The Week's Entrée #75

Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


Today's the last day of August, can you believe it?! I'm sure sad to say goodbye to this month, but I'm so excited for September! So many good books coming out and things around college and my internship are going well. Yay! How are you all holding up? :)

Also, I feel the need to tell you that I started watching Playful Kiss (korean drama) yesterday at 2 am and I. Am. HOOKED. The Feeeeeeels. The Boy. The pain! It's also SO EMBARRASSING. But I LOVE IT. Watch it if you haven't (though I'm pretty sure that you have if you love kdramas!).


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Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed Geek Girl by Holly Smale at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

If you're looking for a cute & funny MG/YA book, then Geek Girl is the one for you. It sort of reminds me of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Gave me a few laughs with all the silliness going on. 

Here's the book's summary:

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?



Books I Got Last Week:

{For review}
From Netgalley, authors, publishers, etc.



Thanks go out to Entangled Crush, St. Martin's Press & Netgalley for these review copies.

To Read This Week:


I'm currently reading Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs! This is Tera's first try at writing YA Contemporary, and so far, I think she has nailed it. Already feeling for Tru. ♥

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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading this week? :)

2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour Wrap-Up


Hi guys! Today is the last day of the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour pulled together by the awesome ladies Amber & Jessica from The Book Bratz

The 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour consisted on featuring one blogger every Sunday from July 5th to August 31st for the sole purpose of making new friends and to get to know them better through guest posts, interviews & other fun posts! 

I'm so glad to have participated in this event since I got to meet so many awesome bloggers! Here's a break-down of the fantastic ladies I got to host:

  • Anna from Unquenchable Reads was the first blogger to drop by my blog on the tour. She talked about the books she wishes to see turned into Graphic Novels. It was an awesome post. Go check it out here if you missed it!


  • Amber & Jessica from The Book Bratz (tour hosts) stopped by on the second week to talk about their Stages of Writing a Review! This post made me laugh since I definitely related to some of their steps. And it has GIFS! ;)


  • Sydney from Sydsaurus Rex came to tell us about her 7 Deadly Book Sins! Some made me gasp, some made me nod. Overall, a fun post to read and I was glad to have her over on the blog!






  • Stefani from Caught Read Handed and I had a bit of fun by having a Book Guessing Game! I quizzed her on summaries, book quotes and made her guess on covers. It was so much fun, especially when Stefani has to ask twitter friends to help her out. 


  • Jillian from Jillian's Books dropped by to talk about The Perks of Being a Young Book Blogger. I loved having Jillian over and learning more about her as a young book blogger and everything she's learned. A totally relatable post even though I'm 22 and not that young. It's a post worth reading!


  • Lastly, Ri from Hiver et Café shared with us how she organizes her bookshelves! There's even a pic of one of her bookshelves so if you love looking at other peeps shelves like I do, then you have to check it out. So many books I love! ♥


I loved every single post these amazing ladies shared with me. They seriously rock and I'm so glad that we got stuck together. Go group E!


These awesome ladies also hosted me on their blogs and I got to write so many fabulous posts that they came up with. Thanks for all the great ideas, I loved writing them!







And a few examples:
 




  • For Mariah from A Reader's Adventure I wrote about The Trading Systems in YA Books. I'm really proud of this post because it's the first time that I relate my career with the books I love to read. If you have time, I'd love for you to check it out and tell me what you think of it.



  • For Anna from Unquenchable Reads I answered interview questions like my #1 book pet peeve, which book character I wished to have as my bestie, and so many more. You can check this interview here.


  • I was also featured at Nicole's and Sophia's blog, Quality Fangirls! I was lucky to be hosted at  blog since another blogger had to drop out of the tour. I loved to have met Nicole and while we were getting to know each other, we found out we both love Avatar The Last Airbender, so for my post, I compared Books to Avatar The Last Airbender Characters! Loved this post so much!



The Summer Blogger Promo Tour was a fun event and a great way to make new friends. I won't lie and say it was easy to do because it was not. At least on my part, it was difficult to write these posts while I was away on vacay, but the effort was so rewarding. Thanks again to  The Book Bratz for pulling this together. Can't wait to participate next summer!

