Quick Favor

Hey guys,

So as you all know I have another blog Coeur De Couture and I’m trying to be more active on there too. I just posted a new post on there so if you could please go here  check it out, and leave some feedback that would be great!

 

Thank You!

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New Releases and Book Haul

I’ve been MIA and behind on a lot of things, I just started college and with my job I now only have 2 days off a week, and those are mostly spent doing homework, but I’m going to do my best to still keep a presence here. 


On another note, I’m back into reading. I’ve been reading ACOTAR, I stopped for a bit because of something that happened that really just turned me off, but more about that in my review. I plan on finishing it soon and then picking up Empire of Storms which I just picked up, you’ll see it in the haul.

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The Last Star by Rick Yancey 

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The 5th Wave is one of my favorite series, and I’s sad to see it go but I can’t wait to find out what happened. I got this right when it first came out, but I have not been able to get to it yet, but soon! I’ll finish ACOTAR, read Empire of Storms, probably read A Court of Mist and Fury afterwards, and then this.


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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This was sent to me for review purposes.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I’ve been loving this!


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Bought this at Barnes and Nobles for the full retail price, but I got the special edition so it came with a lot of fan art and an exclusive short story.

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an autographed copy! I didn’t even know this book existed, I thought her latest release was Soundless, but I’m glad she’s writing more, I loved her previous series as you all know.


 

So this is it for this haul, keep on the look out for new reviews coming soon! Whenever I get the time (:

Xx

 

 

Do You Want Your Own App?

Hey guys,

Great news! Well you know how my blog now has its own app right? Which you can get here for Android and just look up “Words We Heart” on the apple app store. But anyways, do you guys want your own app? Well if yes, then you’re in luck because my developer is offering a free app for some of you guys, just go to this page here and get in contact with her!

I’ve been loving my app, and I know you all will too. Let me know how it goes for you (:

Xx,

Ashley

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Blog Tour: RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD by Liesl Shurtliff

 

 

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Hi guys,

Today I bring to you a review of the new release RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff. I love fairy tales and I love OUAT. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Here’s the summary:

Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 

And don’t miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, “a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage” (Booklist).

I loved the way Red was portrayed, I loved all the connections between the different story lines. Re-tellings are one of m y favorite things, I love seeing people’s different takes on very popular series. Little Red Riding Hood was never one of my favorite stories but this book as well as Ruby’s story line in OUAT definitely gave me a new appreciation for it.

If you enjoy re-tellings, books like The Lunar Chronicles series, shows like Once Upon A Time, I think you’ll enjoy this. It’s a fast, simple read that brings you back to your childhood.  I’m looking forward to checking out more of her work.

This post will be going up towards the end of February but this book releases on the 16th of April. Check it out then!


THE TOUR

RED: THE TRUE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Pre-Pub Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February, 1: Bookiemoji, Author Guest Post

Tuesday, February, 2: Seeing Double In Neverland, Review

Wednesday, February, 3: MundieMoms/Kids, Review

Thursday, February, 4: BookHounds, Author Interview

Friday, February, 5: The Lovely Books, Review

Saturday, February, 6: I’m Shelf-ish, Guest Post

Sunday, February, 7:  Kid Lit Frenzy, Review

Monday, February, 8: Mel’s Shelves, Review

Tuesday, February, 9: Once Upon A Twilight, Author Random Facts

Wednesday, February, 10: SciFiChick.com, Review

Thursday, February, 11: Swoony Boys Podcast, Review

Friday, February, 12: Bittersweet Enchantment, Review

Saturday, February, 13: WinterHaven Books, Review except 18

Sunday, February, 14: The Cover Contessa, Review

Monday, February, 15: Pandora’s Books, Review

Tuesday, February, 16: On Starships and Dragonwings, Review

Wednesday, February, 17: As They Grow Up, Review

Thursday, February, 18: Owl Always Be Reading, Review

Friday, February, 19: Such a Novel Idea, Playlist and Review

Saturday, February, 20: The Children’s Book Review, A Selfie and a Shelfie

Sunday, February, 21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf, Author Movie Cast

