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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey guys! So…long time no see. So I have obviously not posted anything for a while for the simple reason that I was feeling SO uninspired. I have learned so much about blogging and website building since I started this blog a couple of years ago that the way I have this one set up right now is just pretty overwhelming when it comes to my perfectionist self. I still want to blog, though. I still want to have a place to gush about my favorite books and a place to shun my least favorite ones. But this site just isn’t doing it for me right now. It’s the layout and theme mostly. The overall…vibe, I guess, of the visual stuff. SO! Here is where the IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT comes in.

I am NOT shutting down this blog. On the contrary, actually. I am bringing it back to life, reviving it. But that being said, if I am going to love this blog again and actually feel inspired to create new content and stay consistent with this, well…desperate times call for desperate measures. Or in this case…a complete overhaul. Yep, say goodbye to the way my site looks, now. Because change is on the horizon! Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be completely changing the look of this site. So this means several things.

  1. If you come onto the site once I start the “renovations” I can pretty much promise that things are going to be wonky. Pictures won’t be in the right place, posts from forever ago will be at the top of the home screen, stuff like that. But I am going to try to power through and get the redo done FAST!
  2. Everything that is on the site right now, as far as posts go, will still be here in the new layout. Content wise, nothing much is changing, it’s all in the look of things. But this leads into the third thing.
  3. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE POST. Because of how I had everything laid out before (Why, past Jamie? WHY?) I basically have to take everything down and re put it back up. Which means that if you are subscribed to this blog by email (which you totally should be btw. 😉 ) you might receive an influx of email notifications during the blog renovations. Like unintentional spam. And by spam I mean that you will get an email every time I put one of the posts back up, which will be pretty much all at once, or at least all in the same day. So one big clump of emails and then no more big spam waves, I promise! I sincerely apologize if this annoys you but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. And in this case, I have to take everything down and put it back up again as a “new post”.

I won’t bore with the details, but basically this is a TOTAL overhaul and I am SO EXCITED for you guys to see it finished! But the main take away from this post is that if you are email subscribed, it might seem like I am spamming you, but I’m not! It’s just a one time thing for this blog theme redo. Thank you so much for understanding, and I am so excited for all of the bookish hijinks that will ensue in this new chapter of Becoming Bookish. I seriously have so many fun posts planned for the revival of this blog and I am so excited for this new adventure!

Bye old theme! You will only slightly be missed…

See YA!

-Jamie

 

Author Interview with Jennifer E Smith!

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Hello everybody! Welcome back to Becoming Bookish! Today we have the most (hands down, the MOST) exciting post yet to grace this website. An Author Interview with Jennifer.E.Smith!! *fangirls self to death*

Before I jump into the questions, a HUGE thank you to Jennifer! You’re answers were superb and you are so awesome. =D

Also, if you want to get a taste of Jennifer’s writing for the first time, or if you want to relive the beauty for the thousandth time, be sure to check out my 21 Favorite Jennifer E Smith quotes here!

And without further ado, lets get this an-interview-with-my-favorite-writer-ever party started!

1.      We all know that your writing is amazing, and of course it makes us wonder how you do it. What is your writing routine like?

That’s so nice of you to say – thanks! I don’t have a set routine, actually. I try to write a certain amount of words per day, but if it’s not working at all, I don’t force myself to sit there and bang my head against the computer for hours and hours. And on the flip side, if it’s going incredibly well, I’ll cancel my plans for the rest of the day and go with it. So my routine tends to be a little haphazard, though most days it works out somewhere in the middle, and I manage to get a decent amount of words down, and chip away at the book a little more…

2.       Are there any books or series that have really inspired you and your books?

 

 I’ve been personally inspired by so many books across, but my own novels actually tend to be more influenced by movies. I owe a great debt to Richard Linklater, and his “Before” series – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. I love the real-time, walking-and-talking feel to those films, and they’ve definitely been a huge inspiration to me. Also, movies from Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle) and Richard Curtis (Notting Hill and Love, Actually) have played a big role too. You can probably tell from my books that I’m a sucker for a clever, funny, well-written romantic comedy.

3.        Are there still plans for a movie for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between or The Statistical Probability of love at First Sight? If so, how has that whole process been?

They’re both still in development, so we’ll see. It’s a long way from the page to the screen, and you never know what will happen, but I’m lucky to have some wonderful people working on them…so fingers crossed!

4.      In This is What Happy Looks Like, Ellie works at an ice cream shop. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Mint chip! No contest…

5.      As we see in the dedication for The Geography of You and Me, you were with friends when a real city wide black-out happened? How was that?

 

Yes! It was a very memorable night, and I’d been wanting to write about it for a long time. It’s really what made me fall in love with New York City. I hadn’t quite moved here yet – my roommate and I were in the process of looking at apartments when the lights went out. As soon as we realized there was nothing more serious to worry about, it turned out to be a lot of fun. Everyone was outside on the streets, and people were helping each other get home. Ice cream shops were giving away free cones, and bars were giving out free drinks. It was like a giant block party. We met up with more of our friends and spent the night drinking wine and telling stories by candlelight. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and it’s a night I’ll never forget.

6.     Is there any certain moment or memory that inspired your newest release, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between?

 

There are certain days in life that stand out more than others, and when I think back on the night before I left for college, I’m always stuck by how – even all these years later – it’s still so vivid. I think that’s the case for a lot of people. I’ve always been obsessed with that line between “before” and “after” – those moments when your life changes in a really seismic way. And the night before college is a perfect example of that, so it seemed like an interesting place to start a story.

7.     What Hogwarts House are you in? (very important 😉 )

 

 I’m a Hufflepuff through and through. I always wanted to be a Gryffindor, but after taking approximately eight thousand quizzes, it would seem I’m pretty squarely Hufflepuff. So my motto, as I’ve come to terms with this, has been: “Hufflepuff is enough-lepuff.”

