Brigid Kemmerer and Breeana Shields Signing at the Christiana Mall

Another weekend and another book signing at my local Barnes and Noble!

Brigid Kemmerer is currently touring for the release of A Heart so Fierce and Broken, the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and was joined by Breeana Shields (author of The Bone Charmer).

It was a pretty packed event – all the chairs that were set up were full and there were a few people standing as well.

The Q&A section was lovely, with so many people asking great questions! Most of the room had not yet read A Heart So Fierce and Broken, so any questions answered on that front were very spoiler-free (and didn’t make much sense to me because I haven’t read it yet either). Among the highlights of the talk:

  • Book Three in the Cursebreakers series has a title! But it can’t be shared yet (that is up to the publisher and will hopefully be coming soon).
  • When writing, Brigid has to have music with lyrics, instrumentals just don’t cut it. Breeana is the opposite – she can’t listen to words with lyrics when writing.
  • If they could write for any franchise, Brigid would love to write a Deadpool YA origin story, while Breeana would probably do something out for Harry Potter.
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely stemmed from a “what if?” idea (which was one of Brigid’s tips for creating story ideas): What if Beauty and the Beast and Groundhog Day were mixed?

And for the writers and authors who are looking to hone their craft and become published, these tidbits were shared:

  • Brigid’s suggestion to young authors interested in writing in multiple genres is to establish yourself in one genre first so that your readers trust you before branching out.
  • Brigid is currently on her third literary agent. If an agent isn’t supporting you in ways you want/need, or is not compatible in another way its okay to switch (and is actually more common than readers may know).

It was another wonderful event, and I’m looking forward to seeing what authors my local BN hosts in the future! Maureen Johnson is going this week (if anyone in the area is interested about this you can learn about the event HERE), but as I haven’t read anything of hers and its during an odd time for me, I probably won’t be going.

TTT: Winter TBR

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Winter TBR. I’m hoping to read a lot of books this season, although I’m not sure how many I’ll actually be able to get to. These are the ones at the top of my list:

Some books have been on my list for years, and others are ones that I’ve been meaning to finish as the year wore on and just never got to. I always try to wrap up series and any currently reading books as the end of the year approaches and winter begins.

What are some of your planned winter reads? How do you choose your winter TBR?

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

*May contain spoilers for previous books in series.*

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Published: May 23, 2017

Series: Mercy Thompson #11

Rating: ★★★★.5

I’m a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson series – I would even go so far as saying that it is one of my favorites. The last book in the series, Silence Fallen, was my favorite installment yet so I was a little surprised when I wasn’t automatically enchanted by this book.

I have a feeling that most of the magic may have been lost for me because *ahem* I seem to have forgotten a lot of what happened in the first ten books of the series. One of the most amazing things about the Mercy Thompson series is the number of characters that reappear throughout it; however, this served as one of the drawbacks of Storm Cursed for me. A number of times I found myself googling names or synopses in an attempt to recall a referenced event. Having read the majority of the series in a span of a few months four years ago, I can’t really blame myself, but I feel this would have been much more enjoyable with everything fresh in my mind.

All this to say I’m not entirely confident my review will stay as low as it is. If anything, this experience has given me an excuse to go back and reread some of my favorite books in preparation for the next release (in two years).

My brief thoughts on the book:

I always love to see interaction between Adam and Mercy – seeing them together was awesome after they spent so much of the last book apart. The return of some heavy-hitting allies also adds some drama.

Finding out some of the behind the scenes things that have been happening in the past few novels contributes to the HUGE set up that provides material for future books – and also makes me need to go back and reread everything with a new lens.

If you’re on the fence about reading the Mercy Thompson series – GO DO IT! It’s my favorite urban fantasy series, the world is full of so many interesting creatures. If you’re already a fan – you may want to brush up on Mercy’s history before diving into this book.

A5 Bookshelf 2019

New year, same planner-addicted book lover! I’ve relabeled my popular A5 bookshelf printable for the new year. I haven’t made any new printables since this one last year, and I would like to make some more bookish ones for use. What would you like to see in a free printable?

Favorite Books for Each Month of 2018

Now that 2018 is coming to a close,  it’s time to look back on the year and the favorite books I read during it! I’ve wrote out my favorite reads of each month. For some months it was just too hard to decide so I picked out my top two for the month!

JanuaryMorning Star by Pierce Brown and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

FebruaryThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

MarchAlphas Like Us by K. B. Ritchie

AprilThe Raging Ones by K. B. Ritchie and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

MaySaga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

JuneThe Rose and the Dagger by Reneé Ahdieh

JulyThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black

AugustRavensong by T. J. Klune

SeptemberThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

OctoberKingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

NovemberLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

December – Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Published: May 23, 2017

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Rating: ★★★★★

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 – LADY MIDNIGHT REVIEW

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


The relationship between Emma and Julian was as angsty as ever – and most of the angst probably could’ve been eliminated with a candid conversation between the two. This kind of tension is one of my favorites when done well, and I do believe that Clare pulls it off in this series. 

