Princess and the Page Blog Tour + Thoughts


Welcome to a world where magic spills from the tip of a pen. THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE is Christina Farley’s first middle grade, releasing from Scholastic Press. Make sure you enter the $25 gift card giveaway at the end of this post!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHRISTINA FARLEY
is the author of the bestselling Gilded series. Prior to that, she worked as an
international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to
scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or
creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida
with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World
Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a
cockatiel. You can visit her online at ChristinaFarley.com.
 
 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS
Middle grade has been a hit or miss for me these past couple of years, but Christina Farley knocked it out of the ball park with The Princess and the Page! Keira a brave and adventurous 12 year old girl that loves to write, but is discouraged to do so from her mother, especially after an elaborate break-in occurs during the first chapter. This results in her mother throwing away any writing utensil that they own, much to Keira’s confusion. This scene actually made me laugh out loud.
Things that I loved:
  • how quickly we were thrown into the action
  • how Keira wasn’t oversimplified, she was a character with depth and history
  • the creativity of the entire story
  • the innocence of being inside a 12-year old’s mind

The only thing I wish I could change is my age! I know that I would’ve enjoyed ‘growing up’ re-reading this book along side with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and The Secret Garden.

 
CONTINUE THE BOOK TOUR

Mar. 23th – Ana Loves
Mar. 24thYA Book Madness
March 25thLiterary Rambles
March 27thTwinning for Books
March 28thMundie Kids
Mar. 29thAll Things Christine
Mar. 30thYA Book Divas
Mar. 31stWordSpelunking
Apr. 3rdMine of Books
Apr. 4th The AP Book Club
Apr. 5thMiddle Grade Ninja





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TTT: My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

This week:  Books on my Spring TBR

Books I Already Own:

Paper Hearts ¦ Secrets of a Reluctant Princess ¦ Island of Exiles ¦ Ensnared ¦ The Princess and the Page

Upcoming/New Releases:

The Hate You Give ¦ When Dimple Met Rishi ¦ A Court of Wings and Ruin ¦ The Dark Prophecy ¦ #Famous

There are so many books I need to read! Send help 😛

What books are on your TBR?

Blog Tour: Garden of Thorns Thoughts + GIVEAWAY

 

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Genre: YA Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Published by Entangled Teen

Published March 6th, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30118749-garden-of-thorns?ac=1&from_search=true

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll to take to her grave if she must.


Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.

When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.

Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15236246.Amber_Mitchell

Twitter: @amberinblunderl


List of Thoughts:

It’s hard to believe this is Amber Mitchell’s debut novel! Here are a few aspects of the story that I love (and stick around for the giveaway link!):

  • #TeamEpic
  • beautifully crafted world that I was immediately sucked into
  • unique plot that I’ve never experienced before
  • interesting and well-developed characters
  • addictive writing

Be sure to pick up a copy soon so y’all can participate in a spoiler-y discussion I will have up soon!

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February 2017 Recap: Blogging Triumphs, Mishaps, and Discoveries

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What’s on Repeat: Shape of You ¦ Despacito ¦ Chantaje

Did I complete my goals?

In my last recap, I listed my goals for the month of February. One of my main goals was to get on a blogging schedule and stick to it, which I kinda (?) did. I made an overly ambitious schedule that required me to post everyday and made a bank of post ideas to work on. This worked for the first 9 days, but I burnt out soon after resulting in an inconsistent schedule.

What I learned: While posting everyday did increase the number of views I received, it isn’t worth the burn-out and inconsistency. Also- I really need to work on a promotional schedule/system that doesn’t take me too long to set up because setting up Hootsuite did not help with my burn-out.

What now? After tweeting a poll, I discovered that most people prefer 2-3 posts a week.

What did I read/review?

