I MET AUTHORTUBER KRISTEN MARTIN 💖 | All About the Indies Vlog

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I went to the indie book expo All About the Indies and omg. I met AuthorTuber Kristen Martin! 😍

Meeting Kristen was everything and more. I’ve been watching her YouTube channel for forever, but I never thought I would actually meet her.

She’s such a kind, positive, uplifting, high vibe human. ✨

Shoutout to my new writer friend and fellow BookTuber Books Are My Hart—and, of course, my partner in life Kelvin Vega.

Now to read her new book, Be Your Own #Goals! 👍🏼

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Enjoy the vlog! 💖

BOOKISH BIRTHDAY VLOG 🎂✨

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So this post is a bit late (my birthday was on June 30), but I still wanted to share my most bookish birthday ever. 🎂

It was a weekend to remember:

🖤 I dyed my own hair.

🖤 I went on a pre-birthday date.

🖤 I went to my fave book fair.

🖤 I did a book haul.

🖤 I got my first POP! Harry Potter figures.

🖤 And I got MY OWN CAMERA!

If this birthday is any inclination, 26 is going to be pretty fabulous. ✨

And yay for my first ever vlog! 💖

These Rebel Waves Book Tag

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These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch is a young adult fantasy that has pirates, magic, politics, and slooow-burn romance (which my heart is still craving more of). 🏴‍☠️🌊

And I’m a part of its blog tour! 🖤

Enjoy this ORIGINAL book tag inspired by the book—and now I tag YOU!

QUESTIONS

  1. Lu: a female character who’s a soldier.
  2. Vex: a character who’s a cinnamon roll but hides under a tough exterior.
  3. Ben: a character with a different outlook than their parents.
  4. Botanical magic: a book that understands the power of nature.
  5. These Rebel Waves: a book that features political intrigue and rebel forces.

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THESE REBEL WAVES BY SARA RAASCH

(Stream Raiders #1)

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: August 7, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS

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Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

REVIEW

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. The novel followed three protagonists—Lu, Vex, and Ben—and though jumping to each made the story a bit trickier to read in the beginning, I was desperate to read more from each character by the end. The story took its time with each character’s development (and each character’s romantic subplot), but this made it all the more believable. I wasn’t expecting to be so invested in these characters. Now I’m desperate for more.

Also, this book combined a lot of different elements—politics, pirates, magic. At the start, the politics had me dizzy, but again, I had found my footing and was cheering for our main characters by the end. The combination of these elements were so well tied together and thought out, and it made for a very unique story.

Last, though I won’t give anything away, I LOVED the multiple plot twists at the end of this book. Everything connected, all the plot lines came together, and I kept speed-reading in awe.

I would definitely recommend this book if you’re into fantasy with political intrigue! 👍🏼

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “Better to wound your ego with compromise than feed your own pride with blood.”

🖤 “‘You’re sad. People do lots of things when they’re sad.'”

🖤 “But he hadn’t expected his mark to hit him. He’d thought she’d scream or struggle over her bag, enough to rile soldiers into arresting him—but he had not expected the girl to be so goddamn accurate with her fist.”

BOOK LINKS

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How We Learned to Lie Book Tag

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How We Learned to Lie by Meredith Miller is a gritty young adult contemporary—which I’m totally here for. 🔥

There’s secrets, there’s lies, so I couldn’t help but be along for the ride.

And I’m a part of its blog tour! 🖤

Enjoy this ORIGINAL book tag inspired by this book, and don’t miss out on the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

Questions

  1. Joan: a female character in STEM
  2. Daisy: a character with a unique nickname
  3. Water and electricity: BFFs completely opposite of each other
  4. Officer Kemp: a shitty character that gets what they deserve
  5. How We Learned to Lie: a book that’s characters just won’t stop lying

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How We Learned to Lie by Meredith Miller

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

HowWeLearnedtoLieSynopsis

A voice-driven and explosive novel about friendship, love, and letting go, from the author of Little Wrecks

Violence in the small, suburban town of Highbone, Long Island, is escalating, and best friends Joan and Daisy are finding themselves in the center of it.

Joan has always been fascinated by the inner workings of living things: dogfish, eels, stingrays. But the more she sees of life outside her microscope, the more she realizes that people aren’t as easy to read as cells on a slide, and no one, not even Daisy, tells the truth.

Daisy’s always wished he had a family more like Joan’s, and that desire has only grown since his dad went to jail. But not even Joan can help Daisy keep his deadbeat older brother from putting everyone close to them in more danger.

When tragedy strikes too close to home, Joan and Daisy need each other more than ever. But no matter how hard they try, their secrets and lies have driven them apart. It’s only a matter of time before their friendship, just like their town, goes up in flames.

Sharp-edged and voice-driven, Meredith Miller’s How We Learned to Lie is a keenly observed story about friendship, violence, and life in a town on the brink.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Meredith Miller is the author of Little Wrecks and How We Learned to Lie. She grew up in a large, unruly family on Long Island, New York, and now lives in the UK. She is a published short story writer and literary critic with a great love for big nineteenth-century novels and for the sea. Her short stories have appeared most recently in Stand, Short Fiction, Prole, Alt Hist, and The View from Here.

 

 

REVIEW

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. I appreciated the characters in the book—especially because they were all flawed—and I enjoyed its darker elements.

Joan and Daisy’s friendship was interesting in that they were so completely different. Though it wasn’t the focus of the book, I thought their conversations about these differences were important, and not just because Joan is into marine biology and Daisy is into phone-phreaking. Daisy is white and identifies as a male, and Joan is black and identifies as a female. Daisy is continuously ignorant about how Joan’s experiences are different than his own; he doesn’t think about his privilege, which Joan calls him out on occasionally, and the concerns and fears and struggles that Joan faces because of her race and gender.

Even though both Joan and Daisy both had positive qualities, Joan aggravated me to my core throughout the novel. At times I did not like her. She was judgmental and critical, even though she herself made decisions that were selfish and stupid. Ugh. But she was a well-rounded, passionate character, though.

I also did find the timeline of the book confusing, which made it hard to get into at first. For the first chunk of the book, there are flashbacks and the events are not in order, and I think the book would have been stronger if it followed a forward-moving timeline.

Last, I thought the darker elements in the book could have been further developed to make the terrible things that go down more believable.

All that said, though, I thought it was solid and appreciated its gritty (super, super gritty) elements.

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “What I learned that night when my family fell apart is that silence isn’t just the lack of sound. It’s distance. It’s weight. When things get heavy, people back away. the more something matters, the less people want to talk about it.”

🖤 “People use words as camouflage. Ink, though—ink never lies.”

🖤 “‘I don’t think being who you’re supposed to be means you get everything you want. It’s how you deal with what you get.'”

🖤 “You can’t open people up and see how they work, anyway. Everything they do is just the surface effect of some infinite, screwed-up mess…”

🖤 “The thing is, once your questions stop being the ‘why is the sky blue?’ kind and start to really matter, people panic. You might break the silence everybody’s using to glue their lives together. People either gave me a load of pointless advice or tried to make me shut up. Like the truth was just some problem I had. Some phase I was going through. They were all trying to calm me down and shush me.”

BOOK LINKS

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GIVEAWAY

  • PRIZE: 2 hardcover copies of HOW WE LEARNED TO LIE by Meredith Miller
  • US Only
  • Starts: 8/2
  • Ends: 8/13

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25 Bookish Facts About Me

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AHH!!!!! IT’S HERE!   My second BookTube video is up!!! 

Learn more bookish facts about me than you ever wanted to know.   

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