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August 19, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF MIST AND FURYFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don’t even know how to write this review. For real, I’m in such mourning right now. I honestly just picked up the book and reread the whole thing again right after finishing it. How the heck am I supposed to wait until 2017 to read the third book. How is that a possibility?! What was I thinking not waiting for all the books to be released for I started reading this series?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Seriously, I need some support right now. My heart is absolutely shattered that I’ve already finished this book.

Being totally honest, I hated like the first 70ish pages of this book. Let me try and explain without giving away any spoilers. Okay: I HATED what was done with some of the characters. While that opinion never changed throughout the book, it did finally reach a point where it kind of just moved on and I wasn’t stuck in that rut anymore. And once it gets through that part, it’s smooth sailing from there. Seriously, whenever I was reading this book, I was DEVOURING it. I couldn’t even function properly when I was away from it. I would be away from the house, and I would just turn to whomever and say “I miss my book so much right now.” For real, I’m a big gooey pile of a mess right now. My heart cannot take this one bit!

If you thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses was brilliant, then you haven’t even started to realize the true definition of brilliance. The detail, the action, the romance, the character. HOLY. MOLY. Everything was so spot on and well written. This was like Harry Potter on crack. I need like ten more of these books RIGHT NOW.

There are several new characters introduced in this second book, and I loved every. single. one. of. them. Usually, there’s a least one new character that you really can’t stand. Nope. I’ll take them all again. Everyone was so fantastic and spot on. I LOVED THEM ALL!

And Rhys. OMG. I’m 100% team Rhys. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I can’t even. THOSE SCENES. Who else is team Rhys!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

And that ending?!!?!? OH MY LANTA! I can’t even. For real. I need to shut my mouth right now before I spoil anything for ya’ll.


Rating: 250+ stars!

Top Ten Tuesday
May 3, 2016 posted by Nichole

Top Ten YA Characters that I’d Like to Revisit in 10 Years


Hi everyone! I have this week’s Top Ten Tuesday for you all. This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is Top Ten YA Characters that I’d Like to Revisit in 10 Years.

  1. All of the characters in Harry Potter – I feel really old to admit that I first started reading (well, at least listening to it as my teacher read it to the class) Harry Potter in the 5th grade. Those of you who didn’t actually grow up with Harry Potter releases really missed out. I remember standing in line with my mom and my cousin Brittany for the midnight release of the new HP book; I remember going to the movie premiers and having to sit in these huge lines, against the movie theater wall, waiting for the previous showing to exit the theater. Harry Potter will always be my favorite, because it started everything. And I feel so cheated about the play and the new movies and blah blah blah blah, because it’s just not fair. I don’t want to read a play script or fly to London to watch the play in person. I want another book. Maybe J.K. Rowling will shock me in 10 years and produce another Harry Potter book.
  2. Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments – Okay, I have not read the last TMI book, so if you know something that I don’t……don’t tell me. I really loved the first 3 of these books, but 4 and 5 were really hard on me. Therefore, I haven’t had any desire to read book 6….. But I did really love Jace and Clary and would like to see where they end up in 10 years.
  3. Alec and Magnus from The Mortal Instruments – Again, I loved them in TMI. I would love to see how they end up.
  4. Hazel and Gus from The Fault in Our Stars – Yes, I’ve read the book. Yes, I’ve watched the movie. So you might be reading these names and thinking “what’s wrong with you, Nichole?” But just because you’re “gone” doesn’t mean your really gone. I want to into the afterworld and see them 10 years later. Or now. Either way works.
  5. Jacob and Renesemee from Twilight – I might have just butchered her name…. I’m one of the only ones that I know who didn’t absolutely hate that twist. I actually really liked it! I really want to know how their story unfolds….because you know they have one!
  6. Hawke and Sienna from the Psy-Changeling series – Okay, okay, I’m cheating! They aren’t a YA couple! Sue me! But they’re one of my favorite couples EVER and I need to know EVERYTHING!
  7. Emma and Jonah from the Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima – THAT ENDING! It left us on a huge cliffhanger, and I’m not really sure if there will be another book. I want to know more!
  8. All of the characters from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer – Again, I thought that this series ended with a lot of cliffhangers and untold stories. I want to know more!
  9. Savannah and Adam from the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong – Okay, I’m cheating again. This is an adult series, BUT KA also writes YA…so HA! I felt kind of cheated that we really only get Savannah and Adam for such a limited amount of time. I really want to see more of them and how that relationship progresses. I mean, come one, Clay and Elena got SO MANY BOOKS!
  10. Asher and Eve from the Revelation series by Randi Cooley Wilson – There were NOT enough books in this series! I NEED MORE!!!!
15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 5
July 12, 2013 posted by Nichole

