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#BroodyBff — Favorite YA romance trope.

This post is part of my participation as a #BroodyBFF , street team for the upcoming book Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio. Cover of the book is up! Check it out here

This challenge was about choosing our favorite YA Romance trope. Sitting down to write about this topic made me rethink about all my “ships” choices in my reading life. I like many tropes. When I read a book I’m in for the romance. Books without a love story must entertain me as much as to make me believe that the romance wasn’t needed. Writers always win my heart through the romance. Even if it’s just a side thing, that longing for each other between characters make my heart melts every time.  I can write about all the tropes I enjoy, but I really challenged myself to just pick one. I never imagined how hard the task was going to be. 
Before finally deciding what to write about I spent hours thinking and thinking, staring at my bookshelves, retrospecting about my fangirling. Love at first sight it’s a no for me if it’s not done right, I love slow-burn romance. I love the tension, I like when the author make us suffer.  Slow burn romance can be found in any most tropes, but specially in the one I’m going to talk about today.

 From all the great YA romance tropes I like, if I had to pick just one, I’d go with “Alpha hero”. (And if you add forbidden love then I’m doneforeveryouhavemywholeheart). I found a website that defines Alpha hero as ” he’s driven, assertive, and in control of the world around him, except where his lover is concerned.” Alpha sounds like a big bad word, but for me it means that the guy is all angry at life and seems to be in control of everything until his love interest is around. I die for those! Think about Warner and Juliette (Shatter Me), Kaz and Inej (Six of Crows) and Lorcan and Elide in (Throne of Glass). I love seeing the alpha male showing his soft side.

Alpha male is so Broody, right?

What’s your favorite YA romance trope?  

Don’t forget to check Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio book cover, interview and pre-order link here

#BroodyBFF – How I met Broody…

This post is part of my participation as a #BroodyBFF , street team for the upcoming book Brooding YA Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status by Carrie Ann DiRisio. (Which I am so excited to read.)
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I wrote about Broody even before I met him. In my dreams, he was always there with his broad chest, messy hair and red shirt and looking straight to my eyes always. Never I thought that he would become real, because Broody will only like pretty girls and I am not pretty.

One day exploring the wild Twitter, I found him. 

My whole world shifted. I explored more about him and it felt like we’ve met before. I couldn’t stop smiling, he was a dream come true. The man of my dreams. The one who would save me with sweat but smelling great. The one with a dark past and secrets he will never tell until finds a benefit from it. The guy who will love me because I am the main character of my story.

Broody changed my life.
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Fangirl Friday: BFF in Books

Hello!

Welcome to my first Fangirl Friday post!

This is a new feature created by Michelle from Dreaming Of Alba . Each week we feature a theme to fangirl about. This week is fangirling about Best Friends Forevers in books.

 

For this week’s theme the first BFFs that came to my mind are …………….. Dorian and Chaol from the Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas !! This epic friendship is what helped me to adore this series. Their friendship is beyond everything! Through out the whole series we can see their loyalty. How they are willing to risk everything for their wellness and how their friendship can go over any girl or any situation that tries to break them apart. This friendship is more like a bromance and I am so in love with it. Even with their status differences, there are no limits for them to be the best friends in the whole fictional universe. Chaol is my book love of my life. If you know me well, you know I will always pick him over any other book boyfriend. And Dorian is one of the best characters in this series.

If you haven’t read this series… What are you waiting for?! You need to read it, at least to experience this inspiring friendship.

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This is how cute they are! 

Next week’s theme: B0ok Boyfriend

Try to pick JUST ONE. And fangirl about it!

Blog Tour + Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Welcome to my blog for this blog tour. The Crown’s Game is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and I am very excited to be part of this tour.

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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Synopsis: 

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Review

Russia + Magic + Romanovs + Love = The Crown’s Game

      First of all, this book is coming out in May and I can’t wait for the second one already. It deserves all the hype and it has nothing to envy to popular books like Throne Of Glass, Shatter Me or Red Queen. The Crown’s Game is full of magic, beautiful scenery, heartfelt moments and an ending that will leave you wanting more.

