REPUTATION BOOK TAG – ORIGINAL

Hey y’all,

With the release of Tay Swizzle’s new album Reputation, I decided to make a book tag in celebration! 

Track One: …Ready For It – a book that you are sooooo ready to read and need to read it ASAP?
For me this has to be Whisper by Lynette Noni, I’m literally DYING to get my hands on it and read it all up in one sitting, lets just say I’m rather keen to read a new Lynette Noni book.

Track Two: End Game – a book where your ship became endgame?
This for me has to be the good old traditional The Hunger Games, can’t deny that my faves were meant for each other (not gonna say because I don’t wanna spoil but then again honestly who hasn’t read THG – if you haven’t GO! NOW!)

Track Three: I Did Something Bad – a character that did something bad but had no regrets?
Mia from Nevernight has done a whole lot of bad like killing because hashtag assassin life but I can 110% say that she didn’t have any regrets and probably also felt good about it.

Track Four: Don’t Blame Me – a book that a lot of people don’t like but you can’t help but secretly love?
This for me HAS to be Vampire Academy, literally love Dimitri and all the humour and I also love vampires, it may not be the best book series ever but it is honestly so addictive ahh.

Track Five: Delicate – a character that you find to be very delicate?
I found Rue from The Hunger Games to be very delicate, mainly because she was a 12 year old girl in a murder game and her innocence made her so pure and delicate in the sense that she was delicate when put aside to a game of killing.

Track Six: Look What You Made Me Do – an author whose books ALWAYS make you cry or feel deep emotions?
For me this is Jennifer Niven books, I felt most emotions in All The Bright Places because I related to it a lot and had a very personal connection to Violet. But her second novel Holding Up The Universe also had me feeling emotions because of the plot and characters even though I didn’t realate to it as much.

Track Seven: So It Goes… – a book series that goes from a good start to a bad/meh ending?
This is an easy answer for me, Divergent by Veronica Roth started out to be a really good series and I was so excited about it and loved it and then when Allegiant came out I just couldn’t stand it and felt as though the book just wasn’t to the first two’s standards.

Track Eight: Gorgeous – a book you bought because of the cover?
I will be the first to admit, I do this a lot, but one in particular would have to be The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and I’ll have you know it is now one of my fave books ever and I do not regret.

Track Nine: Getaway Car – do you read books in the car/public transport?
I used to read all the time in the car when my family took trips to and from my families houses but as I have got over I have since acquired car sickness therefore I find it hard to read without feeling a lil after sometime.

Track Ten: King Of My Heart – a fictional character that owns your heart?
I could write a list of 101 names but one in particular I want to mention would have to be Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, if you have read it you guys probably will agree that he is very swoon worthy.

Track Eleven: Dancing With Our Hands Tied – a book that had you tied in from the first sentence?
This was so Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, literally had me from the first page I loved it all so much ahh so poetic and one of the most relatable books to me I’ve ever read and had me tied in from the start.

Track Twelve: Dress – a character who has a similar sense of fashion to you?
I will always relate to Clary Fray and her choice of clothing as it is always so simple and just very casual very much like me, also Cath from Fangirl I imagine to have the same sense of fashion too as she is also into pretty casual clothes and nothing really fancy.

Track Thirteen: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things – a shady character that you dislike?
I really lowkey do not like Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments he was always very shady and I just could not take to his weird obsession with Clary and Jace.

Track Fourteen: Call It What You Want – if you had to call one fictional character to humanity who would you choose and why?
For me I would probably bring out Alex from Akarnae because I feel like her and me would be BFF’s in real life and would probably be just as clumsy as each other (ha)

Track Fifteen: New Year’s Day – a book you can’t wait to read in the new year?
Keen as a bean to read Graevale by Lynette Noni next year, also Nevernight 3 I am really wanting to get my hands on!

