Saturday, 30 April 2016

April Wrap Up aka Regrouping After the Busy Month

So April is over... That happened quick! My days were spent inside different caves:

Writing aka words have taken my soul
Last minute (as everything is with me *looks at how I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo the morning of*) I joined my friend's cabin in Camp NaNo. From there I set a 30K word count goal and proceeded to hit 50K, finishing the first draft of my WIP o.O now that is a feeling I want to bottle up and keep!

Speaking of which... Enchanted Bottle Craft aka people actually like my creations
I should have known that starting up a shop would take up a lot of time but I vastly underestimated how much XD there's the designing, creating, photographing, listing, selling, shipping, promoting... *wipes brow* it's so much fun! Exhausting but rewarding.

Blogging aka the lovely part of the internet
I freely admit that I've neglected the blogosphere a little. It's only when I emerge like a hermit from one of my caves that I can remind people I exist and check in with them. However I did get some posts out there:
Author Interview: Chris Cannon
WWW: Sleep and Book Deprived
Review: Life and Death, Twilight Reimagining by Stephenie Meyer

School aka s***
We'll just skip this one. Perhaps if I ignore it long enough it will go away? ;)

Life aka not social
It was my birthday! I celebrated with cake, naturally, and Game of Thrones. Not at the same time because my weak stomach could not have handled a certain death ahah. Also, I am hosting a giveaway for you! And who doesn't want to win a free signed book?

Reading aka the perfect distraction
With a grand total of 7 books I haven't read this little in a while.
Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner - A rich tale of betrayal and courtly relationships between four Queens from warring countries. I did have some problems with it (which drove me crazy!) but overall a pleasant read. 3 STARS review
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan - This book shot straight to my favourites list. I cried... so much... You need to read it! 5 STARS review
Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith Ready - I actually forgot I read this, it was that memorable. A great concept with kids being able to see ghosts but with a heavy focus on an unremarkable relationship I feel blase about it. 2 STARS
Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth - Another forgettable one. It went in a direction I didn't enjoy with a religious aspect I didn't see coming which took away from another interesting concept of a girl addicted to lightning. 2 STARS
The Island (The Island #1) by S. Usher Evans - Everything I could ask for! A love-to-hate slow-burning romance and characters colliding because of warring nations. Safe to say I'm excited for more. 5 STARS review
Ren: God's Little Monster (Ren Series #2) by Sarah Noffke - Bloody brilliant. If you haven't read any of Noffke's books you really should! 5 STARS
Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1) by Madeline Freeman - A mass of every YA trope you can think of. Not for me. 2 STARS

I hope you all had a great month! I'd love to hear some of things you've been doing/reading :)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Birthday Giveaway! Signed Hardback of The Bone Season

If you hadn't guessed...
Or at least, tomorrow is XD however my family has re-designated it 'Game of Thrones Day' because the new season will be airing over here and we have our priorities!

So today I will be celebrating with cake (naturally) and going to the movies. Also making reading a priority and not doing any work. So basically it's a level up from my regular day ;)

In this post I thought about doing 16 things I learned by 16 but 1, it'll either be coming from a cyborg or sappy person and 2, I might not be able to come up with soooo many things. Really, the one lesson which has stayed with me is that health and happiness is the most important thing, above grades. There have been times where I haven't had either, (I'm definitely still struggling with the latter) and sometimes good grades will help in that regard but in my own, personal, life, I need to stop letting them override and deteriorate the other things. And look at that - I went sappy!

So now I have the real reason you opened this post - the giveaway. It's UK only, however I do have more planned including specials from my etsy shop Enchanted Bottle Craft and lots of swag, so keep an eye out for those :D
Today you can win a signed hardback copy of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Good Luck!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WWW (6): Sleep and Book Deprived

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by MizB @ Should by Reading and revived by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words where you answer three questions:
1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

Sunday, 17 April 2016

ARC Review & Giveaway: The Island (Madion War Trilogy #1) by S. Usher Evans

27236789Goodreads Synopsis:
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

Monday, 11 April 2016

Review: Life and Death, Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer Synopsis:
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Author Interview: Chris Cannon

I am so excited to have teamed up with Chris Cannon, courtesy of the lovely people at her publisher Entangled Teen, to bring you an interview today – the title probably clued you in ;)
If you don’t know, I’m rather in love with all things dragon in YA, which combined with snarky characters and an action packed plot has made Cannon’s books some of my all-time favourites. Did I mention that there were dragons? Because that should have sold you. If not I hope you will be by the end of this post. Enjoy.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

ARC Mini-ish Reviews: Tell the Wind and Fire, Daughters of Ruin & Trial by Fire

The perfect example of my planning going astray is this post.
I had intended it to be many 1 paragraph (mini) reviews and then they turned into 2 paragraphs... and then I realised that featuring more than 3 books would make this a really long post... So instead here are mini-ish reviews of the last 3 books I read.