TV Shows & Movies

5 Disney+ Recommendations While You’re Staying Safe at Home

If you’re stuck inside like I am for the foreseeable future and looking for something to watch, I’ve got a few Disney+ recommendations for Disney and non-Disney fans alike!

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Author Interview, YA

Interview with Sydney Faith, author of The Delinquent Crown!

Synopsis:

Title: The Delinquent Crown

Series: Olexia Legends Book One

Release Date: 9/9/2019

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Category: Young Adult

Olexia is a wild and dangerous world filled with magic.

Miri and Nick find Olexia by chance but choose their fate when they step through the portal. A shard of glass and a hastily-written letter from their mother are all they have to solve their puzzling past.

In Olexia Miri and Nick find danger and unlikely allies, and with their help, they learn to wield their newfound powers and find out the truth about Olexia’s buried secrets. When the ruthless Council leader learns the siblings harbor a powerful artifact, he sends his bloodthirsty LaKaio soldiers to hunt them down at any cost.

With time running out and secrets about their past being revealed around every corner, Miri and Nick must decide if they’re going to hide away or rise up against the sinister leaders of Olexia.


  • Hi Sydney, how are you?

○       Hey Madi! I’m great, thanks!

  • What inspired you to write The Delinquent Crown?

○       I’ve always had a love for fantasy. When I was a kid, my favorite story was Alice in Wonderland (the books, and the Disney animated film.) I love the idea of people from Earth traveling to another world with magic and mayhem. Once I knew I wanted to be a writer, I was sure a portal fantasy series was in my future.

  • What was the writing process like for TDC?

○       It was kind of wild, as in, all over the place. When I started writing it, I was actually working on another book, but the idea for TDC came to me late one night and I literally jumped out of bed to start writing the ideas down. Writing this book taught me about my writing methods, so there was a lot of experimenting with my process to learn what was right for me (half a dozen outlining methods, writing at different times, drafting speed, how much to plan and how much to leave to in-the-moment ideas, etc.)

  • How long did it take you to write TDC?

○       Just the other day I figured out that from the time I made my first notes on the story to the day it was released was exactly 3 years. September 9th, 2016 – September 9th, 2019. I didn’t plan that! As for the actual writing, I think I spent about a year and a half on the first draft, and the rest was editing, editing, editing.

  • Do you have a favorite scene that you wrote?
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Review

Review: Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Simon Pulse

A forbidden attraction grows even more complicated when the guy Lane Jamison has crushed on for years suddenly becomes her step-brother in this sexy and gorgeously written debut novel about the lines between love, desire, and obsession.

What happens when the boy you want most becomes the one person you can’t have?

Lane Jamison’s life is turned upside down the week before her senior year when her father introduces her to his new fiancée: mother of Grey McIntyre, Lane’s secret, longtime crush. Now with Grey living in Lane’s house, there’s only a thin wall separating their rooms, making it harder and harder to deny their growing mutual attraction—an attraction made all the more forbidden by Grey’s long-term girlfriend Sadie Hall, who also happens to be Lane’s friend.

Torn between her feelings for Grey and her friendship with Sadie—not to mention her desire to keep the peace at home—Lane befriends Sadie’s older brother, Connor, the black sheep of the strict, evangelical Hall family. Connor, a metal working artist who is all sharp edges, challenges Lane in ways no one else ever has. As the two become closer and start to open up about the traumas in their respective pasts, Lane begins to question her conviction that Connor is just a distraction.

Tensions come to a head after a tragic incident at a party, forcing Lane to untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of what—and who—she wants, in this gripping and stunningly romantic debut novel.


I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and this has in no way affected my thoughts.

I’m gonna be honest: when I was first approached about reading and reviewing this one, I was kind of iffy on it. My first impression was a sort of incesty (step-siblings)romance novel, but as I started to get into it I realized that this wasn’t really the case and it became less uncomfortable. I also hadn’t really read any books of a similar fashion because of said incesty concerns so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Blog Tours, GIveaway

Why You Should Pick The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow up + feat. a Giveaway!

