Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi Blog Tour: Top 5 Quotes!

Brittany: Hey guys, today we're sharing our Top 5 Favorite Quotes from Tahereh Mafi's Furthermore

~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
~Top 5 Quotes~






Brittany: I hope you guys enjoyed those. Be sure to check out Nikki's Review and our Book Look for Furthermore!

~The Tour Schedule~

8/29: Bibliognome
9/1: Reading One Book at a Time
9/7: Oh the Book Feels

~Pre-Order Details~



Monday, August 29, 2016

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway










Brittany: Hey guys! Today, Zoraida Cordova is on the blog for the Labyrinth Lost 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 ^_^

~The Book~


Title: LABYRINTH LOST
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Pub. Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | GR
"Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic."-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...


~Praise for Labyrinth Lost~

"Zoraida Cordova's prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic." -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight

"Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine's journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family." -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

"A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante's Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary." -Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper

"Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish." -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined.

~Meet the Author~


About Zoraida:
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro
Connect with Zoraida: Website | Instagram | Twitter | FB | Tumblr | YouTube | Goodreads

~Interview~

Brittany: Hi Zoraida, thank you for doing this interview with me! ^_^

Zoraida: Thank you for having me!

Brittany: How much of your own background inspired Labyrinth Lost?

Zoraida: The only thing I’d say that I take from my family is Alex’s birthday party. There’s so much food and dancing and all your relatives there at once. Family is important, and the biggest thread in Latin American cultures. Each country has different superstitions and legends.

There is one monster in particular that is inspired by my childhood in Ecuador. When you’re a kid, everyone scares you with monsters. Duendes are evil elves that can steal you away. The Duendes in Labyrinth Lost are a little different, and hopefully I’ll get to bring them back in another book. But the one that’s stuck with me for a long time is the Cuco. In Mexico, there’s the Cucuy, which is a demon. For us (Ecuadorians), we scare kids with the “Cuco.” It’s a demon that eats children who behave badly. I always pictured a black beast with sharp teeth and claws. So, naturally, I turned it into the Maloscuros in Labyrinth Lost.

Everything else, Los Lagos, the cantos, the Deathday—that’s all made up.

Brittany: How can readers help We Need Diverse Books?

Zoraida: The biggest thing you can do is read them without thinking of them as “other books.” They’re also fantasies and contemporaries and science fiction.

Brittany: What are the easiest and most difficult parts of writing Fantasy?

Zoraida: The easiest part is creating the magical world. The hardest part is discovering that there’s a plot hole half way through the book. This is why I outline obsessively.

Brittany: What fictional character (not from your own books) do you most identify with, and why? They could be from any book, movie, or TV show.

Zoraida: Probably Black Widow because of my fighting skills. (Just kidding.)  I think I’m part Phoebe Buffet because I’m weird and part Ponyo because I love ham and the sea.

Brittany: If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?

Zoraida: I’d like the ability to conjure delicious food.

Brittany: What would make you automatically DNF a book?

Zoraida: Stereotypes, voice, and slow pacing.

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

Zoraida: I went wave running around Key West. I was so afraid I was going to fall off or something was going to jump out of the water and eat me. But nothing bad happened and the kick of adrenaline was fun in the end.

Brittany: What are some of your favorite 2016 books?

Zoraida: I’ve been slacking on reading because I’ve been on deadline. Some of my favorites have been GIRL LAST SEEN by Anne Greenwood Brown and Heather Anastasiu; NIGHTINGALE, SING by Karsten Knight; and SAGA volume 6.

Brittany: Thanks again, Zoraida, 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:

8/29/2016- Brittany's Book Rambles- Interview
8/30/2016- 125Pages- Review
8/31/2016- Once Upon A Twilight- Guest Post
9/1/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Review
9/2/2016- Me, My Shelf and I-Guest Post

Week Two:

9/5/2016- Emily Reads Everything- Review
9/6/2016- The Book Nut- Guest Post
9/7/2016- Take Me Away To A Great Read- Review
9/8/2016- Wandering Bark Books- Interview
9/9/2016- Lost in Ever After- Review

~Giveaway~

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee ARC Review, Pre-Order Details + Giveaway

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Paperback ARC, 437 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
My Rating: /5 Stars
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

I went into The Thousandth Floor with zero expectations and it blew me away! The night that I started it, I only meant to read a couple of chapters but I ended up reading the entire thing that same night.


If you can get past the first paragraph and not want to know more, I will definitely be judging your taste. Reading The Thousandth Floor was like reading a futuristic Gossip Girl. It was absolutely fantastic, and it's definitely one of my favorite surprises of the year. The world-building is incredible and well-developed, and best of all, it draws on the universal love of New York City.


Besides the awesome world building, I truly enjoyed the overlapping storylines, as well as the mystery and suspense that is fantastically woven into the plot. The characters all come from different backgrounds and yet, they are all inexplicably tied together from the start. This book gave me chills and thrills, and it left me simultaneously flailing and breathless.


The Thousandth Floor is at the top of my recommendation list for 2016 debuts, so do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy! You can thank me later.

Strengths/Likes:

1) The mindblowing world building. Every aspect of the setting was so well thought out that it felt real. The technology was especially cool! Contact lenses that work like a smartphone, and high-speed trains that take you to across oceans to other continents?! I seriously hope these things become real someday. And a thousand floor skyscraper like The Tower in New York City someday? Yes, please!

2) Although this is a book that is set far into the future, the issues and problems that the characters are dealing with are ones that we can all relate to. They're dealing with jealousy, problems at home, drug abuse, financial troubles, broken hearts, betrayal and more. There were so many things that I could easily relate to that it made the story come alive. They may be fictional characters but they felt real to me.

3) I'm a huge sucker for fictional drama and The Thousandth Floor is rife with it. All of the main characters have known each other for many years, and with that comes a lot of drama and tons of juicy details. To say that I was caught up in all of the romance, secrets, and backstabbing would definitely be an understatement.



4) The ships! You guys know that I'm all about the couples, and if I'm giving a book 5 stars, that must mean there is a great ship... or three! xD


My favorite is definitely Rylin and her man. I won't say who because that's kind of a spoiler, BUT when you guys read it, feel free to come flail with me. 


5) The ending gutted me. The reader knows the ending of the book from the first page of The Thousandth Floor, so I thought that I was prepared. And yet, I was so, so wrong.


I knew it was going to be heartbreaking and yet, I feel like I was ill-prepared. But my favorite part of the ending of this book is that while you feel upset, Katharine leaves you with the hope of vengeance. It's spectacular!


Favorite Quotes:




~Pre-Order Details~

If you guys pre-order The Thousandth Floor through Books of Wonder or Blue Willow Book Shop you will get these awesome tattoos!


PLUS, 12 random winners will be selected to win one of these The Thousandth Floor inspired tank tops!


~Giveaway~

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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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