Friday, December 22, 2017

Beneath the Haunting Sea Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have the pleasure of being a part of the Beneath the Haunting Sea Blog Tour. Today, I'm sharing with you an excerpt from the book, along with a giveaway! I hope you enjoy it ^_^


Publisher: Page Street Kids
Pub. Date: January 9th, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Can't you hear it, Talia?
Can't you hear the waves singing?

Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen-Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long-forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods' history--and her own--the more the waves call to her, and it may be her destiny to answer.

Monday, December 18, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash: Interview with Elly Blake!


Hey everyone, I have the pleasure of being part of the 2017 Debut Authors Bash!

Check out my interview with Elly Blake, author of the Frostblood series! Plus, there's an awesome giveaway, and other goodies below! 

Fireblood (Frostblood #2) by Elly Blake
Format: Paperback ARC, 408 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pub. Date: September 12th, 2017
In this action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Frostblood, Ruby must choose between her fiery homeland and the icy king who loves her.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his powerful throne. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby's powers and past....

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Always Never Yours & Bookish Boyfriends

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!

Throughout the holidays I'm always looking for fluffy reads, so this week's books are fluffy contemporaries for you to look forward to! 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Foolish Hearts Blog Tour: Interview with Emma Mills


Hey lovelies! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! To start off your week, I've got a wonderful interview with Emma Mills for her new book Foolish Hearts! I hope you all enjoy it, and be sure to check out the other stops on the tour! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Smoke Thieves & Grace and Fury

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!

This week's theme is all about courtly intrigue!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Onyx and Ivory & The Empire's Ghost

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!

This week's theme is fantasy wars with leading ladies!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bird and the Blade & Sky in the Deep

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!

This week's books are about culturally rich fantasies! 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Beasts Made of Night Blog Tour: Q&A + Giveaway



Hey everyone! I have Tochi Onyebuchi on the blog today as the final stop for the Beasts Made of Night Blog Tour! Check out our interview, info about the book, as well as other goodies!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Brightly Burning & A Conspiracy of Stars

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!

This week, I'm sharing two tales set in the stars!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Godsgrave (Nevernight #2) by Jay Kristoff Audiobook Review

Narrated by Holter Graham
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: September 5th, 2017
In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: These Rebel Waves & Heart of Thorns

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!

With the weather finally getting colder, I decided to warm all of you up this week with two July 2018 fantasies!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: To Kill a Kingdom & Sea Witch

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!

This week, I'm waiting on two books set under the sea, because quite frankly... 


Friday, October 20, 2017

That Inevitable Victorian Thing Blog Tour: Playlist + Giveaway


Hey everyone, I have the pleasure of being a part of That Victorian Thing Blog Tour! Today I'm sharing E.K. Johnson's playlist to go along with this book. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to check out the rest of the schedule and enter the giveaway! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: From Twinkle With Love & My Plain Jane

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!

This week is dedicated to two companion novels that I am dying to get my hands on! 


Monday, October 16, 2017

King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard Audiobook Review

King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard 
Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Amanda Dolan, Adenrele Ojo, and Erin Spencer
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: February 7th, 2017
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury Audiobook Review

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Narrated by: Jessica Campbell
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Random House
Pub. Date: February 23, 2016
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world. . . .

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 



But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: See All the Stars & Like Never and Always

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!

As Halloween draws nearer, we need thrilling reads, so this week I feature two YA thrillers coming out next year!



Friday, October 6, 2017

Warcross by Marie Lu Audiobook Review

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Format: Audiobook
Pub. Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons/Penguin Random House
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Legendary & The Traitor's Game

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!

This time of year definitely calls for magical books, so this week I'm sharing two fantasies with you!


Friday, September 29, 2017

What I Learned at BookExpo 2017

Personally, I have been to Book Expo so many times but I believe I learned the most at this year's convention, so I thought I'd share it with all of you. 

Get Organized!

In my opinion, this is the first thing you need to do when you are planning to attend a convention. Do a lot of research, go to the convention website, check the social media accounts of exhibitors, and create a schedule based on the things that you want to see and do. Overcrowd your schedule, and include things, even if you're not sure you'll make it, and even if it overlaps with something else. You never know how long each event will take so you might have time to do more than you originally anticipated!

It's also very important that you have the booth numbers of the exhibitors you want to see. I can't tell you guys how many times I forgot where a certain booth was and needed to refer to my list. Conventions are often in huge locations to accommodate all of the attendees and the exhibitors, so be prepared!



Twitter Notifications!

Very often throughout conventions, exhibitors tweet out passwords for prizes, giveaways or just general useful information about events that you may not have known about when you were originally making your schedule, so it's always a good idea to set up your phone to get Twitter notifications for everything your favorite booths are talking about during the convention.


Plan to Be There All Day!

At the end of every convention I've been to—without fail—someone says "I didn't realize this would take all day!" And think about it... you spent all that time making plans, and you spent all that money on tickets to the event, for the hotel, and for transportation, and food, and so on. You should make the most of it!

Besides, a lot of people don't realize that even when they make a schedule for themselves—there is always tons of stuff to do all day long. Aside from what you see ahead of time, conventions often have many surprises, and there will definitely be things you will miss out on if you leave early!

