Judging by Covers: Cover Changes

There are two types of cover changes. 

Cover changes for the good, and cover changes that are just annoying as hell.
And both of these are ONLY acceptable when you don’t eliminate the original covers from the faze of this earth.
Don’t understand what I mean?
Allow me to enlighten you.

A good example of this is the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis. I’m sure you’ve seen these around somewhere on Instagram, or booktube, but in case you haven’t, here’s what the original covers look like:
Now, here’s what the newest version of these look like:
I’m positive you can see the difference in these and you can probably also see how the original covers were about 49284727 times more beautiful than the newer ones.
And if you’re wondering what the problem here is, well…
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The third book. THE THIRD BOOK.
If you’re gonna change the covers mid-trilogy/series, fine. BUT DO NOT ELIMINATE THE ORIGINAL VERSION FROM THE FAZE OF THIS EARTH!
And the fact that an actual picture of what the original cover for this book looks like, even though it’s nowhere to be found, is all the more irritating.
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Look at it. LOOK AT IT! I CAN’T SETTLE FOR THE UGLY COVERS OR A MISMATCHED SET OF BOOKS WHEN THIS PICTURE EXISTS!
It is the SOLE reason why I haven’t bought these books. I refuse to buy the ugly covers and I refuse to have a mismatched set of books.

ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS IS, Teardrop by Lauren Kate.
This is the original cover.
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And THIS ABOMINATION is the new one.
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Okay, okay. Fine. It’s not REALLY an abomination, but it pretty much sucks compared to the original one, which in my opinion is stunning.
Now, you can still find copies of this book with the original cover BUT WHAT YOU CAN’T FIND IS THE ORIGINAL COVER FOR IT’S SEQUEL, WATERFALL.
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INSTEAD, FINDING THIS. EVERYWHERE I LOOK!
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Why on earth would you go from such beautiful covers to such bland ones, I don’t know. IT IS COMPLETELY LOST ON ME.
I read the first book and I completely adored it. I remember anxiously waiting for a second book, uNTIL THE COVER CHANGE HAPPENED AND I WAS FORCED TO ORDER A BORING COVERED BOOK.
I never read the sequel. I own it, and tO THIS DAY, I still haven’t read it.
(and in case you didn’t realize, IT WAS ENTIRELY BECAUSE OF THE COVER CHANGE)

And how can we forget about the well-known Stephanie Perkins’ book cover change.
From these:
To these:
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Now, this would’ve been a glorious cover change. The covers went from cheesy, and a 0/10, to cute and a 7/10. It would’ve been great…
IF I HADN’T BOUGHT THE FIRST TWO BOOKS BEFORE THE COVER CHANGE!
NOT ONLY DO I OWN THE UGLY COVERS, BUT MY BOOKS DON’T MATCH, AND THERE’S NO UGLY COVER OF THE LAST BOOK FOR ME TO BUY!
DO YOU FEEL MY PAIN?
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Now, some recent cover changes that I’m totally on board with are:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
From these:
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To these:
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Harry Potter:
From these:
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And these:
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To these:
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And these:
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The Mortal Instruments:
From these:
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To these:
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And these:
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The Infernal Devices:
From these:
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To these:
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And if you’re wondering why I’m okay with these when I’m complaining sO much about other cover changes its because, 1. they changed the covers AFTER these series had ended, and 2. the original covers still exist aND ARE STILL OBTAINABLE, SO YOU WON’T HAVE A MISMATCHED SET OF BOOKS!
You see, I’ve never really understood cover changes. After you publish a book, you can’t just say “oh, I don’t like these three chapters, let me just go back and change them.”
YOU CAN’T!
Publishing a book shows commitment to your work. You’re proud enough and pleased enough with your work to be able publish it and (for the most part) not regret what you wrote or the way you wrote it.
So if you can’t just go back and change up a story that has already been published, WHY CAN YOU GO BACK AND CHANGE A COVER THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PUT OUT THERE?! AND EVEN MORE SO WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE BOOKS OUT IN THIS SERIES/TRILOGY WITH DIFFERENT COVERS THAT DON’T MATCH THE NEW ONES IN ANY WAY?!?!!?!!
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*sigh*
I just hope that I don’t have to endure another significant cover change in which I can’t acquire a cover that matches the rest of my books because if I’m being quite honest, I do judge books by their covers.
It’s inevitable aND IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU DON’T, YOU ARE LYING TO YOURSELF.
And just like I judge books by their covers, I judge books by their cover changes.
0 to a 100 cover changes, 100 to a 0 cover changes. Cover changes for the better, cover changes for the worse. Mid-series cover changes, after-series cover changes.
*judging*

