Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Recently Added to my TBR List!

Top Ten (Eleven) Books Recently Added to my TBR List!

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

Looking at my TBR list, I’ve realized that I’ve added almost 70 books to this list sine the beginning of March… 70 BOOKS!!!! HOW DOES ONE EVEN DO THAT?!?!?! What in the world?!?! So, I’m taking my most recent picks, ANDDDDDD I’m choosing some books that may need a little more love and attention than the more popular ones circulating through the bookish world! I’ve included summaries, genres, ratings, number of reviews, publish dates, publishers, and famous readers with each one so that you can add them to your TBR as well! Enjoy! ❤

1. Darkangel by Christine Pope

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance – Witches

Rating:3.77

Reviews: 93

Published: March 30th, 2014

Publisher: Dark Valentine Press

Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare….

As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.

Darkangel is the first book in the Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona

2. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller/Paranormal – Ghosts

Rating: 3.87

Reviews: 138

Published: March 24th, 2015

Publisher: Weinstein Books

Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…

3. Magic Price (The Crown of Stones) by C.L. Schneider

Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy

Rating: 3.98

Reviews: 27

Published: December 18th, 2013

Publisher: Self Published

Read and Loved by: D.M. Cain, J. Ross, Tom Reinhart, Quoleena Sbrocca, Christina McMullen

Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races. Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price. A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present. Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

4. Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Genre: YA Steampunk/SciFi

Rating: 3.55

Reviews: 223

Published: January 1st, 2012

Publisher: Flux

Read and Loved by: Colleen Houck, Kate Tilton

Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock’s hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer’s eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

5. Red by Alyxandra Harvey

Genre: Ya Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance

Rating: 3.81

Reviews: 76

Published: March 10th, 2015

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

6. Eramane by Frankie Ash

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 3.97

Reviews: 19

Published: 2013

Publisher: Archway Publishing

In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever.

As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.

In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.

7. Emerge by Heather Sunseri

Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy/Romance

Rating: 4.28

Reviews: 10

Published: March 3rd, 2015

Publisher: Sun Publishing

Read and Loved by: Laura Pauling, Jessica Patch

From the author of the Mindspeak series comes the first in a brand new dystopian romance series.

Six years ago, a highly contagious virus wiped out more than ninety-nine percent of the country’s population. The only person to contract the virus and survive, Cricket fled her identity and the safety of New Caelum, an airtight city. Now eighteen, she watches the city where the wealthy cocooned from the devastating outbreak. When the city’s rumbling incinerator wakes her one night while she and her friends are camping just beyond the city walls, she alone knows what the fiery machine means: the lethal virus is back.

Only eighteen, Westlin Layne is already being groomed to succeed his mother as New Caelum’s next president. Suddenly West’s sister develops symptoms of the deadly virus thought to be eradicated years ago. Placed under quarantine, the president confesses to West a long-held secret: Christina Black, West’s childhood friend and first love, survived the virus, and her body alone holds the precious antibodies to save his sister.

Now West must leave the city to find Christina. But Cricket has no intention of being found.

8. The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

Genre: YA Fantasy/Greek Mythology/Romance

Rating: 3.83

Reviews: 286

Published: March 11th, 2014

Publisher: Egmont (Crying ugly tears right now. SUPPORT THIS AUTHOR!)

Read and Loved by: Sara Raasch, Sara B. Larson, Colleen Houck

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

9. Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance – Witches

Rating:3.75

Reviews: 203

Published: May 25th, 2011

Publisher: Langdon Street Press

Read and Loved by: Jennifer Armentrout, Kristi Cook

The spell was simple…

Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)

But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?

Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds — much less one that reveals she’s a witch with unimaginable power.

What’s more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own…

Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood’s deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?

10. Burn Out by Kristi Helvig

Genre: YA SciFi/Post Apocolyptic

Rating: 3.61

Reviews: 142

Published: April 8th, 2014

Publisher: Egmont (AGAIN, BALLING MY EYES OUT! SUPPORT THIS AUTHOR!)

