Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Expected Publication Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
If you want something done right . . .
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

Ahoy Mateys! Feast your landlubber eyes on this booty! It brings warmth to this ole' Captain's heart to see another tome about a fellow sea lass. The more swashbucklin' tales, the better!


Any pirate worth her salt would sooner walk the plank than turn their backs on a tale about a pirate lass and attractive first mate. It'd be a vast blunder, indeed. I'll be keepin' a weather eye on that horizon for this treasure, how bout you? Are ye scallywags with me? Hoist your colors!


~Meet the Author~


Tricia Levenseller writes historical fantasies for young adult readers. Her debut, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, is set to release Feb. 2017 from Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers.
Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing and is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

Connect with Tricia: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FB

Monday, August 22, 2016

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi Blog Tour: Book Look + Giveaway!

In Furthermore, Alice lives in a world of color. Born without pigment, she loves to dress in colorful skirts and bangles of every shade. Taking a style cue from Alice, we're sharing a Book Look of brightly-colored dresses inspired by both Furthermore and the ever-stylish Tahereh Mafi! 

Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a finished copy of Furthermore, plus a prize pack of Tahereh’s Favorite Things!

~The Book~

Publisher: Dutton BFYR/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Nikki's Rating: /5 Stars
The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.




~Meet the Author~

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere at @TaherehMafi or on her website, www.taherehbooks.com.

Follow Tahereh: Twitter | Instagram

~The Book Look~

For today's Book Look, I was inspired by the cover of Furthermore and it's beautiful, vibrant hues! It made me think of bright colors, prints, flowers, and other girly pretty things! 

I chose a number of fabulous dresses (because I love fancy dresses XD), most of which are designed by one of my favorite designers, Zuhair Murad.

Carven  - Fall 2012/13 Collection

Zuhair Murad - Couture Spring 2013

Zuhair Murad - Resort 2016 Collection

Zuhair Murad - SS 2014 Campaign

Zuhair Murad - 2013 Spring Collection


Lastly, Furthermore's author Tahereh Mafi is well-known fashionista, so I found a lovely photo of her wearing an outfit that totally fits the aesthetic of Furthermore's cover, while totally making it an every-day, wearable look.


Tahereh Mafi, ladies and gentlemen. Look at that gorgeous outfit, you guys!


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed our Book Look for Furthermore!

~Giveaway~

Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of Furthermore. Also, for providing a finished copy of Furthermore and a prize pack for one winner from my blog!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh Blog Tour: ARC Review, Playlist + Giveaway

Hey guys! Today for the Fear the Drowning Deep blog tour, I'm sharing my review and Sarah Glenn Marsh's playlist! I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to check out the awesome giveaway, as well as all the other tour stops ^_^


~Review~

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Format: Paperback ARC, 310 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Expected Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound
My Rating: /5 Stars

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

I knew going into this book that it was going to be masterful, and I was not disappointed! Fear the Drowning Deep is like nothing I've ever read before. Sarah's writing is hauntingly beautiful in this enchanting and treacherous tale. The characters are wonderful, the plot is well-executed, the writing is gorgeous—I mean, what more could you ask for?

Fear the Drowning Deep brings to life a culturally rich setting that I've never read about; I truly loved reading and learning about the Isle of Man! Sarah seamlessly weaves it into the story in such an enthralling wayI simply couldn't get enough of it! For me, Sarah is an auto-buy author, and trust me, my auto-buy list is tiny. In short? Do yourself a favor, and read this book!



Strengths/Likes:

1)  I am a huge fan of Sarah's writing! Her prose is so incredibly melodic and passionate that I could easily get lost in her words, and never want to be found. Whenever I read her work, it yanks at my heart-strings, and I become a messy ball of emotions.


2) For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the sea and everything undiscovered and mysterious within its depths. In Fear The Drowning Deep, the ocean is almost it's own character because of how big a role it plays in the daily lives of the people in the book, as well as all of it's fishy, mystical, and creepy inhabitants.  



3) The rich setting in this book was a joy to discover. The story takes place on the Isle of Man, which I have never heard of before, but now I want to learn even more about it! The culture, language, and history of this tiny island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland all sound extremely interesting. Most importantly, Sarah really brought those aspects to life, all while weaving in her fantastical twists. 



