WWW

It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I’ve had such a fun Riley Sager Summer with Lock Every Door releasing this month. I caught the itch. I’ve read the first two of Sager’s novels before, Final Girls and now The Last Time I Lied, but I’m so excited to read them again and review them this time. And I’m in such a thriller mood right now, so this is hitting all the right notes. I’ll be reviewing this soon and definitely recommend for anyone looking for a creepy read.

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higgenbotham

I just started this but I’m really enjoying and looking forward to the rest. I loved the Chernobyl mini-series on HBO, which I finished recently, and even though it was hard to watch at times, I found it moving and very well-done. I saw that it was somewhat informed by this Non-Fiction title and since I enjoy some NF now and then, I thought I’d dive in a little further. I’ll report back when I’m finished! This has some great reviews.

Spinning by Tilly Walden

I bumped into this title without knowing much about it at my library but I’m so glad I did. I’m not very far into this story, but so far it is sweet and a little bit sad and so relatable. This Graphic Novel is a coming of age story about the author’s life growing up through all sorts of life’s questions and I’m really enjoying it so far.

What I’ve recently finished:

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I LOVED rereading this series. I had such a fun, emotional, fulfilling time and these stories totally held up over the years. I can’t believe its over honestly, reading it again after all that time made all the thrills feel new and the nuances feel extra-special.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I finally finished it! Haha I don’t know why but this was the book that was always on my TBR and never read. I got it done though! I read this for Reading Rush this year and I enjoyed it a lot. The intrigue, the drama, the twists, I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of this YA fantasy series.

Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

This was good, and I expected it to just be okay. Super happy. This science thriller came to me by way of BookishFirst and I enjoyed it a lot. It was fast-paced, complex, thrilling and multi-layered, all the things I love in a good thriller. This one hits shelves in September and I’ll be reviewing it fully before then, so keep an eye out!

What I think I’ll read next:

I’m in the mood for something thrilling!!

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

I’ve been meaning and wanting to get to this book for a long time and I’m only now accomplishing it. This is an ARC from Netgalley and its release is quickly approaching! I’ve got until just before August 13th to read and review this little gem and I’m really excited. The Swallows is an adult thriller and I’ve been feeling that call to read something thrilling!

The Killing Gene by E.M. Davey

I’m genuinely looking forward to this. This came to me by way of a review request through my site and when I looked into it- I was very pleased to see that it has some really good reviews. Part science, part action-adventure, part thriller, I’m hoping that The Killing Gene can satisfy my thriller-itch this week. Look for more about this book in a review next week!

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

This looks really crazy and really interesting. I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately! The Chain is essentially about a “chain” of people committing kidnap and blackmail in this twisted cycle and of course all the insanity that comes with, during, and after that. I got to know this author, a Belfast native, when I lived in Belfast and I’ve really enjoyed his other books. I have high expectations! Fingers crossed.

What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment and let me know! See you tomorrow. x — A

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Book Tour, Reviews

Sabrina: Season of the Witch ( + GIVEAWAY)

“I spent so long thinking the future was forever away. I’m not ready for it to be now.”

It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal mortal life – attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.

Now time is running out on her every day, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn’t sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey’s true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires in a big way.

Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can’t help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?

Our exclusive prequel novel will reveal a side of Sabrina not seen on the new NETFLIX show. What choice will Sabrina make…and will it be the right one?

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I had a lot of fun reading this, I can’t even lie. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I never am when it comes to screen adaptations to text or spin-offs of any kind. But this was fun! I give it a solid 4 stars and I also had a fun afternoon diving into it. I love this new age of Sabrina as she struggles with coming of age, both in our world and in hers. The teen angst, the dark themes, the camp, its all wonderful and its all here too, in Sabrina: Season of the Witch.

While not adding a huge amount of new information or story progression (it is a prequel) from the television series, it does give us one experience that I thought was worth every page: a direct line into the thoughts and feelings of multiple characters that we love. I really enjoyed hearing Sabrina’s thoughts and struggles firsthand and I particularly loved hearing chapters from Ambrose, Zelda, and Hilda as well. This was a fun twist on bits of story we already know and I learned some new things about these characters in the meantime.

This was a fun, quick read that felt all the more fun and tangible for the fact that I could visualize every scene. Having seen the tv show helps with that, but the writing is also descriptive and visual and very true to the spirit of this new world. Season of the Witch is many things all at once: a light, witchy mystery; a teenage romance; a coming of age story; and a prelude of many bigger things to come.

If you’re a fan of the show then you will definitely enjoy this book. If you’re not a fan of the show, this might be a light primer for deciding if you want to dive into the deeper end on NETFLIX. Or maybe it’s just a good, little prequel you can enjoy no matter what you think about the show. Regardless, I enjoyed it a lot and I hope you do too.

