Going Viral \\ Spoiler-Free Review

Going Viral (Potion, #3)Title: Going Viral (The Potion Diaries #3)

Author: Amy Alward

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

Genre: Fantasy

Format: UK paperback

Spoiler Review: To be posted


Synopsis

Due to spoilers, I’m not going to be putting the synopsis here, but if you want to view it, you find it on the Goodreads page.

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Book Unhaul \\ 8 books that are no longer on my shelves

I don’t usually unhaul books. Usually, I tell myself I’ll eventually get to them, or that I like the cover too much to get rid of it (there is Bookstagram to consider…). However, lately, I’ve been in a bit of cleaning kick, especially when it comes to my bookshelves.

I’ve been trying to read all the unread books on my shelves instead of buying more, and while doing that I’ve realized just how many books I’m not planning on opening. So throughout the year, I’ve been slowly collecting books to donate.

And then you guys voted on an unhaul for today’s post and now here we are.

Books I’m donating:

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What I Look for in YA Friendships \\ do they even exist??

I like friends.

Not the show – I’ve never seen it – I mean two people loving each other platonically and being supportive. It’s one of my essentials to a perfect story!

I was thinking about this the other day and I realized I don’t have any YA friendships to gush about. The only thing close is the Argo II crew from Heroes of Olympus (which is an excellent series but technically middle-grade).

And what irritates me the most is the fact that I haven’t come across any friendships in YA fantasy books! A lot of fantasy – and even contemporary – books have “friendships” and not friendships. What’s the difference? You ask.

 

Well, allow me to tell you my basic rules for fictional friendships:

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A Court of Frost and Starlight \\ Spoiler-Free Review

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. MaasTitle: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: To be posted


Synopsis

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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How to find the right Point Of View (POV) \\ Writing with Marrill 001

Hello Book Ravens! 

Starting a story is hard. There’s no way to really get around it; in order to write a story, you have to start somewhere. Including, but not limited to, finding the right point of view.

I know a lot of my writer friends don’t stress about this – they usually choose which POV they prefer – but for me, it’s an essential part of the story and not so easy to figure it out.

I’m assuming some of you agree, so I have for you all a list of different POV options and how to decide which fits your story juuuuust write (get it? Write? Like right?).

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The Cruel Prince \\ Spoiler-Free Review

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Title: The Cruel Prince (Folk of Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate Exclusive)

Spoiler Review: Coming soon


Synopsis

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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A Map for Wrecked Girls \\ Spoiler-Free Review

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A Map for Wrecked GirlsTitle: A Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor

Publisher: Dial Books

Genre: Contemporary, Adventure

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: coming soon


Synopsis

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

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May YA Releases \\ let’s be honest: we’re only here for ACOFAS

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Hello Book Ravens! 

It’s the last day of the month! Meaning it’s almost time for more new books to be out in the world…and for some unknown reason (*cough* ACOFAS) everyone is really hyped for May.

As per usual, DISCLAIMER: you guys know how I feel about contemporary. This blog is 99% fantasy, dystopian and sci-fi…and therefor so is my list. But if you want to know the contemporaries coming out this month as well then check out this Goodreads list. So that is the main reason why this list is so short.

May releases:

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Bookish Rep Searches \\ tips, advice and what NOT to do

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Hello Book Ravens! 

This post is up a bit late (but still on a Friday, which is something!) because I usually write my posts Thursday night…and totally did not prepare for how exhausted I’d be after Driver’s ED. Turns out, socializing is hard...and by “socializing” I mean sitting in a class not saying a word trying to figure out how the heck a car works and why nobody sat by you

ANYWAY – that time has come around again! A bunch of bookish companies are looking for reps (representatives) on Instagram! And as someone who has entered a lot of rep searches and has some tips, this post seems appropriate.

I have four sections with hopefully somewhat helpful tips, and of course, I will provide a list of companies that are currently looking for reps.

Let’s Discuss:

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