Interview with Author Abbie Emmons! // Blog Tour

Hey, loves! Welcome or welcome back to my blog :) Today I have a really exciting post because I haven’t done one of these in quite a long time- it’s an interview with Abbie Emmons, author of 100 Days of Sunlight.

I was so lucky to be able to be part of this blog tour and to get to interview Abbie. She is a YouTuber, blogger, and now, an author! I have been following her journey for a couple years now, so it was definitely exciting to receive an early copy of her book (Also, how gorgeous is that cover?).

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Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

Now, the interview:

First, where did the idea for this book come from and when did you start drafting/writing it? Is it based off of real experiences/people/etc?

One day I was thinking about my own lifestyle and how much I use my sense of sight for everything I do: blogging, writing, making videos, reading, everything — and then I thought how different all that would be if, for some reason, I suddenly went blind. I pondered this thought for a few hours, and then suddenly the idea struck me: blogger girl loses her eyesight, meets a boy with no legs (unbeknownst to her) and he helps her overcome her struggles. That was all I had at the start, but it was enough to totally steal my heart and make me want to write the book IMMEDIATELY. 

How long was the writing process with this novel and was it difficult to write?

100 Days of Sunlight still holds the record for the fastest writing process I’ve ever had. I wrote the book for NaNoWriMo 2017 and finished the whole thing in 27 days. I felt super inspired while writing it and only took one day off throughout the whole writing process. It was truly a pleasure to write, from start to finish!

How has being on Youtube impacted your writing life, either in a positive or negative way?

It has definitely impacted my writing life in many positive ways! I love being able to connect with the writing community and share the struggles and triumphs of being a writer and author. I also love creating something every single week and putting it out there, getting feedback and building relationships with fellow writers. The only downside is that it does consume a lot of my time, which means I have to fight a little harder for my writing time. But it’s so worth it. 

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What would you say is your main character, Tessa’s, biggest strength in terms of personality?

I would say that her greatest strength is her empathy. Like me, Tessa is a very loyal and caring person and feels very deeply about everything. After the accident that renders her blind, she feels super frustrated and bitter towards her circumstances but eventually awakens to the realization that she still has a full life and many ways to experience the beauty in the world. I think this world needs more empathetic people, and I hope Tessa’s journey inspires my readers to awaken to their own truths. 

When did you first realize you want to become an author?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I’ve always loved stories and found them so magical, and as soon as I learned how to write, I was crafting stories of my own. However, it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I decided writing would be my career. I explored and learned a lot about myself in my teenage years, but the passion I kept coming back to was always the same: writing. 

I know this is a difficult question to answer, but what is your favorite book of all time?

This is SUCH a hard question, but if I had to choose I would say To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is such an incredible novel for so many reasons, and it is hands-down the most impressive work of fiction I’ve ever read.

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Can you describe the editing process for this book? Has the story changed dramatically from draft number one to now? If yes, in what ways?

The story hasn’t changed much since the first draft. In fact, I recently made a video explaining my editing process and comparing my first draft to my final draft if you’re interested in seeing a behind-the-scenes look! But because I outline so intensively before I sit down to write the first draft, I work out most of the story issues in advance and don’t have to edit much beyond wording and pacing in draft 2.

What has been the biggest challenge of the self-publishing process so far?

The whole self-publishing process is a challenge and a big learning curve. It’s something that you really can’t expect yourself to be great at the first time around. One of the things I’ve found most challenging is the back-and-forth formatting adjustments and making sure everything is flawless in the actual book files. It’s easy enough to update an ebook file, but print is forever! It’s been a little nerve-wracking to think about, but at this point, I feel confident that I have done my best. 

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Thank you Abbie, for taking the time to answer all of these questions. It was such a pleasure to chat with her today, and I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you want to check out 100 Days of Sunlight, you can buy it on Amazon or add it on Goodreads.

Thanks for reading :) See you next week!

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forget-me-not // Poetry Review

Hey loves, Jess here. Today I am doing a review of a wonderful poetry collection that was sent to me fairly recently. It is Kara Petrovic’s “forget-me-not.”

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Let’s start with the synopsis:
Kara Petrovic reflects on a single relationship in their life and invites the reader to follow along their journey: from falling at first sight, to seeing this person’s true colours reveal themselves before their very eyes. Petrovic paints the picture of pain and betrayal that comes with realizing one is being abused, or in a toxic relationship, and likewise the desperation we feel while we hold onto vehement denial. 