SARAH REES BRENNAN is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and short-listed for both a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award, as well as received multiple starred reviews. Her most recent novels include In Other Lands, Tell the Wind and Fire and the Lynburn Legacy trilogy. 

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Enter to win 1 of 5 copies of Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan!

Giveaway is open to US residents and ends 8/1/2019.

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July 24th

July 25th

  • One More Chapter– Review
  • Booked J- Review
  • Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review & Favorite Quotes


July 26th

  • Lost in Storyland- Interview
  • Starlight Reads- Bookstagram
  • BookCrushin- Creative Post

July 27th

  • The Book Nut– Playlist
  • onemused- Bookstagram
  • Morgan Vega- Review

July 28th

July 29th

July 30th

  • Story-eyed Reviews– Review & Favorite Quotes
  • Musings of a (Book) Girl- Review/Creative Post
  • Twilight Reader- PlaylistA Book Addict’s Bookshelves- Playlist

Do you watch Sabrina?? Leave a comment letting me know!

Thanks for stopping by, and see you tomorrow! x – A

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Guest Post, Reviews

GUEST POST: Nevernight

I’ve got something exciting for you all today!!

As some of you know, I’ve been buddy-reading the bulk of Jay Kristoff’s work with two friends from my amazing book club, The Book Democracy. Jennie, Anita and I started with The Illuminae Files (by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff) and then we were hooked! Since Darkdawn, the third and final installment in this series is set to come out in September, we’ve been focusing on finishing the rest of this series in time.

I loved Nevernight and I can’t wait to tell you all about that love, but I’m not going to! Not here, anyway.

“What?? Not on your blog…then where??”

On Jennie’s blog, that’s where!!

This week up is down and blue is green and we are switching blogs!

That’s right, pals, below you will find a fantastic review for this fantastic book, Nevernight, written by none other than my friend Jennie from Jennie From The Book. I hope you enjoy her wit and humor as much as I do. Have fun and see you tomorrow!

“I can safely say that Jay Kristoff has definitely made his holy dark ways onto my auto-buy author list.

Oh Jay Kristoff. Sir. Nevernight hurts so good. While I have absolutely taken the journey of Mia Corvere and thoroughly enjoyed it, I have to say, it isn’t for everyone. I must state this for everyone in the back to hear… it is NOT Young Adult! The Illuminae series (by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman) was…. This, my friends, is NOT. For one, this book has one too many blow jobs lol. Keep that in mind before going on this wild badass ride.

This is a book about revenge, blood, lust and death. Jay Kristoff wrote his book very brutally. He does not buy you dinner first and does not include vaseline with every purchase. So once you start reading page one get ready to take it. No bracing yourself. Right from the start.

With that said…I freaking loved it!

This book follows young Mia on a journey to avenge her family. She joins a group that can be compared to a place like Hogwarts, except here she’s learning how to murder people. She’s not a Hufflepuff training for O.W.L.s.

We go through every little detail and stage with her. Twists and horrors. My only complaint was actually her age. She’s 15 during this specific book. (I’m not sure about the rest) but I would have felt a tiny bit more comfortable with some scenes if she were at least 20. Regardless of her age, she is powerful, headstrong, and totally badass!

We meet some unforgettable characters in this story. Some you love, some you hate. Some you love to hate. They all stay with you though. I need to know more about all of them! Trust that they all made me gasp and yell at them at one point or another.

We end this book with a cliffhanger that made my head spin. Therefore, it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing a review for book two (Godsgrave) in August.

I hope this review actually helped you lol. Cause after writing it, then re-reading it… I’m still wondering wtf I’m even saying. Nevernight screwed me up in a great way.

Keep a lookout for more joint reviews with my awesome gal-pal fellow badass Story-eyed reviews!”

Want to read more from Jennie? Find her @ her Blog and her Instagram.

I LOVED Nevernight too so much, it was one of those fun, fantastic, crazy reads for me that sucked me in and then I popped out on the other side…changed. I want to tell everyone about it!

To read my own review, check it out HERE at Jennie’s!

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Book Blog Hop

Time to Hop!

One of the things I’ve been trying to do a lot of since starting this blog is check out other awesome book review blogs and get involved in some of the weekly challenges and prompts they use.

Today I’m going to be taking part in the Book Blogger Hop! This is currently active over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and bloggers all over the sphere get involved to answer the prompt, visit some of the other responses, and make new connections!

This week’s prompt comes from Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews and they asked:  “Do you always have a book with you?”

And my answer is: Oh, yes.