8.      Are you working on any new projects? Any hints as to what it is about?

I am! I have a new book that will be out in 2017, and I’m very, very, very excited about it. I’ll have more info to announce soon, so keep an eye out!

So that was the end of my Author Interview with the one and only Jennifer E Smith! I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you did be sure to give it a like, share and follow my blog by email! Also, go check out Jennifer on social media, if you haven’t already!

Connect with Jennifer:

Twitter
Website

Read Jennifer’s books:

This is What Happy Looks Like
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, The Geography of You and Me

I will have another post up soon, and I will see you then!

-See YA!

What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle | ARC review

What Happens Now

SPOILER FREE

Description (From Goodreads): “I know what it is to want something so badly, you feel like your cells aren’t properly bonded together without it.
I also know what it’s like to get that something.
And honestly, I’m still not sure which is worse…”

Title: What Happens Now

Author: Jennifer Castle

Page Count: 384

Series: Standalone

How I Got This Book: Sent by Author (THANK YOU SO MUCH)

My Review:

If you asked me what one book I would recommend to someone looking for the perfect summer read, I would throw this book, What Happens Now, at you.

This book was so phenomenal and beautiful. It was quirky and fun but also had meaningful moments and a lot of feels.i can’t say too many specifics without spoiling you, but the atmosphere of the lake and the friends and the fandoms, all of it made for this perfect blend of summer. This book was just simple enough to be beautiful, and just complex enough to be captivating. I found it so hard to put down and savored every second of it.

The characters in this story all had so much life and depth. The main character specifically was so many things all wrapped up into one that her POV was perfect for the story. The main “love interest” showed strength and weakness at different points in the story and really…tugged at my heartstrings to say the least. Some of the characters were frustrating, both because of their rash actions and their inability to see HOW PERFECT THEY WERE FOR EACH OTHER. But they flustering in that “I know I see all sides of the plot and you only know your perspective but DON’T YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE SOUL MATES?” kind of way.

I found myself so wrapped in this story and the atmosphere of this story, and it was so hard to let go when the book was over.

And we haven’t even started on the fandoms. The aspect of fandom and cosplay and the beautifully nerd things that my world revolves around were so fabulously done in this story, in my opinion. Something that really made me want to read this book in the first place was the fact that the fandoms were a big part of the story. And it did not disappoint on that aspect. I loved the way that the main character’s feelings were portrayed as she started speaking “Silver Arrow (The main fandom in the book) language” with her new friends. That thrill and excitement and also finding it hard to share your thing with another geek.

One thing that maybe seemed a little unrealistic was how Eliza was able to pump out about 3 or 4 cosplays in a week. But, maybe she just has more skill than me. 😉

Another thing I loved seeing in this book was being inside a con. I recently attended my first ever con about 2 weeks ago, when a comic con took place in my town (Fangirl screech), so seeing that nerdy awe for the first time for the main character was just so fun.

The relationship that the main character had with her best friend was really heartwarming, and I really enjoyed the aspect of her best friend going to study abroad. And yes, I would love another book focused around her best friend studying abroad, please and thanks.

The ending…I maybe just wanted one more chapter, to completely wrap everything together and explain a little bit more how everyone turned out at the end, but the way it ended just gave me so many feels. That end scene was.so.perfect, no matter what, though.

Oh, and one last thing. Can we take one moment to talk about how EPIC Camden’s house is?

So that was pretty much all I can about What Happens Now without spoiling you on it. I hope you enjoyed this review and a HUGE THANK YOU to Jennifer Castle, for sending me an ARC of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed and completely loved What Happens Now. Be sure to go and get yourself a copy on June 7th! I will see again with another another post soon.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars

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See YA!

~Jamie

 

Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins (and other awesome authors) (Blog Tour)

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SPOILER FREE!

Description (From Goodreads): Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Title: Summer Days and Summer Nights

Author: Stephanie Perkins (And 11 other amazing authors including Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer E Smith, and Cassandra Clare)

Page Count: 384

Series: Standalone/companion to My True Love Gave To Me: 12 Holiday Stories

How I Got This Book: Sent by Publisher

My Review:

Note: I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Also, this post is for the official Summer Days and Summer Nights blog tour!!! Be sure to check out the other stops, and pick yourself up a copy of the book! Also, this book is an anthology, which means it is a collection of 12 short stories written by a variety of amazing authors! For the sake of this review, I am only going be reviewing 4 of the short stories today, which are the ones I was most excited for. So read on to see my thoughts on:

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins

Inertia by Veronica Roth

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E Smith

Basically the stories by all of my favorite lady authors! I can tell you now that I loved all of them, and would highly recommend as the perfect summer read.

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo:

This story was so fun and full of all of the feelings of summer. I loved the freshness of the setting and the spunk of the characters. I also loved how the passage of time was done in this story. So much was packed into those few pages of a short story and it worked so well. The ending shocked me, but I found the whole story so whimsical and exciting. I especially liked the part with the lip gloss getting thrown into the lake. This story made me laugh and mostly just got me super excited for summer!

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins:

This.Story.Was.So.Cute. I ended up going back and reading the winter short story by Stephanie Perkins (from the first seasonal anthology) to get the full effect (as her summer story is a continuation with same characters) and I ended up having so much fun! These stories kept me up so late just totally into it. I found myself cry laughing so many times. Stephanie Perkins never fails to deliver sparkling wit and never-miss-a-beat humor while also giving an overload of cuteness and swoons. This story was so sweet and funny and I also maybe cried.

