August 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here are the August Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Nevernight Jay Kristoff August 9
August 9 Thomas Dunne Books

1.Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #1)

Summary: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23
August 23 Roaring Brook

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Furthermore Tahereh Mafi August 30
August 30 Dutton BYR

3.Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Girl In Pieces August 30
August 30 Delacorte Press

4.Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Summary: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

A Torch Against The Night
August 30 Razorbill

5.A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In The Ashes #2)

Summary: A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

What August 2016 Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂

Waiting On Wednesday I #7

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post originally created by the book bloggers over at

BreakingTheSpines to spotlight upcoming releases!

This week I will be spotlighting…

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Ever since I read Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour & Something Real by Heather Demetrios I’ve loved YA books centering around Hollywood/movies/acting etc.

From the summary alone, this book sounds like its up my alley!

+ this sounds like a great summer contemporary!

I will definitely be reading this when August comes!

Will You Be Reading Unscripted Joss Byrd? 🙂

 

YA Books I’d Love As Graphic Novels

YA Books I'd love As Graphic NovelsOn my blog you may have noticed I’ve been reading+reviewing more comics/graphic novels which got me wondering… which of my favorite YA novels would I love to see as graphic novels?

I’ve put together a list below of books that I feel would make great graphic novels!

Thoughts On My List? + Any books you would love to see as graphic novels?

Lets discuss in the comments below 🙂

Eleanor And Park And Fangirl Rainbow Rowell1. Eleanor & Park/Fangirl 

With the 80’s background of Eleanor&Park it would give great visuals as a graphic novel! + ever since the announcement of it being optioned for film (back in 2014) I would just love to see some sort of adaptation!

As for Fangirl, Rowell’s writing-style creates such a relatable coming-of-age story surrounding socially-anxious  Cath, who finds solace in writing/reading everything Simon Snow (especially fan fiction) and what she experiences during her first year of college!

The delightful story and realistic characters would make Fangirl a truly incredible graphic novel!

It’d be a dream of mine to see both of these fantastic YA novels adapted into a graphic novel!

Heist-SOCIETY-final2.Heist Society

Ally Carter’s Heist Society Series centers around Katarina Bishop, a 15 yr. old who grew up in a family of thieves who wants out, but gets thrust back into the world she’s tried so hard to escape when her father needs her help!

Carter’s fun & fast-paced novel takes the reader to Italy, Las Vegas, even France as Kat gathers intel w/ her crew to steal back a mobster’s artwork!

The visuals would be absolutely stunning, the planning,theivery,cons & heists that ensue  would definitely keep the reader turning the page!

463. An Ember In The Ashes 

Just imagine the colorful visuals of the Empire , dark shadow creatures/monsters + the intricate details of the Masks, even Blackcliff !!

Laia & Elias undergo their own perilous journeys where they not only learn more about who they are and how their fates become intertwined, but the deep darkness and brutality that lurks within the Martial Empire!

Sabaa Tahir’s debut YA-Fantasy is packed with such dynamic characters and rich world-building and an engaging plot that would make a truly unforgettable graphic novel!

img_87694.Air Awakens Series

Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series centers around Vhalla Yarl, a library apprentice turned sorcerer!

Through Kova’s writing-style she weaves together such a rich and vivid world/world-building with elemental magic, prince’s, libraries…everything that makes a YA Fantasy absolutely magnificent!! ❤ ❤

The cover alone, further proves this would make a magical, colorful and epic graphic novel series!

Don’t you agree?? 😀

725. 5 to 1

Holly Bodger’s feminist-dystopia takes place in 2054 where “India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity.”

Enter the main protagonists, Sudasa and Kiran who are desperate to escape!

Told in dual POV w/ prose and free-verse, Bodger’s novel could make a captivating and exquisitely  written/illustrated story!

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover6. Six Of Crows

Expanding on the world she created in her Grisha Trilogy, Bardugo’s Six Of Crows introduces a group of misfits a sharpshooter, thief, spy, Grisha, convict, and a runaway!

Together they takes their chances in a heist that could bring them riches beyond their wildest dreams! But the stakes are high! Can they pull it off?

Bardugo’s writing-style not only captures the complex characters and the bustling city of Ketterdam,the Ice Court+ other vividly described locations, but also is packed with humor, a little romance, and non-stop action!

From the numerous edits/fanart I’ve seen, I am absolutely certain this fast-paced, dark Ocean 11 fantasy would be phenomenal as a graphic novel!

graudin_wolfbywolf7.Wolf By Wolf

Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, an alternate WW2 Sci-Fi centers around Yael, a former death camp prisoner who underwent experiments giving her the ability to shape-shift!