      I instantly fell in love with this book because it’s written in a way that it felt like I was reading a fairytale. You’ll get hypnotized by it and it gets hard to let it go. It’s told in third person POV. Each chapter about a different character including teens and adults which is makes this story perfect for all ages. My favorites character were Nikolai, Galina and Renata.

     The Crown’s Game is full of surprises in an alternate Russian world. I was shocked at many points, things I totally never expected and scenes that’ll never forget. There’s romance in this book but it was not necessary to make this book as amazing as it is. It just add a little more goodness to it.

The Crown’s Game is not a book to lose.

Author Info + Social Media Links: 
Evelyn SkyeEvelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.
Author Links: Twitter | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram | Facebook
Pre-order links and info: http://www.evelynskye.com/pre-order/  *Fun surprises if you pre-order and send proof to Evelyn*
Tour Schedule:
Monday, February 29:Bookish Lifestyle – Review + Pinterest Boards
Tuesday, March 1:One Less Lonely Blog – Review
Wednesday, March 2:It Starts at Midnight – Review
Thursday, March 3: Stories & Sweeties – Review + Russian Tea Cake Recipe
Friday, March 4:The YA Book Traveler – Review + Dreamcast & Book Trailer
Saturday, March 5:Pandora’s Books – Review
Sunday, March 6:Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
Monday, March 7:Out Of Time – Review + Song
Tuesday, March 8:Book Nerd Addict – Review + Favorite Quotes
Wednesday, March 9:Paper Fury – Review + Reasons to Read This Book!
Thursday, March 10:A Reader Under The Sea – Review
Friday, March 11:The Broke and the Bookish – Review

Guest Post: Top 5 Books I Want To Read In 2016

This month’s guest blogger is Sarah from The YA Book Traveler . She’s amazing! I’m so happy to have her in my blog this month! Enjoy her post!


Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be on Melanie’s blog! She’s such an amazing person and I was thrilled to be paired with her for Guest of the Month Club hosted by Emily at emilyreadseverything.com

This month’s topic is “Top 5 Books I Want To Read In 2016”. I’ve been super fortunate in being able to read many of my most anticipated 2016 books already but there are still MANY more I can’t wait to read.

1. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton – From the moment I heard about this book I knew I needed to read it. It’s a humorous take on the historical story of Lady Jane Grey. It’s pitched as having similar humor stying as Princess Bride. I am so ready for a historical fantasy with HUMOR!

2. The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker – The Witch Hunter was one of my favorite books last year for 4 reasons: Magic, Humor, Romance & Great Characters (including secondary characters). I found it to be such an unexpectedly fun and swoony book and I can’t wait for The King Slayer!

3. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – I literally bought 10 copies of Illuminae last year. It blew my mind and it’s impossible to compare to any other book. That being said, I NEEEEED Gemina. If you  haven’t read Illuminae, do it!

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows was such a fun book full of very unique and compelling characters. I’m such a character junkie and I need great characters to connect to any book. Crooked Kingdom is the second and final book of this duology and I know it’ll be one heck of a ride.

5. Untitled (Throne of Glass 5) by Sarah J. Maas – Wow…Queen of Shadows was AMAZING. There were so many perfect scenes and I’m interested to see what happens in the next installment. Hopefully title and cover will be released ANY TIME!
2016 is an amazing year for books! What are you looking forward to?
Thanks for having me Melanie!

Guest Post: Holiday Traditions

Guest Of The Month Club is a monthly feature created by Emily from Emily Reads Everything. 