Seeing Cristina’s relationships with both Kieran and Mark develop was intriguing and has me questioning what will happen to the three of them over time. Likewise, I’m really looking forward to seeing some more Ty and Kit interactions. It’s safe to say that Ty and Kit are my favorite “non-main” characters. I was constantly hoping to catch glimpses of them throughout. 

I enjoyed getting to explore faerie a bit more than in the previous installment, although again I wish there was more time spent Under the Hill. My obvious personal preference is for anything faerie and I’m sooo curious about how Clare’s measures up to other popular interpretations. 

The end of this book was devastating and I would have been sobbing if it hadn’t been spoiled for me, and that’s all that will be said on that. (I somehow managed to avoid all spoilers until a week before I finished it so I’m just a little bitter.)

This book includes more hints at the end game of the series, and I’m so excited to see how all the different threads wrap up in Queen of Air and Darkness.

November Book Club Announcement

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So I’m sure you’ve noticed we are WELL into November and that this is coming super late, but October was just so crazy that we did not have time to keep up with our book club. So we’re hoping we can crank through our next book of the month and get back on track!

So our book this month is And I Darken by Kiersten White!

27190613.jpgNo one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes…

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BookClub Discussion: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER 2016 BOOKCLUB DISCUSSION OF THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE. BELOW THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION INCLUDES:

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-Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

-Emily @ EmiesNook

-Jess @ StarsWhoListen

October 2016: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Lets get this over with

So enthusiastic (but like i feel the same it’s fine)

This is a long time coming so it feel like more of a burden at this point

Whose fault is that #FinishedTheBookNovember5th

At least I finished it @emily

Why are we doing this if it hasn’t finished the book?

Because at this point she’s never going to finish it. And it’s November 26 so she’s run out of time.

She’s still doing her lab report and doesn’t look to be coming into this doc any time soon. JK she’s coming but she’s not happy

I will finish eventually I’ve just been super busy lately between working for my Etsy…

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

A big thank you to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for the nomination to do The Entertainer Blogger Award!

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The Rules | 

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

The Questions |

1. Why did you start a blog in the first place |

I started a blog on a different url a while ago. It was just something for me to post about books and other things that I loved. I kind of petered out with the posts after a few months. Recently, my friend Maggi (link above) started her own blog, and I decided it may be a good idea to start up again. Blogging provides a little bit of a productive outlet (and study break) for me during the school year, and is allowing me to discover so many awesome blogs and bloggers!

2. What is your favorite book |

Oh goodness, this question is very hard. I absolutely love all books by Sarah J. Maas but my overall favorite would still have to be Heir of Fire. I just absolutely love Celaena’s journey and battle wit depression throughout this book, which shows how trials can make you stronger. This book helped me get through a tough time in my life. A Court of Mist and Fury is probably my second favorite because of the strength of Feyre the main character. I love Maas’ characters for their many layers as well as the realism (they need to work and make mistakes).

3. What do you dislike the most |

This seems like a very loaded and broad question. As of this moment, my least favorite thing is being forced to read something I do not at all enjoy (aka my Molecular Biology textbook, which I enjoy the concept of but I would much rather be reading a pleasure novel). This is also one of the reasons I am constantly reading four books at any given time. In a more general scope, I dislike poverty and cruelty and hate. Unfortunately, some of these negative things constantly seem to be blowing up my news sites this election season. ALSO it frustrates me to no end the lack of media coverage on the unconstitutional actions surrounding the Keystone Pipeline. But that’s getting a little too deep.

4. What is your favorite food item from the mall |

I absolutely love the milkshakes that they have at Chick-fil-a. If you’ll ask they will even make special ones (like chocolate oreo…yum). Pair that wonderful milkshake with some fries and it will make your whole day better

5. What is your favorite pastime |

Reading! This is probably pretty obvious but almost all my free time I spend reading. The small other portion of time I have to myself is usually spent playing RPG’s such as Assassin’s Creed (I know I’m a super nerd).

6. Who do you nominate |

Niraja @ FantasticBooksandWheretoFindThem

Sydney @Deertales

Kristen @ AWritersWorkshop

Cassie @ CassieEllenSecretStory

Emily @ EmilyLovesLondon

The Jouska @ TheJouskaBlog

Sam @ OneBookishGirl

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Yarravy @HiraethForThePages

Isabelle @ TheBookFiend

Emily @ RoseRead

Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks

As always thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed this one!

-Emily

BookClub Discussion: This is What Happy Looks Like — a dreamer in court

Originally posted on massachusetts novel: Welcome to our September 2016 BookClub Discussion of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Below the following discussion includes -Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel -Emily @ EmiesNook -Jess @ StarsWhoListen September 2016: This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE…

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