Annnnnddddd thats a wrap!
I hope you all enjoyed, some of the questions were a lil hard to make bookish but I think I did a fairly good job considering I got distracted 78346284 during making this listening to the album over and over again. I tag anyone that wants to do this tag, if you do it please link your post in the comments so I can check it out or tweet me the link on twitter! Don’t forget to get your copy of Repuatation, trust me its worth all the money in the world tbh (that Kanye sass has me living)

Mollie x

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MARIA LEWIS AUTHOR INTERVIEW!!

Hey Guys!

Today I have the honor of starting off the first day of the It Came From The Deep by Maria Lewis Blog Tour! Today you will find some questions that the ever so lovely Maria answered about her new book and also about some fun random shiz towards the end!

What is one thing we should expect to see from It Came From The Deep?

Water. No but seriously, I’ve always wanted to see if I could tell a straight-up merman story and the best way to describe the book is a cross between The Little Mermaid and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

How different has the publishing process of It Came From The Deep been from Who’s Afraid?

Completely different, in that the Who’s Afraid? series is published by Little Brown and Piatkus in London, then pushed out worldwide through the traditional avenues. It Came From The Deep, on the flip side, is self-published and will be released worldwide in eBook format only on the same date, at the same time, on October 31, 2017 – Halloween. I’m blessed to work with such an incredible and huge publishing team on the Who’s Afraid? series at Little Brown, but It Came From The Deep is a much smaller, contained story and required a different publishing approach than the traditional route. I’ve also never self-published anything before, so I wanted to learn from that experience and take that knowledge on to my next project. Plus, there’s the perk of being entirely the boss on a book like this, as the final editing and cover art decisions all come down to me (which is a lot of pressure too, to be fair).

How would you explain It Came From The Deep in 3 words?

A merman mystery.

How long did it take for you to write It Came From The Deep?

I actually originally wrote it as part of National Novel Writing Month several years ago, so the book itself was written in the course of one month. It was put to the side as Who’s Afraid? and its sequels become the priority, along with the TV adaptation, but it took a fair bit or reworking and fine-tuning before it got to the stage where I felt confident enough to put It Came From The Deep out for people to consume.

If you had to choose one favourite character from It Came From The Deep who would it be and why?

I love Jarna ‘Cabby’ Cabin, who is a training acquaintance of the main character (Kaia Craig) when It Came From The Deep starts off and their friendship grows significantly throughout the book. In the same way I love writing Tommi’s longtime best friend Joss from the Who’s Afraid? series, I adored getting to write Cabby as she’s loosely inspired by a good friend of mine who was bugging me to put a character like her into one of my books. Cabby is just the bomb dot com. She’s smart and motivated and loyal – a lot of the traits I admire – and definitely someone that I would want to hang out with IRL. She also gets some of the best throwaway lines in the story and I always looked forward to writing her dialogue if I knew she was coming up on the next page.

Fun Questions:

Current Fave Tv Show?

MINDHUNTER.

Best Book you’ve read this year so far?

Final Girls by Riley Sager or Hamilton: The Revolution.

Favourite Clothing Shop?

That’s like asking me which one of my fictional children I love the most, but probably That Shop or Killstar Clothing.

What is your favourite Halloween movie?

That’s a loaded question, because do you mean film based in and around Halloween (like Hocus Pocus, for instance)? Or does just a regular horror movie count as a Halloween movie? My answer would be Halloween for the former and Alien for that latter.

Mermaids or Werewolves?

Werewolves. Always.

Pineapple on Pizza: Yes or No???

I’m Polynesian, man. Of course I’m all about pineapple on pizza.

MARIA’S LINKS:
http://marialewis.com.au
https://twitter.com/moviemazz
https://www.instagram.com/moviemazz/
https://www.facebook.com/marialewiswriter/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmwdDMgHUSaDVoeKGhfkK4Q

PREORDER IT CAME FROM THE DEEP HERE: https://books.pronoun.com/it-came-from-the-deep/

SYNOPSIS:

An elderly professor is murdered, leaving a puzzling crime scene for police to unravel and a laboratory housing all kinds of marine life. But something is missing … something huge.

