Waiting on Wednesday (2): Holding Court

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Hello lovelies!

I hope your week is going well so far!

As per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

Holding Court by K. C. Held

23589243Synopsis (via GoodReads): Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty–and completely unavailable–Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of…well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”–spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…

need to know

Release Date: March 1, 2016
Pages:
352
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Price:
$9.99 (paperback)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&NGoodReads, IndieBound

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  • I’ve been in the mood to read some more mystery and this book has both mystery and YA flair! I can’t wait to see how the author sets up the mystery suspense in this novel.
  • “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” — nothing like adding some psychic abilities to add a little spice to a murder mystery novel. 
  • “…castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times” — As a Renaissance Fair attendee, I’m excited to see this (sorta) type of setting in a YA novel.
  • This novel is also listed as a 2016 Author Debut. I’m interested in delving into this author’s writing style.

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have Holding Court added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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Truthwitch Read-Along Week 1

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Good Afternoon lovlies!

This month I’m participating in a wonderful read-along for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This novel has had tons of hype surrounding it, especially last year leading up to its release. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and finally picked it up from the book store a week or so ago. Luckily, I stumbled upon an awesome read-along event on twitter and signed up!

This read-along is hosted by the Waterwitch Babes and you can see their kick-off post on Charlene’s blog Bookish Whimsy. Each week I’ll be answering the read-along discussion questions here and I hope you enjoy reading through my answers!

If you haven’t read Truthwitch, I want to advise you that some (not always all) of the answers below will have spoilers to the novel. I will be posting a *SPOILER ALERT* before an answer that contains spoilers to the novel. I just wanted to make this little advisory before you read any further so that you are aware that spoilers maybe within this post. 

So without any further adieu, here are my answers to Week 1’s discussion questions for chapters 1-9 of Truthwitch :)

1. Safi and Iseult are fantastic fighters.  Have you ever wanted to learn how to fight/take self-defense classes or have you already?  Tell us about your reasoning/experience!

A: I’ve always thought it be great to learn how to fight and fence and shoot a bow and arrow. I grew up watching westerns and fell in love with Robin Hood, The 

Three Musketeers and Zorro. I always dreamed of those kinds of adventures. I have taken a self-defense class but haven’t really had any other fighting training. Now a-days I’m just trying to get fit in case the Zombie Apocalypse ever occurs!

2. Of these specialized witcheries revealed so far (truthwitch, threadwitch, bloodwitch, wordwitch, windwitch, voicewitch) which power would you like to have and why?

A: I think all of these witcheries have some amazing abilities and there is power in having each one for different reasons. I really found the windwitch powers to be exiting and useful for living life at sea and I mean if you’re  hovering in the air it’s almost like flying right?! I can also see being a wordwitch or a truthwitch as a very useful thing as well. Being able to persuade people with words/speaking could be very helpful in the Witchlands. On the other hand, being able to tell if someone is telling the truth or not could be a great defense tool or even a good offensive strategy when navigating the Witchlands. So right now, I’m torn between these three witcheries :)

3. The beginning of the book already features political intrigue, Safi and Iseult trying to get away, and the mystery of cleaving.  Which plot point interests you the most so far, and why?

*SPOILER ALERT* I’m most interesting in learning about the void wells and how those with witchery powers coming from the “void wells” to be a fascinating mystery I want to unravel. Do these wells exist? What is causing the others to “dry up”? and where does Safi’s powers draw from? Additionally, I wonder where the cleaving plays into with these wells.

4. Share a favorite quote from the book!

I have a few, but I thought to share these two with you all:
“He was good. The best figther she’d ever faced. But Safi and Iseult were better” (17).
“Safi ignored him–he was clearly an idiot–an in more time than it ought to take, she disentangled herself from the Nubrevnan and snatched up her dagger” (54).

5. Character Spotlight: Safiya |  Talk about what you like or dislike about Safi.  Do you identify with her in any way?  What do you think about her actions so far? 

A: I do like Safiya so far. I love her loyalty to Iseult and the way the girls trust each other and rely on each other. She has some badass fighting skills and a she can hold her own in multiple situations. I do find myself identifying with her in her sense of friendship and loyalty to Iseult; however, I think I still need to find out more about her. Right now some of things I don’t like about her is her somewhat young impulsiveness. Where Iseult seems to think things through and make some more responsible decisions, Safi tends to act first and think later which seems to get the two girls into some sticky situations frequently. I hope that she grows within the novel to understand her impulsiveness isn’t always the best thing in every situation.  

