An Interview, Review, & Except Walked Into A Bar... // An Interview with Roshani Chokshi, My Thoughts on A Crown of Wishes, & An Audiobook Excerpt

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to today's super exciting post! I have the wonderful opportunity to be apart of the A Crown of Wishes blog tour. I read The Star Touched Queen last year and loved it, so I was super excited to have the chance to read A Crown of Wishes and be in the blog tour. I got a lot for you guys today. First, we have an interview with Roshani, followed by an excerpt from A Crown of Wishes' audiobook, and then we have my review of the book. It's a lot but I hope you enjoy!

A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Format: eARC
Rating:
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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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Interview with Roshani Chokshi

1. This is your second published book, congrats! Did you come across any difficulties with writing any of the characters in A Crown of Wishes?
Hahahahahahaha (yes). I felt like I was drowning every other day because I loved Vikram and Gauri so much and felt like I wasn’t giving them equal attention when I tried writing it all in 1st or 3rd person, which is how the dual narrative came to be. Honestly, ACOW was the first time I ever cried during writing…because I felt so emotionally affected by what they were doing. They really came alive to me, so once I let them dictate the story, it was easier to write. Neither of them liked outlines because they’re both curmudgeony and contrary. Rude.

2. What is your favorite aspect of getting to tell a story in a world that you made up?
The romaaaaaance….I love that moment when the world begins to tilt all because you suddenly noticed how something ordinary became extraordinary. The act of love really is---and please excuse the cliché---a fall. You’ve relinquished control. It’s scary. And I believe it brings out the rawness in a character and makes them come alive when you feel their grief and trepidation and wonder.

My New Favorite Trilogy. Broke My Heart But I Still Love It // Thoughts on The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 18th 2012 
Format:  Paperback
Rating:
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
I feel like for the longest time now, The Darkest Minds trilogy has been sitting on my shelf. All brand new, shiny, and unread. Well, I am glad to be here today to be able to say that I have read the trilogy and loved it. (Shoutout to Xan and Anneqah for giving me that push to read the trilogy. Also for being my shoulders to cry on.) I loved this trilogy so much and I would write reviews for each book but haha, I am way too lazy for that so I am just going to write on review for the whole entire trilogy. Definitely pick up the first book though because once you read the first book you can't not continue.

One of my favorite things about this series is the different characters Ruby encounters and the friends she makes, this first book especially. I love the characters of this series and not only because they are all such fabulous people, but because that there are a few diverse ones. Race doesn't play a large role in the series but I love the fact that Bracken didn't overlook the fact that the world is not filled with white people, which is how the world was portrayed in most books published around (and before) the time The Darkest Minds.

This Book Had A Great World and Gay Characters! // Blog Tour: Audiobook Review of Timekeeper by Tara Sim and Giveaway!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hey everyone and welcome to today's post! I am super excited today to be reviewing the audiobook of Tara Sim's Timekeeper. This would be my first audiobook so I am looking forward to sharing my experience to everyone and also be reviewing this wonderful book, which has been on my TBR for the longest time now. I hope you enjoy and make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of this post, we're giving away some fabulous stuff! Thank you The Audiobookworm for hosting this tour and you can check out the rest of the tour here!

Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Format: eBook
Rating:
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
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Two o’clock was missing. In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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I received an audiobook of Timekeeper for this tour and in exchange, will be providing a review where none of my thoughts are affected by the circumstances.

The synopsis of Timekeeper really sold me onto reading this book. It has gay characters, an urban fantasy type of world, and a mysterious storyline. I really hoped that I would like this book and I am really glad I did. It was also really awesome getting to hear the book in audiobook form. If you're looking for a book with a really unique world and some great characters, I would definitely recommend Timekeeper.

The narrator of this audiobook was Gary Furlong and for my first audiobook, I think he did a pretty fabulous book job of telling this story. He didn't sound too stiff or forced when he was reading and did a good job giving the vibes of someone reading to you. I also liked how there weren't many awkward pauses and Furlong just kept the narration going. The sound quality was really good and overall a great quality audiobook.