15 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 5

book-and-heart-wallpapers_12406_1600x1200Welcome back to Day 5 of my 15 day Blogger Challenge. This challenge is hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. Today’s topic is to recommend a tear jerker.


I don’t cry in books or movies. It drives my mom nuts. She thinks that when something is sad, it’s normal to cry. Instead, I’m the person who will burst out crying over the stupidest commercial that’s not even sad. Obviously, my priorities are a little whacked. However, there were two books that made me cry. No…cry isn’t the write word. Bawl. That’s more like it. There were two books that made me bawl.


136251If you tell me that you didn’t cry in the last Harry Potter you are a liar. Either that or you have no heart. I BAWLED in this book. SO. MANY. DEATHS. and POOR DOBBY! (Sorry if I just ruined that for anyone.) I was an emotional basket case during this book. J.K. Rowling just started killing off all of these important characters that were with us for several (if not all) of the books. It was devastating!

15793231If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch just came out this year. It’s about a girl named Carey and her little sister Jenessa who have been abandoned in the woods by their mother. Carey’s mom kidnapped her when she was just a little girl and forced her to live in the woods with only beans and other canned goods for food. Her mom had a huge drug problem and would leave the girls in the woods by themselves for days, weeks, months at a time. This time, though, her mom realizes that she has a problem and contacts CPS and the girls are brought to live with Carey’s father.

This story…omg…I was bawling my eyes out about every other page. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything as beautiful as this book. I cried and cried…and then I cried some more. And when it was over…I WAS SO SAD! I need more! I need more of Emily Murdoch that’s for sure.

Note: Emily Murdoch is one of our participating authors in the 2013 Debut Authors Bash. If you would like to host her on your blog this September please go to this link: http://www.yareads.com/2013-debut-authors-bash-sign-ups/news/10669

Author Interview: James Matlack Raney
Author Interviews
September 15, 2012 posted by Nikki

Author Interview: James Matlack Raney

This month’s Indie Author is the fabulous debut author James Matlack Raney. We adored and loved Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves, and we’re so excited to unleash it on you guys. James sat down and answered some questions for us.



For those who haven’t met him yet, introduce the blogosphere to Jim Morgan.

When we first run into Jim he ranks somewhere between a spoiled brat and an unholy terror.  He’s a real tyrant!  But that’s part of what makes him so much fun to write.   You know, he’s not that completely innocent kid that immediately melts your heart with pity – Jim’s got an attitude and maybe even a few delusions of grandeur.  But behind the eleven year-old bravado I think Jim’s like many of us were at that age: he’s a little lonely and just trying to figure out who he is and what he’s made of.  But unlike most of us, Jim goes through some really tough, really dangerous and fantastical obstacles on the way to figuring some of that out.

In three words, describe Jim’s personality.

He’s brash, proud, (and somewhere underneath it all) courageous.

If Jim’s journey had a theme song, what would it be?

Wow, what a good question!  This story takes place in the age of pirates and cutthroats, but it’s really making me laugh to envision Jim and all the street thieves in the old Michael Jackson “Beat It” video.  Maybe Jim and Big Red could tape their hands together and have a dance-off.