Inertia by Veronica Roth:

I have so much to say about this story that I don’t even know if I can say anything at all. This is one of those stories that changes the way you see things and the way you act and think. This story was so powerful and beautiful and utterly moving. Her first series (Divergent, obviously) actually changed my life and introduced me to the world of books so I was a little nervous that the newest thing from her (until Carve The Mark in January *all of the excitement*) wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But that was not the case at all. This story blew me away and managed to breathe so much life into the characters and the plot and the meaning that I was left crying at 5 am (I couldn’t stop reading, okay. Don’t judge me.) from how amazing and passionate and astounding this story was. By far my favorite short story ever. And with this anthology of beauty that is saying something. I could ramble about this story for the rest my life because everything about it, from the detailed writing to the incredible unique plot, was phenomenal.

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E Smith:

Okay, so we all know that I love Jennifer E Smith. So it’s not even a surprise that I loved this short story. It was so summery and fun and it took place over such a short amount of time that it didn’t feel squished into the page limit. Also, no spoilers, but I loved how this story brought awareness to the topic of Autism and I felt that it was portrayed with spot on detail. Also, this book does not disappoint with Jennifer’s stunning writing and adorable characters.

So that was all for my review of Summer Days and Summer Nights. I hope you enjoyed it, and love these four featured stories as much as I did. Remember, there are 12 stories in the anthology, so you better go check it out for more on the rest of them! Happy summer!

See YA!

~Jamie

The Star Touched Queen BLOG TOUR

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Hey guys! Welcome to another blog tour stop!

Penguin reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in doing a stop on the blog tour! So here I am, doing a stop on the blog tour!

For what book you ask? It’s none other than the hot new release, The Star Touched Queen!

Today I am going to be bringing to you a super fun Q & A with the author!

So Without further ado, let’s get this Star Touched Queen party started!

The Star Touched Queen is about a fantastical kingdom inspired by Indian mythology. I imagine that the book is very ethereal and beautiful, and so is the cover!

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Okay, let’s get into the questions! (Disclaimer, these were general questions sent to me by Penguin. The very last question in this Q&A is one that I sent to Roshani.)

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Roshani Chokshi (She is seriously so pretty. How is this much pretty even possible?)

Q:What/Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in The Star-Touched Queen?

A: character in The Star-Touched Queen did you personally relate to the most and why? For Maya and Amar, they were inspired by the Hades/Persephone. But I imagined those two mythological characters a little more differently. In Maya’s case, I knew that ambition was her defining trait, but I wasn’t sure whether that would manifest as seeking emotional or material fulfillment. Turns out, it was a bit of both. Kamala was inspired by my love of fiendish side characters like Mogget from Garth Nix’s SABRIEL and is probably the character I relate to the most. Her sense of humor can be a little abrasive. But she’s fiercely loyal to her friends. Other people in TSTQ were inspired by a collection of people whom I met/knew/heard of growing up.

Q: Have you always been drawn to Mythology and what are some of your favorite mythological tales? What myth specifically inspired Star-Touched?

A: Always! I was raised on mythology. It was one of the most important outlets for me to connect to my Filipino/Indian heritage. My favorite Indian myths are Shakuntula, Nala and Damayanti, and Savitri. My favorite Filipino story is the Igorot tale of the Sky Maiden. My favorite Western myth is Hades and Persephone. TSTQ was specifically inspired by Hades & Persephone.

Q:: Let’s talk inspiration. What Indian folklore inspired The Star-Touched Queen and Displaying TSTQ Social Whim.pngwhere could someone who might be interested in reading and learning more about it and other Indian stories (cough, me, cough) learn more?

A: The main Indian folktales/myths that inspired TSTQ or particular scenes were: Shakuntula (plays on the idea of memory and forgotten loves), Savitri & Satyavan (bargaining with Lord of Death, wily females!) and Narasimha (the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu who defeated the demon king Hirayankashipu). Honestly, most of these were stories I heard growing up with my family. But my favorite thing to read when I was younger were the Amar Chitra Katha comics! They’re these illustrated tales from Indian mythology and I love them so so so much.

Q: What scene in THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN was your favorite to write?

A: Definitely the scene where Amar and Maya are working together in the constellation room. I think it’s an important scene about interpretation, which, to me, is a major theme in TSTQ.

Q: Did you listen to any music while writing this book? If yes, what would you say was your MOST played artist or song?

A: Sometimes I listen to music when I write. It just depends on whether the song is distracting me or fueling some weird atmospheric part of the scene. Sometimes it’s just one song on repeat. I listen to a lot of hip hop. And when I pretty much rewrote TSTQ in February 2015, I felt furious. Not with anyone. But just with the story. Like it was itching to be told right and I was failing it. I think the songs I listened to the most with TSTQ was either Kid Ink’s “Show Me” or Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.”

Q: What is your dream movie cast for STAR-TOUCHED?

A: LOVE this question. I’ve always envisioned Lakshmi Menon (the Sri Lankan model) as Maya-esque. Amar has some definite Arjun Rampal undertones (swoons forever). Gupta is kinda cheeky and nerdy, and reminds me of Imran Khan (actor not Pakistani cricket player). Gauri is cheeky, but fierce, so definitely Preity Zinta or Deepika Padukone. Nritti: Aishwarya Rai. And Mother Dhina: Rekha.

Q: What is the most exciting part about publishing your first novel?

A: Interacting with readers. Talking to the YA community gives me so much life.

Q: How did you build your world and keep everything straight for STAR-TOUCHED?

A: Flashcards, charts, webs, etc. I know everyone has their own tricks! Flashcards, backs of receipts, corners of napkins. Which is to say, I did not keep things straight at all. This is why you have beta readers. To throw virtual tomatoes at you and point out that given the rules of your world, you cannot do the thing you just did.

Q: What is your next project? Is it in the same world as STAR-TOUCHED?

A:  I just finished the companion novel to TSTQ! So, I’m hoping to get started on edits soon. I can’t wait for y’all to read it. I love it so much.

Q: What is the one thing you want readers to walk away from STAR-TOUCHED with?

A: I hope readers see a little of how fairytales and folklore celebrate our shared experiences across cultural spectrums. And I hope their dreams are a little star-touched and that they close the book thinking they’ve tasted fairy fruit and walked through more than one life.

