Katie Talks About Katies and A Recap // Summer Blog Promo Tour

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome to the last  Summer Blog Promo Tour post, hosted by The Book Bratz. Today, I have Katie from the blog Bibliophile and today she is listing off some of her favorite characters named some variation of "Katie" seeing as though both are names are a variation of "Katie." I hope everyone enjoys!


Hi everyone! I'm Katie from the blog Bibliophile (@KatieHarness1) and thanks for stopping by! I'm so happy to be able to work with Kaitlin for the Summer Blog Promo Tour! Be sure to check out everyone's blogs weekly for more posts and collaborations! Since Kaitlin and I have similar names she thought it'd be fun to list my top Katie/Kaitlin variations in literature! To me the characters named Katie/Kate/Catherine are typically strong and intelligent women. However, I might just be biased. What are some characters that have names similar to yours that you feel proud to share it with? Enjoy!

Kate Thompson from Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Vengeance Road is my favorite YA Western and I hope it paves the road for more to be published. The story follows Kate's quest for vengeance of her father's death by outlaws in 19th century Arizona. Kate fits well into the harsh Arizona landscape with her brashness and fortitude. This a book I highly recommend: it's grit and prose make this novel stand out! You can check out my review if you are interested in Vengeance Road. 

Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
This series is my favorite urban fantasy series and Kate Daniels as the main character. She lives in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta where magic and technology fight for dominance after magic came back to the world. She is an ex-mercenary who kills magical creatures that plague Atlanta and solves cases for missing people. She is witty, sassy, bad-ass, and has an awesome sword. She is my favorite character with the name similar to mine and you should definitely try out the series!!!

Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Cathy is the strong-willed, wild, and passionate protagonist of Wuthering Heights. In this gothic novel she struggles with her identity: to be more like Heathcliff which represents her true nature, or be with Linton who represents domesticity and culture. This is a dark classic for those that don't feel drawn to Jane Austen's works.

Katherine of Aragon from The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
In literature and in real life Katherine is a great protagonist! This novel tells her story from when she was betrothed to Henry VIII's brother, Arthur, to when she was married to Henry VIII, himself. Her constant perseverance through politics and betrayal in a time in which the unsettling whims of a king dictated the lives of others is admirable. The third book in this series is the popular The Other Boleyn Girl that was turned into a movie featuring Natalie Portman. I would suggest this series if you need a historical fiction fix to marathon.

Goodbye Summer, It Was a Great 2.33 Months // Kaitlin's Summer 2016 Recap

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to a very sad post. With heavyheart, I am sad to say that my summer has officially ended. Shit, yes I am going back to school and not the happiest about it. Don't get me wrong! I enjoy going to school (sometimes) but I will definitely miss staying up late and sleeping in, being able to spend 2 hours eating lunch, and watching shows whenever I want. But to celebrate summer, I have decided to recap my summer for you guys! If you're still in summer break, embrace it because it's ending soon and then you all can join me in this "being in school" hellhole. Anyway, hope everyone enjoys this post and has a great rest of the summer.


Read This Summer

On the Fence
Open Road Summer
The Start of Me and You
Suffer Love
The Summer I Turned Pretty
It's Not Summer Without You
We'll Always Have Summer
Tone Deaf
The Sun is Also a Star
This Savage Song
Cursed Child
You Know Me Well
Lifeboat Clique
Vampire Academy
Frostbite
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice
Hamilton: The Revolution
Caraval
The Epidemic
So yeah, I guess you could say I had a pretty okay summer when it came to reading. There were days where I finished like 3 books in 3 days but some days where I just didn't feel like reading. I read a lot of good books and books that were already on my shelf so it was great to knock out some books I already owned and books I've been wanting to read for awhile.


Shows Watched

Well, if summer is good for one thing it's to pile more shows onto my very long list of shows I already watch. I had a few shows that I knew I wanted to catch up on but I basically started and got caught up with three shows this summer.

First, I went ahead and got caught up on Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, since I was only a few episodes behind and I was planning to watch the shows once they were back on air. I then started/caught up on Supergirl, which basically means I was about 15 episodes behind so I basically started the show again. Because Supergirl was getting moved to CW and would be in association with all the other shows I watch (The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) I decided to why not go ahead and binge the show since I would eventually watch Supergirl anyway. It was a great 2 day show binge and I'm excited for a new season!

The big binge this summer was Reign. Three seasons, each episode about 45 minutes long. So yeah, I spent a good 5 days, sitting in bed, just watching Reign. It was nice because this show is definitely meant to be binged and it was a super addicting binge. I think it's only getting a half season on CW for season four (not returning until 2017) so thank god because now I will only have to juggle 4 shows, not 5! Reign definitely gave me many feels and upon finishing it, I maybe spent like 4 nights, scrolling through tumblr under the "Reign" tag.

