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ARC Review: How to Make Out

8.29.2016
How to Make Out by Brianna Shrum
Expected Publication: September 6th, 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss
*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinions stated below.
Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

You know those times when you wait a week and a half to write your review? And all you've got is some vague thoughts and memories of it? ("Yes, but that's why you take notes!" you say. Indeed! But MY NOTES ARE JUST AS VAGUE.) And I think that pretty much sums up my thoughts about How to Make Out: fun but not very memorable just because it didn't, like, tug at my heartstrings or anything.

I love the premise of this book. Renley needs money to go to New York, so she makes a how-to blog where she charges for answers once she gets it running. Which she appears to do very, very fast. I found this bit to be very unrealistic - why would somebody pay for her answer on how to make out or how to tie a tie when all of those answers are available online for free? I would think it was super sketchy if someone was making me pay for that, but I digress. It's fiction. I got over it. (But IF ONLY WE ALL GOT FOLLOWERS AS QUICKLY AS SHE DOES? I have literally never made a cent from this blog in 5 years like. Come on. Here she is making money for a trip to New York.)

Of course, when someone asks Renley how to make out, she has to go to her best friend/neighbor and get him to teach her because she has no idea what she's doing. I loved the scenes between them and the dynamic, how close they are. But here's the problem - Drew is in love with her, and she knows that. She knows all about it. He knows she knows. And yet she still asks him to do this for her, still asks him to help her with Seth, the guy she's interested in. (Who has a girlfriend. It's messy.) She basically always ignores his feelings for her. On top of that, Drew has girls in and out of his bedroom constantly, Renley doesn't like it, etc. etc. It was kind of annoying.

That being said, I want to repeat that I really loved the dynamic between them. They had a great friendship otherwise and seriously great chemistry and I was really rooting for them. I SHIPPED IT.

Renley and Seth, however? No chemistry. Nada. Can I just throw him out a window to get him out of the way? You know, in a nice way?

Renley makes a lot of mistakes throughout the course of the novel. And yes, it can get annoying, and yes, sometimes I wanted to scream at her, but I appreciated it - she wasn't anywhere near perfect. I've definitely made a lot of mistakes, and they're not always teeny tiny ones you can forget about the next day. I think some people might get really frustrated by her, but she's a teenager and by the end, she seems to have learned her lesson. I wish that part had been just a bit longer so it showcased her growth more, but the point is that she does learn. I don't really like the way it happens because it's completely forced on her rather than her learning and growing on her own, but whatever.

tl;dr: How to Make Out is a super quick and fun contemporary (with its fair share of deeper emotions) with an adorable best friend who I myself might be a little bit in love with. 3.5 stars.



#BBCP16: Harry Potter Goes on a Date...

8.19.2016

Team Periwinkle's project for the BBCP (created by Nori to incite creativity on our blogs this summer) is Match Made in the Pages! Last week, I created a profile for Harry Potter. This week, I use your suggestions to set him up on a date because THE POOR BOY NEEDS SOME NORMALCY.

Your suggestion? Inej Ghafa! (It was really only mine and Cait's suggestion but shhhhh.)


I think Harry and Inej would sit in front of the fire in his living room because Harry would want a quiet date after SAVING THE ENTIRE WIZARDING WORLD AND MORE. Of course, there would be banter, because he is Harry Potter, The Boy Who Sassed.


Harry wouldn't tell her about all the people he's lost. Inej wouldn't tell him about where she came from. I think she might tune out a few times (possibly thinking about another man who possibly goes by the name of Kaz Brekker. LET ME DREAM.)

But they would laugh. They would keep their conversations on the surface. AND THEN. Inej would casually pull out her daggers, tossing them around, upon which Harry would proceed to:


BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT? BEING AN AUROR IS ENOUGH STRESS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Don't forget to check out the other members of Team Periwinkle, who have made REAL DATES for their characters. (Honestly you guys I just want Harry Potter to have a nice nap and live a quiet life in a little cottage near the sea but THEN HE WENT OFF TO BE AN AUROR AND RUINED IT.)