Talking ravens, pirates, magic and treasure. How does one come up with such a story?

Well, I think writers inject what they love into their books.  The stories I craved when I was young took me to far away places on all sorts of crazy adventures.  I loved the Three Musketeers, the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes, the Hobbit, and Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the movies.  But for me as an adult writer, I didn’t want to just try and ape those great stories and haphazardly throw as much of that as I could at readers – I want each piece to have meaning and work with the characters to create a believable world that just might leave you with enough of magic to take back with you into your everyday life.

When Jim grows up, what does he want to be?

The King of England … seriously.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I tried to write my first novel with my sister one summer when we were on break. I was one year ahead of her, so maybe I was in the 4th grade and she was in 3rd (it was the same summer we tried to see how many balloons it would take to slow down a leap from a very tall chair, so you can be assured there were no early signs of success.)  I think the book (for which we did the illustrations as well – also bad) was about some soldiers on a space station who got attacked by a monster on the planet below – so my sister gave up on it day one.  I lasted until about day three.   You know, so maybe it was then.  But I started seriously throwing myself at writing when I was 23.  I always loved books and got really swept up in great movies, so I think the love of a good story has always been with me.

How many hours a week do you write?

Well, usually about 14 or 15 hours a week of actual writing when I’m really in the meat of a story, but I have to skew much of that towards the weekend because of work.  I’ve also been learning the hard way that when you publish a novel and have a full time job, it’s tough to squeeze the actual writing in there (especially if you like doing things like talking to other humans and eating.)  There’s so much to get done and you don’t really realize that when you’re just writing a thousand words a day and imagining the finished product just leaping into existence.  It’s hard work!

Besides Jim Morgan, who is your favorite fictional character?

I love Sherlock Holmes!  I’m not ashamed to say it, but Arthur Conan Doyle wrote such an iconic character – which is why Sherlock’s still around over a hundred years later.  My favorite thing about Holmes is not just the way he hurls himself at puzzles and mysteries (which I love) but that he’s also just so funny.  He and Watson have this great, humorous relationship even in the old novels.  It’s hilarious.  The BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch really captures that and actually lifts some of their conversations straight from the novels.

If you could live in any fictional world other than your own, which one would it be?

I write Middle Grade boy fiction, so let’s be real: If I could be magical I would have wanted to go to Hogwarts!  But if I had to be a muggle I think Narnia would have been pretty solid (and somewhat safer than Middle-Earth.)

You wake up one morning and realize you’re stranded on a deserted tropical island. A magic genie appears and tells you that although you’re stuck on the island forever, and can absolutely NOT leave, you can have three wishes. What are they?

Well, if I also can’t wish for world peace – then I would have to wish for a helicopter, a Ferrari, and Tom Sellick’s mustache.  Because then I would be stuck on a tropical island as Magnum PI, and he seemed to do pretty well for himself.

 Coffee or tea?

Tea, hot with milk and sugar.

Sweet or savory?

Tough one!  I’ll go with savory, I kind of agree with those commercials that say everything taste’s better with bacon.  It does.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve got a bunch of books going right now.  A Wrinkle in Time, which is a classic, but also The True Meaning of Smek Day, by Adam Rex and and The 4th Stall, by Chris Rylander.  All really good stuff!

What was the last movie you saw?

I’ll go ahead and reveal my fanboy geekdom: saw the Dark Knight Rises for the second time.  What a great movie!  The second time was actually far better than the first.  I think a lot of people will be surprised when they see it again at home just how deep that film was for a comic book movie.

Finish this sentence. “When I’m not writing I’m …”

Playing guitar!  Don’t let that fool you though – I’m still fairly terrible

Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves is self published. Some folks might not know what that means. Can you fill us in?