That's What HE Said Thursday #52: Crash from Volcrian's Hunt

                                     

That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his girl. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

  Today's quote is from Crash of Volcrian's Hunt by T. L. Shreffler!




              Quote:


"And if I don't survive?" she asked quietly.   
His grip tightened on her hand. "Then I will go with you." 

-Crash to Sora




I love The Cat's Eye Chronicles! I've been reading these series for the past few days and I can't seem to stop. Crash is the best. <3 He is not the typical sweet and adoring guy, but he grows on you. At the beginning I must admit that I didn't see any potential since it takes a while to get to know his character, but I adore him now.  I wanted to share this quote because even though he is not very good with words, he still manages to charm anyone who reads it. Hope you guys like it : )

The Last of the Firedrakes Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop in The Last of the Firedrakes blog tour hosted by Lady Reader's Bookstuff! The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy is an amazing fantasy book you surely don't want to miss, and I'm super stoked to be here to tell you all about it. So below you can find more info about the book, read my review and a sweet giveaway at the end of the post. Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy!
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Title: The Last of the Firedrakes
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Published: August 15th, 2015

Page Count: 488 Pages
Format: eARC
Source: From Tour Host

Summary:   
A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic. 16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad. Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear. With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
The Last of the Firedrakes is a wonderful book! It's STUNNING, in fact. I'm a firm lover of fantasy novels and this one did not disappoint me since it has everything I could have wished for - a diverse array of characters, magic, never-ending action and amazing world-building. It will satisfy anyone's need for a fantastical adventure!

My absolute favorite aspect about this book was the magical world of Avalonia. There's nothing that fascinates me more than complex worlds such as this one. Avalonia is home to Fae, Mages, and other magical creatures that are mainly divided and ruled by kingdoms. Fae and Mages have their own kind of magic and can be used to defend, attack and even heal one another, but at a cost. Some of the Fae can be immortal and live for up to a thousand years and wield different type of magic. But gosh, there's so much about this world to speak about! It's so rich and amazing, the kind you can't stop falling in love with as you explore every inch and corner of its many castles, forests and villages! 

However, Avalonia is quite a dangerous place too since there's also dark magic being used by the supporters of Queen Morgana, the one who killed Aurora's parents (high rulers of Avalonia) and wants to kill Aurora as well. I'm still not sure how dark magic works and how far it can go, but I'm curious to see it in action. We get a small piece in the last quarter of the book and I'm intrigued by it. Especially now that Aurora will probably get involved with it.

Speaking of Aurora, I liked her well as a character and I was cheering her on all the way through. She at times might have come off as a bit selfish, childish and irresponsible, but she was thrown into a totally different world in which she suddenly has huge problems. so I think I understand. I'm excited to see her grow more into her powers and for her to make her presence known in all of Avalonia. Not only by her immediate surroundings.

The Last of the Firedrakes has a bit of romance inside, and though I want it to happen so much because BLACK WOLF *swoons*, I'm trying so hard to not delve much into it. It's for my heart's own good. But awesome, swoon-worthy scenes await you!

I will end this off by saying that The Last of the Firedrakes is a fantastic read that must be on top of your TBR pile soon (if it isn't already!). It's the type of read that only gets better and better as you turn its pages and will leave you desperate for the next book in the series.
Meet the Author:
For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai.  Farah's first novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles will be published worldwide August 15th, 2015.
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Follow The Tour:
August 14th – Reads All The Books – Review
August 15th – Dizneeee's World of Books – Review / Guest Post
August 15th – Melissa Martin's Reading List – Review / Top 5/10 Post
August 17th – Ya Fiction Queen – Guest Post
August 17th – Christine Abee – Review
August 18th – Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between – Interview
August 18th – EndlessReading – Review
August 19th – Motif by Tanya – Author Interview
August 19th – Ramblings of a Perpetual New Girl – Review / Guest Post
August 20th – Ramblings of a Perpetual New Girl – Review / Guest Post
August 21st – Book Addict – Guest Post / Author Interview
August 21st – Author of The Not So Public Library – Review / Interview
August 24th – Miranda's Book Blog – Review / Guest Post
August 25th – BookishFever – Review
August 26th – The Reader and the Chef – Review / Top 5 or 10
August 27th – The Power of Three Readers – Promo
August 27th – Ashley Martinez – Review
August 28th – Bookish – Review
August 31st – The Renegade Zombie Reviews – Review / Author Interview
September 1st – Beauty's Library – Review / Guest Post
September 2nd – Pixie Vixen Reviews – Character Interview 
September 3rd – Creatyvebooks – Review / Author Interview
September 4th –
September 7th – serenastone – Author Interview
September 8th –
September 9th – Read with Royella – Review 
September 10th – Reading with AngelaRenea – Review / Author Interview
September 11th – Atomic Pirate Girl's Book Worm Booty – Review
September 11th – Triple T Tots tweens and teens – Review / Teasers
September 14th – Anything but Vanilla Book Blog – Playlist
September 14th – Rockin' Book Reviews – Review 
Giveaway:
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The Week's Entrée #74

Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


So sorry for being out of the loop the last few weeks. It has been pretty busy for me and I'm extremely behind on blog posts and on blog commenting. But I will get back on the swing of things, I SWEAR. Even though I'm back in college and about to start an internship *gulp*. It's all about getting organized, right?

In other news.... 


THE BLOG IS OVER 400 FOLLOWERS ON BLOGLOVIN'!

*throws confetti*

*does the cha cha dance*

*eats a whole cake*

Thanks so much to everyone for following and for being down-right awesome. I love you. WE love you. ♥♥♥♥

Must do something special soon. ;)

But for now, I wish you the happiest of reading weeks!

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Book reviews in other sites:


This book was a barely cutesy read but not really what I was expecting or hoping for. I really didn't like the main character, Clare. She was just too pessimistic and infuriating. But I did end up loving Aidan and two other supporting characters.

From my review: 
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between turned out to be just an okay read for me. The writing is flawless and I really liked how smoothly the story progressed, but I think that for you to truly love the story and to feel for the main characters deeply depends on whether you agree with Clare’s thoughts or not.

Here's the book's summary:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.



Books I Got Last Week:



{For review}
From Netgalley, authors, publishers, etc.


Thanks go out to Jodi Lamm for sending us a copy of Chemistry - a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame!. And also huge thanks to Iain Reading for the copy of The Dragon of the Month Club. It's so pretty and purple!

{Gift}


Guys, I squealed when I found out that Katie M. Stout had sent me a signed copy of Hello, I Love You. She's soooo amazing and super nice ♥. I'm super stoked to finally own a copy. Now I can't wait to read it again with a friend next weekend! :D

To Read This Week:


I'm currently reading The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy! It's going well so far and there's even a mysterious guy called Dark Wolf who is making my heart sing. Hoping to be blown away! :D

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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What will you be reading this week? :)

Summer Blogger Promo Tour Week #8: Ri from Hiver et Café


Hi guys! Welcome to the eighth stop/week on my blog in the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo TourThis wonderful event was pulled together by the awesome ladies Amber & Jessica from The Book Bratz
The 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour consists on featuring one blogger every Sunday from July 5th to August 31st for the sole purpose of making new friends and to get to know them better through guest posts, interviews & other fun posts! 
Today I have Ri from Hiver et Café who is here to tell you about how she organizes her bookshelves!

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Ri's Bookshelf 

Hi everybody! I'm Ri from Hiver et Cafe and I'm so excited to be here on Melissa's blog today to talk a bit about my bookshelf. 

So on the point of organization, I don't organize my books by colour nor alphabetically. I really just put them on my shelf in order of how much I like the book, their height and by series. I keep the series together regardless of if they match or not. 

I have five shelves at my disposal and the second lowest shelf is left for books that I'm not that fond of and the highest shelf is used to put all my favourite books. I also try to keep all my hardcovers on one shelf and my paperbacks on another since it just kind of looks better. However, since my shelves are deep enough to put two rows of books, I put the books I will rarely look at in the back where I don't see them. I have all the books that I intend on donating kept behind my favourite books at the top since I'm short and I can't reach them that easily. 

You may notice that I haven't said anything about the lowest shelf yet. And that's because I keep all my manga down there. There was a phase in my life where all I really read was manga. I have a good deal of the novels from different series and also a giant stack of manga magazines like Shonen Jump and Shoujo Beat. 