Q: What was your favorite part about the writing process of this book?

A: The revisions. Drafting is always fun, but the revisions are when you finally see The Thing you wanted to write about unearthed after all those edits. It’s immensely satisfying.

Well there you have it, book dragons! The wonderful Q&A with Roshani Chokshi! I hope you enjoyed reading through her answers as much as I did! Thanks again to Penguin for letting me be part of this blog tour!

Don’t forget to give this post a like, pick up the Star Touched Queen, and check me and Roshani out on social media! Please follow my blog by email if you haven’t already, and share this post with your friends.

I will have another post up soon, so I will see you then!

See YA!

~Jamie

KATHRYN PURDIE: AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!

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Hey guys! Today we are going to be doing doing something SO EXCITING! Yep, today is going to be an author interview.

So about 2 months ago, I was able to meet the lovely Kathryn Purdie, author of the hot new release and one of my favorite books, Burning Glass. Well, recently I emailed her and she has been so kind and long story short, I got to interview her! When I met her, I also had her sign some stuff for a giveaway!!! So be sure to stick around til the end of this post for that!

First off I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Kathryn, who has been so sweet to me. Thank you also for doing this interview and giving the best answers ever. You are so cool, so thank you for giving me your time and words. =) (ALSO: at the bottom of this post, I will have a ton of fun author info such as website links, twitter links, and a goodreads link to Burning Glass!)

{Check out my full review of BURNING GLASS here!}

So without further ado, let’s get the author interview started!

Q:What was your favorite part about the writing process of Burning Glass?

A: The surprises Sonya would throw at me that I hadn’t planned for in my outline. The biggest surprise was that SHE caused the tragedy at the beginning of the story and that it didn’t just happen randomly. That changed everything!

Q: What was your least favorite/the hardest part about the writing process of Burning Glass?

A: I wouldn’t say it was my least favorite part about writing, but it was the hardest—getting Valko’s character right. My editor and I revised him the most. It mainly just came down to finessing Valko and making him more agreeable in the first half of the story.

Q: Who was your favorite (or LEAST favorite) character to write?

A: Pia and Tosya are coming in for a tie here as my favorite characters to write in BURNING GLASS. The book has a dark and heavy tone, and Pia and Tosya brought a lot of light and sometimes comic relief that was so refreshing.

Q: Burning Glass is your debut novel, how has the publishing process been? Exciting? Stressful?

A: Becoming a published writer has been like no other experience in my life. Yes, exciting. Yes, so, so stressful. But a lot of it is good stress—so many great things are happening! Unfortunately, my body handles both negative and positive stress the same way, so there’s definitely lots of anxiety and pressure to deal with, but I’m becoming a lot better at handling it.

Q: Was there any specific moment when the idea for Burning Glass came to you? Or did it come slowly over the course of time?

A: I woke up one morning, ready to write another novel I’d spent a long time researching and outlining, when the idea for BURNING GLASS popped into mind with its main plot, main three characters, and Imperial Russia-inspired setting. That happened within a minute, but really the seeds of the idea had been percolating for years. The empath part came from how I felt when recovering from donating a kidney to my brother in 2009, and a year prior to the “big idea,” my uncle suggested I write a story about an empath. I didn’t consider how to tell that story then, but my subconscious mind continued to work on it for several months.

Q: What draws you to fantasy genre?

A: Fantasy is escapism, which is fun and exciting, but for me, fantasy is a safer lens for examining some scary realities in the real world. Fantasy is a deeper form of art, a more creative place to delve into and explore life and death, good and evil, heartache, war, suffering. It just speaks to me.

Q: Do you have a writing routine or any specific elements that need to be around you when you write?

A: I write in bed with my beautiful view out of the window of the Rocky Mountains, and I listen to movie soundtracks, mostly by my favorite composer, Rachel Portman (BELLE, THE DUCHESS).

Q: Are there any books that inspired you as a writer?

A: The book that inspired me to write in pursuit of publishing is THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan. It’s so beautiful and lyrical…and it’s about zombies! Brilliant. Carrie was given the advice to write about what she loves (zombies, she decided), and so I determined to think deeply about what I love and do the same.

Q: How does it feel to see your book in the hands of so many people?

A: Honestly, I still can’t quite grasp it. I continue to be shocked when I see my book in bookstores or see people reading it, Tweeting pictures of it, etc. I hope I don’t lose the awe about being published! I’m very grateful.

Q: And the most important question…What Hogwarts house are you in?

A: Lol! I *want* to be in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. I definitely have some of those qualities, but truth be told, I really belong in Hufflepuff. At the end of the day, I like to be a peacemaker, and I have a soft heart. 🙂

And that’s a wrap! Isn’t she so amazing? Thank you again to Kathryn…SO MUCH. I had so much fun coming up with questions and even more fun reading your phenomenal answers.

GIVEAWAY INFO: Okay, so here is everything you need to know about the giveaway! I will be giving away a SIGNED hardcover copy of Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie, a SIGNED Burning Glass Art Print, and a super cool Burning Glass bookmark! One winner will receive all three. Unfortunately, the contest can only be USA only. (sorry, international friends) The contest will run from TODAY, Friday – April 29th to 12:00 am EST (midnight) NEXT FRIDAY – May 6th. I will be running the giveaway through RaffleCopter, so you will see all of the ways to enter when you click on the link I will give you in a second! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Thank you all so much for reading and I hope you had fun learning more about Kathryn Purdie and her writing. Be sure to give this post a like, a share, and leave a comment telling me any more questions you would like Kathryn to answer (if you leave some good ones, maybe we could do another interview in the future!). Don’t forget to follow my blog by email to be notified whenever a new post goes up. It helps so much!

That’s all for today! I will have another post up soon, so I will see you then!

See YA!

