Audiobook Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

 

My Review:

I’m doing it again! That thing where I make myself write the review before picking up the next book in a series so it doesn’t blur together? Yeah… that thing. I feel like I should have listened to people ages ago and just read the books but… well anyway, let’s jump into this review, shall we?

The characters in Cress were all pretty well developed, especially considering how many point-of-view characters we’re up to now. At least most of them are unique and easily differentiated from each other. There was even a part during Cress that really opened my mind to the reasoning behind some of the characters in previous novels blurring together. Needless to say my mind was a little blown.

Cress takes place in quite a few different places and they’re all built wonderfully. A few of the locations are Cress’ satelite, the Sahara desert, Luna, and New Beijing. They’re all built up enough to be immersive and really let me live in the novel while I was listening to it.

I really felt like we were finally getting somewhere at the end of Cress. Like I hadn’t realized how things were sort of standing still up until this novel and the loads of plot-related action in it kind of woke me up. I like the direction everything is moving in. I just really hope one final novel will be enough to close up all these loose ends!

Cress, like the rest of the series, is narrated by Rebecca Soler. I feel like she has grown as a narrator between Scarlet and Cress though and her skills are most certainly improving. I could hear her actively attempting to do the voices and accents for various characters and it was pretty enjoyable. She has a voice I could easily listen to for hours on end regardless, but I do appreciate the amount of work she’s putting in to give the narration that extra special something.

As with the other novels in this series, the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger so *sad, frustrated dragon face* but in general I really enjoyed this novel and I’m still really into the series. I can not wait to read the finale, which I am loading the audiobook version of into Libby as I type!

Overall, I rate Cress 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to order your copy from are:

 

That’s all for me today, bookworms. Until next time, happy reading!

Audiobook Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

 

My Review:

I’ve wanted to read The Bear and the Nightingale for a while now but two things finally gave me the push into it that I needed. 1. It’s the December 2017 book for the Story Society and Book Club and 2. My library had it available on digital audiobook (which also accounts for the lack of quotes and excerpts). It’s been so long since I wrote a full review that I’m a little rusty but please bear with me.

The characters are all pretty well developed and I could see most of them as individuals with no blur together like there sometimes is aside from the few general villagers who are mentioned by name. By far, my favourite character is Vasilisa. She’s wild and fierce and entirely unapologetic. I could not help wanting for her to succeed and be happy.

The story is set in medieval Russia. I haven’t been to Russia yet so I can’t speak at all to the accuracy of the world. What I can say, however, is that the world building itself is flawless. Much of the time, I look for stories where there is enough world built up to give the possibility of immersion. With The Bear and the Nightingale, it was impossible not to be fully immersed in the world. I absolutely loved it!

The Bear and the Nightingale is a retelling of the Russian folktain Vasilisa the Beautiful, which I haven’t read since I was a kid so I can’t make a fair comparison between the retelling and the original. The story in The Bear and the Nightingale is amazing. I love how there are so many subplots going at once, yet they all wrap up so beautifully by the end that it could easily be a standalone. I love when that happens because, as many of you know, I’m quite passionate in my dislike of cliffhangers. I’m hoping the library will get the digital audiobook for the recently released sequel, The Girl in the Tower, soon as I definitely look forward to reading (or listening to?) more of Katherine Arden’s magical and enchanting writing.

Since I did listen to this one in audiobook format, I thought it would be nice to add in a special bit about the audiobook itself. I know some of my friends are always looking for a good audiobook so I’ll start trying to add this into the books I review from audio.

This audiobook version wasn’t excellent but I’ve certainly listened to worse. The actor did not even attempt at doing the voices for each character, though she did do the Russian accent when someone was speaking. The narrator’s voice itself is warm and easy to listen to for hours on end. I’d definitely recommend this one, but it wouldn’t be a “go-to” recommendation for me.

Overall, I rate The Bear and the Nightingale 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can order your copy from are:

That’s all for now, bookworms. Happy reading!

The Fall Book Tag

Happy Monday, bookworms! I was sort of, kind of tagged for the Fall Book Tag by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. You should definitely check out his blog if you’ve somehow managed not to yet. (After reading this post, of course!) Anyway, this tag looks super fun so let’s jump right in!

 

For this one, I have to pick The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. This book takes a hard look at rape culture and was refreshingly honest. I absolutely loved seeing all the girls band together the way they did.

 

This one goes without question to Deadly Traditions by Apollo Blake. This novella only took me a sitting to breeze through but wow was the ending a shocker for me!

 

As if any book could compete with When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon when it comes to warm and fuzzy’s. I like watching them try though because warm and fuzzy is my autumn aesthetic.