Read and Loved by: Sarah Raasch, Lindsay Cummings, A. Rolland, Paula Stokes, Lynn Matson

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone–her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun–one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.

She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father’s bio-weapons–weapons designed to work only for her. She’d felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father’s request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

Honorable Mention: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

This book had slightly too many reviews and ratings to make my “need some love” cut, but if you don’t have this on your TBR shelf, YOU NEED TO PUT IT ON THERE NOW! ❤

Genre: YA High Fantasy/Romance

Rating: 3.98

Reviews: 991

Published: September 15th, 2013

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Read and Loved by: Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Cara Bertrand, Sara Raasch, Amie Kaufman, Mindy McGinnis, Lindsay Cummings

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure

So, my lovely readers, what do you think? Will you be adding any of these books to your TBR shelf? Are any of them already on there? Should I be adding any others to mine?!

Don’t forget: I have two giveaways going on right now; one for The Fairytale Keeper series by Andrea Cefalo, the other for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Also, Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays starts this Saturday! Come join the swank six and I as we kick off a brand new monthly feature. We will be posting some personalized book spine poetry and we hope that you will too! You can find more information on this feature, the swank six, and the monthly schedule on the Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays page link on the pages line across the top of the blog.

Have a wonderful week!!!

Kelly ❤

Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays…You Should DEFINITELY Join in on the Fun!

Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays start up THIS SATURDAY, April 4th! Be sure not to miss it and come spread the joy and fun as we invite you all to join us in creating personalized book spine poetry! 🙂

ssssOh HEEEY there! I just wanted to tell you about something exciting that will be happening THIS WEEKEND! Yes…THIS WEEKEND! And the best part…YOU CAN PARTICIPATE TOO!

This Saturday is the kickoff of the Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays with your hosts…The Swanky Six! Here’s just a little info for you…

WHAT is the Spectacularly Swanky Saturdays…It is the time for all of us to respond to a topic and talk bookish things. There will be a topic, but you can definitely run wild with it! Even though this is hosted by the “Swank Six” we welcome EVERYONE to participate. We would love for as many participants as possible. Just make sure to link back to one of us and use the #SwankySat hashtag on twitter so we can see what you are all up to!

WHEN is the Spectaculary Swanky Saturdays…the first Saturday of every month (dates will be shown with…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books From My Younger Years

My Top Ten Books From My Younger Years That I Would Love To Revisit!

This Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and Bookish! =)

This is decently exciting!! I can already feel the nostalgia making it’s way through my brain! YAYY… kind of… hahah =) I’m doing books from all over my kid years, so here goes nothing!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Because honestly… how could you not?!

2. Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer

Jackie is still one of my favorite female characters EVER. I don’t think I will ever love a character as much as I did her… although Celaena Sardothien is coming very, very close! I will be revisiting this series eventually in order to close it out! The last book came out recently, in time for Meyer to pass away. His memory is forever preserved in this beautiful, adventurous, witty series.

3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I used to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! It was one of my very first reads in the historical/somewhat *fantastical* genre! Plus, Kit is the kind of character who just doesn’t fit in where she was placed and no matter how hard she tries, she has her own identity and sticks to it without fear. Love that fire in her!

4. Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

I already know that I’ll be revisiting this entire series. It’s a definite. I fell so hard for the drama and all of the characters in this series. They are all so wonderful and I just kept crying and laughing and crying and laughing. It’s a wild ride, but one worth staying around for!

5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I still clearly remember the opening to this series. I’ve read it twice already. It’s one of my favorites, combining both female power, historical fiction, and fantasy into one! did you all know that just about every character, protagonist, antagonist, etc., in this series is FEMALE?! And it was still amazing!!! How awesome is that?!

6. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

This is a slightly more recent one (I probably read this when I was 16??? Maybe???), but it remains one of my favorites to this day. I can’t promote this book enough. Cynthia takes angels to a new height and twist with this trilogy. It should be read and shared by the millions!