~Jamie

Loved this interview? Connect with Kathryn Purdie!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kathryn PurdieKathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since. Her debut novel, BURNING GLASS, releases winter 2016 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

ABOUT BURNING GLASS:

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After aBurning Glass (Burning Glass, #1) reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

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Top 15 Most Amazing (and inspiring) Quotes From Everything, Everything

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Hey guys! Today I am going to be adding the 5th installment in my quote saga! Where I highlight some of my favorite quotes from specific authors, genres, and books!

You can check out the first 4 installments here:

Top 10 Quotes from YA books

21 Beautiful Quotes from Jennifer E Smith

8 Heartwarming Quotes from Fangirl

10 Cry-Worthy Quotes from The Book Thief

Today we are going to be adding to that list my Top 15 Most Amazing (and inspiring) Quotes from Everything, Everything. Everything, Everything is a novel by Nicola Yoon that I recently picked up and read through (no sleep was involved. It was, however, compromised.) This book was basically one giant quote because it was beautiful and so full of feels! (review coming soon) But today we are going to be narrowing down to just some of the wonderful quotes that can be found in this book.

Disclaimer: All of these quotes were found on either goodreads.com or in my hardcover copy of the book. All credit goes to the author of these quotes, Nicola Yoon. These will be in no specific order because asking me to narrow it down from the whole entire book to fifteen quotes was hard enough. Ranking them would just be evil. 😉

Without further ado, let’s get this Maddy and Olly party started!

  1. “Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything’s a risk. It’s up to you.”
  1. “spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
  1. “Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”
  1. “Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.

           If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today.”

 

  1. “It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.

          In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”

  1. “But the difference between knowing it and seeing them in person is the difference between dreaming of flying and flight.”
  1. “Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
  1. “‘Don’t die,’ he says.

           ‘I won’t,’ I say back.”

  1. “prom·ise (ˈpräməs) n. pl. – es. 1. The lie you want to keep. [2015, Whittier]”
  1. “I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me.”
  1. “Olly’s math says you can’t predict the future. It turns out that you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes them both.”
  1. “Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
  1. “I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”
  1. “Maybe we can’t predict everything, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly.

          It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster”

  1. “The world isn’t going anywhere.”

So those were my favorite quotes from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon! I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you had a good ole’ time reading these quotes. Leave a comment down below telling me what your favorite Everything, Everything is! Is it on this list? Is it not? Tell me in the comments! Don’t forget to give this post a like, a share, and follow my blog by email! Stay tuned for the next installment in the quote saga!!

I will have a new post up soon, so I will see you then!

See YA!

~Jamie

Truthwitch Book Tag!

TRUTHWITCH TAG

Hey guys! Today I am coming at you with a very fun book tag!

So this is a book tag created by SimplyThoughtfulBooks on youtube! I love her channel and I highly recommend that you go and check her out because she is so sweet and funny. She has created a wonderful tag themed around one of my all time favorite books!…You guess it…Truthwitch by Susan Dennard!

If you have been reading my blog for a little while, you might know that recently released, high fantasy novel, Truthwitch, as officially taken a spot on my all-time-favorites shelf. Everything about it really intrigued me and I just absolutely love it! If you want to know more of my thoughts, be sure to check out my full review! There is a spoiler free section, as well a clearly marked spoiler section, so whether you have read the book or not, be sure to stop on by that post!

I am just going to jump right into the questions so I hope you enjoy!

Let’s get this Truthwitch party started!

1. Ohrin Mountains – What is your favorite fictional land?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Now, for this question, I am so tempted to say Harry Potter because the wizarding world is so amazing and so intricate. But instead I am going to say….no, I’m just kidding. My answer is Harry Potter with the Wizarding World. I love everything about it and reading about/watching anything to do with the wizarding world just feels so welcoming and so whimsical and so exciting. I know it may be a little cliché and there are so many cool ones out there in books, but the wizarding world is just my absolute favorite. But, the Witchlands from the one and only Truthwitch are really awesome, too. And it is probably my second favorite fictional land.


 

2. Safiya and Iseult’s friendship – Who is your favorite dynamic duo?

Art by burdge bug. I found this image on a google search. I love her artwork. =)

Okay, so this can be interpreted two different ways. A friendship/fighting/partnership thing. Or it can be Percabeth. And when Percabeth is an option. It is the answer. I not only think that Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase are the cutest, most amazing, most everything good in this world couple. But they also work very well together on the battle field, in *spoiler* Tartarus. *no more spoilers* They are just so powerful together, whether that be epic fighting skills, witty banter, or just all around awesomeness. *Dies in a weeping puddle of Percabeth love*


 

3. Merik – Which character is the ultimate hunk? (I am changing this to “Which character are you in love with?”)

Artwork by Viria. I also love her artwork. This image was found in a google search.

So sticking with the Percy Jackson theme, NICO DI ANGELO. He is my one. My only. My soul mate. I am ignoring the thing detail that was revealed in the third book (or was it forth? I think it was forth.) and he will love me. You know, once I am claimed and taken to Camp Half-Blood. I just find his character so interesting and complex and he was a character in particular that I just always wanted to know more about. And I love him. I know that so many people say that they would date Percy or whatever, but I could never feel romantically inclined towards Percy because PERCABETH. We have already covered this. Moving on. (And moving away from the topic of book boyfriends because that is a discussion for a different time…)


 4. Kullen – Who is your favorite sidekick?

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

First off, I love Kullen so much! He’s one of my favorite characters in Truthwitch, so I really like this question. (no spoilers no spoilers no spoilers) I think that my favorite book sidekick that I have read about is Hearth from yet another Rick Riordan book, Magnus Chase. You can read my full review here if you are interested. Basically I adored Hearth. I found him funny and witty and smart, despite the fact that he can’t speak and uses sign language. I loved his love for ancient culture and magic and breaking away from everything that everyone else expected from him. Also Blitzen from that same book is funny and awesome as well, but Hearthstone was just my ultimate favorite in that book. And will probably continue to be throughout the rest of the series.


