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

Top 10 Five

Chelsea Chelsea Bang BangThe hilarious new book from the star of Chelsea Lately and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.

Get ready for big laughs as Chelsea Handler lets loose with more comic personal essays. In this new, no-holds-barred account of life on the ridiculous side, Chelsea mines the wealth of material that is her family, her sex life, her career, and her distinctively outrageous worldview. Here is young Chelsea discovering “The Feeling” during a third-grade sleepover and getting shafted by clueless parents over Cabbage Patch dolls…and grown-up Chelsea at the mercy of the remote control, Lean Pockets, and Sex and the City –but still managing to convince her boyfriend that there are Swiss Army knives in the soles of her $16,000 shoes. Through it all, Chelsea never lets anyone off the hook, even herself, as she delivers page after page of irreverent humor, biting wit, and deliciously off-kilter entertainment.

Top 10 Four

The Girl with the Lower Back TattooThe Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over.

Top 10 Three

Scrappy Little NobodyA collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

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Why Not Me?From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions”, Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate-this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady”, she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes”, Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

Top 10 One

You Deserve a DrinkA riotously funny collection of boozy misadventures from the creator of the YouTube series, “You Deserve a Drink”

Mamrie Hart is a drinking star with a Youtube problem. As host of the bawdy cult-hit, “You Deserve a Drink,” Hart has been entertaining viewers with her signature concoction of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Finally, Hart has compiled her best drinking stories—and worst hangovers—into one hilarious volume. From the spring break where she and her girlfriends avoided tan lines by staying at an all-male gay nudist resort, to the bachelorette party where she accidentally hired a sixty year old meth head to teach the group pole dancing, to the time she lit herself on fire during a Flaming Lips concert, Hart accompanies each story with an original cocktail recipe, ensuring that You Deserve a Drink is as useful as it is entertaining.


Well there you have it! Top 10 Humorous Books to Buy this Holiday. What are some of your favorite villains?

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Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge 2017

Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a very exciting announcement. I will be participating in my very first Read Challenge for the year of 2017!

It is the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge hosted by NovelKnight. To find out all the details head on over to their page!

What is the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge?

Pretty much to sum it all up, it is to read as many books published in 2016 and prior to knock them off your TBR. I have close to 200 unread books sitting on my shelves that I really want to read, but keep postponing due to new releases and ARCs. So for the year of 2017 I want to have more of an equal balance!

My Goals

  • Read 40 Backlisted Books
  • Write a Review for Each One
  • Post a Monthly Update Every Month

Hogwarts House Cup Mini Challenge

Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

I will also be participating in this mini challenge as well. As a proud Gryffindor I solemnly swear that I will read as many books as I can to help my house achieve greatness!

My Overall TBR

These are just a sampling of the books I want to read knock off my Backlist TBR. I will be posting monthly TBR’s in my update posts to keep track!

 


That is all for this challenge. Make sure to visit NovelKnight for all the rules and guideline and most importantly, to sign up for this challenge!

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | November 21 – November 27

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of November 14 – November 20. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Published by Feiwel & Friends

August 1st 2017

The WoodWhen Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

Collide by Michelle Madow

Published by Dreamscape Publishing

February 9th 2017

CollideI should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom’s fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I’m a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I’m the only one who knows. Which means I’m the only one who can stop it.

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth… and then get them to help me.

All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham

Published by Entangled: Teen

June 6th 2017

All the Stars Left BehindFor some, a weakness. For her, a weapon…

I can barely walk.

I won’t ever run.

But I will win this war.

I never asked to be a part of an intergalactic war, but when I step between a gunman and the enigmatic but irresistible boy Roar, getting shot reveals the truth behind every mystery in my life.

Turns out Roar is an alien and his people are at war with the race that enslaved his—and I’m the key to ending it all. Except now the enemy knows about me. And they’ll kill anyone who gets in their way.

The good guys want to use me. The bad guys want to kill me. I’ve got plans of my own. After a lifetime of being less than normal, I finally have the strength to fight back—even if I have to sacrifice everything I love.

