Blogger Recognition Award

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Hi everyone! I was recently nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the very sweet Darque Dreamer Reads! This is so nice to be a part of and I’m so honored!

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  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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I wish I had a really amazing story as to how my blog got started. And really, my blog is still a baby but I’ll get more into that in a bit! It all started a couple of years ago when I got into a writing / reading funk while I was in x-ray school. Then after I started to work after graduation, I was slowly getting back into my reading groove. But then I moved jobs so that I could become full time and I was really depressed being away from my friends in a new place and getting used to everything. I had lost touch with my creative side and I wasn’t writing anymore. Then one day on Instagram, I noticed some book photos and soon discovered bookstagram.

And then I really fell in love with seeing how big the book community is and how nice everyone was. I was down at Disney World when I decided I was going to give it a try. To this day I’m still working on it and I don’t feel as successful as I could be. I was still determined though and I wanted to start a blog so I could post more reviews than just on Goodreads. I was getting into the groove of posting nearly every day on bookstagram and getting my blog going when the day come that I got some news that I needed to become more certified at work. So then reading, blogging and bookstagram got pushed to the side up until recently. It took a lot of time and I finally passed but now I’m basically starting over. It’s a lot more difficult while working full time but I’m trying!

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So advice…I’m not entirely sure what all to say that hasn’t been said before from other blogs, especially since I could use all the advice I can get since I’m still very new to blogging. I’ll list a couple of things that I have picked up though.

  • Interact: The best way to connect with people is to interact with them! Comment, follow, tags. It all helps!
  • Go for it: It’s better to try than to wonder “what if.” Because we all know that’s awful. And I’m going to quote Letter’s to Juliet on this.

    “What” and “If” are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life.”

    Okay, yes, it’s a tad dramatic in that form. However, you never know what you can accomplish unless you try. Like I said above, I don’t feel as successful as I could be since there’s so much that I want to do, but you just have to try. Send the request, make the blog, take the photos. It’s the little victories that help push you forward.

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I’m tagging a few blogs that I would love for you guys to go check out!! ALSO – please recommend a few more blogs that you all love that I can go give a follow 🙂

*Bookish Rachel
*Darque Dreamer Reads
*Teacher of YA
*Book Addict’s Guide
*Wee Reader
*A Court of Coffee and Books

Thanks for reading this post and go follow those accounts! They’re wonderful 🙂

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Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles Review

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Title: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles
Author: J.M Sullivan
Publisher Info / Release: Pen Name Publishing / May 16, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 / 5 *’s
Synopsis: Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.

Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.

**Post contains some spoilers, so read at your own discretion 🙂 **

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Wrap – Up Wednesday: April

Hi everyone! I wrapped up a couple books that were on my slump list (they seriously took me a while to get through. Some were because I didn’t want the book to be over, a couple because I was just in a reading slump. Anyways, here are my ratings and below will be some mini reviews on each that I featured on my Goodreads page.

  • Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder- 5 / 5 *’s
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – 3.5 / 5 *’s
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy  by Cassandra Clare- 3.75 / 5 *’s

***If you haven’t read these books, there might be some spoilers. ***

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Ever the Hunted Review

28114396Title: Ever the Hunted (Book 1)
Author: Erin Summerhill
Publisher Info / Release: HMH Books / December 27 2016
Source: UpperCase Box
Rating: 3.5 / 5 *’s
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter–that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart.     She must go on a treacherous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force. 

**Post contains some spoilers, so read at your own discretion 🙂 **

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Roar Excerpt Review

downloadTitle: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Synopsis: 

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Meet The Blogger!

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Hello everyone! I wanted to give a small introduction to myself before I start importing my reviews from April on my Goodreads account over here!

Ten Facts About Me

  1. I am about to turn 28!
  2. I’m married to my best friend, Sean (10 years all together!) ❤️
  3. I’m half Filipino
  4. My first books back into reading out of my huge school funk was Throne of Glass & The Queen of the Tearling
  5. I started my bookstagram account while on vacation at Disney
  6. I am a radiology / cat scan technologist and work in a hospital
  7. I am a very crafty person. Currently making candles and other bookish items 🙃
  8. Another love of mine is writing – used to do some role playing and write short stories
  9. At work, I have a small book club and we fan girl over books
  10. I’m looking forward to blogging as another outlet besides bookstagram ☺️

Keep a lookout or subscribe to my blog! I’ll be working on posting a few reviews over here on some books that I’ve wrapped up this month. Also! Leave me some comments below on what you’d like to see me post about 😁.

 

-Jen

 

Glass Sword Review

IMG_1678Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Synopsis: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever

Review Below: May contain spoilers!

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