Review of Blood and Salt

Monday, 28 September 2015
And on the fourth day of "Review Week", Liran reviewed Blood and Salt because why not review a romantic horror novel so everyone else can experience this loveliness? 


Book: Blood and Salt


Author: Kim Liggett

Publisher: Penguin (Putnam)

Genre: Young Adult, Romantic Horror, Supernatural

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

Review:  Me: Hi. I really liked this book. I think you will too. 

You: You like horror novels?

Me: Well, not always. I prefer to watch horror/scary things (see: my newfound tv obsession, Scream Queens) so it really just depends if I have faith in the book.

And I am so glad I had faith in Blood and Salt because I adored it!

Right from the first page, this book grabs on to you and never lets you go. So much so that I could not tear my eyes from the page. I was mesmerized by Kim Liggett's words. She developed a dark and bloody tale that ended with a twist (bring on book two!!!).

The blend of history, culture, and strangeness was done tastefully. And it was all very interesting to learn about. 

The characters (especially the twins, Ash and Rhys) were well developed and I loved their character arcs. I also loved that this story is told in Ash's point of view because she has a special "gift" that we got to see because it was written in first person. 

Blood and Salt is a creepy, eerie, I'm-not-reading-this-with-the-lights-off kind of book. The writing is gripping and fast-paced. There's magic and mayhem, and, of course, Dane. 

Fans of horror will gobble it up like candy. I'm sure of it. 






***Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for review. This in no way affects my thoughts and opinions. They are my own. 

What I Didn't Know About Blogging Part Two

Saturday, 26 September 2015

I'm taking a break from review week for this because it's important.

Let's talk about making friends online and hate and backlash and all the scariness that comes with interacting with others in the YA Book Community. It's a very sensitive topic, and even as I'm writing this, I am petrified of any hate I might receive.

But I think there are experiences I need to share with you so that everyone knows that no matter how amazing someone thinks you are, there's always going to be someone who you rub the wrong what for whatever reason. And you won't even know why because life doesn't always give you the answers to your questions. Sometimes, you can be the ripest peach in the bunch and there's still going to be someone who hates peaches. (Personally, I love peaches but okay. This was the best analogy I thought the internet had to offer so I'm borrowing it.)

I want to talk about my experiences because I think they are valuable lessons to some newer bloggers. Let it be known that you may choose to discredit what I've dealt with and am dealing with, but any hate towards me will result in me blocking you. I will not stand here and take it.

Congrats to you if you've never had a poor encounter in the bloggerspheare, but I have. And I'm not going to mention names because that would be rude and mean. I'm only writing this to caution newbie bloggers that you're not likely to love everyone in the community. That's all. I am not bashing on anyone. (Hence the no names.)

I don't know if you've noticed, but I am a die-hard fan of a certain book. I won't say the title of the book except there is a group associated with that book. And that they have blocked me for their main Twitter account.

Yes, this fan account for this epic, amazing book has blocked me, destroying any chances I ever had at possibly joining this group and gushing about this amazing book with them.

THAT FELT FREAKING GREAT. WHY DIDN'T I TELL YOU ALL EARLIER???

Please, if you think you know what I'm talking about or if you do know who I'm talking about, please, please, please don't tell anyone. I don't want to spread hate or make people hate me anymore than they already do.

I'm just pissed because I have no idea why I was blocked. I don't recall doing anything wrong. I just woke up one day and it was like that. :(

THERE IS A POINT TO THIS. PROMISE. It is: Doesn't matter who you are, you are not going to get along with everyone. All you can do is say "hi" to someone and hope they respond back, which leads to a friendship.

Twitter chats (like the #LCWL ones I host) are a great way to meet people if you were wondering. So many bloggers are just dying to talk to you and make everyone feel included that we just want you all to SAY HI SO WE CAN FIND YOU AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT BOOKS.

And if you don't get along with a certain person, you don't have to talk to them again. There's a simple "mute" button so they'll never show up in your notifications or Timeline again.

Really, if you tweet "hi" at me (I'm @EmpressLiran), you will get a response. Promise I won't be mean to you. I don't bite. :)



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Review of Juniors

Friday, 25 September 2015
Well, I see we're on day three of "Review Week" in which I try to catch up on my reviews. (Is it catching up if they're mainly September releases like this one? I just need to get these reviews up as soon as I humanly can.)


Book: Juniors


Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings

Publisher: Penguin (Putnam)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Lea Lane has lived in between all her life.

Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander. Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.