5. Aeduan – Who is your favorite mysterious or villainous character?

Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)

For this one there is really only one answer. Valko from Burning Glass. He is so mysterious and you never know if you like him or not. Until you hate him. And then you like him again. And then…well, then spoilers. 😉 But basically he is so unreadable and I never truly know what to think about him. He is just my favorite baddy.

You can read my full review here!


6. Aether – A book that you can’t stop thinking about?

The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy, #1)

The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin. This book was so eerie and cool and I just loved it! Every time that I see it on my shelf I just have an urge to reread it. It was so much fun and I can’t stop thinking about it. Obviously. Because the question…yeah. Anyways.


7. Air – A book that you had low expectations for that completely blew you away?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Okay, so for this next one, I didn’t have really low expectations. Just, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by it. But I was. And that is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I knew that I would like it, but I ended up LOVING it. I found the world too be very cool and rich, despite what seems to be the popular opinion. So I really enjoyed this one, a lot more than I thought I would.



8. Earth – A book that you always go back to?

I think that this question is a bit obvious. Harry Potter. Or Percy Jackson. Or Divergent. Or Truthwitch. These are my all-time favorite books and I can see myself rereading these books and fawning over them for many, many years to come.


9. Fire – A book where the hype spread quickly?

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

So, there are a ton of YA books that get so much hype, so fast. Truthwitch is actually one of them, what with a fandom sprouting before the book was even released. But for this question, I am going to say Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I am hoping to pick this one up soon, but whether I do or not, the hype for this book was STRONG. It has gotten to the point that you have a book blog, booktube, or a slight and general knowledge of the YA book world, you have heard of this book. So this one spread through the community like wildfire.


10. Void – Recommend a scary/mysterious read.

Entwined

Well, I don’t read scary things. I hate horror/creepy reads and things along those lines. Needless to say, I don’t really have a scary/spooky book to recommend. BUT, I have a sort of eerie one. And that is Entwined by Heather Dixon! This book wasn’t scary, but it definitely had some pretty creepy elements to it. So if you don’t like scary books, but want something a little spooky and eerie, pick this one up!


11. Water – Name a book that flowed nicely.

This Is What Happy Looks Like (This is What Happy Looks Like, #1)

In true becoming Bookish fashion, it is pretty much impossible to go one post without mentioning a Jennifer E Smith book. So that being said, a book that I think flowed nicely is This is What Happy Looks Like by the one, the only, Jennifer E Smith. The writing in this book is just so sweet and beautiful and I absolutely adore it! The writing just blends everything out and makes this book so soft and amazing. The story itself just sort of folds together perfectly and it all just flows seamlessly. I love it so much. I also have a full review of this book!


12. Threadsisters and Threadbrothers – Tag your friends!

And finally we come to the last question! For this I am going to be tagging Thoughts on Tomes JesseTheReader, Maureen Keavy, and Taylicious Reads! They are all amazing booktubers, so be sure to go check them out!


 

So that was all for the Truthwitch book tag! I had so much fun doing this tag and reigniting me every flaring flame of love for Truthwitch! I hope that you enjoyed this tag and if you found it interesting leave your answers to these questions down below in the comments or do a post of your own!

Don’t forget to give this post a like, follow my blog by email, and check me out on social media. I will have a new post up soon so I will see you then!

See YA!

~Jamie

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)

*SPOILERS ARE MARKED*

Description (from Goodreads):

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
Title: Burning Glass

Author: Kathryn Purdie

Page Count: 490

Series: Burning Glass Trilogy (#1)

How I Got This Book: PreOrdered

My review:

I just want to start off this review by saying that this book has all of the elements for an obsession. There is romance (and by that I mean I ship the ship so hard.), intrigue, cool magic, a lovable/hate-able antagonist, and a castle. There are betrayals and battles and moments that will make you laugh. I will go into more detail throughout this review, but just know that it was so interesting and wonderful and immersive that I think you should pick it up and get on this bandwagon early because there is NO WAY that this is not the next big thing.

Also, the first part of this review will be spoiler free, and I will let you know when the spoilers will start, so don’t worry about being spoiled. 😉

Without further ado, I am just going to jump on in to this review.

So the first thing that I want to talk about is quite possibly one of my favorite elements of the book. And that is the characters. I will go into more specific details in the spoiler section, but basically every single character was so complex and so interesting. Every character had secrets and this compelling nature that forced me to keep reading. Each person that I read about had this signature to them that you always knew who it was talking without reading their name. The main character, as if very apparent from page one and the synopsis (so, it’s not even the slightest spoiler), can sense people’s auras, which means she feels what they feel. That being said you get to know all of these characters just through the main character. It’s very hard to explain without being able to give details just yet, but the characters were all extremely deep and confusing and compelling.

And then there is the main character, Sonya. Again, no spoilers, but I think that she may be my favorite female lead that I have ever read. (obviously discluding Tris and hermione and Luna. Because they are my soul sistas.) She was both strong and weak at the same time. She wasn’t unbreakable and I loved that so much! Her power is something that it would seem SO unrealistic IF the main character was just fine with it. She wants to fight against it and take control but she doesn’t have a say in the matter. If the pain of hundreds of people is colliding inside of you, you are going to be upset. And I feel so many YA protagonists are just these dense and flat “strong females” and I think that the importance of having weakness is so often overlooked. Long rant short, the balance between strength and pain and weakness in Sonya was spot on in my opinion.

And then there is the romance in this book. I really loved the fact that this book was a romance book (other things happened, too. But there was a lot of romance.) but it was set in a fantasy world. It was a perfect blend of the fantastical, epic elements and the sweet, frustrating, romantic moments. Overall I thought that the mix was very interesting and executed wonderfully.