Recent highschool graduate Kaia Craig has problems of her own, with her career as an ironwoman on the Gold Coast in jeopardy after a horrific accident. Yet someone wants to hold her accountable.

After nearly drowning in Lake Pelutz and her attackers on the run, Kaia is left with more than just physical injuries. She’s convinced she saw something in the depths of the lake: something that choose to spare her. Uncertain whether she’s running towards the discovery of a friend or foe, Kaia begins digging into a mystery that may have bigger ramifications than she or any of her friends can fathom.

It Came From The Deep is a thrilling combination of young adult and science fiction from the author of the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid? series, Maria Lewis.

ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36342266-it-came-from-the-deep

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TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BOOK REVIEW!

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

MY THOUGHTS:

I finished this book in the one sitting pretty much on the release day, a lot of John Green’s work is either a hit or a miss for me and my favourite thing of his will probably always be Looking For Alaska and when I heard he had a new novel coming out I was rather intrigued to see if this would be up to par with Looking For Alaska or if this would just be another typical John Green book. I went in without reading the synopsis, I knew it was obviously a contemporary story and wanted to go in blind due to the title being a little bit of a mystery to me.

The plot itself was alright, it wasn’t something that kept me hooked on and wanted to drop everything for to finish or it didn’t really blow my mind of the sorts but it was an alright read and I did finish it in the one sitting so it wasn’t a bad read at all I just found that I wasn’t really 110% invested in the plot and found it to be nothing special to me personally.

The characters are what I really struggled with, I did not connect to Aza at all and sometimes struggled read from her POV and found myself getting a little lost in her words because I just did not connect with her as a character at all. I didn’t really find Daisy much better either and Davis wasn’t one of the fictional guys that I would swoon over so to me the characters were just really average and I just found myself not caring much about them, making me not as invested in the story as I wanted to be. I will mention that I adored the way that John added in the OCD portrayal and found it to be one of the points that I did like in the story as not a lot of books have OCD rep so it was good to see that in there.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t bad I just didn’t personally connect to the characters and didn’t find the plot as interesting as I wanted it to be. The writing of the book was typical John Green and was very poetic. This book just wasn’t something I see myself re reading anytime soon and it didn’t really leave a mark on me like John’s other book Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. I would recommend this to anyone that is a fan of John Green’s writing and to those that think the plot sounds interesting, however if you are not a huge fan of John’s other works and don’t like the sound of the plot I think that this is something you could probably pass on.

STAR RATING: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY A COPY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Turtles-All-the-Way-Down/9780525555360

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GODSGRAVE BOOK REVIEW!

GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF BOOK REVIEW:

(This synopsis and review contains spoilers from the first novel, please read with caution. No spoilers for Godsgrave itself though!)

SYNOPSIS:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

MY THOUGHTS:

Godsgrave was just as badass as Nevernight, filled with complex and badass characters and a plot that leaves you in a constant state of ‘what the fuck’ I was beyond in love with Godsgrave just as much as I was book one.

The plot of this novel was A+ and had so many twists and turns and was completely and utterly beautiful and also very brutal at the same time. Mia has got to be one of, if not the most badass main character to read about and it’s honestly such a breathe of fresh air to see a main character stand up for herself instead of having a male lead ‘save her’ like some of the other fantasy novels I have read. There was also bisexuality rep explored more in depth in this book which was good to see more explored in Godsgrave.

The characters in Godsgrave were just as sassy and mysterious as Nevernight. Mia somehow grew EVEN MORE on me which I didn’t even know was possible? Mister Kindly was back at it again being his usual shadow self. ALSO TRICCCCC – That’s all I’m gonna say about Tric for now before I turn this into a spoiler review.

Overall, this book was fucking badass, filled with blood, sarcasm and beautiful writing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book three already because I have so many unanswered questions. If you loved Nevernight, then I highly recommend you get your hands on this book asap!

