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SPELLHACKER: Pre-Order Campaign Launch + Look Book Edition

I’m not going anywhere. Besides, I know this city better than anyone. If anyone can figure a way out of this, it’s me. I need to do this myself.

Just in case you’ve missed the exciting news, the amazing international pre-order campaign for M.K. England’s sophmore novel, Spellhacker, was revealed on Monday! I’m ridiculously excited to be part of helping spread this reveal far and wide—almost as excited as I am to read Spellhacker!

I’ve also decided to celebrate this announcement by doing what I do best: another Look Book!

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HEART OF FLAMES: The Look Book Edition

You are a daughter of queens. Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire. Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin. I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

Hello, hello! As you can probably tell, I’m still a bit new to blogging. Particularly in regards to the posting regularly bit. One of my goals for the rest of the year—and definitely for 2020—is to work on creating more consistent content! I intend to have the Look Book become a regular feature, because I’m having a lot of fun with it.

In case you don’t remember, each Look Book post features two things: a book, and a make-up look inspired by the chosen book’s cover! Basically, it gives me an excuse to create looks I wouldn’t do every day, and to slowly work my way through my ever-growing collection of make-up.

I think part of the delay with this second installment was the challenge of picking a book cover to inspire me. Not because there aren’t enough options—if anything, it’s quite the opposite! But, which book? Another new release? A backlisted favourite? An upcoming title?

It was tough, but eventually I managed to decide…

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THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD Street Team Blog Tour: The Look Book Edition

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Lightbearers Street Team Blog Tour! We’re here to celebrate the upcoming release (only six days to go!) of London Shah’s immersive debut, The Light at the Bottom of the World!

Hope isn’t measurable or conditional; it’s not for anyone to try and control. It’s ours—all of ours—boundless, as wild and unfettered as the waves. And always has been.

Originally, this was going to be a review post. But I opted to do something a little different, because my blog thus far is almost exclusively reviews, and I want to start branching out… So, this is also my very first Look Book post!

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CRIER’S WAR: Here, Queer, and Beautifully Capturing the Human Experience

Quotations have been taken from an advanced reader’s
edition and are subject to change upon publication.

Always check their eyes. That’s how you can tell if a creature is human. It’s in the eyes.

I think there are few things that are more exciting and terrifying than picking up one of your most anticipated releases of the year. My heart and my stomach, fluttering like butterflies, as I turn those first few pages. There’s anticipation. There’s a little bit of anxiety, too.

Sometimes, the words between the cover don’t deliver. Sometimes, they do. And sometimes, they go far beyond what you thought you could have ever expected.

Nina Varela’s #ownvoices debut Crier’s War falls firmly in that last category.

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THE SPINNER OF DREAMS: Moving, Immersive and Imaginative, Like All Dreams Should Be

Quotations have been taken from an advanced reader’s
edition and are subject to change upon publication.

Never be sorry for showing the world who you are or who you wish to become. These struggles have brought you exactly where you need to be.

The older I get, the more I continue to find Middle Grade books that I desperately wish had been around when I was younger, because they would have made an absolute world of difference for younger me. But since I can’t go back in time, I’ll simply be grateful that these books are here now. Not only for me to read, but to be able to pass on to so many kids that remind me of, well…me.

The Spinner of Dreams is exactly this sort of book.

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CROWN OF FEATHERS: A New Epic Fantasy, Bright and Slowly Burning

What did the great heroes do when the sun fell from the sky? They leapt onto those wild flames and learned how to fly. — Ancient Pyrean proverb

I’ll admit it: I judge books by their covers. I have been known to buy books synopsis unread, simply because I’ve loved a cover. I’d turned around and bought books I originally took out from the library, because I loved the cover and want to have it on my shelves. So when I say that Crown of Feathers has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever, ever seen, these are the standards I hold it to.

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WILDER GIRLS: Fierce and Unforgiving, as Growing Up Often Is

It’s like that, with all of us here. Sick, strange, and we don’t know why. Things bursting out of us, bits missing and pieces sloughing off, and then we harden and smooth over.

Content Warnings can be found here.

Have you ever opened a book only to have the words jump off the page, grab you around the throat, pull you in, and never let you go? No? Well then, first: you’re missing out. Second, if you want to familiarize yourself with the experience, pick up Rory Power’s unforgettable debut, Wilder Girls.

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To Be Read… #ARCAugust Edition

A new month means new books! To be perfectly honest, curated TBRs are usually my worst enemy in that making them almost always guarantees I never get through them. Or, at least, I never get through them on time. It might be because deadlines fill me with so much anxiety that I avoid whatever it is that has the deadline.

(Counter-productive, I know)

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TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT: The Power of Telling vs. Showing and Finding Connections in the Digital Age

TYSI Review Text Bubbles

This was my first—and lasting—impression of Lana Wood Johnson’s contemporary YA debut Technically, You Started It, which unfolds entirely as text messages between the two main characters, Haley and Martin (Nathaniel Munroe II).

And I mean this in a good way. A great way. The absolute best way.

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Cover Reveal: HEART OF FLAMES by Nicki Pau Preto

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today is a really great day for two reasons: the first being that this marks my first ever official blog post, and the second being that I get to celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing the cover for Heart of Flames, the second book in Nicki Pau Preto’s Crown of Feathers trilogy! Continue reading “Cover Reveal: HEART OF FLAMES by Nicki Pau Preto”