Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Phenomena of Youtuber Books

Does anyone remember when YouTube was a place for crappy dance/music videos and makeup tutorials filmed on a laptop camera?  But that YouTube is now a thing of the past.  In the past few years, YouTube has transformed from a hobby into a full-fledged business where creators are sponsored by brands and offered product deals, including book deals.  There has been a huge influx of YouTuber books in the market, causing a point of contention with viewers and especially book lovers.  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Publication Date:  March 22, 2016
Publisher:  Dial Books
Pages:  247
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Contemporary
Synopsis:  Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret. Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous. What really happened? Someone knows. Someone is lying.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Raven Cycle Book Tag

Honestly, if you don't know about my obsession with The Raven Boys, where have you been?  This series is one for the books.  So you're probably wondering: but, Erin, didn't Anna from Annaish tag you to do this weeks ago?  Yes, yes she did.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Publication Date:  July 12, 2016
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Pages:  384
Series:  Tiny Pretty Things #2
Genre:  Contemporary
Synopsis:  June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice. June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price. After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In Which I Venture into Bookstagram

Recently I took the plunge and created a bookstagram (alongside Rebekah from Wings Made of Words).  It has been a couple of weeks since I finally started the account and it has been a lot of fun!  I have discovered a lot of new bloggers and bookstagrams, and it would be selfish not to share them.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Publication Date:  August 26, 2014
Publisher:  Ecco Press
Pages:  400
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Historical Fiction 
Synopsis:  On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . . Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016