Cilla | Annalise | Nori | Michelle Reg

#BBCP2016: Send Harry Potter on a Date!

8.12.2016

For the record, I am definitely a Harry/Ginny fan. But this is pure fun and HARRY POTTER JUST NEEDS SOME LOVE, GUYS. HE NEEDS MORE GOOD THINGS.

Team Periwinkle's project for the BBCP (created by Nori to incite creativity on our blogs this summer) is Match Made in the Pages! YOU suggest characters (preferably from other novels) to set Harry up with on a blind date, and next week, I'll use those characters to create some date scenarios.

I feel like Harry would avoid the "tell us about yourself" question. Is that just me?

The Basics
Name: Harry Potter
Eye color: Green. I've been told they're exactly like my mother's. (Just a time or two, though.)
Hair color: Is uncontrollable a color? 

What's your favorite place in the entire world? 

Hogwarts, my school. It's the first place I ever felt at home, even if the staircases move at very inconvenient times. 

What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday? 

Sitting out by the lake (at a safe distance) with my friends, far away from any danger, Great Squid or dark wizards included. 

What do you value most in life? 

Quiet. Peace. A Voldemort-free school year with my friends and a teacher who maybe isn't delusional? I really enjoy the times when I just get to be with my friends and laugh and be worry-free. 

What do you do in your free time?

....Quidditch? Try not to die? 

What do you fear most? 
My friends getting hurt or losing their families just because they're associated with me and trying to protect me. 

HARRY IS SO SWEET, NO? So, tell me, who would you set him up on a blind date with? I think Inej could be a match for him, but I think she needs to go out and save the world while he just wants the world to stop ending. GIVE ME MORE OPTIONS, FRIENDS.
Be sure to check out the other posts form Team Periwinkle, and to check back next week to see who Harry's going on a date with! (Not at Madame Puddifoot's, I promise.)  

Cilla | Annalise | Nori | Michelle Reg

Review: Girl Against the Universe

8.11.2016
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Published: May 17th, 2016 by HarperTeen
Source: Traded (hardcover)
Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
Honestly, I don't know that I have much to say about this besides: READ IT. IT IS LOVELY AND I WANT YOU TO READ IT.

This was actually my first Paula Stokes book and I can promise you I'm going to be reading the rest of them. Maguire is terrified of crowds. Of being in a car with anyone who isn't her mother. She can go to school but she's constantly looking all around her for potential hazards, because she thinks that wherever she is, there's also pain and danger - but for other people, not her. And that's what she's always worried about: other people getting hurt just because she's around them. Her father and brother were killed in an accident she escaped unscathed from, and again a few years later there was a roller coaster crash where she was the only one left uninjured.

Naturally, this means she avoids being around people as much as possible. She struggles with mental illness, with PTSD and OCD, and what I really loved is that Paula Stokes portrays this in a way that really lets you understand Maguire without going to a deep and dark place that makes you miserable. I know some people do like that, but honestly, I don't like the heavier stuff. Maguire's struggles aren't written the way that The Last Time We Say Goodbye or some other YA's are, but that's why I liked it. I didn't cry. (Until the author's note and acknowledgments, but MOVING ON.) Girl Against the Universe is full of fun and hope and healing without dragging me down into a bad headspace, if you know what I mean?

We see a lot of Maguire in therapy, which I loved. I know that it doesn't work out for everyone but it was such a positive portrayal and Maguire really started to challenge herself. And I loved that it showed that you don't have to be contemplating suicide, you don't have to be at what others may perceive was "rock bottom" to seek help and really benefit from it. Your struggles and your illness are still just as valid.

Also, tennis! Lots of tennis. I've never been into it but I never found myself bored or wanting to skim through the tennis parts, and it's really instrumental in Maguire's progress. And, of course, it's the sport that Jordy plays so it's a nice common point between him and Maguire.

