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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer


Genre: Fairytale retelling, dark fantasy, young adult

Pages: 368

Published April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

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Synopsis:

A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.


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Starswept by Mary Fan


Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 400

Published August 29th 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing

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Synopsis:

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .


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In search of authors!

I’m on the hunt for some authors who would like to participate in some fun character interviews. Are you game for this? Well, either drop a comment below or feel free to e-mail me.

These interviews will air after Thanksgiving and will be Christmas/Holiday themed and you may feel free to decide on who gets to partake in the interview. Sorry! Only one character per interview.

Not feeling the whole character vibe? No problem! I can send over an author interview instead.

Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 300

Published July 11th 2017 by Radiant Crown Publishing

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Synopsis:

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?


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Savvy Readers: Relations with Authors


There is an odd divide between reader and writer, through the eyes of a reader I’m going to be discussing things in regard to the gap, how to bridge it and for any authors out there that would like to throw in their two cents go for it! I’m speaking on my behalf and from what I’ve experienced and seen myself.


Make yourself valuable to authors.


I’ve said it before and my quote has been used a few time since then – Authors are like faeries, you need to clap to show them you believe. It is true. Our clapping gives them power! I’m no author, but coming from a blogging standpoint if I write all of these segments, reviews and what not and receive little to no likes or comments it is more than a little disheartening. I put time and effort into my blog and it isn’t just for myself. I do this so other readers and bloggers have someone to relate to, to be informed and create relationships with bookish people.

So imagine you spend hundreds of hours working on this book whether it is traditionally published or Independently published [more so for Indie!] And you receive little to no praise or reviews. Well, that Book Faerie is going to suffer, because they need to hear the clapping, they need to know that someone outside of their close circle believes in them, too, and that they have a place in the difficult world of Book Writing!

So, this is how you can make yourself a valuable reader.

Read the darn book for starters!

When you’re done with the book write a review for them and plaster it on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or any other book buying platform you can think of. Why? Because that is the CLAPPING that they need. This is going to help them achieve a few things, ranking and the ability to place ads. [To find out more about reviews and why they are important click here.]

Clapping from the stands is a good thing to… but, you know what is really awesome?

Cheerleaders 


Between the fans in the stand clapping, hooting and hollering, the cheerleaders who are on the sidelines boost morale, too.


But how are you a cheerleader for an author?

There is this crazy divide between authors and fans, I’ve been on that side where I’ve cheered for an author, plastered them so hard on my Instagram stories, written them and told them how much I enjoyed X and while they chat with me here and there they still seem hesitant to reach out to me when it comes to me helping them.

This goes both ways – you don’t know what someone will say until you approach them.

Do you want to know if you can interview them, interview a character, host a blog tour or any number of things that would help promote the author? Contact them, don’t be shy! This goes for authors, too. Reach out to your fans, or someone you’d think would if not be a fan, an honest reviewer and a way to reach a different audience.

Ask, ask, ask.


Reviewers/Readers aren’t some scary monster!


Are you an author in love with a reviewer and you’d wish they’d snag one of your books, or interview you, or just spam their feed with YOU? Ask them, it isn’t going to hurt. Or better yet start a conversation with them, readers are human too, we aren’t some scary monster. I know sometimes it feels that way – because from a readers stand point it also seems like Authors are untouchable. We are both human and both [generally,] prefer to communicate and interact — especially when you have a few things in common – YOUR BOOK.

I enjoy being contacted by authors who say they not only enjoy reading my interviews but enjoy me because there are a ton of bloggers and reviewers out there, but what makes me stand out to them is my personality. Who doesn’t like hearing they have a great personality?

In short for readers:

  1. Be active in the bookish community
  2. Read & Review books
  3. Be personable
  4. Prove yourself a great cheerleader
  5. Communication

In short for authors: 

  1. Communication.

That’s it. Plain and simple, because what it comes down to is interacting with your fans and readers. This goes beyond your street team or fan club, this is out reaching to whoever may get a hold of your book and raves about it.

Praise those people. Shower them in encouragement, because they LIKE when an author notices them. It’s almost like talking to a celebrity.

Reward them, with praise or with something one on one – a special video, a shout out, advertise their blog for them, send them swag… it really doesn’t have to cost you anything – just time and your consideration.

 

In closing, reach out to readers and reach out to authors. We’re all in this mad book world together!

 


 

Again, this is coming off of my personal experiences, feel free to chat below about anything you disagree with or agree with.


Are you an author and have your opinion? Share.


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Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 464

Publication:  June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot

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Synopsis:

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…


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BookTube Newbie Tag

Technically, I’m not a newbie when it comes to BookTube or maybe I somewhat still am, truth is that I started it up, felt too intimidated by it and shelved it.

HOWEVER, I’m giving it another go. So, what better way to begin again than by a BookTube tag?

I answer some fun questions, like what I use for a bookmark, who my favorite authors are and what I’m currently reading.

 

I hope you enjoyed it. Do you want me to cover a topic? Hit up the comments and let me know what you’d like to see!


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