Then, yesterday, I decided it would be a fabulous idea to start Netflix's Stranger Things on my final day of summer break. I'm writing this post on my last day of summer break so, whether or not this paragraph stays in the post depends on whether I actually start Stranger Things. I've heard great things about it, it's only 8 episodes long so it should be a great way to end summer and start a new school year. (I watched an episode. I'm currently on episode 3 and very interested so I will definitely be planning on continuing the show.)

Lizzie and I Create Book Aesthetics! // Summer Blog Promo Tour

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome to the fourth Summer Blog Promo Tour post, hosted by The Book Bratz. Today, I have Lizzie from Big Books and Grande Lattes and we both have created some aesthetics for some books we enjoyed reading! I hope everyone enjoys our very aesthetically pleasing aesthetics and checks out some of the books we mentioned because all of them are awesome. Enjoy!


Vengeance Road 

Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  September 1st 2015
Revenge is worth its weight in gold. When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal. 

A Quick, Fabulous, Finding Yourself Novel with two Great LGBT Characters // Thoughts on You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Saturday, August 13, 2016

You Know Me Well

Author: Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Format: eARC
Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time. 

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I got an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are altered by that.

You Know Me Well was a pretty anticipated book among the book blogging community. I mean, why wouldn't it be? You've got two great authors, working together to write a book about two gay characters, working their way through their problems together.

Before reading this book, I had read Everything Leads to You by Nina so I had pretty high hopes for this book and they were definitely not let down. I had a great time reading about Mark and Kate and it was interesting to read about their friendship and what happens to them within the week that this book takes place. I think the book also covered some topics some books don't usually mention. Other than heartbreak, I also love how this book talks about the pressure of college and maybe taking a year off before going? These topics spoke so much about Mark and Kate and I'm glad they were mentioned.

I really loved how both characters are gay and I also loved how this was the kind of books where gay characters weren't made a big deal. They were just gay and that wasn't something that took over their identity. They weren't only known for being gay and I think it's pretty important for a character to exist outside of their sexuality. (And as more books with gay characters roll in, making their sexuality very casual and not emphasized is pretty important.) The only problem I had with the characters in You Know Me Well was that I didn't really connect with any of them. Yeah, I liked all of them but there wasn't a character that especially stood out for me that I particularly loved, which is a bummer because I thought the characters in this book were pretty well written.

Another thing I enjoyed about You Know Me Well was how much of a "finding yourself" story it was. It only takes place within a span of a week but it talked about the characters going through changes when it came to their friends. I mean, they meet new people, lose some friends and because of that, this story is a very "finding yourself" one, which I think was very necessary for the characters. Kate was about to go to college and meet someone she had really wanted to meet for awhile, Mark was dealing with some feelings. I would really love a spin off novel about these characters, partly because I would love to read about Kate and Mark post the week that they met and just to see how that week affected their future.

Writing this book in alternate perspectives was also necessary for this story because this book talks about two very different story lines for each character. They're just friends who are going through two different things rather than two people going through something together. The writing was fabulous as well. I also really loved the San Francisco setting and appreciated how it actually did play a part in the book. 

I hope everyone enjoyed my thoughts on You Know Me Well, a book you can clearly tell I enjoyed. 

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An Addicting Fantasy with the Coolest World and Creatures // Thoughts on This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This Savage Song

Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: July 5th 2016
Format: eARC
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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I got an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are affected by this.

Victoria Schwab is an author that everyone and their mother has read books from and loves. I was basically that one person in the world that hadn't read Victoria Schwab so you can understand why I was pretty excited to finally find out just what I was missing out on when it came to Victoria's books.

Starting the book was one of my favorite things because the first line of the book basically grabbed me into the story. Usually, beginnings are so hard to read, just because it does take awhile for the story to start up and really get interesting but NOPE, not with Victoria's book! It is definitely a beginning that stands out and really kicked off the book with a great first impression. Also, it immediately gave me an idea on what the character would be like because that first line spoke so much about the character.

Another thing I really loved about this book was the wonderful world This Savage Song takes place in. If I were to put a genre to this book, it would definitely be a little dystopian and fantasy. You have the very dystopian world with different names to each territory of the world and also different technologies. This Savage Song also has very fantasy-like creatures, which was probably one of the most interesting things to read about in this book. There are three kinds, all three of them kill, but in different ways, which I loved reading about and learning about how they affect the world this book takes place in.

I also really loved the badass main characters in this book. Even though they were both related (or "related" in August's case) to very highly respected people, they knew how to protect themselves, think their way out of the situations they were put in, and work together, despite all their family's differences. I am really looking forward to more of them in the next book and to see what situation Kate and August are put in for them to work together again because I love reading about Kate and August as they work very well together.

Speaking of the next book, I loved the ending of this book and how well it set up the story for the next book. It had solved a problem for the two characters and left them both at pretty good places AND THEN reveals some shocking information that is definitely going to play a huge part in the next book. I mean excited for it guys, I am.