CONTEMPORARY

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

July 25th 2017

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and BashSebastian Alvarez is just trying to keep it all together: he doesn’t want to flunk out of high school, he doesn’t want his best friend, Kyle, to get into even more trouble, and he doesn’t want to lose his Ma to cancer. Then he meets Birdie Paxton, a Valedictorian in a science pun t-shirt, and the spark is instant and undeniable. Suddenly, he’s not so worried anymore. But before they can exchange phone numbers, they’re pulled apart.

What they don’t realize is a horrifying tragedy links them — a tragedy that will unfold in unimaginable ways.

When they reunite, they fall hard for each other — but how will the tragedy affect their lives and their love story? Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash is a story of love, loss, and hope.

This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton

Published by Atom Books

February 2nd 2017

This Beats PerfectAmelie Ayres has impeccable taste in music. Bowie. Bush. Bob. So when she finds herself backstage at The Keep’s only UK gig she expects to hate it; after all they are world’s most tragic band. In fact she feels a grudging respect – not (obviously) for their music, but for the work that goes in to making them megastars. And when lead singer, ‘Maxx’, is not dressed up as a cross between Elvis and a My Little Pony, he is actually rather normal, talented and has creative struggles not too dissimilar to her own.

But the next morning she wakes up rolls over and discovers a million new @’s on social media. Overnight a photo of her backstage has made her a subject of global speculation. Suddenly the world needs to know #Who’sThatGirl? – but for all the wrong reasons.

All Amelie wants is to play her music. She’s got the guitar, the songs, the soul and, in the safety of her bedroom, she’s got the voice. But when it comes to getting up on stage, she struggles with self-doubt.

Immaculate’s a concept. Flawless is fake. But just sometimes music – and hearts – can rock a perfect beat.

Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy

Published by Algonquin Young Readers

March 28th 2017

Just Fly AwayWhen fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, a eight-year-old boy named Thomas who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her life. Lucy can’t believe her father betrayed the whole family, or that her mother forgave him, or that her sister isn’t rocked by the news the way Lucy is.

Worse, Lucy’s father’s secret is now her own, one that isolates her from her friends, family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she expected would truly understand. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd

February 1st 2017

UnconventionalFor fans of Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins

Lexi Angelo is a Convention Kid – she’s got a clipboard and a walkie talkie to prove it.

Aidan Green is a messy-haired, annoyingly arrogant author and he’s disrupting her perfect planning.

In a flurry of awkward encounters, lost schedules and late-night conversations, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned… Things like falling in love.

MYSTERY / THRILLER

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent (100 Hours #1)

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

March 28th 2017

100 HoursMaddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS



Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

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[BLOG TOUR] Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley Review + Interview

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Fate of Flames Blog Tour! Make sure to check our Wendy’s Review + Excerpt, Amanda’s Review + Giveaway, and Maria’s Review + Author Guest Post!

Now without further ado, here is my Review and a fun little interview to follow!


Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Effigies #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on November 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Fate of FlamesWhen Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

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4 Stars

*** RECEIVED AN ARC FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ***
** THANK YOU SIMON TEEN CANADA **

First Line:

The war siren wailed.


Review

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CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟           WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley is the first book in a fantasy series about girls who have been bestowed cosmic powers from the universe in order to save it from the Phantoms! If you like Sailor Moon, The Last Airbender, and Pacific Rim then you’re going to devour Fate of Flames like I did!

The Good

Fate of Flames opens up with an action scene and I can honestly say that I was hooked from the very beginning! I loved the concept of it so much I didn’t want to put it down.

Raughley does a fantastic job building a world that is as believable as much as it is fantastical. It is set in a alternate universe like our own but Earth is plagued by these monster’s called Phantoms. Nature’s answer to combat them is to bestow powers on four very different girls called Effigies. When one dies, the powers get transferred to a new girl and the cycle continues. I thought the plot and world was highly creative and quite action packed!

