Cover Changes

Sunday, 31 August 2014
I hate cover changes with a passion. If I like the cover of a book, don't go changing it along with the rest of the series! This has happened too many times and I'm tired of them. Unless the books are in desperate need of one, don't change their covers.

I also hate when they make a movie adaptation and change all the copies of the books to those with the movie poster on it. I HATE when that happens because I don't want your movie cover, I want the original cover because this is a book, not your adaptation.

If you're looking for an example in which the movie covers are less common than the regular ones, think Twilight. While I'm not a fan of the story, it's pretty rare to find people who own the books with the movie cover. I for one am happy to not have to walk around seeing the actors' faces everywhere.

Another example are the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books. While both series have undergone unnecessary cover changes, the majority of readers own the books with the non-movie cover.

Examples of Books With Bad Cover Changes (not all of them had horrible covers afterwards, just worse):

1. Across The Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

These books used to be pretty. And then they changed them. R.I.P. Pretty Covers

2. Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Personally, I preferred the original cover without her face. It had vibrant colours and I like vibrant colours.

3. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

I liked the girl better when she was upside-down rather than just standing there.

Let me know your thoughts on cover changes in the comments below! See you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

If You Like #2 - Middle Grade Fantasy Books With Male Protagonists

Saturday, 30 August 2014
I know that the title is fairly specific, but that's okay because at least you'll know exactly what type of book you're reading. Even though I'm a HUGE young adult fan, I still enjoy the occasional middle grade. Here are some that I think you'll enjoy too!

1.  The Percy Jackson Books by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Why You'll Love It:
These books blend mythology and adventure perfectly. The fast pace, action-packed plot lines are a joy to read. If you've never read middle grade before, or if you're trying to get a nine to twelve year-old kid into reading, these books are an excellent place to start.

2. The Call by Michael Grant

Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.

And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys' bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and it's up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queen's dangerous daughter, Ereskigal--also known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesn't want to be a hero. Will he answer the call?

A laugh-out-loud story filled with excitement and magic, "The Magnificent Twelve: The Call" is the first book in bestselling author Michael Grant's hilarious new fantasy adventure series.


Why You'll Love It:
This novel has more of the traditional fantastical beings and like Percy, have powers. But the protagonist in this book has so many phobias and it's nice to see a character in these types of books be somewhat more flawed. Also, the dual POV gives this story an interesting twist.

3. The Balance Keepers by Lindsay Cummings

The first book in an epic middle grade fantasy adventure series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth. Packed with action, humor, magic, and mystery.

After following a mysterious map into the woods and then under the woods, eleven-year-old Albert Flynn learns he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms at the Core of the earth. His new job is important; if the realms fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger.

Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy arrive in the Core not a moment too soon. There’s an Imbalance in the Calderon Realm and it’s threatening to bury Albert’s hometown of New York City in a mountain of ash.

The three must train hard completing mental and physical challenges, but above all, they must harness the power of their Tiles—unique superpowers given to each Balance Keeper. So far, Albert’s mastered the art of not mastering his Tile....

With the situation in Calderon growing worse every day, can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie restore balance before New York is destroyed forever? Will Albert master his Tile before it’s too late?

Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, The Unwanteds, and the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.


Why You'll Love It:
Even though I have yet to read it (the book comes out September 23rd), I already have a good feeling about it. The synopsis sounds like Journey to the Center of the Earth, but with more action.

This was originally going to be a purely middle grade one, but then it became all about fantasy books, and these three all have male protagonists. Anyway, I'll probably do another on of these soon. Let me know in the comments what genre you'd like me to do one on. I'll see you all tomorrow with another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Books That I Need To Read

Friday, 29 August 2014
And I need you to help me decide in what order I read them.

Book One:

Unhinged by A. G. Howard
This is the sequel to the first book in the trilogy, Splintered.
I've been putting it off since its release date for no reason except that there are other books that I also want to read.















Book Two:

Altered by Gennifer Albin
It should be illegal to put off reading books. I devoured book one, so obviously I should have read this when it came out. I forgot to. Oops.















Book Three:

Revelations by J. A. Souders
I also like to call this series the highly overlooked one that even I sometimes forget about. It's a sci-fi that takes place underwater. The first book in the trilogy is called Renegade and it is basically about a girl who is brainwashed by her mother.