That’s the end of this week’s discussion questions for the Truthwitch Read-Along. Thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know your answers to some of these questions if you’ve read Truthwitch (or post your link to your answers!). If you haven’t read Truthwitch are you thinking of reading it?

Happy Reading!

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YOUTUBE: PopCrunchBoom Books Goes Live!

Hello my lovelies!

I have some exciting news to share with you all today! I’ve decided (after two-years of contemplating and telling myself I should do this) to start a Youtube channel! I’m taking PopCrunchBoom Books to Youtube!

I’m super excited to try out this new medium and can’t wait to upload some videos and new content for you all! My channel’s name is Bumbling Through in Blue since I’m covering more than bookish related content on the channel.

With this new channel, I’m hoping to share with you all some discussion videos (with spoilers), book hauls, and some more bookish-related topics. I really wanted to branch out from the blogging format and to have a place where I could go more in-depth with what I’m reading. Sometimes I hold myself back here on the blog because I don’t want to include any spoilers or even because the post might be getting too long. I’m hoping by having the Youtube channel, I’ll be able to fix these things!

What else you’ll find on my channel: more about me and my life! This medium also gives me the opportunity to share more of myself with you all outside of what I’m just reading. I’m hoping to do some vlogging of bookish events, daily living and maybe even some hauls! I’ve also just started Project Life scrapbooking and plan to share that on this channel as well :)

So without further adieu, here’s my first “Welcome” video!

Please let me know if you’re on Youtube too! I’d love to connect :) Also let me know what other content you’d like to see on my channel! I’m always looking for more ideas :)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

Happy Reading!

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ILLUMINAE BOOK REVIEW!

Good Afternoon Lovelies!

So February has been off to an okay start so far. I’ve been a little slow on the go with reading, but I’m determined to read-on through and not stress about what I don’t get done :) I hope you’re having a good reading month so far! Today’s review was on a favorite book so far this year and I cannot wait to share my thought with you all below! Also stay tuned for some exciting news coming up at the end of this week :)

 I received an ARC of this novel (from BEA 2015) in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review, thoughts or opinions in any way

Okay, on to the review :) If you’re sort on time, then check out my Need to Know section for a quick summary of my review!

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Genre: YA Science Fiction / Fantasy 
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Published: Oct. 2015 
Page:
599
Price:
$18.99 (Hardcover) 
Place:
Amazon, B & N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

My Rating:

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my review

Welcome to the Illuminae Files. I hope you’re in for a ride!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Kay Krstoff follows Kady Grant, a seventeen-year-old girl living on Kerenza–an illegal colony–in the year 2575. The story starts off with an interview transcript involving Kady detailing her survival after the attack from a company called BeiTech on her home colony. Now Kady and the rest of the survivors are holed up on three ships: the Hypatia, the Alexander and the Copernicus. While en route to safety from the pursuit of BeiTech’s attack ship, The Lincoln, crazy shit starts happening. Soon Kady, hacker-extraordinaire-in-training, begins to search for the truth of what’s going on. Working alongside a mentor and with help from her former boyfriend Ezra Mason, Kady works to expose the truth that the fleet command isn’t telling.

 Wow okay, let me be honest and say that it’s really hard to write a semi-summary of the book without giving it away! Hopefully the paragraph above gave you some intrigue and understanding of what this book is about. Illuminae ended up being such a wonderful read for me! I thoroughly enjoyed it (hence the 5 star rating!). Kaufman and Kristoff tell the story through interview transcripts, instant messages, video footage analysis, emails, journal entries and some word art/mix media. There are also some great blueprints of the ships to help with visualization! I found this style of storytelling to be so interesting. However, it did cause a slower pace in the beginning as I adjusted to the various formats and pieced together the situation. Once I settled into the world and storyline, I was gone!

I soon found myself turning page after page trying to get to the end, to get to the truth! It was such a twisty ride and by the time I got to the end I was left with round eyes and a need for the second book to be in my hands, like yesterday. I found the ending contained some twists that I wasn’t entirely expecting (a new thing for me!), which made me really love this book. I really love to be surprised.

