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So, my friend Alli and I both had about the same idea about doing a podcast and one glorious moment came in which we set a time and date for our first episode. This one also involves our friend Christina. Most of our podcast episodes will involve our friends! Who would we be without them? They’ve fostered our fangirling ways and never tell us to calm down when we flail like mad. (Thanks ladies). Here’s episode 1 which I titled “Spreadsheets of Fangirl Proportions” because Alli talks about the spreadsheet she made for Christina’s Arrow-watching schedule.

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The DUFF Movie Giveaway! (US Only)

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About a month or so ago, I reviewed The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. Love, love, loved it! The movie based off the book is in theaters on February 20 and stars some of my favorites: Mae Whitman, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, and Robbie Amell.

The movie is about Bianca (Mae Whitman) who is friends with two of the school’s hottest ladies (Skyler TheDuff-Image2Samuels and Bianca A. Santos). She’s a cheesy horror movie addict and daughter of a divorcee-turned-self-help-guru (Allison Janney). One night, at a party, Wesley (Robbie Amell) calls her a “DUFF” — Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Basically, she’s the person someone talks to if they want to go about dating her more desirable friends. She decides that she no longer wants to be the DUFF, so in return for helping Wesley study for Chemistry, he helps her shake the DUFF title.

Trailer:

I looooove the song in this trailer. When I found it on YouTube, I played it over five times. Okay, that’s a LOT for me.

Giveaway Pack: 
I’m giving away a prize pack that includes ONE “The DUFF” t-shirt (Bella Thorne not included.)
The DUFF TShirt

One copy of The DUFF with tie-in movie cover
The DUFF bookcover

And one mini-poster

MANY WILL ENTER, ONE WILL WIN. (Starts: 2/12/15 noon – 2/18/15 11:59pm)

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Libib App Review

FTC Disclaimer: I was paid to promote this app, but my review is an honest one.

My username is Elizziebooks on the app/site.

Things you can catalog with Libib:
Books, movies, music, and video games.

How can you access Libib?:
Libib.com or the Libib app on iOS and Android devices.

Features:
Libraries – sort of like Goodreads shelves
Feed – status updates
Groups – series
Tags – uh, that’s self-explanatory, right?
Notes – thoughts as you read or whatever.
Review – write your thoughts… more defined.
Rating – THIS SUCKER LETS YOU RATE HALF-STARS. WHAT THA. *kisses all the babies*
Scan or Add Manually (ISBN or add a new thing).
The status of what you’re reading/watching/playing: Not Begun, In Progress, Abandoned, Completed. That’s right… There’s an “Abandoned” setting. WHAT.

Some other stuff:

  • If you have a WordPress/gravatar profile, it uses that to give you a profile picture. I’ve been told from fellow users that it makes you sign up via WordPress profile.
  • It doesn’t connect to other social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
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Elizziebooks Winter Wrap Up

I haven’t done a wrap up in a few months, so I figured doing a “Winter Wrap Up” in which I talk about (almost) all of the books and movies that I’ve read and watched.

I guess I read quite a few books! I didn’t quite achieve my reading goals this past year, but I’m on the road to read 50 books in 2015. What are your reading goals? What are some awesome books you’ve read lately? Comment below!

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black Review

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black ReviewThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
IndieboundBook DepositoryPublished by Little Brown on January 13, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: the publisher
Goodreads
five-stars
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

If I could only write one sentence about this book, it would be: This book is so magical, it made me want to write as soon as I finished reading it.

That’s a sign of a great book. When I close a book and want to write something of my own, it’s like the book hit something right in my brain and my heart. Now, not every brilliant book does this, but I think Holly Black’s writing does things to my brain. She has this amazing way of crossing Fantasy with Real World, with both sides being knowledgeable of the other. Sometimes the books that have the Fantasy taking care of Real World and RW being absolutely ignorant of the Fantasy… That gets old after a while.

Now, yes, there were some characters who didn’t quite care for the other side. That’s a thing that happens. We can’t all have hive-minded fairy-loving humans. Even the main characters have to slay some evil. That’s another thing — a girl knight?! I loved it. That paired with her musician brother was brilliant. Of course there’s a great deal of darkness and making deals with the fairy king. How else do you stir up trouble in this kind of story?

I also loved that the novel starts off with talking about the horned prince in the glass coffin. It isn’t necessarily a spin on Snow White, but I loved that he remembered what people told him while he was asleep and they thought he wasn’t listening. Also the fact that anyone who tried to break the coffin disappeared. I mean, like, weird stuff happened to “tourists” and people who were newer to the town, but there is some crazy stuff. And I loved that the one mother kept the changeling AND her own son (that a fairy tried to trick her with).

I could keep going on and on about what I loved — there’s a lot. This book is really wonderful. It also makes me want to read more 3rd person POV. I am not the biggest fan of Fantasy, but Holly Black’s style just makes my brain and heart happy.

five-stars

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