Savvy Readers: How I began Bookblogging


headshot Are you curious how I began book blogging and what the process behind it is? Maybe you’re interested in beginning a blog related to books, or even a blog dedicated to collecting toe-jam, whatever it is – here is my what drove me to blog.


As cliche as what this sounds, I’m a book-lover and I know that may come as a surprise to some [not,] but it’s the truth. I devour books at a rapid rate once I’m on a roll and there is no telling when or if I’ll stop. Due to this, I’m able to recommend books to my pals and share my views with my fellow book fiends.

Way back when in 2015, one of my friends wanted to begin a book reviewing site with three others, including myself. Each person would be in charge of ‘X’ genre’ and the idea was a great one, but life gets busy quickly. However, I really wanted to jump on this bandwagon and see this idea through. I created Book Savvy Reviews a month after the initial idea was laid to rest, which was July 2015.

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The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock


28964141Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Publication:  October 4th 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books

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Synopsis:

Teenager “Pen” Khan is burdened by a life of secrets, the biggest of which is now written on her face. Following a devastatingly close encounter with the Wire Mistress, Pen’s face is strangely disfigured by dozens of crisscrossing scars, making her an outcast among her peers. The only person who understands and accepts her is Parva, Pen’s mirror sister, confined to the world of London-Under-Glass.

Following Parva’s abduction, Pen strikes a terrible bargain with the unforgiving Chemical Synod in exchange for the means to track her mirror sister down, and ventures into the unknown. In London-Under-Glass, appearance is everything, and Pen’s peculiar scars make her a valuable ally. But some in the reflected city are doing everything they can to prevent Pen from learning the truth about the disappearance of a girl who shares her face.

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Cover Reveal: Golden by KM Robinson


Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Fairtytale

Pages: 348


goldencoverWhen the girl with the golden hair betrays everyone, not even she has hope of surviving.

The stories say that Goldilocks was a naïve girl who wandered into a house one day. Those stories were wrong. She was never naïve. It was all a perfectly executed plan to get her into the Baers’ group to destroy them.

Trained by her cousin, Lowell, and handler, Shadoe, Auluria’s mission is to destroy the Baers by getting close to the youngest brother, Dov, his brother and sister-in-law and the leaders of the Baers’ group. When she realizes Dov isn’t as evil as her cousin led her to believe, she must figure out how to play both sides or her deception will cause everyone in her world to burn.

If her allegiances are discovered, either side could destroy her…if the Society doesn’t get her first.

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kmrobinsonAbout the author

K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach.

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January Book Haul


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This haul is actually a combination of Christmas and January.