Especially with technology how it is today, at the very least I’ve got my entire kindle and audible catalog on my phone at all times. You know, just in case I’m trapped in an elevator or want to listen while driving or have to sit in a waiting room. I usually have a physical book on me too but it just depends on what I’m reading at the time. I tend to read multiple books across formats pretty frequently.

How about you?? Do you have a book with you at all times?? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

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Book Tour, Reviews

Meet the Sky

“It’s amazing how the storm of the century shook up our lives. […] My physical world suffered damage, but nothing that power tools and hard work won’t eventually fix. My emotional world, on the other hand, evolved into something completely new and different.”

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

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I read Meet the Sky in one rainy afternoon and, thinking about it now, it was a good day. Part of that was because of this sweet, turbulent, and romantic little YA novel.

Meet the Sky was a quick and fun read, despite what I thought would be heavy subject matter. Both Sophie and Finn have obstacles in their families and lives at the time this book takes place, not to mention the giant obstacle that they both have to deal with: the hurricane.

Finn and Sophie, being teenagers, didn’t always make the same choices I would have in the midst of this disaster, but that didn’t matter to me. The characters in this book make every choice because they believe its the right one to do. Each of them is stubborn and obstinate and has wildly different views from the other, and yet they find the most vulnerable parts of themselves out in the storm. Like any good “enemies to lovers” plot, I enjoyed their discovery of each other and new ideas the most.

It was also very interesting for me to get a little taste of coastal and/or island life. Not only the storm, but the way their towns are built and maintained, the way their citizens respond to threats like this, the way of life out by the ocean. I’m a midwesterner, stuck out here in the middle of the country without an ocean, so I find things like this fascinating haha.

This story was simple but balanced so well with depth, feeling, and excitement. For all that its about the storm of a century, Meet the Sky is surprisingly light for the soul. I gave this one a solid 4 stars and if you’re a fan of teenage love in the face of death-defying obstacles then this might be just the book for you.

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.

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Enter to win 1 of 5 BLINK Summer Reading Tour Book Bundles (A Touch of Gold, Meet the Sky, No Place Like Here, Pretty In Punxsutawney, and Swing)!

Giveaway is open to US residents and ends 8/9/2019.

Enter through this Rafflecopter form and may the odds be ever in your favor!

July 22

That Artsy Reader Girl – Summer Reading Tour Kick-Off

July 23

Pages & Pugs – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite QuotesMangeuse de Livres – Q&A with Annie Sullivan (French & English)
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite QuotesMusings of a (Book) Girl – Christina June Guest PostOhana Cascadia – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite QuotesA Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of Pretty In PunxsutawneyNay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Swing + Favorite QuotesTaylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Kayla Reads and Reviews – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Meet the Sky

July 24

J.R.’s Book Reviews – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Book-Keeping – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of No Place Like HereShelf-Rated – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
Reading Authors Network – Book Review of Swing
Read At Night – Interview with Christina JuneYA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of Swing
Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite QuotesInky Moments – Creative Post

July 25

Marshmallow Pudding – Christina June Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Creative Post for No Place Like Here
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Swing + Favorite QuotesNay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite QuotesFictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for A Touch of Gold (Instagram)
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Will Read Anything – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Kait Plus Books – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Instagram Post

July 26

Adventures Thru Wonderland – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
What She Will Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
Starlight Reads – Book Playlist for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Book Review of A Touch of GoldWill Read Anything – Book Review of Swing
Inky Moments – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes

July 29

Beauty In the Binding – Author Q&A with Annie SullivanOnemused – Book Review of Meet the Sky (Instagram Photo)A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of No Place Like HereCinnamon Summers – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
A Dream Within a Dream – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
FictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for Pretty In Punxsutawney (Instagram)

July 30

What She Will Read – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Starlight Reads – Book Review of Swing
YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
YA Media Consumer – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Some Books and Ramblings – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite QuotesThe Reading Corner for All – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Instagram Post

July 31

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – McCall Hoyle Guest PostTaylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of No Place Like HereBook-Keeping – Book Review of Touch of Gold
Utopia State of Mind – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Kait Plus Books – Annie Sullivan Guest PostMusings of a (Book) Girl – Book Review of Swing
Kait Plus Books – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest PostRead At Night – No Place Like Here Creative Post
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney

August 1

Reading Authors Network – Creative Post for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with Christina June
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
The Secret Reader – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Creative Post
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Swing
A Dream Within A Dream – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Adventures Thru Wonderland – Book Review of Meet the Sky

August 2

Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Pretty In PunxsutawneyThe Secret Reader – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton + Creative PostSmada’s Book Smack – Book Review of No Place Like HereFaery Tales Are Real – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Read At Night – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Swing

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon. — A

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author talk

[BLINK Summer Reading Tour] Interview with the Author: McCall Hoyle ( + GIVEAWAY!)

