anna · Waiting On Wednesdays

WoW: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

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Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine

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I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Release Date: May 30th, 2017

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Why I’m Excited: I feel like I’ve been excited about this book for a long time now, impatiently waiting for it to come out. This novel seems right up my alley. I mean, a girl using K dramas for love advice? Count me in! I love K dramas and books so combining them like this will be amazing!

 

GoodReads Synopsis: “Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

 

Is this book on your TBR too? Let me know in the comments below so we can freak out together over this novel.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Why The Upside of Unrequited is Important to Me

If you guys follow my bookstagram, booktube, or twitter, you know I’m not a small girl. I never really see myself in books when I read them because most YA novels feature a small female character as their main character. I’m not saying that those books are bad, they are just as important to some people as having a bigger character for the main character is for me. I am just stating that there is a lack of bigger or “fat” characters within novels (this goes for all genders). If they are in a novel, they are typically a funny side character, a side character who gets joked “funnily” about because of their weight, a side character who is the bully, or simply just making them a character who kills another character by sitting on them. This novel was not that stereotype of a YA novel. This novel had a fat main character who wasn’t the laughing stock.

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(That’s me)

In The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, I saw myself truly in a novel for the first time. The main character, Molly, is a girl who isn’t small. On the first page, she sucks in her cheeks to make it appear like she had cheekbones. I don’t want to get into how many times I have done this because I started to feel self-conscious. In fact, I caught myself doing this today.

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Okay now leave till you read the book then promise to come back and read the rest of this post. Please. I mean, they are not necessarily spoilers, but more like character development/how they are spoilers.

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She has a fear of rejection. I have a huge fear of rejection. That’s why I never go for the things I really want. I stopped auditioning, I stopped trying. I just did not want to face rejection. I have trouble being in groups of people for fear that I’m being rejected by being left out of conversations. I begin to worry whether I did something to make them ignore me or not. Molly may not have her fear to this extent, but I do and I could see myself through her fear.

The whole crushing thing with her is exactly how I am. I have crushes, but I never act on them again for fear of rejection. Molly is such a careful person. She doesn’t put her heart out in the open. I try not to either. After so much pain/anxiety/fear, you have too many walls up.

I cried while reading the acknowledgements because it says “To the fat kids. You’re beautiful”.

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I met Becky Albertalli last month, March 2017, and I almost started crying when I was telling her how much her novel meant to me. I cannot thank her enough for this novel.

Be sure to pick up this novel! It’s written fantastically and it touched my heart and I hope it touches yours.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Cover Reveals

Spent by Deirdre Riordan Hall Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be revealing Deirdre’s new novel’s, Spent’s, cover! Eek! It’s super cute guys. I cannot wait for you guys to see it. But first, I’d like to start off with some information about Spent so you can understand what the book is about and maybe add it to your TBR!

Genre: Contemporary Fiction // Age Group: Young

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young thief. A golden dragon. A stolen life. A modern Romeo and Juliet and heist mashup.

Sysnopsis:

“Rule #1 Never get caught.

Rule #2 Never admit to anything.

Rule #3 Never get involved with boys.

It’s not until Ru Rocklin is caught shoplifting that she considers exactly what has been taken from her. For sixteen years, she’s lived on the fringe and in isolation with her older sister, Silky, a master thief who doubles as Ru’s guardian—lying and thieving is the family biz. After she’s given the ultimatum to go to school or kick it in jail, Ru meets Julian Freese, and finally feels, well, normal. At least until the shame of her not-so- normal life pushes them apart. But when he reveals his own secrets, she realizes love is one con she can’t pull. When tragedy exposes the mystery of Ru’s past, she’s determined to finish the job Silky groomed her for: stealing the famed golden dragon, Mǔ long, from the Institute of Fine Art. It’s a heist she can’t do alone so she gathers a crack team of liars and thieves to help. As she tries to avoid the attention of the authorities, the crew embarks upon a wild game of give and take, bluffs and blunders, and twists and turns. Though it felt like the perfect plan, the dragon only leads to more questions. Ru will have to break every rule she knows to find the answers to Silky’s finely-woven lies and get her life back, or make a new one.

With Romeo and Juliet inspired romance and a caper with Ocean’s 11 tension and thrills, fans of Heist Society by Ally Carter will enjoy this story of thieves and thugs, love and loss, and high-stakes action.”

