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Interview: Laurie Forest, Debut Author of The Black Witch

Hi guys! Happy release day to The Black Witch and Laurie Forest (among soooooo many others I’m excited for)! Today we have Laurie on the blog with an interview about her debut novel.

Displaying The Black Witch jacket.jpgIf you’re wondering what her book is all about click here for a link to my review and synopsis of the book.

Here’s a little bit about Laurie: 

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch (May 2017, HarlequinTEEN) is her first novel, and Wandfasted (The Black Witchprequel, Summer 2017, HarlequinTEEN) is her first e-book novella.

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Without further ado let’s jump into this interview!

Sophie: Hi Laurie! My name is Sophie and it’s pleasure to speak with you/work with you. I enjoyed the exploration you took while writing The Black Witch and I found everyone in the book fascinating! What inspired you to write this story?

Laurie: About eight years ago, my then pre-teen daughters started putting Harry Potter in front of me (I’d never really read any fantasy before, I preferred non-fiction almost exclusively). After watching them devour the books, dress up like characters in the books, style birthday parties around the books and get so excited about the movies, I broke down and cracked open the first book. I read through the entire series in less than two months.

I was instantly hooked and stunned that J.K. Rowling was able to tackle so many serious issues so effectively (and inspiringly) in a metaphorical/fantasy way. I started to read every YA fantasy book my kids handed me, and then some.

During this time, as I was immersing myself in vivid stories of dragons and werewolves and witches and wizards, a dramatic, real-life story was going on around us here in Vermont – the fight for marriage equality. My husband and I were involved in supporting marriage equality, which was a surprisingly hard battle. Prejudice I never knew existed came out of the woodwork against LGBTQ friends, completely blindsiding me.

This real-life story did have a happy ending – Vermont legalized marriage equality in 2009. But the darkness I had witnessed reverberated in my mind. It set me mulling over prejudice in more general terms (religion-based, gender-based, etc.) as I was reading The Golden Compass series. The spark of a story lit inside me – a fantasy story where people with wings are rejected by pretty much every religion/culture for no sound reason save tradition. On a lark, I started writing that first scene down and found myself as instantly hooked by writing as I had been by fantasy fiction (it felt like magic). My fledgling story rapidly found its own trajectory and rapidly veered off into pure fantasy territory.

S: Elloren is a character who is entrenched in her prejudices, what was it like writing a character like that? Why did you decide to write her brothers so different from her?

L: In The Black Witch, I really wanted to delve into where a prejudiced way of looking at the world springs from, so it was an interesting challenge to not only create a dangerous, destructive world-view, but to make it seem rational to the main character (via how sheltered she is and how many lies she’s been told – and there’s a strong religious justification for her world-view as well). My idea was to thrust the reader into that world-view along with the main character and then turn everything completely on its head. Elloren is a naïve sort who doesn’t start out very rebellious, so I think her easy acceptance of most of her cultural prejudices makes sense. Her brother Trystan, being gay, is already privately at odds with the culture, so I think it makes sense that he’d be a bit cynical about it all, although he becomes more of a rebel as the series goes on. They all do. And Rafe’s nature is free-thinking and open-minded, so I think he has a natural tendency to question everything and go his own way.

S: This book is riddled with difficulties Elloren must overcome, not to mention the political turmoil between the classes in that world. What was the most difficult part about writing this book?

L: The most difficult part was pulling so many threads into a coherent whole, especially since I wrote the book’s scenes out of order. I had to go back and streamline all the different cultures and the political timeline.

S: I found myself drawn to the Ulrich twins. Their sensitive natures and undying support really connected with me. Do you relate to any of the characters? Who?

L: At the moment I feel closest to Prof. Kristian. Or at least I want to be like him. He’s quietly heroic and very active, behind the scenes, in the Resistance. He has no magic, but he makes good use of the talents he does have (mainly his intelligence and knowledge of history) to try and shine a light on injustice and right it (we learn more about him as the series progresses).