And the thing is, Jordy's in therapy too. They're both working to get better and they're both helping each other in so many ways without it being too codependent and unhealthy. Their relationship is built on friendship and honesty and it was so sweet and THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

And! I can't forget! Family. Maguire's mom is so supportive and understanding and Maguire's relationship with her stepfather starts to grow too and IT'S ALL SO CUTE AND NICE AND I LOVE IT ALL.

tl;dr: Girl Against the Universe is such a positive portrayal of dealing with mental illness and developing relationships and EVERYTHING ABOUT IT MAKES ME HAPPY. 4.5 stars.



Waiting on Wednesday: August

8.03.2016
Ah, yes. It's that time again. The first Wednesday of the month, where I overload my blog with books that don't come out for forever and basically TORTURE MYSELF. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

To recap: In July, I selected The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, and Flashfall by Jenny Moyer for my WoW!

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Expected Publication: March 28th, 2017 by Greenwillow Books

The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? 

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.
MARCH 2017. KILL ME NOW. The Girl From Everywhere was my absolute favorite debut of this year, so obviously I have to shove the sequel front and center because I AM DYING AND I NEED IT AND I MISS NIX AND KASH. 


On Feelings of Inadequacy: Revisited

8.01.2016

Eons ago, I wrote a post about how I never really feel creative enough for the blogging world. And I wanted to revisit that because, here's the thing: nothing has changed. I still feel that way. I suspect I will always feel that way. And it feels very relevant to my blog, and I think I have a lot more to say about it than I did a year ago.

Once again, I'm compelled to point out Cait at Paper Fury. I don't think I have blogger envy here so much as plain old person envy. She seemingly does it all - photography, constantly reading, writing like 900 books at a time, SHE EVEN EXERCISES. And, you know, she's about as funny as they come with her discussion posts.

Aentee from Read at Midnight literally came up with the coolest readathon ever and makes the prettiest phone wallpapers. Rachel from A Perfection Called Books is relentless in her promotion of debut authors. While all the tweets and interviews and chats and yearbooks require a LOT of work, they also require creativity!

And just think of all the amazing features and discussion posts you read and I'm over here like AHHHH ALL I DO IS WRITE REVIEWS.

8.29.2016

ARC Review: How to Make Out

How to Make Out by Brianna Shrum
Expected Publication: September 6th, 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Source: Edelweiss
*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinions stated below.
Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

You know those times when you wait a week and a half to write your review? And all you've got is some vague thoughts and memories of it? ("Yes, but that's why you take notes!" you say. Indeed! But MY NOTES ARE JUST AS VAGUE.) And I think that pretty much sums up my thoughts about How to Make Out: fun but not very memorable just because it didn't, like, tug at my heartstrings or anything.

I love the premise of this book. Renley needs money to go to New York, so she makes a how-to blog where she charges for answers once she gets it running. Which she appears to do very, very fast. I found this bit to be very unrealistic - why would somebody pay for her answer on how to make out or how to tie a tie when all of those answers are available online for free? I would think it was super sketchy if someone was making me pay for that, but I digress. It's fiction. I got over it. (But IF ONLY WE ALL GOT FOLLOWERS AS QUICKLY AS SHE DOES? I have literally never made a cent from this blog in 5 years like. Come on. Here she is making money for a trip to New York.)

Of course, when someone asks Renley how to make out, she has to go to her best friend/neighbor and get him to teach her because she has no idea what she's doing. I loved the scenes between them and the dynamic, how close they are. But here's the problem - Drew is in love with her, and she knows that. She knows all about it. He knows she knows. And yet she still asks him to do this for her, still asks him to help her with Seth, the guy she's interested in. (Who has a girlfriend. It's messy.) She basically always ignores his feelings for her. On top of that, Drew has girls in and out of his bedroom constantly, Renley doesn't like it, etc. etc. It was kind of annoying.

That being said, I want to repeat that I really loved the dynamic between them. They had a great friendship otherwise and seriously great chemistry and I was really rooting for them. I SHIPPED IT.

Renley and Seth, however? No chemistry. Nada. Can I just throw him out a window to get him out of the way? You know, in a nice way?