Book Four:

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
This book is a zombie book set in I believe 1876 in Philadelphia. I've been meaning to read it for years now, even more so after finding out that Susan is friends with Sarah J. Maas.















Book Five:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I was told that this was Titanic in space. Then I read the first few chapters and forgot to read the rest. Don't judge me. I had other books to read.















Don't forget to leave a comment telling me which book you think that I should read next even if they are not on this list. I'll see you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #73

Thursday, 28 August 2014
Here I am for the third week in a row doing these tea time rewinds. Hope you enjoy!

1. Currently Reading: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (AKA the August read along book of the month)

2. I don't actually have a favourite book store. Sorry.

3. Zombies. For some reason, I seem to always be avoiding them even though I shouldn't. However, the Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy by Susan Dennard will most likely be my first zombie read.

4. Complete Series That I Miss:
- The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter (Zach Goode. Enough said. I'm also patiently waiting for the Embassy Row books.)
- The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (I miss Carter and Sadie. A lot.)
- The Pledge Trilogy by Kimberly Derting
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (It's Percy Jackson!)
- The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

Wait a second...Forget the last one. We're getting two more books.

Series That Are Ending Soon That I Will Miss:
- Splintered Series by A. G. Howard
- Crewel Trilogy by Gennifer Albin
- Taken Trilogy by Erin Bowman
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

5. My Thoughts On Series In General:

In a series, you get to experience the characters for a longer time and the world is more throughly developed as well as the characters. It also allows for authors to explore their worlds and add more to their plot.

Speaking of plot though, often a series may experience a pacing problem at one point or another. Some examples of this include the Pretty Little Liars books, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and the Chemical Garden Trilogy. For some reason, after book one the plot seems to slow down. A lot. I have a serious problem with this considering that I most likely picked up the next book to continue on in this series, but nothing's happening!

Then we have that problem where the end of the series isn't satisfying and you are left wanting another book. Okay no, this also applies to any book with a good cliffhanger ending. An excellent example of this are the Selection books. Be careful because once you start that series, you may never stop until you've run out of books.

Honestly, I love series. I actually read more of them then I do stand-alones. Let me know what your opinions are on any of these topics in the comments below and I'll see you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #73

Here I am for the third week in a row doing these tea time rewinds. Hope you enjoy!

1. Currently Reading: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (AKA the August read along book of the month)

2. I don't actually have a favourite book store. Sorry.

3. Zombies. For some reason, I seem to always be avoiding them even though I shouldn't. However, the Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy by Susan Dennard will most likely be my first zombie read.

4. Complete Series That I Miss:
- The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter (Zach Goode. Enough said. I'm also patiently waiting for the Embassy Row books.)
- The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (I miss Carter and Sadie. A lot.)
- The Pledge Trilogy by Kimberly Derting
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (It's Percy Jackson!)
- The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

Wait a second...Forget the last one. We're getting two more books.

Series That Are Ending Soon That I Will Miss:
- Splintered Series by A. G. Howard
- Crewel Trilogy by Gennifer Albin
- Taken Trilogy by Erin Bowman
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

5. My Thoughts On Series In General:

In a series, you get to experience the characters for a longer time and the world is more throughly developed as well as the characters. It also allows for authors to explore their worlds and add more to their plot.

Speaking of plot though, often a series may experience a pacing problem at one point or another. Some examples of this include the Pretty Little Liars books, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and the Chemical Garden Trilogy. For some reason, after book one the plot seems to slow down. A lot. I have a serious problem with this considering that I most likely picked up the next book to continue on in this series, but nothing's happening!

Then we have that problem where the end of the series isn't satisfying and you are left wanting another book. Okay no, this also applies to any book with a good cliffhanger ending. An excellent example of this are the Selection books. Be careful because once you start that series, you may never stop until you've run out of books.

Honestly, I love series. I actually read more of them then I do stand-alones. Let me know what your opinions are on any of these topics in the comments below and I'll see you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

What Makes For A Good Cover

Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Have you ever read a really good book with an awful cover *cough* *the original Anna and the French Kiss cover* *cough*? I'm sure most of us have and it's always a shame. That's why I'm going to tell you all what I like in covers.

1. Typography - I like pretty fonts. A lot of people seem to feel the same way. An example of this is:













My post about pretty fonts here.

