#LoveAThon: Wrap Up + Giveaway

I can’t believe that another Love-A-Thon has already come and gone! Time really flies when you’re spreading book love! This was my third year participating and my first year joining as a cohost and I’m so pleased with our overall event! It was so much fun to read everyone’s posts, see their photos and videos and of course, chat in real time on Twitter.  Every single participant did such a wonderful job of showing love and support for everyone in the book community and it really touched my heart.  It makes me proud to be among such wonderful people. And there were so many participants that I’m still making my way through the list!

A huge, major, incredibly large thank you definitely goes to Alexa because she is really the heart of the Love-A-Thon.  All of the hosts worked hard to bring you this event, but Alexa is really the organizer and the brains behind the operation.  Her hard work deserves all the recognition<3  It was wonderful to get the opportunity to collaborate with Mel and Cee as well!  I truly admire each of them and I think we all made a great team!

So now, we’re ending this years event with yet another giveaway! So many publishers generously donated the books and merch going out to our winners (who will be announced shortly!) for each mini challenge so it seems fitting to have an overall wrap up giveaway too!

Prize Pack #1

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper, Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan, I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (ARC), Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (ARC), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon + Dean Hale (ARC), Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (ARC)

Prize Pack #2

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard ,Arabella of Mars paper doll ,Becoming Bonnie newspaper ,The Nerdy + The Dirty by B.T. Gottfred, Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill, Updraft by Fran Wilde, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Gauntlet by Holly Jennings (ARC), The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (ARC), At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (ARC)

Prize Pack #3

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly, Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly, Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard, Arabella of Mars paper doll, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, The Infinity of You and Me by J.Q. Coyle, Spindle by E.K. Johnston, Dreamworld by Kit Alloway, Replica by Lauren Oliver, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff (ARC), The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (ARC), Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman (ARC)

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #7: Let Me Sing You A Love Song

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Now’s the time to let your musical tastes shine! Dedicate a love song (or two or three) to your favorite book characters, and tell us why. Get as creative as you want, whether you decide to film a video, share a playlist or write out some lyrics and snap a photo.

Since my music tastes tend to be all over the place (seriously, I mainly listen to indie rock, showtunes and Disney music lol I swear I’m an adult), I decided to stick with Disney love songs since the widest range of readers will probably be familiar with them.

Lysandra & Aedion – Tale as Old as Time – This is definitely my favorite pairing of any that I’ve come up with.  Mostly because in their situation, Aedion is the beauty and Lysandra is the beast<3

Nicholas Carter & Etta Spencer – A Whole New World – What could be a newer world than time traveling together and searching for an astrolabe? 

________ – Once Upon a Dream – I’m not going to name my OTP couple here because spoilers but if you’ve read The Raven Cycle, I think you’ll get it :-)

Luna & Fowler – Now I See the Light – Since Reign of Shadows is a Rapunzel retelling, it’s only fitting! But poor Luna who has been locked away in her tower has not been out in the light of day past a very small perimeter near her home until Fowler comes along.

America and Prince Maxon – Love is an Open Door – I think that giant palace parties are what made me correlate Frozen and The Selection series<3

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #6: Valentine’s Day Care Package

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Is there anything more exciting than receiving a surprise care package from one of your best book buddies? Didn’t think so! If you had the opportunity to surprise one or more of your favorite characters with a care package for Valentine’s Day, what would you be sure to include? Have fun virtually shopping for the character(s) you love and let us know via photos, collages, etc., what you would love to send them!

My Character – Lara Jean Song

My Care Package

Lara Jean - Valentine's Day Care Package

 

Lara Jean – Valentine’s Day Care Package by superspacechick featuring Anthropologie

 