 

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. AND it has a big orange swirl on the cover!

 

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter is pretty heavy on the action. I also love how obsessed the main character is with numbers. It is like a balm on my number-loving soul.

 

I’m going to go with The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, which I will (hopefully) be reading in December with Story Society.

 

I’m not going to actually tag anyone but if you think this tag looks like fun (spoiler: it is!), consider yourself tagged! That’s all for now. Have a great week and happy reading!

October 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s been a few months since I did a wrap-up and I know this one’s a bit late. I want to try to post more regularly here though and I figure a wrap-up of October is the perfect way to do that. Let’s dig right in! 🤓

 

Books I Read In October

I didn’t read much last month, much to the chagrin of my TBR pile, and most of what I read was for work so it didn’t get reviewed. Here’s what I read with links to what reviews I did do and ratings for the ones I gave a rating to:

 

Other Things I Did In October

  • Probably the most exciting thing for me in October was being a rep for Canterbury Road Co. It’s my absolute favourite candle company so I was already excited but working with Shan was amazing and I feel extremely lucky to have been able to do so. (The November exclusive candles are NaNo themed. I’m just saying.)
  • I was finally able to put together a book club for kids at work. It needs some tweeking planning wise, but I’m still really excited about being able to get kids excited to read.
  • I rewatched seasons 1-5 of Criminal Minds because the topics are so interesting and also Dr. Reid is such a cinnamon roll.

 

Books I’m Hoping To Read In November

Honestly, I’m trying so hard not to just list everything here. I’ve gotten behind on what I’m meant to be reading though so I’ll list that and anything else will be a blessing.

 

Other Things I Hope To Do In November

  • I’ve applied for a promotion of sorts at work so obviously I’m hoping to get that.
  • I’m not going to officially participate in NaNoWriMo, but I am going to work on the second draft of the novel I did the first draft of for Camp NaNo in July. It’s been sitting a few months now and I think I’m about ready to start looking at it.
  • More Criminal Minds because of course.

That’s it for this one, bookworms. I hope to see you again soon. Happy reading!

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I saw this done by the lovely Weezie at Weezie’s Whimsical Writings and thought it looks super fun. I know I haven’t been posting as often as I would like to so I wanted to do something special and hopefully get my creative blogging juices flowing. 

1. I love buying used books that someone has annotated because I feel like I’m getting a part of their story along with the one the author wrote.

2. But I can’t ever bring myself to annotate a book. Even when I was in school, I couldn’t mark my books even to highlight the parts I needed to study later.

3. I really enjoy character based stories, but if there’s no plot I’m not likely to finish reading it. Especially if it’s a tome.

4. Cover changes mid series set off my anxiety so badly that I have stopped buying books of the series until it’s been completed.

5. The most satisfying covers for my anxiety are Rick Riordan’s. The paperbacks of each series are all the same height and are of similar design and that is just so soothing to me.

6. I am constantly rereading the Harry Potter series. Sometimes it takes me a year or two to get through the whole thing, but I’m always currently reading at least one of them.

7. My favourite bookstore isn’t one I get to visit with any regularity at all, but if you’re ever in London you should check out Word On The Water. It’s. The. Best!

8. I love the maps in books because they’re so detailed and creative and beautiful… but I rarely use them for reference while I’m reading.

9. My TBR is a disaster zone and I have no shelf space for that.

10. I’ve gotten really good about how I request books and give feedback for NG and I’m kinda proud of myself for it.

11. I’m TERRIBLE at fancasting.

12. I’m almost never reading only one book at a time. It’s always between 2 and 8, depending on the level and genre of each book. I’m currently reading 6.

13. I don’t read many anthologies because when I do I feel like I’m both rushing through stories and not reading quickly enough.

14. At least one of my current reads is always an audiobook. This is because I listen on the bus to work instead of pulling out a book. I don’t get bus sick often, but they do tend to be crowded and stuffy. Headphones = less conversation expectations.

15. If you talk to me while I’m obviously reading, I will glare you to death (or until you go away).

16. I don’t lend out my books. Ever. I used to, but they always came back damaged if they came back at all.

17. I love that my job allows me to get kids excited about reading. I also (not so) secretly love doing this by reading them picture books. Children’s picture books authors are underrated.

18. I love bookish candles. I know I could probably get something similar at the store if I really looked, but I love that someone had a specific book or character in mind when they created them.

19. My very favourite bookish candles are from Canterbury Road Co because the scent throw is strong enough to fill a large room without being at all overwhelming.

20. 99% of the time, if I can get a book at the library I won’t buy it, even if that means waiting 6 months. There are few exceptions.