2. Vibrant Colours - I like when books have bright colours that draw my attention (so long as it fits the book). Example:













3. Simple Designs - This one is pretty self-explanatory, but anyway, I also like when covers have a simple design. Obvious example:













4. When The Dust Jacket-Less Book Is Still Pretty - This isn't technically the cover, but the underneath should still look pretty.














5. When All Of The Books In The Same Series Match - I want consistency. Enough said.
















Let me know some things that you think make for a good cover in the comments below. See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

Throne of Glass Read Along - September 2014

Monday, 25 August 2014
So Heir of Fire comes out September 2nd. No big deal. Wait a second, that's a huge deal! *Insert squealing here* So in order to celebrate its release, this month's read along will be for any of the Throne of Glass books. (Quick explanation as to why: I haven't done a read along for the other books, nor do I have the time to do them before Heir of Fire comes out.) This is the perfect time to dive into the series, read the sequel (Crown of Midnight), read the prequel book (The Assassin's Blade) or, what I'm doing, read the third book.

I know what you're all probably thinking (or maybe not since I can't read minds): Which one will you be doing a spoiler-filled review on at the end of the month? Well, since I already have spoiler-free reviews for the first two books Throne of Glass here and Crown of Midnight here (the Crown of Midnight has spoilers for the first book) I'll be doing my review on Heir of Fire. However, if any of you want a spoiler-filled review of one/both of the first two books, let me know in the comments and I'll be more than happy to do so.

The hashtag for this month is going to be #SardothienSeptember (get it?) so be sure to use it so I can find your tweets/photos and like/share them.

*Sardothien is the main character Celaena's surname in case you were wondering. Sorry, I just felt that I should explain that.

I cannot wait to read this book and see what you all think of the series. If you've already read Throne of Glass and/or Crown of Midnight, let me know your thoughts below (just keep it spoiler-free please for the people who have yet to read the books).

See you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

The If I Stay Movie

Sunday, 24 August 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars (Yes it does stay true to the book, in case you were wondering.)

Trailer:

















If I Stay Review (Spoiler-Free)

***This post will contain spoilers for the book and movie from here on out. Come back tomorrow or go check out my spoiler-free review of If I Stay if you don't want to be spoiled. You have been warned***

***Disclaimer: These are my honest opinions as an avid book-lover and movie-goer.***

I saw If I Stay yesterday. Here are my thoughts:

If I see one more Adam-Mia kiss, I think I'm going to puke. I did not remember that much kissing in the book. It was in practically every Adam-Mia scene.

While it stays true to the book (YES!!!), it did change a few things like Teddy being conscious (I'm almost positive that he wasn't), and finding out that she got into Juilliard (that happens in book two), the ceiling thing (I seriously cannot recall that ever being in there), and Shooting Star's name being changed to Williamette Stone (is that how you spell it?).

Hearing the music made this story more enjoyable, especially considering that I have almost no knowledge when it comes to classical music. I also think that the Williamette Stone and Adam songs were so cute and perfect.

Acting wise, I think the actors portrayed the characters well and stuck fairly close to how they are described in the novel.

Overall, it's a good movie. If you've seen it, let me know what you thought of it and if you haven't, tell me if you're going to.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

P. S. I didn't cry. I almost cried but I didn't.

Female Protagonists

Saturday, 23 August 2014
So the way I see it, there are two different types of female protagonists. You have the decisive ones who know what they want and won't let anything get in their way of achieving that goal, and you have the indecisive ones (I'm looking at you America) who don't know what they want and are annoying and take forever to choose. The problem in young adult novels nowadays is that a lot of these female protagonists fall under the second type.

Why? I wish I knew.

I understand that all characters have their flaws but it seems as if all these characters take books to decide even the simplest of things. I also think one of the biggest causes of this indecisiveness is love triangles. Of course there are other factors, but this one seems to be the situation that effects the majority of the girls under this category.

The girl falls for one boy, but then she falls in love with another one and now she is torn and apparently lost her ability to make choices. And even if she can, they tend to be irrational. Take America Singer from The Selection books for example. She loves Aspen, he breaks her heart, she enters the selection, starts falling for Maxon, and then can't choose between the two boys so she goes in-between phases. One of those "phases" was at the end of The Elite. (You'll understand if you've read the book.) After she chooses the boy (and the boy chooses her), she begins to make somewhat rational decisions (or at least I think she has since their wedding).