The Sound of the Stars

by Alechia Dow

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release Date: February 25, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

Why you should pick this one up (Especially if you’re a YA lover!)!:

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Blog Tours, GIveaway, Guest Post

If You Only Knew Blog Tour (Featuring the author’s letter to her younger self + a giveaway!)

If You Only Knew
by Prerna Pickett
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 11th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

A boy recently released from jail and the daughter of a prosecutor fall for each other against the odds in this YA novel.

Corey has just been released from jail, and all he wants is a new beginning. But when his former gang comes knocking, Corey agrees to vandalize the home of Kent Hopper, the prosecutor who put him away.

To erase the guilt she carries from getting away with a crime, Tessa spends most of her nights riding her motorcycle. When she catches Corey destroying her father’s car, she doesn’t see a criminal: She sees a way to finally right her own wrongs. So instead of turning Corey over to the police, she convinces her father to give Corey a second chance.

As Tessa and Corey spend more time with each other, it becomes difficult to ignore the pull between them. But they’re both keeping secrets, and when those secrets come to light, they’ll each have to face their demons in order to have a future together.


Prerna’s Letter to Her Younger Self:

I know right now it seems like the rest of your life is so far away, but let me tell you, it’s going to happen to you so fast you’ll barely be able to catch your breath when it does. Right now you’re spending time your group of friends, skipping school way too frequently, and pining over a boy who is also pining over you. Spoiler alert, you’re going to marry him and have a bunch of kids. 

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Review

Fairest by Marissa Meyer Review: The Not So Fairest of the Series Gets a Backstory

#1 Cinder ★★★★★ (My Review)
#2 Scarlet ★★★☆☆ (My Review)
#3 Cress ★★★★☆
#4 Winter ★★★★☆
#4.5 Stars Above ★★☆☆☆

I was really excited to start reading this one because every time I picked it off my shelf and went to a random page, I got so engrossed and just kept reading and reading. Plus, it focuses on one perspective (not like the series ones where we get some ((imo)) boring nonsense random perspectives and we’re stuck on Earth.

Fairest delves into the backstory of the Lunar Chronicles’ main villain, the Lunar queen Levana. We really don’t know a whole lot about her except for what information we get through Cinder’s early backstory reveals. We know she took over and has been building an army and creating a biological weapon, as well as the fact that she’s just kinda cold hearted and ruthless. This novel gives her a bit more depth and we see why she is doing what she is now. 

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Tags

Taylor Swift Lover Tag!

So it’s been a few weeks since Lover was released and I’ve been listening to it nonstop since then, so what better tag to do than the Lover tag?!?! This tag was created by Mari at Musings of a (Book) Girl, one of my favorite blogs and a fellow hardcore Swiftie Booknerd! You can find her original post, which features the images and rules used below!


Rules

  • Know somebody who loves Taylor? Tag them! If you don’t know of anybody though, that’s okay too, you should still do the tag!
  • There is a prompt for each song but don’t feel pressured to do them all!
  • Link back to this post so Mari will get a notification that you did it and can come see your answers! Also because crediting creators is nice.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics or make your own if you want!

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Blog Tours, Excerpt

Rogue Princess Blog Tour + Excerpt!

Rogue Princess
by B.R. Myers
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:

A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers’ Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.

Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.

All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!

Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.

Excerpt:

“There is no militia who is more loyal or fierce than my own,” Prince Felix continued, still bent over, polishing the flier. Delia wasn’t sure if he was sweet-talking the machine or her. 

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Blog Tours, Review

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord Blog Tour + Review: A Twitter War, the Feels, and A Lot of Baked Goodies

Interested? Click on the image to be taken to buy the book!

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


Tweet Cute was a book that surprised me. If I hadn’t been approached to be part of the tour, I don’t think I would have picked this one up. The family issues and Twitter war wouldn’t normally pique my interest and I think the synopsis doesn’t do the romance element justice. I think it seems to address the Twitter war better and doesn’t suggest the romance and connection element as much as it should have bee. I would argue these elements mean more for the book than the Twitter war and that instead the synopsis should have mixed the two more evenly.

It was a pleasant surprise in the end because while I wouldn’t have normally picked this one up or thought I would enjoy it, I ended up decently enjoying it and finding moments that gave me feels I haven’t had in a while.

Romance

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