I’m going to stop ranting right here because 1. it’s about 4am in the morning, and 2. if I keep going, I’ll just ramble non-stop about the same issue.

I hope you enjoy this post and relate to it aaaaaand yeah!
Goodnight, day, afternoon, or evening (depending on your time zone) and happy reading!
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Reading Update: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Let’s talk Air Awakens, shall we?

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I’ve been juggling between reading Air Awakens on my phone, Six of Crows (because yes, I’m a little shit that didn’t finish it last month like I was supposed to) whenever I’m home and have the chance to grab my copy and read peacefully, and school work, so I haven’t read as much as I’d like to read of it, but what I HAVE read, I’ve liked.

I’ve mentioned this before, but the way this book is written is very simple and easy to read, and I like that because, apart from the fact that it’s a book that everyone can read (even a non-reader), it’s very easy to dive into and get a whole bunch of reading done in a decent amount of time.

At first, it kind of irked me a bit that Vhalla was so whiny and kept denying her powers instead of embracing them, but as I kept reading, I warmed up to her character. And when I really thought about it, if I were in Vhalla’s situation I would’ve whined and denied just as much as she does, and maybe even more. It just makes her more human, and real, I guess, because we all know that perfect, seemingly fearless characters that can take on anything without complaining or doubting themselves aren’t believable.

I really like how the magic is explained in this book, and how, just like with the writing, it’s very easy to understand.

Fire = West
Water = South
Earth = North
Air = East

Like I said, very easy to understand!

I loved the whole exchanging letters thing with “the Phantom,” hOWEVER, Aldrik is an asshole.

I’m almost POSITIVE that he’ll get better and he’ll end up being a member of my never ending list of fictional boyfriends but I just… HE’S SUCH AN ASS RIGHT NOW! *sobs*

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I’ve only read about 8 chapters, and I can already feel myself getting attached to this story and the characters (Vhalla, Larel, the Minister, Fritz, nOT ALDRIK, THOUGH).

I can’t wait to keep reading, and hopefully Aldrik will… You know… Not be an asshole.

Remember to leave any questions you have for Elise down below in the comments and keep in mind that they can be about anything you’d like, just don’t get too personal!

In the mean time, I have 2 questions of my own!

My first question is: Is the world in Air Awakens based on our world or is it an entirely different world? I’m very curious as to what a map of this world would look like.

And my second question is: What Hogwarts house do you belong to? I personally haven’t read the Harry Potter books but I’ve always loved learning what house others belong to.

Farewell and happy reading!

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Upcoming Releases: December

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I’m back to tell you guys about this month’s upcoming releases!

As per usual, I’ve picked out a handful of books that I thought would interest you, or that I found interesting, and you know how the rest goes.

Here we go!


13138736 (1)Book: Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3)

Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads description: A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.
When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.


22701879Book: Not If I See You First

Author: Eric Lindstrom

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads description: The Rules:
Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.


18982137Book: The Trouble with Destiny

Author: Lauren Morrill

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release date: December 8th, 2015

Goodreads description: It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…
With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize.

Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.

But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.


24644814Book: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2)

Author: Ally Carter

Genre: YA Contemporary/Spy Thriller

Release date: December 22nd, 2015

Goodreads description: Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.


23633796Book: What’s Broken Between Us

Author: Alexis Brass

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release date: December 29th, 2015

Goodreads description: A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison.

Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again–whose sister is paralyzed from the accident.
A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers.


25703759Book: Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1)

Author: Pam Brondos

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads description: Years before, a gateway opened between their world and ours. Sending one young woman through may be the key to survival for the kingdom of Fourline.

Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition.
Then she stumbles through the mysterious door behind the shop—and her entire universe transforms.

Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.


25463009Book: Inherit the Stars (Inherit the Stars #1)

Author: Tessa Elwood

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Release date: December 8th, 2015

Goodreads description: Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?


25105196Book: Untamed (Splintered #3.5)

Author: A.G. Howard

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Release date: December 15th, 2015

Goodreads description: Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.


25209521Book: Oblivion (Lux #1.5)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads description: I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…


23454468Book: Thicker Than Water

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Release date: December 29th, 2015

Goodreads description: On his own.

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


23208417Book: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release date: December 22nd, 2015

Goodreads description: Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.


25194146Book: Secret Sisters

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: December 8th, 2015

Goodreads description: Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth…


9781595147431_WanderingStar_BOM_6p.inddBook: Wandering (Zodiac #2)

Author: Romina Russell

Genre: December 8th, 2015

Release date: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads description: Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad–an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy–could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there’s much more to her Galaxy–and to herself–than she could have ever imagined.

 


21480858Book: Nexis (Tricksters #1)

Author: A.L. Davroe

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads description: In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.


17342701Book: Frozen Tides

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: December 15th, 2015

Goodreads description: Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


So, there you have it!

I hope this post was of some use to you and that maybe, just maybe, it drives you to pick up your next December read.

Happy reading!

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Read-Along Book of the Month: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Hey, readers!

We’re stoked to tell you guys that our December Book of the Month is Air Awakens by Elise Kova, BUT we’re even more stoked to tell you that Elise Kova, author of our Book of the Month recently contacted us and guess what? She’s going to be a part of this read-along!

I feel like it’s a great thing, when authors are involved in the reading process somehow, because it makes the reading experience a whole lot more personal and dear to our hearts, so we were thrilled when Elise told us she’d like to be a part of this.

(and we may or may not have fangirled a bit, but don’t tell anyone)

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She’s going to be answering your questions all month long, right here on the blog, as well as on Elise’s videos on our blog’s Instagram! You can ask about anything and everything. Her writing process, her books, future projects,  or even the  randomest of things like her favorite ice cream flavor, or if she’s Team Peeta or Team Gale. Feel free to get as creative as you want, just don’t get too personal!

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Now, since this is our read-along’s announcement post, I was planning on giving you guys a brief description on the book buuuuuut, the lovely Elise was nice enough to write you guys a little message, giving you a brief intel on what the book is about and the type of reader she hoped to reach when she wrote these books and those kinds of things, so, without further ado, here’s what she had to say!


  I found this read-along completely by chance. It popped up on my Instagram feed and, as authors can be, I was curious as to what people were saying about my work. I noticed that Air Awakens had been chosen by majority vote by the readers here for the December read-along and was completely floored. I finished hosting my own read-along of Air Awakens leading up to Fire Falling and it was so much fun to watch people interact with the book for the first time, answer questions, and discuss everything from the character motives to the world.
  When I sat down to write Air Awakens I wanted to make it a high fantasy that could appeal to readers who maybe have never picked up a high fantasy before. In line with this thinking, I tried to make decisions and put in characters, settings, and magic that would be familiar and easy to understand, while still adding my own spin and making it my own. One of the first decisions out of this was to base the magic system on elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Elemental-based magic systems have been used in dozens of works throughout time and they’re simple to “pick up and go” for someone who isn’t used to the extensive and time-consuming world building of high fantasy novels.
(For the record, I don’t intend any of this in a negative way! Just that everyone has their “type” of book and if high fantasy isn’t your type it can be hard to get into.)
  I’ve had reviewers describe Air Awakens as many things, like: Avatar meets Throne of Glass, or Cinderella meets Phantom of the Opera in a high fantasy setting. Overall, I’ve been really lucky to have amazing readers enjoy my story and I hope anyone who picks up Air Awakens now or later does as well. But, if you don’t, there’s always another book on the proverbial shelf!
  I can’t wait to see what questions people have during this read-along!