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Isn’t it so pretty?? I love the flowers in the bottom and top!  I also love how the cover has shadows on it inside of a photo of a person. I feel like that technique isn’t used often in YA literature, but it looks amazing and makes me wish that there were more books with shadows. I think that the cover resembles the synopsis well and I’m so excited to dive into the book! Spent releases on April 11th, 2017!

 

20150308deirdrehall-lr-lf2b32b230Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of the young adult bestsellers, Sugar and Pearl along with women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s probably surfing or in pursuit of magic. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves chips and salsa, and dreams about learning no less than three languages. Join her monthly newsie.

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Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Blog and Promo Tours · Book Reviews

Shattered Blue and a 20% Check In of Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

**** I am reviewing this for part of a blog tour. I was supposed to receive an ecopy, but I ended up buying my own copy after not being able to find the link and not wanting to bother anyone by emailing them. All opinions are my own.****

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Edition: Kindle

Pages: 336 and 420

Series or Standalone: Series, 1st and 2nd

Published: September 15th, 2016 and March 14th, 2017

Publisher: Papaloa Press

Goodreads Synopsis for Shattered Blue: “For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

 

I am not sure at this point in time whether I will finish this novel or not.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Read-a-thon Wrap Ups

Read-O-Rama Round 6 Wrap Up

I ended up reading four books for this read-a-thon. That is less than what my goal was, but I ended up spending the week cleaning and getting some new furniture.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi 4.5/5 Hot Aliens. I read this book in one sitting, staying up all night to finish it. This book was phenomenal. I think everyone should read this. It was an eye-opening book for me that toyed with my emotions throughout it.

  • A book with RAMA in the title/author name

Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison 5/5 Hot Aliens. I really enjoyed the plot of this volume. It was kind of all over the place and it held my attention the entire time.

  • Book with an animal on the cover

 

Soppy by Philippa Rice 4.5/5 Hot Aliens. This was an extremely quick read. I really liked the art style.

  • random book I decided to pick up

 

Started:

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz – I started this yesterday and I can’t wait to continue reading it.

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

 

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#FemPowerAThon and #BorrowAThon TBR

Hey guys! So these two readathons started today and I’m hoping to participate in both!

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I’m looking for recs because I still have spaces to fill. Plus, I’m always up for switching a book I already have listed for another one if you guys tell me that I have to read a certain book now because of how amazing it is

woman in a position of power – Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen possibly?
a woman of color – Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas or possibly another book because I have a ton of books that would fit here
a LGBTQIA+ woman – The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen (?)
prominent sister relationship –
a woman with a mental illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstorm
an own voices novel – Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
read a book about a woman not set in the western world –
a graphic novel by a female – Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri

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I’d also love to get recs for this readathon! I haven’t gone to the library yet and I’m planning on going tomorrow to pick some up for this.

a book that you’d like to purchase –
a graphic novel – Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri
an author you’ve never read – Deliah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
a book that’s been recommended –
a book that’s cover is your favourite colour –
a book that features a library –

Are you guys participating in one of these readathons?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Read-O-Rama Round 6 TBR

So I’m joining in slightly late for the Read-O-Rama readathon, but I am super excited! I have the week off for break so I will be reading the entire time.

A book with RAMA in the title/author name – American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Book with an animal on the cover – Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison

Main character that shares your initials – I honestly have no clue for this one. I can’t think of any book character with the initials AR so we shall see if this challenge gets done.

Book with Irish elements – Soulmated by Shaila Patel

Book about a mental or physical illness – A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Start a new series – Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Read a book blind – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Read 7 books – And then I’ll pick up another book or two to try to read seven books.

Are you guys participating in Read-O-Rama?

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

anna · Favorites

Favorite Four Items I Take to Events/Conventions

I decided with a lot of book events and conventions coming up, that I might as well do a “what’s in my bag” but instead of that, a “what do I take to a convention with me”.

1. A backpack or large bag 

Carrying a large bag or backpack is a must for me when I am going to a book convention. I cannot even fathom going without one. The amount of books you bring or receive at a book convention can vary, but it is always nice to not be holding them all day.

