Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Waiting on Starflight!

21793182Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world-and each other-the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But when Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

Starflight will be released on February 2 by Disney-Hyperion.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Krystianna's Top 15 of 2015!

To start off, I decided to make some images for this post, because one of my blogging resolutions is to add more fun graphics to posts. In the comments be sure to tell me what you think about them! If they're bad, I apologize. I don't make images much!

This year, I read over 160 books when my goal was actually only 50! I'm still incredibly impressed with myself!
the suite life on deck the suite life gif

I honestly don't know how I did it. Anyways, because I read so many books, it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to 10 books, so I decided to do top 15! Without further ado, here are my faves of the year!

Looking back on the review that I wrote for this one, I can't believe that I gave it only 4 stars, especially because it's a book that has really stuck with me throughout 2015! I loved this one; it was filled with terror and horror and I absolutely loved the characters. It was great!
My Rating: 4/5

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I absolutely LOVE Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. I'll literally read anything that man writes. His stories are filled with geeky references and trust me, everyone has an inner geek, especially us book nerds. Anyways, this one was all about video games and the possibility of them being used to train armies in case of alien attacks, which was an absolutely crazy plot idea. I LOVED IT.
My Rating: 5/5

M Y   R E V I E W 
I remember reading quite a few negative reviews on this one before I got the chance to read it, so I was quite nervous about it! However, when I finally read it, I fell in love with the characters. The main character *loves* writing and it was just a wonderful story for the summer! I don't know how anyone could possibly not like it, to be honest!
My Rating: 5/5

M Y   R E V I E W 
This story was literally a hidden gem and I know that it's something so many people in the book community would love! *cue advertisement voice here* DO YOU LOVE READING? *shake head yes here* DO YOU LOVE FAIRY TALES? *shake head yes here once again* DO YOU LOVE UNIQUELY WRITTEN TALES, PERHAPS IN THE FORM OF LETTERS? *nod eagerly here* THEN THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! *begin to drool and stare in awe*
No, honestly, THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN AFTER FAIRY TALES HAVE ENDED AND THE PRINCESSES BEGIN TO GO INTO THE REAL WORLD. It's amazing. Read it. Oh, plus it's written through letters. You'll love it, 100% guarantee.
My Rating: 5/5

M Y   R E V I E W 
This was actually one of my favorite reviews that I've written this year, so if you haven't read it, you should. Or you know, you don't have to. But yeah, loved writing that review!
I know that so many people didn't like this book because they saw the plot twist coming, but I didn't. So if you're like me and you don't realize plot twists early on, then you've gotta read this one. No ifs, ands, or buts. Seriously.
My Rating: 5/5

M Y   R E V I E W 
I originally only picked this one up because of the movie that featured Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games movies, who is literally one of my fave characters of all time. *insert corny Finnick joke here*
love rosie movie lily collins gif
I loved this book because it was written over the span of around 40 years through letters between two best friends... Rosie & Alex. If you love quirky books about life and friendship, then this one is for you! Oh, and don't forget to check out the movie. I loved that. 10/10, would watch again.
My Rating: 5/5

M Y   R E V I E W 
I'm a massive fan of Project Runway. Yes, you heard right. On top of reading and Netflix, I also love fashion and watching people create fashion. Material Girls mixed Project Runway with dystopian and it was done so perfectly. Plus, it's a standalone. How can you go wrong!?
My Rating: 5/5

 M Y   R E V I E W 
This one is a pretty recent release actually and it's all about a virtual reality world and what happens when you go into them. So yes, it's another dystopian. I'm sorry guys but it's my favorite genre so I guess I'm not really sorry! Anyway, this one is worth the read if you love science fiction like me.
My Rating: 5/5

 M Y   R E V I E W 
I'm sure this is one that almost all of you have read by now. If not, then you've been living under a hole since 2013 like apparently I have. Seriously though, this is every book nerd's paradise. It's literally about a fangirl, like you and me. Read it. Go on. NOW.
My Rating: 5/5

 R E V I E W   I S   N O T   U P   Y E T .
If I had to choose one favorite book for this year, then Illuminae would be it. I'd literally throw all the other books out because of this one. Seriously, if you're going to read one book next year, then this better be it. It's filled with futuristic outer-spacey fighting and love and romance and artificial intelligences and destruction and heartbreak and death. READ IT GUYS. I haven't even been able to put together my thoughts enough to write a review!
My Rating: 5/5

