Happy Heir of Fire Release Day!!!

It’s here…September 2nd has finally arrived and it’s officially HEIR OF FIRE RELEASE DAY! It’s been 371 days since Crown of Midnight was released! That’s 534,240 minutes you guys! Seriously! That’s 32,054,400 seconds! Regardless of how you’ve been counting the time since the last book in the Throne of Glass series was released, if you’re anything like me its felt like FOREVER! Trust me when I say this guys…YOU WANT THIS BOOK! I finished it last week and I can confirm it is THE.BEST! Plus, the cover is just as amazing as the rest of the series and all four of these beauties are going to look seriously gorgeous all together on my bookshelf!

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Today is the day, the day in which we can all rejoice and thank the heavens above that Heir of Fire is now out in the world! If you haven’t already, be sure to go out and grab your copy today! Also be sure to check out the non-spoiler review I posted yesterday if you want to get even more amped up for today!

I’m on vacation right now, so it’ll be pretty quiet around these parts for the rest of the week! But I’ll be back and better than ever the week of September 8th with a re-cap of the Sarah J. Maas book signing I’m attending at Wellesley Books on Friday night! In the meantime stay tuned to my Instagram for Disney World and Sarah J. Maas photos! Not sure which is more amazing!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Welcome to another installment of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is the ten authors I own the most books from, but I’m new to book blogging and still building up my library. Soooo…this post will be short and sweet since I only have four authors dominating my shelves. All four authors have written series that I absolutely adore and they all live on my “favorites” book shelf.

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I’m loving the fact that each series is about a powerful woman asserting her strength and wisdom in a unique and inspiring way. Also, something tells me I enjoy me a good fantasy novel! If you haven’t already, you definitely need to check these series out!

Robin LaFeversHis Fair Assassin series
*editors note: Gail from Ticket to Anywhere kindly loaned me her Mortal Heart ARC but I fully intend on purchasing my own copy to finalize my collection.

Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass series

Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone series

Rae CarsonFire and Thorns series

Are any of these authors on your shelves? Do you have a fave pictured here? Or, give me a suggestion of a novel or series I would enjoy based on the selections above. Have a great Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Deserted Island Roll Call

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created at The Broke and the Bookish as a way to share our book-related lists with other bookish folks! This weeks topic is the ten characters I would want with me on a deserted island. I thought long and hard about this one, but so many of the people who kept popping into my head really come as part of a duo or team. I decided to cheat just a little bit and make my list a solid twelve people. Thankfully, my deserted island is pretty big (and has running water and electricity of course) so we’d all be happy and comfortable together on our tropical home away from home.

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Do I really need to explain? I mean, these two are hard-core outdoor survivalists! Between the two of them we’d have all the basic necessities covered! Fire, food and shelter…check, check, check!
Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi

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Amy and Roger know how to make the best of a bad situation, so I’d rely on them to be in charge of island development. Before long they’d be arranging expeditions and we’d all be exploring hidden corners of the island.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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I’d have the island on LOCK DOWN with Celaena and Chaol on security duty. Restless natives or dangerous animals wouldn’t stand a chance against these two bad-asses!
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Emily and Sloane would make sure everyone is having a great time and if people started getting bored they’d just whip out their deserted island to-do list! Oh…and I wouldn’t be mad if they decided to bring along Frank!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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The trio of Alina, Mal and Sturmhond would be the team I’d rely on to get us OFF the island. Between the three of them you’ve got the brains, the brawn and the charm you’d need to find an escape.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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What? You really thought I’d get through a top 10 list without mentioning Fangirl! You KNOW I’d be bringing along my book boyfriend Levi. I’d need a snuggle buddy to keep me warm at night and someone to tell my how pretty I am even after two solid weeks without a shower.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Honorable mentions*:

  • Dee and Reagan from Open Road Summer: they’d keep the music coming all day and night. Again…wouldn’t be mad if Matt Finch tagged along.
  • Scarlet from the Scarlet Series: you can never have too many deadly ladies on hand to keep things under control.