Bracing herself for the embarrassment of being her classmates’ latest charity case, Lea is surprised when she starts becoming friends with Will and Whitney West instead—or in the case of gorgeous, unattainable Will, possibly even more than friends. And despite their differences, Whitney and Lea have a lot in common: both are navigating a tangled web of relationships, past disappointments and future hopes. As things heat up with Will, and her friendship with Whitney deepens, Lea has to decide how much she's willing to change in order to fit into their world.

Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until her junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.
 


Review: Did someone say Hawaii? (This book is set there.) Because I want to go there. I love when books make you want to travel to where they're set like this one did. (It helps that I've been wanting to go to Hawaii for a while now.)

What drew me to this book was the cover. Going in, I knew nothing about the book except:
  • It was set in Hawaii.
  • It has a beautiful cover.
  • Kai Hart Hemmings wrote The Descendants, which inspired the movie with George Clooney and Tris Prior (that I haven't seen). 
  • At some point over the summer, I was going to want to read this.
This summery read has all the elements of a summery book that will take you back to lying on the beach (or chilling by the pool). The realistic friendships, the Hawaiian backdrop, and it's a nice, light contemporary. (Unless Harlequin paperbacks are your thing when you're at the beach, in which case you should know this isn't that kind of book.)

I liked the friendship between Lea and Whitney. It was believable and I preferred their relationship to the one between Lea and Will. Yeah, the friendship was better than the romance.

As for Kaui Hart Hemmings's writing, it was lovely and the descriptions whisked me away to a mansion (because who wouldn't want to live in one for a day...or a while?) in Hawaii. I also enjoyed the way she used her characters to help develop the others. Lea brought out the best in Whitney and made a typical rich girl more likeable. 

Overall, this book is a cute, beachy read that will take you back to summer. (It's getting a little chilly already and someone take me back to the beach, please.)





***Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my thoughts and opinions. They are my own. 

Review of Ash & Bramble

Thursday, 24 September 2015
Of course I'm always up for another unique Cinderella retelling. Gosh, I love that story.


Book: Ash & Bramble


Author: Sarah Prineas

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Fairy Tale, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: A prince.

A ball.

A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.

The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.

But it is not the true Story.

A dark fortress.

A past forgotten.

A life of servitude.

No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.
 


Review: First, that cover and I have a love/hate relationship. Stunning typography, but I don't love the white. But enough about my aesthetic preferences; let's get on with the actual review.

The pacing in this one was a little off at times. Could have been a bit more consistent throughout the novel instead of some parts during which I can't fill the page fast enough and then some parts having me want to put the book down and go read something else. 

The story itself, however, was a fresh take on a tale that's been told so many times. Prineas left me in awe of how she could spin such a classic tale and make it feel new. The story was darker and a more feminist take on Cinderella--something I throughly enjoyed. It was a bit confusing at times, but that's what the companion novel (not entirely sure) is for, right?

There was a change in POVs during the story. We went from Pin's first person to third and I wish it had just been first person or third person all the way through for consistency purposes. Not to mention, I liked Pin as a character. As a feminist, she enjoys having control over her life. I also just have a soft side for feminist characters in general. 

I also liked the minor characters and how the Godmother was evil. I also really, really liked Shor's character arc  and thought he was well-developed. He definitely contributed to what kept me reading. 

Ash and Bramble is a fresh take on the common Happily Ever After trope and a good one at that. It will appeal to fans of Dorothy Must Die who enjoyed the dark aspect of the retelling and fans of Once Upon a Time who enjoy the feminist themes in the show. 







Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for a fair review. This has in no way influenced my opinion. 

Review of Walk on Earth a Stranger

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
This post is unofficially titled "Liran Loves YA Westerns Part Two". Because who doesn't love a good western?


Book: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Author: Rae Carson

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Western, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
 


Review: I must confess that I firmly believe Rae Carson can do no wrong. She's a phenomenal writer who can craft stunning worlds with relatable characters without a hitch. The first in her new series proves this like her gorgeous The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy did.

In essence, this is a story about a girl's journey towards a better life. The incentive is there, and the stakes are clear. I could not have hoped for a better first book in a new exciting trilogy from Rae Carson.

The medley of fantastical and western elements in this novel were exquisite. Everything blended together beautifully! (Which is great because that's what initially attracted me! Who doesn't want to be able to sense gold? I sure do.)

As you would expect, the research Rae Carson did for the novel--which is set during the California Gold Rush--shone through. Historical novels aren't always done right, but this one is. Lee did have to cross-dress to be able to ride alone, as the book takes place during 1849.