S: My favorite character is definitely Diana! I love her fierce loyalty and strong character. Do you have a favorite? Why?

L: Right now my favorite is Ariel Haven, because she’s been so abused and misunderstood for so long, but she still hasn’t been completely broken. I feel like Ariel has the heart of a true hero underneath all the trauma.

S: Ariel is a great character. I really liked her rough edges. I don’t know how much you are aware of the negative reviewer on Goodreads, but I found her when I was adding The Black Witch to my “currently reading” shelf. Frankly, I was appalled and I disagree with what she is saying. Is there anything you’d like to say pertaining the message of your book?

L: The Black Witch, at its heart, is a critical exploration of the harmful nature of prejudice in whatever form it’s found. I think a narrative like this, with its condemnation of hate and dismantling of internalized racism, is quite relevant. My goal for the series is to promote diversity in an entertaining story. My overarching theme (I hope) is that any government or culture or religious system of belief that does not promote diversity can lead to a very dark place. Kind of the path to Mordor.

Or in the case of The Black Witch, Marcus Vogel’s vision for Gardneria.

S: The ending is such a cliffhanger! Are there any current projects you’re working on that you could share with us?

L: Book Two of The Black Witch Chronicles is written and I’ll be leaping into the editing/sensitivity readings of that very soon with my editor at Harlequin TEEN and sizable team of readers inside and outside of my imprint (it’s been important to me to have this narrative read by people from many different backgrounds to check for sensitivity – and I also get a lot out of online sensitivity discussions which have given me much guidance as well). We’re hoping to put

Book Two out next year. The e-book prequel to The Black Witch, Wandfasted, comes out July 1, 2017 (it’s currently up on Amazon for pre-order and the cover reveal is coming soon!). It’s being sold as a novella, but it’s around 250 pages – I can’t seem to write short, lol. Wandfasted happens 20 years in the past. It’s the love story of Elloren’s parents, Vale and Tessla (oh my, romance is fun to write). I like to think of it as Pride & Prejudice meets Lord of the Rings .

You get a glimpse of the original Black Witch on the front lines in this book (which was extraordinarily fun to write) as well as many characters from The Black Witch as young people – Aunt Vyvian, Uncle Edwin, Prof. Jules Kristian, Lucretia Quillen and Fallon Bane’s parents. And baby Gareth  Also, there are battling dragon armies in this e-book.

S: Thank you so much for your time, I had a pleasure chatting with you! Are there any closingcomments you’d like to make?

L: I’m looking forward to the book getting out there and hearing from readers. And I hope the book provokes further discussion! Thank you for taking the time to interview me and thank you for your review of The Black Witch 

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Be sure to check out The Black Witch!  I encourage you to read it and see what you think of it 🙂 If you lucky ducks live close to these places be sure to go see Laurie while she’s on tour!

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Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Q & A Friday: Laini Taylor & Cecilia Vinesse Interviews

I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I feel like this week flew by! I am so excited to share with you some interviews I did for Justine with Laini Taylor and Cecilia Vinesse. Both of these ladies had events in the past couple of weeks and I had the pleasure of speaking with both of them.

Laini and I played a quick round of 5 Quick Questions. It was fun to hear how she would place herself within her book. You can find the link to the full article here. Here is a snapshot of it:

Would you rather be a Godspawn or human?

Godspawn, if I could choose!

Who wins in a fight, Lazlo or Thyon?

Oh man, what kind of fight? I’m gonna have to go with Thyon.

(Originally published on justinemagazine.com)

I got to have a full conversation with Cecilia. It was so fun speaking with the debut author (Seven Days of You). Our full chat can be seen here. Here is one of my favorite responses from her.

Sophie: Hi, Cecilia! So glad to have you here today. To kick things off, why don’t you tell us something that isn’t in your bio.