On top of that, we’ll be posting video updates by Elise herself, every week or so, on our Instagram, so be sure to check those out!
As per usual, we’ll be updating you guys on our bookstagrams (Camila’s and mine) and I’ll, personally, be updating on my reading on Twitter and Snapchat (booksthetics), as well as on my Goodreads.
I think that’s all for now soooooo, farewell and happy reading, guys!
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Which (magical) book would you like to read along with us on the month of December?

Before we get onto business, I want to excuse myself, as well as Camila, for doing this so late. We’ve been extremely busy and caught up on other things, hence the reason we haven’t posted much these last couple of weeks, so we completely forgot we had to get this done.

BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, RIGHT?

Since we still wanted to try and read SOMETHING with you guys, I asked Cam for a theme or genre that we could read and you guys would like and she suggested magic.

And so we started looking for options and managed to narrow it down to these four books:


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

12954620I’m sure you’ve heard about this book a thousand times, and seen it around a thousand more times, but in case you haven’t, I’ll tell you a little bit about it.

This book is part of a six book series (I believe) about three kingdoms in which magic has been long forgotten and and who had managed to keep peace between them for centuries. Or at least until a sort of deathly disruption breaks that hard-won peace.

As every kingdom and ruler fights for power, the lives of their subjects take a complete turn, including the lives of our protagonists, Cleo (a princess), Jonas (a rebel), Lucia (a sorceress) and Magnus (an heir), who suddenly find their fates inevitably intertwined, aaaaand that’s pretty much all I know about it. But you get the point, right?

(In case you DON’T get the point, THIS BOOK IS BOUND TO BE AN AMAZING RIDE.)

The premise of these books just seems like the perfect thing for fantasy lovers, and quite a lot of booktubers have been talking about it, including Jesse from Jessethereader (link to his review), Sam from Thoughts on Tomes (link to her review), and Laney from gingerreadslaney (link to her review), so in conclusion, it MUST be good.


Bell Weather by Dennis Mahoney

Bellweather REDO author sendNow, this book was kind of a wildcard from my part.

I’d barely seen this book around, or heard anyone talk about it, for that matter, but I randomly found it on Goodreads and was immediately drawn to the cover, and shortly after, found out it was a fantasy book. Being the fantasy lover that I am, I was sold!

(It’s a beautiful cover, don’t even deny it.)

So, as I said, I know very little about it but I will tell you what I know.

This book is set in a world called Root, a magic infused world in which the people are very closely tied to nature. It’s said to be a very unique world in which sometimes right things, like rain falling from the sky and light shimmering down on the world, tend to happen…upside down? Reversed? Seemingly (and amazingly) wrong?

I like to think of it like Wonderland, in which what is normal is not normal and what is right is actually wrong, and vice versa. I mean, I haven’t read the book (YET) but I find that to be an easy way to wrap my head around the concept. Does that make sense?

The story begins with a flood of FLOWERS (how freaking cool is that?), following the life of owner of the only tavern in Root, Tom Orange, and of Molly, the mysterious woman whom he finds unconscious amidst this flood, who wakes up to find that she remembers nothing of her past, save for her name.

This book is said to have incredible world-building, and is supposedly hilarious too. It’s described as a unique, strange take on fantasy and magical realism, and like I said, I’m sold.


Stardust by Neil Gaiman

0061689246-originalI knew nothing of this book until Cam suggested we read it and apparently it’s a movie?!??!??!? *prolonged gasp*

So yeeeeah, you probably think I’m a noob now, but it’s a thing, okay?

Anyways, the description up on Goodreads is not very long or elaborate but I think it covers everything and seems easy enough to understand, so I’ll just put that down here, as I had no idea of its existence before today and haven’t done much research on it.