4) Bridey, the main character, has one of the most interesting character arcs I have ever read. She's almost a different person entirely by the end of the book. I enjoyed watching her change and grow as the story unfolded. She's really easy to root for! I hope we'll get to see more of her in the future! Perhaps Sarah will delight us with a sequel? *hint hint*

5) I looooove the family dynamics in this book. It's so rare in YA to find a family with both parents alive, and a generally happy home life; it brought warmth to my heart to finally read a book like this. I love Bridey's entire family, from her quirky parents to her endearing sisters. They made me want to propel myself into the book to compliment them all on what a wonderful family they were. 


6) The ending of this book will have your heart racing and pumping with so much adrenaline. I could not contain myself as I was tearing through the last section. I don't want to spoil anything, but be prepared to feel like you want to jump out of your skin. 



Weaknesses/Dislikes: 

1) Bridey and Fynn have a great chemistry and a lovely relationship, but I wanted to see even more of it. I was desperately craving more "Brynn" scenes together of them talking and bonding! Basically, I just wanted more to swoon over xD

Favorite Quotes:








~Sarah's Playlist~

Brittany: You can listen to all of these songs on this YouTube playlist I made  ^_^

*You Brought Me Up by Méav - this song sets the tone for the book!
*Atlantis by Ellie Goulding
*When It Comes to Us by Frances (ft. Ritual) - a song for Bridey and Fynn
*Salt Skin by Ellie Goulding
*It Was Always You by Maroon 5 - a song for Bridey and Lugh
*Full Fathom Five by Méav - this is a Shakespeare sonnet-turned-song with an eerie, siren-like quality that reminds me of the forbidding ocean.
*Wild Child by Cardiknox - a song for Bridey, and possibly Grayse and Mally as well!
*Runaway by Aurora
*Newry Boat by Méav - this is a beautiful song about longing for lost love, sung in Irish Gaelic
*Empty Threat by Chvrches
*Dark Paradise by Lana Del Rey - this song evokes the dark mood of a certain creature in the water
*Bow Down by Chvrches - a song that reflects Bridey's determination to save her town
*Strong by London Grammar - a song for Morag, the town witch
*New Love by Maroon 5 - another song for Bridey and Fynn
*King of Anything by Sarah Bareilles - a song that describes how Bridey feels about certain people in her town!

~The Tour Schedule~

Week 1: 
8/1 - Bookish Lifestyle - Review + Tote Design
8/2 - A Perfection Called Books - Review + Pinterest Board
8/3 - Booknerd Addict - Review 
8/4 - Caught Read Handed - Review + Interview
8/5 - Dana Square - Review

Week 2: 
8/8 - Alexa Loves Books- Bookish Style Files
8/9 - It Starts at Midnight- Review
8/10 - The YA Book Traveler - Interview
8/11 - Brittany's Book Rambles - Review + Playlist
8/12 - Stories & Sweeties - Bonnag Recipe + Excerpt

~Enter the Giveaway~

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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!


Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Pub. Date: February 21st 2017
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly, and the king and his courtiers are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have survived the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

Long May She Reign seems rife with intrigue. A girl who was never meant to be queen, a sudden massacre of everyone else who should have been on the throne before her, and a "dashing, enigmatic illegitimate son" of the king?


BECAUSE IT'S WORKING!

~About the Author~


Rhiannon Thomas is a recent graduate from Princeton University, where she studied English and Japanese, and smuggled bubble tea into the library on a regular basis. She now lives in York, England.

As well as reading and writing YA fiction, she runs the blog FeministFiction.com, where she discusses TV, books, and all kinds of fannish things from a feminist perspective.


Connect with Rhiannon: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Have you guys heard of this book? What do you think? Are you adding it to your TBR? Let me know ^_^

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Hey guys! Today, I have the pleasure of having Alexandra Sirowy, author of The Creeping and her new YA thriller The Telling, on the blog. Check out our interview, and the giveaway below!

~Meet the Author~



Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING and THE TELLING. Alexandra attended a women's college for her undergraduate work in International Relations and later received her graduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East. When she isn't writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and exploring the foothills and woods near the Northern California home she and her husband share with their dog.
Connect with Alexandra: Website | Twitter | FB | Pinterest | Instagram



~The Interview~

Brittany: Your two central characters in The Telling, Lana and Ben, made up fairy-tale stories where they were the heroes. Did you ever do this as a kid?

