Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!

What?! Two giveaways in ONE WEEK?! Am I crazy? Thankfully Disney Hyperion is kind enough to be presenting and sending the prizes for this giveaway. So, what’s the occasion?

Well, Rogue Wave, the second book in The Waterfire Saga hits shelves on January 6th and it’s time to paaaarty! Do you love catching up with friends over books and nail polish? Then this giveaway is right up your alley.

Catch up on DEEP BLUE and prepare for your holiday parties with the Principessa colors!

Winner receives:
· A copy of Deep Blue;
· and custom Deep Blue and Rogue Wave nail polishes.

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ROGUE WAVE 197x300 Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, the mermaids are on an exceedingly important and dangerous quest. Their journey is testing their skills and their friendships, forcing them to grow and take on new challenges, and will alter their lives forever.
Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled–powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.


DeepBlue 199x300 Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations.

Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.


Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including  Catch up on Deep Blue: A Giveaway!Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.


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The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour + Giveaway

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, third book in The Raven Cycle, hit shelves a few weeks ago and I’ve been taking my sweet, sweet time to read it. I’m almost to the end! This week, I’m teaming up with This Is Teen for their The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour which includes tarot readings from past, present, and future parts of the series. Author Maggie Stiefvater has designed The Raven Cycle Tarot, a Major Arcana 22-card deck inspired by The Raven Cycle series.

Here’s the tarot card I received:

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About The Wheel of Fortune card

About The Wheel of Fortune card: The Wheel of Fortune is card number 10, and represents destiny.

My reading of the card: In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Blue Sargent is figuring out her true destiny and what her powers do beyond just amplifying others powers. Also, I’m reading that everything is connected, so with her rise of power comes someone else’s fall from power. Hmm!

Follow the full blog tour to see all 22 Tarot cards revealed, with an opportunity at each stop to win a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Tarot Deck for yourself!

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One (1) winner receives The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck.

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Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

Book 1: The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.


MaggieStiefvater 150x150 The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour + GiveawayEntertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.



AUDIO EXCERPT (PROLOGUE) [Click Here] Read by Will Patton, published by Scholastic Audio in 2014. Music by Kate Hummel.



“Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top…Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons..”—

“[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome’s search for the supernatural . . .”— New York Times Book Review

“Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2.”— Entertainment Weekly

“[A] tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review


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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 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.

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Book DepositorySeries: The Heroes of Olympus #5
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 7, 2014
Genres: Action
Pages: 516
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
four half stars The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Review
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

“Hey Liz, why are you reviewing the last book in the series when you haven’t reviewed the previous novels?” Hey. HEY. I like Percy Jackson juuuuust fine (he’s one of my favorite protags), and I loved both of these series. But you know what’s the best part of a series? Or, well, supposed to be the best part of a series (to me, at least)? The ending. The part when you close the book and let out a sigh of fulfillment. That’s this book.

The Blood of Olympus, fifth and final book of the Heroes of Olympus series, is everything you would expect from Rick Riordan: jokes, combat, sass… All of it. Even a few heart-felt moments. And exploding toilets. I like how the ending was set up so that Riordan could return to these characters, even if it’s just that they crossover into his future series.

It did make me kind of sad that some characters had to resort to killing people. I get that there’s some military mindset going on for some of them. And I know that some of the ones being killed get sent to Tartarus and can come back to life, but not all of them. I guess in some circumstances it’s better than subduing them and making them live in some underground creepy place, but yeahhhh.

I loved the character growth that happens in this novel. Nico warms up to his fellow heroes, Reyna gets more backstory, Piper and Annabeth team up… I mean who saw that last one coming? Not I.

The settings were interesting. We get to see Greece, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Camp Halfblood. I think I stamped my passport a few times while reading this! Haha.

I would definitely recommend this to any Percy Jackson fans, anyone looking for a bit of combat and adventure, and of course a bit of shenanigans.

four half stars The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Review

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Reading Problems Tag

Welcome to the Reading Problems Tag!

Originally by AboutToRead: Click here to see her video
I was tagged by Bekah AwesomeBookNut: Click here to see her video

I thought I’d get back into the tag game with a fun tag!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Recap of past books in series:

Against Idleness & Mischief

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Online Safety Tips for New/Young BookTubers

I’ve been asked by young folk on several occasions how to go about asking parents about getting into BookTube. Although BookTube is a very fun place and is very fun to do, my main concern is safety. That’s why you can’t keep this a secret.

The following tips aren’t just for underaged folk. If you’re an adult, think about these things, too. I know that your internet presence is up to you and I know that with this week’s discussion about Kathleen Hale stalking a blogger, I at least wanted to scratch the surface of talking about some basics for online safety. I know we’ve been presented with extenuating circumstances in both the YouTube community and the book blogging community. It’s been rough.

Anyway, here are some tips with some help of my Twitter friends:

Tip #1: Tell your parents (or someone). Have at least one person who is a responsible adult know that you have an online presence, no matter big or small. It keeps you accountable for your actions and it gives you something to talk about with the ‘rents at the dinner table. Talk to them about what you should and shouldn’t do online.

Tip #2: Don’t give out your home address unless you are 100% certain that you’re talking to a representative from a publishing house that you trust. If you’re underage, let your parents see the messages you get for review requests. [libraryofsarah] On that same note, it would be a good idea to get a PO Box. I personally don’t have one because I only accept review requests from major publishers and publicists. Very rarely do I give my address to an author.

Tip #2.5: Don’t tell people the city/town you live in. I’ll tell people when I’m going to signings in Atlanta, but I never tell people what side of town I live in. If you film somewhere other than your house, don’t give out addresses or names of business. [katiegilmour13]
Make sure your background and clothes are free from school mascots, year books, and such.

Tip #3: Create a pseudonym or don’t use your last name.

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