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I used to try to read this during science class. I’d put it under the desk and read it until I got yelled at by my teacher. I was so caught up in it. I’d love to give it a re-read and see if I fall in the same kind of love with it all over again. ❤

8. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

This is another more recent (probably 17???) read. It still, to this day, remains one of my favorites. I shout this book from the roof tops. The movie was horrible, but the book is a true story of human survival and the meaning of humanity. It’s beautiful, honestly.

9. Get that Girl out of the Boys Locker Room by Elaine Moore

Going WAYYYYY back, I read this book multiple times. It was my first really strong female character! It’s about a girl who joins the football team in middle school and defies all the boys and their stereotypes for her. I couldn’t get enough of it because, lets face it, I’m still constantly trying to beat boys into the ground when they think they’re better than me. Nothing like a swift kick of a kickball to make them shut their traps… especially if it’s perfectly aimed low…

10. Creole by Stephen Cosgrove

Going even further back, before I was even in kindergarten, this was the book I always demanded that my mom read to me before bed. It’s a beautiful children’s book about an ugly dinosaur-like creature learning to accept herself for who she is, and about her friends learning to see her inner beauty and not judge on her outer shell. This is one book I’d love to be able to find again. It’s been lost through the years, but I still remember it. If there was one book I want to be able to pass on to my own children, it’s this one…

Creole

What do you all think? Any of our lists match? Are there any that you would love to read? Any recommendations for me?!

So that wraps up for today! Make sure to stop by and check out my two giveaways happening on the blog right now! One for Andrea Cefalo’s The Fairytale Keeper series, and another for a UK edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses! Have fun!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL week ahead of you! Stay safe, warm, and happy. =)

❤ Kelly

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ACOTAR GIVEAWAY! Win one UK edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! US ONLY

Yes, you heard that right!! I have one UK edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses up for the taking!

After having a decently embarrassing incident, the UK version ended up in my hands. It’s slightly jaded with that same bad energy for me, because it keeps reminding me of the incident that caused it. I feel guilty because I don’t think I deserve this one. I’d like for someone else to have this wonderful book and to give it a new energy; A positive energy! So, I am hosting this giveaway of ACOTAR in order to find this book a new home with someone who loves it more than I can!

Without further adieu, I give you the UK edition of ACOTAR!

Goodreads Summary:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!”

Giveaway Conditions:

1. You will have until 12:01am on April 6th to enter into the contest.

2. I will select one winner. This winner will have 48 hours to get back to me and claim their prize.

3. If I do not hear from you in 48 hours, I will choose another winner.

4. If you cheat, you will be disqualified from this giveaway.

5. Sorry guys, I’m poor and can’t afford to ship over seas. =( US ONLY

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

❤ Kelly

Interview with Andrea Cefalo on life, writing, and The Fairytale Keeper + GIVEAWAY!

Interview with Andrea Cefalo on The Fairytale Keeper Series!

Welcome, welcome everyone! I told you all I would be doing a wonderful interview today and I’m so excited to have Andrea Cefalo on the blog! Below is a feature on her first book, an interview with her, and a Rafflecopter giveaway for BOTH of her books in this series (in ebook format)! Read, comment, ask questions, enter the giveaway, ENJOY!

The Fairytale Keeper:

Summary: “Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.”

Find this book on Goodreads by clicking here!

Andrea Cefalo

About Andrea, via Goodreads: Andrea Cefalo is a bit of a roamer, growing up in New Hampshire, Maryland, and South Carolina, though the bulk of her family lives in Maine. She dreamed of a career in art restoration, but somehow ended up becoming a grade school teacher before realizing she really wanted to be a writer. She taught for three years and then decided to finish The Fairytale Keeper series and pursue her new found ambition. Andrea lives with her husband and two border collies in Greenville, South Carolina, which she calls home, at least for now.

Click here to see Andrea’s Goodreads profile!

Interview with Andrea:

Q: What made you want to become an author?

Andrea: I always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t like I just knew I was going to be a writer. The idea for The Fairytale Keeper came to me in 2006. I wrote a little of it. Then, life happened: I graduated college, I got a real job, I married my husband, we bought a house. The Fairytale Keeper fell by the wayside. I got really sick in 2010 and had to leave teaching. I didn’t really know where I fit in to the world after that. If I wasn’t a teacher what was I? Writing had been cathartic for me in the past, so I dusted off my manuscript and got to work. Two years later, I published The Fairytale Keeper.