I’ve got something special for you guys today!

I’m participating in the BLINK Summer Reading Tour right now and I get the pleasure of introducing you to Meet the Sky!

I read Meet the Sky this month and really enjoyed it. This YA contemporary was dramatic, suspenseful, and a little bit romantic in all the best ways. I can’t wait to share my full review with you tomorrow, as the tour continues!

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a conversation I had with the author of this book, McCall Hoyle! From her book to her process to her advice to young writers, we covered it all.

You can also enter to win a bundle of all five books on the BLINK Summer Reading tour! Look for the Giveaway below!

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

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1. Tell us about your book. 

My second book, Meet the Sky, is about Sophie, a girl struggling to keep her fractured family together. She’s all about sticking to the plan—keeping the family business running, saving money for college one day, and making sure her mom and sister don’t endure another tragedy—but when a hurricane forms off the coast of the Outer Banks, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control. She ends up stranded in the middle of the storm with Finn, the boy who broke her heart freshman year.

2. What was your inspiration for this novel?

My father died unexpectedly about eighteen years ago. It was the single most life-changing, world-rocking event of my life. Years past before I could talk about it without overwhelming emotion. Needless to say, I didn’t handle losing him very well. I was emotionally paralyzed for several years. I went about the business of doing life, but inside I was a train wreck. Writing was one of the things that actually helped me start processing some of that bottled up grief. Along the way, I learned that there are much healthier ways to grieve. My father was a lot like Finn in the book, he truly lived every day like it might be his last. The inspiration for the story came when I thought about what would happen if two people with totally different belief systems about living and dying fell in love.

3. Do you use music when you write?

I wish I could say I listened to really cool playlists when I write, but honestly, I prefer the silence of the wood-paneled quiet room at my favorite library or the background chatter of my local Starbucks. Sometimes, if the background noise is too much, I’ll put in my earbuds and listen to classical music.

4. What’s a writing day look like for you?

Oh my gosh, I wish I had a super cool answer for this one too, but I’m a very busy mom and teacher as well as writer. I’m also easily distracted by my golden retriever whom I adore and spend a lot of time grooming and training.

So a typical writing day looks like me scrambling to squeeze in an hour or two to write whenever I can, wherever I can. Sometimes, that’s late at night after the family goes to bed. Sometimes, it’s sitting in the line to pick my son up after school. Sometimes, it’s at the library or Starbucks. If I’m really desperate, I’ll even draft a quick scene in the notes app on my phone. I’ve even used dictating apps while I’m driving. 

But hope springs eternal. Someday, I envision myself writing in a really cool treehouse, sipping chai tea, and watching wildlife out the enormous window above my desk. 

5. What’s your favorite part about writing? Least?

My favorite part of writing is definitely coming up with shiny, bright new ideas and brainstorming plots sure to set the world on fire. I think many writers love this part. In fact, we often use these brilliant new ideas to distract us from the project we’re supposed to be working on when the going gets tough, and it always gets tough at some point. New ideas are so full of optimism, and enthusiasm, and creative energy partially because we haven’t figured out the inherent problems that are bound to arise. Even though, I know I shouldn’t be wooed away from an existing project, it’s so fun to get lost in a new idea.

My least favorite part of writing seems to be writing the middle of any book. I love, love, love writing the first ten to twenty-thousand words where I’m getting to know the characters and developing the conflict and setting. Since I usually have an idea of how a story will end before I start, it’s really exciting to see that coming together. But that darn middle gets me every time. The only two things that I’ve found that help are lots of brainstorming on the front end and just writing through the hard spots. Anything can be revised. Anything. But there have to be some words there to begin with.

6. If you could speak to a writer just starting out, what would you tell them?

It’s a marathon, not a race. Be kind and gentle with yourself and celebrate every step along the way, and I mean every step. Celebrate the first manuscript you finish, even if in hindsight it’s not very good. Celebrate the first time you receive a rejection from an agent or an editor. It means you finished a project and put yourself out there. For most of us, it’s a long, tough road to publication, and even once we’re published we’re constantly moving the bar and reaching for new goals and milestones. You’ll burnout your creative spirit if you don’t give her time to celebrate and enjoy along the way. If you can, find likeminded friends and critique partners to celebrate with. They’ll come in super hand when you’re having a bad day as well.

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.

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Enter to win 1 of 5 BLINK Summer Reading Tour Book Bundles (A Touch of Gold, Meet the Sky, No Place Like Here, Pretty In Punxsutawney, and Swing)!

