Welcome to The Empire: Inside the World of “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir

Happy Friday, friends! Or should I call you Emberlings? Because chances are that if you clicked through to read this blog post, then you’re a fan of the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. I’m also willing to be that you are anxiously counting down the days until the release of the second book in the series, “A Torch Against the Night”. Good news, we have less than six weeks to go until August 30th, which means that it’s literally right around the corner.

I was a huge fan of “An Ember in the Ashes” when it came out last year, and had been anticipating its sequel for what feels like forever! I just finished “A Torch Against the Night” and I am here to say that it’s as epic as the first book. As a matter of fact…it’s even BETTER! So yeah, all that hype surrounding this book? It’s LEGIT! Everything you loved about Ember is still in Torch and it all gets more intense! I’m honestly not sure how I am going to write a coherent review for Torch, but I am here today to tell you that I absolutely loved it and I know without a doubt that you’ll love it too!

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite things about the series…The world-building!

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Book Feels: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West {Blog Tour and Giveaway}

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Welcome to blog tour for “P.S. I Like You”!

As a big fan of “The Distance Between Us” and “The Fill-In Boyfriend”, I was super excited to get my hands on another swoon-worthy Kasie West book and I’m even more thrilled to be sharing a mini review and mood board for “P.S. I Like You” today.

You can Check out my review to see what I thought and then keep reading for a list of the rest of the tour stops
and a fantastic giveaway.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside The US

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The creativity of the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish never ceases to amaze me! They’re killing it again this week with another epic Top Ten Tuesday prompt. I have a HUGE case of wanderlust and not only did I have a blast creating my list for this week but I also can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with.

I selected a mix of fantasy, contemporary and alternate history novels, as I wanted to show that even if a book isn’t set in our current time or universe, authors can still work in cities, countries, regions, landmarks and monuments that we all know and love. I love when a fantasy or alt history book can take us on a fantastic journey right in our own back yard. Let’s face it, I love when a book takes me anywhere outside my own little bubble.

I hope you enjoy the ten books I selected this week, they are some of my very faves. whether They’re Epic and Exciting or swoony and filled with feels, all of these books took me on a journey I’ll never forget. 

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Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: Fun Facts About Me!

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The ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish always come up with the BEST prompts every week for their Top Ten Tuesday feature. It’s always such a fun creative exercise each week trying to come up with lists, and this week’s prompt is no exception. I absolutely LOVE this idea…share ten fun facts about yourself with your readers. What a great way to learn more about some of your favorite bloggers!

I have a confession to make, I’m on vacation this week and totally meant to write this post a couple of days ago. But, vacation mode clicked in and I completely forgot to write it. So, it’s currently 10:30 on Tuesday morning and I’m hoping I can get this post up for you guys within the hour. I mean, can you blame me? I’m currently blogging outside on the patio, it’s 75 and sunny and I have my favorite Spotify playlist on the speakers. Check it out!

BTW…Be sure to visit my Instagram and Snapchat for more
vacation photos and vids!

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My current view…

OK! Back to your regularly scheduled blog post! I’M so excited to be SHARING MY TOP TEN Fun facts about…ME! Here we go…

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Sarah

Book Feels: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey {BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY}

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Welcome to ‘The Shadow Hour’ Blog tour, which I’m so thrilled to be a part of. I absolutely loved ‘The Girl at Midnight’ when I read it last year, and was so excited for Melissa Grey to write its sequel! Needless to say, I loved ‘The Shadow Hour’ just as much as the first book, and maybe even more!

Check out my review to see what I thought and then keep reading for a list of the rest of the tour stops and a fantastic giveaway.

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June Re-Cap: Heck Yeah, It’s Summer {GIVEAWAY}

WOOHOO! It’s officially summer and I am beyond excited that the warm weather and long summer nights are here to stay for a few months. Summer is my absolute favorite time of year and being able to spend it in New England makes it even more amazing! I have lots of fun plans over the next couple of months, the first of which is our week-long vacation on Martha’s Vineyard starting TODAY! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to see all of my New England summer adventures!

All that being said, June was another slow month for me both reading and blogging wise, but I’ve decided to just embrace the new pace and not obsess over it. I mean, it is what it is right?

Now, on to the re-cap!!!

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My favorite time of year!

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Book Feels: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Book Feels: This Savage Song by Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 464
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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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Ohhh you guys! This book is CREEPY! Which is normally a no-go for me. I tend to stay away from books that are horror or thriller books, but since I’ve read some of Victoria Schwab’s other books and LOVED them, I thought I would give this one a try. Wouldn’t you know? I LOVE IT! Continue reading “Book Feels: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab”

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Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVE That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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“So many books, so little time.”

Please tell me I’m not the only one who seems to have this saying on as a constant loop in their head. I feel like the second I finish one book, I add five more to my TBR. I guess it’s just something I need to learn to accept as part of the life of a book worm…but it’s hard. It’s such an overwhelming feeling to know there are SO many books out there that I want to read, but may never get around to.

When I took a look at my Goodreads shelves to come up with my list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I was shocked at how many of the books I’ve read and loved, haven’t been read by SO many of you! It just proves my point, that I’m not the only one suffering from the never-ending TBR.

Keep reading to see my top ten list of books I love that are seriously underrated…and then get reading, people!

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Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Favorite Mood Boards I’ve Created!

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I wracked my brain trying to think of a topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. The ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish designated this week as a “freebie week” for our top ten lists and I’ll be honest…I was STUMPED! As I type this, it’s almost 8pm on Monday night and up until about 45 minutes ago, I was thinking I would have to skip this week because I wasn’t feeling any of the ideas I did have and my inspiration was starting to run dry. I decided to start working on a mood board for an upcoming review to clear my head and that’s when it hit me. So, today I’m sharing my top ten favorite mood boards I’ve ever created.

A little back story. Way back in October of 2014, I thought it would be fun to create a fancast graphic for ‘Scoring Wilder’ (see below) and include it with my review. What I discovered was that I loved the process of tracking down the perfect images that evoked my feelings towards the book I had just read, so I continued to make them for any book that I rated three stars and above. The rest, as they say, is history.

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The very first “mood board”I ever created!

I’m so thrilled and honored by all of the positive reactions I’ve received about the mood boards I create. From readers and authors alike, it absolutely makes my day when I hear that I perfectly captured the essence of a book or made someone want to read one with a board I created.

Today, I’m sharing my top ten favorite boards I’ve ever created. Make sure you click-through to the review of each book, because the board at each review will link you to the Pinterest board I used to curate images for each.

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Sarah

Book Avengers: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Hello and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we are featuring Mistborn by Brandon Sandersonthe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in June. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this new feature that Kristina and I debuted this year! 

After a back and forth battle, MISTBORN came OUT on top as the winner of your votes, so come find out what WE thought of IT!

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Sarah