The next thing that I want to talk about is the use of emotions in Burning Glass. I thought that every time an emotion was described it was very much show don’t tell. The descriptions were constantly intriguing and beautiful and brought all of the feelings to life. The way that the characters reacted to the emotions very much came to life and nobody was black and white. Everybody was sad and happy throughout the book. And also a million things in between.

Also, the way that you never truly knew who was feeling what was so interesting. So many twists and shocks and overall exciting parts of the story come of the main character not being able to completely decipher who is feeling what and what she is feeling and not just reflecting.  I loved the way the other characters emotions influenced Sonya and I feel like all of the threads of emotions got tangled into a big giant knot and tied the whole story up in one intertwining and mysterious plot.

Speaking of plot. I felt that this book never dragged. And that is quite the compliment. I almost always find some points of the story inching along. But not with Burning Glass. Everything was constantly compelling the story forward at breakneck speed. This whole book was a wild ride that I will not easily forget. Everything from the romance to the whimsical politics just swept me off my feet from the first page to the last.

Needless to say, I NEED book two as soon as I can get my hands on it. I keep finding myself thinking about these characters and Anton and Sonya and Valko. Pia and the convent and Raina and the whole dark wonder of this story. I constantly found myself defying the pull of sleep to read just. One. more. Page. Chapter. Hundred pages.

I highly recommend that you pick this book up and give it a go because it was so complex and amazing. I am obsessed with it and the fandom needs a name. Like NOW. How about this. Everybody who loves this book is called an….auraseer! I am officially an auraseer. Like, big time. From the very first page I was gasping and laughing and crying. This book is quite simply a beautiful adventure that I do not want a single one of you guys to miss out on.

I had the chance to meet Kathryn Purdie a few weeks ago, and I have a giveaway coming soon for a signed book and some signed swag! So stay tuned for that. Kathryn was an angel and her writing is just as poetic and beautiful as her. So there. Another reason to check out her book.

Basically I am VERY obsessed with this trilogy and I am so excited to experience the releases and the fanart and the whole thing from the start. I love these characters and felt an immediate passion towards them. This world completely enveloped me and just gripped me from start to end. I am so excited to see where this story goes!

That was pretty much it for the non-spoiler section of this review. This is going to be a pretty long review once I add on the spoiler section and that is because I just have SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK. I will see you at the bottom of this post if you want to see my overall rating (if that’s not obvious already.), goodreads links, the comments and other stuff like that!

Don’t forget to give this post a like, a share, and my blog a follow!And also leave a comment telling me your favorite fantasy trilogy, your favorite twisted character, or what you are most excited for about Burning Glass! I look forward to hearing from you!

*SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON. DO NOT READ THE SPOILER SECTION IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ BURNING GLASS OBVIOUSLY. THE SPOILERS ARE NOT ONE BUT MANY*

Welcome to the spoiler section! First off, I am going to talk about some of the characters individually.

Pia: I found Pia to be SO sweet! She brought such a sense of fun to the story and gave a bit of light to the darkness of the rest of the palace. I cried so hard when she died because, as I said above, I just had this instant connection to the characters and finding out that she died was almost like losing a real friend. I just…*dissolves into sobs*

Valko: Oh.My.Bleeping.Goodness. Valko. Valko. Valko. I cannot even form coherent words about how much I loved him and how much I hated him. I LOVED seeing his moments of weakness where he just dissolved into this puddle of sadness and sweetness. And then there were other moments where he was just repulsive. I was getting very strong Tom Hiddleston as Loki vibes. Not the similarities, but the feelings and the actions. He was so twisted and shady and yet there were moments where my heart just swelled for him. And then exploded with rage. He was just an amazing person to read about because he was the perfect antagonist.

Anton: Yet again another character that I could rave for hours about. Because Sonya gets so influenced by the emotions around her there were many moments where I wasn’t too happy with Anton, but then there were moments where I was head over actual heels legit in love with him. He was so…perfect. In that dreamy YA protagonist kind of a way. So basically raising my expectations for boys everywhere by tenfold. In a bit I will talk more about my favorite scenes (and he is in most of them) But there were moments when I just seriously adored him.

Tosya: I loved Tosya. So. Much. He made me laugh and cry and I just adored him. He was so funny and so loving and sweet and…and…where can I get one?!

And finally, Sonya: As I mentioned in the spoiler free section,I so greatly admired Sonya’s character. She was so thoughtful and smart and I loved those moments when she would get overwhelmed, despite her will not to. She was so complex and strong-willed. I loved how you could never quite tell what she was feeling and what those around her were feeling. It was such a cool concept and it was done so well. Her motivations stayed strong and overall I felt that her POV was the best that this story could have. She fit the world like a puzzle piece and I just…I just…I cannot even form sentences. That’s what.

And then we have the way that Sonya deals with all of the emotions and sadness and pain. I especially loved the moments where it overwhelmed her and she simply could not handle it. It was so…realistic in a way. And that leads into my next topic of discussion! My favorite scenes.

So there was the whole start of the book, for one thing. Yulia is dying, and then we really get to see Sonya’s powers betray her, then the convent burns, then Anton shows up and just this whole slew of one thing after the other came raining down and it immersed me so well and everything was so vivid and I just could not even deal.

Then, following shortly after that, was when Sonya was riding on the sleigh with Anton. Specifically, however, when they enter the city and Sonya can’t take it. I loved how protective and generally good Anton was from the start and I just love him so much and that scene so much.

Next up is a scene that is more of just a few lines. But it is when Tosya (spoke, walked, existed…) and Anton and Sonya were in the parlor and Anton called Tosya out for saying that Sonya basically did parlor tricks or whatever. You know what I’m talking about. But then it went something like this.

“But we’re in a parlor.”

“Tosya.”

“I couldn’t resist.”

I just love the way that Anton simply said his name. It was so funny and I snort-laughed, not gonna lie.