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Godsgrave-Jay-Kristoff/9780008180034?ref=grid-view&qid=1504053176414&sr=1-1

Huge thanks to Jay, for providing me a copy an early copy of Godsgrave so I could devour it in a day

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THE HATE U GIVE BOOK REVIEW!

THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book left me with so many different thoughts and feelings, I couldn’t and still can’t fully put together all of my thoughts into words but I really wanted to share some of the thoughts and feelings I have as I feel as though I need to convince everyone to read it.

This book dealt with so many deep and powerful issues that are very relevant to today’s society and was based off of the Black Lives Matter movement and also deals with the topics of racism and I really liked that there wasn’t many white characters at all and it was really great to read a book that was for the most part POC characters.

This book was also an Own Voices book and also Angie’s debut novel, the plot and characters were the best aspects of the book and Starr was such an empowering, strong and smart character to read about and the importance of family was a very big plus for me as a lot of books these days seem to neglect the importance of a characters family. This book was filled with both sad and funny moments and also had a wide range of Harry Potter remarks, this book makes you feel a lot of emotions and deep emotions at that.

The one thing that I would say I didn’t like was the writing style at some points wasn’t as strong or didn’t flow as I wanted it to but honestly the plot and the storyline made me overlook this very easily and because it was a debut novel I totally didn’t expect it to be perfect (It was better than some books that aren’t even debut let me tell you that).

Overall, this book was filled with honesty, it had me both in tears and in laughter and I learnt so much and it honestly made me think of a lot of things that I hadn’t before and being a young adult white reader I was very educated by this book and I can’t wait to meet Angie later this month at Melbourne Writers Festival. If I could I would give this book all the stars in the universe, I also would love everyone to read this book as it was just so educational and I can’t stress that enough.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Huge thanks to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Hate-U-Give/9780062498533

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AUTHOR CHAT WITH MEGAN JACOBSON!

Hey Guys!

Today I have a very special post, I got to chat to Megan Jacobson author of Yellow and her latest release The Build Up Season, I got to chat about her inspirations to write and also who her influences for her latest protagonist Illiad Piper. Find below Meg’s amazing answers to my questions and I hope you enjoy!

What was the inspiration for The Build-Up Season

I work at the ABC in TV news production so I’m exposed to a lot of confronting things daily, but the Rosie Batty story deeply affected me, and from then on I was hyper aware of the issue of domestic violence. Later, we did a story about how women between the ages of 18-23 were twice as likely as their older peers to experience domestic violence, and this struck me as significant because I’d always thought it was predominantly an issue for older women with kids. This is what spurred me to begin writing the book, because I wanted to show young people how the violence begins.  

In my early 20s I was in a relationship which, looking back, was abusive, though I didn’t realise it at the time because I hadn’t had enough experience to identify what a healthy relationship should look like. Though I was pushed so I fell, and he’d punch the wall next to my head, I didn’t define it as abuse because he never actually punched me. Punching was the only domestic violence narrative I’d ever heard. While developing The Build-Up Season I spoke to several friends about their early relationships, and I was struck by how many of them had been in unhealthy relationships as well, without realising it at the time. It’s not as black as white as the Hollywood depictions of domestic violence, and the people who stay don’t always stay out of fear, often, they stay because they love their partner, and most of the time the perpetrators aren’t always violent, they can be sweet and kind as well. Also, we’re raised on a diet of Twilight-esque depictions of insta-love and codependent relationships. We’re taught that it’s romantic if the guy gets angry when you talk to other people. I wanted to play into those tropes, then flip them on their heads and tell young women – nope – not romantic – not cool. Troy is the extreme conclusion to abusive behaviours, but I wanted to mostly show young people what the early warning signs are, the ones that ‘build up’ to violence, and what to look out for.  

How long did it take you to write The Build-Up Season 

The first draft took me about nine months, written predominantly in two month-long bursts overseas, but the editing process took me over a year, with major structural upheavals. I was editing it until the day before it went to print! 

Did you have any particular influences for Illiad Piper? 

