Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!


Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Expected Publication Date: Jan. 10, 2017
Pre-Order it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

Some of you might know this, but I love The Phantom of the Opera, the book and the Broadway show. I have been dying for someone to write a YA re-telling of this story for what feels like ages, and then I heard of Roseblood!


I neeeeeed this book, guys. I haven't read any of A.G. Howard's other books but maybe this will be the one that will have me devouring everything she's ever written! We shall see ;)

What do you guys think? Is this one on your TBR? Is this the first time you're hearing of it? Have you read A.G.'s Splintered Series? Let me know ^_^


~Meet the Author~


A.G. loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop her an email or a good old fashioned letter. She can be reached either way. Although she may not be able to answer each one personally, she always reads them and enjoys the feedback. 
As for blurb requests or interviews, due to a heavy workload, A.G. has taken an indefinite break from giving out quotes for books or taking part in blog interviews. Check back here periodically to see when she's open to requests again.
Connect with A.G.: Website | Twitter | FB | Pinterest | Tumblr | Youtube

Friday, September 23, 2016

Interview with Daniel Sweren-Becker, debut author of The Ones

Hey guys, today I want to introduce you to Daniel Sweren-Becker, debut author of The Ones! If you haven't checked out his book (shame on you), check out the info below and I hope you enjoy our interview! ^_^

~The Book~

The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
Publisher: Imprint/Macmillan
Pub. Date: September 6, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Cody has always been proud of being a One. She and her boyfriend James were two of the lucky babies from the 1% of the U.S. population that were randomly selected to benefit from genetic engineering. Now, she and the rest of The Ones are excelling. They are healthy, beautiful, and talented. They aren't otherworldly, just perfect. And to some, that's not fair. The Equality Movement, capitalizing on the growing fear and jealousy, gains political traction and actually outlaws their existence. Society shows its darker side as The Ones are marginalized. The line between right and wrong blurs in the face of injustice and Cody becomes closer to a group of radical Ones intent on fighting back. James begins to fear just how far she is willing to go for the cause.

Read an excerpt of The Ones!

~Interview~

Brittany: When did you first know that you wanted to be an author?

Daniel: Maybe it was around three years old, when I thought I could “read” picture books, but was really just narrating my own version of the story.  And then many more times, whenever I finished a book that made me put it down and just say “whoa.”

Brittany: What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done for fun?

Daniel: Go down a natural “water slide”, which is really just a crazy stretch of rapids that you go down without a boat.

Brittany: What authors and/or books have influenced you the most, and in what way?

Daniel: When I was young: S.E Hinton, Roald Dahl, Gary Paulsen.
When I was little older: Larry McMurtry, Flannery O’Connor, Tim O’Brien.
Nowadays: Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Elizabeth Kolbert.

I don’t know if there is a grand unifying theme here, but many of these authors do a great job of
blending really serious subjects with a dark sense of humor.

Brittany: What are your favorite and least favorite types of scenes to write, and why?

Daniel: To paraphrase another writer whose name escapes me, I love writing scenes when two characters are arguing, and both of them are actually right.  Not only is this great fun for the reader, but it’s also easier for to write!

Least favorite is exposition.  Not only is it boring to read and write, but if you find yourself doing it too much, it’s also a sign that you have problems elsewhere.

Brittany: Which of your own characters do you identify with the most? 

Daniel: I probably identify with James.  We are both cautious and deliberate and love playing devil’s advocate.

Brittany: What fictional character (could be from a book, movie, or TV show, etc) that is not your own do you identify with the most?

Daniel: I could pretend otherwise, but anyone else would insist on Jerry Seinfeld, for good and for bad.

Brittany: What is your favorite non-spoilerly line from you own book?

Daniel: Good question!  I’d have to pick two, one poetic: “To see these two run together was like watching a pair of hawks carve through the air or two dolphins crest a wave.”
And one angry: “the accommodators, the collaborators, the silent cowards, and the naked perpetrators: they were all the same now.”

Brittany: Do you have any advice to aspiring authors out there? 

Daniel: Write as often as possible.  Read the news everyday – truth is stranger than fiction.  Try forms you don’t even know you’re interested in.  Join a writers group to hold you accountable and provide some low-stakes critiques.  Most of all, remember that every writer has many, many bad ideas and bad drafts that they have to get rid of.  Try getting through all that junk as quickly as possible!