Renley makes a lot of mistakes throughout the course of the novel. And yes, it can get annoying, and yes, sometimes I wanted to scream at her, but I appreciated it - she wasn't anywhere near perfect. I've definitely made a lot of mistakes, and they're not always teeny tiny ones you can forget about the next day. I think some people might get really frustrated by her, but she's a teenager and by the end, she seems to have learned her lesson. I wish that part had been just a bit longer so it showcased her growth more, but the point is that she does learn. I don't really like the way it happens because it's completely forced on her rather than her learning and growing on her own, but whatever.

tl;dr: How to Make Out is a super quick and fun contemporary (with its fair share of deeper emotions) with an adorable best friend who I myself might be a little bit in love with. 3.5 stars.



8.19.2016

#BBCP16: Harry Potter Goes on a Date...


Team Periwinkle's project for the BBCP (created by Nori to incite creativity on our blogs this summer) is Match Made in the Pages! Last week, I created a profile for Harry Potter. This week, I use your suggestions to set him up on a date because THE POOR BOY NEEDS SOME NORMALCY.

Your suggestion? Inej Ghafa! (It was really only mine and Cait's suggestion but shhhhh.)


I think Harry and Inej would sit in front of the fire in his living room because Harry would want a quiet date after SAVING THE ENTIRE WIZARDING WORLD AND MORE. Of course, there would be banter, because he is Harry Potter, The Boy Who Sassed.


Harry wouldn't tell her about all the people he's lost. Inej wouldn't tell him about where she came from. I think she might tune out a few times (possibly thinking about another man who possibly goes by the name of Kaz Brekker. LET ME DREAM.)

But they would laugh. They would keep their conversations on the surface. AND THEN. Inej would casually pull out her daggers, tossing them around, upon which Harry would proceed to:


BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT? BEING AN AUROR IS ENOUGH STRESS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Don't forget to check out the other members of Team Periwinkle, who have made REAL DATES for their characters. (Honestly you guys I just want Harry Potter to have a nice nap and live a quiet life in a little cottage near the sea but THEN HE WENT OFF TO BE AN AUROR AND RUINED IT.)

Cilla | Annalise | Nori | Michelle Reg

8.12.2016

#BBCP2016: Send Harry Potter on a Date!


For the record, I am definitely a Harry/Ginny fan. But this is pure fun and HARRY POTTER JUST NEEDS SOME LOVE, GUYS. HE NEEDS MORE GOOD THINGS.

Team Periwinkle's project for the BBCP (created by Nori to incite creativity on our blogs this summer) is Match Made in the Pages! YOU suggest characters (preferably from other novels) to set Harry up with on a blind date, and next week, I'll use those characters to create some date scenarios.

I feel like Harry would avoid the "tell us about yourself" question. Is that just me?

The Basics
Name: Harry Potter
Eye color: Green. I've been told they're exactly like my mother's. (Just a time or two, though.)
Hair color: Is uncontrollable a color? 

What's your favorite place in the entire world? 

Hogwarts, my school. It's the first place I ever felt at home, even if the staircases move at very inconvenient times. 

What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday? 

Sitting out by the lake (at a safe distance) with my friends, far away from any danger, Great Squid or dark wizards included. 

What do you value most in life? 

Quiet. Peace. A Voldemort-free school year with my friends and a teacher who maybe isn't delusional? I really enjoy the times when I just get to be with my friends and laugh and be worry-free. 

What do you do in your free time?

....Quidditch? Try not to die? 

What do you fear most? 
My friends getting hurt or losing their families just because they're associated with me and trying to protect me. 

HARRY IS SO SWEET, NO? So, tell me, who would you set him up on a blind date with? I think Inej could be a match for him, but I think she needs to go out and save the world while he just wants the world to stop ending. GIVE ME MORE OPTIONS, FRIENDS.
Be sure to check out the other posts form Team Periwinkle, and to check back next week to see who Harry's going on a date with! (Not at Madame Puddifoot's, I promise.)  