My Review:

Initial thoughts- First off, forget me not flowers are my absolute favorite, so I was intrigued from the cover and title alone. When the author reached out to me, I was excited to read it.

The poems- This was a collection filled with emotion- that much is true of almost all collections, but it is also the most vital part. If you can feel the emotions that the poet is feeling, you will be able to connect with the poems, even if you can’t personally relate.

The collection details the events and experiences that took place during the course of a romantic relationship, and I found that to be very unique. Many collections I’ve read do focus on love as a theme but do not tell a story the same way this one does. I really enjoyed the way the poems were organized, it worked very well.

In addition, the writing itself was beautiful. You can tell that a lot of thought went into each word, each line, and of course, each poem as a whole.

It also tackles some very important topics such as abuse, toxicity, and internalized homophobia, so I want to add those trigger warnings here.

However, I do wish it were a bit longer. I love a quick-to-read book, but this felt more like a chapbook than a full collection. It’s under 70 pages, and many of the poems go onto a second page but only with a couple lines, so there is a lot less than 70 poems in it.

Also, I only tabbed a few poems that I absolutely loved, and for a collection this short, I would have liked to love a few more than I did.

It was still a great read, and my overall rating is a

3.75/5 stars.

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That is all for this review- If you enjoyed it, definitely let me know by leaving a comment! Also, recommend me some poetry collections down below as well :)

See you soon!

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May 2019 Wrap-Up

Hey loves! Happy Tuesday :)

Today I want to talk to you about the books I read in May.

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May felt like such a long month- I mean, I was still in school at the beginning of it, but I’ve now been back home for over a month. I also went camping, spent time with friends, and, of course, got a lot of reading done!

I was able to read a total of 13 books. I have been aiming for 10+ each month of this year, so I am happy to say I reached that! This month was also filled with so many amazing reads, and I even found my favorite book of the year (so far). Let’s take a look at what I read!

The Books…

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These are my five-star books of the month, and they’re all audiobook reads. I was in the mood to re-read The Hunger Games trilogy (sorry that they’re out of order in the picture, please ignore that) since I haven’t read it since they first came out. I have also been watching all of the movies, and I forgot just how much I loved them.

An Anonymous Girl was a really good thriller. I haven’t read many thrillers recently, but I need to get to reading more soon.

Now, Daisy Jones and the Six. I have so much to say about this book, but also don’t want to say too much. It is currently my favorite book of the year. It is just that good. I also read it twice within the month, and I plan on re-reading it again next month. So, yeah. Just read it, please.

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I also fit in a few poetry collections this month, and two from people I call friends. Shannon O’Connor and McKayla DeBonis are really talented writers, so I highly recommend checking out their work!

Red, White, and Royal Blue was an incredible read that I am so happy I was given an ARC of. It is an LGBTQ+ romance about the first family in the US and a prince from London. It was such a fun, quick read, but the characters were so well-developed and fleshed out.

Another book I read was The Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan which I also received an ARC of. I did rate this a 4 stars, although it’s more of a 3.5. Unfortunately, I will not be reading any more work from this author as she has proved to be a bit problematic on her Twitter.

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This is another poetry collection I read, but unfortunately not one that I loved. I follow Morgan on Instagram and love the visual form of her poetry, but this collection was not what I thought it would be. Just an ok book.

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This book was another ARC I received a while back, but I really, really didn’t enjoy this one. It was a short read though, so it only took me about an hour to read. The writing style was just not for me, but luckily it was my only low-rated book of the month!

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Definitely leave me a comment down below letting me know what your thoughts on these books are if you’ve read them! If you haven’t tell me which ones you are looking forward to reading :)

Also, I recently started up my Youtube channel, so if you want more content from me, you can check it out by clicking here! See you on Thursday!

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Bookcon 2019 Haul

This past weekend, I had the honor of attending Bookcon for the second year in a row. This year I went by myself but met up with a ton of friends there, and it was an incredible experience.

I actually posted a Youtube video talking about it and shared some pictures, so if you want to check it out, click here! I decided that I wanted to start up a Youtube channel again because there are some posts that are difficult to do in written form, but video form will allow me to expand and grow my content. It would mean a lot if you checked it out!