Monday, February, 22: Katie’s Clean Book Collection, Review

Tuesday, February, 23: Words We Heart, Review

Wednesday, February, 24: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, Author Guest Post

Thursday, February, 25: Confessions of a Readaholic, Review

Friday, February, 26: Bookish Antics, Review

Saturday, February, 27: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, Review

Sunday, February, 28: Valerie’s Reviews, Review

Monday, February, 29: Lili’s Reflections, Review

Tuesday, March, 1: To Read, or Not To Read, Review

Wednesday, March 2: Stories & Sweeties, Review

Thursday, March 3: Cafinated Reads, Review

Friday, March 4: The Book Monsters, Review

Saturday, March 5: Twinning for Books, Review

Sunday, March 6: Curling Up With A Good Book, Review

Monday, March 7: The Compulsive Reader, Review

Tuesday, March 8: The Reading Nook Reviews, Review

Wednesday, March 9: Resch Reads and Reviews, Review

Thursday, March 10: Beauty and the Bookshelf, Review

Friday, March 11: Xpresso Reads, Review

Saturday, March 12: Diamond’s Reads, Review

Sunday, March 13: Blissful Book Reviews, Review

Monday, March 14: Vi3tbabe, Review

Tuesday, March 15: The Book Cellar, Review


 

GIVEAWAY

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Can’t get enough of the new fairy-tale-retelling trend? Don’t miss Liesl Shurtliff’s new dark, humorous stand-alone middle grade novel RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD (on sale April 12, 2016)!

 

Liesl Shurtliff spins a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on one of the most beloved characters from her award-winning debut, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. This isn’t the Little Red Riding Hood from the canonical children’s tale. Shurtliff’s Red is strong, independent, brazen, and not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her weakness. Readers will gobble up this bewitching fantasy as they join Red on her journey of discovery through the sinister dangers of the enchanted dark forest.

 

Liesl Shurtliff’s first book, Rump, won over kids and critics alike, earning an IRA Award, a Texas Bluebonnet nomination, a Whitney nomination, and a starred review from Kirkus, proclaiming it “as good as gold.”

 

In RED, Liesl Shurtliff is at her best. New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Chris Grabenstein raves that “Liesl Shurtliff has truly out-magicked herself. Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all.” RED will capture the hearts of readers who like it Grimm, as well as followers of ABC’s TV show Once Upon a Time.

 

Oh, reader, what big teeth you have! The better to devour RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD.

 

2015 in review

This year has been a roller coaster. There are so many things that I wanted to do, but didn’t. This year was a year of lessons for me, and for many others from what I gather. I want to take those lessons and learn from them, so that next year can be different.

As for blogging, I slacked off a lot this year, and for that I’m sorry, but hopefully next year I do better. It’s ironic that one of my most viewed in a day post was the Posting Schedule because I didn’t even stick to it, but again, lessons to be learned (:

I hope you all had a wonderful year, and I wish you all a Happy and Better New Year ♥ 

 


 

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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How to be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras | Q&A & Giveaway

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How To Be Brave: A Novel

By: E. Katherine Kottaras

St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Hardcover: $18.99 USD

ABOUT THE BOOK

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want. Reeling from her mother’s death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave – all the things she’s wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she’s always been afraid to do – including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most – and you learn that you’re stronger and braver than you ever imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. She now lives in Los Angeles where she’s hard at work on her next book.

SOCIAL LINKS: 

Author’s Website Facebook |TwitterTumblr | Instagram | Goodreads


 

Here’s the Q&A:

What was your path to publication? How long did it take you to write the book? Was this the firstbook you wrote or just the first one that got published?