With the Axis Tour (motorcycle race) coming up, she is given a task to impersonate a motorcycle racer, with the winner getting a chance to meet Hitler!

But Yael and the resistance she joined have only 1 task: Kill Hitler!

Graudin’s writing-style not only immerses you in the era of WW2/the wonderful characters, but really shows whats at stake for Yael in this  cross-continent motorcycle-race!

The Diviners Cover8.The Diviners

Libba Bray’s YA Historical Fiction takes the main character Evie O’Neill  1920’s New York! Evie is forced to stay with her uncle in his occult museum and when her uncle is called to the scene of a murder, she wants to use her supernatural gift to catch the killer!

Speakeasies, Flappers, Jazz, murder-mysteries??+ The large/diverse cast of characters!

All of these make great elements for a graphic novel!

97804514775388.Rebel Of The Sands

Alwyn Hamilton’s Arabian-Nights/Western Mash-Up would be a spectacular graphic novel!

Because the novel is written in Amani’s POV, elements of Miraji from fouza (the currency) to the outfits, and locations are wonderfully described and from page one you are fully immersed in her world!  Alwyn’s descriptions/dialogue really bring Rebel to life!

 

Here are other YA Novels that I feel would make great graphic novels as well:

the raven boys63The Star-Touched Queen9780062380753

 

 

Literary Magazine Discussion

Literary Magazine DiscussionI’m always on the look out for new ways people are discussing and sharing their love of books!

So today I will be discussing a new, favorite obsession of mine which is Literary Magazines!

Now, I am by no means an expert on Lit. Mags but this is just info I have gathered from the many I have seen/read! 🙂

If you don’t know, literary magazines can be either print/online and are usually funded by donations /subscriptions or can be free to read and showcase submissions based on their criteria for literary works among other submissions such as:

  • Art Work
  • Book Reviews
  • Essays
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

While many big-name lit. mags will most likely have a print issue for purchase, many  I’ve seen put most of their content in the form of blog posts on their websites!

With a variety of literary magazines out there, they can serve as a great starting point for emerging/first-time authors and writers!

Here are a couple I’ve come to learn about:

HyperText Mag

Starting back in 2010, this FREE online mag. posts a variety of fiction/short fiction pieces, essays and interviews!

There was a fascinating short essay I read about a new vending machine in France which prints out short stories!

You can read it Here!

The Fem

Also a FREE online Mag., it focuses on publishing feminist+diverse works daily from poems to artwork!

It began August 2014 & wants to publish work that “encompasses a variety of identities and experiences.”(Source)

Ripen The Page 

Focused on writing, it aims to “bring you nimble perspectives on the craft of writing.”

On its blog, there is a variety of short stories and writing tips!

I also read a fun article on writing groups Here!

 

+ One literary magazine I can’t wait to read and have known about for quite sometime is

The Passed Note

According to the site, the team will publish 3X’s a year!

This online magazine will be focusing on the YA/young adult audience and the their first issue comes out June 15th!

Luckily, I was able to interview one of the team members behind The Passed Note:

What posts can be expected in your literary magazine?

The stories in the first issue are extremely varied. We have one short story about a young woman struggling with depression, while another is a fantasy tale about a boy made out of oak and iron. We have poems about slamming lockers and echoing hallways, and others about what it means to miss home. Our non fiction piece is about being a minority and passing for white as a teen in America. And it’s all wrapped up in the gorgeous bow of Ashley Inguanta’s art, which is all fore lorn and searching, just like your average teen.

What inspired your Lit. Mag. to focus on YA?

I wanted my lit mag to focus on YA because that’s my passion. There’s so much different about YA. It doesn’t care about labels. It doesn’t hold pretense. It just is gorgeous writing with a very specific audience. I’m so into that.

The Passed Note team has a goal to “put beautiful work out into the world for young adults. I want to inspire the next generation of writers, but I also want a lot of teens to know that they have a magazine just for them.”

With YA being one of my favorite genres I cannot wait to discover and read works from this Lit Mag.!

+ Here are some individual articles/stories from Lit Mags that I found interesting to read!

If you check them out let me know what you think:

The Secret Bookstores Of Buenos Aires 

Source: LitHub

A Tiny Town With The Spirit Of Oz

Source: Narrative.ly

Have you read/heard of any literary magazines? If so, any you recommend?