* Because my first boat got too crowded and they had to wait for the next one

I have to say, I think my deserted island is shaping up pretty nicely and I’m not sure I’d want to leave! How about you? Who would your top choices be for island neighbors? Do you think I made the right choices or would you make some substitutions? I’m open to suggestions…except Levi, he’s not going anywhere!

Fangirl Friday: Book Boyfriend Edition

Waaa-hoooo it’s Friday ya’ll!! There’s nothing better than the end of the week and a whole two days of freedom ahead of you. I had a ton of fun with today’s Fangirl post. I’m thinking I was a little inspired by how much fun I had with my first ever Top 10 Tuesday post, so I decided to put together another Top 10 list for you today. THIS list is filled with pretty boys so hopefully it will put a smile on your face.

I couldn’t call myself a YA book blogger if I didn’t have a list of my favorite book boyfriends, and I certainly couldn’t call myself a fangirl if I didn’t imagine what these guys would look like. The list below reflects MY vision of my all-time favorite book boyfriends. Now, I know we all have our ideas of what these guys may look like, so I’m sure you might disagree with some of my picks but I hope you have as much fun reading as I did writing!

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I think by now, we all know how much I adore Levi from Fangirl. I actually casted him as Ryan Gosling for YA Prom, but when I saw this photo of Hunter Parish I immediately saw Levi. I’m thinking Ryan is too old anyways, so I’m officially declaring Hunter as my Levi! Can’t you just see him snuggling up and reading with you in bed? Orrr….is that just me? Wishful thinking?

“I like your glasses,” he said. “I like your Simon Snow T-shirts. I like that you don’t smile at everyone, because then, when you smile at me.… Cather.” He kissed her mouth. “Look at me.” She did. “I choose you over everyone.” 
― Rainbow RowellFangirl

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Ohhhh Mal….I loved you from the very beginning. You’re quite and brooding, but still waters run deep and when you let yourself open up it made me love you even more. I’d never heard of Gaspard Ulliel before but when I saw this photo it felt like I was seeing the Mal I envisioned in my mind come to life!

“I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me why we don’t belong together,” he said fiercely.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

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From the moment I met Chaol in the opening pages of Throne of Glass, I immediately pictured Tom Mison from Sleepy Hollow. Choal is a natural leader who focuses intensely on his duties, but we also find out that he is a sensitive man, fiercely protective of Celaena. Tom Minson captures this dual personality perfectly; a dude who looks like he means business but behind those eyes is a big old softie.

“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I willalways tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.” 
― Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight

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OK….so I TOTALLY cheated on this one. As I was doing my research for this post, I came across a blog post in which Emery Lord mentioned that she would cast Matt Lauria as Matt Finch. I don’t watch Parenthood so I had to go ahead and Google him, and when I did I was SOLD! Why have I never heard of this hottie before? Thank you Emery for introducing me to this fine specimen of a man.

“When his eyes land on me, something about his expression changes—like he recognizes me from somewhere, too. I look back, appraising him quickly. He’s kind of beautiful, in an understated, comfortable-looking way—the kind of guy who doesn’t mind seeing a rom-com with you and gives you his hoodie when you’re cold.” 
― Emery LordOpen Road Summer

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Ohhhh Jase Garrett, how you make me swoon! You’re a family man, you take care of those you love and you know exactly what to say and do to make everything better. Seriously, your sexy one-liners (as seen below) are made of awesome! Jake Abel totally fits the bill for me, tall, brownish-blonde hair and always with sexy little smirk on his face.

“Um. So … Are we going to study?” Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He’s only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. “You bet. I’m studying you.” 

― Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door

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OK, this one made me a little sad because I was so devastated when he passed, but the moment I saw this picture all I could think of was Patrick Sheldon. As Heather Demetrios would say, “He looks like the kind of boy who would jump trains, strum a guitar, and pass a joint.”  Ummmm yup, River is the perfect not so bad boy….looks like he could get you in a lot of trouble but he’s really just a sweet and thoughtful guy underneath it all.