 M Y   R E V I E W 
If you're ever feeling down, THIS IS THE BOOK TO READ. It's the perfect romance set in different places around the world and that's why you should read it. Honestly, it's also perfect for getting you out of a reading slump. YOU'RE WELCOME.
My Rating: 5/5

 M Y   R E V I E W 
This book literally showed up on my porch in a box one day from Bloomsbury, and a few days later I got an arc of the sequel. I immediately started reading, and fell in love with the world. This world is so magnificent plus it takes place in London. I honestly don't know what's not to love. However, it is set to be part of a 6 book series, so if you're more into binge-reading and not about that waiting for next book life, then you may want to hold off.
My Rating: 5/5

 M Y   R E V I E W 
This was my first David Levithan book and I wish people had told me to read books by him earlier, ESPECIALLY THIS ONE. It was yet another brilliant love story, though it was incredibly unique because the main character, "A", wakes up as someone else every day. I don't know how in the world "A" went on every day with this happening.
My Rating: 5/5

M Y   R E V I E W 
I hadn't even realized till now that there were two Rainbow Rowell books on here... I guess that just goes to show how awesome of a writer she is! I had seen some pretty negative reviews about this one too, but I ended up loving it. The main character finds a phone that lets her talk to her husband in the past, when he was in his 20's. HOW COOL IS THAT!?
My Rating: 5/5

What were some of your favorite books of 2015? What did you think about my images... yay or nay?

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 End of the Year Survey

2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984Hey guys! I've been participating in this lovely survey ever since I created my little blog in 2012. It's created by the wonderful Jame at Perpetual Page Turner. Be sure to click here and check out her website & the survey!

Now, let's talk books!

Number of Books Read: 165 (may be one or two more since the year is not yet over)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read the Most From: Contemporary (I'm highly surprised by this because this used to be my least favorite genre!)

1. Best book you read in 2015?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I just finished this one and haven't even gotten the time to write the review, though it's for sure my favorite. It made me feel all the feels and reminded me once again why I love reading.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you would love more but didn't?
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. This one looked so good yet for some reason I couldn't get into it. Some of it just made no sense to me. Maybe I'll have to give it another try, I don't know.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The plot twist at the end of this one almost made me break down into tears.

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did)?
I actually didn't push people to read any books this year. I feel like nobody really asks me for recommendations, to be honest, so I don't actually push people to read books. However, I have told a few people to check out We Were Liars. 

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?
Best series I started would have to be The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I read this one way back in the beginning of the year and it still stuck with me. I also read book two which I'm going to have to choose for best sequel.

However, I never actually finished a series this year, which is kind of sad! I did read all of the Backstage Pass books but they were companion novels, so this may be cheating, but I'll choose the last book in that series.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
I'm going to have to choose David Levithan. I read Every Day by him and it was absolutely breathtaking.

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Great Gatsby. I don't usually read classics but I had to read this one for school. I absolutely LOVED it. I guess that makes sense considering that prior to reading it the Leonardo Dicaprio movie was my favorite movie of all time... and of course, still is.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Armada by Ernest Cline. I love anything by Ernest Cline, so I have nothing else to say besides YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to reread next year?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I may need to pick up the audiobook because I've heard it's superb. Plus, I may want a refresher before book two.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
I loved the cover of Nexis. It was a classic futuristic dystopian cover that I absolutely adored.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
I don't know if he counts, but I'm going to go with AIDAN who is the artificial intelligence on the ship Alexander in Illuminae. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Okay, this may be bad since once again I'm going to go with Illuminae, but if you've read it, then you know how beautiful it is. Especially the parts written about AIDAN.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
I'm going to go with None of the Above. It was such a unique book that worked with a topic that isn't discussed enough. I loved it.

14. Book you can't believe you waited until 2015 to finally read?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I had heard so many great things yet I only picked it up this summer!

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?
"Our life is made up of time; our days are measured in hours, our pay measured by those hours, our knowledge is measured by years. We grab a few quick minutes in our busy day to have a coffee break. We rush back to our desks, we watch the clock, we live by appointments. And yet our time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could. In other words, if you could change anything, would you?" -Love, Rosie

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015?
My shortest book was Before the Fall: Arrival by Ally Carter which was a prequel story to All Fall Down. My longest title was Illuminae, of course.

