20th Year

Hello my lovelies,

Long time no see, I’ve missed writing on here. Life has been busy, so I haven’t been able to keep up with this nor Coeur De Couture.  I just turned 20, and it is such a huge milestone for me. I am entering into a new decade in my life, some could even say it is the most important decade because it will play a huge part in determining where the rest of my life is headed. I don’t know why , but 20 is a significant number to me. It will be the start of so much. I’m beyond excited.

Also, I just started a new semester in college, and I’m excited about that. I know I’ll feel differently as the semester progresses, but this summer was not very exciting, therefore, I was somewhat ready for it to end. The prospect of education has always been appealing to me, so I’m looking forward to this year.  In all honesty, I’m looking forward to graduation. Walking across that stage will be the satisfaction for all the stress, tears and hard work I’ve been putting in.

As far as the direction of this blog moving forward. CDC is my lifestyle page, but I’ll keep this about literature. I have been reading, but I haven’t written about it. I’ve been getting a lot of emails with requests but I haven’t been able to fully commit to anything. I don’t want to agree to a review if I know I can’t commit to it fully, but I will slowly start accepting again ♥ I’ll also keep doing my features here like Owl Post and others. I’ll review book to movie adaptations and more bookish things.

I also want to interact more with you guys on social media so if you’d like, check me out there ♥

Twitter :  @wordssweheart @coeurdecouture

Instagram : @wordsweheart @coeurdecouture

Till next time,

Love,

Ash

SPOTLIGHT: THE GIRL FROM BERLIN by Ronald H. Balson

In THE GIRL FROM BERLIN, Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart are enlisted to help an elderly woman facing eviction from her Tuscan villa by a powerful corporation which mysteriously produces a deed allegedly superior to hers.  Their only clue is a bound handwritten manuscript, entirely in German.  Hidden in its pages is a story long-forgotten…

 

Ada Baumgarten, a gifted violinist and daughter of Berlin Philharmonic’ concertmaster, comes of age in interwar Berlin, during the waning years of the Weimar Republic and the emergence of the Nazi reign.  She forms a deep attachment to her childhood friend Kurt, one that reappears at critical moments of her life.  As the tides of history turn, it is her extraordinary talent that carries her through Berlin’s unraveling society and to war-time Bologna, but also unwittingly makes her a Nazi target.

 

What becomes of Ada and her family?  What is the connection to the Tuscan eviction?  As they dig through layers of lies, corruption, and human evil, Catherine and Liam uncover an unfinished story of heart, redemption, and hope—the ending of which is unwritten.

 

Booklist says that THE GIRL FROM BERLINN is “A memorable and satisfying read, and one to try after Jodi Piccoult’s The Storyteller.”


Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for reaching out to me about this book! The novel comes out soon on October 9th, 2018. Make sure to check it out! I definitely will, I love what I’ve read thus far. Perhaps you will see a review from me.

Let me know if any of you guys are interested and plan on maybe getting it! Also, if you’ve read previous works by this author too!

Xx,

Ashley

Series I’ve Started But Never Finished

Hello lovelies,

I’m finally getting back into the groove of things. I think my aim is now going to be at least 1 post a week. Some weeks may see more, but it will be the set minimum.

Anyhow, today I want to talk about the many series I’ve started and never finished. A lot of these may be books I bought but never got to read, or others I just forgot about, or never had the time to read.  Regardless, I do plan on finishing most of these because I loved the first books.

THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU 

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I loved the first book of this series so very much. It was actually one of the first big ARCs I ever received so this was very special to me. I just never followed up with the sequels. Marie Lu is also an author I love, because the Legend series was amazing.

The Remnant Chronicles

 This series is fairly recent. I also received the book from the publisher, and decided to give it a try. It was not an instant hit with me. I felt as though it started off very slow, and took awhile to capture my attention. Thankfully, it picked up halfway through and I loved the ending.  I will definitely get to the sequels as well.

Shadow & Bone

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 I absolutely loved this book! The only reason I didn’t pick up the second book right afterwards is because I did not have it on hand. I flew through that book, and because it’s fantasy, it’s right up my alley. I will probably read it again before reading to sequels because it’s been awhile.

Shadowlands

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Loved this first book. She’s also one of my OG favorite authors so I had to support her. Looking forward to finishing this. You know, on second thought I think I might have finished it, but I’m not too sure.

Alienated

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I love sci-fi, and this first book was a cute amazing playful take on aliens. Loved it.

The Darkest Minds 

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The first book took awhile for me to get into, but towards the end I really loved it. I got an e copy of Never Fade but never got to it. With the movie out I think I’m likely going to re-read the first one and carry on with the series.

Lux Series 

Opal (Lux, #3)

I LOVED THESE BOOKS. In all honesty, I can’t even remember if I finished it. I need to get back on that, I don’t think I read the last one. I can’t believe it, I loved these books so much.

Shades of Magic 

I read this first book as an arc, but never got the other sequels. I remember liking it, so it may be worth a follow up.


 

Are there any series you guys haven’t gotten to finish quite yet? Any of the ones I also listed?

Let me know!

Xx,

Ashley

SO IT’S BEEN A MINUTE

Hey guys,

It’s me!

I know it’s been awhile, but I want to get back here. Life has been so busy that this hasn’t really been a priority. College is really nothing like High School. You’d think since I’m taking fewer classes and making my own schedule, I’d have more time right? Nope. To be honest, it seems like the days get shorter. I used to love coming here and writing, and lately it hasn’t felt like that. This felt like a chore, and it should never be that. That’s why I haven’t really been accepting many review request from authors and publishers. I just needed to take time off, for me to get back to the place I once was. I mean I haven’t read a book in so long now.

For example you all know how much I love the Throne of Glass series, when Queen of Shadows came out I was on top of it so quickly, but with Empire of Storms, I didn’t even remember that it was coming out. Once I saw that it was released a few weeks after, I ordered it. That was in September and I still have not read it yet.

I want to regain my love for literature, and once that happens I’ll come back here to share it again. I want to stay genuine here, and I can’t do that until I get back. Hopefully, it’ll be soon, I love this blog. I started this my sophomore year of High School, and I’m so proud of how far it’s come, I would never want to give it up.

Hope all is well,

Ashley

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

ACOTAR

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

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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 DETAILS

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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