Daniel Sweren-Becker is a New York-born, Los Angeles-based television writer, author and playwright. He honed his craft at fine institutions like New Horizons Daycare Center, The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Wesleyan University, and NYU. His handwriting has yet to stop him.

Connect with Daniel: Twitter | Instagram

Thank you, Daniel, for being on Brittany's Book Rambles today! 

Did you guys like our interview? Have you heard of The Ones? Is it on your TBR? Let me know ^_^

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR
Expected Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository 
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.
Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.
Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.
Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.
The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

After reading Mindy's The Female of the Species (review to come very soon), I simply need to read all of Mindy's books. 


And unlike The Female of the Species, this is a YA fantasy which is my absolute favorite genre. The setting sounds rich, and the synopsis hints at a star-crossed romance with great adventure, and who doesn't want a book about that? 

What do you guys think? Have you heard of this one? Is it on your TBR? Let me know!

~Meet the Author~


Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Mindy is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.
Connect with Mindy: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Shadow Bright and Burning Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!


Brittany: Hey guys! Today, Jessica Cluess is on the blog for the A Shadow Bright and Burning Blog Tour! I hope you guys enjoy this post, be sure to add this book to your TBR and check out the giveaway at the bottom ^_^ Also, check out my review!

~The Book~

Title: A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING
Author: Jessica Cluess
Pub. Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks GR
I am Henrietta Howel.

The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.

The prophesied one.

Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. 

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare. 

~Meet the Author~

About Jessica:
Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.
Connect with Jessica: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr

~Guest Post~
By: Jessica Cluess

I woke to sunlight streaming through the window. Rubbing my eyes, I sat up and froze when I heard tapping.

“Hello?” I called, but no one answered. It sounded like something hitting my bedpost. Turning my head, I found a stick of polished wood lying on the pillow next to me, utterly still. I pulled the blankets to my chin. “Hello?” I said again, like a fool. But what else does one say to a mysterious object?

The stave was perhaps two feet long…a stave…

“Are you mine?” I whispered, taking it in hand. I swore I felt the briefest flicker of a pulse, as if it were some living creature. At my touch, the wood stretched and squeezed, like taking a damp cloth by both ends and wringing it. When the wood relaxed, it no longer appeared smooth and polished. An unseen hand had etched the sorcerer sigils for fire, water, earth, and air into the wood. A five-pointed star appeared at the handle. A tendril of carved ivy leaves wound along the stave’s length.

My hands trembled as I traced the images. It was mine. God, it was mine.

I threw the blankets back and leaped to the floor, twirling the stave around and around in my hands.

Lilly entered with a tea tray and gasped.

I bowed it toward her, and a gust of wind erupted through the room, blowing her skirts above her knees. She jumped and a cup fell off the tray and smashed to pieces.

“I’m so sorry!” I threw the stave onto the bed and went to help her.

“Quite all right, miss.” She bent to pick up the pieces, joining me crouched on the floor. When our eyes met, we burst out laughing. I had a magic stave. What was a broken cup compared to that?

* * *

Brittany: Thank you so much, Jessica, for being on my blog today!

Guys, make sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule and giveaway below ^_^

~Tour Schedule~

Week One:

9/12/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
9/13/2016- Emily Reads Everything- Review
9/14/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
9/15/2016- Ohana Reads- Review
9/16/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview

Week Two:

9/19/2016- Princessica of Books- Review
9/20/2016- Brittany's Book Rambles- Guest Post
9/21/2016- All Things Urban Fantasy- Review
9/22/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt
9/23/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

~Giveaway~

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Blog Tour: ARC Review


Hey guys, today I'm sharing my review of This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills as part of the blog tour! I hope you like it, and be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule!


~Meet the Author~


Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also cocreator and cohost of the "life skills" channel How to Adult.
Connect with Emma: YoutubeTwitter |


~The Review~


Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
My Rating: /5 Stars
Buy: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

This Adventure Ends is a cute and bubbly read that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. After reading a lot of emotionally heavy books lately, this was exactly what I needed! Emma Mills is a master of hilarious and witty dialogue—she definitely had me chuckling constantly throughout the majority of the book. In most cases, contemporaries are usually a hard sell for me, especially ones that are not heavy-handed on the romance, but I enjoyed This Adventure Ends so much that I gobbled it up in one sitting!

If you're looking for an issues book or an overly complicated or serious contemporary, this may not be for you. At its core, This Adventure Ends is charming and fun, and is simply a pleasure to read. I would easily recommend it to anyone—especially if they're looking for something happy to brighten their day and lighten their mood.