1) Heart flip flops – These just seem so cutesy and Lara Jean to me! I picked up a pair of the mint version recently and I immediately thought of them when coming up with my care package – IPANEMA flip flops, $26
2) Pearl headband – This headband is wayyy too expensive to ever purchase but it would be in my hypothetical package.  Lara Jean is all about her pastels! Alexandre de Paris pink headband
3) Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set – This is another thing from the list that I own but I think Lara Jean would also get a kick out of the brushes being marketed as teddy bear hair.  Too Faced Cosmetics toiletry kit
4) Too Faced Blush – This is for Lara Jean to use her teddy bear hair brushes with.  She seems like a minimalistic girl when it comes to makeup so I could see blush being one of the only products used in her morning routine. Sephora Collection blush
5) Pastel teaspoons – Here we go again with the pastels! We all know Lara Jean is a baker and I thought these teaspoons would appeal to her! Anthropologie flatware
6) Measuring cups – See above. Plus they’re rose gold! Anthropologie kitchen gadgets tool
7) Pastel candles – I couldn’t pick just one scent to send Lara Jean’s way.  One is fresh basil, one is grapefruit and one is kiwano melon! Mercato Candle Jar | Anthropologie
8) Rifle Paper Co Print – UM HOW PERFECT IS THIS ALWAYS AND FOREVER HEART PRINT?!?! That’s literally the title to Lara Jean’s next book so I felt like I struck gold when I found it! Always and Forever Art Print by RIFLE PAPER Co. | Made in USA
9) The Curated Closet – Lara Jean is a regular fashionsita so I think this book about defining your style and learning how to shop for what works for you would be really interesting for her to read! The Curated Closet A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style…
10) Rifle Paper Co. Journal – Lara Jean is certainly a writer which is how she got into the mess she did in the first book so I thought a new journal where she could write her thoughts and feelings (and hide it VERY carefully from her family) would be perfect! RIFLE PAPER Co.
11) I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo – First of all, I’m dying to read this book! But I think Lara Jean would love it too because it has a Korean main character who is new to love and learning about romance from K-dramas.  Lara Jean experienced being new to love quite recently so I think she would relate! I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Link Up

 Giveaway

PRIZE PACK ONE (US GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Passenger, Vassa in the Night, Love and First Sight, A Season for Daring Greatly, Tor Teen pin, The Dark Talent pin, Amberlough pin

PRIZE PACK TWO (INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Passenger, Truthwitch, Seven Days of You (ARC) Radio Silence (ARC), Metaltown tattoo, Tor sticker, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #5: X Meets Y Challenge

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Mix and match away! This challenge is made for you to combine the books and movies/tv shows that you love in some way, in order for other people to find new recommendations for things to check out. Whether inspired by characters or themes, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If you liked Pushing Daisies then try The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard! The Architect of Song is actually a Beauty and the Beast retelling but there are a bunch of parallels to Pushing Daisies which I absolutely adore!

If you like Supernatural then try Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake!  Both involve awesome squads hunting demons in a super cool car!

If you like The Illusionist then try CaravalThe Illusionist has always been one of my favorite films! There’s a forbidden romance, everything about it is pure magic and there’s a scheme that reminds me of Caraval!

If you like Dexter then try The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis!  Both involve morally grey main characters who avenge the deaths of innocent people.  They also both touch upon very uncomfortable but important topics.

If you liked The Lunar Chronicles then try The 10th Kingdom!  The 10th Kingdom is a completely underrated television miniseries that deserves so much more love than it gets.  It’s a fun fairytale adventure story and I can definitely see fans of Cinder and Co. loving it!


If you like Illuminae then try Battlestar Galactica! BSG is another one of my favorite shows that I just don’t see talked about enough.  It’s quite the journey from season one to the end and it takes place on a military battelship in the depths of space.  Sound familiar? :-)

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #4: Sweethearts Candy Messages

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa ofAlexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

You’ve received a box of Sweethearts candy, and you’re asked to share the candy with a person or couple – fictional or real. Tell us who you’d give these messages to:

Love Wins – A couple you didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did – Cress & Thorne <3 One of my #1 OTPs of all time.  I love those two silly lovebirds!

I Do – A character you’d marry – That would have to go to my first book crush, Ron Weasley<3!

 

Dream Big – A character whose dreams you want to come true – Cath is so passionate about writing and she’s such a relatable and wonderful characters that I truly just want all the good things for her in her future.  I wish we could see how her second year of college went!

Crazy 4 U – A character you’re crazy about – Will Herondale <3 <3 <3 – You guys, I read the Infernal Devices series this year and I TOTALLY get it now.

True Love – Your Ultimate OTP – No explanation necessary.

Te Amo – A language you’d want to be wooed in – French of course! It’s the language of love<3

BFF – A character you’d want to be your best friend – Lara Jean! Get ready for so much Song sisters love over the next two days<3!

