Month: April 2017

Madalyn’s Novel Rewind (14)

Posted April 22, 2017 by Madalyn / 7 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’s 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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Calling All Bibliophiles: Co-Blogger Search

Posted April 16, 2017 by Madalyn / 12 Comments

Hi, everyone! As some of you might know, Novel Ink is in a bit of a transition period at the moment. Both Christy and Erica are moving onto other things– we’ll be writing a more detailed a post on this later this week, but I (Madalyn) will be taking over the blog for the time being. With that said… I could use some extra help! I know this summer is going to be a bit hectic for me, so I would love to have someone to share the responsibilities of Novel Ink. Therefore, I’m excited to announce my co-blogger search. I can’t wait to read your applications, and I hope one of you will join the Novel Ink team! <3 why should you […]

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Madalyn’s Novel Rewind (13)

Posted April 15, 2017 by Madalyn / 12 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 This week was a *little* better than last week, thankfully. I’m still fighting off this bout of depression, but I was able to get more things accomplished this week. Next week is my last full week of classes before finals, and I’m super stressed trying to finish all the projects and papers I have due. On a brighter note, choir rehearsal was cancelled yesterday, so I was able to go to brunch with a friend, which was lovely. Tomorrow is Easter, and even though I’m not religious, I’m […]

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Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Posted April 13, 2017 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Get It Together, Delilah!, originally published in Australia as The Flywheel, was a short and sweet YA contemporary. It was kinda fun, I guess, if a bit frivolous. The story follows our protagonist, Delilah, when her father goes out of the country for two months and leaves her to run her family’s cafe in his absence. That being said, I had some major problems with certain language used in the book. I’ll start by saying that I loved reading an Aussie YA novel. I wish more were published in the US! It was fun to get a glimpse of life as a teenager on the other side of the world. It really took me a while to get over the […]

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(Belated) Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books

Posted April 12, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I know this is a day late, but I didn’t want to miss out on such a fun topic. This week’s topic is all about unique books, so I thought I’d tell you all about some of the most unique books I’ve read and the specific elements that make them so unique. Warning: this list contains WAY more than ten books. books with unique settings     A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab // I mean, it’s set in four different, parallel versions of London, all with unique attributes and magic (or a lack thereof). What more could you ask for? Every Heart a […]

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Happy Book Birthday to THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli!

Posted April 11, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

It’s here! It’s here! As of today, Becky Albertalli’s newest book, The Upside of Unrequited, is officially on shelves (well, at least here in the US). In case you didn’t know, I won an ARC of Upside through a Twitter giveaway, and I adored every page. It’s tied for my favorite read of the year so far. I never actually got around to writing a review, though. SO, here’s the deal. Since I love this book so much, and also because I just adore Becky Albertalli as an author and person, I wanted to do a special post to celebrate its release! I’ve made a little aesthetic for the book, and I also am going to detail some of the many reasons you […]

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