Strengths/Likes:

1) This book is a gold mine of hilarious dialogue. In fact, most of my notes involve hilarious sections of conversation between the narrator, Sloane, and other people. Sloane's voice is probably one of my favorite character voices of all time—she's so amazing.


2) I love how This Adventure Ends is focused on friendships. Emma beautifully depicts how close friends can truly become a part of your family. She showcases that sometimes your family doesn't necessarily mean related by blood, which is something that is immensely important to me. The way that Emma lets the reader see into each individual friendship, as well as the whole group's dynamic as a whole is very well-executed.


3) Sloane's dad, Michael Finch, is a precious cinnamon roll. He's basically what you'd get if you combined Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter) and Mr. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice). Doesn't that paint an interesting picture in your head? Haha xD He is definitely one of my new favorite fictional dads!


4) This Adventure Ends is such a happy read. Even in times of sadness, this book will give you something to smile about. If you're ever looking for a fun, YA version of a romcom, or if you simply need a break from the harsh realities of everyday life, you need this book.


5) The families—particularly the parents—play a huge role in this book, and it's great! It goes to show that YA can still be YA with parents without it solely being negative. Each family is more than what meets the eye. The characters who appear to have the perfect lives are simultaneously dealing with tragedy and loss. Sloane has both parents and a cute little sister, but things are strained between all of them. It's incredibly honest, yet so simple. I love it!


Weaknesses/Dislikes:

1) I would have liked to see and know more about Sloane. She has a great voice, but I don't feel like I understood her as well as I would have liked. To me, she seemed so guarded, but I wasn't sure why. I assumed that it was because her parents had a strained relationship, or because she never had real friends before meeting the other characters in This Adventure Ends, but I wanted to know the back-story for certain.  

2) I do love that this book focuses more on friendship instead of romance, but you guys know that I'm all about the swoon factor in books. I wish that Sloane and Gabe had more interaction and time together. They are so adorable, and I think this book would have benefited from those two having more cutesy scenes.

Favorite Quotes:

1) "Geez. That was—was that a New York thing?"

Yes. Here is your MetroCard, and this is how you publicly dismantle the insufferable dicks.

~~

2) "Everyone should have punched-in-the-face-for kinds of friends. Everyone should have . . . you know. Like the people you call when you need to hide the body."

"Why is there a body?"

"If there was a body. Hypothetically."

"I'd like to avoid all forms of murder, including hypothetical."

~~

3) "There's not a universe in which I wouldn't want to talk to you."

"Serial-killer universe?"

"We would both be serial killers. We would meet on the job and team up."


~Tour Schedule~

9/15 thatartsyreadergirl.com – This Adventure Travels
9/15 crossroadreviews.com – Book Review
9/16 Toofondofbooks.com – Interview with Emma
9/17 avdreader.wordpress.com – This Adventure Paints
9/17 bookrambles.com – Book Review
9/18 whatsarahread.com – Moodboard
9/19 alexalovesbooks.com – This Adventure Explores
9/19 mybookmuse.com – Book Review
9/20 loveisnotatriangle.com – Would you Rather Questions
9/21 Fiercereads.com – This Adventure
9/21 takemeawaytoagreatread.com – Book Review
9/22 gonepecanla.wordpress.com – Emma Guest Post
9/23 supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com – This Adventure Creates
9/23 bookrookreviews.com – Book Review
9/24 skizzles22hu.blogspot.com – Friendship Post
9/25 bookbriefs.net – Book Review
9/26 exlibriskate.com/blog/ – This Adventure Blooms
9/26 fictionfare.com – Emma Guest Post
9/27 booksandmakeup.blogspot.com – This Adventure Inspires
9/27 pageturnersblog.com – Book Review
9/28 yabibliophile.com – Emma Guest Post
9/29 itstartsatmidnight.com – This Adventure Swims
9/29 eaterofbooks.blogspot.com – Book Review
9/30 darkfaerietales.com – Emma Guest Post
10/1 fireflyreadit.blogspot.com – This Adventure Begins
10/1 danasquare.blogspot.com – Book Review
10/2 readwritelove28.com – Emma Guest Post
10/3 swoonyboyspodcast.com – This Adventure Swoons
10/3 curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com – Book Review
10/4 aperfectioncalledbooks.blogspot.com – Pinterest Board