Author: Madalyn

Weekly Novel Rewind (9)

Posted August 19, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Well, friends, I’m coming to you with the last novel rewind of the summer. I start my fall semester on Monday. *cries* I’d be lying if I said I was ready to go back, but I am excited about my schedule this semester. And, god, I can’t wait to be back in choir rehearsals. I’ve missed choir SO much. This week was pretty uneventful– I worked five days in a row (my feet are about to fall off my body, lol) and spent some time getting ready for the new semester. Wednesday night, I won […]

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Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh | #ARCAugust

Posted August 17, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh | #ARCAugust

 I See You is definitely one of the better thrillers I’ve read in a while. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this book, but I’m so glad I finally did, because I forgot how much I love mystery/thrillers! I don’t think I can say much without this review getting spoilery, so I’ll just focus on what the book did well and what I think it could improve on. This book primarily follows a woman named Zoe Walker, who lives in London and who, one day on her commute, sees a photo of herself in a classified ad in the newspaper for a website called FindTheOne.com. She begins monitoring the classifieds section and soon […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations for Musicians

Posted August 15, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday is finally back from hiatus, yay! This week’s topic is a recommendations freebie, so I decided to recommend some books for my fellow musicians. All of these really struck a chord (ha… pun definitely intended) with my musical side, and I think other musical folks will really enjoy them, too. Onto the list! (Covers link to Goodreads.) madalyn’s top ten Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones // My current read, and the one that inspired this post idea. Wintersong is a gorgeously written fantasy that weaves in retelling elements of so many different stories. It is primarily a Labyrinth retelling, but it also is partly […]

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Review: The Little Queen by Meia Geddes | #ARCAugust

Posted August 14, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
Review: The Little Queen by Meia Geddes | #ARCAugust

 I hadn’t previously heard much about The Little Queen, but I stumbled across it during one of my Netgalley requesting sprees recently (come on, you know you’ve gone on those) and saw that many of my friends had read it. I discovered an adorable, fluffy novella that also wove in some deeper themes. Head up, this is probably going to be a short review, because 1.) it’s a short book (~100 pages), and 2.) this book is whimsical to the point that it makes it almost impossible to describe. Netgalley classifies The Little Queen as poetry, which I…. don’t understand. While the prose is incredibly lyrical and lovely, it’s decidedly still prose. Also, I’m having a crisis trying to classify the […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (8)

Posted August 12, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates It was another quiet week on my end! I mostly just worked, ran errands, and read. Honestly, though, as an introvert who doesn’t get a ton of alone time, these are the best kinds of weeks sometimes! We’re having a birthday party for my dad Saturday night, which should be fun. I can’t believe school starts a week from Monday! This summer feels like it’s flown by, but it was seriously so much fun. I’m starting to get super excited to be back rehearsing with my choir once the semester starts! I haven’t seen most of […]

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

Posted August 10, 2017 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
Release Week Blitz: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

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 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 […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Posted August 9, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

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 I always love books that deal with politics, and this one especially intrigues me because it supposedly addresses the double standards that women face in these situations. I haven’t read anything by Gabrielle Zevin in a while, but I do remember enjoying her writing. Can’t wait to pick this one up in a few weeks! What book are you waiting on this week?

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Weekly Novel Rewind (7)

Posted August 5, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Hi, guys! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Mine was fairly quiet. I went and visited my parents in Florida last weekend, and since I got home I’ve worked almost every day. I also got to spend time with two of my best friends this week. We went out to lunch at one of my favorite spots, and then we took the train to this city right outside Atlanta called Decatur, which just has a bunch of cool shops and restaurants. It was tons of fun! Next week should also be a pretty calm […]

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Mini Reviews: Two Underwhelming September Releases

Posted August 3, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments
Mini Reviews: Two Underwhelming September Releases

Hello hello! Welcome to another round of mini reviews. Today, I’ll be discussing two upcoming releases I found severely overhyped and disappointing. Honestly, I decided to do mini reviews of both of these instead of full reviews simply because I don’t have much to say about either of these books, other than… I didn’t enjoy them. But I’m going to articulate WHY I didn’t like them, because being a critical reader is important, no? Anyway, that’s enough rambling for one post. Onto my thoughts!   This. Book. Was. So. Dull. Like, mind-numbingly boring to read. I find Girls Made of Snow & Glass quite difficult to review, because while I didn’t hate this book– I have more of a total […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Posted August 2, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

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 Um, hello, new Libba Bray?! I’ll always be first in line for every new book she releases. Plus, The Diviners is probably my favorite ongoing series at the moment. (Although, the cover changes are DECIDEDLY NOT MY FAVORITE. I miss the original cover design of the first book.) There was a ton of foreshadowing in Lair of Dreams about this mysterious “King of Crows” that this installment deals with, so I can’t wait to learn more about what all […]

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