November 30, 2014

November 2014

November 2014
WHAT I DID On the first of November, I was away from the busy streets of New York City and up in the mountains upstate. My roommates + all our significant others decided to go on an impromptu fall getaway , which was absolutely delightful for the soul. We played games, ate good food, explored the gr…

November 28, 2014

A Book For Every {Fantasy} Reader

A Book For Every {Fantasy} Reader
It makes me ridiculously sad that this amazing Fall Into Fantasy  event I'm co-hosting with Hannah is drawing to a close today. It's truly been such a pleasure to celebrate fantasy , and the combination of reviews, personal posts and fun ones has really been a treat for me to write! I hope t…

November 27, 2014

Once Upon A Time...

Once Upon A Time...
I have always loved a good fairy tale! When I was a wee child, I was fascinated by the princesses and their magical adventures. I grew up obsessed with the Disney-fied version of fairy tales, watching the films and learning the songs and basic stories by heart. And then, one day when I was older, …

November 26, 2014

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Series: Firebird #1 Publisher: Harper Teen Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Source/Format: Publisher, via Edelweiss (Thanks!) || e-galley [I received this book for review. This is no way affects my review.] Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their…

Faves & Flaws: Daughter of the Forest

Faves & Flaws: Daughter of the Forest
Today's  Fall Into Fantasy  post is a  Faves & Flaws  post focused specifically on  Daughter of the Forest . Instead of doing a traditional review,  Hannah  and I will both be sharing what we really liked about the book, as well as what we thought didn't work for each of us. Daughter of the For…

November 25, 2014

I Want Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere

I Want Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere
One of my favorite things about fantasy novels is the plot ! Most fantasy novels involves quests to retrieve a much-needed object or magical talisman, or a journey that will get them where they need to be to defeat a great evil. The adventures make fantasy books so compelling + exciting to read, an…

November 24, 2014

Build-A-Character

Build-A-Character
We've chatted about villains, and we've picked out our sidekicks, so today, it's time to play build a character! The hero/heroine of a fantasy novel is usually a big deal-breaker, as my feelings towards a story are gravely affected by this character. The fantasies I've loved often …

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway
One of my favorite times of the year - the holiday season - is almost upon us! It's always real exciting to celebrate all manner of holidays, at least to me, especially when it involves giving presents (whether actual or tangible). So, it is with great excitement and joy that I, along with 19 …

November 21, 2014

We're On Each Other's Team (+ Giveaway)

We're On Each Other's Team (+ Giveaway)
We've talked about villains already, and today we're tackling another character type that appears in books: the sidekick. Sidekicks are the people readers will recognize as being a great source of support and encouragement for the hero/heroine. They might be gruff and tough, or they might …

November 20, 2014

The Walled City - Ryan Graudin

The Walled City - Ryan Graudin
The Walled City  by Ryan Graudin Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Source/Format: BEA 2014 || ARC [I received this from the publisher. This in no way affects my review.] Dai, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But …

I Am Superwoman

I Am Superwoman
There are a lot of moments in real life when I think about how awesome it would be to have this or that superpower or magical ability! We do live in an age of convenience, where we can get most things done at the touch of a button or via our smartphones, so that's pretty magical. But I still f…

November 19, 2014

Faves & Flaws: The Young Elites

Faves & Flaws: The Young Elites
Today's  Fall Into Fantasy  post is a  Faves & Flaws  post focused specifically on The Young Elites . Instead of doing a traditional review,  Hannah  and I will both be sharing what we really liked about the book, as well as what we thought didn't work for each of us. The Young Elites by Marie …