Month: April 2017

Monthly TBR: May 2017

Posted April 30, 2017 by Madalyn / 13 Comments

Hello, friends! I’ve decided I want to start making monthly TBR posts here on the blog. I am a COMPLETE mood reader and rarely stick to TBRs, but I do like having a guideline for what I might read during any given month. I read pretty much solely review copies in April, so now that I’m caught up on reviews, I can take the month of May to just read what I want! So, without further ado, let’s chat about the books I *might* read in May! new releases As we all know, the month of May 2017 is the month of new releases. There are SO many new releases coming out that I might pick up, but these are […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: Bye, April showers; hello, May flowers!

Posted April 29, 2017 by Madalyn / 9 Comments

I cannot believe April is coming to an end already! It feels like yesterday that I sat down to write my March rewind. Read on to see what I’ve been up to in reading and life over the past month! new on the blog Also, I’m searching for a co-blogger! I’ve already had some fantastic people apply, but the application window is still open for another week. Please apply if you’re interested, and feel free to contact me with any questions! ūüôā our most anticipated may¬†release(s) Soooo many fantastic releases coming this month! Lord of Shadows is probably my number one most anticipated, but all of these are going to be fantastic. *heart eyes* venturing around the blogosphere Check out […]

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ARC Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Posted April 27, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water was the perfect¬†summery contemporary! Our main character, Anise, feels betrayed when her summer suddenly takes a turn: instead of surfing the days away with her group of friends¬†in her beloved hometown of Santa Cruz, CA, she is forced to move to landlocked Nebraska for two months to help take care of her cousins while¬†her aunt recovers from¬†a major car accident. I’ve been following Laura Silverman on Twitter for quite a while now, and I’m so happy to see her debut getting so much love! It definitely deserves it. Although I have virtually nothing in common with Anise, I loved reading from her perspective because it’s one I haven’t seen often in YA, especially in YA contemporary. […]

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Quarterly Reading Wrap-Up: January-March 2017

Posted April 26, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Hi, friends! Can you believe that 2017 is more than a quarter over? I certainly can’t. Anyway, I’ve had a pretty incredible first few months of reading, so¬†I wanted to do a post discussing¬†my favorite books I’ve read thus far¬†in 2017! In my ideal world, these quarterly wrap-ups would include things like statistics, but I’m much too lazy and much too stressed about my impending semester exams to include them in this first one. In this post, I’ll be telling you about all the books I’ve given five stars so far this year, as well as a bit about why I loved each.¬†I’ll also tell you my top three reads of this quarter! Oh, also, this post will only include […]

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Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Posted April 24, 2017 by Christy / 2 Comments
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Violet Grenade is a book that appealed to me not only because of how awesome¬†the summary sounds, but also because of the author.¬† It makes the 5th (if you count the novella, Four Houses) that I have read by this author and I have loved every single one. Violet Grenade follows the story of Domino Ray, who is a runaway living life and surviving the best way she knows how.¬† When Domino’s best friend is arrested and she is offered at job from Madam Karina, Domino jumps at the chance to earn the money to bail her friend out of jail.¬† But it doesn’t take Domino long to learn that everything is not as it seems in Madam Karina’s home.¬† […]

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Madalyn’s Novel Rewind (14)

Posted April 22, 2017 by Madalyn / 18 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap up post. ¬†The three¬†of us will be alternating weeks.¬†We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates I finished my classes for this semester! Hallelujah. I am so ready to put this school year behind me and relax a bit. Now, only a few finals stand between me and the official end of the semester. Last Sunday was Easter, and I had so much fun hanging out with my family on my grandparents’ farm and seeing all the new baby calves (I even got to bottle-feed one!!)! This weekend is our opera production for the semester, and I can’t wait to go see my wonderfully […]

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Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

Posted April 20, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

Well, this book was absolutely delightful! You know those books that reinvigorate your love for a specific genre? Duels and Deception totally did that for me. Historical fiction has always been my favorite genre, but I don’t read enough of it nowadays. Duels and Deception is a fun, witty Regency romance that I think almost anyone could enjoy. First off, I really enjoyed both of the main characters, Lydia and Robert. The book is told through a 3rd-person omniscient POV, but there are chapters that follow¬†both Lydia and Robert. Lydia reminded me lots of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice— she’s smart, capable young woman¬†who has lots of agency and bucks conventional expectations of Victorian women. She’s quite witty, which […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston

Posted April 19, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It‚Äôs a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting Okay, does this premise not sound incredible?! I’m not normally a fan of novels set in the future, but this one sounds too good to pass up. Victorian-era vibes, an alternate history, royals, and a plot that seems like it’ll focus heavily on friendship? Sign me up. I’ve never read a book by E. K. Johnston, but I’ve heard fantastic things about Exit, Pursued by a Bear, so I’m hoping That Inevitable Victorian Thing¬†(also, what a cool, original […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Interested in a Book

Posted April 18, 2017 by Madalyn / 16 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the top ten things that make us instantly want to pick up a book. I thought this was such a fun topic, and one that I hadn’t really thought about previously. Without further ado… here are some tropes, premises, and general attention-grabbing things that make me interested in a given book! madalyn’s top ten F/F Romance! This is one thing that pretty much¬†guarantees I’ll pick up a book, no matter what genre it is. There is so little queer girl rep in YA that I’ll devour every page that’s available to me. It’s just nice to see myself and my sexuality represented […]

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Strange the Dreamer Giveaway

Posted April 17, 2017 by Christy / 11 Comments
Strange the Dreamer Giveaway

The Giveaway I have something exciting for you today! I partnered with Little, Brown to bring¬†an awesome Strange the Dreamer Prize Pack giveaway to one lucky US winner!¬† One US winner will win everything pictured below!! How awesome does that look?! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway Extras Which Godspawn are you? Take the quiz! Download a variety of quote-art here. ¬†Sneak Peek¬†of the Book Read the Prologue on EW Read Chapter 1 on Mashable Read an Excerpt on TheNovl About the Author Laini Taylor is a New York Times bestselling author and a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Daughter of […]

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