If you haven’t, do they sound like something you would enjoy reading? 🙂

 

May 2016 Wrap-Up

#Of Books Read: 8

When We Collided1.When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided Full Review

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: April 5, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A lovely YA-Contemporary which brings up discussion on mental health & makes family a major part of the story. Jonah & Vivi’s relationship as it progresses, helps them both when they reach difficulties and come to grow because of it! My only issue was that at points I found it difficult to connect w/ Vivi!

tumblr_nw7oktjhbp1qdlytco1_r1_5402.The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (The Crowns Game #1)

The Crowns Game Full ARC Review

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Release Date: May 17,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A magical debut!! Through the writing style you really come to understand the world! The characters were all developed wonderfully & the ending definitely left me wanting the sequel!

Giant Days Vol.13.Giant Days Volume 1 by John Allison Review

Giant Days Vol. 1 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box

Release Date: December 1, 2015

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Loved this comic so much! ❤ It tells the story of 3 girls who become quick friends in their first few weeks of college & all the crazy adventures they go on!

9781608868049_084824.Giant Days Volume 2 by John Allison Review

Giant Days Vol. 2 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box

Release Date: April 12, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This volume definitely focused more on the girl’s academics and relationships! While I did enjoy the more serious route, I still felt I needed to see more of the adventures these girls went on + the differing art-style 1/2 way through didn’t make this feel the same as Volume 1!

The Unexpected Everything5.The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything Full Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Release Date: May 3,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This YA-Contemporary centers around Andie & what happens when her summer doesn’t go as planned! If your looking for a summer read w/ friendship/family I highly recommend this! My only issue was the length & at points the story’s pacing was quite slow!

Princless Vol. 16/7. Princless Volumes 1 & 2 by Jeremy Whitley

Princless Volume 1 & 2 Full Review

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment INC.

Release Date: Vol.1-April 1,2014 (Encore Edition)

Vol.2-June 26,2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A great comic series centering around princess Adrienne who decides not only to save herself but her other sisters while  making friends along the way! There’s girl power, friendship & adventure! Highly recommend it!

CS0BSVEXIAAAwDn8.The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)

Full Review To Come

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Still debating between 4/4.5, but after thinking about I may leave it 4! A wonderful conclusion to a unique and captivating series! There was so much character development & the plot kept me turning the page! There were a few questions I still wanted answered by the end, but overall it was a satisfying conclusion!

Additional Post From This Month:

May 2016 Releases

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

April 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 5

Kindred Spirits1.Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits Full Review

Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK

Release Date: February 25, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Regardless of the length of this story, Rainbow Rowell creates characters that feel so real! Rainbow,similar to Fangirl, expands on the idea of cultures/fandoms!

Delilah Dirk2. Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk Full Review

Publisher: First Second

Release Date: August 27, 2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A fun, adventure-filled graphic novel! The characters were both entertaining and complex! Highly recommend if you love graphic novels/comics!

Water's Wrath Cover3.Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #4)

Water’s Wrath Full ARC Review

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

Pages: 350

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: Another great addition to the Air Awakens Series! I personally found this book a little slower than the previous ones, but there is so much that happens in this book & really builds up to the final book!

Truest4. Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (EpicReads)

Release Date: September 1,2015

Pages: 378

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book so much!! ❤ There is a lot of great characters/character development! Many issues are discussed in this novel such as family, friendship, religion, mental illness and the writing style is absolutely wonderful! Highly Recommend! ❤

The Star-Touched Queen5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen Full Review

Publisher: St.Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Persephone meets Indian Mythology in this YA debut! The writing goes hand-in-hand with the complex world-building and characters in this this story! Maya goes through a journey not only to better understand her world, but herself as well! Highly Recommend!

Additional Favorite Posts From This Month :

Book Bytes I #2     April 2016 Releases

LATFOB Recap Day 1 / Day 2    Yallwest Tips/Tricks

Book Blogger Interview I #1

The Winners Kiss Playlist

Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5) Cover Reveal

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

Yallwest 2016 Tips/Tricks

Yallwest Tips+Tricks.jpgWith Yallwest right around the corner, I thought I’d make a post giving you my personal tips/tricks for making the most out of your trip!

1.Planning!

This one is huge! Having been to Yallwest last year, I had a feeling there would be a decent amount of people.

But I underestimated just how many there were!

Its best to make a list/outline for all the authors/panels/ etc. you want to see!

Make sure you know the times for your signings/panels so your not rushing at the last minute!

+ If your going in a group, that would definitely make much easier to go from line to line!

1a. Pack your books in order of the author/time! With so much going on, this definitely helped me when the lines for others= authors started one after the other!

2.What To Bring (Besides All The Books :’D)

Definitely bring extra money!  For lunch or if you need to buy that last-minute book!