The book overall contained a lot of action, intrigue and some zombie-esque horror. The genre definitely left me wanting to seek out another thriller/sci-fi novel (leave me some recs below!). There were some slow moments sprinkled about, especially in the beginning as I mentioned above, but otherwise the story moved along fast. The slow spots coupled with the various formats might turn some readers off. But I really hope you give it a few pages before being deterred away :)

I felt Kaufman and Kristoff did a nice job of world building. I really felt that the story was believable for the time period. Also the setting of the confined spaces on board ships was really fitting to this storyline and made it possible to be told in these multiple formats. There wasn’t a whole lot of me questioning why something was or why someone would act that way which I’ve found happening in other novels.

Moving on to characters, I definitely liked Kady. She was a strong character that lead most of the book and I enjoyed her sarcastic attitude and determination. While I felt she was a strong character, her actions sometimes had me shaking my head! Overall, I’d put her on my Survive The Apocalypse Squad for sure! Additionally, Ezra and the rest of the secondary characters were also strongly developed. Readers gain insight into a few secondary characters and Kaufman and Kristoff do a good job of making each character distinctive. I felt like I caught glimpses of their individually personalities and that made the book even more enjoyable. Ezra and Kady’s relationship was a little lack-luster for me. I didn’t always believe the direction their relationship took, but then I’m not sure if you’re really supposed to? Anyway, their relationship wasn’t exactly the main focus of the story so it wasn’t a huge bother to me. The last character I want to quickly touch on is the AI system known as AIDAN. Man, this character was so well written and definitely creeped me out at some points. I don’t want to go into too much detail about AIDAN because the character plays a big role throughout the novel and I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll just finish by saying I was really impressed by AIDAN and applaud Kaufman and Kristoff for their writing and character development :)

I seriously could probably go on and on about this book and I might do a discussion post so that I can talk spoilers. I think ultimately I was just blown away by the novel. I absolutely loved the writing style and the differing formats of the book (even though it did take me a little time to get used to them). There were some moments in the book that were so poetic, other moments that made me laugh and some moments that made my heart rate jump up. Overall, Kaufman and Kristoff brought to life a thrilling world that I cannot wait to explore more of! So um, yeah, can you move up that release date please?!

need to know

  • Illuminae follows 17-year-old Kady Grant after an attack on her home colony Kerenza. Kady, like the rest of the survivors, is now holding up abroad one of the three ships (Hypatia, Alexander and the Copernicus) now fleeing to safety from the BeiTech attack ship, The Lincoln. Soon crazy shit starts happening. Kady, hacker-extraordinaire-in-training, begins to search for the truth of what’s going on. Working alongside a mentor and with help from her former boyfriend Ezra Mason, Kady works to expose the truth that the fleet command isn’t telling.
  • Kaufman and Kristoff tell the story through interview transcripts, instant messages, video footage analysis, emails, journal entries and some word art/mix media. There are also some great blueprints of the ships to help with visualization!
  • The book overall contained a lot of action, intrigue and some zombie-esque horror.
  • World-building and character development were a huge success!
  • The slow spots in the beginning coupled with the various formats might turn some readers off.
  • I gave it 5 stars because I absolutely loved the writing style, the overall storyline, and Kady’s characterization. Mainly, it was a strongly written story that left me on the edge of my seat at some parts and at the end left me wanting more, more, more!

 

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on the world building, character development and writing style! Have a favorite part, quote, or character? Let me know! :) 

As always, Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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Hello lovelies!

I hope your week is going well so far! I’m balancing reading, class assignments and classes themselves :) but it’s been a fun start to the month so far!

I’ve decided to jump back on the wagon for Waiting on Wednesday. So read on for what I cannot wait to get my hands on!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

Blackhearts by Nicole Castronman

21936937Synopsis (via GoodReads): Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

need to know

Release Date: February 9, 2016
Pages:
384
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Price:
$17.99 (hardcover)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, GoodReads, IndieBound

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  • PIRATES!! Basically almost anything having to do with pirates is an instant-add for me. I love the sense of adventure that comes with pirate characters.
  • These two characters are stuck in circumstances that they don’t want and they’ll have to figure out a way to follow their hearts and break free from their current constraints. I’m intrigued to see how these characters develop through the novel and what choices they end up making.
  • The setting. Since this novel is based on the infamous Blackbeard, I’m assuming this novel is going to be historical fiction. I’m excited to explore the setting and see how the author brings this time period to life. Also, I usually enjoy novels taking place on ships/seas so I hope to see some of that within this novel as well.
  • This novel is listed as a 2016 Author Debut. I’m always interested in exploring new authors and new writing styles/voices. I can’t wait to delve into Castronman’s writing.

 

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have Blackhearts added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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