Blog Tour: At What Cost by J. Anderson featuring Book Review and Giveaway

When I got the chance to read this wonderful ya contemporary, I was totally beyond thrilled and jumped at the chance to get to see what was all about.

Blog Tour: The Sundering by Meg Jensen featuring Guest Post and Giveaway

It is just a thrilling, fast-paced, ball of epic adventure, cloud prophets, and twists and turns that you won't be expecting. I mean, how on earth do I sell this series!

Book Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jennifer Armentrout never fails to amaze me with her brilliancy in creating a vibrant world full of intriguing mystery and intelligently written world building skills woven into the very fabric of her stories.

Book Review: Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

The words spellbinding and suspenseful, is the best way that I know to describe this amazing book. To say that I was completely blown away by it, would be an understatement. Dearly Beloved was absolutely un-put-downable!

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater creates a stunning new spellbinding world that captures spirit, intrigue, and beautifully crafted world building with, The Raven Boys.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman


Prisoner of Night and Fog
Anne Blankman
Published: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Demographic: YA Historical Romance
Pages: 416


In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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Note: I received an eGalley of this for review approved by the publisher's through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


Beautifully written and full of suspense, Prisoner of Night and Fog has everything that a book should have to offer and so much more. Anne Blankman pens a stunning debut novel, rife with mystery, romance, and terrifying danger that will leave you breathless and anticipating more. So rich and full of history, one of the most enjoyable aspects of this book, is the way that Blankman has managed to take a horrific part of history and woven a story around basic facts so well that it comes together in such an original and unique way. The story being told within these pages encompasses so much love, bravery, challenges loyalties, highlights betrayals in the worst possible light, and instills a faith so strong that nothing can rip it apart. It's a story of self-discovery, choosing to go with your heart instead of turn a blind eye to the evils around you. There is a huge moral fiber woven into the tapestry of this beautifully written and darkly rich satisfying debut that readers will not want to miss out on.

Both Gretchen and Daniel are at the very heart of this harrowing tale of murder and suspense. In many ways, they are the very thing that bring it to life and manage to capture readers attention with so much heart, spirit, and astounding bravery in the face of so many odds stacked against them and their own beliefs. For Gretchen, it's a matter of growing and coming to understand that what you are told to believe and what your heart tells you to believe are incredibly two different things, that sometimes the journey of following your heart's beliefs is harder than giving into the lie you've been fed almost your entire life. Daniel wants to solve the mystery of Gretchen's father's murder and in doing so, he'll open Gretchen's eyes to the horrors all around her. He'll challenge her to open her mind and actually listen to the message her Uncle Dolf is delivering in his speeches, hear them for what they are, and not see them for what they appear to be among the German Aryans.

I have to admit that when I see a novel based loosely on Adolf Hitler or written around the events surrounding him, I usually find myself bristling at the idea of it. I go immediately to the "bad guy" mentality, instead of realizing the charisma that he possessed and his ability to manipulate those around him to do his bidding or hang on his every word. Blankman does a terrific job of showcasing these qualities about him, presenting him in such a way that he seems more human and terribly flawed, than just another evil man gone spilling hatred and almost wiping out an entire culture of people in history. Watching Gretchen go from admiring her Uncle Dolf, to realizing the horrors of his true nature, was one of the most interesting facets of this novel for me. The horror of a betrayal so devastating and the realization of being so manipulated for years by this man whom she admired and cared for a great deal, was stunning and heartbreaking at best.

The slow progression of the romance developing between Gretchen and Daniel, was just a beautiful and breathtaking, as the bravery that each of them shown throughout the novel. Two people from two separate worlds come together and become so much more than they could imagine themselves being. It was gorgeous to watch them uncover the cruel and painful details of Gretchen's father's murder and then fight to stay alive, and end up together in each other's arms. Love can be a terrifying beautiful thing, when it's real and full of so much faith as these two came to have in one another.

Prisoner of Night and Fog is a beautifully written, captivating, and engrossing novel that will leave readers tied up in knots, anticipating the next book in the series. The dark and dangerous twists and turns, will keep them on the edge of their seats, until the last page has been read. Anne Blankman is definitely an author to be on the look out for, when you're interested in truly suspenseful book filled with everything it should have.


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Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction. She is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray an imprint of HarperCollins. 



Friday, February 28, 2014

Bookish Charms Creations

Creations by Suz @ A Soul Unsung
Bookish Charms 
One of the things that I wanted to start doing on the blog, was talking about other things besides just the books that I love to read and various other bookish related stuff. It was a way of making this blog a little more personal and and a little more me. You may have have seen where I talk about my love of creating jewelry and other things in my blogging goals post for this year or in my recent letter to my future!self that I wrote and posted during last weekend's Book Blogger LoveAThon

I have a pretty big announcement that I'll be making in this post, but that's coming up in a bit. I wanted to share with you a few of the things that I have been creating over the last few months, because I'm extremely proud of the way they've turned out. I got into beading and jewelry making about a year and a half ago, because I was looking for another outlet to besides the blog to focus on. I never dreamed in my wildest imagination, that I would really enjoy it as much as I do right now. It's pretty amazing when I see an idea coming together and forming in my mind, then to be able to sit down and put together the design, and actually make it happen is even more awesome. Everything I've learned so far, though, has been self-taught through a lot of Youtube video tutorials and through the process of trial and error. 

