Giveaway Winner!

Over the month of August I announced a giveaway here on my blog for a chance to win a signed ARC of Maggie Stiefvatter’s upcoming book, All the Crooked Saints. Many of you entered, and I thank you all for participating, but alas, there could only be one winner and that person has been chosen and it is none other than…

Ryann the Reader

Congratulations Ryann on your win!

Ryann has also been privately emailed but if she does not respond in the next 48 hours with a mailing address, a new winner will be chosen. So, Ryann, now is your chance! For the last giveaway I did a few months ago, I had to pick four winners before someone finally got back to me on time. Let us pray that this is not the case.

**The winner was chosen in a random drawing generated by rafflecopter, and I had no influence in the matter. Everyone who entered had an equal probability of being chosen. Thank you all who participated. Better luck next time.**

I will let you all know if, or when, I do another giveaway. Thanks again for participating!

 

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T5W – August 30, 2017

Favorite Bromance

**Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male.

I love a book with a good bromance. Female friendships are great, and I am so glad that they are becoming more prominent in YA, but the male friendships have been seriously lacking for a very long time. Men in stories serve only as love interests and eye candy. They are there to compete with other males for the chance to be the alpha in the pack and get the girl. Either that, or we are presented with the obvious alpha, and the goofy friend who poses no threat to his masculinity. Here I’m gonna talk about the male friendships that have been too epic for words and too emotional to fully express.

So, let’s go talk about some of my top bros.

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First Line Fridays #3

“The Magician stood at the edge of his world and took one last look at the city. The spires of churches rose like jagged teeth, and the sightless windows of tumbled buildings flashed in the rising sun. He’d loved it once. In those lawless streets, a boy could become anything- and he had. But in the end, the city had been nothing but a prison. It had borne him and made and now it would kill him just the same.”

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – ARC Review

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Well, that was a heck of a lot darker than I thought it would be.

I knew going into this that it would deal with topics such as fear and anxiety, but I never guessed it would be as deep as it was.

The story follows the life of Esther Solar, a girl whose family has been cursed by Death itself to die from each of their deepest fear.

Her mother is afraid of bad luck, so she buys lucky rabbits and spends all their money on slot machines. Her father has severe agoraphobia so he locks himself in the basement and has not come out in six years. Her twin brother, Eugene, is afraid of the dark and the demons he swears he sees inside of it, so it’s been years since the lights in their house were turned off. Esther is the only one who does not yet know what her fatal fear, so with the help of her childhood friend, Jonah, she hopes to cross a few off the list.

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Mask of Shadows – ARC Review Of An Over Hyped, Underdeveloped YA Fantasy

★★


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I’m not gonna lie, for all the hype that this book seems to be racking up, it sure wasn’t that good.

The book starts out decently enough. It begins with a robbery as we are introduced to our gender fluid main character, Sal, and the competition that would change their life. Notice I used ‘their’ instead of he or she, for Sal chooses to be addressed as whatever they dress for the day. If he dresses as a man, he will be addressed as such. If she dresses as a woman, the same applies. This was interesting as I never read from such a POV.

And I guess that’s where the originality ended.

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Pretty on the Outside, Bitter on the Inside

Bad Books With Pretty Covers

We in the bookish community love to lie to ourselves. We like to pretend that it’s only what’s on the inside that counts. And while this is a nice sentiment and whatnot, a pretty little quote to put on t-shirts and mugs and stuff, it’s not always true when it comes to books. We love to judge book covers, it’s in our nature. Sure, the inside matters, as we are about to see, but let’s be honest with ourselves, our bookshelves are all about the aesthetic. At least, mine are. I am not ashamed to say that put all the ugly books in the back (sorry, not sorry)

So, without further ado, I am going to list a couple of extremely beautiful books. Book’s that would make my shelves shine. Books that I have read, and even bought, solely for the aesthetic of their covers.

Books whose deceitful covers have filled me with regret after reading.

Here we go.

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All the Crooked Saints ARC Giveaway!!

Hey, guess what? I’m giving away a book!

A week ago I wrote a post about a giveaway that I was hosting here in celebration of getting 300 followers on my blog. Again, I want to thank you all. But, for those of you who might not have seen that post and don’t know about the giveaway, here it is again!

The Book Cover Girls is hosting am hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a new, free, signed ARC of Maggie Stiefvater’s upcoming book, All the Crooked Saints. While at Book Con 2017, I acquired two copies of the novel. I am keeping one to read an am giving the other one away.

And yes, I know, there is controversy about this book. But, let’s also keep in mind that none of the people that were originally making their judgement had even read the book at the time. I haven’t read it either and if I find a problem with it then I will state that in my review, but I will go into this book without bias, as should we all. So, if you are as excited as I am to read this book, and live in the continental united states, please feel free to enter my giveaway!

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