And then we come to what might just be my favorite scene in the book. When Sonya finds out about Pia’s death and she runs to Anton. When she is just crying and healing and her powers are overwhelming her and Anton was just…*feels attack* That scene was so precious and I feel like both characters in the scene were so exposed and so cracked open. And I loved every second of it.

That brings me to my next and almost last topic. Sonya and Anton. I would have just screamed their ship name, but I don’t know if they have one yet. If they don’t…SANTON. That’s the best I’ve got. But I ship them SO. HARD. That is actually one of the first things that I said to Kathryn Purdie when I met her. I love the way that they act to and around each other. They are perfect in every way and I just love them both so darn much and together they are just a literal OTP.

The last specific thing that I want to talk about is how the beginning of the book mirrored the end of it. Slightly. I noticed this when the peasants were storming the palace and Sonya was almost incapacitated because she was so scared that this is what made her hurt those that she loved the first time. But this time she was able to come into her own and showcase her strength. She was able to stand strong and feed her people and she ended up doing what should have been able to happen the first time.

*THAT WAS THE END OF THE SPOILER SECTION. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED YOU CAN READ ON FROM THIS POINT. SPOILERS ARE OVER. SPOILER FREE FROM THIS POINT ON*

Okay, so now that the spoilers are over…I thought that this book was so beautiful. Everything from the relationships to the emotions to each and every character. This was such an amazing story that I feel honored to have read. Everything about the world and plot was so delicate and intricate and expertly crafted. Something about this book clicked for me and I found it so dark and wonderful and bursting with details and intrigue. I highly recommend you pick up this obsessive adventure of a book the next time that you are at the bookstore. Or online if you don’t want to leave the house.

I am so excited for the next installments! Also, if you have read this book, leave a review of it on amazon as this helps the author so much in getting her book out there!

That was just about all I had for my review of Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie. I know that this review was painfully long, but this book excited me so much and I have so much to say about all of its elements! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review and that you will go pick up Burning Glass immediately.

Don’t forget to check out my social media, leave a comment below telling me your favorite part about Burning Glass (please tag your spoilers), give this post a like, and follow my blog by email. Just as leaving a book review on amazon helps authors, following helps bloggers!

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My overall rating: 5/5 stars
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I will have a new post up soon, so I will see you then!

See YA!
~Jamie

Release Day Blitz: SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie

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Hey guys! Welcome back to Becoming Bookish! Today we are going to be talking about something SO SUPER EXCITING! I was chosen to participate in the Release Day Blitz for Ally Condie’s (Author of Matched, you have probably heard of it.) new middle grade contemporary Summerlost!

So basically today we are going to get PUMPED that this beautiful book is out there in the world TODAY!

So. First things first. The book!

17731927 It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING? Yes. The answer is yes, it sounds amazing. Obviously, Ally Condie is an amazing writer, it’s clear from the starred reviews, legions of fans, and all of the people tripping over their words to be a part of release day blitz. (me.) And today we have had her write even more wonderful words just for us!

Here is the super special, super incredible letter that Ally Condie would like for all of her readers to, well, read!:
Dear Readers,

I think most of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes we can see it coming, and sometimes it comes down with the unexpected force of a sudden gale of wind or a rising of waters that we thought were still and safe. Loss is universal to human experience, but the way we each feel and recover is one of the most personal things we do.

In Summerlost, Cedar is dealing with the loss of her father and younger brother. And my intent was to show how hard their deaths are for her. But this is also a book about the healing power of friendship. Most of us have been broken-hearted; I hope that most of us have also discovered the miracle of friendships that were just what we needed. Cedar and Leo’s friendship is based on someone I met when I was twelve. Like Leo, my friend was fun and liked to enlist me in crazy adventures (although we never gave a secret guided tour of our town the way they do in Summerlost). And, like Leo, he thought I was wonderful and of worth at a time when I needed it most.

SUMMERLOST is my attempt to pay tribute both to the pain we feel and the friendships that save us. Thank you so much for supporting this book, and for your willingness to give Cedar’s story a try. I hope it makes you think of a wonderful friend of your own, whether that is someone you met in the pages of a favorite book or outside, in the world where it is often hard and beautiful to live.

Best wishes and happy reading always,

Ally Condie

That was truly a beautifully written letter! I am so excited to read Summerlost! And you better be, too!
If by some cruel miracle you aren’t, try reading this excerpt! It will make you want to read it. Trust me. (if widget is not showing up, click here to read the excerpt.)

*Slow claps*

Now by this point, you are probably wondering where you can buy this book because REASONS. Well, I happened to have answer to that question! Here are some places that you can get this book from:

Penguin Random House!

Amazon!

Barnes & Noble!

Indiebound!

OOOOORRRR…YOU COULD ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY! That’s right! You heard right! Penguin Young Readers has provided me with a link so that one of you guys can win the ULTIMATE Ally Condie prize pack! The winner will receive the following: 5 finished copies of SUMMERLOST, paperback copy of ATLANTIA, copy of book one of MATCHED. Cool, right? I know I had to enter! For real though.

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And as always here on Becoming Bookish, be sure to check this book out on Goodreads!

Okay, I think that’s it! Thank you SO much to penguin young readers for reaching out to me and for letting me be a part of this wonderful release. I hope that I have done everything right and this post will officially go down in history in Becoming Bookish as my first (kind of) blog tour type post! Also, I was not born an advertiser or salesperson, so if some of those segways are incredible cheesy, I apologize, hehe.

Thank you to Penguin and Word Spelunking for hosting this event and I had a ton of fun! Be sure to enter the giveaway, buy the book, and read that excerpt! Thank you to all of the other bloggers participating in this release day blitz!

That is it for today’s post and I will see you with a new post soon! Don’t forget to check out my social media, give this post a like, share, and follow my blog by email (as it does help to do more amazing things like this!) leave a comment down below telling me about your excitement for Ally’s new book AND DON’T FORGET TO BUY SUMMERLOST!

See YA!

~Jamie