I liked Lee. She was strong, she was brave, she was flawed. Her motive made sense as the girl could sense gold, and therefore, making her way to California during the gold rush made sense. Reading from her perspective was great and I enjoyed it! The rest of the characters in this book are also well-developed, emotionally complex people.

This is just a reminder that Rae is an incredibly talented writer, no ifs, buts, or whats. She just is amazing.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is filled with high stakes and lyrical prose that will set it apart from others in its genre. I highly recommend it!







***Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This hasn't influenced my opinion at all. 

What I Didn't Know About Blogging Part One

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

There are so many things I wish I knew about blogging before I started this blog. I didn't do my research (because doing things on a whim is fun sometimes). Hopefully someone will find this useful because there are definitely some aspects to blogging only bloggers know about. We don't think to share that information if no one asks for it or if we're not doing a blog post like this. And I'm sure I'll miss something or if there is anything you want me to discuss in a future blog post, you can always email me, tweet me (maybe using #WIDKAB so I can find things or mentioning me @EmpressLiran), or comment on this post. I promise I don't bite.

I just figured that I would cover the basics here in case anyone was ever curious on my perspective and wanted my advice--even if it is pretty standard.

So here goes nothing.

Something many people don't realize is just how much time blog posts take. It's more than just writing a post, you know. First you have to come up with an idea (this can take anywhere from a second to several weeks depending on how much creative juice you've got at the moment), which generally only comes (at least for me) when I feel somewhat inspired, like the content I'm going to blog about is meaningful and worthwhile for anyone who is reading it.

Remember that it does feel pretty awful when you put your heart and soul into something and no one reads it. You don't know how many views this has at the moment that you're reading it, but this post may have zero views or a thousand. It's not something you consciously consider when you're reading someone else's blog. But they know the numbers. It's shown to them if they want to see how many people have viewed their post.

This can lead to putting out content for the sake of putting out content--something that I try very hard not to do. It's a trap, really. Just so you know, bad content drives people away from your blog unless they are a dedicated fan.

When a specific post that is possibly a bit unconventional or different from all the other posts a blogger has written, they will likely avoid writing another blog post that is similar unless they absolutely adored the post and completely disregard their numbers. In that case, I salute those bloggers for not caring about the response their post generates.

The fact of the matter is that numbers count. Numbers help establish your blog in the blogging world. The higher they are, the more people that are reading your blog. Don't forget that those people might show your blog to their friends to help attract more traffic to your blog.

In a world dominated by cold, hard numbers, they do matter. Way more than anyone would like to admit.

And that's where one might feel pressured to produce a certain kind of content specifically created for the views. It's creatively draining and can put you in a real funk because it's not as fun as blogging about what you want to blog about. But people will do it anyway because that's how you get news (and we all know how important those are).

Some examples of this may include:

  • Putting out a positive review for a book that you didn't necessarily like because it's popular and you want to fit in.
  • Incorporating things like gifs because it makes your post more "user friendly" even when it's a pain to find the perfect one and you don't think you actually need to include them.
  • Blogging about something because it's trending in the book world.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm guilty of this. It's why I will never post a review of certain books that I disliked that EVERYONE liked. Because negative reviews for beloved books attracts hate and NO ONE wants to deal with that.

Hate hurts. Hate can drive someone off the internet. Hate can do all kinds of damage, which really, really sucks.

My blog might be my blog, but it's really not a place for me to voice my opinion on EVERY SINGLE book I read. So, sorry. I really am. But I struggle with the fear of waking up one morning to see something hateful in my notifications or my inbox. The internet is a double-edged sword. Everyone has the power to voice their opinion, not just you.

Putting yourself on the internet means you will be constantly judged. Is it worth it? Depends. Some days I want to sit in a corner and cry because of the internet and some days I love being on it.

I just really hope anyone thinking about starting a blog who is reading this knows that they will be judged because once you put yourself out on the internet, you can't leave.

I realize now that I have so much more to say and that I'm going to save it for another post because this one is getting fairly long. (See: ARCs, graphics, social media, marketing oneself, feeling excluded or included, etc.)

I really hope someone finds it useful and I'd love to know if you did. :)

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TeensRead Preview Recap

Sunday, 20 September 2015
I planned to have this post up sooner but...well...life happens so here is my recap of what happened last Saturday that I referenced in my last blog post.

If you follow me on Twitter (which you should), then you'll know that I 1) have a Twitter addiction, 2) completely fangirl every time someone said the words Truthwitch, Susan Dennard, or Something Strange and Deadly, and 3) I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pumped for Truthwitch (I have people who will vouch for me). 