Bookish Charms
For a while, I was just making what I like to call beaded book charms, which are actually bookmarks with little charms and pretty beads dangling from the ends. They're like those book thongs that you can buy in the bookstores and various little boutiques around your area. I was pretty content with that for a while, but then I started branching out into necklaces, earrings, charm bracelets (the standard ones) and now I'm actually making what I call a beautiful cluster charm bracelet, chunky charms that can be used to hang from journals, mini albums, purses, and of course smaller chunky key chains and purse bling. I even have an idea or new design in mind for a different kind of charm bracelet using beautiful beads and charms, plus a lot of chain and a chunkier charm to connect it all together. 

Usually I give away my creations for birthday's, Christmas, and other times to friends and family. For the last few months, I have actually had some pretty steady orders for my chunky key chains, book charms, and cluster charm bracelets where I have actually received payment for. It wasn't until I had read a really good friend's book, If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz, and was inspired by one of the most beautifully written characters that I decided I wanted to do really put everything I had into my jewelry design. I'm lucky to have so many wonderfully talented friends and people in my life who support me in this venture. It's a little scary, but I've decided that I'm going to just take the plunge and open up an Etsy shop this coming May, where I'll be selling some of my one-of-a-kind custom creations. 

Bookish Charms
I have a link at the top of my blog in my navigation bar that reads Bookish Charms, if you click on that link it will take you to a page where I talk a little bit more about my jewelry and custom beaded bookmarks, the type of beads and various charms that I use to make them with and there are even pictures of examples of my work. If you scroll a little bit  more, there is an order form where you can place orders for the beaded bookmarks and there is a list of prices. This is something that I'm putting my whole heart into and I'm hoping to make this a monthly feature here on the blog, where I share with you a few of the Bookish Charms pieces that I've created either for the Etsy shop this coming May or from the orders that I've received payment for.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing and I hope that it didn't bore you too much. Comment and let me know what you think of my creations, I'd love to know. If you have any idea's for bookmarks and bracelets that are based on characters from certain books or series themselves, let me know as a suggestion and I'll see what I can hopefully create. Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to order something for yourself and if you have idea's of colors, type, and charms I'm definitely open to that too.

Stay Tuned for Bookish Charms Coming to Etsy May 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Goodies from the Books N' Bloggers Swap with Candace @ Candace's Book Blog

Love it!
Best Swap Ever! <3
Okay, so recently you guys know that I participated in my very first swap that I've ever done, and I absolutely loved every bit of it. I ended up getting paired with a pretty amazing blogger (Candace @ Candace's Book Blog), who I've been following for almost two years or more. Oh my goodness, she is absolutely one of the sweetest person's I've gotten the chance to talk with and get to know a little bit. I loved conversing with her back and forth through emails, finding out what she doesn't and doesn't like, what she reads and won't read, and just a lot of fun things like that. We pretty much have a good amount of things in common, so I had no problem picking things up for her. In fact, I loved shopping for her so much that I wish I could have gotten her more, but the box wasn't big enough. 

When I got my box from her, I was just so incredibly excited that I couldn't help but rip right into it. Originally I was going to film an unboxing, but I was feeling so bad that day that I decided not to vlog and just take pictures of my goodies instead. And holy batcrap, that box
Love what Candace gave me! <3
Look it, all my goodies! <3
was crazy filled with so many AH-MAZING things that I couldn't hardly take my eyes off of them. One of the things she asked me is if I liked Lisa Schroeder books and I was like, yeah I like them but I think I've only read one so far and I know I really enjoyed it. So, I was super excited to see a copy of I Heart You, You Haunt Me in the box AND it was signed too! OMG! I did a little "happy Snoopy dance" and squealed while hugging the book to my chest. I think my gran thought I was a little nuts, but I don't even care. lol.

Digging further into the box I ended up pulling out freakin' hardback covers of Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Antigoddess, and Shadow Hills, which is a book that she said she read years ago and loved and crazy enough, it was a book that I had actually contemplated picking up a few months ago myself. I swear, this girl spoiled me so much and in her little note to me, she said that she wanted to stick another book in there, but that it wouldn't fit and I kinda wanted to do the same thing with me. LOL.