  1. Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan ~ This is actually the 25th book in the Dark Carpathians series, my grandmother picked this up for me at Christmas. I’ve seen that it isn’t a book you can pick up without knowing the others, simply because there will be mega plot holes. Regardless, it looks like a fun series to pick up. It’s a supernatural/paranormal romance and this specific one is about two lovers that are keeping it a secret.
  2. Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen ~ The second book to the Landry Park series. Another book my grandmother picked up for me. This actually sounds really interesting, it’s a Young Adult series and if I’m not mistaken it’s like a Regency Era meets Hunger Games type deal. It looks like the first book will be part of an upcoming haul… ;D
  3. Roseblood by A.G. Howard ~ Anybody who knows me knooows how much I love A.G. Howard. I have all of her books and novellas. Well, this particular one is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera, a Young Adult retelling that is a typical work of A.G. Howard – meaning that it’s a bit creepy, little weird and a lot wonderful. I haven’t read it yet but I’m itching to do so.
  4. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adhieh ~ A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, this young adult novel is written beautifully. I haven’t read it yet but I have read the short that takes place before this and wow Renee Adhieh can weave words like no other. I can’t wait to begin reading this.
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ~ I had to get this book. Everyone is hyping it which means I’ll probably be let down, but! I had to jump on this bandwagon sooner than what I did HP… If you don’t know what it’s about it is a Young Adult Fantasy where a boy is sent to a remote orphanage after a family tragedy and he finds out that it isn’t just an orphanage…it’s full of…well peculiar children.
  6. Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters & Leo Tolstoy ~ Another book I got for Christmas. I’ve read the original and I’ve seen the movie, I’ll be interested to see how the whole android thing is woven into this story. I love Steampunk stuff!
  7. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner ~ This is the second book in the Queen’s Thief series. I enjoyed the idea of the first one so much that I had to pick up this one! Gen finds himself in a sticky situation… he has to steal a man, a queen, and peace…
  8. Hidden Huntress by Danielle J. Jensen ~ The second book in the Malediction Trilogy, this is the sequel to Stolen Songbird which I bought because umm the ending of Stolen Songbird left me no choice! If you don’t know what it is… It’s kind of like a retelling of The Princess and the Goblin, except these are trolls and there are troll hybrids and there is unrest in the Troll Kingdom and they want to break a curse that was laid on them centuries ago…. Seriously, you have to read it.
  9. If You Were Here by Jennie Yabroff ~ I was sent this book by the amazing Merit Press. It’s a Young Adult novel with a really interesting premise. A little bit of mystery, a bit of possible supernatural-ness to it? Tess is a teenager who’s mother has seemed to go off the deep end as if that isn’t bad enough her best friend drops her, something horrible happens at school and everyone blames her…except she’s been having dreams…that may or may not tell the future.
  10. Warrior Witch by Danielle J. Jensen ~ Third book to the Malediction Trilogy… Yes, I went on a sequel/series buying binge. No judging, please!
  11. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn ~ I received this from the author, this is a really interesting Young Adult Fantasy-Dystopian novel. I started reading it and I have to finish! Every sixteen year old awaits their seventeenth birthday because they receive a vision from their older self and a message to show them what they will be and what path to take, but when Callie receives hers it isn’t at all what she anticipated… she is a criminal and more than that she killed her baby sister, a sister she loves.  Interesting, right?

    So, there you have it, my book haul from December & January. What did you pick up?


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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles


22296822Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Fantasy

Pages: 368

Publication: January 31st 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Synopsis:

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.


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The List by Patricia Forde


31409131Genre: Dystopian, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 332

Publication: January 19th 2017

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Synopsis:

Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver in this gripping story about the power of words and the dangers of censorship.

In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.


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Wondering Sight by Melissa McShane


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Genre: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, Fantasy

Pages: 332

Publication: January 19th 2017

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Synopsis:

Sophia Westlake is an Extraordinary Seer, gifted with the ability to see past, present and future in Dreams and Visions. Her talent led to the destruction of the Caribbean pirates plaguing England’s shipping and gained her renown and the accolades of her peers. But when she accuses a prominent politician, Lord Endicott, of embezzling from the Army, her Dream is “proved” false and she is disgraced, her reputation ruined and her career in the Army’s War Office over. Humiliated, Sophia returns to London, but Lord Endicott follows her, intent on making her life increasingly miserable. Furious and desperate, Sophia takes the only course left to her: she sets out to discover Lord Endicott’s criminal enterprises, to expose him as the fraud he is and bring him to justice.

Sophia’s allies are few, but loyal. Cecy, her best friend, supports Sophia in her quest, while her cousin Lady Daphne, an irrepressible Extraordinary Bounder, is always ready for a challenge that will strike at Lord Endicott’s heart. And always watching her is the mysterious Mr. Rutledge, who claims to be interested in Sophia’s friendship—and possibly more than that—but who has an agenda of his own.

But as Sophia delves deeper into prophetic Dreams, Cecy and Daphne begin to fear for Sophia’s health and sanity. Driven to collapse by her frequent Dreaming, Sophia is forced to reevaluate her motives: does she want Lord Endicott brought to justice, or is it revenge she seeks? As Sophia draws closer to the secret of Lord Endicott’s criminal enterprise, a counterfeiting ring, his torment of Sophia increases, until the two are bound together by their respective obsessions. Though Sophia insists she is in control, her friends fear she is turning into the man she most hates.

Sophia’s Dreams and Visions are leading her to just one place: the destruction of Lord Endicott. But the cost of her vengeance may be too high—and may demand the sacrifice of her own life.


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