Caraval by Stephanie Garber (ARC Review)

27883214Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Imprint: Flatiron Books
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: January 31, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 407
Source: Publisher

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

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The Fixer: The Naked Man by Jill Amy Rosenblatt (Mini Review)

25765634Title: The Fixer: The Naked Man
Author: Jill Amy Rosenblatt
Type: Fiction
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: August 8, 2015
Format: Digital
Page Count: 162
Source: Author

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: “Katerina—I need some help. Be a good girl and come over here and I’ll make it worth your while.”

It’s an offer NYC college student Katerina Mills should refuse. But how can she?

A desperate situation….

After ditching her cheating lover (and boss), she’s stuck in dead end temp jobs. Her dad just ditched her mom and his promise to pay Kat’s college tuition bill.

She has two weeks to come up with $14,000 or she’s out of her apartment, out of school, and out of luck.

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Musing Monday (#16)

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Boooo Monday! But yaaaay Musing Monday! What would I do without you, Musing Monday?! What are the things that help cheer you up on, or at least help get you through, Mondays?

ezgif-1545491241For those of you who don’t know, Musing Mondays is hosted by the awesome Ambrosia every Monday. This is a book blog meme where participants have to answer one of the pre-set prompts of (I’m currently reading…; Up next I think I’ll read…; I bought the following book(s) in the past week…; I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…; I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…; I can’t wait to get a copy of…; I wish I could read ___, but…; OR I blogged about ____ this past week…). And you also have to answer an additional random question which is different every week!

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The Memory Box Eva Lesko Natiello (Mini Review)

22587180Title: The Memory Box
Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
Type: Fiction
Genre: Mystery, Thiller
Publisher: Fine Line Publishing
Date published: June 25, 2014
Format: Digital
Page Count: 260
Source: Author

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?

In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.

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Musing Monday (#15)

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I was sad to have to miss last week’s Musing Monday question as I didn’t have enough time for any meme posts. But I do have time this week, so hurray!

ezgif-1545491241For those of you who don’t know, Musing Mondays is hosted by the awesome Ambrosia every Monday. This is a book blog meme where participants have to answer one of the pre-set prompts of (I’m currently reading…; Up next I think I’ll read…; I bought the following book(s) in the past week…; I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…; I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…; I can’t wait to get a copy of…; I wish I could read ___, but…; OR I blogged about ____ this past week…). And you also have to answer an additional random question which is different every week!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

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Here are the rules for accepting this award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Introduction:

Thank you so much to Invisible No More for nominating me for this award! You guys should definitely go check her blog out!!!

How my blog started:

As those of you who have read my About pages will know (I feel repetitive haha), I had been wanting to start a blog for some time, but never found the right moment or the right amount of motivation to do so. I also didn’t know what I’d even talk about. It never occurred to me that other people would want to read about what I have to say regarding books and reading! And then I discovered bookstagram in March or April of last year and even though I was finishing up grad school (which was insane, because I was in an accelerated program) the motivation was suddenly there! And so I made it happen.

Advice to new bloggers:

You cannot let yourself feel disheartened if you are not approved for every single book you request on NetGalley or wherever when you start out! Keep in mind that everyone started somewhere, and everyone had to start off slow. Be patient and work on putting out good content (whether it’s blog posts on your blog, or photos on your Instagram, or interesting tweets on Twitter). Your following will grow, and because you are putting out quality content, the likelihood of you being approved for e-galleys, and even physical ARCs will increase!

The second piece of advice that I have is that new bloggers not stress out! Sure it’s good to put up blog posts regularly, and most preferably using a schedule, but don’t freak out if you don’t have time to write a meme post on a particular day, or if you don’t have inspiration for a review post and the deadline is coming up. Remember that this is a hobby and should be fun. Also, your other responsibilities should have priority anyway. Don’t put your homework, or errands, or bill payments, or whatever on the backburner so you can get that blog post up! This week for example, I focused on getting reading and reviews done after finishing my 9-5 job and other extra work. I had no time to write up any meme posts, and that’s fine (right followers?!…I hope, haha).

I nominate the following bloggers for this award:

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Alex @ Aesthetically Alex
Stephanie @ Teacher of YA
Nazahet @ Read Diverse Books
Megan @ bookslayerReads
Lauren @ Two Birds One Blog
Austine @ Novel Knight
Abe @ Sky Blu Booktales
Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler
Jill @ Bookish Lionheart
Olivia @ Books Cats and Coffee
Kevin @ Bookevin
Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
Resh @ The Book Satchel
Lilly @ Lair of Books
Britt @ Geronimo Reads


THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING!

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The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo (Blog Tour & ARC Review)

81barhumhllTitle: The Fire by Night
Author: Teresa Messineo
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Historical, WWII
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: January 17, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Source: Blog Tour Host

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the blog tour host, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.

In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.

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