Author of the Week: V.E. Schwab

vschwabSo, as you can see, the author we decided to feature this week is none other than the amazing Victoria Schwab. Most commonly known as V.E. Schwab is an American author, who “suffered from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories.”

Victoria Schwab is well known for her numerous books from several different genres, including one of my favorite books in this whole entire world (and also, quite sadly, the only book I’ve had the chance to read by her, A Darker Shade of Magic.

(I have a review for it right here)

If you didn’t already know, which you should, A Darker Shade of Magic is an adult fantasy series about a world in which there are parallel versions of London, which only the Antari, people with magic in their blood, can travel to and between. Each of these Londons is almost completely different from each other. Each one has their different aesthetic and traditions, some have access to magic, and some do not.

It specifically follows the life of young Antari prince, Kell, as well as the life of thief, and later on pirate, Delilah Bard and how an unfortunate turn of events leads them to cross each other’s paths and discover much more than they already did about their world, and about the evil that lurks in it.

It’s incredibly action-packed and the world is so vast and complex that sometimes I feel like I could read a thousand books set in that world and I’d never get tired. If that doesn’t sound like an amazing book to you, in which case, what the hell is actually wrong with you, then I don’t know what an amazing book actually is.

The first book of this series is (obviously) already out and the second book in this series, A Gathering of Shadows, is set to come out sometime around January or February? I believe? Anyways, you have no idea how excited I am to continue on with this series.

(I’m showing you both of these versions of the same book because I can’t choose just one, bye)

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(again, how can I choose just one cover?)

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She’s also the author of another Adult fantasy series called Vicious, which is said to be about two brilliant and highly disturbed pre-med students who set out to generate their own superpowers and end up mortal enemies. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book, and I’m pretty sure I heard there was a sequel coming out soon, so I might just go out and buy it sometime soon.

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Then we have her YA supernatural series, The Archived, which is about a world in which the dead are shelved like books. I faintly remember hearing various booktubers that I like rave about these books and how great they are, and I’ve also heard my friend Ava, (@bookishnessandtea on Instagram, go follow her) talk about how much she loved The Archived, so by any means, they MUST be good.

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There’s also her first ever YA novel, The Near Witch, and her middle grade series, Everyday Angel, which even though I hadn’t heard anything about them before now, I don’t doubt their greatness, if I am to base my judgement on the one book that I read by her, and everyone’s deep love for her books.

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And, on top of all these books, I recently learned that she’s in the process of writing quite a few more books!

Apart from being such a phenomenal author, she’s a very sweet, often hilarious woman, and she’s very active on social media platforms like Twitter and Tumblr. She’s also distinguished by the decent amount of contests that she holds from time to time, with prizes that include signed books, magnetic bookmarks, bookish swag, etc.

She also has a super duper cool blog which you can check out right here, as well as an actual website which you can check out right heeeere.

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I hope you enjoyed this little post and remember, always support and appreciate your authors. They deserve more recognition than books themselves, as if they weren’t for them we wouldn’t even have the books in the first place.

Until next time!

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(he’s so cute)

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Author of the Week: Leigh Bardugo

Tonight (or maybe today for some of you) we want to share a bit of light on the wonderful Leigh Bardugo, whose book (Six of Crows if there are any doubts) we’ll be reading on the month of November! To get a full insight you should definitely check out her website leighbardugo.com.

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To start off, she’s from Jerusalem (ISN’T THAT COOL I DIDN’T KNOW THAT INITIALLY!) but now she lives in Hollywood where she does all sorts of cool things like writing, make-up and singing with her band.

A cool thing about her is that she’s super friendly and active through her social media accounts, especially through twitter.  Her posts make me smile and she’s so involved with all sorts of fandoms and authors, including one of my faves: Laini Taylor.  She’s a Game of Thrones fan, a Marie Lu fan…just a straight up fangirl.  To add to that awesomeness, she loves giving out advice to aspiring authors and young people who want to pursue careers in creative writing.  She’s just a very positive influence in the book community and I highly admire her for it.

Books she’s written?

I’m sure you’ve seen these beauties around on tumblr, bookstagram, etc.  The Grisha trilogy is her debut into the YA community and it’s definitely been a successful one!