I think it might depend on who you ask, but for me, self-publishing is like making an independent film – there’s no big studio backing you or giving you loads of money for marketing.  It’s just you and the story you want to tell.  In many ways it’s difficult because there’s not a lot of support, especially in getting your book in front of customers, but in other ways it’s kind of great because you don’t have to write to the needs of an agent or publishing house.  You can write whatever story is living in your heart and fighting to break out and be heard.

Self publishing is a whole different world. What is your advice to writers thinking about publishing on their own?

There’s so much that I’ve learned that I’d like to share with authors just beginning their self-publishing journey, so I’m going to write a series of blogs about it on Goodreads.  But if I were to say anything from the get go, it’s write an amazing story.  Write the story that is in your heart and soul, but take the time to learn the techniques, forms, and language to tell that story in the most compelling way possible.  Writing a book is like anything else – it takes time, practice, and education.

As a debut author, I’m sure your journey to publication has been nothing short of epic. What are the three best things about it so far?

The best thing for me, and I suppose for most authors, is the joy of writing a story that inspires you as the writer and then sending it off to inspire others who are readers.  Just having that chance to add your voice to the human conversation is thrilling.  Also, I have met the most amazing people along the way: friends, authors, editors, artists, agents – talented and wonderful individuals that help you for no other reason than that they care about you and your story.  And finally, getting to return the favor for those same friends!  It feels so good when you realize you’ve been at this long enough to help a friend with their story or help market their book a little for them – it’s fun and rewarding!

Three worst things?

Lack of sleep (writing, publishing, and working a 9-5 is rough!) Thinking you’re done when you’re not – it happens a lot!  And lastly, realizing that there are some folks out there who don’t feel the same way about self-publishing as I do.  But those are folks I hope to prove wrong with JIM MORGAN.

And finally, our favorite of all the questions, what can you tell us about the next book in the series?

This is a tough one!  If I had an agent or a publishing deal I could totally pull the whole, “well, I’d love to talk about it but they won’t let me” card…but I can’t!  I want to leave some suspense, so let’s just say that things are going to get pretty tough for Jim and company and we’re going to see them enter a wider world and face far more dangerous obstacles than anything they’ve seen thus far.  It should be really exciting!

Waiting on Wednesday (13)
Waiting on Wednesday
August 15, 2012 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Published by Little, Brown and Company

To be released on September 27, 2012


When Barry Fairweather dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. 

June 23, 2011 posted by Christina

J.K. Rowling Announces Pottermore

After lots of waiting and speculation, author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling finally gave fans an insight into what the heck is Pottermore.

Check out the video below –

After watching the clip (twice), I still wasn’t exactly sure what Pottermore was, I just knew it’s gonna be HUGE and exciting! With a little help from the-leaky-cauldron.org, we know that Pottermore will be –

  • Pottermore is an interactive new web site and reading experience with more than 18,000 new words from J.K. Rowling: Much more to come.
  • JKR behind the scenes filming the video picture.
  • An online experience to read, interact with and share the Harry Potter stories. Exclusive writing from J.K. Rowling and more.
  • Pottermore will feature infromation J.K. Rowling has been “hoarding” for years about Harry Potter.
  • Pottermore will be the exclusive place to purchase the digital audio books and, at last, eBooks of the Harry Potter series.
  • Pottermore was developed in association with the leading digital company, TH_NK
  • Pottermore was also created in partnership with Sony
  • One million fans will get access to a beta on July 31, Harry’s birthday. It will be open for all in October 2011.
  • The launch of Pottermore will have more than 18,000 words from J.K. Rowling, but that is only a third of what she has written so far.
  • J.K. Rowling said this morning that there is a lot more content to come for the Pottermore site, and she will develop it as it grows.
  • You will follow the story, get sorted into a house and get a wand (one of 33,000 possible combinations) – all crafted by JKR.
  • JKR is excited to include a long backstory on McGonagall – her childhood, ministry career, early heartbreak…
  • JKR said if you’re not sorted into Gryffindor you get even more exclusive content about your house.
  • Chamber of Secrets story to debut in 2012.
  • There will be info on Minerva McGonagall’s long friendship with Dumbledore
  • Also mentioned that Vernon and Petunia met at work, backstory also on Pottermore.