Cecilia Vinesse: Hi! Oh my, something that isn’t in my bio. Hmm, let me think about this. I was a really, really big musical theater person for a really long time. I had the all original cast albums of different shows, and I had all the lines memorized. I used to, this is embarrassing, I’m sharing something embarrassing, I used to, when my family was out of the house, we used to have this really steep set of stairs so I would play the music really loud and I would sing it at the top of the stairs like I was in a production of the show. I really thought that was what I wanted to do, like I really thought that was—for a large portion of my teen years that was my dream, but then I realized I’m actually really nervous in front of crowds and that I like telling big stories, but maybe in a quieter way. So slowly over the years all of my Broadway posters came down off the wall. I still like it but not in the same obsessive way that I used to.

(Originally published on justinemagazine.com)

I hope you enjoyed both of them, I know I had a blast.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Q & A Friday: The Mystery Blogger Award

Hi guys! I found this award over on Lauren’s blog Wonderless Reviews and thought it would be super fun to do. Thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this award. Without further ado, here we go!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

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“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

Rules: 

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog (I picked an alternate version of the logo).
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer questions of nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

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Three Facts

  1. I’m from the Great Lakes state! (Michigan, Lower Peninsula – yes, I like to use my hand as a map.)
  2. I like cake without icing, but I prefer ice cream to either cake or frosting.
  3. I have an alter ego. Her name is Rosemary and she’s an old lady.

Lauren’s Questions

1. A series that you hope to start or finish this year?

Oh man I’m so excited for Always and Forever Lara Jean by the lovely Jenny Han.

2. Current favourite song?

If you know anything about me, you know how terrible I am at choosing a favorite. I’m digging everything from Celine Dion to George Michael to the Spice Girls. I also found a Spanish version of Stand by You by Rachel Platten and I love it so much.

3. ONE upcoming release that you could read right now if you had the chance?

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard!

4. What was your most recent 5 star read?

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; I read this for my fem lit class and absolutely loved it. You have to give it a chance if you haven’t already.

FUN/WEIRD Question: You’ve instantly taken the place of the main character in the book you’re currently reading/last read. How screwed are you?

Well, I’m reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken as well as The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. In Passenger I’m much better off than in the latter.

My questions

  1. What assumption do people make about your reading habits that is the most inaccurate?
  2. Favorite genre to read on a rainy day?
  3. What’s your go to read when you’re in a slump?
  4. 2017 cover you’re completely lusting over right now?
  5. *fun* question: You get to take over the life of a supporting character. Who is it and why?

My favorite posts

Interview with Siobhan Vivian

Interview with Cori McCarthy

Interview with Shannon M. Parker

Who I’m nominating

Beth | The Books Are Everywhere

Emma | Lost Amongst the Chapters

Emily | EmNEmily’s Books

Anyone who would like to do this!

And with that I am complete! I would love to hear your responses so feel free to link me below!

Happy  reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

Hi… I’m so so sorry for my terrible lack of posting over the last… well… forever. I’ve always been bad at the whole blogging thing- since my 3rd grade blog about penguins.

I’m also really bad at thinking of book related questions for myself, so I’ll leave you a list of bookish stats plus my personal essay for AP Literature.. Though if you have any and feel like treating me with the same amount of attention Sophie gets, I’d be glad to answer any and all via an actual, non-scheduled Q&A (sorry Soph..)

So yeah:

Last Book Read: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Last Book Bought: Machiavelli’s The Prince

Dream College Themed book: Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliet

Bookish Philosophy: there is little more underrated than children’s books… but other books are good too

Theme of Spring Break Reading List: Biography/memoir/giant bin of books borrowed from Sophie

Favorite publications: for news, BBC; for general entertainment, The Bloggess all the way

Most anticipated book  yet to be released: You Are Here, Jenny Lawson(shh i know its a coloring book)

Best beverage to pair with a book: tea latte or latte in general

Bookish Bad Habits: dog-earing, setting down book face open

MY AP LIT PERSONAL ESSAY

Literature is Not Important to Me

Literature is not important to me, in the same way that drinking water is not important to me. It is something I do frequently, but it is also something I have done for so long that it is no longer a conscientious activity.