The only exception to this might be the very last day because exhibitors often don't have as much going on, and are generally slowly packing their things. However, if you're feeling very dedicated, they do normally give away the display copies, so if there was an ARC you were really dying for that they weren't giving away during the convention, you might have one shot at it—but be prepared to line up early and be first in line for it. Also, lots of merchandise and books are sold at discounted rates on the last day to get rid of the stock.

All in all, make sure you stay hydrated and give yourself some downtime when you need it, but try to stay until the end! You don't want to leave early, only to regret it after hearing from other people about the awesome stuff they got or what fun thing they did after you left.

Proper Attire! 

No matter what kind of convention you're attending, you're going to want to wear comfortable, breathable clothing. Convention halls are hot, there are not many convenient places to sit, and you'll spend most of your day standing in some kind of line... or sitting on the floor after you can't stand anymore.

Though some conventions like BEA and ALA call for more professional looking attire, I suggest wearing something that would be classified as business casual, and for the love of god—don't make the same mistake I once did, and stay away from high heels!

Unless it's for a specific costume event! In that case, capes are awesome.

Have Cash!

While a lot of booths will have card machines for your purchases, many will not. Most importantly, many places where you'll be wanting to buy food will only accept cash. Also, they sometimes separate the lines between credit card purchases and cash, and the cash lines are always faster. Therefore, make sure that you have some cash on hand for all of your purchases.


Bring Portable Chargers!

I promise you—portable chargers at a convention will save your life. While there will often be places for you to be able to charge your phone, do you really want to be stuck at a charging station in some random corner, away from everything, when you could be walking around the sales floor? I doubt it. And when I say to bring portable chargers, I don't mean the little ones that are good for one charge. I mean the ones that can charge your phone multiple times. You'll be taking photos, checking your schedule, texting and calling your friends, and posting on your social media throughout the entire convention, so unsurprisingly... that's very draining to your phone battery!

...Except That, Pack Light!

You will receive and/or buy a lot of stuff at book conventions. From finished copies to merchandise, galleys, and ARCs. The last thing you want is to be carrying more than you need.

Here are the only things you need with you:

  • Your Tickets/Badges
  • ID (to prove that your tickets/badges belong to you)
  • Cash
  • 1 Water Bottle (more than this, and you'll hate yourself. If you feel thirsty, there are usually plenty of places to buy water in the convention. Even if they're overpriced, it's better than lugging extra bottles around all day and giving yourself herniated discs! The books you'll be carrying are heavy enough—trust me. Plus if you're lucky, water bottles are sometimes even given away in the booths randomly.
  • Portable Charger + Chord
  • Sanitizer (remember, you'll be surrounded by a mob of people at all times and conventions aren't the cleanest places)
  • Painkillers
  • Other Hygiene or Feminine Products
  • Gum/Mints
  • Lip Balm (as pointed out by a Becky @ Stories and Sweeties below, convention halls are very dry)
  • Business Cards (Also added by Becky, all conventions are great networking opportunities, so if you're a blogger, reviewer, librarian, designer, or any other occupation that is related to the convention you're going to, it's a good idea to have these)
  • Bandaids!!!! (self-explanatory)
  • A Large Bag (to hold all of this in, plus to fit some of the things you buy/receive at the convention)

Decide on Meeting Locations Ahead of Time!

Trying to meet up with your friends or family is a mess at conventions. There are so many people, you have so much on your schedule, and it's really hard to think straight in all of that chaos.


It is much easier if you designate a place to meet up with them ahead of time—preferably one that is far away from the main crowd of people.



Aaaaaaand there you have it! I hope this post was helpful to you guys, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

Have you ever been to a book convention? Which one(s)? What was your favorite memory? If you haven't ever been, which convention would you like to go to and why? Let me know!

FTC Disclaimer: No one at Brittany's Book Rambles has been compensated in any way for this post.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Way You Make Me Feel & Meet Cute

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!

This week, I'm featuring books about falling in love! *queue the violins* 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Tombs & The Wren Hunt

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!

This week, I have the two perfect books to ring in the Autumn season for you guys!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

 Hey guys! I'm revealing the cover for Joanna Hathaway's Dark of the West! Check it out :)


Friday, September 15, 2017

Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes: Interview + Giveaway


I have the pleasure of hosting Janelle Milanes, author of Victoria in My Head, on the blog today for an interview PLUS an amazing giveaway! I hope you guys enjoy it ^_^



Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster 
Pub. Date: September 19th, 2017
A shy, rule-following teen winds up joining a local rock band in this laugh-out-loud, heartfelt coming-of-age novel.

Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.

But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beloved Wild & The Forgotten Book

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!

This week, the books I'm featuring pay homage to the great Jane Austen!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Speak Easy, Speak Love Book Trailer, Q&A + Giveaway!


Hey, everyone! I have the pleasure to have McKelle George on the blog today to share the book trailer for Speak Easy, Speak Love, plus an interview with the author herself! I hope you guys enjoy!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Zero Repeat Forever Blog Tour: Author Q&A + Giveaway



Hey guys, today I have the pleasure of being on the Zero Repeat Forever blog tour! Gabrielle answered some questions of mine about herself and her book, so I hope you guys enjoy it! Also, you'll find some other awesome goodies along with a giveaway in this post, so be sure to check it all out!