Even though I've been blogging for a year, I'd NEVER gone to an event like this. What I enjoyed the most was probably meeting fellow bloggers because while waiting for the event to start, EVERYONE started chatting about what they were reading and recommending books. It was the real life equivalent of a blog post + comments.

Remind me if I'm ever stranded on an island, I want to be stranded with fellow book lovers along with piles of books + the internet.

Several of the titles Raincoast talked about were ones I was already excited for, as proven by my Twitter feed. (I recommend going through the #TeensReadFeed if you haven't done so already because FANGIRLING.) Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. (I am DYING for this book!!!!!!) Think high fantasy with friendship and amazing writing.

2. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. This is a contemporary in the vein of Easy A that sounds right up my alley.

3. These Vicious Masks by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker. Can I get a Swoooooonyyyy story pitched as "Jane Austen meets X-Men" and I NEEEEEEDDDDD it.

4. Riders by Veronica Rossi. A new Veronica Rossi? Sign. Me. Up.

5. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. The last book in the Winner's Trilogy will pick up where book two left off/shattered my heart.

6. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. YA OUTLANDER. Saddle up, LASSSSIEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!! We're going on an adventure!

7. Tell the Winds and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan. The real question is who wouldn't want to read this lush retelling of A Tale of Two Cities?

8. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. New dystopian duology. I'm down for that.

9. No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista. No-strings-attached swoony book? GIMMEEEEEE!!!!

10. All the Feels by Danika Stone. FANGIRL TIME. This book is sure to give you all the feels (pun intended!).

You should definitely go check out all those titles and add them to your TBR ASAP!!!!!

Thanks again to Raincoast for hosting the event and for inviting me! I had a blast! 

- Liran

What I've Been Up To

Saturday, 12 September 2015
Guuyyyyyyyssss (and girls but you know that I mean all of you), guess what?

1) Twitter balloons are better than real balloons.

2) My preorder of Queen of Shadows came. (YYYYYAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS because I refused to shut up about how much I needed it and now it's in my hands.)

3) Halsey is my new "jam". 

4) I'm waiting for a Halsey/Twenty One Pilots colab. 

5) I'm doing something secret today. Sorry. I'm GOING somewhere secret today. And...

I want to take you all with me...via Twitter. (I recommend following me @EmpressLiran.)


6) My tweets have gotten funnier. (Who knew that was even possible???)

7) I PROMISE I'M WORKING ON MY "THE CONSPIRACY OF US" REVIEW. Just got to format it + add pictures of Notre Dame. 


Lol because "add pictures of our lady" sounds wrong and weird and I'm going to be quiet now.


Moving on...

8) Scandal is now on Netflix and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU ALL GO WATCH IT. 

9) So. Much. Work.


Is that it??? I think it is. 

Oh yeeeeaaaaahhhhh. 

I might (keyword: might) do a Twitter chat. Maybe. I don't know. We'll see...

Liran

Review of Vengeance Road

Thursday, 10 September 2015
Today I have a review of my favourite YA western. Enjoy!


Book: Vengeance Road

Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH
Genre: Young Adult, Western, Badass, Adventure, Personal Favourite

Rating: Infinite Stars/5 Stars. (It's a new favourite of mine.)

Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.



Review: To sum it up, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. IT IS FUN AND FULL OF ACTION/EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED IN A BOOK.

I'M ONLY WRITING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE YOU ALL NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIVES ASAP. 

Sitting down to write this review has been hard. How do you put your love for such a great book into words? 

I don't know. But this is my attempt to convey my love for Vengeance Road and why you should read it. 

1) It's a YA Western. When was the last time I read a YA Western? Um...NEVER. This was my first one, and it most certainly won't be my last!!! Something about the way Erin describes the Wild West takes the reader back to 1800s Arizona. And despite the guns and danger, this book makes me want to go back in time. 

2) The western aspect isn't downplayed. Worried that this isn't gritty? Not filled with saloons, horse ridding, and guns? That the characters don't shoot first and think later? 

You shouldn't be. This is a great western novel through and through. 

3) Erin Bowman is a phenomenal writer. She's on my auto-read/I-will-read-her-books-as-soon-as-I-can list. In Vengeance Road, her world is imaginative and her characters are well developed, and relatable (just as I'd expected). 

4) The characters are interesting and you can't help but root for them. I loved Kate despite her questionable morals (her actions are well justified). I loved riding with her on her quest for vengeance. 