I have always had a propensity for words and communication. According to my mother, I began speaking at nine months and my first word was “kitty cat.” At a year I could correctly identify the colors of my crayon box and by fifteen months I could name the letters in my alphabet puzzle. She recalls me reading words by age two, and there are several photos of a very tiny Maiya sitting on a small training toilet or on the floor of my bedroom engrossed in a book. I frustrated my preschool teacher with my refusal to listen to her lessons on letters, and she apparently managed to have me for nearly a year without realizing that I could read. As a first-grader in the Voyager program, I was moved up to a reading group with fourth and fifth graders, and I was quite close with our school librarian, often discussing gardening or crafting as I checked out my strange combination of novels and books on plants and crocheting.

As a result of my constant need for words, I read voraciously and with little discrimination. As a five-year-old, I read the microwave manual as part of a deal in order to be allowed to use the brand new machine, and my parents had to cancel their TIME subscription a few years later, because generally, one does not want their seven-year-old reading something with an intended audience at least a decade older. Many of my fondest memories of summers as an elementary schooler feature large paper bags and corrugated cardboard boxes filled with young adult novels my mother picked up at second-hand stores and garage sales. I would blow through them, and to this day, seventy-some percent of the books in our family library are mine.

A side-effect of my reading was a comically large vocabulary packed into a tiny person, and as many of the words I acquired were ones that I had only read, mispronunciation became a comedic portion of my family’s lives. I once mispronounced “sophisticated” as “soff’ is cated” to my mother’s amusement.

Another side-effect of my obsession with stories is, ironically, my inability to tell a story. The abundance of stories and their many commonalities lead me to jump from tale to tale, never finishing one and going off on a thousand digressions in an attempt to share a brief moment from my life.  

While many people will say that books and the characters within become their friends, I have never found this statement to ring true for myself. However, I will admit that books and my love for them have led me to make many friends, whether the librarians at each school or the girl behind me in eighth grade geometry with whom I would eventually start a book blog.

Like drinking water, reading is a necessary part of my life. Without water, I, as a carbon-based biological organism, would die. Without my passion for reading and the love of learning and knowledge that logically follows, my personality would die. Just as water keeps me physically nourished, burying my nose in books provides my mind with sustenance. This leads to an odd paradox in which literature has become so important it becomes commonplace. It is so ingrained within my life that without it, I would not be me.

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Small me, on a toilet, reading. This is my personal sacrifice for my lack of blogging

 

Q& A(ish) with Maiya

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Q & A Friday: The Secret Life of Book Blogger Tag

Hi, guys! I’m here (a little late) with another tag for you. I don’t care that I’m doing another tag because I simply do not have much time on my hands for much else. I found this tag on Sporadic Reads and I really loved it.

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How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging a little over a year now and I love it.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

Hopefully I don’t stop any time soon! I really love using this as a creative outlet. It also relaxes me. I do want a real job though. This is a great way for me to keep writing and keep up with the book community.

What is the best thing about blogging?

The people! I love making new friends and sharing my enthusiasm for books with other people. I love how alive the book community is today!

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

Ahh the consistent way I need to post for it to be a serious blog. I want to do a lot with this blog so I have discovered that keeping a schedule helps me a lot. At least I have a theme for a post for the day so I know what to talk about for the day.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not very long. Since I #Bookstagram I have lots of bookish photos. I have an editor on my laptop so I can do whatever I want thereafter. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to take photos but I can manage it pretty well if I do large chunks at a time.

Who is your book crush?

Let me name a *few* for you:

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Nothing special if this is what the question is asking. I blog when I can so whatever I happen to be wearing that day I write in.

How long does it take you to prepare?

How much am I trying to do at the moment? It depends if I’m multitasking or not, but usually I can write a review in about 20-30 minutes. The same goes for posts like these. I like to write ahead of the day, so I can schedule and I won’t have to worry about it the day of.