Snacks+ a water bottle (some lines can get pretty long!)

Sunscreen/Umbrella! -Most of the festival takes place outside, so it would be best to bring them just in case!

Camera w/ extra batteries/Phone w/ charger- Some (Not All) authors were allowed to take pictures!

+ If you want to document the event def. bring something to take pictures/record!

**- If you have fan art for the authors, it also wouldn’t hurt to bring it & have it signed!

*** To save time and make sure everyone can get there books signed, I recommend putting your sticky-note/post-it with your name in your books ahead of time!

If any author’s lines gets really packed, this can definitely move the line along.

However, there will also be volunteers w/ sticky notes+markers in case you forget!

3.Networking

Since I started my blog well after Yallwest, I obviously didn’t use the opportunity to network!

But now that I do have one, I will have some business cards ready to connect w/ other book bloggers/booktubers/bookstagramers!

+ it’ll def. be fun to make some new bookish friends! ❤

If you have any other Tips/Tricks for Yallwest, leave them in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

 

Book Blogger Interview I #1

Book Blog Interview Feat TheBookVoyagersToday on the blog, I have my very 1st Book Blogger Interview!

With so many book bloggers out there it can seem quite tough to find an audience and getting your name out there, but the community is so supportive and very welcoming!

Since I started, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity getting to know a duo of book bloggers who you should definitely check out!

I’m happy to introduce the wonderful duo, Mana + Sil, from the TheBookVoyagers

1. Thanks for being the first book blog interviewees on 24hr.YABookBlog Mana & Sil!
So to start off what inspired you to start TheBookVoyagers?
Sil: Yay!!! Thanks for having us ∩(︶▽︶)∩ Well I wanted to start a book blog for my own, but I knew I just couldn’t do it just myself. I thought of Mana when I was thinking of friends that didn’t have already one, and asked her about doing a book blog together. I am very thankful she said yes!!! It’s like we created a beautiful baby hehe.

Mana: Thanks for having us! ❤ Nothing specific, unless it slipped my mind. Sil asked me if I ever considered a blog and after that, we thought of a name by throwing ideas at each other and by then we had a logo (my poor graphic skills! Rip editing slump for real) and a twitter. It was so fast, but I think what really inspired us was the fact all our mutual friends had one and liked doing it, so we thought, “Why not?”

2. What genres of books do you review on the blog?
Sil: We mostly review Young Adult, New Adult, Adult {Contemporary romance}

Mana: I read whatever. And I’m the WORST when it comes to reviews, but if I really want to shout it into the world, probably a book I really enjoyed, regardless of genre. [but I review a lot of contemporary + fantasy in general.]

3. What are your favorite YA Books? + Any YA Books you wish had more attention?

Sil: Wow. This is very hard??? I’m just going to say my favorite right now and the ones I have recently read that I really, really enjoyed. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (I know it hasn’t come out yet oops! Couldn’t help it), The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, all Marie Lu books to be honest LOL.

I wish these books had more attention: ON THE EDGE OF GONE by Corinne Duyvis, BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae, JUST VISITING by Dahlia Adler, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE by Heather Demetrios, THE BOLEYN TRILOGY by Laura Andersen, LOLA CARLYLE 12-STEP ROMANCE by Daniella Younge-Ullman, and many more most likely!

Mana: One of my favorite books is The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I love politics and I love found families so reading that book was life changing to say the least lol. Some other books that I will love forever is probably: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Haha, I think WITS deserves way more attention than anything, it’s very important in today’s world, I would say.

4. Any genre of books you wish had more attention? + Any recommendations within that genre?

Sil: Books that have f/f otps! In any genre, give me all. I’m going to rec books that haven’t come out yet but I’m pretty excited about:

  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Robin Jaye Brown
  • Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley
  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

 

Mana: Hmmm, honestly lol, not really actually!

5. Whats it like working with each other? + Whats the process like for creating posts etc.? 

 

Sil: It’s great!!! I like it very much(✿◠‿◠). We talk in whatsapp and come up with the posts there and the elements the posts will have. Sometimes one of us will start a draft and just imput stuff in it when we can.

Mana: Sil is the queen of putting posts together. I’m always busy with college so I usually do a lot of stuff during my breaks, but it’s great! I love Sil. We were introduced by mutual friends and I don’t think I can see myself working with someone else! Haha, we throw ideas around a lot on whatsapp and when we agree on something we go for it. We don’t really have a process, it’s very chill.