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Hey, bookworms!
I’m Claire, and I explore pensieves at Cover to Cover, my book review blog. Although my online writing typically highlights literature-related topics, today I’m going to share something a tad more personal.
My younger sister and I look forward to Christmas time every year. I was especially excited this time around because the holiday season guaranteed a break from school, which, while lessened by homework and studying for midterms, was my motivation for this December.
Aside from school struggles, I love the spirit and music surrounding the holiday season. Songs like ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman’ along with other earworms quickly become stuck in my head.
Pinpointing one specific holiday tradition I favor over others proves a difficult task. Every year, I look forward to decorating our tree and baking cookies with my younger sister. The two activities are small gestures I sometimes underestimate but ultimately appreciate. I’m grateful for the time I am able to spend with my family during this time of year.
A few years ago, my mom instilled a new tradition in our family procedures. Annually, my sister and I are allowed to pick a new ornament each to add to our collection. We already possessed many ornaments, but the additions allowed us to choose a special symbol that resonated with us that year. For instance, one year I remembered a particularly enjoyable piano concert, I selected a glittery grand piano ornament; and another year I became interested in learning to edit short videos, I nabbed a camera ornament. This tradition has greatly expanded our ornament collection to encompass our interests in addition to the Christmas spirit.
Baking cookies, on the other hand, is a tradition that has remained constant for a longer time. My sister and I frequent chocolate chip treats, but my parents like to whip up more complicated cranberry and white chocolate cookies. Both are delicious but only experienced during this time.
Holiday traditions have significantly impacted my life for as long as I can remember. I look forward to decorating and baking, however simple, every year!
Thanks for having me, Melanie!
I can be reached on my blog, Twitter, Goodreads, or Instagram.

#RockMyTBR 2016 Challenge

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The amazing Sarah from The YA Book Traveler Blog is hosting this challenge which I found totally worth doing. I always knew my TBR was pile was huge and now it’s finally time to make a list and start reading them. I’m not planning to read all of them but, read the most I can.

I will be updating the list adding links to reviews from the books I read. You are invited to do this as well. It’s going to be fun.

If you want to buddy read you’re totally welcome to talk to me and coordinate.

MY TBR LIST: (It’s over a 100 books. I can’t believe it!)

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Symptoms Of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
  3. The Last Summer (of you and me) by Ann Brashares
  4. 99 Days by Katie Cotungo
  5. Emmy And Oliver by Robin Benway
  6. A Sense Of Infinite by Hilary T. Smith
  7. The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  8. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  9. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  10. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
  11. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
  12. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  13. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  14. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  15. Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
  16. The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
  17. The Sin’s Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  18. Hold Still by Nina Lacour
  19. Enmancipated by M. G. Reyes
  20. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
  21. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  22. Hold Me Closer by David Levithan
  23. The Probability Of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
  24. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  25. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  26. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  27. Kissing In America by Margo Rabb
  28. I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell
  29. Lies I Told by Michelle Zink
  30. The White Rose by Amy Ewing
  31. An Ember In The Ashes by Saaba Tahir
  32. The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
  33. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  34. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  35. A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.A. Schwab
  36. The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten
  37. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  38. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  39. Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
  40. The Tenderness Of Thieves by Donna Freitas
  41. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
  42. Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
  43. Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers
  44. Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  45. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  46. Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
  47. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Matthieu
  48. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera
  49. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  50. The Infinite Moment Of Us by Lauren Myracle
  51. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  52. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  53. Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah
  54. The Thing About The Truth by Lauren Bamholdt
  55. Through To You by Lauren Bamholdt
  56. Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

  57. After Hours by Claire Kennedy
  58. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
  59. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  60. Air Awakens by Elisa Kova
  61. The Bright Effect by Autumn Doughton
  62. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
  63. Love Like Crazy by Megan Squires
  64. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  65. The Distance Between Lost And Found by Kathryn Holmes
  66. The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  67. Unlit Star by Lindy Zart
  68. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
  69. Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean
  70. Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
  71. Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydee
  72. Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams
  73. Boomerang by Noelle August
  74. No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
  75. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  76. The Map Of True Places by Brunonia Barry
  77. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  78. Wild alone by Krassi Zourkova
  79. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  80. Note by Courtney Cole
  81. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
  82. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
  83. Alienated by Melissa Landers
  84. Uncross The Stars by Janelli Rhiannon
  85. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  86. The Strange And Beautiful Sorrow Of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  87. Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts
  88. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
  89. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  90. Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  91. Cruel Beauty by Rosemund Hodge
  92. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  93. The Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson
  94. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  95. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  96. Defiance by C.J. Redwine
  97. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  98. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  99. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 

2016 ARCs

  1. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  2. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
  3. The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
  4. A Drop Of Night by Stefan Bachmann
  5. Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi
  6.  This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang
  7. Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  8. True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
  9. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
  10. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

 

Beyond The Blog: What do you do when you aren’t blogging?