How do you feel about the “Book Blogger Community”?

love it!! It’s inclusive and always supportive of others. The #Bookstagram community is just as wonderful.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Be genuine! If you write genuine reviews, reach out to people you really want to know, it helps a lot. I love it when people reply to my posts and it’s fun to learn about everyone else.

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Who I’m tagging

If you have an E in your name I tag you! If you want to do this tag, please do it and let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hey guys! I’m still riding the high after my last first football performance – it was amazing. I can’t believe this season is my last.  Today I come to you with another tag! I found this on Blogloving Nut’s blog and thought it would be fun to do. Hopefully I’ll have a Q & A session on here next Friday.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Not all the time. Most of the time I can read in the car, but on occasion I just can’t.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I love the way April Tucholke writes.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter, but I don’t really belong to either fandom that much. I don’t think this choice needs much defense.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Like backpack or tote? I use my backpack during the school year and keep all my school stuff in there (i.e. notebooks, pencils, pens). In my tote I carry my wallet and pretty much anything I might need throughout the day.

5. Do you smell your books?
Don’t you?

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
They are so gorgeous with!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
Lol Twilight was pretty meh after the fact that I finished the series.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not that I can remember. My dad used to make up the best bedtime stories though. (If you’re reading this, hi, Dad!)

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I used to more in middle school. I don’t think I’ll be a novelist anytime soon if I am going to be one.

12. When did you get into reading?
That’s really hard to pinpoint because I’ve always loved reading. Seriously though. Always.
13. What is your favorite classic book?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yeah, I’m still really great with the whole English thing.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Say thank you and casually see if there was a gift receipt.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I have to agree with the previous blogger on this. Everything gets compared to these series. I loveeee the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Wait too long to write a post so I have to sit up and write it.

18. What is your favorite word?
I like the way ‘frugal’ sounds.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Nerd always and forever.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Fairies if I must choose (High Fae if I feel like being extremely particular).

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters for sure.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves; we’ve got Lupin and Taylor Lautner sooooo.

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Neither

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
Triangle if it’s written well

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed because then love isn’t the focus of the story. I like it when it’s a subplot more.

Who I’m tagging:

If you like High Fae like me I tag you. If you want to do this tag please feel free to take part in it!

I’m hosting an open Q & A session here on the blog, and I’d love to hear from you. Comment your questions for me below (personal and bookish) for a chance to be featured next week!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Q & A Friday: Ultimate Book Tag

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Hey happy Friday! I’m back here again with another book tag because I can. I found this on Lizzy’s blog My Little Book Blog. It’s an excellent blog and y’all need to go check it out.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BOOK PET HATES?

  1. Forced love triangles – Drama is okay here and there, but the love triangle that goes on wayyyy too long? Ugh I hate it.
  2. Bad books with pretty covers – Okay so maybe this is a little petty, but I buy a good portion of books on looks. I hate getting suckered in by the cover and not liking the book.
  3. Love at first sight – It’s so unrealistic! I know it happens for some people, but for the most part people have to get to know each other first.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT READING SPOT

I want a nook that is cozy and tucked away from the world. It will overlook something nature-y with a big window and lots of pillows. And a blanket. I would also have a way to store as many books there as possible. I’m all about space conservation.

TELL US THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS

  1. I dog-ear my pages. It happens when I’m in need of a bookmark and I don’t have anything in my hand to stick in my book. Pro tip: When you dog-ear use the bottom of the page. Less words there usually.
  2. If you read my Wednesday post it wouldn’t surprise you if I said I write in my books. I love to read my notes in the margins when I reread. It’s about the conversation between me and the book! It’s something I don’t always do, but I will if I want to.
  3. I know I’ve confessed to not reading Harry Potter all the way through, so another series I haven’t read is The Lord of the Rings. I know, I know Tolkien is practically in literary cannon, but I just haven’t gotten into the book series! It’s not that I’m against fantasy, I love a good fantasy, it’s just that it’s never been high on my list of reading. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually, but not quite yet.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I cried reading Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. The feels just hit me, and I couldn’t help myself! One that really had me going with the waterworks was The Memory Book by Lara Avery. I highly highly recommend this book. It’s an excellent story that doesn’t get nearly as much hype as it should.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