Giveaway is open to US residents and ends 8/9/2019.

Enter through this Rafflecopter form and may the odds be ever in your favor!

July 22

That Artsy Reader Girl – Summer Reading Tour Kick-Off

July 23

Pages & Pugs – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite QuotesMangeuse de Livres – Q&A with Annie Sullivan (French & English)
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite QuotesMusings of a (Book) Girl – Christina June Guest PostOhana Cascadia – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite QuotesA Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of Pretty In PunxsutawneyNay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Swing + Favorite QuotesTaylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Kayla Reads and Reviews – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Meet the Sky

July 24

J.R.’s Book Reviews – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Book-Keeping – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Musings of a (Book) Girl – Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of No Place Like HereShelf-Rated – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite Quotes
Reading Authors Network – Book Review of Swing
Read At Night – Interview with Christina JuneYA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of Swing
Cinnamon Summers – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite QuotesInky Moments – Creative Post

July 25

Marshmallow Pudding – Christina June Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Creative Post for No Place Like Here
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of Swing + Favorite QuotesNay’s Pink Bookshelf – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Favorite QuotesFictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for A Touch of Gold (Instagram)
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Will Read Anything – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Kait Plus Books – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Instagram Post

July 26

Adventures Thru Wonderland – McCall Hoyle Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
What She Will Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes
Starlight Reads – Book Playlist for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Book Review of A Touch of GoldWill Read Anything – Book Review of Swing
Inky Moments – Book Review of No Place Like Here + Favorite Quotes

July 29

Beauty In the Binding – Author Q&A with Annie SullivanOnemused – Book Review of Meet the Sky (Instagram Photo)A Bronx Latina Reads – Book Review of No Place Like HereCinnamon Summers – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Favorite Quotes
A Dream Within a Dream – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
Savings In Seconds – Book Review of Swing + Favorite Quotes
FictitiousWonderland – Book Review + Creative Post for Pretty In Punxsutawney (Instagram)

July 30

What She Will Read – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest Post
Never Too Many to Read – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Starlight Reads – Book Review of Swing
YA/NA Book Divas – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
YA Media Consumer – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Some Books and Ramblings – Interview with McCall Hoyle
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite QuotesThe Reading Corner for All – Book Review of Meet the Sky + Instagram Post

July 31

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – McCall Hoyle Guest PostTaylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Book Review of No Place Like HereBook-Keeping – Book Review of Touch of Gold
Utopia State of Mind – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Kait Plus Books – Annie Sullivan Guest PostMusings of a (Book) Girl – Book Review of Swing
Kait Plus Books – Laurie Boyle Crompton Guest PostRead At Night – No Place Like Here Creative Post
Ohana Cascadia – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Favorite Quotes
Lifestyle of Me – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney

August 1

Reading Authors Network – Creative Post for Swing
Story-eyed Reviews – Interview with Christina June
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
The Secret Reader – Book Review of A Touch of Gold + Creative Post
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Swing
A Dream Within A Dream – Annie Sullivan Guest Post
Smada’s Book Smack – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney
A Bookish Dream – Book Review of No Place Like Here
Adventures Thru Wonderland – Book Review of Meet the Sky

August 2

Here’s to Happy Endings – Book Review of Meet the Sky
Belle’s Archive – Book Review of Pretty In PunxsutawneyThe Secret Reader – Book Review of Pretty In Punxsutawney + Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton + Creative PostSmada’s Book Smack – Book Review of No Place Like HereFaery Tales Are Real – Book Review of A Touch of Gold
Read At Night – Book Review of Swing + Creative Post
Two Points of Interest – Book Review of Swing

That’s all I’ve got for you guys today, I hope you enjoyed it!! If these types of interviews and tours are something you’d like to see more of, drop me a line and tell me what you think about it! See you tomorrow! x — A

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WWW

It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

The Furies by Katie Lowe

I’ve literally read less than a chapter of this so far but I’m excited about it. One of my favorite booktubers, Becca from Becca and The Books, has spoken so highly of this one so I jumped for it when Netgalley gave me the chance. This YA contemporary “murder mystery” sounds really compelling to me and I can’t wait to tell you all what I think about it when I’m finished. Thanks for the rec, Becca!

Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

I started this yesterday as my first book in Reading Rush 2019. I won this book from BookishFirst and so far it’s really good! I’m only halfway through it, but it’s an adult thriller with a really interesting science angle. It brings up moral and philosophical quandaries about the future and technology, as well as about how far we would go to protect our family. So far so good! This book comes out in September so I’m eager to get it read for review! I’m using this for Reading Rush challenge #4: Read an author’s first book.