This year’s haul is a bit bigger than last year’s, and the books are almost all ones I am anticipating.

ARCS:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: This is THE book I wanted to get at Bookcon and I would have been happy if this was the only book I got. I waited in line from 7:30 so that I would be able to grab one of the 200 tickets given out. I also got to meet Erin Morgenstern, which is incredibly cool!

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel: This is an ARC that I saw on Twitter a lot recently, and many people were hoping to get their hands on it, so when I saw it was being given out, I made sure to grab a copy. Stephen King blurbed it so honestly, that’s all I needed to know.

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender: I had not originally heard anything about this book, but Boston (boston reads books) told us about it, so we got in line for a copy! This is also a signed book because we got to meet the author which was really cool. Also, it has the YA snake on the cover, so that’s a win.

Sophia Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson: Before we got in line for the previous book, this one was being given out, so I grabbed a copy. The staff members pitched it to us and it sounded interesting enough.

Finished Copies:

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: I ran into Jake (Jake Does Books) and Mika (Mika August) on my way out of the Starless Sea line and they told me they were running to a Brigid Kemmerer signing so I followed them over. We got to meet Brigid and get our books signed! It was so nice.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: I had autograph tickets for Elizabeth Acevedo on Sunday, so I went to that line and got a copy of With the Fire on High for her to sign, which is her latest release. I absolutely loved The Poet X, so it was really nice getting to talk to her.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: The 2nd signing I had was for Jenny Han, so I waited in line for her to sign these two books. I got the paperback editions since I already own the entire hardcover collection. These books have meant so much to me, so it was really nice getting to talk to Jenny!

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That is it for my Bookcon 2019 haul! Were any of you there? Did you get anything good? Let me know down in the comments.

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June 2019 TBR

We are halfway through the year !!!

That is absolutely insane. 2019 has felt like one of the fastest years of my life, even though I have accomplished so much already.

Last month was really busy even though I have been off from school for quite some time now. It has been nice to spend time with friends and family, but now I need me-time!

Anyways, this TBR is a long one, so let’s take a look!

Currently Reading:

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson- I started this at the end of the month, thinking that I would finish it before May was over. I haven’t. But I’m almost there!! I am loving it so much.

The Secret History by Donna Tart: I keep starting this and putting it down just because it’s intimidating but I WILL FINISH this month. I will use force on myself if I need to.

The Bibliogames:

If you didn’t know, there is a month long read-a-thon that Myonna on Youtube hosts called The Bibliogames (previously the booktube games) and this month’s theme is sky high. The goal is to read as much as you can, and the team that has the most average pages read wins. I am on team villains, so there are some challenges set for us to read.

Group book: Vicious by V.E. Schwab- I am in the middle of A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria, which I absolutely adore, so I can’t wait to read more from her.

Gym: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- This challenge is to read a format you don’t typically read, and this is a play. I never read plays, so I thought this would be a good choice. Also, I just got this one at the Strand, so I want to read it soon.

Lunch: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo- The challenge is to read a book with a satisfying ending and I have no idea if this counts but I love Elizabeth and The Poet X meant so much to me, so I’m hoping this satisfies my need for her writing.

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Mad Science: The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett- I would probably need to use two hands to count how many times this book was on my TBR for the month. I really need to finally read this book because I have had it on my TBR for way too long.

Archery 101: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab- I personally think Lila is a badass main character, which is what this challenge is.

World Domination: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro- I am buddy reading this book with someone on Twitter, and I am so excited. I have had this on my TBR for far too long, so I can’t wait to get to it.

Summer-a-thon:

This read-a-thon is one I heard about through Melanie, or Mel to the Any, who is a blogger and booktuber! Definitely be sure to check her out, she is incredible. Also, there is some overlap with books from the previous section because it would not be realistic for me to read 12+ books in a month since I’m also a mood reader and pick up books randomly.

Beachy Read: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons- This is a book written by a girl on Authortube! I was so excited to receive an ARC of it. It sounds so incredible, and I can’t wait to read it.

Sunrise Colors: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- Already talked about this one. My edition is a pretty pink.

Roadtrip/Travel: True Believer by Nicholas Sparks- I own two Sparks books just because I am a sucker for the movies, but I have not read either of them yet. All I know about this one is that a journalist/writer moves to a small town (?) and stuff happens. I think.