17. Book that shocked you the most?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. That plot-twist made me so sad.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Levi and Cath from Fangirl! I will ship them FOREVER.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year.
I honestly don't have an answer for this one. Maybe Jimmy and Ezra from Illuminae.

20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you've read previously.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I had heard such bad things about this book but I loved it!

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure.
Throne of Glass. If it wasn't because of the hype, I don't know if this one would have ever crossed my radar because I don't read fantasy often.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Would it be bad if I said Ezra from Illuminae?

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom. I loved this book!

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
I'd have to choose the world from After the Red Rain. That world was absolutely horrific and terrifying.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahearn. I read this one before I saw the movie and I loved it so much!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?
I nearly cried in We Were Liars and Illuminae. 

27. Hidden gem of the year?
Letters to Zell by Camille Griep! This was funny and about fairy tale princesses. I don't know what wasn't to love.

28. Book that crushed your soul?
We Were Liars, once again.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?
Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos. This book was extremely one-of-a-kind and all about a dystopian fashion world.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
Illuminae. :) Sorry I've used this one for so many, but I just read it and it works for almost everything. But honestly, this one made me feel all the feels!

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I'm going to have to say Paper Fury. Cait is such an awesome blogger!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Just One Night by Gayle Forman

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I'd have to say all of my Music Recs. Everyone seems to love them!

4. Best event that you participated in?
I'm going to have to go with each and every blog tour that I got to participate in this year. I had never done them before this year but now I absolutely love them!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
I'd have to say getting tweeted about by Shay Mitchell for her book Bliss. 

6. Most challenging things about blogging or your reading life this year?
I really got into reading review books this year, though next year I definitely want to keep those to a minimum.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog?
My review of After the Red Rain!

8. Post you wished got a little more love?
I don't really know for this one!

9. Best bookish discovery?
Etsy... I never really looked on there for bookish stuff and now I have. Let's just say there's no going back.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself in the beginning of this year? 
I had hoped to read 50 books yet somehow I went three times past that!

1. One book you didn't get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016?
Grasshopper Jungle. I had been meaning to read this one since 2014 but still haven't.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2016?
Starflight by Melissa Landers

3. 2016 debut you are most anticipating?
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2016?
The sequel to Illuminae!

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016?
I hope to mainly only read books that are on my shelf. I want to get those down to below 50 unread, but that will be near impossible. Maybe even purge books on my shelf that I'm iffy about reading.

6. A 2016 release you've already read & recommend to everyone: 
I haven't read any 2016 releases yet, even though I have some to review!

What's Broken Between Us | Blog Tour & Giveaway!

What's Broken Between Us
by Alexis Bass
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: December 29th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.
Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?
Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.
Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.
Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas! | Stacking the Shelves (84)

For Review:
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
I actually got this one last week but forgot to make a STS! I got this one for review for a blog tour with the Fantastic Flying Book Club.


Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, & City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
I'm slowly collecting all of Cassandra's books so that I can just sit down and read them all in a month or two! I've heard such good things but I've only read City of Bones and City of Ashes. It's time I give all of her books a go, because I loved what I did read of hers.

Rebel Heart and Raging Star by Moira Young
I loved Blood Red Road and I read it a few years ago so I'm pumped to finally read the rest of the trilogy.

The Well of Ascension and the Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
I recently bought Mistborn but I still haven't read it. I'm hoping to marathon the whole trilogy now because I've heard it's amazing!

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke and In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks
I've been meaning to read these two because I love parallel universe books.

My True Love Gave To Me
I recently found that I love anthologies and this one is perfect for the holidays!

What books did you guys get this week?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Book Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Title: Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Contemporary/Time Travel
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

**Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 Until We Meet Again follows two characters: Cassandra and Lawrence. One night, Cassandra goes out to her beach during a party and she meets a boy named Lawrence who claims that he's from 1925, while Cassandra is from 2015. The two of them begin to fall for each other, though since Cassandra is from the future, she can't help herself but to look him up. After finding out how he dies, she doesn't know how she can possibly keep it a secret anymore. 

I found this story really intriguing because I love time travel. On top of that, after reading, I found that this was a very unique form of time travel as well. No character was time traveling on purpose. They each simply walked into their backyards near the water and managed to be able to see each other due to a reason that is revealed near the end of the novel. It was rather wonderful.