21. I take so many notes when I’m reading a book I plan to review that sometimes when I read something I know I’m not reviewing it’s such a relief.

22. I read and write both nonfiction and fiction.

23. I make bookish amigurumi.

24. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of coming up with ideas I like for blog posts….and then never writing any of them.

25. I can read almost anywhere with almost anything going on. In bed or on the bus? Sure. Radio or tv blaring? Why not.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Hopefully, I’ll be more regular with my blog posts soon. I’m not going to tag anyone specifically because I always feel awkward doing that so if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged! 🤓

That’s all for me today, bookworms. Happy reading!

​Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

Favourite Exerpts:

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Rishi smiled again, but fully this time, unrestrained. It was like watching the sun rise, Dimple thought, or the streetlights come on at dusk. Gradual, powerful, brilliant, in a way.

Page 213

“I have a theory: Charles Wallace is a killer robot.”

Dimple stared at him. “A…killer robot.”

“What? You said it’s sci-fi, right?”

Dimple groaned. “Hai Ram, not every sci-fi has to have a killer robot in it, Rishi Patel. Just read it.”

“I don’t see the point if there aren’t any killer robots, but okay,” Rishi said.

 

Review:

I’ve actually read the book twice now and some time has passed between now and both readings so I think I’m a bit more able to collect my thoughts and feelings in regards to this book. I personally did not see the ablism in this book, but there are others who have called it out in their reviews. I don’t have links to any of them, but they’re all relatively popular on Goodreads so it wouldn’t be difficult to find them.

The two main characters are both really well developed. I loved seeing a couple of the points of view of the children of immigrants, specifically Indian immigrants, and how it affects how they interact with the world they’re raised in. Dimple and Rishi are both so different from each other that their interactions were both humorous and frustrating, depending what was happening in a given scene.

The bulk of the story takes place at Insomnia Con, a summer coding program hosted on a college campus in San Francisco, California. The building of the campus itself and the city around it is just enough to be immersive, allowing the reader to easily put themselves into the setting as though they are witnessing the plot firsthand.

The plot of When Dimple Met Rishi is relatively straightforward, which is to say it’s not straightforward at all. One of the main characters is hopelessly in love with the idea of love while the other is hopelessly in love with the idea of not getting married for the next decade so they can focus on their career. It certainly makes for lots of interesting plot points.

This book is definitely one of my favourites this year and one of the few I’ve gone out of my way to reread, albeit in audiobook format. I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end and I can’t wait to read Sandhya Menon’s upcoming works!

Overall, I rate When Dimple Met Rishi 5 out of 5 bookworms!

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can reserve your copy are:

 

That’s it for me today. Happy reading, bookworms!

Blog Tour: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

I’m so amazingly excited to be part of the blog tour for The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed! I’ve got the privilege of giving you my favourite excerpts from the book as well as my full review and my first ever dream cast! There’s even a giveaway at the end! Let’s start out by having a look at what the book is about.

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

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I don’t know about you, but as soon as I saw the synopsis, it screamed read me!

 

Dream Cast:

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Natalie Portman as Erin DeLillo, Nikki Blonsky as Grace Salter, Demi Lovato as Rosina Suarez

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Note: These are quotes and excerpts I pulled from the advance reader copy provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The quotes and excerpts may be changed in the final edition.

Page 22:

What’s worse? Lying about who you are, or not knowing who you are at all?

Page 39:

“Did you believe her?” Grace says.

Rosina sighs. “Of course we believed her. Most everybody did, but they’ll never admit it. Probably half the girls in this school have had some kind of run in with one of those assholes.” Rosina looks up from her barely-eaten sandwich. “But it doesn’t fucking matter.”

“Why doesn’t it matter?” Grace says. “Of course it matters.”

“On what planet?”

Grace has no idea how to answer.

Page 78:

Silence does not mean yes.

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I have so many thoughts on this book and I’m trying to pull it all together. First, given the topic of the book, there are a few trigger/content warnings that are necessary. Let’s get them out of the way.

  • Ablism (addressed internally on the page)
  • Misgendering
  • Transmisia
  • Suicide Jokes
  • Gang Rape (Chapter 9 – Lucy, Chapter 52 – Erin: both these chapters contain thorough recountings of separate instances of gang rape)
  • Mentions of rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Nonconsensual sex
  • Homomisia (addressed on the page)

The characters in The Nowhere Girls were incredibly well developed and I could imagine having full interaction with all of them. Because I was planning my dream cast while reading, I did notice that the physical descriptions are fairly vague, but the personalities were all so distinct and fleshed out so much that I could easily know any of them.