6. What are your favorite kinds of posts to make? 
Sil: As you can probably guess, for me, it’s creating the Book Recommendation posts. I’m obssesed???? It’s becoming a problem but not really LOL. We like to put all the tropes, the themes  – of books together so if you’re interested in one in particular, you will find them all (not really all, but the ones we know about/have read) there. We created those lists because sometimes you’re searching for them but you can’t find them or you don’t know which ones are gooooood. 

Mana: Can I say a specific post? My fav for life will always be #GirlConqueringBooks. The best thing about that was showing how awesome girl power. But in general, I love anything that promotes writers of color or book recs with rep.

7.Whats been a big highlight/milestone for your blog?

Sil: We love when we see people reacting to the posts! For me, it makes me really HAPPY :’) I seriously don’t know what to say other than thank you all so much for going into our blog and enjoying the posts we make hehe.

I also really like our Valentine’s Day event very much!

Mana: Our first twitter chat!! So amazing.

8.Both of you really bring a great energy + spirit into book blogging! Any tips for newer/aspiring book bloggers?
Woah really? Hah! Thanks  ❤ Mmmm, well anyone can make a blog. You can make a blog  – the person reading this right now. If you want to, do it. You’ll have fun and talk/meet a lot of great people that enjoy the same things you enjoy. Sometimes it’s gonna be hard (like book blog slump! can’t come up with new posts! you have too much school/work right now!) but you know what? We’ll always be here for you if you need any help with anything ❤ Have fun, do cool stuff, talk about important books that need to be told, share your thoughts and your emotions. We all love that!

Mana: Thanks! Ha, I’m hardly on the twitter because I get super nervous. So I’m usually on my personal (suliivanmeadows! Be there or be squared.) But for newbies, always be you! I don’t think anyone should compromise their values or morals to be part of something, you know? And I KNOW I’ve tried to especially since I was so new to the book community when we started this book blog, but I think at the end of the day, it’s always important to stick to your gut and have an open mind.

And Finally
9. I also notice you make great edits for your reviews/posts which are fantastic!
Do you have any favorites? + How long does it usually take to make one?

Sil: Thanks!!! We love making them, it brings something colorful to the blog LOL. Hmmm any favorite edit? Well I loved the blog post we did with Julia Ember for UNICORN TRACKS {link} We had lots of fun and we had never done something like that so it was my favorite for sure.
For me, if I’m inspired and have time, it usually takes little time. For the twitter banners, it takes like 5 minutes. But for the more complicated ones like the guest posts or book recommendations (when we do graphics) it takes so much longer haha, we sometimes don’t finish the same day because we need to sleep hah!

 

Mana: I think my favorite one that I’ve done is probably the #GirlConqueringBooks one. It was really pink, but pink is great so my fav of Sil’s was probably her Just Visiting Graphic. So prettttty. For me it takes 20 minutes if I really have an idea, but sometimes it takes me forever because editing slumps are so real and annoying.

Let me know if you would like to see more feature posts such as this one in the comments below!

+ If you have additional YA Book Blog feature ideas, I’d be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

 

 

LA Times Festival Of Books 2016 Recap! #Bookfest Day 2

I sadly didn’t take many pictures of the festival for day 2, but hopefully you still enjoy this recap!

*Photos of ARCs to come*

On my list for day 2 was to see authors:

Sabaa Tahir and Ally Carter!

I arrived around 10:50 and made my way to the line for Sabaa Tahir’s panel, YA Fantasy: Beyond This Realm!

Moderated by Tobie Easton, Sabaa was with Romina Russell, Michael Buckley & Mercedes Lackey!

They gave writing advice, discussed the inspiration for their stories, and went in depth into how they create the world in their novels!

After the panel I met Sabaa, got my book signed & got a cool An Ember In The Ashes Bookmark! + we fangirled together about Ruta Sepetys after she noticed my tote bag was signed by her ❤ !!

After perusing the booths I just happened to be next to a booth w/ Kara Thomas who was signing an ARC of her book The Darkest Corners which comes out April 19th! + glad I had a chance to chat w/ her! She was so nice!

I then headed to my last signing which was for Ally Carter!

I actually met her about 3 yrs. ago for her Perfect Scoundrels Tour & she is the author that got me into reading, so of course I was so so happy to see her again + fangirled a little when I asked her if she recognized me (Which she did!) + even telling just how much her books meant to me!!

+ I also got an ARC of Alyson Noel’s new book Unrivaled!

So overall it was a fantastic weekend & I’m so happy I was able to talk to so many great authors! I cant wait to see whats in store for 2017!! ❤

*ARC Reviews of the books I received will be coming so keep an eye on the blog*

Did you go to LATFOB? If not do you plan to? Let me know in the comments below 🙂