#ChallengeBookamajig

This month, I’ve teamed up with some kick-butt gals to create a Bookstagram photography challenge for the month of August.We had a ton of fun and worked really hard to come up with creative and inspiring photography prompts, and Fiderly, Jill, Nani, and I really hope you’ll join us in this month’s challenge! Below you’ll find the challenge graphic and explanations for each day, along with examples and inspiration for all of your photo-taking needs. 😉

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Review ➳ Rebel of the Sands

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Title /Author: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Viking Books

Summary: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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I have a lot of thoughts on this book. Half of it I LOVED, the other half.. could use a little work? Continue reading

★ Pokemon Go Book Tag ★

This incredibly original and creative booktag was created by the one and only Aentee, one of the coolest people ever.

To be honest: Of course I play Pokemon Go (who doesn’t?). Buuuut… I kind of know absolutely nothing about Pokemon. Like, at all. Pokemon wasn’t something I grew up with, so not only am I unfamiliar with the Pokemon, but I have no idea how to actually play the game. Don’t hate me… I’m learning! And when I was tagged to do this crazily cool booktag, you bet your buttons I had to give it a go. Maybe I’ll learn a little bit in the process, eh?

I’m just going to continue by assuming that everyone knows what Pokemon Go is by now (really, if you don’t, have you been living under a rock?).  Oh, and I am totally and unapologetically using Aentee’s graphics because why mess with something that’s already perfect? (Hey, don’t look at me like that… she gave me permission.)

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Review ➳ We Own the Night

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Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: contemporary/romance

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Synopsis:“Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls…”

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn’t timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She’s the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy’s manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular– Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she’s in love with Micah or anything. Cause she’s not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

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Summer Foresights & TBR 🌞

Before you get all skeptical on me… yes, I am aware that it’s already halfway into summer. In fact, I started writing this post a while ago, but let’s just say… my work ethic wasn’t very strong after exams, school, and just life in general. However, I wanted to complete my list, so here it is in its full (albeit a bit late) glory: What I want to do with my life this summer.

Blog more. So far, I’m not doing so well with that… but I want to blog more. I’m aiming to post 2-3 times per week and include more fun, discussion-y topics! I have a few really interesting ideas for some discussions, as well as a project I’ve been working on recently with Jill (the book-blogging bestie) on some really interesting content including some really cool bookstagrammers/bloggers/businesses, etc. Continue reading

Review ➳ The Crown

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Title: The Crown (The Selection #5)

Author: Keira Cass

Genre: fantasy/dystopian/romance

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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I thought this book was an adorable end to the series. It was full of adorable cameos by America and Maxon, and I loved seeing Eadlyn learn about her parents’ selection and her parents’ lives before they were her parents. Seeing them together was so, so satisfying and AGH I LOVE THEM. Continue reading