2. Some small pouches

I have these smaller zip pouches that fit up to three books within them. I use these if I am bringing a favorite book of mine with me. This is just an added protection to the book and is unnecessarily for me unless it is an absolute favorite. My little pouches are from Thirty-One.

3. Something to take photos with

For me, that is usually my camera since I am also a vlogger. I also take a mini tripod (not anymore because it broke off while still in my camera) and an extra battery just in case. But if you don’t feel the need to lug a camera around, a cellphone works also (and the photos are instantly available to post on social media)!

4. Portable Charger

I don’t know about you, but my phone always seems to die quicker when I’m at a convention. Probably from me editing bookstagram photos or me texting friends to either try to find them again or  to tell them about the event.

Those are the top four items I usually bring to events/conventions with me. I know a lot of people are smart and bring snacks with them to conventions or events, but I usually end up forgetting to. Anyways, I find all of the items extremely helpful during a convention or an event, especially the portable charger.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander

******I received an e-arc of the book from the author. All thoughts are my own*******

*** Spoilers for Love and Other Unknown Variables. I suggest you go read that book quickly then come back to this review because it is a phenomenal book.***

 

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Edition: e-ARC

Pages: 304

Series or Standalone: Standalone/Companion Novel

Published: July 5th, 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen

 

Goodreads Synopsis: “Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

5/5 Hot Aliens

Okay, so let’s start with the obvious. This review is super late. You want to know why? Because this book caused me to look back on hard events that took place in my life and I was not emotionally ready for that or for this review yet. I had pushed the event out of my mind as soon as it happened many years ago and never let myself process the pain and sorrow. I feel like I am able to talk about it now, at least, mostly talk about it. I’ll be very vague probably about the event that took place in my life.

This book starts after Charlotte dies, continuing to follow the character from Love and Other Unknown Variables. Only this time, we follow Becca, Charlie’s younger sister who had become friends with Charlotte. Becca Hanson is an avid reader, like ourselves. She has counted away from Charlotte’s death by pages, 108,023 pages to be exact from where the book starts. Becca is sort of escaping the world through reading which reminds me of how I was a few years back (not the event that made this such a hard book and review for me, but it was still one of the worst events of my entire life). Anyways, she is trying not the face the death of her friend. Charlie has gone off to college which leaves her  with her parents alone.

I really liked the plot. The play fit in perfectly with the rest of the plot and helped the book move along smoothly. Plus, being a theatre geek, it made me smile to see a book mention a play then actually go ahead and not forget about it.

The rest of the cast were amazing. I enjoyed how each character was well rounded. The plot was also phenomenal.

 

I just wanted to say I cried A LOT during this.

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*Tiny spoiler and emotions*

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you

So…. At one point in the novel, they are by a railroad. If I remember correctly, she is with a friend (I forget which character exactly) and they are discussing how one of their friends or siblings walked in front of a moving train. I had a friend die in a car crash with a train. I kind of pushed it away when it happened and refused to think about it. This book kind of forced me to think about it which actually was a good thing. I’m slightly getting better at being okay with showing emotion now.

As for Becca’s loss of her best friend, I relate to that because the girl who died had been my best friend throughout my childhood and died after I hadn’t been able to see her for a year because she went to another country for a year. I don’t want to go into anymore details. Just know this was extremely hard for me to read and write because of the emotions and memories I have.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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January 2017 Wrap Up

Hey guys! I read 24 books in January! Which is kind of insane. I won’t go into detail about my rating here, but I plan on posting either full reviews or mini reviews of most of the books here.

5/5

Disney Princess #1

The Tiny Curse by Anita Oh

A Very Werey Christmas: A Werewolf High School Short by Anita Oh

The Body Swap by Anita Oh

Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 5 by Bisco Hatori

Lie Down With Dogs by Hailey Edwards

The Enchanted Christmas: A Little Golden Book  by Diane Muldrow

Under A Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Slumber by Christy Sloat

Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley (reread)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley (reread)

4.5/5

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

4/5

The Truth Spell by Anita Oh

The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Deadfall by Anna Carey

3.5/5

Spider-Men #1

3/5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

2.5/5

Tiny Titans #1

Superman: War of Supermen #0

Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #1

Alpha Fight #1

Avengers/Thunderbolts #1

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

*Sorry for the short hiatus