Q: What has fueled your love of the medieval times?

Andrea: The short answer to that: travel and books. During a middle school field trip to New York City, our group visited The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the architecture and arts of medieval Europe. Growing up in the US, I had never stepped inside a Medieval building before. I was in absolute awe. A few years later, my mom took me to England, and we toured Canterbury along with several other famous castles and cathedrals. A children’s literature course required me to read Crispin by Avi and The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman. These amazing books took me back to those great experiences and rekindled my passion for the time period.

Q: What is your writing process like?

Andrea: The process changes. Right now, I am finalizing revisions for my the third novel in The Fairytale Keeper series, The Baseborn Lady. Lately, I spend the first part of my day on the business end of publishing: tweeting, blogging, etc. Then, I read for an hour. Reading great books makes the revising go more quickly and more smoothly. Did I mention coffee? There is lots of coffee involved.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best thing about being an author?

Andrea: By far, my favorite aspect of writing is connecting with my readers. When someone truly gets what I am doing, it’s better than selling a thousand books.

Q: What inspired you to write The Fairytale Keeper?

Andrea: The idea came to me during a children’s literature class. We were comparing fairytales across cultures and the professor said that nearly all cultures had a Cinderella story.  If that’s true, then either the real Cinderella lived thousands of years ago or there is just something so compelling about such a story that most cultures created their own.  My story works on the first assumption: What if all Grimm’s fairy tales originated with one person?

Q: How did you come up with the title The Fairytale Keeper?

Andrea: It was trial and error. I suck at coming up with titles. The basic premise—that Adelaide is the origin of Grimm’s fairytales—seemed like a good place to start. But how do you communicate that in only a few words? The story was almost called The Fairytale Ancestress, but ancestress sort of sounds like incest, so I threw that one out. When I came up with The Fairytale Keeper, I knew that was it.

Q: Your main character’s name, Adelaide, means “noble” and “kind”. Coincidence?!

Andrea: I wish I had something profound to say about this, but I don’t. Sorry! It is a complete coincidence.

Q: What made you pick Snow White for Adelaide’s nickname?

Andrea: The Fairytale Keeper follows the life of a medieval commoner who was not only the real Snow, but the origin of Grimm’s fairytales, as well. Therefore, Adelaide was Snow White well before she was ever Adelaide. It took me a while to name her, but Snow White is not a very Medieval name, so I scoured resources for Medieval German names, and Adelaide resonated with me. It just sounded right.

Q: Who is your favorite character in The Fairytale Keeper?

Andrea: That changes. When I write too much of a character, I get a little sick of them. I also don’t like characters who are all good or all bad, so when I can show the humanity of villains or the flaws of my so-called heroes and heroines, I’m a pretty happy camper.

Q: What can we expect to see in The Countess Captive?

Andrea: Someone is going to get married. I won’t say who.

Haha, way to leave us on a cliffy. =) Andrea, it was SO WONDERFUL to interview you. I loved having you here and look forward to working with you again!

Keep an eye out for more on The Fairytale Keeper series here on Live, Love, Read! I’ll be posting a review on The Fairytale Keeper soon! A feature on The Countess’ Captive will be going up on April 4th, and the review will follow on April 20th!

The Fairytale Keeper Giveaway:

In the meantime, you can enter and share the below giveaway to win a copy of Andrea’s series in ebook format! One lucky winner will get both ebooks!

Giveaway Conditions:

Winner will be announced via twitter and on my blog post on April 20th!

The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me.

If I do not receive a response after 48 hours has passed, I will select another winner.

Enter Giveaway by clicking HERE!

I hope you all have a great rest of your week! I look forward to interacting with all of you and I can’t wait to announce the winner of this giveaway!

And before I leave you, please remember to keep spreading the word about my Readers Helping Teachers feature on Thursdays so that I can help our teachers and students in need!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

❤ Kelly

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR List!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List!