Another example is the silly Twilight romance. I'm not even going to bother trying to explain because that one is too complicated.

Do authors realize how much their indecisive protagonists would suck at real life?

Overall, the "I can't choose" dilemma is overused in novels. Please give us more bad a** female protagonists. Thank you very much.

Let me know in the comments which indecisive female characters you can't stand.

I'll see you all tomorrow for another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of The Pledge

Friday, 22 August 2014
Book: The Pledge

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Dystopian

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.



Review: I'm sure plenty of book people have heard about Kimberly Derting. Maybe it was her Body Finder series or her newest novel, The Taking who's sequel is entitled The Replaced. However, it seems that not a lot of people talk about this trilogy and that's a shame because it is BRILLIANT! 

The whole concept behind the book — your place in society is determined by the languages you speak — is so creative and refreshing. I don't know how in the world she came up with it, but I'm glad she did. And the fantasy elements blend in beautifully with the dystopian society.

The protagonist, Charlie is born with this ability to understand all of the languages, which made some of the parts funny since it is told in first person when we are following her and third person when we are following anyone else. You get to see what her actual reaction is when people of the upper class speak about her and her friends in their language and the best part is those people don't know that she possesses this ability.

The writing in this story was fantastic and even though the pacing was a little slow at first, it started to picked up as the novel went on. And that ending was written so perfectly and was paced really well to the point where I just could not put the book down. I definitely will be reading more of her works in the future.

Even though I didn't care too much for Max in the beginning, as the novel went on and we learned more and more about who he was, I started to like him as a character. On the other hand, I really liked Brooklyn and Angelina for two completely different reasons. Brooklyn was such a bad a** that I couldn't help but love how independent and awesome she was. Angelina was a different story. She was so sweet and small that I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her that everything was going to be okay.

Overall, definitely check this series out if you love dystopians and/or fantasy.

If you've read this book, leave your thoughts in the comments and if you haven't, tell me if you'll be picking this one up. See you all tomorrow for another post!

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #72 - ARC Party Edition

Thursday, 21 August 2014
So the majority of the books that I want to read I previously knew about/were sequels to books I already knew about. (Actually, there was only one book that I discovered that I hadn't previously heard about.)

Here are the books:

1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Release Date: November 4th 2014

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


2. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

Release Date: December 9th 2014 

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000 

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.


3. Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Release Date: January 27th 2015

Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.

Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?

Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious new trilogy. It was also the #1 bestselling YA debut of 2013 in the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Book for Teens. With all the humour and fabulous shenanigans of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess DiariesGeek Girl is about to become an international superstar.


4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 10th 2015

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard--the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.


5. Polaris by Mindee Arnett

Release Date: January 20th 2015

***SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE***

Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he'd see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

This shocking turn of events is only the first in another breathless, action-packed sci-fi adventure rife with danger, love, and betrayal, as Jeth has to once again ask himself how much he’s willing to invest in a morally bankrupt galaxy in the hopes of saving those he cares for.


If someone wants to give me any of these books, go right ahead. I won't stop you. What books are you most looking forward to? Don't forget to share this. It really helps me out. I'll see you all tomorrow with another post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Top Five Most Anticipated September Releases

Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Here is a list of the top five books that I'm looking forward to in September in no particular order.

1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (I envy the people who already own this.) (#SardothienSeptember)

Release Date: September 2nd

***SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BOOKS ONE AND TWO***
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?


2. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Release Date: September 23rd

A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.


3. The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Release Date: September 2nd

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.


4. Blackbird by Anna Carey

Release Date: September 16

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.


5. The Balance Keepers by Lindsay Cummings

Release Date: September 23rd

The first book in an epic middle grade fantasy adventure series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth. Packed with action, humor, magic, and mystery.

After following a mysterious map into the woods and then under the woods, eleven-year-old Albert Flynn learns he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms at the Core of the earth. His new job is important; if the realms fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger.

Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy arrive in the Core not a moment too soon. There’s an Imbalance in the Calderon Realm and it’s threatening to bury Albert’s hometown of New York City in a mountain of ash.

