Watch this space, as I have some plans for it… :)
Lizzie Aug 7th, 2016 Awesome Things 0 Replies
This post is sort of hard to write… though I suppose I’ve seen it coming for a long time. I’ve just been putting it off for too long now. I’ve been a book blogger, technically, since September 2010. That’s a ridiculously long time for me. In that time, I’ve had a lot of inactive periods, but I always said I would do better next week, next month, next year. The cycle goes on and on.
I entered my 20’s a couple months ago and I’m having an existential crisis. I know what I want to do with my life but it’s all moving too slowly for my liking and scaring me that it may never happen and that—gasp—I’ll have to get one of those dumb office career things. Yuck. I think a lot of people my age are experiencing this so I don’t feel like this is an excuse but, as I have very large plans for 2015, it’s definitely stressing me out.
As a result, I’ve had virtually no time to review any books I’ve read in the past months (which hasn’t been very many anyways). I came to the conclusion after the New Year arrived that book blogging just isn’t something I’m particularly interested in continuing with. I’m making a lot of changes and eliminating things from my life that are no longer worth the stress/guilt/whatever and blogging has been a major point of stress and guilt for me for a while now. The book blogging community is wonderful, full of passionate and kind people, but I’ve always been on the edge of it, observing more than anything else. I often couldn’t make the time to have reviews or other posts up every other day, as seems to be a guideline of being a decent blogger, because I’m terrible with time management. Other people are fantastic at this and they amaze me. Praise you, awesome bloggers!
I am sad to be officially calling my blogging days over. I’ve loved being apart of this close-knit community all these years, even before I started blogging myself, so it will be weird to not actually be among it. Obviously, I don’t plan on unfollowing all of the bloggers I follow or removing myself entirely, as I aim to be published one day and book bloggers are such a pivotal part of an author’s success, but not being able to call myself a blogger anymore—that’s kind of weird.
I don’t know what will happen to this space. I know I’ll keep it online but I’m not sure if I will unpublish my previous posts and reviews or keep them up. I’ll figure it out though :-)
Thank you to everyone who has read my blog over the years. Thank you to the authors, publicists, and others who’ve sent me review requests and copies over all these years, even though I was obviously terrible. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything.
Lizzie Aug 16th, 2014 Contemporary, Reviews 0 Replies
Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Soho Teen (August 12, 2014)
National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won’t let her go.
From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
Today’s post will be slightly different! Those of us participating in this blog tour were asked to create (whether it be write, draw, paint, etc.) something as an homage to Addison Stone as if we knew her. I am choosing to write a tribute, not as a character from the book, but as someone of my own creation.
I only ever met Addison once. Once, though, is all it takes for someone to become engrained into your subconscious, especially when you’re talking about someone as potent as Addison Stone. I was in the City visiting my cousin, Marie-Claire, following Christmas into the New Year; I’d always dreaded these visits because really, who can actually stand to be around MC? Biggest gossip, if there ever was one. And I mean, look, MC buries it deep that I’m not rich and famous like her. She always introduces me to people under a different name, as someone who’s not related to her.
I was forced off to this huge New Years’ Eve bash with her. I wanted to claw some eyes out that night, that’s for sure. The group of people MC hangs with is so far from my comfort zone, like throwing yourself into a lion’s den. But you can’t tell her that; mainly because she’s just like these people. I tried hiding at a table in the back while MC did her thing and some DJ spun into oblivion.
So when this skinny girl dressed in tin foil walks in, balancing haughtily in her platforms that were at least eight inches tall, making her tower over everyone in room, I felt this unexpected draw. It was clear I wasn’t the only one. Everyone stopped when this girl walked in, like she was some sort of goddess to them. Hell if I know anything about the art scene but I knew instantaneously that she was famous, at least to them.
MC just yanked me out of the booth and dragged me all the way up to the girl, introducing her as Addison Stone. Oh,, I thought. MC talked a whole lot about Addison a whole lot of the time. She introduced me as Ginny this time, and something must have flashed in my expression, because my cousin had barely finished speaking when Addison interrupted her. “Cut the bullshit, Marie-Claire,” she said. Her tone was syrupy-sweet, unlike her words. “What’s your real name?”
MC was pretty mad but I was chuffed. I told her and she kept asking questions for several minutes following, like what’s my age, where was I from, what I was interested in.
The whole time, I had this feeling she was drinking me in, desperately trying to grasp parts of me I wasn’t sure existed. At the same time, it was like a piece of her began to slowly attach itself to me. Long after the night ended, long after I went back home and returned to school and my routine, I still couldn’t shake the feeling that Addison Stone was a permanent fixture in my life now.
