Teaser Tuesday: The Final Empire

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’ve been meaning to read Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson for ages and have finally started this series. I”m excited to see where it goes and hope I love it as much as most people do. Here’s a little teaser if you’re interested:

“Besides, I’m not about to let a possible Misborn slip away from us — I want to talk to that girl. Can you deal with those tails?”

So have you read The Final Empire? Has it been on your TBR for a while like me? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

ARC Review: Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

coldsummerCold Summer by Gwen Cole

Published by Sky Pony Press on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Pages: 256 Format: eARC Source: EW

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.


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SST Tour Interview & Giveaway: Laura Silverman & Girl Out of Water

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Today on the blog Laura Silverman, author of the upcoming release Girl Out of Water, is here to talk writing, favorites, and so much more. First check out all the details on her new book and be sure to enter the giveaway!


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Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Expected on May 2, 2017

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Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it’s hard to put her past behind her when she’s living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

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Interview

How do you choose names for your characters?

For the most part they just come to me, but every now and then I end up scrolling through lists of names trying to find the perfect match. Usually when I see the right name it clicks instantly.

What is your go to reward for hitting a deadline?

A break! And finally catching up on my TBR! I love marathon-ing a bunch of books after a deadline because it’s often really hard to keep up with my reading when I’m in the writing zone.

Plotter or Pantser?

A little bit of both but I definitely lean towards pantser. I’ll usually have a vague idea of the big picture but only outline a few chapters at a time. Once I actually write those few chapters I have a better sense of what the next few will look like and so on.

What are some of your favorite books?

Always an impossible question! My favorite genre is YA Contemporary, but I read all genres too. Some recent favorite reads are THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, THE HATE U GIVE, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, and UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

I used to love going to concerts, and I hope to be able to do so again. Same with walking nature trails. I’ve recently gotten into stationary and sending letters to my friends and family

Favorite foods?

Sushi! Also sushi! Then probably Mexican, Thai, and like really good salads (not just iceberg lettuce and a cherry tomato haha).

Favorite travel destinations?
I love the beach and the mountains – just getting away and decompressing. But I’ve also loved traveling to big cities with tons of museums and epic food.

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Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

strangedreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 533 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


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Compiling a Collection: My Foray into Audiobook Ordering

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been working in a library since late 2013, and became full time last September. Now that things have settled in terms of job transitioning, I’m taking on more responsibilities than every before and I’m so excited. Along with programming and desk work, I’m going to be ordering for the first time ever and will be in charge of the J DVDs and YA and J Audiobooks.

 At the moment my main focus is the audiobooks. It’s been a while since the collection has been taken care of so the first thing I did was go in and weed out any titles that haven’t gone out in the past year. That cut the collection in half, leaving me with a lot to fill in. Especially since very few titles have been purchased recently. Plus we have a very very small selection of playaways (MP3 players with the audiobook on it).

Now I’ve been making lists of new releases and audiobooks I know I want to be in the collection, but I got to thinking what others would like to listen to. So I’m opening up the floor to my readers. I’d love to know your thoughts on:

  • Are there YA and J audiobooks I have to have in our collection?
  • What are your favorite audiobooks?
  • Should there be an even mixture of genres?
  • Do you prefer audiobooks or playaways?
  • What does your ideal audiobook section look like?

Share your answers and recommendations in the comments below and hopefully I’ll be able to implement some of your ideas as well as my own!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Six of Crows
  2. Strange the Dreamer
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic
  4. The Girl from Everywhere
  5. The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about books that would make good video games! I’m not much of a gamer but the ones I latch onto and love to play have rich, open worlds that are meant to be explored to the fullest. That’s why I picked five fantasy titles that I would love to see in game format. Honestly I would devour anything Six of Crows related so this one’s not much of a surprise. Strange the Dreamer, though I haven’t finished it yet, provides such an exquisite world, I could spend hours upon hours diving deeper into its mysteries. Schwab’s Shades of Magic would be a phenomenal game of magic, battles, and so much more. With pirates and time travel, The Girl from Everywhere would make for outstanding open play. Plus Valente’s Fairyland series would be an animation dream with so many paths to choose from.

So, what books do you think would make good video games? What type of video games do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I was oh so lucky to discover an ARC of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee in our marketing box at the library and jumped at the chance to read this. I’ve heard amazing things about this one and cannot wait to dive further in. Here’s a little teaser:

It’s an impressive performance as far as dramatic storm-offs go, but as soon as I’ve left Worthington I realize I’ve got nowhere to storm off to.

And here’s another:

Knock those stupid freckles straight off his face.

So are you excited for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? Let me know what you think of the teasers in the comments below!