The three must train hard completing mental and physical challenges, but above all, they must harness the power of their Tiles—unique superpowers given to each Balance Keeper. So far, Albert’s mastered the art of not mastering his Tile....

With the situation in Calderon growing worse every day, can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie restore balance before New York is destroyed forever? Will Albert master his Tile before it’s too late?

Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, The Unwanteds, and the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.


See you all tomorrow for a Tea Time Rewind ARC Party Edition!

- Hearts And Crowns

More Selection

Tuesday, 19 August 2014
So I've been putting off this post for a few days now, but that was only because I've only just calmed down.

The first three chapters of The Queen were so perfect and ahakugjerg I can't even begin to describe my feelings because after the end of The One (if you read the book then you'll know what I mean), I want this novella that much more.

Can we talk about that second epilogue and ***SPOILER ALERT*** how they are having a baby? I mean I knew that it was coming but when it did I freaked out. It was glorious.

THERE ARE GOING TO BE TWO MORE BOOKS IN THE SELECTION TRILOGY SERIES!!!!!! (Because we all know that it was originally going to be a trilogy but the entire fandom was like "WE NEED MORE BOOKS" and then Kiera Cass was probably like "I should just give them what they want.")

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

THIS VIDEO IS EVRYTHING I'VE EVER WANTED FROM THE SERIES! (Besides wanting America to end up with Maxon and for Aspen to die or go away.)



Where She Went Update And Why I'm Liking It More Than If I Stay

Monday, 18 August 2014
Review of If I Stay here.

It's no surprise that If I Stay wasn't my favourite book of all time, but for some odd reason, I'm enjoying Where She Went way more. Like way way more than the first book and I that rarely happens to me.

A few reasons why I like this book more:

1. I like Adam more than I like Mia. His thoughts are more interesting in my opinion. Even though he isn't going through a super traumatizing experience (or at least not as traumatizing as Mia's), I feel more sympathy towards him than I ever felt towards Mia.
2. I prefer the storyline in this one. It may be less tragic, but it isn't as depressing. If I want to read another depressing book, I'd much rather go cry my eyes out with a John Green novel (probably TfiOS since I cry EVERY TIME I read that one).
3. The plot seems slightly less predictable. That was one of my biggest issues with book one, and even though there are some predictable parts, they are done in an interesting way.

Anyway, I'm going to stop rambling now. A review of the book will be up after an unknown time period after I finish the book.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

P.S. For those of you wondering if I'm going to do a post on the More Selection news, it's coming hopefully soon.

Hyped Books That I Believe Don't Deserve It (And Other Books That Do)

Sunday, 17 August 2014
Nothing bothers me more than when a book gets so much hype and attention that when I read it, it falls below my expectations. (Okay a lot of other things bother me more than this like when a character I love dies *cough* TFiOS spoiler *cough* Augustus, but you get what I'm trying to say.)

Here are some of those books:

***Quick Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion. If you are easily offended, please leave now. And remember, I'll have a new blog post up tomorrow.***

- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (good plot idea, executed poorly)
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (like The Hunger Games, only it lacked plot)
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (nothing happens in that book because of some pacing issues and lack of plot except some really pointless deaths and some bad decisions made by certain characters)
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman (I didn't cry. Enough said. Review link here. Although, I will admit I am enjoying Where She Went.)
- Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard (Sixteen books too many with the same plot lines recycled over and over again. I've only ever read the first nine and then I realized that there are better books out there. Even though I haven't read all of the books, I've read enough to know that these weren't for me.)
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (It was a mediocre book if I'm being perfectly honest.)
- Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (This book felt like I was rereading Uglies and that's never a good sign.)
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (I hate this book with a burning passion. Holden Caulfield never stops complaining for a single sentence in the entire book. However, I do know that some people really love this book, so extra disclaimer on this one.)

A few more include Wither by Lauren DeStefano, 1984 by George Orwell (This one had a really bad ending, or as I like to refer to it, *warning for spoilers for The Hunger Games* if Katniss had shoved those poison berries down Peeta's (or pita bread, as I like to call him) throat.), and To Kill A Mockingbird (it wasn't anything special).

Some books that deserve more hype include but are not limited to:

- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
- Taken by Erin Bowman
- Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Read on Wattpad here for a limited time.)