Cilla | Annalise | Nori | Michelle Reg

8.11.2016

Review: Girl Against the Universe

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Published: May 17th, 2016 by HarperTeen
Source: Traded (hardcover)
Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
Honestly, I don't know that I have much to say about this besides: READ IT. IT IS LOVELY AND I WANT YOU TO READ IT.

This was actually my first Paula Stokes book and I can promise you I'm going to be reading the rest of them. Maguire is terrified of crowds. Of being in a car with anyone who isn't her mother. She can go to school but she's constantly looking all around her for potential hazards, because she thinks that wherever she is, there's also pain and danger - but for other people, not her. And that's what she's always worried about: other people getting hurt just because she's around them. Her father and brother were killed in an accident she escaped unscathed from, and again a few years later there was a roller coaster crash where she was the only one left uninjured.

Naturally, this means she avoids being around people as much as possible. She struggles with mental illness, with PTSD and OCD, and what I really loved is that Paula Stokes portrays this in a way that really lets you understand Maguire without going to a deep and dark place that makes you miserable. I know some people do like that, but honestly, I don't like the heavier stuff. Maguire's struggles aren't written the way that The Last Time We Say Goodbye or some other YA's are, but that's why I liked it. I didn't cry. (Until the author's note and acknowledgments, but MOVING ON.) Girl Against the Universe is full of fun and hope and healing without dragging me down into a bad headspace, if you know what I mean?

We see a lot of Maguire in therapy, which I loved. I know that it doesn't work out for everyone but it was such a positive portrayal and Maguire really started to challenge herself. And I loved that it showed that you don't have to be contemplating suicide, you don't have to be at what others may perceive was "rock bottom" to seek help and really benefit from it. Your struggles and your illness are still just as valid.

Also, tennis! Lots of tennis. I've never been into it but I never found myself bored or wanting to skim through the tennis parts, and it's really instrumental in Maguire's progress. And, of course, it's the sport that Jordy plays so it's a nice common point between him and Maguire.

And the thing is, Jordy's in therapy too. They're both working to get better and they're both helping each other in so many ways without it being too codependent and unhealthy. Their relationship is built on friendship and honesty and it was so sweet and THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

And! I can't forget! Family. Maguire's mom is so supportive and understanding and Maguire's relationship with her stepfather starts to grow too and IT'S ALL SO CUTE AND NICE AND I LOVE IT ALL.

tl;dr: Girl Against the Universe is such a positive portrayal of dealing with mental illness and developing relationships and EVERYTHING ABOUT IT MAKES ME HAPPY. 4.5 stars.



8.03.2016

Waiting on Wednesday: August

Ah, yes. It's that time again. The first Wednesday of the month, where I overload my blog with books that don't come out for forever and basically TORTURE MYSELF. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

To recap: In July, I selected The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, and Flashfall by Jenny Moyer for my WoW!

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Expected Publication: March 28th, 2017 by Greenwillow Books

The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? 

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.
MARCH 2017. KILL ME NOW. The Girl From Everywhere was my absolute favorite debut of this year, so obviously I have to shove the sequel front and center because I AM DYING AND I NEED IT AND I MISS NIX AND KASH. 


8.01.2016

On Feelings of Inadequacy: Revisited


Eons ago, I wrote a post about how I never really feel creative enough for the blogging world. And I wanted to revisit that because, here's the thing: nothing has changed. I still feel that way. I suspect I will always feel that way. And it feels very relevant to my blog, and I think I have a lot more to say about it than I did a year ago.

Once again, I'm compelled to point out Cait at Paper Fury. I don't think I have blogger envy here so much as plain old person envy. She seemingly does it all - photography, constantly reading, writing like 900 books at a time, SHE EVEN EXERCISES. And, you know, she's about as funny as they come with her discussion posts.

Aentee from Read at Midnight literally came up with the coolest readathon ever and makes the prettiest phone wallpapers. Rachel from A Perfection Called Books is relentless in her promotion of debut authors. While all the tweets and interviews and chats and yearbooks require a LOT of work, they also require creativity!

And just think of all the amazing features and discussion posts you read and I'm over here like AHHHH ALL I DO IS WRITE REVIEWS.