Depends what bedside table. I have 2 because I’m staying with my sister (long story short, our rental house flooded in the basement where my parents were staying and we only have 2 real bedrooms here). On that one I have at least 10. On this one at home I have one because my mom made me move everything to my actual bookshelves. I have a lot of them packed up too though. I can’t wait to move.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE YOU’RE READING?

Food. I like food. Honestly it doesn’t really matter to me what I eat as long as I like it. I’ve eaten chocolate, salami, dinner, lunch, breakfast. One of my favorite things to do is read and eat my meals. I read with my breakfast almost everyday.

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE

This is like asking me to pick a favorite child!!!!!!! Okay I think I’ll go with my favorite ones that aren’t as hyped as they should be.

  1. You Were Here by Cori McCarthy – Seriously guys, you need to go read this book right now. It’s about a girl who is still coping with the crushing grief from the death of her older brother. There are 4 other characters whose stories go with hers, and  it’s immaculate. I love Cori’s writing! It’s gorgeous, just like her 🙂 (review | interview)
  2. Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom – I could not stop laughing when I read this book. It’s about a girl named Parker who is blind and is one of the sassiest characters you’ll ever meet. I love her strength and self-confidence (and her rules!!). I love how Linstrom portrays this disability. Though Parker is blind, it isn’t the defining thing of the story. It’s more about Parker’s story and how she develops as a person. (review)
  3. The Girl Who Fell by S. M. Parker – This book talks the importance of relationships in your life. It’s about knowing who you are as a person, and what affect your relationship with another has on who that is. I love how Zephyr is portrayed in this book, and I love that she has an excellent support system. Zeph is a beacon of hope to those who have experienced or think they are in an abusive relationship whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological. Never let someone silence you! (review | interview)

SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKSHELF ON YOUR BOOKCASE

Lol throwback to that time when my books were kind of organized. I don’t currently have a favorite shelf, but I’ll definitely have an updated shelfie when we move in!

WRITE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS

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WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?

 I haven’t read a lick of Morgan Matson. I own two of her books so acquiring the material is definitely not a problem, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I will read The Unexpected Everything this month for The Book Junkies and I’m so excited!

Who I’m tagging

Anyone who has a double letter in their names (i.e. Theodore, Lily, etc.)

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Q & A Friday: The Book Blogger Test

Hey guys, it’s Friyay! I’m finishing up my week at band camp, and it’s been pretty awesome. (At least I think it is because I’m writing this ahead of time.) Anyway I found this book tag on Spines and Covers which is run by three lovely ladies. They aren’t a blog I follow, so I found them through a Google search. (I snagged the picture from them because I liked it.)

The Birthstone Tag

January (GARNET): Associate with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of

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I’m going to go ahead and agree with Samantha from Spines and Covers on this one. The Commandant is nightmare inducing, and she doesn’t show any remorse for her behavior. On one hand, yeah I kind of see why she does things, but on the other I’m like what the heck lady. There are a few moments in the book where she could redeem herself but it all comes crashing down once she opens her mouth.

FEBRUARY (AMETHYST): PURPLE IS ASSOCIATED WITH ROYALTY – NAME A BOOK WITH REGAL QUALITIES… YOU CAN BASE THIS OFF OF CHARACTERS OF CHOOSE THE KING OF ALL BOOKS

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)
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Shahrzad is a queen in her own right. I love love love her fierce confidence in herself, and she does things that she thinks is right and accepts the consequences. I love how her character develops throughout the story along with everyone else’s too. (You can read my full review here.)

