Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations For Hufflepuffs


Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is a recommendations freebie - since I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter and I'd like to represent my House, here are my recommendations for my fellow Hufflepuffs!


Cinder by Marissa Meyer - This whole series really fits with it's tight core group of friends - Kai, Winter, and Wolf are totally Hufflepuffs.


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - The two leads in this novel have a such a close friendship that would make any Hufflepuff jealous.


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - Ella embodies so many of the core traits of a Hufflepuff to me.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Levi is an excellent example of a Hufflepuff.


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - I'd say Bilbo is a marvelous example of this House,


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - I totally got Hufflepuff vibes from the Hempstock women.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - The relationship between Charlie, Sam, and Patrick alone makes me want to include this on the list.


The Princess Bride by William Goldman - Westley and Fezzick have to be Hufflepuffs!


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli - Honestly, I think Simon has the best Hufflepuff qualities.  If you haven't already met Simon, what are you waiting for?


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I'd say Atticus Finch also has some of the best Hufflepuff qualities.  If you haven't met him, where have you been? Just skip Go Set a Watchman.

Bonus:


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling - The audiobook is read by Eddie Redmayne in character as Newt Scamader!

What are other good Hogwarts House themed reads?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, August 14, 2017

My 3rd Blogoversary - Giveaway (US Only)


Woot!  I started blogging three years ago!  How time flies when you're having fun!  It's been a wonderful three years and I hope this upcoming year is going to be just as successful as the last.  I've loved getting to know members of the book blogging community - we're a great bunch of people, if I do say so myself.  I can't wait to see what this third year of blogging brings!  Let's all celebrate with virtual cake, virtual hugs, and, what you're all here for, a giveaway!


But first, let's look back at some of my favorite posts from this past year:

Reviews - 

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab - Review + Dream Cast

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly - Review

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips - Review

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig - Review

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp - Review


Only the Dead Know Burbank by Bradford Tatum - Review

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw (ARC) - Review

The Trial by R.A. Crawford - Review

Victoria Woodhull in Fiction and Nonfiction - Mini Reviews

You by Caroline Kepnes - Review

Weekly Memes, Tags, Etc. - 

Sunday Funday: Summer Vacation, Book Haul, and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Sunday Funday: Weekend Update, Disney's Moana, and Meeting Mindy McGinnis

Music Monday: Sci-Fi TV Themes

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Debut Books Of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Top Ten Tuesday: Things On My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge - Announcement and TBR

Chicken Challenge - Horror Book-to-Movie Adaptation Recommendations

Captain America Book Tag

Playlist Book Tag

Starting Sparks: November Edition


And now for the main event: as a thank you to my followers, I'm hosting a giveaway (US Only, sorry)!  One lucky winner will get to choose one of my favorite 2017 releases!  You can choose from the books listed below (the cover is linked to my thoughts on each):








This giveaway will last until Midnight (ET) on Monday, August 28th, 2017.  I will alert the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Good luck!



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As always, thank you for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below.  Here's to the coming year (and hopefully many more)!


Music Monday: Baby Driver


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm spotlighting the soundtrack of the movie Baby Driver (2017).  If you haven't seen the movie yet, I can't recommend it enough - it's just so awesome.  Plus, it has a killer soundtrack.  Honestly, I could have listed every single song featured in the movie today, so it was a very difficult to narrow it down to just these two. "Was He Slow" - In the movie this is one of the songs that Baby has put together using part of a conversation he taped - I laughed out loud at this scene and so did everyone else in the theater!  Seriously makes me want to hear Baby's other mixtapes!  My other pick is "Brighton Rock" by Queen which is Baby's killer track and gets to play a key moment in the movie.  I don't understand why this Queen song is as underrated as it seems to be.  Have you had the chance to see this movie yet?  If so, what're your favorite songs?





Friday, August 11, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Nevermore (Supernatural #1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido + 50/50 Friday

 



On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads Nevermore (Supernatural #1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido.  This book marks my fourth read for the Make Me Read It Readathon - I'm proud of myself that I've been able to make as much headway as I have in this readathon.  I have to admit, though, that my reading material for the readathon have been a bit shorter in length than usual, but it sure feels shortening my tbr stack!  Anyways, this tie-in novel is set in season two between the episodes "Crossroad Blues" and "Croatoan" and it's already very promising.


Beginning:

Fordham University
The Bronx, New York
Sunday 12 November 2006

A chill November breeze blew John Soeder's hair into his face, Mother Nature's reminder to get a haircut in the absence of his actual mother being around to nag him about it.