Yes – I was obsessed with the video clips of Lorde while I was writing. I’d watch ‘Royals’ and ‘Tennis Court’ on repeat and I loved the way Lorde came across as so fierce and defiant and simultaneously so vulnerable. I really wanted to channel those emotions when I wrote, so whenever I was stuck I’d watch those two video clips and try to write with the same vibe.  

I was also influenced by one of my all-time favourite characters, Rick Blaine from the movie ‘Casablanca’. I love how complex he is – how he’s seemingly unfeeling, wearing a tough exterior to hide the hurt inside. I love how he tells the world repeatedly ‘I stick my neck out for nobody’ and yet, you see through his actions, again and again he totally sticks his neck out for others in multiple situations. I wanted Ily to be like that.  

Was it different to write The Build-Up Season, than it was to write Yellow? If so, how? 

It was a little bit – Yellow was the first book I’d ever written, so I was second guessing myself the whole time, wondering whether I could actually write a whole book, and if so, if anyone would ever want to read it. With The Build-Up Season I had a bit more confidence – whenever I was stuck and didn’t think I could finish, I remembered I had finished one before, so that helped me keep on going. Also, Kirra’s so shy, so writing her was sort of like seeing a small girl in the shadows, and I sort of knew she wanted me to follow. It was a bit tip-toe and dream-like. Ily on the other hand ran up to me and grabbed me tight and stuck her tongue out and skipped forward and pulled me along like I had no say. I actually had another story I was going to write, but Ily wouldn’t let me. She’s pretty headstrong.  

What inspired the lifestyle of Illiad and her family?  

I grew up in Darwin, so I wanted to set it there, and my childhood friend had a beautiful property in the rural area that I roughly drew upon to use as the setting for Ily’s home. I’m actually a yoga-loving vegetarian who was incredibly into crystals and tarot when I was a teen, so I drew heavily on that while writing Eve. I’m basically mocking myself a lot when writing her. The dishes that Ily hates so much are actually my favourite! Also there’s a big wellness community where I was writing in Ubud, and I’d go along to yoga and meditation classes. While a lot of those new age teachings have real, proven benefits, there’s a few that are scientifically and ethically dubious. I was really interested in why people are drawn to unconventional teachings, and through that I wanted to explore the different methods people use to heal or draw strength from.  

Huge thanks to Megan for answering my questions for today’s post, also to Penguin for organising this blog tour! I will link all the other blog tour days as they are posted if you would like to check out any of the others posts too!

THE BUILD UP SEASON REVIEW HERE: https://molliethereader.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/the-build-up-season-review/

FIND MEG HERE: https://meganjacobson.com/

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THE BONE WITCH BOOK REVIEW!

THE BONE WITCH BY RIN CHUPECO BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

MY THOUGHTS:

I was fairly pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book, I had heard some mixed things about it and I wasn’t sure it was going to be up my alley, but I found that I did really like it. Even though this book wasn’t the most perfect book ever, I still found it to be a very great book.

The start of the book was a little slow, I will admit this, but as I kept on going I did find myself to be getting addicted to the story and I honestly couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it all in one sitting. Once the story began to develop it was heaps easier to enjoy it and after I was a quarter in it really started to pick up.

The story was also very character based, which is what I loved most about the book as I am a person that likes to really connect with a character and if I don’t like the characters there is a high chance that I will not enjoy the book. There also wasn’t much romance in the book which is something I always find good especially in the first books of new fantasy series as I do find that sometimes the romance does take away from the world building especially if it is a complex building of the world, however I do hope for a lot more romance in book two.

Overall, this book was a very nice debut novel and a very character based story. I absolutely can’t wait to get the second book in my hands and read more of Rin’s books in the near future. I also love the diverse aspects in this book as it is also an Own Voices novel too! This book is perfect for those that love reading high fantasy, and witches!

STAR RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Bone-Witch-Rin-Chupeco/9781492635826?ref=grid-view&qid=1500610050414&sr=1-1

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