So so so exciting! You can head on over to www.pottermore.com to sign up to receive an email when registration opens for Pottermore on July 31. One million lucky fans will get to try the site out first while the rest of us will have to wait October.

the-leaky-cauldron.org are constantly updating their page as more news comes in, so head on over for all the latest.

yaFlicks News Round Up
July 17, 2010 posted by Christina

yaFlicks News Round Up

In the world of YA Lit, book to movie adaptations are the in thing lately. Many of our favorite titles are being made into movies, so we thought we’d provide you with a little status update on some of the bigger names leaving our bookshelves for a stint on the silver screen.

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

Release: September 2010

Production Company/Studio: Paramount

Status: The hugely successful Australian novel will make its film debut on September 8, 2010 in Australia. Filming is finished and now all we have to do is wait in anticipation. We’re still searching for worldwide release dates. If anyone has any information on this, we’d appreciate the update!

You can watch the official trailer for the film here

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K Rowling

Release: Part 1 – 18 Nov 2010, Part 2 – 15 July 2011

Production Company/Studio: Warner Bros.

Status: Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows is currently in post-production stages, with a release date set for sometime at the end of 2010. You can watch the trailer for the first instalment here. Not surprisingly, the release date for this film was delayed so that it wouldn’t coincide with, or be overshadowed by, the release of Eclipse, the third Twilight film. Part two is also completed and scheduled for an early 2011 release.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

Release: Part 1 – 18 Nov 2011, Part 2 – 2012

Production Company/Studio: Summit Entertainment

Status: Part 1 of the fourth book in the Twilight Saga is currently in pre-production, gearing up for a 2011 release. The full cast from the previous three films have all signed back on for this two part mega finale. Bill Condon has signed on as director for both instalments. Condon directed the ever popular Dreamgirls and the creepy horror flick, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. Filming is rumored to start in the early stages of 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Vancouver, Canada. Filming for both instalments will be conducted back-to-back.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Release: 2011

Production Company/Studio: Lionsgate

Status: Although no cast or director has been named yet, Suzanne Collins herself is writing the screenplay adapatation and has already completed the first draft. A rumor is circulating that a director will be announced as soon as this summer, and the movie itself is scheduled to start filming in January 2011.

If I Stay – Gale Foreman

Release: 2011

Production Company/Studio: Summit

Status: Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has signed on as director for the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s bestselling novel. No news yet on casting or when filming will begin.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Release: 2012

Production Company/Studio: Unique Features /Warner Bros.

Status: Shiver is still in the early development stage, and screenwriter  Nick Pustay has been signed on for the project. Putsay also wrote the screenplay for Ramona and Beezus, scheduled for release in 2010, starring Disney superstar, Selena Gomez. As yet, no director has been announced that we’re aware of.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

Release: 2012

Production Company/Studio: Unique Features

Status: Also still in early development, Jessica Postigo ha signed on as the screenwriter. The production company is currently looking for an appropriate director. No casting information is available as yet.

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Release: TBC

Production Company/Studio: Preger Entertainment

Status: Vampire Academy is the latest YA book to have the film rights optioned and is at the very early stages of development. No studio has currently picked up the project as of yet but you can head over to the Official VA Movie page here to show your support.

Other books that are currently in development

Wake by Lisa McMann – Miley Cyrus has scored the leading role of Janie.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Marg Stohl (Warner Bros.)

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (Universal Pictures)

Fallen by Lauren Kate (Disney)

Wings by April Lynn Pike – Miley Cyrus scored the leading role.  (Disney)

The Book Thief (20th Century Fox)