56:

Turning left, he [Dean] saw the massive living room, which was covered in dusty old furniture - a couch, an easy chair, and a rocking chair, as well as a big china closet and a sideboard that was covered with bottles of alcohol - piles of newspapers, magazines that had musical instruments on the covers, three guitars on stands in one corner, several amplifiers, an entire wall filled with vinyl records, anotehr wall fileed with tapes and CDs, and an entertainment center that included a battered old television and a shiny metal stereo system that included turntable, tape deck, and six-CD changer.  At first, he couldn't see the speakers, then he realized there were four of them spread around the room for maximum killer sound value.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Font Style  (That A Book Is Written In) - This is a difficult one for me, but I'm actually going to take my pick from fonts available to read my ebooks in on my Kindle Fire.

Favorite: Baskerville - For me, this font is the easiest of those available to focus on for any length of time.  It's easier for me to focus on the story, not the blocks of text.

Least: Helvetica - I always feel like this one slows my reading down, especially when it comes to longer books or bigger chunks of text.  When I get to that bigger stuff, at times I'll catch myself thinking about the font style itself.

Have you ever read one of the Supernatural tie-in books?  What are your thoughts on font style when it comes to your ereader?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Footnotes - A Quotation From An Author


Footnotes is a brand new link-up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. & Ashley @ [oddly novel title] and it's especially for quotation obsessees.  Each month they will post a prompt and participants will share a quote that fits the prompt as well as sharetheir thoughts on it in any way they wish.

The 1st prompt (it's an easy one so don't worry): A quotation from an author.


“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” - Sirius Black from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Turns out that it wasn't so easy - there are so many quotes that I love so it was quite difficult to narrow down.  I decided to go with a quote from my all time favorite series, which didn't make it that much easier since J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is so quotable.  Anyway, I decided to go with the one above which is definitely one of the best, if not more important quotes from the fourth book in the series.  It truly applies to real life and it's a good way to judge a person's character by how they treat others that they perceive to be lesser than themselves and have nothing to offer them.  In the scene in the novel, Hermione is upset by the reason Barty Crouch fired Winky, the House Elf, and Ron is irritated by how she keeps going on about House Elves, but Sirius agrees with Hermione and speaks the line in question.  It's not necessarily a new idea, but still a powerful one to consider in many contexts.

What is your favorite Harry Potter quote?  Thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below!  Until next time!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee - Release Week Blitz


I am so excited that THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:


Title: THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

Excerpt:

“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I have arrived.”

Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me hard for details, as apparently this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent weeks.

But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before, which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of adrenaline.

So a couple of things.

One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.

Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on him.

And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.

He was . . . yeesh.

Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million years of makeup.

“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft intakes of breath coming from around the room.

“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.

Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”

“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey that she was sensitive to the regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese, Beijingren—she’d taught them all.

He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said.

“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes at him from the front row.

“No! I don’t misspeak.”

The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically speaking.

“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.

Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants of our school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely well-muscled underneath.

“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal. I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but declare me king!”

There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.

“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said

Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”

Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him, the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important message had been lost.

“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only to reclaim what is mine.”

Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.

“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down now!”

The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward mine.

Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.

He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze pinned me to my seat.
I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He smelled like wine and peaches.

“You!” he said.

“What?” I squeaked.

Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.

“You belong to me”

About F.C:


F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.

                       
Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive Genie Lo prize packs—complete with a finished copy of the book and a special Genie Lo horoscope (that doubles as a bookmark!), US Only.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Music Monday: Welcome To Night Vale, Year 4 - The Weather, Pt. 2


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

I've just recently finished listening to Year 4 of my favorite podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, and I thought I would share some of my favorite songs from the Weather this week and next week.  Here we go, in episode order: "She Knows" by John Fullbright (from Episode 80, "A New Sheriff in Town"), "Table Song" by Katie Kuffel (from Episode 81, "After 3327"), and "Plunder" by The Felice Brothers (from Episode 89, "Who's a Good Boy? Part 1").  This podcast has introduced me to so much good music!









Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Carnelian (The Gemstone Chronicles #1) by William L. Stuart - Review


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I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

While rock hunting with their grandpa, Aidan and Maggie discover an odd fairy cross stone. It turns out that a real life elf's been imprisoned inside it for the last 200 years and they decide that they need to set him free. Before they know it, Aidan, Maggie, and their grandparents, Beebop and Nana, are being attacked by Dark Elves and they have no choice but to flee with Findecano, the Light Elf who had been imprisoned in the stone, into the magical realm of Celahir. In Celahir with Findecano, the family has no choice but to go on a quest in order to recover the stolen gemstones from the Elven Bow, a magical artifact of the Light Elves. Without the recovery of the gemstones, the balance between good and evil in both Celahir and the human world could tip irrevocably toward evil.