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To give y’all a small summary, the trilogy revolves around an orphan called Alina Starkov who awakens a dormant power and is taken in by the elites called the Grisha to serve as the mysterious Darkling’s right-hand woman.  It’s clearly high fantasy and the covers are beyond gorgeous; also, I read the first installment and it was an amazing read so I do recommend it!

In the website, there is a more in depth view into this magical world, including maps, dictionaries and guides to the ways of Ravka (the fictional world).

Along with these books, Leigh has also written three short stories, that are really Ravkan folk tales and a fourth one that is a prequel story about the Darkling per se.

Last but not least we have our November book, Six of Crows, which was released not too long ago and the hype is unreal! It’s also set in the world of Grisha but we’ve been told it isn’t necessary to read the trilogy to understand this book.  Needless to say, we’re super pumped to be reading this baby.

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Anyway, that’s all for tonight/day! Thank you for reading!

Camila

Author of the Week: Marie Lu

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I shouldn’t even need to explain why Marie Lu is our author of the week. The reason for this should simply be because she’s Marie Lu. Period. No but’s, no arguments. Just because. FOR THE SAKE OF THIS, THOUGH, I’ll refresh your mind a little bit and remind you of all the reasons why she’s an extraordinary author and human being.


The first, most important, and most obvious reason is none other than the fact that she wrote the Legend trilogy, bless her soul, and… *dramatic pause* *takes deep breath* *whispers* The Young Elites.

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These books are, indeed, what they’re hyped out to be, and even more!

They’re art, they’re life.

The Legend trilogy follows the life of military prodigy, June Iparis, and most wanted criminal, Daniel (Day) Altan Wing, and it relates the story of how their paths, and polar opposite lives, cross each other. It’s action-packed, it keeps you on edge the whooooole time, June Iparis is one of the most badass females I’ve ever read, Day is beautiful and kickass, and basically the whole book is perfection in every way. It’s pretty much everything you’d ask for in a Dystopia trilogy.

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Marie Lu also published one of my favoritest books ever in life ever, evidence of this in my most recent post, The Young Elites, last year. I’m so emotionally attached to this series that I can’t even think about a possible way in which anyone would not like this book. It’s told in various POV’s but it mainly follows the life of Adelina, a dark, vulnerable character that you can’t help rooting for, even if she’s doing something incredibly wrong. Not to mention this is a Fantasy trilogy. Who doesn’t love a good fantasy book?

Also, the second book in this trilogy, The Rose Society, will be coming out in less than two weeks, which is all the more reason to go pick up The Young Elites and give it a read.

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Both of these trilogies have so, so much to offer. Not only action, but also there’s something in every character, and every story that goes deeper than just being a good story or a good character. They’re not just a stories or names on a page, they’re something truly remarkable.

For example:

“To love is to be afraid. You are frightened, deathly terrified, that something will happen to those you love. Think of the possibilities. Does your heart clench with each thought? That, my friend, is love. And love enslaves us all, for you cannot have love without fear.”

“The only way to clamp down on my energy is to erase my emotions, and so I fold them each away, one by one. My sorrow turns to anger, then to ice-cold fury. My soul curls in on itself in defense. I am gone. I am truly gone.
I am not sorry.”

“Embellish your flaws. They will turn into your assets. And if you become one of us, I will teach you to wield them like an assassin wields a knife.”

“It is pointless to believe what you see, if you only see what you believe.”

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

“It hurts every day, the absence of someone who was once there.”

“We can heal. Perhaps we can return to that same place we once stood, when we were both young and innocent.”

Those are just SOME of my favorite quotes, so I bet you have a clearer picture of just how much beauty and depth is in each one of these books.

On top of that, the characters in these stories are some of the most unique characters you’ll ever read. Just saying.

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Another reason Marie Lu is just so incredibly cool is because she’s also an amazing artist!

She’s so skilled at drawing and lucky for us, she enjoys drawing her characters, so we can have a clearer idea of what they look like.

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And she personalizes books for fans with her artwork!

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Bless her soul, indeed.

