Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 WOW Endings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s topic is a freebie so I decided to use a past topic that I’ve never done before. I decided this one would be fitting since we are almost to the end of 2018! The following are some books that had endings that made my jaw drop or cliffhangers that just made me want to scream haha!


The Wicked King by Holly Black

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

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LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

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I didn’t want to spoil anything so you’ll just have to read these books to find out what made me freak out! haha. I did, however, link to my reviews so you can check those out if you want! I hope you have a lovely week! 🙂

xx,

Amy

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The 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future

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Hi, friends! Welcome to my stop on The 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour hosted by Your Book Travels! I’m so excited to share this book with you! Also, please don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a Christmas Prize Pack at the end of this post. 🙂


Because The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a spin on the classic, A Christmas Carol, I thought it’d be fun to share some books based on the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future!

Ghost of Christmas Past: Historical Fiction

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Coincidentally my favorite historical fiction (with a magical twist!) is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows! I love this story based on Lady Jane Grey (the Nine Days Queen.) It is riddled with humor (think Monty Python), adventure, romance, and perfect for fans of the Tudor dynasty.


Ghost of Christmas Present: Contemporary Fiction

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I’ve recently become an Alice Oseman fan and I just adore her writing. Her characters are so lovable and she knows how to write a heartwarming story while still tackling serious, relevant topics. Solitaire follows a cynical girl who stumbles upon a mysterious blog. I think this would be perfect for Rainbow Rowell fans!


Ghost of Christmas Future: Sci-Fi

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I cannot recommend this series by Neal Shusterman enough! Scythe follows a perfect world where there is no more disease, war, or death. In order to control the population, people known as Scythes have one job to do: select people to kill off. It’s morbid, but such a fun page-turner!


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog tour! And don’t forget to enter the amazing giveaway below!


About the Book

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

“On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .”

WHERE TO BUY: HarperCollins / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Indiebound


“Holly-day Prize Pack” Giveaway

U.S. Only

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The winner will receive a signed copy of a Cynthia Hand novel of your choice, a set of red fingerless gloves (knitted by Cynthia), a holiday spice candle, a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas, two peppermint mocha bath bombs, a peppermint cream and pomegranate raspberry lip balm set, a “make your own ugly sweater kit,” a pair of reindeer glasses, a Christmas mug that reads: “Holi-yays,” Christmas pencils, candy cane Christmas kisses, and a limited edition Holly Chase ornament (signed by Cynthia). Digital download of The Afterlife of Holly Chase: An Alternate Christmas Carol by Lindsey Hunt.

ENTER HERE: Rafflecopter Link


About the Author

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Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel THE HOW AND THE WHY (Fall 2019). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and a entourage of imaginary friends. www.cynthiahandbooks.com


Tour Schedule

12/3 Little Book Worm Reviews Aesthetic post

12/4 Haunted by Books Review & book playlist

12/5 The Ultimate Fangirl Downloadable bookmarks

12/6 The YA Book Traveler Top 5 Reasons Why The Afterlife of Holly Chase Needs to be on your December TBR!

12/7 Vicky Who Reads  5 Holiday Songs You’ll Think About When Reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase (+Giveaway!)

12/8 Novel Knight  Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Lover in Your Life

12/9 A Court of Crowns and Quills Ghost of Christmas Past/Present/Future

12/10 That Artsy Reader Girl Favorite Fictional Scrooges

12/11 Wild and Wonderful Reads Top Ten Tuesday + Review

12/12 The Clever Reader Dream Cast

12/13 BookCrushin Review

12/14 Mary Had A Little Book Blog Review + instagram post

Heartstopper: Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

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Graphic Novel: Heartstopper: Volume 1

Chapters: #1-2

Author: Alice Oseman

Pages: 278

Genre: YA contemporary

My rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

Look no further if you want something heartfelt, cute, pure, emotional, and important, with beautiful art and the most lovable characters! Y’all, this comic melted my heart. I binged the entire webcomic on Tapas and then I ordered Alice Oseman’s self-published edition of Heartstopper: Volume 1 (it will be officially published by Hachette in February 2019!). I honestly love everything about it.

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This comic follows Charlie, an openly gay student at an all-boys British grammar school. His classmate, Nick, is captain of the rugby team, and they become close friends. But then Charlie begins developing feelings for Nick, and Nick starts to question his attraction to Charlie, too.

This comic checked off so many boxes for me:

  • Diverse characters & LGBTQIAP+ rep.
  • A romance you will ship SO HARD.
  • Set in England.
  • Amazing art work.
  • The cutest dog ever.

Not only is this comic a coming-of-age story about young love and friendship, it is also a story that addresses bullying and homophobia. Charlie was outted when he was not ready yet, and the aftermath of that follows him throughout the story.

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I fell in love with both Charlie and Nick. Charlie is such a sweet and supportive friend, while Nick is the most kindhearted soul you will ever meet. And you will be rooting for these two from the very first page as you watch them navigate through their day to day lives playing rugby, studying together, and going to school.