“That boy has forever written all over his face when he looks at you.”
― Heather Demetrios, Something Real

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For some reason, this pick makes me the most nervous. I know Etienne fangirls are HARD CORE and I don’t want to piss anyone off. But looking at this photo of Aaron Johnson, I totally see Etienne. He’s got that messy hair, the big brown eyes and all I want to do is stroll the banks of The Seine at night with him.

“Because I was right. For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person.
And we’re finally home.” 
― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

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This is another one I can’t really explain why but when we first meet Willem in Just One Day, I pictured Dave Franco right away. I know he doesn’t have the blonde hair of Willem, but he definitely has the look of a guy who’s been around the world and seen a lot of things. He’s got those intense eyes that tells me he’s got a few good stories to tell.

“He looks at one of the pictures for a long time. Then he looks at me. “I’ll keep you up here.” He taps his temple. “Where you can’t get lost.”
― Gayle FormanJust One Day

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This one is pretty cool, so I had to sneak it in here! The photo above is the real life Almanzo Wilder from the Little House series. Kind of easy to see why Laura Ingalls fell madly in love with him! Dude is smoking hot right?!

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Last but not least we have the ultimate book boyfriend, Gilbert Blythe. He was the one that started it all for me! From the book to the movies…I couldn’t get enough of Gil. I would like to commend whoever cast Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe because that person KILLED it! He’s absolutely perfect in the role! Gil is everything you want in a book boyfriend, confident but quiet, patient, romantic and selfless. I mean, the guy gave up his teaching job in Avonlea so Anne could stay close to home with Marilla. What a stud!

Anne, I’ve loved you as long as I can remember. I need you. 
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Now it’s your turn! Who’s your ultimate book boyfriend? What do you think of my picks? Is there one I got totally right or totally wrong. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Fangirl Friday: An Open (Fan) Letter to Sarah J. Maas

Each week I dedicate this post to something that I’m currently “fangirling” over. The past few weeks my posts have been about books, art and clothing, but today I’m taking the time to talk to you about an author I am a HUGE fangirl of! Just to make it clear, The Oxford Dictionary defines fangirl as “an obsessive female fan (usually of movies, comic books, or science fiction).” I think it’s safe to say that I am pretty obsessive about this author, because, to be honest I stalk her Twitter on the regular and I binge read her first two books in no time. I was pretty late to the party as I read the first book nearly two years after it was published, but once I read Throne of Glass I knew I was done for. So, with out further ado, here is my open fan letter to the one and only Sarah J. Mass

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Dear Sarah,

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I could flatter you with kind words about your truly epic gift of writing, congratulate you on having the pluck and determination to start your first novel while still in high school, or perhaps even subtly remind you that you look a LOT like Jennifer Lawrence. But, you’ve heard all this before, haven’t you Sarah? At what point does all this fangirling and swooning get old? Something tells me that your response would be a resounding, “NEVER!”

You see, I get the distinct feeling that you’re just as much of a fangirl as I am! I mean…how else could you dig deep and discover the stories that make us all freak the hell out? It’s like your brain is permanently set on EPIC and I don’t know how you manage to contain it on a daily basis. Do you walk around with some badass soundtrack playing in your mind? Do you think in Caleana-isms? Do you dream in Technicolor and surround sound? Who else could take the inspriation from the classic fairytale of Cinderalla and turn it into a story about a young female assassin? You’ll never know how happy it made me when I read this quote:

“Celaena kinda just walked right into my head the moment I had the idea for the series. Though I think she was also the product of my love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kill Bill, Han Solo from Star Wars, and Disney princesses, as well as my desire to write/read a book where the heroine got to do all the “fun” things that boys usually get to do: kick butt, kill monsters, save the world.”
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I want to thank you for the stories you’ve given us. Thank you for Caleana, Chaol, Dorian and Nehemia, some of the most complex, yet relatable fantasy characters I’ve ever encountered. Thank you for demonstrating to readers (of all ages) that a woman can be strong, vicious and brave while still remaining tender, apprehensive and vulnerable. Thank you giving us the story of a heroine that fights for what is right but doesn’t always make the best decisions. Thank you for creating a romance that is at once so tender, loving and authentic, yet so vulnerable, complicated and heart-breaking. Thank you for creating Erilea, a literary world that is so fascinating and distinctive that it’s a character unto itself. Thank you for being so amazing with your fans. Thank you for taking the time to respond to our tweets. Thank you for laughing with us, celebrating with us, crying with us and raging with us. Finally, thanks for simply being a great person and an amazing author. Girl…you rock.

xoxo –

Sarah

PS – I hope your move to the East Coast (aka the BEST coast) goes well tomorrow!! Welcome home!