 

March (AQUAMARINE): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
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Isla herself stressed me out this entire novel. I liked her least of the three girls in Stephanie Perkins’ companion novels. She just didn’t have much verve or desire to do anything but think/talk/speak with Josh the entire book and that really, really bothered me.

APRIL (DIAMOND): A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH – NAME A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED BUT IS NOT WELL KNOWN

You Were Here
Goodreads | Review

WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE READING THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT’S GORGEOUS?!?!?!? I LOVE this book with a passion and practically no one knows about it! It’s about Jaycee and 4 other people that are connected to her in some way (broken friendship, brother’s friend, etc.). Jaycee is about to live past the day her brother did and do things he never did. It’s a story about her coping with the loss of her brother years later and her journey of grief and guilt is beautifully told.

May (EMERALD): Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well

Eleanor and Park
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Eleanor and Park *le sigh* They are not only in love with each other, they’re best friends and I love that. There are so many sharp, subtle contrasts between the two that it’s a bit like Romeo and Juliet (but I love this one compared to the two teenagers who killed themselves in the name of love *pukes*).

JUNE (PEARL): ASSOCIATED WITH LOYALTY – NAME A CHARACTER WHO IS LOYAL TO THE END

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)
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Jamie Watson is hella loyal to Charlotte even though she gives him no reason to be other than being a Holmes. I like how their characters develop and intertwine throughout the story. It’s a very compelling mystery as well, and even though Charlotte is prickly she lets Jamie in in ways that she doesn’t let anyone else which I can appreciate.

July (RUBY): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)
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I don’t think I can express my feelings with words at how angry the ending made me. I can’t believe it happened, just whattttttt?!?!?!?!? I mean Mare is cool in the first book, and she’s okay in this one, but I hate how self-destructive she is.

AUGUST (PERIDOT): PALE GREEN (IT PALES IN COMPARISON TO OTHER GEMS) – NAME A SUPPORTING CHARACTER WHO YOU LIKE BETTER THAN THE MAIN CHARACTER

The Girl Who Fell
Goodreads | Review | Interview

Let me be clear here and say that I LOVE Zephyr! That being said I do love her best friend throughout this entire book. Zeph annoyed me with some of her decisions and that was the point of them, but I like how I could count on her friend Lizzie, and even Gregg! They’re wonderful supporting characters and friends to Zeph.

September (SAPPHIRE): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you

Shug
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This is one of my fallback rereads. I love the characters, the plot, the everything of this book. Maybe it’s just because I read it at the right time, but I instantly fell in love. Also it’s there’s a reference to another amazing book (The Color Purple) which you should also read.

OCTOBER (OPAL): IRIDESCENT – NAME AN IRIDESCENT BOOK, THIS CAN BE A BOOK WITH A BEAUTIFUL COVER (SHINY? LOTS OF COLOUR?) OR YOU CAN BASE IT OFF OF A CHARACTER (QUIRKY? COLOURFUL?)

The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Goodreads | Review | Interview

You can’t really tell here but this book is soooo shiny. There’s this gorgeous foil on the blue part of the cover so it simulates the water. I also loved this story about Keeley and her own self discovery. There’s so many twists and turns in this book that I was not expecting. Siobhan is also a wonderful lady – I had the chance to interview her!

November (TOPAZ): Associated with resilience – Name a book’s with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity

The Memory Book
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If finding out you have a debilitating disease at 17 isn’t adversity I don’t know what is. Samantha Agatha McCoy is one tough chick. I love how she softens as her story continues, and that it’s told in diary format. Sammie has just learned that she has a genetic disease that will eventually take her memories from her. She starts writing this book to help her remember, and Sammie takes you through her journey in this. This book had me in tears and I love it.