You can see a little bit of what I'm talking about in this old photo of my bookshelf from last year. 


Thank you so much to Melissa for having me on her blog!  

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I love how you organize your shelf! Mine is a messy sort of way but similar in the organizing by favorites. But seriously, five shelves? How awesome! I barely have two. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Ri!

To follow the rest of the Summer Blogger Tour and check other posts by Ri and other awesome bloggers, you can do so by searching the twitter hashtag #SBPT15. Thanks for visiting!

Family Magic Blog Tour: Review, Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop in the Family Magic blog tour! Family Magic by Patti Larsen is a young adult paranormal novel that won 1st place in World's Best Story contest and is published by Premiere. The tour runs August 3-31 with mostly reviews as well as author interviews and guest posts. Check out the tour page for more information.

So for my stop, I bring to you my review of Family Magic, an awesome guest post from Patti Larsen AND an amazing international giveaway you don't want to miss. Enjoy and thank you so much for stopping by!

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 Family Magic by Patti Larsen
(Hayle Coven Novels #1)
YA Paranormal / October 27th, 2011
Her mom's a witch. Her dad's a demon. And she just wants to be ordinary.

Sydlynn Hayle's life couldn't be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters--boyfriend of her cheer nemesis--shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn't make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother's constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd's between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn't want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family's magic. If her family's distrust doesn't destroy her first. 

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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Guys! If you love fantasy and paranormal--magic, a hidden society, a good old dark force waiting to destroy the balance, among else--then you should definitely go get yourself a copy of Family Magic. It's such a fun read, you'll be basically flipping pages non-stop!
To begin with, the world-building is superb. Patti Larsen really thought it out well and I loved how everything just fit into the story, like you could actually expect to come across a town with witches, vampires, demons, and other mystical creatures. The way their hidden society works intrigues me and even though I learned lots about them, there's just so much left to explore.
Sydlynn Hayle is this book's heroine and I enjoyed her character a lot. She's not exactly the brave heroine you would expect to come across--seeming that she refuses to accept her powers--but I believe she is a strong character for the fact that she is not afraid to admit her doubts and push for what she wants. She is in no way perfect, I definitely thought she was way too hard on her family and coven, but I understood her fear of never fitting in and of being afraid of controlling the wild power she has.

Family Magic deals with several issues including school bullying, low self-esteem, and how miscommunication affects relationships. I really liked that this book wasn't just about a girl fighting for her life using magic and falling for the hot guy. Instead, it deals with real life problems proving that any society--magical or not--is based out of the same foundation. It also teaches how magic has it price, thus it should be used carefully or face the consequences.

I really hope that in the sequel there's a bit more of action and we find out more about Syd's father because I do need more details about him and his side of the family. Those are basically the only things I felt lacking, but overall, Family Magic was a great read for me and I'm excited to continue with the series. 

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And now check out the guest post the lovely Patti Larsen wrote for us!

The challenges faced when writing about magic

I love writing about magic. There’s something truly amazing and exciting about developing power structures and mythos behind magic worlds that fires me up. Most of the books I write have a paranormal element to them, all different and all total fun.

It’s usually easiest to start with limitations and understanding where the power you’re creating comes from. Are you repurposing traditional magic, as in vampires, demons and werewolves? Or are you creating an entirely different kind of magic unique to your world?

Deciding the cost of using power is also important. It has to have some kind of price in order to not only be believable, but to keep the characters from solving everything too easily with magic. For example, the lead in Family Magic, Sydlynn Hayle, is a powerful young witch whose mother runs her coven and father is a demon lord. But, Syd hates magic. It makes her physically ill when she uses it and she just wants to be ordinary. So, despite the fact she’s very strong, she resists using her power. Because of her reticence, it often slips out of her during times of stress creating hilarious and embarrassing results.

I also like to ensure that magic alone isn’t the only answer to solving the character’s problems. While it helps, of course, it’s the nature and heart of the people in the books that truly resolve the crisis.

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About the Author:




Patti is an award-winning author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives in Canada with her patient husband and six demanding cats.
www.pattilarsen.com | Twitter @PattiLarsen










Giveaway:


5 paperback copies of Family Magic (US/CA) and a $25 Amazon gift card (INT)
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