My Plain Jane | Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to write this post: A) because I’m trying something new, and B) I love these authors! (Yes, I said authors. Plural.)

So if you didn’t know, last year Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows came out with a book called My Lady Jane. I adored My Lady Jane – it’s a retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was beheaded nine days after becoming Queen of England.

Except she isn’t beheaded in this story. And there are shapeshifters. And plenty of books. And – best of all – hilarious dialogue! I haven’t laughed so hard since reading Heroes of Olympus for the first time.

 

And now these authors – who call themselves The Lady Janies – are back with another Jane retelling! This time, they’re twisting the story of Jane Eyre. And no – you don’t need to read the original to read this one.

The title of this book is:

My Plain Jane

 

And now…we have a cover. Behold!

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Fortnight of Fright | Graphic Novels for Halloween

Hello witches and wizards!

I’m Marrill, and I have a blog called Books and Ravens. And I’m so excited for my first Fortnight of Fright! Now, I’m sure all of you are seasoned readers, so forgive me if I mess up.

 

Anyway, I obviously love reading. And I adore everything spooky and creepy. But I don’t read many Halloween books. BUT I do love spooky graphic novels! The visuals are always so cool, and all the different ways ghosts can be drawn is fascinating. (Seriously though – there’s so many).

So I decided I wanted to talk about some of my favorite graphic novels to get you in the mood for October 31st!

Here are my recommendations for getting into the Halloween spirit:

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Books I Brought on Vacation!

Hello Book Ravens!

I haven’t posted recently, and that’s because I’ve been on a road trip the past few days, and the only thing I have to write on is my little tablet and bluetooth keyboard.

 

Hello first-world problems.

 

But anyway! On vacation I must bring books…and I didn’t realize how many books I couldn’t bear to part with until I was packing my bag.*


*for the record, I was forced by my mother to part with some of the books in my bag…it killed me a little on the inside, but I left Before She Ignites at home. So there.

 

Here are the books I brought with me!

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Owlcrate Unboxing | September 2017

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August Theme: Mythical Creatures

The September Owlcrate box was themed around all things mythical – mythical creatures especially!

Unfortunately, this was the first month that Owlcrate boxes sold out completely, so there isn’t any more left. They do have other past boxes available, if you’re interested! Check here – most of them are on sale!

What was inside the box:

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A Book and a Candle | The Lightning Thief + Percy Jackson

So I’ve been meaning to find an interesting way to show off some of cool bookish candles, and then I saw Brittany from A Book Addicts Guide do A Book and A Candle. Which is basically when she picks a book and a candle that she burned recently to talk about.

I liked that idea, but instead of picking random books to talk about, I’m going to do a book that I read that week, and a candle that either matches, or I burned a lot that week. We’ll see how this goes – I’m actually really excited!

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The Wicked Will Rise | Book Review

Title: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Format: Hardcover


Synopsis

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They’d joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I’m really doing here.

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September YA Book Releases | 2017

Okay, can I just say that August was the fastest month of the year?

I don’t know about you, but it went by faster than the rest of the year has, and I’m not sure if I should be scared or just ignore it. (Let’s be honest – there’s no way I have the attention span to care for more than a few weeks)

Anyway! There are some incredible new releases and sequels coming out this month! So let’s get on with this post! I organize by release date, BTW

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Types of Beta Readers

Hello writers!

 

So Beta Readers. You probably know what they are. When you finish writing a book, or even a few chapters and you need someone else to read it, you find a Beta Reader.

I’ve been writing for a while, and I’ve found out that there’s different types of Beta Readers for different situations and people.

 

So today I’m going to go over 5 of the most common types of Betas chosen by writers…enjoy!

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Geekerella | Review

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: Contemporary, Retelling

Format: Paperback (My recommendation: buy the hardcover)


Synopsis

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad s old costume), Elle’s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom

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