Goodreads description: Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

Now that sounds pretty cool, if you ask me, and as I was looking through reviews on it on Goodreads, I found that Ariel Bisset (you should totally check out her channel) read it and gave it a 5/5, and her reviews are usually accurate and always seem to hold true, so I trust her input.

She described it as “more adult,” “slower and whimsical,” and “more p162796_p_v7_aagrounded in reality,” in comparison to the movie, which she describes to be more “family friendly,” and “wittier and funnier and sillier and faster paced.”

That is preeeeetty much all I know about it, and I may or may not be checking out the movie later on.

(that’s the movie poster, by the way. and LOOK! ROBERT DE NIRO IS IN THIS MOVIE!)


Air Awakens by Elise Kova

air-awakens-cover-cover-reveal1This is probably the one I’m most excited about, not gonna lie.

This book is set in a a place called the Solaris Empire, and follows the life of seventeen year old, library apprentice, Vhalla Yarl, who was taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and who had been more than happy to stay immersed in her quiet world of books.

Now, this obviously takes a huuuuge turn as she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers, she discovers she has magic of her own. The rare elemental magic of a windwalker. The last windwalker.

Sooooooo, she has to decide between embracing her sorcery and leaving behind all that she had known, or getting rid of it and remain as she was before.

I’d seen this book quite a handful of times on Goodreads (I’ve barely seen it around on instagram) while searching for books to buy, but I never seemed to ACTUALLY buy it.

Let’s just say that now I feel like I NEED this book. Right now. RIGHT NOW.

As I was doing my research on this book, I felt like I needed reassurance. So, searched for a review on le YouTube and found that Caden, from @athousandbookstoread on Instagram, had reviewed it aaaaaaand she just about finished convincing me.

She described it as Throne of Glass meets Avatar: The Last Airbender and if that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. On top of this, she just seemed so invested and enthusiastic and excited about this book, and just… If you’ve watched her videos, you know what I mean when I say that her excitement and enthusiasm is contagious.

(link to review)

So yeah, I’m literally gonna buy this book the next time I go book shopping, regardless of if it gets chosen or not. It sounds too good and I’m weak, I can’t help myself.

Oh, and you don’t have to wait long for a sequel because it’s already out! The first book in this series came out on August of this year, the sequel came out just a few days ago, and the THIRD book in this series will come out sometime around February of this next year.

(Not to mention that these books have stunning covers.)


Those are all the options we have for you guys! Again, we’re sorry it took us so long, but we’ll be back on track for the next time around.

The poll closes some time around Friday of this week (it’s the 27th, I think) so we can at least announce it before the month ends. As soon as we find out which book is our Read-Along Book of the Month, I’ll upload a reading schedule so you can join us and we can discuss it as we go!

So yeeeeeeeeeah, vote, VOTE, VOTE!

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15 Male Fictional Characters to Swoon Over

Hello.

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Here’s the deal. I enjoy male fictional characters. Very much. And regardless of what you do or say, I don’t, never have, and never will care about what you have to say concerning my love for these characters, or of a fictional character in general, apart from the fact that this is none of your concern, and your opinion on this matter is not welcome.

Having said that, in no particular order, here’s a list of 15 swoon-worthy male fictional characters.


  1. Rafe from The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  3. Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Sam from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses
  7. Tamlin from A Court of Thornes and Roses
  8. Mac from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  9. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (the classic)
  10. Razor (Alex) from Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  11. Leo from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  12. Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  13. Elias Venturius from An Ember in the Ashes
  14. John Ambrose McLaren from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  15. Magiano from The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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Yes, I did mention 5 characters from Sarah J. Maas books. So what? What’s it to you? HUH?!

Also, yes, I did mention Razor instead of Evan or Ben, and yes, I did mention John Ambrose McLaren instead of Peter Kavinsky. Fight me.


I’m not going to elaborate on the reasons why I love and swoon over each of these characters, as I don’t have much time at the moment. If you do want me to write an elaborate post about these characters and list those reasons, do let me know. I have a LOT to say about these characters and I’d be happy to oblige.

Until the next post!

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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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