The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

This is an adorable Middle Grade fantasy that my book club is featuring this month and I’m excited to read it! I’m still in the beginning of this one but I know that it the beginning of a beloved series and I’ve heard a lot about it, especially being someone who doesn’t read a ton of Middle Grade books. Looking forward to the rest of the adventure! I’m going to be reading this for Reading Rush challenge #1: Read a book with purple on the cover.

What I’ve recently finished:

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott

Aww I really liked this. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard basically nothing about this from people I know personally, but assumed that it was sort of like A Fault in Our Stars. It was, but also not really? It still felt interesting and fresh and, while it absolutely pulled on all of my heartstrings, I was actually relieved that it didn’t make me ugly cry quite like FiOS did. It was sweet, sad and hopeful all at once. Would recommend. I read this for Reading Rush challenge #2: Read a book in the same spot.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I finished six books during the #24in48readathon and I had SO much fun. This was one of the books I read! I also needed to read this book badly for review, since it’s scheduled to come out in just a few months. I won this copy from BookishFirst and was so lucky to get my hands on it, I know it’s a highly anticipated release. And honestly, for good reason! I enjoyed this a lot. It was dark, rich, indulgent, and all the best things about dark YA historical fantasy. I think you’ll enjoy this. Look for my full review soon!

What I think I’ll read next:

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Continuing my Harry Potter re-read! Man, things are getting dark and I am so excited. It’d been so long since I’d read these books that I forgot just how much I really enjoy them. I’m also going to be using this for Reading Rush challenge #6: Read a book that has more than five words in the title.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Arghhhhh thiiiiis boooook. I have been trying to read this book, so close to reading this book, for weeks now and somehow I still haven’t started it. How does that happen?! This time it’s going to go down though, cause I’m using it for Reading Rush! This will be challenge #3: Read a book you meant to read last year. Oops!

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

I know next to nothing about this book, BUT someone said it was a Little Mermaid retelling and I am all about that. I’m particularly in the mood since the awesome casting decision for the new movie, BUT that’s neither here nor there. I’m looking forward to reading this and I hope its good! I’ll also be using this for Reading Rush challenge #5: Read a book with a non-human main character.

Whew! There are literally too many books and literally not enough time.

What did you read this week?

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Unboxing

Owlcrate Unboxing!!

I am so excited to share this with you guys: My first Owlcrate!

If you’re unfamiliar with Owlcrate, they are a monthly subscription box that delivers an exciting new YA release and a ton of bookish and fandom goodies with it.

I’ve always wanted to snag one of these but it’s never fit into my budget yet, so THANK YOU Owlcrate for this fun experience!!

When this arrived on my porch I got SO EXCITED. I texted a bunch of people, who didn’t understand how exciting it was to have a box I hadn’t opened yet haha, and then sat down on my bed to document the experience. If you want the whole experience with me, you can check out the pics and videos on my Instagram, here! I had a blast.

Now, let’s get to the goods already, shall we?!

This spoiler card is ADORABLE!!

It’s a little hard to read in the picture, but on the banners above it says “Owlcrate Annual Bee Race.”

How cuuuuute! I love this, and it’s going to look perfect on my bulletin board above my desk.

The second best thing about this spoiler card is what makes it a spoiler card, the back! On the back is a description of every item in the box and the names of all the designers and creators who contributed this month. That way, I can share those awesome people with you too!

The next item in the box that I found was this adorable little coin purse!!

If you know me, you know that I hate carrying change, HATE it. I’ve never used a coin purse but I’m thinking it may be time to try it out, this one is so cute. And it’s Hunger Games themed! A series and fandom I love.

(Bo seemed to like this one too!)

This cute little purse was designed by Kit Cronk Studio and I think they did a fantastic job, this is such a simple and universal design with a powerful and bookish quote. Love iiiiit.

The next two gifts were a joint collaboration, and they work together!

The first is an Owlcrate exclusive cut puzzle, and the second is an art print that the puzzle will create! Both are inspired by the ever-popular book The Night Circus, and the art is truly beautiful. I’m also really excited about this one because I love puzzles haha.

I haven’t read The Night Circus yet, but I can still appreciate this beautiful art print. I love that all of the melted candles make up the design, and all of the little hidden images!! Not to mention that quote…it’s so true, it’s universal. This is gorgeous and I can’t wait to break out this puzzle! We can thank Holly Dunn Design for this beautiful print.

AHHH and look at this MUG!

Okay guys, we have already found my favorite item, this thing is so beautiful.

I love the artwork!! The artist, Cara Kozik, has done a truly phenomenal job. The work is colorful, cute, and clear enough to see all the amazing things she’s drawn happening.