I loved Lawrence and Cassandra together. They were so sweet and magical. I also really liked how Lawrence seriously did speak like he was from the 20's. Collins definitely did her research when it came to her characters.

I found the ending to be entirely bittersweet. I knew that something like that had to happen, but it still made me so sad, yet incredibly warm inside at the same time! If you're a fan of time travel and romance, I definitely suggest giving Until We Meet Again a read!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

20933641Title: What You Left Behind
Author: Jessica Verdi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary
Edition: eARC

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

What You Left Behind follows a guy named Ryden whose girlfriend just passed away fairly recently. Ryden got his girlfriend, Meg, pregnant, though she decided to keep the baby even though it meant getting rid of chemo treatments for her cancer. She thought that she'd be able to make it the nine months, though she was wrong.

For some reason, I found this story just okay. I liked Ryden a lot and I thought it was really cool that he had Meg's old journals. Honestly, I think that was the coolest part of the story...the journal that he found. However, I just didn't find the tale all that gripping. I did find it extremely sad though, especially with the tragedy that had recently occurred with Meg.

Despite all of that, I did read the entire book, so there was something that definitely kept me reading. I honestly wanted to know how Ryden ended up, because going through something like that had definitely taken a huge toll on him and I can understand why. On top of that, he also had to care for his new child while also juggling school and soccer, which is mom was so adamant about him not playing at all. He had so many responsibilities that I couldn't even imagine having at this age. In the end, What You Left Behind was an alright book, though I'm going to be sure to check out more by Verdi in the future.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Passenger!

20983362Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst of a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies-the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piercing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light-threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.

Passenger will be released on January 5 by Disney Hyperion.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

OMG Shakespeare Reviews!

Hey guys! Today I'm here with reviews of the two latest books in the OMG Shakespeare series! If you haven't seen my reviews for the first two that were released, check them out here!

25387441Title: Macbeth #killingit
Author: William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Source: Publisher
Edition: ARC

 Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
A prophecy from three witches.
A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul.
A cover-up that spins way out of control.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.
 **Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

A few months ago, I got the chance to read two brilliant OMG Shakespeare books. That's why I was completely excited when I got the chance to read two more!

Macbeth #killingit retells the story of Macbeth through witty text messages that will really have you laughing your butt off. I found myself giggling quite a few times! Of course, this Shakespeare tale I had actually read before. As a matter of fact, my AP English class was currently reading it when I decided to pick this one up to help me better understand the story as a whole once we finished reading the actual play. It definitely helped so I honestly think that this could be an excellent tool when it comes to reading Shakespeare. Plus, it will get you laughing and may even get you more invested in the story as a whole! 

I absolutely loved how so many of the characters came to life through the texting and the emojis. If you get confused about anything, there's also a glossary that will help you out! I know that I had to go check it out a few times because I'm not the best when it comes to text speak. I highly suggest giving this one a read if you have the chance!

Title: A Midsummer Night #nofilter
Author: William Shakespeare and Brett Wright
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Source: Publisher
Edition: ARC

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
Imagine: What if the fairies and star-crossed lovers of the forest had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
Four lovers who can’t decide who they have a crush on.
One mischievous fairy with a love potion.
Total chaos in the fairy world, the human world, and everywhere in between!

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

**Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

This was yet again another wonderful OMG Shakespeare book! For those of you who don't know, OMG Shakespeare is a series that retells Shakespeare's classics through text. They're hilariously wonderful and this one was no exception!

 A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays; it's definitely right up there with Macbeth. I think I've read maybe six or seven Shakespeare plays but these are the two that actually stuck out to me, so I thoroughly understood and loved this version! It was great to have the characters be brought to light in such an original way. Plus, it was a breeze to get through because of all the text talk.

One of my favorite things is that these characters obviously didn't have phones or texting during their period, so it's funny to think that this is how Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius would have acted if they did. Let's not forget Puck! He's hands-down one of my all time favorite characters. If you're looking for a modern day retelling of a classic Shakespeare play, be sure to pick this one up!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on The Heir and the Spare!

25517283Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie's mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.
In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who was her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother's letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom's alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.
Evie can't resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie's heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom's former life, she realizes her mom's past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.

The Heir and the Spare will be released in January 2016 by Merit Press.