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Bookish News: Blood for Blood Cover Reveal

Hi! I’m so excited right now! Remember when Ryan Graudin released the first of two books in her alternate history in Wolf by Wolf (review linked)? Well, her sequel is due to come out November 1 of this year, and I am beyond excited for it!

Today Entertainment Weekly released the cover of the new book, titled Blood for Blood along with an excerpt. You can read the full article here.

Eeeep!! I’m not usually one to read excerpts because I like to read it all at once, but I just might this time.

Happy reading,

Sophie

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A Little Jane to Live By

Hello there! My most recently finished book is First and Then by Emma Mills. I was first drawn to this book because it was the September book of Uppercase box (which I promptly subscribed to, thank you very much). I was a bit miffed that I didn’t get it in time, but no fear, I received it for Christmas. I was then intrigued because of the gorgeous cover art (I mean, just look at the beauty!). Under the dust jacket it’s even more beautiful.

So for a little bit about the actual book:

If anyone would like to learn about procrastination and how to avoid the future, you should just contact Devon. Dev is quite content with her average status – she knows she’s not going to be the one to discover the cure for cancer or join the Peace Corps. Senior holds a bit more action than what she bargained for though.

For one thing, it brings her quirky cousin Foster who can’t seem to understand how to socialize like a normal person. To make matters worse she has to endure freshman gym that she has successfully avoided up to this point. Of course she has this with Foster. Then the irritating(ly hot) star linebacker Ezra Lynley decides he wants to bug her during class, too. What’s a girl to do?

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This story was a very cute read. It was short and sweet, but funny, too. I enjoyed it as a little fluff one in between heavier reads.

What I like most about this was Devon’s independence. She didn’t need a boy to begin with, and even though she was pining for her best friend, she didn’t let it get in the way of her normal life. She’s strong on her own and it doesn’t bother her that she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Also her obsession with Jane Austen is something I totally get. I love Jane. 🙂

I was confused how much free time Devon had. I personally don’t have that much, and she seems to be able to do anything on a whim. I wish I had a more relaxed schedule!

Devon’s relationship with her cousin Foster is something that I recognize in myself. Foster reminds me of someone I know and his relationship with Devon is really similar to that of mine with that person who shall remain unidentified. I loved seeing their awkwardness evolve into something that they believed was worth fighting for.

Ezra was a little irksome. I didn’t like him as much as I feel like I should have. Oh well. Can’t win ’em all.

Okay, that’s all for now! Happy reading!

Sophie

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On the Brink of Self-Destruction

Hey guys! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Okay. So I am a binge-reader. No shame.

Especially when it comes to Paperweight by Meg Haston. Ugh.

I recently finished this beautifully written novel a few days ago. The novel follows the story of a troubled seventeen year old girl, Stevie Deslisle , who is sent to a treatment center on the “dusty outskirts of New Mexico” (Haston). Stevie is stricken by what many young girls today struggle with – an eating disorder. Her father ships her out to to the center in hopes that she will recover. But, Stevie’s not looking to recover. She’s planning to die, precisely on the Anniversary of her older brother’s death. Will she go through with it? *dun dun duuunnn*

Haston is just a fabulous writer. Paperweight just overflows (in a good way) with detail so carefully written that each scene of the book just plays out in front of you. She describes Stevie’s emotions in a entrancing way that you just feel her. I adore her writing style.

The story line just sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you finish the book. It’s just one of those books where you just have to find out what happens.  Paperweight is such as page-turner and it sends you on the feels train like no other. It leaves you gasping at some parts and tearing up at others. It makes you yell and flail your arms in anguish and even chuckle to yourself. Feels train all da way.

My only complaint (what?! A complaint?!) would have to be the ending. It just ends without closure. You close the book with a feeling of “but…I wasn’t finished yet.” But that’s my opinion. Looks like you’re just going to have to read it and see if you agree with me!

In conclusion, I really enjoyed reading this book. I fell in love with Stevie by the end and you literally felt as if you’re going with her on her journey to deciding to live or die. Haston enhanced the characters and scenery in a way that I can’t find words to describe. Four and a half stars (is that shallow? Nah) for Paperweight!

Rylie Innes

 

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NaNoWriMo: How to Write a Novel

Hey guys!

I would firstly like to say a massive sorry to Sophie for not being around more. Yes, we’re all busy, but that’s no excuse.

So, I’m back! With a post about NaNoWriMo, which I’m sure many of you have heard of.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an online based November project, for anyone to join.

The overall goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, or 30,000 words if you’re in the YA NaNoWriMo.

Now, writing is not for every person, but it’s not for every bookworm either…yes, we all love reading, and I’m sure many of us have written a little something at some point, but it takes a LOT to write 50,000 words in a month, that equals 1.6k every day.

But sometimes, it’s a challenge that we need. And in the end, it doesn’t matter if you don’t finish on time, because YOU have still achieved something massive, something amazing. You have written a 250 page novel. And that is certainly something to boast about.

And if you think your novel is a load of crap? That’s fine! There’s no one there to read or judge your book, unless you want them to. Plus, if it really IS crap (which I’m sure it isn’t) it’s all practice. There are many years of NaNoWriMo to come, so if you don’t manage to write a full novel this year, it’s fine. If you do, you deserve an enormous pat on the back! Congrats!

Before I finish off, I want you all to know, this is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo, so I am a complete greenie. But from what I’ve gathered, all we need to complete this challenge is coffee (or tea, tea drinkers, we can DO THIS.), comfy clothes, a hell of a lot of stamina and just enough time (doesn’t have to be a lot, but having a lot can definitely help).

At the end of this, guys, at the end of this torture. We are going to be authors. Remember that. Let it sink in.

And write.

-Beth

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Saying Hello to New Faces and New Places

Hi, all!

Sophie here with Maiya in spirit. I wanted to announce the exciting expansion of our blog! We now have two new bloggers here with us. Beth is from the UK, whom I met through our bookstagram account. Megan is a girl we both know through our school. Both have wonderful accounts on instagram (Beth is @thebooksareeverywhere and Megan is @book.lovers.galore) so if you’d like to keep up with them go give them a follow!

We hope you enjoy the new bloggers and get to know them through their posts!

Happy reading,
Sophie and Maiya