This Savage Song was a fabulous read filled with an interesting world, great characters, a very interesting plot, and I can't wait to get more of it!

Another Fabulous Addition to The Program Series // Thoughts on The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Program

Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 19th 2016
Format: Hardcover
Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program. In a world before The Program…Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world. The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his one, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic. But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.
The Program series has always been one of my favorites and I was pretty excited for the release of The Epidemic because there was so much information in this book that I was dying to get to learn and read about. Well, I am happy to say that The Epidemic was another fabulous read by Suzanne Young. It was great to be back in the dark dystopian world The Epidemic takes place in and it was nice to be able to pick it up and just get right back into the world and characters after being away from this series for so long. I got to know more about the world the series takes place in and just get answers to the questions I had upon finishing The Treatment. If you're looking for a unique, darker, dystopian read, definitely pick up The Program series because it's so addicting and a great read.

One thing I want to talk about with the whole Program series in general is how dark it is. It's definitely not a type of light-hearted, funny read. Haha, no. The society itself is plagued with suicide and depression, which gives a really well, depressed vibe to the book. Each time I finish these books, I always need to take a step back because woah, so many messed up things happens in these books and there are so many twists and turns as well. It's definitely the kind of series that you picture always having a grey sky, the sun never shines (for some reason).

The Epidemic was another great Program book featuring the dark feeling, twists and turns, all the sha-bang is in there. It picks up right after the ending of The Remedy and (surprise!) The Remedy had ended on some kind of a cliffhanger so it was so great to start up The Epidemic and see how Quinlan deals with her new situation. As the book progresses, we meet new characters, read about what happens to them, get surprised by more twists and turns, and learn more about how The Program was first developed.

One of the great things about Quinlan's story is that it is totally relavent to how The Program began and that has been one of my biggest curiosities ever since finishing The Program. It was so great to finish reading about Quinlan's story and finally know, how suicide became such a huge epidemic.

I think one of the reasons why I love Suzanne's books so much is because she has great ideas for plot twists or things that happen in the book that make you drop your jaw and want to keep reading. That's one of the things I love about reading her books, is just to see what kind of things will happen in the that will just completely take me by surprise. Also, the world her books take place in has always such a high risk of being dragged into The Program so characters very much go into extreme measures to avoid being taken to The Program.

But yeah, that was The Epidemic. Like I said, anyone who enjoys darker dystopians definitely should try out The Program as it is a very addicting series with such fabulous characters.

Amanda Definitely Wishes These Fictional Worlds Weren't Fictional... // Summer Blog Promo Tour

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome to the fourth Summer Blog Promo Tour post, hosted by the Book Bratz. Today, I have Amanda from Brains, Books, and Brawn and she is going to talk about some fictional worlds that she wishes were real and could visit. I hope everyone enjoys and starts some discussion based off this post. Enjoy!


Hey everyone! My name is Amanda and I blog at Brains, Books, and Brawn. Today I'm bringing you a list of the fictional places I'd like to visit the most. Now, this could end up being a ridiculously long list so I'm going to keep it to my top 5 so that I don't drive you crazy. Also because none of us have weeks to spend reading ONE blog post ;)

Hogwarts/The Wizarding World

I think most Harry Potter fans have dreamed of getting to visit all the places in Rowling's books since they day the picked up the first book. Oh what I would give to get to walk the halls at Hogwarts, shop at Flourish and Blotts, or eat myself into a sugar coma at Honeydukes. Don't get me started on The Three Broomsticks. I'd practically live there.

Narnia

Talking animals, fauns, and magic that is abundant in general? Sign me up! I could do without some of the more sinister parts but otherwise set me free and let me explore. There are so many cool things happening in Narnia and I have serious FOMO having never gotten to go.

Aglionby Academy

Okay, I just really want to be friends with the Raven Boys. Adam, Ronan, Noah and of course the forever famous Richard Campbell Gansey III are all top on my fictional BFF list. What a quirky group of misfits. I might even be swayed to hunt dead Welsh Kings just to be their friend.

In Which I Recap My Exciting July and Look Forward to My August // The August Post

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hello everyone! It has certainly been awhile since I last did one of these posts hasn't it? Well, even though it's a little late, I am excited to be back and blogging again. Yes, I've been gone for awhile, (mostly because I've been reading a lot LOL) but I am going to slowly start easing my way back into blogging. Today, I am going to be mostly talking about my July, what I read, and what is going on for me in August. Enjoy!
  • This Savage Song
  • You Know Me Well
  • Lifeboat Clique
  • Vampire Academy
  • Frostbite
  • Shadow Kiss
  • Hamilton: The Revolution
  • Caraval
  • The Epidemic
 Yes, so because it's summer, I had a pretty good reading month. For the whole summer, I wasn't on any specific TBR each month, only that I had a huge list of books I would read and choose from throughout the whole summer. I highly doubt I will complete the list, but I am hoping to get more of those books knocked off the list in my final 12 days of summer.