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Guest Of The Month Club is a monthly feature created by Emily from Emily Reads Everything. When I signed up for this feature I was going to get paired with a blogger and do a guest blog on each other’s blog. This month I got Jaime from Books & Ladders. I am so glad I met her, she’s super nice and fun person to talk to.

Enjoy her post!

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GUEST POST BY: Jaime from Books & Ladders

My Average, Mundane Life

                                  Im not going to lie, I am not a very interesting person. A lot of my life revolves around books so it was actually pretty hard to come up with something to talk about for this post. Outside of blogging and reading, one of the things that takes up the majority of my time are my two jobs. I work part time at a Tourist Information Kiosk giving people information about the city and surrounding area. Really, I mostly tell people where the bathroom is and participate in Twitter chats there. My other job is in Human Resources, which is what I went to school for. I work on Tuesday and Thursday at this job and love every second of it. I love getting to help people solve their problems and giving them the information that they need to successfully complete their job. It may sound hokey but I love helping people. I am an A+++ people pleaser so this job is a perfect fit for me.

I recently applied to grad school and was accepted, but deferred my acceptance until September. So in September, I will probably be back in school full time getting my Masters in Political Science. Im a huge politics nerd, especially when it comes to theory, and love to speculate about how politics will affect the future (which is why I read so much Science Fiction, especially dystopian novels). Everything from the structure of governments to what it means that we have a democracy (that isnt really a democracy, but thats a whole other story) interests the crap out of me. I have been to many the political rallies and love engaging in talking to people about their views and opinions on things going on around us.

Other than that, you can find me binge watching TV shows on Netflix or playing video games. I have a standing date night with my friends on Wednesday (Wine-o Wednesday) where we try new restaurants and catch up. I would say that 80% of my time is spent with a book though. I bring my ereader and a paperback with me EVERYWHERE. People know when Im having a bad day if I dont have a book with me. And if I am not readingsomething, I am listening to something on my commute. Books and stories interest me beyond belief.

 

Follow Jaime on Twitter: @booksandladders

 

From Screen To Page: Book Blogger Creativity Project

Book Blogger Creativity Project was created by Twitter Chat Queen Nori from ReadWriteLove28 . Bloggers from around the world joined this project and we were set on groups. My group was the Rose group. I was joined with few of my favorite bloggers and we decided to call it The Rose Society. Our book feature is From Screen To Page, were we chose a character from screen (TV or movie) and chose a book we would recommend them.

This is my list:

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If there’s a book Sawyer, from my favorite series LOST, would enjoy is Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes. He will totally like the twist in this story and badass Parvati.

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I choose Rose Tyler from Doctor Who because she’s one of my favorite female character from all the series I’ve watched.  Choosing a book for her was hard but then I remembered Claudia Gray’s, parallel universes novel, A Thousand Pieces Of You. Time and space traveler fan Rose Tyler would totally love the adventure and romance in A Thousand Pieces Of You.

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While reading Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo I had the Pirates Of The Caribbean soundtrack in my head all the time. Pirates and heists are the perfect match. And in the last scene of Six Of Crows I felt like I was reading a scene with Jack Sparrow.

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Regina! The lovely Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time, her perfect book match is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Adelina is evil but she’s trying to love and be good just like Regina.

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June Iparis, the female main character from Legend, remind me a lot of Sherlock. She was the beloved prodigy and she never missed a detail. I love both characters but I think Sherlock would find this book lame because of his ridiculous high standards. If you like Sherlock you should try Legend by Marie Lu.

Hope you enjoyed my post!

Here are the post from the members of my group:

Brittany Book Rambles

Quality Fangirls

The Silver Words