And you will meet some other characters that help shape this story too. There’s Tao, Charlie’s best friend, Tori, Charlie’s cynical sister, and Tara, Nick’s old crush (but she’s now dating Darcy and they’re my faves! Oh, and we have the same birthday!)

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I hope you pick up this book and enjoy it as much as I did! Just a reminder that this webcomic is ongoing, so what you find on Tumblr and Tapas does not have an “end” yet. This copy in my photo is from Alice Oseman’s Kickstarter campaign, and it contains Chapters 1 & 2 of the webcomic. You might be able to still purchase the Kickstarter edition (and other merch) from Alice’s art shop, or pre-order the official publication edition (due to drop in February 2019).

(Photos of Nick, Tara, and Charlie’s bios are from Alice Oseman’s website)

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xx,

Amy

 

November 2018 Book Haul

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Hello, all! Here’s my book haul from November. I got lucky and found some lovely signed books at Barnes & Noble’s Black Friday sale so I grabbed myself a few early Christmas presents. 😉 I also want to thank all of the amazing publishers, friends, and FairyLoot for making my month so special!


Purchased Books:

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Throne of Glass Collector’s Edition (US)

Throne of Glass Collector’s Edition (UK)

Skyward (Signed)

Fangirl

Stranger Things

Whiskey in a Teacup (Signed)

Kingdom of Ash (Signed)

What If It’s US (Signed)

The Wicker King

Girls of Paper and Fire (Owlcrate)

Heartstopper Vol. 1


Kindle Purchases:

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Lady Midnight


ARCs From Publishers:

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Permafrost (Tor.com)

The Test (Tor.com)

Middlegame (Tor.com)

Tin Heart (Flatiron)

Warrior of the Wild (Feiwel & Friends)

His Perfect Wife (Crown Publishing)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase (Cynthia Hand)


Gifts:

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Gift from Taylor!)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Gift from Taylor!)


ARCs From NetGalley:

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Wicked Saints (Wednesday Books)


Book of the Month:

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Winter in Paradise

The Proposal

For Better and Worse

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FairyLoot October Box:

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Girls of Paper and Fire | Rep Code: COURT10

FairyLoot November Box:

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Skyward | Rep Code: COURT10


That’s it! Did you get any good deals during Black Friday? I’d love to hear what you got! I hope you have a lovely December. Happy reading!

xx,

Amy

November 2018 Wrap Up

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Hi, everyone! It feels so weird that 2018 is almost over. I also hit another major reading slump, but I’m really proud of myself for reading all of these books! I read some really great books and discovered new authors I now consider new favorites!


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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan | ★★★★

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | ★★★★★

Solitaire by Alice Oseman | ★★★★

Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman | ★★★★★

Enchantée by Gita Trelease | ★★★

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton | ★★★★

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | ★★★


I hope you had a wonderful reading month! I will be co-hosting a holiday themed readathon on December 3-9, so if you’re interested please check out my blog post for all the info! ❤ Happy reading!

xx,

Amy

December 2018 TBR

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Hi, friends! Wow, December is upon us. I hit a major slump in November but December is going to be filled with so many fun things; I’m co-hosting a holiday themed readathon called TistheSeasonAThon!

Below are the books I plan to read this month as well as the TBR for TistheSeasonAThon. Knowing me I will probably change a few things as the month goes on, but I am very excited for all my choices!


December TBR:

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City of Heavenly Fire

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

The Matchmaker’s List (ARC by Berkley)

The Gilded Wolves (ARC by Wednesday Books)

The Girl King (ARC by Bloomsbury YA)


TistheSeasonAThon TBR:

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And of course, these are the books I am planning to read during the readathon I am co-hosting on December 3-9! The reading challenges and extra info can be found here!


Please let me know if you’ll be joining us for the readathon! And if not, that’s totally fine, too! I’d love to hear what you plan to read to round out 2018. 🙂

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Platonic Relationships

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I really love this week’s topic about our favorite platonic relationships! This was a pretty easy one for me… so here we go!


1) Tori & Charlie from Solitaire by Alice Oseman:

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Tori is Charlie’s older sister and you can just tell how much they love and support each other. I also love their dynamic seen in the webcomic, Heartstopper!


2) Will & Jem from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare:

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This was my first obvious choice. They are my favorite parabatai in the Shadowhunters universe and nobody can tell me otherwise!


3) Kora & Nova from Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor:

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These two sisters have a rather tragic story line and it will forever tug at my heartstrings.


4) Rielle & Remy from Furyborn by Claire Legrand:

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Remy is the cutest little bro and I adore how fiercely he loves Rielle. I will riot if anything ever happens to him.


5) Cassidy & Jacob from City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab:

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These two are my favorite ghost-hunting duo. And the fact that Jacob is Cassidy’s ghost BFF makes it 1000x’s better.