I’ve been writing since I was four years old (strange little odes to Crystal Gayle’s, my favorite countrysinger of the ‘80s – oh how I wanted her hair). I wrote throughout high school via environmentally-themedzines that my friends and I Xeroxed and handed out to the entire school, as well as secret poetry writtenin journals stashed under my bed. Of course, there were all those papers for college and grad school. (I’ma freak because I love writing essays for school.)However, I didn’t pursue creative writing seriously until I was 25 when I signed up for classes at UCLA.About seven years later after taking classes in short story, nonfiction, and YA, I finally decided to startsubmitting my work places – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. Around the same time, I decided to write abook. It’s YA paranormal, took me four years to write, and was rejected by absolutely every single agent Iqueried. Not even one request.So, after a bit of soul-searching and some acceptance that perhaps this book wasn’t “the one,” I startedover. I took some more classes through Litreactor where I started the book has eventually become HOWTO BE BRAVE. I’ve been extreeeeeemely lucky as the process has been fairly quick from initial draft topublication. Between beginning the book and publication, it will be a grand total of two years and ninemonths, which is actually quite amazing!

How did the idea for HOW TO BE BRAVE first come about?

Though the story is not autobiographical, much of HOW TO BE BRAVE is “true” in the sense that it waswritten after a difficult period of my life. After my mother passed away when my daughter was ten monthsold, I found myself sandwiched between the death of my best friend and the presence of this new life. Itwas a dark and confusing time – I wanted to drown in my grief but also knew I had to keep myself afloatfor the sake of my new baby. I started writing with this in mind – I was looking forward to the life of myown daughter, thinking about what I want for her.That’s when I turned to writing. On my darkest days, my husband would tell me to take time for myself –to go for walks, yoga, etc. – but more often than not, I would find myself at the library, writing. The act ofwriting was a way for me to work through my own grief and to also find new purpose my life.

What’s currently on your bucket list?

Here are a few things on my Do Everything Be Brave List:

Learn how to roller skate and/or ice skate without using the wall.

Ride my bike to yoga. (Bike lanes scare me!)

Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and all the way back up, I guess…)

Visit every continent (I’ve only been to two.)

Here are a few brave things I’ve done:

Flown down the largest zip-line in the continental U.S. despite my fear of heights. (and gave my eight-year old permission to do so as well.)

Paddle-boarded during high-wind season in Hawaii.

Fallen in love and stayed there for more than twenty years.

Become a writer. I tell my students everyday: it’s the scariest thing in the world.

How do you address body image issues with your daughter? Was that part of the drive to writethis book?

Absolutely. We talk a lot about how the media often “sells” a certain body type. .” I’ve shown herPhotoshopping videos like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPnfjwKfkSkand we discuss, quite openly, how it’s unrealistic to try to change your body to meet thestandards presented in magazines and on screens. I try to guide our conversation as adiscussion, asking her questions about why she thinks the media represents women and girls incertain ways. We talk about how every body is beautiful, and that she is beautiful, just as she is.

Of Georgia’s tasks, are there any you don’t think you could complete yourself? Are you up for thechallenge?

The only one I’m really afraid of is skydiving. My husband went skydiving ten years ago, but he didn’t tellme until AFTER the day was over. (And I was incredibly grateful for this choice.) But I don’t know…maybeone day…

 


PRAISE

“This is a solid story of loss that fits in well with other recent stories of grief in the face of a parent’s death, like Jennifer Castle’s The Beginning of After (2011) and Jennifer Brown’s Torn Away (2014). The book’s strongest sections are the lyrical flashbacks that tell the story of her mother’s life and death, but Georgia’s struggles with weight and body image are also handled with care. A perfect book for anyone trying to figure out what they want their life to look like, and how to be brave enough to make that life a reality.” —Booklist

“Georgia’s realistically profane voice aptly captures her personality, carrying the novel; her traverse through grief and experimentation make for a believable and satisfying character arc. A thoughtful exploration of grief and life.” —Kirkus

Reviews

“Georgia’s Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel’s themes of emotional healing and self- discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist.” —Publishers Weekly