Alexandra: My sister and I used to make up plays and perform them in the backyard. They usually involved lots of costume changes and death scenes. Our little brother, who’s a lot younger, we cast as an inanimate object so he could just stand there looking adorable.

Brittany: This being your second book, was it easier writing than your first, The Creeping? Did anything change about your writing process?

Alexandra: The two experiences were unique, but I wouldn’t say one was easier than the other. Both books came from very different inspiration, which in turn, informed the writing process. My first novel THE CREEPING was character driven from inception. I knew I wanted to write a thriller where the protagonist had survived a mysterious tragedy in her childhood, one that she had complicated feelings about. It was her, Stella, a very strong, brittle, and flawed anti-heroine that I wrote the book for. The secondary characters came next – I gave her a best friend, a crush, and a group of girls she’d go to the lake with on summer days. Everything else – the small town secrets, the folklore, and the mystery – came after. I didn’t plot but wrote start to finish, letting the plot go where it wanted to.

My second book, THE TELLING, was a different story. I’d just sold THE CREEPING and was staying on a small island in the Puget Sound in Washington state to celebrate. Sailboats cut through the indigo waters, bonfires dotted beaches, and there was a postcard-perfect town. I couldn’t help but wonder, what lies beneath this glittering façade? A fictive island as eerie as it was alluring, as feral as privileged, took root in my head. The two main characters of THE TELLING, a step-sister and brother, have childhoods rich in make-believe. They cast themselves as heroes fighting the imaginary villains of their stories. This is before. THE TELLING begins after, with a mysterious murder, a secret past, and the girl, Lana, setting out to become the hero of her imagination. As you can see, this book was really driven by a mysterious place I couldn’t get out of my head, everything else followed.

Brittany: What fictional character (not your own) do you identify with the most? (Could be from a book, TV, movie, etc.)

Alexandra: I think it changes depending on the day I’m having. If I’m really killing it and slaying deadlines and seeing friends or family, I can identify with Katniss (right at the end of the first book, when she’s feeling victorious and doesn’t realize that holy hell is coming for her). If my day’s lousy or if I feel misunderstood, I’m going to go with Dracula, who I’ve always had a soft spot for.

Brittany: What is your favorite line or scene from The Telling?

Alexandra: Such a tough question! I am going to cheat. I can’t pick one favorite, but I can tell you one of my favorites. Third chapter, there’s a flashback scene of the night Lana witnessed her stepbrother’s mysterious attack. She and Ben’s girlfriend, Maggie, are standing on the side of the highway recounting details to the police. For me it’s the most chilling scene of the book.

Brittany: Who was your first OTP?

Alexandra: I’m going to go way, way back and say the March sisters. I used to hide in our hall closet as a kid (to get away from my little sister and brother) and read Little Women over and over again.

Brittany: Both The Creeping and The Telling are thrillers, what are the easiest and most difficult parts to write in this genre?

Alexandra: I don’t consciously write for only one genre. My ideas just often come out thriller-esque. Intrigue, secrets, lies, and anti-heroines appeal to me. I’ve been starting to draft a project that some would call a fantasy, though, all the thriller elements are there – maybe it’s my compulsion to turn everything into a mystery?

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

Alexandra: Yikes. I almost don’t want to re-live it. I went to a very old women’s college as an undergraduate, and on campus was a small graveyard where the school’s founders were interred in the 1800s. It was in a wooded, deserted corner of our campus. I walked there at night once, alone, and completely freaked myself out. I sprinted the whole way back after hearing the snap of a twig.

Brittany: What are some of your favorite 2016 book releases?

Alexandra: AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White has been one of my favorite reads so far. I loved the brittle, fierce anti-heroine. Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS was lyrical and gorgeous. And I’m currently in the middle of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda and finding it compulsively readable.

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

Guys, make sure to check out Alexandra's new book, The Telling, and enter the giveaway below ^_^

~The Telling~

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Lana used to know what was real.
That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
Then came after.
After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder. 


~Tour Schedule~

August 2nd: YA Book Central
August 4th: Katie's Book Blog

~Giveaway~

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