Set in Summer: The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman- I have an ARC of this book, but I won it in a giveaway and have not read it yet. I have heard so many good things about it though, so I am thrilled about it.

Food on the Cover: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo- This is another one that I talked about already, but it’s all about cooking so there is lots of food on the cover.

Drink your favorite summer drink while reading: A Study in Charlotte- I will attempt to do that with this book, which I also already talked about.

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It is also Pride Month, so I want to be sure I feature some books with LGBTQ+ rep! A few of the ones I already talked about have some rep in them, too, but these are some others I want to read this month.

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore: I just recently purchased this and the cover is stunning. I know that this book features a bisexual character, and I have heard many great things.

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman: I loved Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, and this book has been on my TBR for a really long time. I really hope I love it.

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What books are on your TBR this month? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Blind Date w/ a Book? – Haul

This post is long overdue, considering I got these books in February or March, but just never got around to writing this post. But, it’s finally here!

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My school held an event where they were giving out wrapped books that were donated to them with a few words on them to describe what they are. I was able to grab a few, so I thought it would be fun to show you what I got!

I picked randomly. I didn’t even bother to read most of the descriptions, I sort of just went with what my gut told me.

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The first book said, “Duality will not gift you friends” and when I opened it up, there were 2 Lizzie McGuire books. While it was initially a bit of a disappointing find, it actually made me smile. I haven’t watched Lizzie McGuire in so long, but it will be nice to relive the world through the books one day soon! After I read them, I also plan on donating these to a local school.

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Next was a book that said, “Sometimes the past is better left unknown.” Inside was N is for Noose by Sue Grafton. This is part of a series that starts at A and goes all the way to Z, I believe. I have not read any of the rest of the series, and I’m not sure if it can be read as a standalone or not, but I will most likely be donating this to a library or thrift store.

So far, my luck wasn’t too good with the books I got, but I kept my hopes up.

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This book had the words “a stranger owns her” on it, and the book underneath was Danger in the Shadows. This is a prequel to a series, but the synopsis sounds pretty good! I will definitely give it a try and see how I like it.

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The final book I was able to get said, “Because every child has dreamed of running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” This last book was the greatest surprise because inside was a hardcover copy of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

If you’ve been following me for a while on here, you would know that To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favorite book. I own multiple copies of it, but I only own one copy of Go Set a Watchman. I plan on collecting as many as I can, so it was great to find another edition of this one!

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Overall, I am pleased with the books I got. Not all of them are what I would normally pick up for myself, but if I don’t enjoy them, I will donate them for someone else to :) Have you ever tried a blind date with a book? Let me know!

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ARCs I Own But Haven’t Read Yet

I’ll be the first to admit it- I am awful at reading ARCs before release day. Sometimes it’s not my fault because the publisher doesn’t approve/send it until just a few days before it’s published (not putting the blame on them either, it happens). But other times, I’m just not in the mood for a certain ARC, so I push it off until I don’t have the time to read it before it comes out.

However, I am so SO grateful for being given the opportunity to read and review early copies of some amazing books.

Today I thought I would share with you all which ARCs I own but haven’t read yet- some are very past pub date, but many were gifted to me by friends, so the publisher wasn’t expecting a review from me- I swear, I’m not a horrible blogger.

Netgalley:

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power: This one does not come out until July, so I have some time left to read it, and it is one that I am expecting to be a 4 or 5 star read. I am hoping to get to it in the next month!

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons: I actually just got approved for this one a few days ago. It is a debut novel from Abbie who actually has a Youtube channel! That is how I found this book, and I was so excited that she chose me to ARC read it!

The Night Before by Wendy Walker: This came out this month, but because I had 2 other books to read for May, I fell a little behind. I am hoping to finish it ASAP and get my review up!

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: This is another one that comes out in July, so, again, I have time to read it! I don’t know much about it other than the fact that it’s a thriller.

Instructions for a Funeral by David Means: This is a short story collection, I believe, that came out in March. I am behind on this one because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it. I feel awful about it, but hopefully I will get to it soon.

Surviving Myself by Dina Pestonji: I was in a strange nonfiction mood when I requested this one, but since then it has ended. That is why I have not gotten around to it yet.

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The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora: This also comes out in July, and it’s actually only the 2nd book I was approved for on Edelweiss. I have only requested a total of about 5 books on there because I’m not as familiar with it. However, I do want to get better at using it, and I plan to in the future.