Four Literary Characters, One Foreign County, Snacks. // My Dream Literary Road Trip and Stranger than Fanfiction Giveaway!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hello everyone! I am super excited to share today's post because it is definitely a fun one. This post was inspired by Chris Colfer's newest release, Stranger than Fanfiction, which is about an actor who takes a road trip with four fans across the country. So, in tribute of the main character's road trip, I decided to write about my own. This road trip is my dream literary road trip (basically, a road trip with four literary characters)! I had a lot of fun with this post so I hope you enjoy. Also, make sure to check out the giveaway below if you're interested in winning a copy of Stranger than Fanfiction.

Now for the giveaway. I'm working with Little, Brown & Co (Stranger than Fanfiction's publisher) to giveaway a copy of Stranger than Fiction to you guys! This giveaway lasts for two weeks and ends on March 31 so make sure to get your entries in. I will be contacting the winners through email after the giveaway ends and they will have 48 hours to respond with their address before they forfeit the prize. US only, best of luck, and thank you for entering!

People

The most important part of a road trip is the people! In Stranger than Fiction, Cash, the main character, road trips with four other people, so I have chosen four fictional characters to read trip with!
  • Chubs // The Darkest Minds; I actually just finished this trilogy (suuuuch a great trilogy) and the characters in The Darkest Minds kind of go on their own road trip. I loved all the characters but I would love to be able to go on a road trip with Chubs. I love his personality and he is kind of a dork and I do love dorky characters. I think he would be a fabulous addition to my road trip and probably the person handling the music throughout the whole entire trip.

Your Search for a Beautiful Super Diverse Book Is Over. // Thoughts on Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Queens of Geek

Author: Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: March 14th 2017 
Format: ARC
Rating:
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever. Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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

For so long, I have been looking for a book that is super diverse. Like so diverse that there are more diverse characters compared to your typical white straight characters. This. Is. The. Book. I have found it. It has been written.

I have so many things to say about Queens of Geek so I am going to try to take it one thing at a time and not spew out all my thoughts within two sentences. First of all, and the biggest thing: it's diverse af man. DIVERSE AF. This book features POC, LGBTQ+, and mental illness characters. One of the main characters is Chinese (homegirl got so excited when she read about that), one of the love interests is Mexican, we meet characters who talk about their experience with things like anxiety and panic attacks, and on top of that, the author handles sexuality beautifully. SO DIVERSE. EVERYTHING IS THERE.

It's Quick. It's Cute. And it Takes Place in Hawaii // Thoughts on Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider

Friday, March 10, 2017

Summer of Sloane

Author: Erin Schneider
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Format: eARC
Rating:
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart. Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home. But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself. 
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are influenced by this

I went into Summer of Sloane looking for a light, quick, cute contemporary and I am so glad I picked this book up because I am honestly so addicted to this story. The beach setting really set the mood for a light fun read but I also really liked how Erin managed to write in some more emotional and more serious topics into the book.

One of my favorite things about this book is how many great characters there are. The book revolves around Sloane going to Hawaii after learning about this heartbreaking secret coming for two of her best friends and I really loved Sloane's friends (the ones who lived in Hawaii) comforting her through the terrible betrayal she had just faced. Also, Finn is not the only swoony island boy just saying.

Ready to March My Way Through March (I'm So Funny OMG) // Hello March!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to March! I had a super busy February so I am glad that all the busy has passed and we're going into a new month. Luckily, I don't have too many things lined up for March so it looks like it will be a chill month! (And I am hoping it stays chill.) I hope everyone had a wonderful February though and has some exciting things for March.
  • Velvet by Temple West
  • Cashmere by Temple West
  • Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 
Out of the five books I read this month, only two of them was actually a part of my initial TBR list, oops! I could hardly care though because I absolutely loved the books that I read last month. I could care less about Romeo and Juliet though because that was for school (the story is so stupid) but I'm happy that I was able to get more than two books read last month. Hopefully I have the same luck this month!