I like how the use of multiple points of view allowed for me to see the characters not only as they see themselves but as they see each other. I feel like this is an instance where using multiple points of view really added to the character development and story. I’m still not sure how I feel about the Us. chapters, but there were parts of them that really added to the characters and story.

The Nowhere Girls is set in Prescott, Oregon, which could easily be any small town in the United States. The world was built up enough to give an immersive feel to the story. Everything from the high school to the characters’ homes to the town itself is developed enough to be easy to visualize while reading.

The story has so much going on while still focusing on the main plot. I really love how we got to follow the separate stories of the main characters and a few side characters in addition to the main plot following the Nowhere Girls as a group. I do want to say that this is definitely not a feel-good novel so if you’re looking for something sweet and fluffy, you might want to pick up something else. If you’re looking for one of the most important and well written novels of the year, look no further. The Nowhere Girls shines a spotlight on rape culture and doesn’t shy away from the painful truth that so many girls and women live with today.

Overall, I rate The Nowhere Girls 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it! Preorder your copy today to read it when it’s published on October 10th! A few places you can reserve your copy are:

 

About the Author

Amy Reed

Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. Her short work has been published in journals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction. Amy currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, and has accepted that Northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless. Find out more at amyreedfiction.com.

BEAUTIFUL is her first novel.

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  • one (1) finished copy of The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

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There are so many other amazing posts on this tour by amazing bloggers. Plus, if you follow the tour, you get the added bonus of an increased chance to win the giveaway! You can find the full tour schedule here.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Amy Reed for writing this heart wrenching and important novel. You are a rockstar!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for the digital advance reader copy of The Nowhere Girls they supplied via Netgalley.

Finally, thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in this blog tour.

That’s all for now. Happy reading, bookworms!

Blog Tour: Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Hello, bookworms! I’m super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George! Keep on reading for a few of my favourite quotes,  my full review of the book (spoiler: heart eyes), and a giveaway! But first, what is the book with the gorgeous cover about?

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.

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I know that synopsis certainly got my attention! With the book having so much excellent banter, narrowing down my favourite quotes was really difficult to do but I somehow managed. Here are just a couple of my favourites.

 

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He held out his hands, every bit of his oily, dirty, sweaty, ruined clothes on display. “What about me is clearly rich?”

Beatrice laughed. Her laugh was as uninhibited and untidy as the rest of her. “Mr. Scott, even if a little ground ends up on your clothes, it doesn’t stop you from walking on it as if you owned it.”

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“The next time she says something to me, I’m going to smile and say, ‘That’s nice.’”

“An excellent plan.” Prince pushed himself up. “And now’s a good time to put it into practice since she’s coming over here.”

In his haste to sit up, Benedick slipped and smacked his elbow into the wall. “Shit—damn.”

“Yes, that’s how we say, ‘That’s nice,’ in Italian, too.”

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Her teeth ground together. As calmly as she could manage, she said, “Even if he was flirting, I am not the kind of girl to be flattered into forgiveness, so you may take your concern and shove it elsewhere. I do have some suggestions if you’d like directional advice.”

 

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I only really noticed one trigger/content warning that would be necessary for this, but I want to go ahead and mention before I list it that if this weren’t represented in this book, it would not be an accurate representation of the time period the book is set in.

  • Racism

The characters were all pretty well developed. I really cared what happened to them, even if I wanted something bad to happen to them. The main characters and some of the secondary characters were developed enough that I could imagine holding a conversation with them and their individual personalities. I feel like the characters of Much Ado About Nothing were brought into the 1920s very well.

The world of 1920s New York City was developed in a way that allowed it to be slightly immersive without giving too much detail. Just enough was given to allow my mind to fill in the gaps, even though I’ve never been to the city and certainly not in the 1920s. It was very easy to picture the characters moving through the space.

I have never read or seen Shakespeare’s Much Ado about nothing, but I’ve had great experiences reading Shakespeare retellings in the past so when I see one I just get excited. The plot of this story was just enough to hint at Shakespearean influence while seemingly following its own path. The pacing of the story is nearly perfect, picking up as soon as I got comfortable and keeping me excited to find out what happened next.

And then there’s the banter. As you can see in the quotes I chose, the sarcasm and wit only gets better as you keep reading. I had trouble putting Speak Easy, Speak Love down and ended up reading it at every possible moment.

There was only really one thing I saw room for improvement with. The point of view changes with each chapter, which is fine and I’ve greatly enjoyed books that have done this in the past. The one thing I didn’t like is that the points of view are not labeled so you’re left to read the first paragraph and guess who the point of view character was for the chapter.