Thief of Lies Goodreads Review (3 stars) ¦ Guardian of Secrets Review (4 stars)

Books I received for review:

The Princess and the Page via Christina Farley ¦ Garden of Thorns via Blog Tour/NetGalley ¦ Island of Exiles via EntangledTeen ¦ Off the Ice via EntangledTeen ¦ Secrets of a Reluctant Princess via EntangledTeen ¦ Ensnared via NetGalley ¦ Paper Hearts via NetGalley

 On the blog:

Discussions – 20 Things to do Before Turning 20 ¦ What is Minimalism? ¦ Guide on Who Can Make Political Comments ¦ Meeting Lin Manuel Miranda

Series/Tags – Netflix Book Tag ¦ TTT Books I Wish Had More Pages ¦ TTT Book Boyfriends I’d Spend Valentine’s Day With ¦ Sunday Smiles Intro + A Kitten

Promo – Starfall Book Blitz ¦ Guardian of Secrets Blog Tour

Community Posts:

It’s always important to spread the love! Here are a couple posts that I loved:

Jessica @ The Book Bratz convinced me to Help Bring a Bookstore to the Bronx (after my next paycheck!)

Alice @ Arctic Books put together a visually pleasing February Uppercase unboxing and review!

SERIESous Book Reviews created one of my favorite Perfect Match, ‘if you like this, then try this’, posts.

A Small Wardrobe wowed me with her minimalist One Week of OOTDs.

Looking Ahead:

Since I have many personal goals in March, I will be keeping my bookish goals to a minimum! I learned a lot in February and plan to apply this knowledge to the future.

  • Read all the books I was sent to review
    • This will be the hardest, but since I’m not currently watching any shows on Netflix I should be able to do it.
  • Post 2-3 times a week
    • I definitely do not want to burn out again!
  • Create an easy promotional plan
    • I want to start utilizing Pinterest on top of Twitter, but often find myself dreading scheduling tweets or taking pictures. My plan is to try out a couple of systems to see which one will ease the dread.
  • Write
    • Anything, please!

How was your February?

Guardian of Secrets Blog Tour Review

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I am really excited to take part of the Guardian of Secrets blog tour, hosted by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours! Thank you to the hosts and thank you Entangled Teen for making me aware of this tour and for sending me a finished copy of this book.

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Goodreads¦ My Review (3 stars)

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)

by Brenda Drake

Publication Date: February 7, 2017 

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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Review:

Guardian of Secrets is the thrilling sequel to Brenda Drake’s Thief of Lies.

I have to admit that I din’t really know what to expect when I started this book. I was definitely afraid that the few issues I had with the first book will carry-on and that the plot would be predictable. I’m very happy to report that most of the issues did not reappear, or if they did they were minimal and towards the beginning, and that the plot took my by surprise over and over and over again!

Since I love lists (and because I don’t want to give away too much) here’s a list of thoughts about the book:

  • Complex, but easy to understand magic system
  • Detailed world building
  • Learned more about the characters
  • Heart-breaking love triangle
  • Intriguing plot
  • New settings
  • More creatures
  • PLOT TWISTS

My main issue with the first novel was that because of the fast pacing, I didn’t get to know the characters or enjoy the intense scenes much. Brenda Drake remedied that in this book and I am hooked. I absolutely adore all of the characters! I’m not a fan of the love-triangle trope, but it was so well written. I haven’t felt so conflicted about a love triangle since The Infernal Devices!

highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a unique read with magical elements. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!


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Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Website – http://www.brenda-drake.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/brendadrake

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda-Drake/171424269657164

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/brendadrakeauthor/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7012713.Brenda_Drake

 

That Time When I Accidentally Saw Lin Manuel Miranda

 

That Time When I… is a series in which I reminisce on events, meetings, and awesome memories that I did not blog about in the past.

December 30th 2015 – The beginning of a new obsession.

Like a vast majority of the book community- I am absolutely in love with the soundtrack to the Broadway musical Hamilton! I love it so much that over the summer, I dragged my grandmother to stand in line for three hours for the #Ham4Ham show and to enter the lottery to win tickets.

