Halloween 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017:

I've been having the worst day, and I totally forgot to blog. Whoops I am so sorry.

Anyway, it's the last Friday before Halloween and I think I should crank out one last Halloween post for the year, right?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017:

Lol so I decided to just post on Halloween instead.

Here are a couple last minute bookish costume ideas for you all!!

1) Katniss Everdeen

So all you have to do is put your hair in a braid, wear black, and you're Katniss. You're welcome.

2) Celaena Sardothien

So basically wear all black and carry around two fake swords or daggers and you're done. Easy, right?

3) Clary Fairchild

Literally just a leather jacket over any outfit + runes that you want to draw on.

Bonus:

Not book related, but wear a black dress, and pigtail braids and you're my personal icon, Wednesday Addams.

Wow. I just realized that 99% of popular YA characters dress the same. Why am I not surprised??

Happy Halloween, and stay safe out there tonight!

Summer 2018 HarperCollins Releases I'm Excited For

Friday, 20 October 2017
So HarperCollins recently did a massive amount of cover reveals, so I feel like I should go through them and point out some of my favourites for you all!

1) Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett 

Summary: They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father, the former royal Master of Horse, after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now, Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt.

Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals, like the horses she rides. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who would assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death, and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of a remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king, and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.


Why I'm Excited: Firstly, that is one long synopsis. Second, she can influence the minds of animals, which if pulled off well (I'm really hoping this isn't cliche and boring) might actually make this book interesting and stand out from the mass pool of YA fantasy that is honestly starting to all sound the same apart from the diverse novels.

2) My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Summary: You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights

Why I'm Excited: Because I love these authors and they can do no wrong in my eyes. If you enjoyed My Lady Jane then you will definitely want to check this one out! Also, I am totally up for a good, creative Jane Eyre retelling.

3) Contagion by Erin Bowman

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Thea Sadik has landed a dream internship working with Dr. Lisbeth Tarlow, a renowned scientist. But when her ship is ordered to respond to a distress call, she and the rest of her crew discover horrors beyond their wildest nightmares.

Every member of the Black Quarry project appears to be dead. The only clue left to shed light on what could have decimated an entire project is a three-line message, written in blood. When one of their own is injured and presents strange symptoms, they realize that he’s been infected by a contagion—but instead of killing him, it consumes him, taking over his body and his mind until he is nothing more than a host for the parasite, rabid and eager to infect others. And the Black Quarry crew? Turns out they’re not quite dead after all.

Now Thea is in a race against the clock to escape the contagion and its victims—and not everyone will make it off the planet alive.

Why I'm Excited: I'm a massive Erin Bowman fan, and this is another one of those books whose Pinterest board I've been eyeing up for a while. If you've read the Taken trilogy and/or Vengeance Road, then you know that Erin is a great writer, and I'm also a massive sucker for a good sci-fi book. There aren't enough in YA.

4) These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Summary: Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.


Why I'm Excited: Pirates.

Honestly, everything else kind of seemed boring or like something I've read/seen before. Maybe my mind will change once people start to get ARCs and such, but as for now, I am not really too interested in anything else from Harper for Summer 2018. I guess I'm just hard to impress when there's so much slush in YA. 💁

Review of The Heartbreakers

Friday, 13 October 2017
It's Friday the 13th in October and of course I'm reviewing a non-Halloween-y book. Classic Liran to not come up with a good enough Halloween post for the week. (Side note: I started writing this review forever ago but I'm just finally posting it now. In the time that I've started writing this review, I've managed to read the sequel and review it. Whoops.)

Book: The Heartbreakers

Author: Ali Novak

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Music

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: "When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.

Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?


Review: This book is 5 Seconds of Summer fanfiction. Don't argue with me on this.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, this book is so cute and so easy to read. Its got that fanfiction feel without (technically) being fanfiction (which is great if you are into self-insert fanfics). The plot is kind of predictable, but that's not necessarily always a bad thing when you want a nice, easy read.

I also really like that Stella's family wasn't dysfunctional and that she got along really well with her siblings. It was cute to see her bond with her sister and care for her in the novel.

This is definitely one of those books that you shouldn't start reading right before bed because you'll stay up all night finishing it. And it's not even that long, so even though it's 3am you think that you'll be able finish it soon so you'll keep reading. Anyway, it's highly addictive so be careful.

This is one of those books you should take to the beach (lol it's so cold out but I know it's warm enough somewhere) because it's the perfect beach read!

Because I'm finishing this review having also read Paper Hearts, I can confirm that I do think I prefer the first book. It's way cuter and I think Oliver and Stella's story is just overall more interesting and fun to read.

Halloween Reads: Wednesday Addams Edition

Friday, 6 October 2017
Wednesday Addams is my personal icon. I love that girl. She just gets me to be honest. Also we both wear a lot of black.

So in honour of my icon and life goals, here are some books I'm sure Wednesday herself would love!

1) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


Why Would Wednesday Love It: Wednesday, our little possibly homicidal princess of Halloween would love a girl who tries to solve the case of the infamous serial killer. Wednesday would also probably do the same thing if she was the protagonist of the book.

2) Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 

Summary: Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Why Would Wednesday Love It: So this is not a Halloween themed book, but I'm sure Wednesday would be all over a feminist revolution. Especially if it pisses people off.

3) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 

Summary: Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.


She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.


She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.


Why Would Wednesday Love It: This book is so messed up just like Wednesday. She'd probably also want to read the new Noah Shaw book too.

Yay for Halloween, yay for October, and yay for fall because it's so nice outside right now. More Halloween posts coming soon!

Random Friday Update

Friday, 29 September 2017
So I was on the subway this morning and I totally forgot that I owe you all a post for today.

I guess I could just tell you all about some basic updates.
  • The cover for Contagion by Erin Bowman will be revealed on October 9th. (This is a big deal because I love Erin's books in case you didn't know.)
  • The TeensRead Preview is tomorrow and unfortunately I can't be there in person, but I will for sure be joining in online! 
  • I have a Facebook page for this blog https://www.facebook.com/EmpressBookBlog/.
  • I have been swamped with things to do.
  • Halloween themed posts coming soon maybe? Lol I'm waiting for October.
Yeah I guess that's all. See you all next week! :)

Review of The Ends of the World

Friday, 22 September 2017
I know I rave about this series all the time, but it's for a good reason. I am highly obsessed with these books! Side note: I meant to have this written and up earlier but I'm the worst. Sorry!!

Also, I got a new Facebook page for my blog. I couldn't get the @empressofbooks handle because apparently Facebook doesn't like it when you put the letter b after the letter f (so dumb I know) so the link is https://www.facebook.com/EmpressBookBlog/ and you should all go like it because lol I might use it soon I don't know we'll see.

Oh and I've been doing a good job being consistent with my Instagram. I'm @empressofbooks on there if you want to find me! :)

Book: The Ends of the World

Author: Maggie Hall

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

Rating: All the stars ever. And then some.

Summary: The Circle is hers. But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.


Review: I don't know if I say this enough, but if you haven't read of The Conspiracy of Us yet, you should go pick it up right now. I'm serious. Go read the first chapter and tell me that you're not even remotely intrigued by the book. I seriously doubt that'll happen because this series is just so good.

The Ends of the World somehow managed to be even better than Map of Fates (and we all remember how much I loved Map of Fates). There was definitely still a lot of that action and mystery that the first two books had which I loved because it made the book very fast paced. I was so happy it didn't drag out unnecessarily the way so many books nowadays seem to do. (Lol the shade.)

I would recommend to someone who hasn't reread this series as many times as I have (please don't judge I know I have a problem) to at least skim over the last few chapters of the second book, as the book does somewhat rely on the reader remembering the basics of what happened in the second book. I personally didn't mind this (maybe because I've read these books too many times if that's possible), and overall I'm not a fan of books summarizing what happened in the previous book(s).

The book also does a great job of closing up loose endings, making it a satisfying conclusion to anyone who isn't me and wants more books in this series regardless. Penguin, please let Maggie release more books in this series. It deserves more books and more love!

As for Stellan, he was amazing in this book. Maggie, I fully expect a spin off series about him and a novella with all of the steamy scenes with him you had to cut out of the book.

Overall, if you're looking for something with the action of the Heist Society series, and are kind of obsessed with books with secret societies than this series is perfect for you. And if you've read the first two and came here wondering if you should pick up the third book, the answer is obviously YES!!

This book gets a strong recommendation from me, and is now one of my favourites!


It even gets this fancy stamp of approval from me!

Why I Love Bailey

Friday, 15 September 2017
So I tweeted this out yesterday. 


And then Bailey (who is the literally the sweetest) replied with:


And then I was like:


So here we are. This is my post dedicated to why my friend is so bomb and why I'm so grateful to have her in my life. (You can tell me how this isn't book related all you want but at the end of the day this is my blog and I'm just trying to get back into the habit of blogging once a week and it's hard so be nice please.)

1) She's so precious.

Bailey is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and she's so precious and kind and I honestly don't deserve to call her my friend.

2) Her blog is amazing.

You should go follow it right now: https://bayyinwonderland.wordpress.com (And she actually blogs about books um maybe expect a review from me next week.)

3) She's always there when you need someone to talk to and she gives great advice.

I love DMing her because I know that she's never going to judge me no matter how many times I mess up. (And I mess up a lot lol my life is a mess right now always.)

4) She's gorgeous.

I mean have you seen her face? She's stunning.

5) I just love her because she's Bailey.

And that's enough for me.

Sorry not sorry this isn't the post you wanted from me, but I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things and I promise I'm trying to think of good, quality, book-related content for you all.

Love you all.