I know I’m posting this a little early this week, but I’ll be putting up an interview with Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper, tomorrow! My first ever blog tour and interview post! Wahooo!!! Andrea is wonderful and you will all love her, so please stop by to show some love, check out her book, and read her interview!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and Bookish!

Can I just tell you all how excited I am for this Top Ten Tuesday?! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Spring! Especially because the first day of Spring is my BIRTHDAY!!! WAHOOO!! Plus, this snow thing is getting old. Mother nature can take her white, fluffy crap back and give me some warm sun, please and thank you!

So, anyways, I now present you my TOP TEN SPRING TO-BE-READ LIST!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Of course, how could you not expect me to have this one on here? Come on now! Do you all even know me?!

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I’m a little apprehensive of this one because it seems a little different from what I am used to. I’ll be reading it with Andi though, so that should make everything better!!!

3. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

Though I’m not much of a contemporary person, I AM a ghost person! I watch every ghost show under the planet. Give me creepy spirits haunting the TV any day (haunting me is a whole other ball game)! I hear this has let down a few people who have expected it to be really scary, but the truth is that I would rather it NOT keep me up at night! So, I am very much looking forward to reading this one! I could use a good ghostly thriller (that doesn’t keep me up listening for the bumps in the night)!

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Ahhhhh Sabaa, my heart is yearning for this one. I can’t wait to read all about the adventures of Laia and her journey to get her brother back. I’ve heard a few mixed reviews, but most of them seem to be on the higher side of the star table! I’m hoping that Laia turns out to be as BA as she is described!!

5. The Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Because I’ve been talking to Lori on twitter, it makes this series SO MUCH MORE appealing than it already was. All I want to do is read it and tweet Lori going, “OMG I LOVE IT AND YOU AND IT’S JUST SO AMAZING AND YOURE AWESOME!”… which I have a very strong feeling I’m going to do anyways. Hahaha, beware Lori! Beware!!!

6. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

I. LOVE. THE NUTCRACKER! Being a ballerina, this was my favorite ballet in the world growing up because I actually got to be in it multiple times through the years in different parts. It was so much fun! Now, add a really messed up world and some dark characters and call it a really mentally screwed up nutcracker?… Well, let’s just say that my mind is screwed up enough to love this idea and be excited to see how Claire managed to derange the fantasies of Clara.

7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

No, I haven’t read this one yet. Yes, I know it’s a prequel to my favorite series. Yes, I know it’s my favorite author. No, I’m not ashamed! I will read you!!! I am just waiting until I thoroughly miss Celaena Sardothien’s kick-assness to pick it up, open it, and start getting caught in that world again.

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I have heard so. many. good. things. about this series. A ridiculous amount of my bookish friends have told me that I’m going to love Katsa and her BA tendencies. I’m really excited to read this one!! I could use a good BA heroine that kicks butt on a  daily basis. =) I’ll be reading this one with Lauren!

9. Incarante by Jodi Meadows

After reading The Orphan Queen and loving it, I’ve been asking around about Jodi’s Incarnate series. I’ve heard quite a few good reviews, so this one just recently made it onto my TBR shelf! It’s so pretty and the topic of reincarnation is something I feel doesn’t get touched on very often in this sense. Plus… I’ve heard the swoons are to die for! ❤

10. The Heir by Kiera Cass

Queen. of. feels. Kiera Cass! The Selection ripped my heart open, shredded it into a million pieces, and then spit it back out again because Kiera’s main character, America, was so insanely relatable because she was created with flaws, insecurities, and all the like that come with being in love. It hurts my heart to know that she’s going through what I have gone through. The ache in my chest took two days to fully go away! Needless to say, I am not-so-patiently waiting for this book to be released in May!

Those are my choices! If anyone wants to buddy read, let me know! Although, I will give fair warning that I am not an easy person to buddy read with because I like speed read through everything or keep having to read other books that have deadlines! I’M SORRY LAUREN AND ANDI! But, I love having people to swoon and fangirl with! especially when there are hot, male, fictional characters involved (I swoon over my boyfriend all the time, I’m allowed to swoon over a fictional character, right?!)