Wink Wink – A character you’d want to wink at you – Definitely Wesley aka Guyliner! He just has that certain something and he was irresistible to me from the first page he appeared on!

Sweet Talk – A character who knows how to sweet talk / flirt – Kvothe definitely doesn’t necessarily get flirting but he sure is a sweet talker.  His mouth gets him out of and into lots of trouble so life with him would be nothing short of an adventure!

Best Day – A moment from a book you wish happened to you or your IRL best day – I would love to attend Caraval, most likely as a spectator and not as a participant because the roses, chocolate and wine appeal to all of my senses! It sounds like it would be the experience of a lifetime.

Ooh La La – A character you’d want to slow dance with – I recently finished reading Alex, Approximately and Porter is for sure a new book boyfriend.  He’s a beautiful surfer boy with so very many layers and I have no doubt he would be a great dancer.

Love You – The character that gets your undying love – Gansey<3 He is my favorite Raven Boy of all time and I will love him forever and ever.

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #3: Fancy Yourself a Poet?

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa ofAlexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

One of the most popular Love-a- Thon challenges is returning this year! All you have to do is create book spine poetry. You can either take a photo of the books, type out the titles in a post, read them out loud for a video or even get creative and collage it. Get as creative as possible!

I’m hoping that the third time is a charm for me when it comes to book spine poetry.  This is my third year participating in the LoveAThon and my first time ever competing this challenge because I never felt like I could do it- tbh, I still don’t but here’s my best attempt! I was so tempted to end every try with Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies because it would be funny but I decided that was too macabre ha!

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #2: Mix + Match

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa ofAlexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

We all love books, but there are other things we’re passionate about too! All you’ve got to do is mash-up a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent/fandom with your bookish life. Do it through photos, collages, or videos. Get as creative as you’d like to!

Fashion – I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology for college and my love of fashion has never wavered! I’m definitely a smarter shopper now and I love finding the silhouettes, colors and styles that I’ve adapted as my style.  The joy I feel when finding that perfect piece of apparel (or shoes) is incomparable!  I am the girl that spends a good portion of her day checking all of the new arrivals sections on her favorite shopping sites.

Baking – Admittedly, I haven’t been baking as much lately as I used to but that doesn’t mean that I love the process any less. I still visit baking websites daily and save the most decadent looking recipes to my various pinterest boards for one day when I have more time<3.

Makeup – I am a complete and total sucker for makeup.  Do I need anymore Too Faced eyeshadow palettes? No.  Will I buy them anyway if they’re scented and packaged in an adorable manner? Yes, absolutely.

Japanese Culture – (excuse the photo, I don’t have the best lighting situation near my manga shelf!) – My love of manga and all things Japan runs deep.  I dream of visiting Tokyo one day (but I’ll seriously need to psych myself up for that plane ride!) and visiting the Studio Ghibli museum, all of the cute Nintendo attractions, Hello Kitty cafes, cat cafes, maid cafes and of course, Akihabara! Plus the food is my absolute favorite.

Disney – I’ve always been a Disney girl at heart.  In fact, my hair is currently so long that’s its reached Rapunzel status which is exactly how I’ve always wanted it.  I love Disney so much that Andrew and I even went there for our Honeymoon last year! I’m dying to go back in the Fall when the weather is cooler and we can enjoy the Christmas decor!

Christmas – My favorite season of the year is Christmas season.  Every since I was a little girl I’ve adored the magic of Christmas and all of the warm feelings that go along with it.  And for those who aren’t aware, Christmas season begins at the end of July in my heart.

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PRIZE PACK (US): Passenger, Vassa in the Night, Amberlough, Be Good Be Real Be Crazy, Metaltown tattoo, Tor Teen pin, The Dark Talent pin, Amberlough pin

PRIZE PACK (INTL): Passenger, Truthwitch, To Catch a Killer, The End of Our Story, Metaltown tattoo, Tor sticker, Arabella of Mars paper dolls, Becoming Bonnie newspapers

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#LoveAThon: Mini-Challenge #1: Mad Libs Fairytale Edition

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa ofAlexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

I’m so excited that we’ve already kicked off this year’s Love-A-Thon (link to post) and that we have so many lovely book addicts joining us this year!  The first challenge of the Love-A-Thon was created by Mel of The Daily Prophecy and it’s one of the most fun and creative challenges I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in.  Mel crafted an adorable Mad Libs version of a fairytale, giving us prompts to come up with answers for and then the full fairytale text where we could insert those answers.  I had so much fun reading this one I finished coming up with prompts and some of the answers had me laughing out loud! If you also came up with your own version of the fairytale, don’t forget to link your post over on Mel’s blog so you can be entered in the giveaway!

