Monthly Recap: February 2017

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Hi everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing what I read, what I reviewed, and other IRL things that’s been going on! I think this month I finally slowly got out of my blogging and reading slump, so I’m super excited to get back into the hang of things.

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ARC Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Series:
Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, Historical, Pirates
Publication: February 28th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Length: 320 pages
Format: eARC

A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

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Should Book Adaptations be Exactly Like the Book? | Discussion

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As more and more books and series are being adapted into television shows and movies alike, a common theme keeps coming up in regards to the degree of similarity of which the adaptation should be to the book. So, should book adaptations always be exactly like the book? Where do we draw the line between the practicality of filming/editing and how similar the book and movie/show adaptation should be?

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Book Look + Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston | Blog Tour + Giveaway

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I’m beyond thrilled to be on the blog tour for THE VALIANT! I absolutely loved this book, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it with you! Here’s a little bit about the book:

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Series:
The Valiant #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, Historical
Publication: February 14th 2017 by Razorbill
Length: 384 pages
Format: ARC

Lost to history, the story of the female gladiator has never been told. Until now.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed while defending their home from the armies of Julius Caesar.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in her father’s war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured by ruthless brigands who sell her to an elite training school for female gladiators owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon s family might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.

A richly imagined fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, “The Valiant” recounts Fallon’s gripping journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.”

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ARC Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: 
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Genre: YA Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
Publication: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne
Length: 448 pages
Format: eARC (Thank you, Thomas Dunne!)

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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Angst and Apologies | Life Update

So. It’s been a while. Technically, it hasn’t been that long; at least for me, it just seems like it has because of how damn busy I am. Legit, guys, I’m overwhelmed with school. So this post will be basically telling y’all about what I’m working through / ranting / giving updates about what to look forward on the blog soon.

I won’t consider this an official hiatus, and by no means am I leaving the book community as of today. I just felt obligated to say something to the people who have been visiting my blog even though I haven’t been posting regularly (thank you so much for checking out my posts anyway omg), and I totally apologize for that.

I’ve just been basically in a HUGE blogging and reading slump, and I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been so damn busy or it’s just the weather or something. Maybe both. Who knows. Either way, I’m exhausted.  If you’re interested, here’s a list of things on my mind:

  • chemistry IA that’s due next Wednesday
  • Spanish WA
  • chem quiz on Thursday
  • bio quiz on Thursday (on the transport system, which I REALLY need to study for)
  • history test on Friday
  • chemistry IA
  • literature timed writing on Friday
  • math quiz on Friday
  • chemistry IA
  • CHEMISTRY IA
  • spanish speaking presentation next week
  • TOK essay draft
  • the guy I’m talking to who I’ve been kind of neglecting these days b/c of school
  • college acceptances
  • financial aid
  • chemistry IA

Mind you, all those assessments on Thursday and Friday are THIS WEEK. So that’s 5 assessments in two days. Which is just dandy.

If you haven’t noticed already, I’m just inundated with angst and anxiety, and things are pretty overwhelming right now. I’m sure it’s all going to settle down soon, but right now, I just felt like I had to open up to the entire Internet. So there’s that.

I basically wasted 20 minutes writing up this post, but now I feel like I resolved something.

I definitely still will be posting sporadically for blog tours and (some) reviews, but for the most part, I’ll be super busy. Forgive me in advance if I don’t respond to all your comments—just know I read all of them and I’m so happy that you still comment and go through my blog even though I’m not putting as much effort into this blog as I would like.

Again, apologies for this angst-ridden post and my neglect of my blog recently. I’m hoping to be back on my feet by the summer or something. Or whenever this school year ends. By then, I’m hoping to have more life updates for y’all.

Thank you so much again for all your patience with me; I appreciate you sticking with me even though I’ve been a pretty crappy blogger. ❤