What would your choices be?! What are all of you trying to read this Spring? I’m interested to hear what’s next on deck on your TBR shelf! =)

❤ Kelly

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Readers Helping Teachers – Andi’s Story

Readers Helping Teachers

UPDATE: Andi has reached 40 copies! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has helped to make this possible!

Today marks a very important day in my blogging history to date (although my history really is not that long). Today is my first ever feature of Readers Helping Teachers. This feature is designed to promote teachers, librarians, assistants, and other people who are trying to help make their communities a better place for the next generation. In today’s economy, many schools are struggling to buy books for their students, including regular English class classic novels. There are even some schools that don’t have libraries for students to sit and work, research papers, use computers, and print necessary materials. Many public libraries are being shut down or are forced to cut back on their book intake. We are all struggling in some way or another and the generation that is paying for it are the children who are growing up now without easy access to necessary materials and the books we all grew up and fell in love with.

After becoming a part of this wonderful bookish blogging community through bloglovin’, twitter, instagram, and so much more, I’ve seen the hearts that many people in this world hold. Those of us here have good hearts. We’re good people trying to make a difference in the world and working everyday to get our voices heard and to help each other. I’d never met people like all of you before I created my twitter account that lovely day in January and became a part of OTSP Secret Sister. The rest is history. I gained friends willing to go to extremes in order to help me. I’ve met ladies who talk to me everyday, good or bad, whining or squeeling, just trying to build a connection with me that lasts. I’ve had the extreme pleasure of unofficially and officially meeting so. many. wonderful. people. through this community. I’m sure that all of you can understand why I felt the need to create this feature when my friend Andi tweeted something that caught my eye on Monday…

Andi Strube is a wonderful person. She was one of the first OTSP Secret Sisters who I began talking to and we immediately connected. You know that kind of connection where you just feel like you could talk forever and you understand them without really needing words? That was my connection with Andi. We’ve never met, don’t get me wrong, but the day we started talking and realized how similar we are was a day that I believe to have changed us both. I had a new English teacher friend, someone I could relate to, complain about my students to, worry about deadlines and grades with. We were “insta-friends” and a few days later, Andi dubbed us “Soul Sisters”. It stands true to this day, a few months later, that I still go to her to talk to someone who understands what it’s like to teach and the trials and horrors that come with it. No one understands a teacher quite like another teacher. =)

This past Monday, Andi tweeted out, “Anyone want to give me $200 so my kids can have books?” I immediately tweeted her back saying that I was sorry and sympathized with her. I understood that pain of not being able to get necessary materials in order to get through to your students and actually make a difference in their lives. I knew the guilt and self-crushing doubt that comes with that type of “failure”. Andi went on to tell me that the previous teacher, whom she took over for, stole an entire class set of canonical novels and she was now down forty copies of The Devil’s Arithmetic. My mind was blown. My heart hurt. That’s just unspeakable. Now Andi was left with not being able to afford $200 worth of necessary materials to teach these students what she was told she has to teach them. There is no getting around it. There is no reading another book. You teach what you are told to teach, and if the school couldn’t provide the books for her class… well… for a lack of better words, Andi and her students were about to be thrown in the dumpsters and left for dead. That’s how the teacher world works.

I immediately put out a plea for her on twitter, asking if anyone had any copies that they could donate to Andi and her class. To both mine and Andi’s extreme surprise, two wonderful people (ReadingtoDistraction and Literary, etc.) stepped up and donated their own money to buy 30 copies of The Devil’s Arithmetic. We were so overwhelmed, touched, moved by their generosity. Even though I’m surrounded by amazing people in this community, I never thought that doing something like this could be possible. I was messaging Andi as we were both crying over the fact that people actually do care about teachers. People actually do care about our students and want them to succeed. People actually do care and are generous enough to donate so much of what they have for the good of others. We cried together that night and the next morning, Andi and her principal cried over it too.