6) Caledonia & her crew from Seafire by Natalie C. Parker:

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This book has some of the best sisterhood I’ve ever read and the friendships have left such a lasting impression on me.


7) Inej & Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:

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Another obvious choice, but really… these ladies are badass and I know they would die for each other.


8) Rhy & Kell from Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab:

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Rhy and Kell’s sibling relationship is one of my all time favorites. Rhy is Kell’s found family and it just warms my cold, dead heart how far Kell is willing to go to protect Rhy.


9) Alex, Lula, & Rose from the Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Córdova:

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These magical sisters deserve all the hype. I love how these girls know everything about each other and would walk to the ends of the earth for one another.


10) Mirabella, Arsinoe, & Katherine from Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake:

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Ok, so I know these three sisters are technically supposed to hate each other and, ultimately, kill each other… but maybe that’s why I’m so damn invested in their stories!?


That’s it for this week’s top ten! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you are having a lovely week! ❤

xx,

Amy

Down the TBR Hole #13

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 or more titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany to start this blog series as my TBR pile is OUT OF CONTROL!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The six books this week:

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1) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:

Oh I am definitely not getting rid of this one. Don’t worry!

Verdict: Keep

2) The Hostage’s Daughter by Sulome Anderson:

I went to school with Sulome. This is her memoir that she wrote about her father’s captivity. I believe this book is so important so it is definitely staying on my TBR.

Verdict: Keep

3) First Comes Love by Emily Giffin:

I’m a bit trash for Emily Giffin’s books so I don’t think I can part with this one (yet).

Verdict: Keep

4) And I Darken by Kiersten White:

I can’t believe I haven’t read this series yet! I know I have to!

Verdict: Keep

5) This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner:

Whoops, I haven’t read book 1 yet so this one will have to go for now!

Verdict: Delete

6) In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch:

I’ve read a few of Scotch’s books a looong time ago but this one just isn’t really calling to me…

Verdict: Delete


Thanks for taking a look at my TBR! Please feel free to recommend what books I should add (or remove) from my TBR! You can go here to view my to-read shelf, or here to add me as a friend on Goodreads! 🙂

xx,

Amy

My TisTheSeasonAThon TBR

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Hi, friends! As you may already know, I am one of the co-hosts for this year’s first ever TistheSeasonAThon! If you want to join our readathon or just want to know more about it, please check out my blog post! It will be running from December 3rd-9th, 2018.


The Challenges:

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My Picks:

A book with red or green on the cover: Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

A holiday themed book + listening to holiday music: One Day in December by Josie Silver

A warm and fuzzy book: Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan

The group book + a short book: Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, Kasie West


As you can see, I’ve doubled up a few of the challenges! You can read as many or as little as you want! You don’t even have to read holiday themed books. The choice is up to you. 🙂 I can’t wait to begin on December 3-9! And remember to follow our instagram and twitter!

Instagram: @TISTHESEASONATHON

Twitter: @TISTHESEASONNN

Hashtag: #TISTHESEASONATHON (for both platforms)


xx,

Amy

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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Title: Solitaire

Author: Alice Oseman

Pages: 392

Genre: YA Contemporary

My Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers.


I recently fell in love with Alice Oseman’s webcomic, Heartstopper (you can read the entire thing for free on tumblr and Tapas, but Volume 1 will be published in February 2019) and my excitement level skyrocketed when I found out that the main characters from Heartstopper are in Solitaire.

This book starts out with Tori, a high school student who enjoys blogging, but prefers to be antisocial and doesn’t have a close relationship with her family (except with her brother, Charlie.) One day she discovers a mysterious blog called Solitaire. And then the anonymous creator of Solitaire begins pulling pranks at her school. What even makes it more mysterious is that these pranks seem to have some significance to Tori.

And like the tag line on the cover says, “this is not a love story”; which is kind of true. Yes, there is a very subtle romance, but it doesn’t overpower everything. Michael Holden was the shining light for me in this book and I really hope we get to see more of him in Alice Oseman’s future works.

I think this book may not be for everyone, though, and that is because the main character, Tori, is very pessimistic and cynical. I mean, she’s relatable to me, but I can understand if the “negative teen” character might not be for you. I totally get it. But keep in mind that this book addresses some serious themes; the biggest being depression. Depression is something Tori suffers from on a daily basis and this story follows Tori as she comes to terms with her mental illness and accepts support from her friends and family.

And this story is also about how we change as we grow up, and how it’s normal for our old friends to drift apart and for new people to enter our lives. But that it is also okay to reach out to our friends and to have a support system when we need it the most.

I loved how Alice Oseman was able to tug at my heartstrings with her writing. And the fact that she’s always inclusive with LGBTQIAP+ rep is what we need more of in the world. I truly believe her work deserves more hype and I can’t wait to read her other books!


Trigger warnings: self harm, eating disorders, OCD, suicidal thoughts, bullying, anxiety, depression.


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xx,

Amy