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A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I got this at Bookcon last year, but I just never got around to reading it. I saw a few good reviews of it, so I do want to read it as soon as I get a chance.

The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain: This was sent to me by the publisher, but I had never read the first book, so I couldn’t read this one before the pub date. However, I just recently read the first book, so I will be reading this one soon!

Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky: This was one of a few books that I won in a giveaway, so I did not prioritize it. I know that eventually, I will read it, but I just haven’t been in the mood yet.

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover: This book was sent to me by someone on Twitter, which was so nice! Eventually, I will read it, I’m just not sure when.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This book is high on my TBR right now, and I do want to get to it soon. I’m pretty sure it’s a YA mystery/thriller, but aside from that, I don’t know too much.

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman: This is another book I won in a giveaway (actually, the next few are all from the same giveaway).

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: The cover for this ARC is actually really cool and I’m obsessed with it, but I have to be in a specific mood to read fantasy.

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke: Again, fantasy is something I don’t pick up very often.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White: This book is actually the third in a series that I have not yet read, but I won it in a giveaway, so I will eventually read it. I’m just not sure when.

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett: This is one of the first ARCs that was sent to me, and because I was excited for the opportunity, I accepted it without really thinking about if I would want to read it. I do want to at some point, but for now it is being held off (can you tell I’m a hoarder).

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.: I Have not read the My Lady Jane, which is the first book in this series. You don’t have to read the first one in order to read the second,  but I want to follow publication order.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: I have not yet read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which is why I haven’t picked this one up yet.

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan: I won this in a giveaway by Ariel Bissett which was super cool. She had talked about one of his other books before which made me interested in this one. It’s a short book, but it’s just not a high priority right now.

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So that is it for my unread ARCs! How many unread ARCs do you have? Please leave a comment letting me know so I feel less alone! Anyways, see you next week!

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Red, White & Royal Blue – Review

Hello everyone! I was given the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. The book actually came out today, so make sure to grab your copy if it interests you (which I definitely think you should do!)

Goodreads Synopsis:
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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My Review:

Wow, this book is absolutely incredible. I did not know that I needed it until I was reading it. And I’m so glad I did.

This book follows the first son of the US (in a world where a woman becomes President after Obama) and the Prince of Wales. Alex and Henry start off as enemies but quickly turn to lovers, and watching their love–which needs to remain a secret–unfold was beautiful.

I really enjoyed getting to know both characters, as well as getting a look into their lives with the eyes of the whole world on them. I can’t even imagine being in that position. Alex is figuring things out, from his sexuality to his future career, while Henry is dealing with grief and hiding his true self from his family.

Aside from the main characters, this book features a whole group of diverse characters. Alex and June, his sister, are biracial (Mexican/white), Henry is Gay, Alex is bisexual, and there are many more examples of diversity throughout the book in other side characters. The friendships in this book made my heart swell with happiness. June and Nora are Alex’s closest friends (until Henry), and the support the three have for each other is immeasurable. Bea and Pez, Henry’s sister and best friend, are also such incredibly supportive people, and anyone would be lucky to have them.

My favorite of the side characters was probably June- she’s a writer and she’s such a good sister!!

The romance was steamy, and the connection Henry and Alex have is like no other.

My one issue with the book was some of the writing felt a little off. There were strange time jumps where the scene would change randomly, making it a little difficult to follow. I also didn’t like the point of view the book was told in. I much would have preferred the first person, because the third person omniscient felt a little awkward to me.

However, I loved the story so so much. It felt very realistic, and it made me feel hopeful for the future. Overall, it was a solid story, with such strong characters, a great plot, and lots of love- both romantic and platonic.

I gave this one a 4/5 stars!

Some trigger warnings to be aware of: the death of a parent, homophobia/racism, anxiety/depression/panic attacks, sexual assault.

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Are you planning on picking this one up? Let me know in the comments! Also, feel free to recommend similar books to this one if you know any, I would love to add some to my TBR!

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May TBR 2019 // YOU Choose My TBR

Happy Tuesday loves!

I hope you had a good week since we last talked. I finally finished my Spring semester, so I am home until the end of August! I am going to have so much time for my creative projects- writing, blogging, journaling, reading, etc., which is incredible. I have been neglecting all of those for the past few weeks as the end of the semester was nearing.