We were all so happy, and it was then that I was hit with the idea for this feature and realized that I had to be the one to create it, promote it, and tell the stories of people who have a greater need than I do. This feature is what my blog was created for. Helping people has always been my passion and I knew…I KNEW… that this was something I needed to do. I asked Andi to tell a little bit about her story, her students, and how far they have come with her help. I asked her to tell me about her need for these classroom copies of The Devil’s Arithmetic so that even those of you reading this who aren’t teachers can really relate to what we go through and how desperate some of these students are to get supplies that will encourage them to learn and grow to be more than they ever thought imaginable. Without further adieu, Ms. Andi Strube…

“I didn’t know I wanted to be a teacher until my senior year of high school. I went through some hard stuff at that time in my life, and it took me seven years to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree. But, on December 16, 2014, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education. I had a job before I graduated college at a middle school here in Las Vegas, Becker. I got thrown in halfway through the year and it has been an adventure, to say the very least.

Top Ten Tuesday – Of YA Romantic Fantasies and BA Heroines!

Good Morning Everyone!!!!

This Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by Broke and Bookish!

So, today I couldn’t decide what in the world to make my top ten. After seeing a few others posts, it seems no one is going with fantasy! Then there’s me, “UHHHHH I like fantasy… a lot…” *awkwardly stares at everyone in silence* *cricket, cricket*. ANYWAYS, I figured I would bring some fantasy into this post… which is nothing new to all of you who know me and my blog well enough. However, I couldn’t decide between my wonderful list of YA Romantic Fantasies and my kicking ass and taking names “Bad Ass” Heroines. So… I’m doing both… with a little twist at the end. Without further adieu, read on my lovelies. READ ON!

Top 5 YA Romantic Fantasies

5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

1. Fallen by Lauren Kate

Top 5 Bad Ass Heroines in YA Fantasy

5. Suzume “Zu” in The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

4. Melanie Stryder in The Host by Stephanie Meyer

3. Mare Barrow in Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

2. Alianne in The Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

1. Zoey Redbird in the Marked series by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Top 5 of my Most Anticipated Bad Ass Heroines in Ya Romantic Fantasy

5. Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Scarlet in Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

3. Ellie in Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

2. Alina Starkov in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

1. Katsa in Graceling by Kristen Cashore

I tried to pick novels/books/authors that aren’t quite as well known and that I don’t praise on a constant basis (Although SJMaas is just inevitable. Sorry guys!) I also forced myself not to repeat any series or books in these lists! If you have any questions, want any clarification, want to fangirl, etc., let me know! I’m totally willing to talk about every single one of these books and give you more of an insight as to why I chose them!

What about all of you? What would you choose as your top pick in all three sections?!

Please keep an eye out for a new feature coming to my blog called “Readers Helping Teachers” which will show on Thursdays, when needed. It’s a feature that I am creating to help teachers and students who can’t afford books and need some help! All students have a right to read and I’d like to help provide that love of reading and learning by giving us all a chance to donate used books to a great cause. Every week, when there is a need, I will be featuring a different teacher, librarian, assistant, after school care personnel, etc. that is in need of some books. I will give a short background on their stories, why they are in need, and what specific book or types of books they are in need of. This Thursday, I will be featuring a middle school teacher and close friend of mine, Andi, who works in Las Vegas in a poor school district. Please help me in spreading the word about this feature. The more people that read on Thursdays, the more people we can help. Thank you all for your continued support and, most recently, your enthusiasm on twitter to contribute to this feature/project in whatever way you can. It brought me to tears last night and restored my faith in humanity. You all have no idea how much it means to know that there are people who care about teachers and their students out in this big world we call home.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday and a great start to your week!

❤ Kelly

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Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Goodreads Summary:

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

My Review:

Because it took me so long to post this review ANDDDDD BECAUSE JODI’S THE ORPHAN QUEEN comes out TOMORROW, I’m doing something a little bit different than my usual! I’m creating a survey as a review in order to have some fun! So, here goes nothing…

1. What first attracted you to this book?

Well, at the moment I’m obsessed with this princess/queen type of main characters that YA fantasy is coming out with. Pair that with a spy? I’m all yours, especially because I absolutely love the Throne of Glass series, so I figured I would give it a shot!