Overall, I rate Speak Easy, Speak Love 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Preorder a copy for yourself so you can read it when it’s published on September 19, 2017! A few places you can reserve your copy are:

 

About the Author:

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McKelle George is a reader, writer of clumsy rebels, perpetual doodler, and reference librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there is an awesome giveaway attached to this blog tour! Here’s what you all have the chance to win:

  • 1 ARC of Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
  • Preorder swag including:
  • 1 Speak Easy, Speak Love bookmark
  • signed Speak Easy, Speak Love bookplate
  • signed Speak Easy, Speak Love postcard
  • The full set of Speak Easy, Speak Love character cards
  • You can find more details about the prizes here.

 

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There are so many fun posts coming your way on this tour! Not to mention the fact that you’ll be given more chances to enter the giveaway with each tour stop you visit! You can find the full tour schedule here.

 

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of the post! I hope you had as much fun reading it as I have writing it. A special thank you to McKelle George for writing this beautiful and fun novel. Thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to participate in such a fun blog tour. And thank you to Harper Collins for so generously giving me a digital review copy of Speak Easy, Speak Love.

That’s it for me today, bookworms. Happy reading!

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Cover Reveal: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Happy Friday, bookworms! I’m still prepping for Hurricane Irma, but I could not miss out on sharing the Loom love by participating in this cover reveal! If you’ve been around a while, you already know the Loom series is among my favourites and very close to my heart. The Rebels of Gold is to be the final book in the series so while I’m super excited to read it, I’m sad the series will be ending. Let’s take a look at the synopsis for this one, shall we?

 

A new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, The Rebels of Gold will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.

 

If I wasn’t excited for it already, I would be now! But now it’s time for the moment we’ve been waiting for…. The cover reveal!

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*incoherent screaming*

It’s so gorgeous and I’m so happy we get to see my baby Florence on a cover! In my humble opinion, Nick D. Grey did an incredible job on the cover art.

 

The Rebels of Gold is due to be released on December 5, 2017! You can reserve your copy by preordering from:

 

In true Elise Kova style, there are tiers of preorder bonus swag that can be unlocked based on the number of preorders there are. Remember that by preordering you’re unlocking the level, but you need to submit your information in order to actually get the bonus swag. You can find the tiers and how to access them here.

Also, in true Elise Kova form, The Alchemists of Loom ebook is on sale for $3.99 (the regular price is $6.99). Here are a few places you can get that:

 

I hope you all have enjoyed this Cover Reveal as much as I’ve enjoyed participating in it! Have a great weekend and, to all of us in the path of Irma, please stay safe. Happy reading!

Review: Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

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My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

I listened to this one via digital audiobook so I don’t have any favourite excerpts to share, which is disappointing because this book is highly quotable. I’ll attempt to be thorough in this review, though it has been some time since I finished it and I didn’t take notes because I hadn’t intended to write a full review of it. However, I wrote a full review of the first book of the series Firstlife, which you can find here, so I figure why not. Because I wasn’t taking notes and I didn’t regularly record my progress for this one on Goodreads, I am unaware of any trigger/content warnings that may be necessary for this novel so let’s just jump right into the review, shall we?

It was really easy for me to feel like I know the main characters, though some of the secondary characters kind of blurred together. I found myself really invested in what happened to Ten and Killian, though I had trouble trusting the latter throughout the story because of the way it started out. I do feel like the characters are developed enough to be realistic and I enjoyed Ten’s character arc. I really feel like she grew a great deal as a character between the beginning of this novel and the end.

The world is probably my favourite part about this book. We get to see Troika close up with all its magic and light. I really love the idea behind the world Gena Showalter has created in this series and it only grew more developed and refined in Lifeblood than it was in Firstlife. I’m always excited to find stories set in an alternate universe so finding an entire series this well built is a real treat for me.

The plot is where this book fell short for me. There are quite a few things that happen, decisions made by those who have been around centuries, that I had to question as logical. In fact, one such moment is the only time I updated my progress on Goodreads. The decisions led to trouble, which obviously should be good for the plot, but it just felt ridiculous as a decision being made by someone who aught to know better.

I feel like this book both falls into the second book slump and doesn’t. The plot is strong enough to hold its own but only just. The character growth and world building are really the two main things keeping it standing. I do like where the story ended though because it hints at great possibilities for the characters and world in the future. Because of that, I’m excited and curious for the next book in the series, which I believe is the final book but I’m not entirely certain.

Overall, I rate Lifeblood 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it! Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can order your own copy from are:

 

That’s all for now, bookworms. Happy reading!