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And another reason why we love her so much is just the fact that she’s such a cute, fun, badass human being.

Period.

No one even dare contradict me on this.

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Just check this out. This is what she wrote on her author website (that hasn’t been updated in quite a while):

“I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so.”

Admit it. It’s cute.

AND LET’S NOT FORGET! She even was in two of polandbananasbooks videos, and we all knooooow polandbananasbooks’ videos are THE shit.

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Overall, Marie Lu is just an amazing combination of all things awesome in one person that inspires readers to keep reading, and aspiring authors to keep pursuing their dreams, and we couldn’t be happier to choose her as our author of the week.

If you want to follow her and give her the love she deserves, here are the links to some of her social medias:

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Hope you enjoyed learning more about this amazing authors, and remember to keep your eyes peeled (not literally, that makes a horrible mental image) to find out who our next author of the week will be.

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Author of the Week: Rick Riordan

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The man! The legend! The troll!

Yes, troll.  If you’re a fan of Uncle Rick’s work you just know how much he loves to keep us readers on our toes.  Example?

Here’s the dedication page for House of Hades, the fourth installment of the Heroes of Olympus series:

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We love you too Uncle Rick.

But seriously, if you didn’t already know who Rick Riordan is, we’re here to (somewhat) inform you!

To start off with the obvious, our wonderful author here is the bestselling author of the ever so famous Percy Jackson and the Olympians children’s series and it’s spin-off/continuation; Heroes of Olympus.  Thanks to his interviews we know that Percy started out as merely a bedtime story for his son and ended shaping into this phenomenal adventure for everyone who dared read it.  But before becoming this outrageously famous author, our man here was middleschool teacher who did write novels but they were exclusively for adults and dabbled in the theme of mystery.  Right now he’s a full-time writer stationed in San Antonio Texas with his wife and kids.

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The main reason why we chose this author to be our author of the week is because of his influence in today’s young culture and his impact in children’s literature.  I have read the Percy Jackson series twice (once in middle school and another in my senior year) and I can honestly say that these books shaped me as person.  Rick Riordan is a huge advocate for patients with ADHD and dyslexia (our favorite demigods suffer from both!) and anyone whose ever felt marginalized or different in general.

His books teach us a lot about self acceptance and identity and that in itself is very important, especially when dealing with such a young crowd.  We tend to forget that we were once kids too and that we also suffered from bullying and the harsh effects of middle and high school.  The way he shapes these characters into relatable everyday people is what sets Riordan apart from most authors.  His books show a lot of cultural representation as well! We see chinese, black, mexican and even puertorican heroes!  We see a little bit of ourselves in each character and feel a sort of kinship in this otherwise magical world.  And a cool thing about these books is that you learn a lot without really noticing.  Uncle Rick makes history very fun and interactive!

Aside from the greeks, we also have egyptian mythology featured in The Kane Chronicles:

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And right now, he’s in the middle of releasing his first book about Norse mythology called Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer!

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Among his adult books we have the Tres Navarre murder mystery series:

For more information you can explore his website www.rickriordan.com

Camila

Author of the Week: Gayle Forman

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  • Gayle Forman was born in June 5th of 1970 in Los Angeles but now lives in New York, which she says is like Los Angeles, only completely different.
  • She claims to have started writing ever since she learned her letters, but only after college, and after becoming a journalist, did she began writing novels, at the age of 34.
  • According to Gayle, the three things that inspired her to become an author were boredom, poverty and escapism.
  • Forman has a lot of favorite authors, but some of the one’s she’s mentioned are Rainbow Rowell, E. Lockhart and Stephanie Perkins.
  • As mentioned before, before becoming an author, Gayle was a journalist and her first job was for Seventeen Magazine.
  • When she was little she wanted to grow up to be the sun and was devastated when she found out it wasn’t actually a career option.
  • She took three years off to travel before going to college.
  • When asked what’s her favorite dessert it appears she can’t choose between pie and crème brûlée.
  • Her favorite color is orange.
  • If she weren’t an author she’d be a travelling agent.
  • And finally, she’s the author of the following best-selling novels and books:

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If you want to learn more about this author, you can find all of this and more on her website.