2. What would you say is your favorite part about this novel?

I guess you can say that my favorite part about this book was that Wil had this insane urge to take care of her people. She would go to such extreme lengths to make sure that her people, and many others, were taken care of. Without giving spoilers, this moral righteousness caused her to create her multiple identities and stand up for herself when it was needed. I won’t say that she was necessarily a saint though. She has her flaws, suspicions, insecurities, and it made me feel connected to her in a way that I feel I can’t connect to many characters. I felt like Jodi really understood what it meant to be human and have compassion for others while still looking out for yourself, which is how Wil is portrayed in this novel.

3. What was your favorite scene?

Oh my goodness, THE BRIDGE SCENE! THE BRIDGE SCENE! Those who have read this book know exactly what I’m talking about! SHIP SHIP SHIP! My heart just melted and I was just dancing around inside my head all happy-go-lucky!

4. What was your least favorite part of this novel?

THE ENDING! Holy goodness, let’s just say that there is a reason there is an “Orphan Queen Support Group” on twitter for those who have finished this novel. If you ever need us, feel free to hashtag #OQSupportGroup! We will be there for you!

5. What did you most like about the main character?

I loved that Wil was leading three different lives throughout this entire novel. She was said to be called many things, and that she was! Jodi stayed true to her character though, and I very much enjoyed the fact that Wil still stayed strong in her moral beliefs and went with her gut. It made her seem more realistic to me because I sometimes feel like I live a very similar life. People see different sides of me all the time. It’s not that I necessarily want to be a different person or that I am different personalities around other people, but it’s that there are parts in all of us that come out a little more when the situation calls for it or we find friends who have similar personalities to match.

6. Who was your favorite character?

Definitely the Black Knife!!! The mystery! The intrigue! The moral righteousness! I absolutely adored him and the way he conversed with Wil as well. Their witty banter, secrets, and acceptance of each other just made this novel that much mroe interesting to read.

7. Who would you recommend this book to?

I would definitely recommend this novel to other YA fantasy lovers, like myself, who are enjoying the princess/queen pattern that has been going around. I would also recommend this novel to readers who like a little bit of mystery, flawed characters, some moral grey areas, and a main character who many times does not think before throwing herself into dangerous situations.

8. What would you rate this book? Why?

Thinking back on it, now that I’m not so taken over by emotions from that ending, I would give The Orphan Queen a 5.0, simply because I can’t find anything that I was honestly annoyed with or that irritated me other than the fact that I just wanted more. I wanted more explanation of everything and I wanted to really get involved a little bit more in Wil’s life. However, I can’t bring a rating down simply for having a word limit! So, this novel stays at 5 stars!

9. Are there any extra comments about this book that you would like to add?

I just want to add that I love this book. It comes out tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th (the same day as The Infinite by Lori M. Lee), and I honestly suggest that I you call up your local book store and have them put a copy on reserve, or pre-order your own copy now! I think many of you will love it and I look forward to hearing your responses to the plot!! It twists and turns all around your head until your dizzy trying to keep up! Also, I anticipate book two being even better than book one! The ending of The Orphan Queen just sets you up to have your heart ripped out multiple times on a roller coaster ride you know Jodi is about to strap you into, if only for fun of making her cookies from your tears…

Plus, Jodi Meadows is just the sweetest person and I want to support her full-heartedly. I already pre-ordered my own copy and received one of her hand written calligraphic quote cards in the mail! It was such a wonderful gift to find when I got home!

Alright everyone, that wraps up this review! I hope you had fun reading this survey! It made my review just a tad bit more fun to write when I felt like I was interviewing myself rather than writing a critical analysis essay! =)

Enjoy the rest of your week! I should be posting my Top Ten Tuesday tomorrow! Let me know if you end up reading The Orphan Queen, because I’m always more than happy to discuss it and fangirl over Black Knife. And remember, the Orphan Queen Support Group is here for you!