The Prompts / My Answers

  1. LOCATION – Hogwarts
  2. CHARACTER – pirate
  3. TYPE OF STORE – Book Store
  4. BODY PART (plural) – eyes
  5. ITEM – tea cup
  6. ROYALTY – Princess
  7. REPEAT ITEM FROM #5 – tea cup
  8. ACTIVE VERB – prancing
  9. ANOTHER LOCATION – Mordor
  10. AN EMOTION – happiness
  11. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT – lyre (wow that is the actual first instrument that came to mind!)
  12. PIECE OF FOOD – cupcake
  13. NUMBER – seven
  14. TYPE OF HOUSE – castle
  15. VOICE ADJECTIVE – loud
  16. DESCRIBE A SOUND (ending with –ing) – banging
  17. ROOM IN A HOUSE – library
  18. OBJECTS – candles
  19. DESCRIBE AN OUTFIT – fitted pinstripe suit, skinny tie and cognac oxfords
  20. INFINITIVE VERB – swimming
  21. REPEAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT from #11 – lyre
  22. A JOB – social media manager

The Fairytale with my Answers

Once upon a time, in a far away (1) Hogwarts, there lived a smart (2) pirate. She lived alone in a (3) Book Store, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful (4) eyes, and she was known for her shiny red (5) tea cup, the only thing she had left of her parents.

Alas, the (6) Princess of the country became jealous and wanted to own this (7) tea cup. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After (8) prancing around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon (9) Mordor. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at her with (10) happiness and said “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my (11) lyre back. Here is a magical (12) cupcake, throw it into the earth, sprinkle it with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have (13) seven days to return before the stalk withers.”

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge (14) castle. She walked to the door and knocked. A (15) loud voice said “Fee-fi- fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” She was not afraid and said “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”

The door made a (16) banging sound when it opened and revealed a large (17) library filled with golden (18) candles.  She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face.”

The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, she moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore (19) a fitted pinstripe suit, skinny tie and cognac oxfords. “What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left (20) swimming so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”

“If you give me the (21) lyre, I will help you.”

In keeping her promise, the beast and her worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as a (22) social media manager in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at her.

“We have to tell you something” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

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#LoveAThon: 2017 Kick Off (Questionnaire + Participant List + Giveaway)!

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa ofAlexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

THE LOVEATHON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!!!! Me, Alexa, Cee and Mel are so excited to be kicking off this years event tonight! Since I’ve already answered the majority of the questionnaire in the past two years and some of the questions are similar to those in the BookTube tag, I decided to stick to favorites for this post and share my video here!  I hope everyone has a wonderful time participating this year!

Favorites

1. Favorite food? Beverage?

Tea, tea and more tea! Particularly chai, Earl Grey and all kinds of green tea.

2. Favorite color?

Pink!

3. Favorite tv shows?

Pushing Daisies, The IT Crowd, Battlestar Galactica, New Girl, Riverdale, Gossip Girl, Doctor Who, Pretty Little Liars and The OC (I could go on and on and on!).

4. Favorite movies?

Harry Potter (1-7 pt. 2), Almost Famous, The Illusionist, Star Wars (IV-VII), Lord of the Rings (all of ’em!), Clueless, Mean Girls, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Elf!

5. Favorite Anime?

Ouran High School Host Club, Sailor Moon, Yuri!!! on Ice, One Punch Man, Sword Art Online

6. Favorite musical artists?

Jenny & Johnny, Rilo Kiley, Fleet Foxes, LCD Soundsystem, Chvrches, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., She & Him, Tennis, Summer Camp, Cults, Metric, Best Coast, Arcade Fire and lots of showtunes!

7. Favorite places to shop?

Nordstrom, Revolve, Shopbop, ModCloth

Book Talk

1. Favorite childhood books?

Harry Potter, Goosebumps, Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High

2. Favorite books read in the last five years?

The Name of the Wind, The Night Circus, The Raven Boys series, A Court of Mist and Fury, Throne of Glass series, Crooked Kingdom, The Infernal Devices, Passenger, The Archived, The Lunar Chronicles, Fangirl, Anna and the French Kiss, Pivot Point

3. Favorite genres?

Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4. Underrated book, series or author you love?