Okay then, I guess that's all from me then. See you all tomorrow for another blog post!

- Hearts And Crowns

Even More Book Fonts That I Love #FavoriteBookFonts

Saturday, 16 August 2014
So in case you don't follow me on Instagram (which you totally should), I created a new tag called #FavoriteBookFonts where you take a picture of the books with fonts that you love. I'm also tagging all of you reading this right now, so you should probably go do it afterwards. Anyway, here are a few more that I love.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

P.S. Get ready for some book porn.









If You Like #1 - Retellings

Friday, 15 August 2014
Hello. New thingy on my blog (yes I did just use the word thingy) with random recommendations based on if you like certain things. I'm sorry for that horrible explanation, but trust me, you'll understand eventually.

Retellings:

Cinderella:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Why you'll love it:
Cinder is basically the cyborg version of Cinderella and the handsome Kai makes for an excellent Prince Charming. With excellent writing and a thrilling plot line, you are sure to love this book! (So long as you also like/don't mind sci-fi.)

Little Red Riding Hood:


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
(Warning for Cinder spoilers. Precede at your own risk, or skip to the next book.)
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Why you'll love it:
Like its predecessor Cinder, Scarlet is an awesome protagonist and combined with Wolf, you'll love this story the way you loved Cinder.

Rapunzel:

Cress Marissa Meyer:
(Warning for Cinder and Scarlet spoilers. Precede at your own risk, or skip to the next book.)
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Why you'll love it:
Cress is adorable and the sci-fi elements make this retelling even more enjoyable to read.

Alice in Wonderland:

Splintered by A.G. Howard:
My Spoiler-Free Review: Splintered Review
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Why you'll love it:
It's a darker take on Wonderland with two hot male characters and one awesome heroine.

Greek Mythology:

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Why you'll love it:
Firstly, if you have yet to pick up this series, I don't know what happened but you should go do so right now, or you can finish reading this blogpost. Anyway, Percy Jackson is such an entertaining character and so awesome. His friends Grover and Annabeth go on such cool adventures. Just go read this if you already haven't because you are seriously missing out.

If you have any retellings that you recommend but didn't see here, be sure to let me know!

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

Epic Reads Tea Time Rewind #71

Thursday, 14 August 2014
I squealed when I heard that there is going to be news about The Selection tomorrow! (Well today if you're reading this the day it was posted.)

I'd also like to point out that I love ARC parties! So excited for that next week!

Okay, now onto the other stuff.

Currently Reading: Where She Went by Gayle Forman (I'm liking it more than If I Stay) and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (For Anna In August)

How I would lower my book collection if I was moving/things happened: If I really loved a book and I know that I will read it again, I'll keep it. If I paid full price for it, I'll keep it. If its special in any other way (gift, signed, etc.) I'll keep it. Otherwise, if I really love it but don't have the room for it, I'll get the ebook version instead.

Hope that helps!

Book that my friends and I disagree on: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I. Don't. Like. Any. Of. Those. Books. Period.

How I take care of my books: I don't. The only thing I really do (I don't think this counts though) is placing paperbacks in-between hardcovers to help them keep their shape. I also keep my books away from sunlight (as mentioned in the video) and water/food. I hate stains on my books. The stain on the cover of my copy of Twisted by Sara Shepard still bugs me to this day.

I'll see you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of Wither

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Book: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Apocalyptic 
Cover:











Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Review: I wanted to love this book so bad. I wanted it to become another one of my favourite series, but something just felt...off.

The concept was cool. The whole "males only live until age 25 and females only live until age 20" thing should have set this book apart from the rest in its genre. It didn't.

The protagonist, Rhine was just so average and kind of boring. Basically she lacked depth. I didn't feel compelled to like her or feel sympathy for her. On top of that, she didn't really do much, and if she did it wasn't memorable enough. 

Her sister wives, on the other hand, were interesting and had good backstories that made me feel sorry for them. Also her husband, Linden was pretty clueless throughout the novel and I found myself wanting to either yell at him or give him a hug. 

DeStefano was an okay writer. I kind of felt as if she hadn't really shown the reader what she is capable of. Maybe the next book will show off her writing abilities better than this one.

Overall, Wither is more for the people who don't mind protagonists who lack depth and like apocalyptic novels.

See you all tomorrow!

- Hearts And Crowns