Fangirl Friday: YALit Fan Art

I had a few fun ideas rattling around in my head for this installment of Fangirl Friday, but when I came up with the idea of featuring fan art based on some of my favorite books I knew I had a winner! It was so much fun pulling this post together…there are some seriously talented people out there. For someone who can barely draw a straight line I was freaking amazed at how gorgeous some of the fan art that’s out there is. For each book I’m featuring my four favorite pieces of fan art but I could have chosen soooo many more. If you’re looking to kill some time and want to be blown away just google your favorite book(s) along with “fan art” and prepare to be amazed! Fair warning: there’s some pretty bad (and weird) fan art out there too. Very amusing!

I’m kicking off with Grisha Trilogy fan art to celebrate the release of the final book in  Leigh Bardugo’s epic adventure! Enjoy…oh and be sure to click on the source link to see the original full-size image.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Clockwise from top left: FrozenAntlers / Fictograph / Bottom two images: The Fandom’s GeekGirl

Publisher Summary

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Publisher Summary

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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All images but bottom left: leabharlann /  Bottom left: Simini Blocker Illustration

Publisher Summary

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Clockwise from top left: Fan art by Susan Dennard / 143believeme / walkingnorth / leafette

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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Fangirl Friday – Fashion & Literature

For this third installment of Fangirl Friday I decided to draw on some inspiration from one of my very first buddies in this amazing book blogging community! Did you guys happen to see Andi’s ABCs fabulous manicure? Seriously, it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. So totally perfect for her trip to BEA down in NYC last week! Many thanks to Andi from Andi’s ABCs for the initial inspiration for this Fangirl Friday topic and for sharing this great photo she took of her epic bookworm nails!

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I was so inspired by her creativity that I started to poke around the web to see if I could find other garments and accessories that were inspired by literature. Naturally, I fell down the internet rabbit hole, as one does, and I found some really great stuff! Check it out!!

Even though I haven’t read the book, I absolutely love the Clockwork Princess quote on this tee-shirt from neenacreates on Etsy. If this quote is any indication of Cassandra Clare‘s writing I definitely need to add these books to my TBR list! Plus this shirt looks super soft and comfy.

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I’ve seen these Toms Dictionary Quote shoes a few times now and every time I stumble upon them I SWEAR I’m going to buy them at my next pay-day. I think it’s high time I take the plunge and purchase these shoes!

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When I was younger I was obsessed with all things Anne of Green Gables. Oh, who am I kidding?! I still am! So much so that when I found this necklace on Etsy I actually squealed in delight. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous locket that held a quote from one of the most iconic scenes between Anne and Gilbert (my ultimate book boyfriend…FOREVER). I love this necklace so much I’m seriously considering buying it!

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Finally, from the moment I saw this tote bag on the Throne of Glass Facebook page, I just knew I HAD to have it! I mean, as a Sarah J. Maas fangirl I nearly passed out when I saw this tote! It’s everything you’d want in a tote…perfect size, great quality and it loudly proclaims your love for all things Throne of Glass. Unfortunately, you could only get this tote at BEA or win a limited giveaway…neither of which I was able to accomplish! BUT, my girl Andi lived up to her title as one of my bookish fairy godmothers and is generously giving me the one she got at BEA. THANK YOU ANDI!!!

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So there you have it, four of my favorite book inspired fashion items. Like I said, I found a TON of great stuff online and wish I had a money tree in my back yard so I could buy them all. Do you have any items in your closet inspired by your favorite book?