If you're looking for an epic older MG/ younger YA adventure fantasy novel, you really should try The Carnelian, which is book one of William L. Stuart's The Gemstone Chronicles. The world-building is well imagined and the cast of characters feel quite real. As much as I loved Aidan and Maggie, I really appreciated the fact that their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, have such a great role in the adventure. On that note, I also enjoyed the magic via gemstone aspect. Plus, we even get to see kelpies, aka water horses, which don't show up often enough in fantasy, in my opinion anyway. It's refreshing to see something different for a change. Also, I just have to say that I totally had Drizzt in the back of my mind for the Dark Elves, aka the Drow.


Are you a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis? Then you absolutely need to to try this fun series opener. I am certainly looking forward to trying book two, The Amethyst. Thanks again, Mr. Stuart, for giving me this opportunity!


I read this novel in exchange for an honest review from August 3 - 6, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab - Review + Dream Cast


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The balance of power between Red, White, Black, and Grey London is failing. As the once powerful Red London falls to the darkness, it leaves plenty of space for one of the other Londons to rise to the forefront. Kell's convictions begin to waver under pressure, Lila has to learn to control her magic before it bleeds her dry, and Alucard's in a race against the clock to find the impossible. Meanwhile an ancient enemy from Black London returns to claim his crown and a fallen hero tries to save his decaying world.

I know my review will not do A Conjuring of Light justice in the least, but honestly I couldn't have asked for a better ending to one of my all time favorite series. If you haven't started in on this series yet what are you waiting for? It's the perfect time to binge read it all since it's now complete. I'm actually sad that it's over and that I don't have another Shades of Magic book to look forward to in the future, but like I said it has a truly epic finale and it wraps up in a perfect way. I couldn't have expected less of V.E. Schwab.

The magic, world-building, action, dialog, banter, and sass are as brilliant as I've come to expect, but like usual it's the characters who shine. Kell, Rhy, Lila, Alcard, and Holland, plus the side characters, are all so well written that they could walk right off the page. Kell and Lila are awesome as usual, but I really loved Rhy and and Alucard. We get to know Alucard so much more and we get to see Rhy grow into his destiny as the King of Arnes - and it's heartbreaking, but you have to admit that he gets some really killer scenes. The one character I didn't expect to appreciate so much, though, is Holland - he's the true standout character of the finale. He's very complex and we get an excellent look into his head and his past (you may want to have a couple of tissues at the ready, just in case).

Anyway, I could go on and on about the awesomeness of this series, but don't just take my word for it. If you haven't read it, you need this absolutely marvelous series (and wonderful series finale) in your life. As nervous as I am about it, I can't wait to see the film adaptation of A Darker Shade of Magic (and hopefully the rest of the series) that's in the works! V.E. Schwab is even going to be a producer on it, so hopefully it'll be done right.

By they way, what do you think of my dream cast for some of the characters?



Kell - Cameron Monaghan or Caleb Landry Jones




Lila - Brianna Hildebrand or Jacqueline Toboni




Rhy - Avan Jogia or Luke Pasqualino



Alucard - Rahul Kohli



Holland - Mads Mikkelsen


I read this novel from March 23 - June 30, 2017 (I just didn't want it to end!) and my review is also on Goodreads.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Carnelian (The Gemstone Chronicles #1) by William L. Stuart + 50/50 Friday

 



On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, The Carnelian (The Gemstone Chronicles #1) by William L. Stuart.  I received this paperback novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.  It's a MG/ YA fantasy featuring elves and a quest.  It sounds like it could be right up my alley and I am enjoying it so far.  Thanks again, William!

Beginning:

The sunlight streaming in the bedroom window woke Aidan from a deep and sound sleep.

56:

As I said, Light Elves are amazing hunters, so tracking the path of the two other elves was a simple matter.  They did not try to be stealthy.  They took a direct route to the Council Hall where we keep the Elven Bow.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book Read In July




Best: In July I had three five star reads, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Flygirl and Sherri L. Smith, and Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.  All three are well worth picking up if you haven't had the chance to pick them up.


Worst: Divine Intervention (The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers #1) by Elyse Kishimoto was only a two star read for me.  This sounded like it would be a lot of fun, but it just wasn't for me in the end.

Have you read any of the books here?  Thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below.