“How to Be Brave is a celebration of life, from the captivating open page to the emotional ending. Kottaras acutely and poetically depicts the painful struggle of re-finding yourself after a defining loss-and the stark effects of both success andfailure along the way-in a lovely, heartfelt debut.” —Dahlia Adler, author of  Behind the Scenes

“Just enough sass, just enough heart, and a narrator to root for. How to be Brave ushered me into another yet familiar world. Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.” —Ron Koertge, award winning author of Coaltown Jesus

“Powerful and rare, How to Be Brave is a wonderfully told story with gleams of humor and wit that will inspire readers to live their lives for real.” —Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything

“How To Be Brave does a cartwheel in your heart. It artfully reminds us that bravery forges a path through fear and grief.” —Courtney C. Stevens, author of Faking Normal

WHERE TO PURCHASE

Amazon |Barnes & Noble |IndieBound |Google Play |iBooks |Kobo |Indigo


 

GIVEAWAY:

St Martin’s Press was kind to offer one lucky winner a copy of the book (: It’s US and Canada only I’m afraid

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Update

Hey guys,

I’m so sorry, I haven’t been on here in like 3 weeks! I was AWOL. I took the SATs again at the start of the month (and it was the last time I’ll ever take that test again) and I’ve been stressing over college stuff.

I had a post scheduled to go up last week but that didn’t happen so I’ll post that up tomorrow, it has a giveaway for you guys too so that’s great (:

Again, I’m so sorry, I’ll try my best to keep within my schedule after I’m done with all this

Xx

Owl Post | Illuminae

Hey guys,

So recently i was sent the beautiful finished copy looking ARC of Illuminae courtesy of Random House and First In Line. It’s that beautiful copy everyone got at BEA and it looks exactly like the finished copy except it has the ARC stamp on the cover and the release date on the spine. I’m so excited to get to read this finally, I’ve been anticipating it for a while now and I was part of the promotion for it as well so every month i helped share a new addition to their website. It was all cool and I think the book is gonna be great!

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Also guys, I was going to post a Carry On related post that also offered a giveaway but I haven’t heard back from the publicist as of yet so idk where that’s going yet.

Xx

ARC Review: A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis | BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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title: A Madness So Discreet

author: Mindy McGinnis

series: N/A

genre: YA, Thriller, Historical Fiction

page count: 384

publication: October 6, 2015

publisher: Katherine Tegen (Harper Collins)

format: Physical ARC

source: PUBlisher 

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.


When I got the pitch for this blog tour I immediately jumped on board because this book sounds great, and I haven’t read that many thrillers. It’s also set in the 1800’s which is perfect, I love books set in the past. It’s also set in an asylum which was a bit of a different scenery for me, but I liked it!

Grace, our narrator was an interesting point of view to say the least. She’s a bit insane, but she’s an interesting voice. All the characters brought their own little thing to the story which was great.

The writing was beautiful, it flowed nicely throughout, and it was very easy to follow. It’s not a really short book, but it doesn’t feel long while reading it if you get what I mean.

There were twists in the story, which some I saw coming, some I didn’t, and I’m sure it’ll be that way for a lot of others too.

Overall, I really loved this, I don’t know how much more I can say without spoiling, but I highly recommend it, and she also wrote Not A Drop To Drink which is a series I’ve been wanting to get into, so if you enjoyed that then you might want to check out her other work (even though they’re really different)


RATING:

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giveaway

One winner will win a Harper Teen Horror Themed Prize Pack which will include A MADNESS SO DISCREET along with a bunch of other horror themed Harper titles.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Mindy is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.
 
LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

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FEATURE: CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Hey guys,

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Today I’m working with St Martin’s Press to bring you guys a little feature post on Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON. I haven’t finished Fangirl yet, but if you’ve read the book you know CARRY ON is Cat’s fanfiction and Rainbow decided to write it down. This just came out today (it’ll be later when you read this) and I’m pumped to read it. I loved Eleanor and Park, and I loved what I’ve read of Fangirl so far, so I’m sure I’ll love this.


about the author

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RAINBOW ROWELL writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love. When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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