On this is a recreation of the Triwizard Tournament challenges from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. IT’S SO CUTE!!

There’s Harry on his broomstick fighting a dragon in the picture above, with the raucous Hogwarts crowd watching behind him. There’s the lake and the hedge maze and the Triwizard Cup on the other side, and all of it is so beautifully done. (Check out my Insta stories for the full view!)

The next gift inside this box of never-ending gifts was a deck of beauuutiful playing cards!

These are inspired by The Essen Tach, a magical competition, within the world of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.

I loved these!! Pictured are only four of the twelve characters that have had their portraits stunningly rendered onto these face cards. Queen Maresh, pictured in the top right photo, was probably my favorite portrait.

These beautiful designs come from a handful of talented artists: Nicole Deal, Gina Hilton, Marianne Martin, Diana Dworak, and Michelle Gray.

I can’t wait to play a game or two with these and show them off!

The next gift I pulled out of the box was this gorgeous enamel pin.

This pin depicts the sun and the moon and the magical shears that Maia uses in her quest to become the new Imperial Tailor, in Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. (hiiiiints???)

It’s genuinely beautiful. The gold shimmers and so do each of the different blues woven into the scissors and the fabric.

Stunning. This one’s design comes from Dust and Pages, and they really nailed it.

And last, but certainly not least at all, the BOOOOOOK!!!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim is a book I’ve talked myself out of buying so many times, because I’m so eager to read it. I’m ecstatic that patience paid off!!

This book looks incredible. The gold lettering in the title and the gold spine (which I totally forgot to photograph, so you’ll just have to take my word for it) are beautiful. It’s such a cool thing to change just a few details in the cover art for subscribers and Owlcrate does a great job. This is beautiful!! I’m so happy to add this to my shelves.

The book is signed inside (ah!!) and it also came with an art-print that I’m going to use as a bookmark, seen in the photo on the right, and also a hand-written letter from the author about all the things she loves about this story. This is writer/reader heaven. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS!!

Guys, this was, as first experiences go, a pretty phenomenal one. Look at all this gorgeous loot!! I am so grateful to Owlcrate for sending me this awesome box and I wholeheartedly hope to do some more unboxing posts for you guys in the future, I had a blast.

What’s your favorite item this month?? Any other great sub boxes out there?? Tell me in the comments!

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Reviews

Mini-reviews!

That’s right, kiddos! It’s time for some mini-reviiiieeeewwwsss!

I spent all weekend reading, writing, posting updates, and generally getting as involved as possible in the 24 in 48 Read-a-thon! Because of which, I’m exhausted. So instead of one, big, long review, you get these!

Honestly, I love mini-reviews because I don’t get to fully review everything that I read and want to tell people about. So let’s do this!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This. Book. Was. Spectacular. I read Daisy Jones and The Six, by the same author, last week and after falling in love with Reid’s newest phenomenon, I immediately had to pick this one up too. I can’t believe what I was missing!! This book follows journalist, Monique, on the assignment of a lifetime: interviewing timeless Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo about her scandalous and luxurious lifetime of fame. The book was phenomenal. I found myself exclaiming and talking out loud when things happened that I didn’t want to happen, when characters grabbed much-deserved victories, when hearts broke. I laughed and cried, and the last sentence of this book made my heart grow three sizes. After these two fantastic novels, I can safely say that I am a hardcore Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. I may do a full review of this one just for the sheer love of it, and I’ll be reviewing Daisy Jones and The Six sometime this week! Wholeheartedly recommend them both.

The Voice of My Mind by T.A. Fish

I hate giving bad reviews, especially when its clear the author worked so hard, but this one didn’t do it for me. This book of poetry was provided to me through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review, and it was…okay. I love poetry and consider myself pretty lenient, though I do have one bias and this book hit it right on the head: everything rhymed. So is that really a critique or just a personal preference? Eh, both, honestly. I can get past any bias of mine if the work is stellar, but this just didn’t move me or touch me emotionally the way I expect poetry to do. The author explores themes of darkness and death, as well as feeling at home in your own mind and trying to understand the world. The work was clear and clean and if you like poetry that rhymes and reads quickly, you may love this way more than I did.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

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This was fun! Excepting the first couple of Harry Potter books, I haven’t read anything considered “Middle Grade” in SO LONG. It was fun to jump back into that childlike mindset! Small Spaces is an eerie little ghost story about a scrappy young girl, Ollie, and the history of the town she lives in. This book was sweet, creepy, and all about the power of strong friendships in the face of evil and selfishness. I had a lot of fun reading it and would recommend it to any kids looking for a fun, new book to enjoy over the Summer.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris


Oh, what to say about Bring Me Back. I liked this, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I’m a big B.A. Paris fan, I’ve loved her previous two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, so to be fair to this novel– my expectations were high. And it wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t as deliciously, spine-chillingly, satisfying as her others. The ending left something to be desired for me. If you’re someone who likes their Thrillers a little gentler and more domestic, this might be for you. If you’re someone who likes a long, slow burn, this might be for you. Don’t take it from me, check it out and you can decide for yourself.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Oh, this was great. I had a funny time reading this: I borrowed it from my library’s digital audiobook lending service, and then…I had to return it before I was finished. So after that brief intermission of two weeks, it’s finally done! And I really enjoyed this new adventure in the city of Luthadel. This is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy. I loved the first and this one was just as brutal, character-driven, complex, and satisfying as the first. Maybe even more so, if I’m being honest, but I can’t decide. This book broke my heart open, but only because Sanderson does such a good job of making you love and care for the characters in his books. I can’t wait to read the final installment of this series, and I highly recommend the first two!

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

The Invited was a really good time. I read the bulk of this while on long, monotonous drives and it was my saving grace, haha. The Invited was creepy, startling, interesting, and just perfectly weird, in my opinion. I loved the characters and, even though I kept yelling “Why would you bring haunted things into your house on purpose!!” at them, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy that part too. The Invited is not an “in your face” jump-scare kind of a novel, instead its a slow unwinding of the historical ghost story that lives in this town and how those stories change with time, judgement, and blame. This book was about family and believing in what you see, and also in reaching out to help someone even when you’re afraid to do it. Definitely a fun read, perfect for dark, Summer nights around a bonfire. But- is that a shadow in the corner of your eye?

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Last but certainly not least, Gilded Wolves was a fun read that I didn’t expect! While a little derivative sometimes, the sources of inspiration it draws from are some of my favorites and they all come together to create something…more original than I thought it’d be. I was not disappointed! I’ve seen such mixed reviews for this novel that I avoided it for a while, but I can’t deny now that I really enjoyed it. It has so many wonderful facets to the story that just drew me in: magic, mythology, A HEIST, a whole bunch of misfit characters. The world inside this book is so rich and luxurious, so easy to immerse yourself in. And if that wasn’t enough, have you seen this book? It’s gorgeous. The cover is gorgeous, the book under the cover is gorgeous, its beautiful. Regardless, I had a lot of fun reading this, and I think if more people gave it a chance they would too.

And that’s that! What have you been reading lately??

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Challenges

#24in48

Wow. What a whirlwind of a weekend. I had so much fun!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, I participated in a read-a-thon this weekend called 24 in 48. It runs for 48 hours and hundreds of readers all over the world try to read as many hours, up to 24, in just those two days. It’s crazy, insane, totally unadvisable, and it’s really really fun.

This Summer’s 24 in 48 started at midnight on Saturday morning and ended at midnight last night. Whew! I’m beat, honestly. And that means its time for some stats!

Hours read: 20 hours spent reading

Number of books read: Six

Number of pages read: 2,194 pages

Number of breaks taken because the cat needed attention: 8

Number of times I lost my bookmark: Every time I took it out of the book.

Number of times I reset my timer accidentally: Too many.

Missed the updates? Here’s a peek!

I had such a fun time AND I got to put a dent in the stack of books that’s been sitting on my desk to be read this month. What did I read, you ask?

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I was a quarter of the way into this book when I started, and I had so much fun rereading it! It’s been years and this book is just as good as it once was.

Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

This was fun! I read this in anticipation of a Blog Tour I’m participating in for this title and I enjoyed myself! It’s short, sweet, and a fun homage to the Netflix show, which I’m a fan of. Look for the review and tour on my blog soon!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Agh, I’ve already gushed about this book enough in my mini-reviews, and I may even write up a full review for it. I loved this. SO much. Taylor Jenkins Reid has proven herself an outstanding storyteller.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

This was fun and not at all what I usually read, so even more fun for that fact. This is a Middle Grade novel provided to me through Netgalley and I knew nothing about it going in. Turns out it’s eerie, fun, and a sweet, sweet story.

The Voice of My Mind by T.A. Fish

Eh, I didn’t love this book of poetry. Mostly for personal preference, it just didn’t vibe with me. But it was definitely a nice break in between novels this weekend!

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I won this ARC from BookishFirst and I was SO EXCITED when I did! I needed to get this read so I could review it and I’m glad that I got the chance this weekend! Even though this is a YA fantasy, its outside the topics I usually gravitate toward (recently, anyway) so I was worried. No reason to be! This was such a lush, rich, fun read.

What did you read this weekend?? Any more #24in48 survivors?? Let me know in the comments!

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