Anyways, today I have a TBR for May- that you guys chose! On Twitter, I asked you guys to give me a number from 1-90 (I have 90 unread books), and I picked 8 of them for my TBR! Now that I’m home, I definitely feel like I can read 10+ books each month, but I wanted to give myself some flexibility.

I tried to pick numbers from the beginning, middle, and end of the scale so that there was a good mix. Here are the books!

7- The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

I bought this one on Bookoutlet ages ago without really knowing what it was. However, I’ve heard really good things about Emery Lord, so I am really excited to get to this one. I really hope I enjoy it because I have another book by her on my shelves. If I like this one enough, maybe I will get to that one really soon, too!

15- Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Sheier

This book looks like it will be a quick contemporary read, which is what I’m always in the mood for. I know that it deals with depression and is more of a darker contemporary. Those are always very on target for me.

23- A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

I picked up two Nicholas Sparks books on a whim one time because I love all of the movies made after his books. They always make me cry, so I’m hoping his books can do the same! I have no idea what this one is about, but it looked interesting enough at the time for me.

If you’ve ever read any of his books, please let me know. I have not heard much about them at all.

33- I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

I am embarrassed to say that I have not yet read this one, even though I had been talking about it since it came out last year. I really have no excuses, I’m just worried that it won’t live up to my expectations. I read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman a few months back and really enjoyed it, so I know I will give this one AT LEAST 3 stars, which is good (but let’s be honest, it’ll probably be a 5 star).

53- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I have heard nothing but good things about this one, and I’m pretty sure it will be a quick read! I have had it on my TBR for a while now, so I’m really excited to get to it!

65- Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

I received an ARC of this one so so long ago and it’s already been out for ages, but I have not yet gotten to it. I am an awful book blogger, I know. It was hyped up for a little while on Booktube, but I haven’t read or watched any reviews of it recently.

88- Storyteller: 100 Poem Letters by Morgan Harper Nichols

I’ve been following Morgan on Instagram for a really long time now, but I have not heard of any of her published work before. I decided to look it up and found this one, so I bought it immediately. It should be a very quick read, but I am excited nonetheless!

90- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I was so happy that someone said this number because this book is already on my TBR for the month because it comes out a week from today! I have started it, and I can not wait to read the rest. Just in the first 2 chapters, this book has made my heart so happy! I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book goes.

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That is it! Thank you so much to those of you who tweeted me numbers! If you missed it, be sure to follow me on Twitter in case I do something like this again soon (and I might!) or do some other fun things!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were! See you next week :)

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I Actually Like Movie Tie-In Covers? // Discussion

Hello loves! Hope you are having a great day/night/week!

Today I wanted to talk about a topic that I have discussed a little bit on Twitter, but never in much detail: movie tie-in covers.

A lot of people have an issue with them, but personally, I love them! I thought I would talk a little bit about why I like them and then share my favorites with you (plus some not-so-great ones at the end).

Okay, let’s start off with the big one- “they’re ugly.”

I completely disagree with this one. There are so many beautiful movie tie-in covers, and some are actually prettier than the original cover!

For example…

(I don’t know if this last one is actually being sold, but I found it on book depository so I’m assuming. Also, I know a lot of people hate movie poster covers but I love this movie so much that it’s the exception, ok?).

From a promotional standpoint (wow the PR major in me is jumping out), it is a great tactic to get more people interested in a book. Someone may see the book on a shelf and remember that they watched the movie, and this could get them to read it! Or maybe they’ve seen the trailer for the movie, so they want to pick up the book first.

People buy book = money for publisher/author/everyone involved. Yay!

Also, if the book is one of your favorites, it is cool to own another edition of it. I love to collect different editions of my favorite books, so if it gets turned into a movie, I want to celebrate that somehow. This is just a personal opinion, though!

Now, I know that not all movie-tie in editions are pretty (there are some really bad ones), but there aren’t really any downsides to them.

You always have the option of buying the original cover (and the price for it usually goes down, which is always a bonus). You don’t lose anything, but others may gain something! No harm done.

Here are some examples where I prefer the original cover:

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What are your opinions on movie tie-in editions? Do you like them, hate them, or not have an opinion? Leave a comment down below, and let me know what your favorite (or least favorite) is!

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