I really loved doing this swap and I know that I'll definitely be doing more of them in the future for sure, because it was just so much fun showering someone else with goodies. Oh, and I kinda forgot to tell you the idea behind the swap, which was that you were supposed to give the person you were paired up with three books (one was supposed to be off of their wishlist, one was supposed to be a book you loved, and the other was supposed to be a book that you have been wanting to read). Oh, and she even included this really cute little note pad and a magnetic daily planner, which I totally needed. She can like read minds or something, I don't even know, but I love this swap and future swaps will be forthcoming in the future!

I really hope you enjoyed this post and all of the goodies, if you want to see what I go her just head over to her blog and check out all her goodies!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Author Interview with Molli Moran

In less than a week and a half, one of my best friends and fellow bloggers, will be releasing her debut New Adult novel March 1st. I have been blogging and raving about As You Turn Away for weeks now. I was lucky enough to get the chance to beta read this before anyone else received ARC's for review and you guys are absolutely not going to want to miss out on this beautiful gem of contemporary romance. To say that I've fallen head over feet in love with this story and the beautiful inspiring characters that Molli has created would be a complete understatement. I talk a lot about how beautifully inspiring and amazing they are in my cover reveal post that also includes a small excerpt from the book itself. I also mention it as an "honorary debut" that I'm excited for in my top ten tuesday debuts of 2014 that I'm anticipating, as well. I honestly can't say enough good things about this book and if you've missed out on the chance to read an ARC of it, I'm not sure, but I think that you can still make requests for one over at Molli's Author Blog. I would jump all over that, if I were you for sure!

If by some crazy reason you haven't had the chance to hear about this stunningly gorgeous novel or haven't seen the beautifully designed cover that another one of my super talented and artistic friends designed for it (Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer) then stay tuned, because I'm going to tell you all about it and it's going to be followed with a short interview with Molli where we talk about ALL THE THINGS and you don't want to miss out on that.

BECAUSE WHO DOESN'T LOVE HOT 
SWOON-WORTHY WALKER BOYS?!


As You Turn Away (The Walker Boys #1)
Author: Molli Moran
Age Demographic: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Self-Published
Release Date: March 1, 2014

When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.

Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.

But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.

Okay, so now that you've been properly introduced to As You Turn Away, let's dish with Molli about all things author-ish, swoon-worthy Walker boys, and my girl Quinn!

LET'S TALK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS
WITH MOLLI MORAN

Me: Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what inspired you to become an author?

Molli: I knew from an early age that I wanted to write, but I've had a lot of stepping stones along the way - people and phases that helped me grow into the author I am today. I think ultimately I always wanted a way to express this NEED I have to tell stories that lift characters up into who they want to become.

As far as who I am, that's always changing, as anyone who's looked at my Twitter bio more than once can tell you. I live in the South, and love it for the most part. I'm an avid reader, daydreamer, and tweeter. I love watching a few favorite shows, and spending time with my favorite people. I love being outdoors, with my pets, or working out in the gym.

Me: How much of yourself did you write into AYTA and how much was a beautiful, touching story that came together organically?

Molli: I never set out to model myself after any characters or experiences, although I think it's an occupational hazard, that a little bit of yourself leaks into any story. I'd say I poured a lot of love into AS YOU TURN AWAY, and I hope if my characters reflect anything about me, it's that - their ability to love, their self-love. Although I started out with a strict outline, at some point the characters just took over, and Jonah and Quinn's story really flowed out of me without rules or plans.

Me: And of course, finally... What was your favorite/least favorite things, while writing AYTA?

Molli: I think my favorite thing was seeing all the little things come together - this or that falling into place, something a character said early on making sense, and seeing the puzzle pieces click so I could see the big picture. There's a real satisfaction in all that.

My least favorite thing was all the times I cried! AS YOU TURN AWAY became such an emotional journey for the characters AND me, but it was all very necessary.

See how amazing this girl is?! She's incredibly fantastic and you know what, so is her book! I mean really, I'm not just saying this because she's my best friend or anything, I would be saying this if she was a complete stranger and I had the opportunity to beta a version of this book before it was released to everyone else because holy batman whoa! This book is incredible!!!!

Find out for yourself on Saturday, March 1st because she's going to be hosting a Twitter Chat where she'll be giving away copies of her book and there's going to be tons of other fun things. You just don't want to miss out on this, because I'm even going to make an appearance that day, but you'll just have to tune in to see how that way is going to be because my lips are sealed and I'm totally hush hush!

So, you can find Molli all over the blogosphere and the social media networks, go check her out, hit her up to chat, and tell her how excited you are for her book to be released. I know that would totally make her day! Oh, and before I forget...

SOUTHERN SWOONS HAS ALL THE FEELS 
FOR THE WALKER BOYS!


Go join her Facebook Group for Southern Swoons and learn how you can become a part of her awesome 
Street Team like I am. You know I couldn't not!




Molli is a Southern writer who doesn't consider her day complete if she hasn't written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She's a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books. When not reading or blogging, she can be found obsessing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend.


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