The Girl at Midnight series by Melissa Grey

5. A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?

The Night Circus

6. Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?

BF – Gansey (The Raven Boys), BFF – Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Family – The Weasleys

7. Books you want to read in 2017?

Oh gosh, so very many! Top 5 are 1) Leviathan’s Wake by James S.A. Corey, 2) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, 3) The Magician’s Land, 4) The Star-Touched Queen, 5) The Forbidden Wish.

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Participant List

Giveaway

PRIZE PACK ONE (US GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Vassa in the Night, Arcanum Unbounded, High Stakes Tor Teen, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, Shades of Magic series book huggers, NOVL water bottle, NOVL tote bag, Tor Teen pin, The Dark Talent pin, Game of Shadows tattoos, Game of Shadows postcards, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspapers, Amberlough pin, Ronit & Jamil, The You I’ve Never Known, Frostblood ARC, The Bone Queen ARC, Blueberry Pancakes Forever ARC, Iron Cast ARC, Also Known As

PRIZE PACK TWO (INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Vassa in the Night, Arcanum Unbounded, High Stakes, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows
Shades of Magic series book huggers, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoos, Game of Shadows postcards, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Ruined, The Inside of Out, Second Chance Summer, Traveler, To Catch a Killer, Geekerella, Spontaneous

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Tea & Book Chat: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Personal Thoughts:  I had been wanting to read Girl Against the Universe since it’s debut, largely due to the gorgeous cover.  I’m not really a fan of the color orange but this beautifully illustrated tennis court just works for me.  And I love that Maguire is strewn across the corner, looking like she’s given up on everyone and everything.  I knew going into it that Maguire believes she’s bad luck, but I was never expecting to find a character that I personally relate to as much as I do to her.  Maguire suffers from anxiety (with a slightly different thought process than mine manifests in) and “listening” in on her therapy sessions with Dr. Leed was an added bonus for my own personal mental health.

Plot Summary:  In Girl Against the Universe, our main character Maguire believes she’s bad luck.  She would rather just stay home and far away from other people because she doesn’t want anything bad to happen to them on her account.  She is the survivor of several accidents which is where her fear stems from and after her most recent mishap, she moves with her mom, stepdad and step-siblings to a new town in California for a fresh start.  Her mom pays for a preset amount of therapy sessions with Dr. Leed and it’s there that Maguire meets Jordy, another one of Dr. Leed’s patients with his own set of issues.

Critique:  I can’t even pick a favorite thing about this book because I loved the entire thing so deeply so I’ll just start explaining why.  Girl Against the Universe is not a girl with mental illness meets boy and then suddenly everything is better story.  Maguire and Jordy are each dealing with their own set of very unique issues and the book shows the two of them working through things on their own and with each other.  Maguire never lets Jordy push her into anything she’s not ready for.  With Dr. Leed’s help, she comes up with a list of challenges to try to push herself into being more social and experiencing the world instead of sitting home while life happens around her.  As it turns out, Jordy is something of a niche celebrity.  He’s by no means super famous but he’s well known enough that he’s used to girls using him for his notoriety and access to fancy parties.  His parents have a one track mind when it comes to his future and until now, Jordy has been on board even though it’s not necessarily what he really wants out of life.  The friendship that he and Maguire form is incredibly adorable and I like that they’re able to find strength within themselves as a result of their relationship.  Also notable are the amazing and unlikely friends Maguire makes along the way.  They’re supportive and helpful and I just want to give them a big hug.  I also loved the family aspect of the story.  Maguire has a complicated relationship with her stepfather and she hasn’t told her mother all the details of her mental illness.  As the story progresses, there are some pretty heartwarming family moments and your heart is sure to melt.

Do I Recommend?: Yes! Girl Against the Universe is a new favorite for me, particularly for the relatability factor when it comes to anxiety.  This book means so much to me.  To see something that I’ve experienced portrayed so accurately and without any negative connotations, is more than I ever could’ve wished for.  I’m so happy there is a substantial backlist of Paula Stokes books that I have to look forward to reading!

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Kristin

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