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When I ended up in New York a month earlier than planned, I knew that I had to try to see the Richard Rodgers theater- even though many of the original members had left. My grandmother made formal plans to go on my birthday (Aug 1st), but those plans changed when we went out one day to a street fair and realized how close we were.

I’d be lying if I said my heart didn’t skip a beat right before I turned the corner. I frantically FaceTimed my sister, who was back home in Florida, because I wanted us to see the theater for the first time together. We got to the street minutes before the 2pm showing, so the street was full of people waiting to get in. I tried to soak every detail in, but the sidewalk was so crazy I wasn’t able to stop and appreciate the sheer beauty of the theater. My grandmother and I decided to double back, but on the opposite side, so we could pause and soak in the moment. Which is when I snapped this picture.

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Okay, fast forward to when I returned for the Ham4Ham show! My grandma and I got to the theater around 9 AM (even though the show didn’t start until 12) and we were probably 10th in line. The group of people in front of us were super friendly and often broke into song, which definitely helped the time fly by.

Almost an hour after we arrived, I was chatting with a couple of people when I hear a large gasp. No one else seemed to pay attention at first, but I turned around to see a car stopped in front of us (due to a red light) and the window was rolling down.

It was him.

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that at first I was unsure if I was seeing correctly. So I just stared. It wasn’t until everyone else started gasping and grabbing their phones a couple seconds later that my suspicions were confirmed. And I freaked out. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and original star of Hamilton, was right in front of me.

Please note that this is not my photo. A girl that I stood next to took it and shared it on twitter

Please note: this is not my photo. A girl that I stood next to took it and shared it on Twitter @alexryan.

I’m going to pause here to let you know that the entire time I was in New Jersey/New York, I constantly joked about how I was going to see Lin. You have no idea how surreal it was when I realized that I was actually seeing him! What were the chances? He was no longer performing in the play, so the chances of seeing him were so slim, but yet, it still happened!

He said hello and wished us all luck with the lottery before the light turned green and the driver drove away. I was over the moon and knew that even if I didn’t win tickets (spoiler: I didn’t), the experience was well worth it. He even tweeted about us:

After he left almost everyone around us immediately called their moms/best friends/fellow Hamilton nerds and shrieked about seeing Lin. It was glorious.

Skipping ahead a few hours and the lottery process began. We were given slips of paper to fill out and instructed on what we needed if we won the tickets. We quickly filled out the slips before rushing to get a good spot to watch the show. We watched the show where Shakespeare wrote Lin a diss-rap. Fun was had and I still have not gotten over the fact that I saw Lin-Manuel with my own two eyes!

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And if that wasn’t enough to excite me, Anthony Ramos (who played John Laurens and Philip) also made an appearance!

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Overall, August 3rd was probably the best day in 2016. I’ll never forget it ❤

TTT: Book Boyfriends I’d Spend Valentine’s Day With

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

This Week: Book Boyfriends I’d Spend Valentine’s Day With

I’d like to preface this post by saying that I love each of my book boyfriends equally and would spend this special day with each of them. I also want to share that I never realized how my love for these two characters are so strong that I cannot seem to find any others that can compare to them.

Rhysand

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Credit to the artist, taratjah.

Rhys is a recent book boyfriend that I met almost a year ago. When I first met him (in A Court of Thorns and Roses) I was unsure on how to feel. I decided to take a chance on him, which was the best thing I did. I imagine that our Valentines Day would be spent flying around, dancing, and laughing before stargazing until dawn.

Daemon Black

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Credit to the artist, Sayara-S.

Oh Daemon, the first character that made me believe in book boyfriends. Daemon Black encompasses everything I hate to love about a person. He’s arrogant, but sweet. He aggravating, but loveable. If I ever find a real-life Daemon Black (which I won’t), I probably wouldn’t know what to do. Our Valentines Day would be spent baking cookies and marathoning The Walking Dead and he would probably get me more books to blog about and maybe even purchase a self-hosting plan! He’s my original book boyfriend and I’ll love him forever ❤