Fate of Flames has a diverse cast of characters that I couldn’t help root for! Our main protagonist, Maia is a PoC and has now been bestowed with the Fire Effigy’s power. Throughout Fate of Flames we see her learn to accept her new destiny, learn to control her powers, try to reunite the Effigies and save the world at the same time. My favourite character overall was Chae Rin, the Earth Effigy. She was blunt, rude, strong, but also showed that she too had feelings. I liked that she pushed Maia to exceed her limits and grow to improve.

Raughley’s writing was equal bits exciting, serious and action filled. She does a fantastic job painting the scenes for our imaginations to wander and explore. I could easily envision everything that was happening on the page and was blown away with how things flowed.

I am highly anticipating the sequel now!

 

The Bad

Not all books are without their faults, but the ones I am about to list are entirely personal to me and may not matter to you.

Although Maia is a strong and level headed main protagonist, I did find that she fell to the background a lot compared to the other girls. This could totally be intentional as she is new to being an Effigy and still has a lot to learn, but I just wish she had more then one moment that blew me away!

I didn’t quite connect with the romance in the story either. I found it dry and kind of confusing at times. Hopefully things become more clear in the sequels though.

Finally, as much as I hate cliffhangers for the sheer fact that it makes me crave and bleed for the next installment, I wished Fate of Flames ended on one. I found the ending a bit bland and wished there was more of an excitement built towards book 2.


INTERVIEW TIME!

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada, I got the opportunity for my stop on the Fate of Flames Blog Tour to interview the lovely author Sarah Raughley! Here is what went down:

JN= Jesse Nicholas (Me!) & SR= Sarah Raughley (Author)

JN: Using 5 words describe Fate of Flames for new readers

SR: Epic, Fun, Exciting, Fast-Paced, and Girl-powery…is that stretching it?

JN: What is the inspiration behind Fate of Flames and what was the writing process like?

SR: Since I was a kid, I always loved the idea of super-powered girl crews because I wanted to be in one! There’s something really magical and escapist about it. I got my inspiration to finally go ahead and write one of my ideas when they announced Sailor Moon Crystal in 2012. It took me a while to write and re-write the series as things kept changing. So it was about keeping track of everything and making tough decisions as to what to reveal and when.

JN: “Fate of Flames” follows a huge cast of diverse characters. Who do you have the most fun writing, and who is your least favourite to write?

SR: Chae Rin was the most fun to write since she’s my outlet to say every mean thing I want to say about all the characters and the situation at large. She’s very blunt and that’s always fun. I don’t really have a least favorite because they’re all fun to write, but perhaps the most challenging character to write is probably Belle because she’s pretty serious and complicated, but there’s a reason for so much of what she says and does so making that apparent is key.

JN: What would you say is your fondest memory on your Fate of Flames journey so far?

SR: I think aside from getting the deal, going to the S&S building in Toronto and meeting the whole team…just knowing that I have a team dedicated to helping me on this journey was such a huge relief!

JN: What can we expect from Effigies #2 without giving away spoilers?

SR: Lots more action, more about the world, more answers, more questions, more romance, and more death.

LIGHTNING ROUND

(Pick one answer for each question)

Coffee or Tea –> Tea

Cats or Dogs — Dogs (but really neither because I’m not a pet person)

Candy or Chocolate –> Chocolate

Books or TV –> Books

Fantasy or Contemporary –> Fantasy

Apples or Oranges –> Apples

Rom Coms or Action –> Action

 


I just want to take the time to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to participate in the Fate of Flames Blog Tour, and Sarah Raughley herself for not only writing a story about girls who kick ass, but also taking time out of her busy schedule to do an interview with me.

Let me know what you guys thought of Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Sarah RaughleySarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).

 

 

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History is All You Left Me | Waiting on Wednesday [#32]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


History is All You Left Me

Author: Adam Silvera
Series: N/A
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 17th 2017

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History is All You Left MeYou’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken.

OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means…

Why I’m Waiting

Have any of you guys read More Happy Than Not?? Because if you haven’t then you need to grab a tissue box and go read that book! Adam Silvera is an amazing writer of contemporary fiction, and it comes as no surprise that I am avidly anticipating his next novel! Better get my tissues ready then!

P.S. Adam Silvera is the author of More Happy Than Not!


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

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