Even now, after she’s gone, I can still feel her. I only ever met Addison Stone once. How does it only take one time for a person to become engrained into your subconscious?
Yeah, yeah. It’s half way through the first month of 2014 but meh, I do what I want.
2014 is promising to be an extraordinary year and that goes for this blog too! I have a few giveaways planned already, including on my Twitter account, so be sure to follow me there if you’re not already! In the coming weeks, I will have some great reviews to post as well! Including:
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Vicious and The Unbound by V.E./Victoria Schwab
The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
Save the Enemy by Arin Greenwood
The Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
…and a few more which aren’t exactly planned just yet. ;) I’ll be unveiling my site for my web design business, so if you’re in need of a web designer, watch out for my portfolio! Expect that sometime in March. So yeah, basically, I’m planning for 2014, my 20th year on this planet, to be a big one! Watch out, peoples.
Lizzie Nov 1st, 2013 Awesome Things, Dystopian, Fantasy, Giveaways, Reviews, Things You Should Check Out 0 Replies
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Soho Teen (October 29th 2013)
The truth will test you…
For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.
When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.
Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.
But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.
First off, before the review, hello again, my friends! Long time, no reviews. Hopefully, that will be changing! And second, I will be trying a new thing for this review… FLASH REVIEW! Five lines! One paragraph! Lots of exclamation points! YAY! Let’s try this out…
Relic was one of my most anticipated books of the fall and I was not disappointed! The world building, the writing, the characters! I went in unsure if my expectations would be met and came out beyond mesmerized. I could not get enough of this beautiful book. And now am I that person sitting next to you, tapping their feet impatiently, because I am awaiting book two, and it’s taking way too long.
How’d I do? ;) Seriously, you guys, read this book. I’m obsessed.
And nowwww…. A giveaway! Courtesy of Soho Teen, I am giving away a gorgeous finished copy of Relic! Trust me, you WANT this. You want it. You do.
So enter below, my darlings…
Reading level: Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
100 pages is hardly enough to call a book a “must read”. Rarely does it happen that I fall in love with a novel in 100 pages. Another rarity is me reading (and loving) books geared towards adults.
But Vicious is the exception to all of those things. I was approved in my first days on NetGalley for the 100-page excerpt Tor put out to build up the hype. I have never been more excited to read an ebook in my life.
Obviously, there’s not too much I can say, having not read the entire story just yet, but this has me hooked. The preview was exciting and mysterious, giving you an idea of what the story was all about. I felt gutted when I came to the end of it. I will definitely be eying my mailbox for my preorder copy with impatience (come on, September!).
I think adults and teens alike will be drawn to this book. As a YA book blogger, I wouldn’t review it here if that were not true. And I say this because I hardly read adult novels ever… I’m just a young adult sort of girl. The story, while containing more violence than Schwab’s other novels (of which I have only read The Archived), as well as swearing, is a huge draw for the reason that it has superheroes and villians, told in a way that leads me to believe that the story can only get better from where I had to unfortunately stop.
Read Vicious. Don’t wait until it comes out to buy it. You won’t regret it.
Come back for my review of the whole book in early October! Vicious is out September 24th.
Check out the just-released (and spooky) trailer!
Lizzie Jul 19th, 2013 Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews 0 Replies
Age Range: 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Books (January 22, 2013)
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hardwon redemption.
I had this book for many months before finally picking it up, something that I now regret dearly. I began it during Bonnaroo in June under a canopy at my campsite, while listening to a band I could hear from the main stage. It was beautiful, as beautiful as this book is.
I had heard so much hype about The Archived and about Victoria herself but admittedly, I’d never gotten around to picking up The Near Witch (though I’ve always intended to). Hype like that always scares me because I’ve read my fair share of hyped-up books that I hated. And now I’m wondering if I place too much doubt on the hype.
The Archived is a story full of sorrow and beauty. From the beginning, I ached for Mackenzie and the loss of her brother. I wanted to crawl into the pages and hold her, and maybe smack her mother into dealing with her grief. I loved the flashbacks to when Mac was being trained by her grandfather Da; it felt so bittersweet, though we didn’t get see very far into their relationship. Those flashbacks, though, held so much love, you knew they were close.
The Archive was such a fascinating idea, too. Your loved ones all there, shelved and quiet, their memories still very much alive? It’s almost hard to not believe in something like that being possible. It would be nice, wouldn’t it? But then again, Mac’s job as a Keeper makes you realize why that would be entirely frightening.
I fell in love with Victoria Schwab’s writing in The Archived. It is exactly how I wish my writing to be, rich and beauitful, flowing, and without description overload. Needless to say, I will be reading all of her books from now on. The hype around her is 100% deserved and true.