DECEMBER (BLUE ZIRCON): ASSOCIATED WITH FRIENDSHIP – NAME A BOOK WITH A FRIENDSHIP YOU WANT TO BE APART OF

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
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Safi and Iseult will go to the ends of the earth for each other and I really appreciate their strong connection. I love when there are strong female characters and they support each other. It’s one thing to have them clashing, but it’s amazing when they come together and are there for each other. #womenforwomen

Who I’m tagging

Anyone who wants to do this tag is welcome to! It was really fun, and took me longer than I expected to (probably doesn’t help that I was totally distracted by the interwebs).

What do you think of my choices? What would you pick?

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Q & A Friday: The Birthstone Book Tag

Q & A Friday: The Coffee Book Tag

Hi guys! I’m back this Friday with a book tag. What better way to get back on my Friday posts than a book tag, right? (Side note: it’s not even like I missed a lot of Friday posts, just last week so I don’t know what I’m doing ranting like that.) Anywho, I’m stealing this off of Lizzie’s My Little Book Blog which is absolutely adorable, you definitely need to go check it out.

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BLACK: A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I have not even considered picking this book up honestly. My friend and roommate is slowly making her way through it and says it’s pretty good. The whole blood and gore and sex just doesn’t appeal to me that much, but a ton of people loooveee this series (and the t. v. series).

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)

There’s even snowflakes on the cover. I loved this book! It’s set right around the holiday season and I love the idea of a notebook scavenger hunt. Okay maybe it’s a bit unrealistic (I mean stranger danger, hello!!), but it’s cute and fluffy and perfect if you’re looking to curl up on a wintry day with something like that.

HOT CHOCOLATE: A FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)

This is hands down my favorite children’s book. My mom used to read them to my sister and I, and she swears by the first book. It’s a must read as a child in our house. This is the first book that really got me into mysteries. I always wanted to be like Violet. I’m pretty sure she was my first cosplay (for a school costume thing).

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)

I finished this book in 2 days flat. I could not put this down and I flew through the pages. How could I not love this unique alternate history? I can’t wait for the sequel to release this fall because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Luckily I snagged myself an ARC at BookCon and am currently reading it to satiate my needs.

STARBUCKS: A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE

The Unexpected Everything

Look how pretty the cover is! I have yet to read a Morgan Matson book and I finally will this month! We will be reading this for The Book Junkies August read. I can’t wait to read it!

THE HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR (A SHOUT OUT)

You Were Here

This one goes to my lovely, wonderful, all-around amazing Michigan friend Cori McCarthy. I can’t believe the lack of hype her books get because they are absolutely stellar and deserve 1000x more attention than they actually get. I had the opportunity to meet Cori and she is one of the loveliest people I know. You can read our interview and my review of You Were Here on the blog.

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

You have no idea how much I wanted to love this book. I read Anna and Lola before this and I was excited to see how this ended. I couldn’t wait to see how the two other stories would weave into this one either. So many call this one their favorite of the three but I just don’t see it! 

THE PERFECT BLEND: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET, BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

The ending to this duology was magnificent. I don’t think it could have ended better, and I half wish I hadn’t finished the series and was just stuck in Sharhzad’s world forever.

GREEN TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT IS QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL.

The Memory Book

Excuse me while I go quietly sob in the back corner over this book. Oh my goodness you just get hit by a wall of feels when you read this book. It is fantastically done, and you fall in love with Sammie with every word. (My complete thoughts are here in my review.)

CHAI TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU DREAM OF FAR OFF PLACES.

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

I totally want to be friends with Amani and Jin because they’re fabulous. I love the world building in this story and I can’t wait for it continue in the next book. It’s going to be epic.

EARL GREY: NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC

Fahrenheit 451

For those of you who know me or have read a lot of my posts, you know I swear by To Kill a Mockingbird. Today I wanted to talk about another classic I love because I can’t bestow alll of my love on Harper Lee’s gorgeousness. I read this after a girl in my lit class gave a book talk on it, and I was instantly hooked. This talks about censorship and the beauty of knowledge. You definitely need to go check it out.

Who I tag

Beth | The Books are Everywhere

Emma | The Book Crunch

I hope you liked this post as much as I did! It was so much fun 🙂

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