I loved the secondary and throat characters too. They were also well developed and helped further the story and challenged Kate along the way. 

 5) Special shout out to Jesse Colton who is the (and I don't use this term lightly) "cinnamon bun of the story, too good, too pure for this world". What I mean by that is I really liked his character and want a Jesse Colton spinoff. 

6) The romance is a bit of a slow burn. It's not instant--something that YA novels often have. It's much more realistic. 

7) THAT. COVER. IS. GORGEOUS. AND. SO. IS. THE. REST. OF. THIS. BOOK. WAS. SO. MUCH. FUN. 

In the end, you're just going to have to trust me whether or not you love westerns, YA, or books, you need to read this book. 

Vengeance Road is all I've ever wanted in a novel and more. It is a book I will reread time and time again. And each time I'll reread it, it will still suck me into the story and never let me go. I will never be bored when I am reading this book. 

It is truly fantastic. 

- Liran

**I received this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my thoughts on this book. It's just THAT GOOD.

My Throne of Glass Fandom Thoughs

Monday, 7 September 2015
So I took a much needed "break/hiatus" from blogging and such. But now I'm "back" (and "refreshed") with new ideas and stuff.

But this post is about something I posted on Tumblr concerning all the Throne of Glass fandom drama. Why? Because I really hope everyone knows what has been happening so we can put a stop to it.

The immaturity of the fandom has reached a new low and I am sick of all the name calling and the hating, so here is my lovely rant. Enjoy.

"Dear Throne of Glass fandom,

We need to talk. The way people have been acting lately is unacceptable. This is a fandom. We are all here to support the books and Sarah J. Maas. These characters are fictional. They may feel real, but they are not.

Lashing out by rating Queen of Shadows one star on Goodreads because your favourite ship isn’t canon is immature.

Sending hate to Sarah because you don’t like what happened in Queen of Shadows is immature.
Telling Sarah she doesn’t deserve her characters is immature. Also, HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO THE AUTHOR OF THE SERIES YOU CLAIM TO LOVE JUST AS MUCH AS I DO LIKE THAT???!!! SARAH DESERVES TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. YOU ARE HER *FANS*. START ACTING THAT WAY.

If you’re in it just for your favourite ship, go read some fanfiction and avoid the books themselves if you can’t handle your ship not being endgame. That’s what fanfiction is for.

Lastly, STOP CALLING PEOPLE OFFENSIVE NAMES. THAT IS NOT HOW YOU BEHAVE. EVER. THAT IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE AND WRONG AND IMMATURE.
THIS IS A FANDOM. EVEN IF YOU DISAGREE WITH SOMEONE, THEY STILL DESERVE TO BE RESPECTED.

STOP MAKING ME WISH THIS WAS 2013 AND THERE WAS NO HUGE FANDOM AND CROWN OF MIDNIGHT WASN’T A BESTSELLER YET. I LIKE HAVING PEOPLE TO FANGIRL WITH, BUT NOT IF YOU’RE BEING DISRESPECTFUL.
YOU ARE DRIVING AWAY NEW READERS. THINK OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN AND WILL SEE THE FANDOM DRAMA AND NOT READ THE BOOKS BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO BE A PART OF IT.
YOU ARE HURTING SARAH’S SALES AND THAT IS THE LAST THING WE WANT. THIS IS HER JOB. THIS IS HOW SHE PAYS HER BILLS. I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE MAD AT HER, IT IS NOT YOUR PLACE TO DRIVE AWAY OTHER READERS BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING IMMATURE AND DISRESPECTFUL.

Yours,

An upset fan in the Throne of Glass fandom."

Now I know this is my book blog, but I think it's important that I also discuss my thoughts on what is happening in the YA community and what needs to change. I (like many people) am quite tired of all the bashing and the hating and all the drama.

That all needs to stop. I have a voice. I am going to use it. That's what my blog is for: To give me, a girl on the internet a voice.

So no, I'm not going to stop posting reviews (I STTTTIIIILLLLLL NNNEEEEEDDDDD TO POST MY THE CONSPIRACY OF US REVIEW. SIGH.) on here or being all nerdy, but I'm not going to keep quiet either.

Some things are best said out loud so people know what's bothering you. And if you disagree with me, GREAT!!! We can talk about it. But the drama needs to be talked out and resolved so that everyone feels welcome and respected in the YA community.

Sorry for the ranty/sappy post. I just wanted to share me thoughts with all of you!!!

Empress Liran

(Excuse my narcissistic sign-off.)