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Book Challenge: Shadows in Literature 

I had this book on my TBR for the longest time! I actually received an ARC last year at Y’all West which I didn’t get a chance to read. 😅 Then I received a final copy in the June Owlcrate @owlcrate later in the year. It was a sign from the book gods for me to read This Savage Song. But I didn’t listen. I don’t know why. I love Victoria Schwab. She’s pretty much one of my role models on being a writer. I finally got that kick in the behind when my audio book request from the library became available last month. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity, so I made sure to listen and read it. (It took forever to get my request!).

The reason why I’m telling you this is because I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did and put off reading this book. I don’t know how Victoria Schwab does it, but she manages to create worlds where magic exists plausible (as in the ADSOM series), but in this case monsters. Set in a dystopian setting, Verity city is plagued with monsters. These monsters are created from the violence committed by humans. They are the embodiment of sins that move in the shadows. The two main characters August Flynn and Kate Harker are embroiled in this reality. I highly recommend this, but note that this is geared toward a YA audience. Her ADSOM fantasy series is adult, so the difference in storytelling style is noticeable, but still compelling.


Did you guys see on my InstaStory that there’s a preorder incentive for A Conjuring of Light (the third book in the ADSOM series). If you submit your receipt for a preorder of ACOL to MacMillan, you can get a book hugger for the series. I’m dying to get one!


Everyone in North City pays for protection from the monsters and wears a medallion to show they are under Harker’s protection. Medallion featured is the Allomantic alphabet from Mistborn by @badalijewelry. 


Anyone else a Victoria Schwab fan? Which of her books have you read? I think my next Victoria Schwab book will be Vicious.
#watermelanerdsfebruary “All beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” Shadows in Literature (Groundhog day)



Book Challenge: Favorite Genre and Most anticipated 2017 read

For #bibliophile2017 Favorite YA book, favorite genre, favorite book: I loved all of these books! YA fantasy is my favorite genre and these were just a few my favorites. I can’t just pick one! .

For #bookishfriendsjanuary17 2017 book you are most excited about! There are so many great books coming out this year, but I have to say one that I’m really excited for is A Conjuring of Light! It’s book 3 in the A Darker Shade of Magic series by VE Schwab. If you haven’t read this series, now’s the perfect time. Book 3 comes out next month! 


For #lilbookishjanuary A book finally read in 2016, actually all of these! It was a year ago when I read Ember and I loved it so much! I discovered Laini Taylor late too but I’m so glad I did! I had been meaning to read ADSOM for a while, but when I found out about a signing with VE Schwab near me, I made sure to read it before I saw her! She’s amazing!

It’s Saturday! Our vacation ends this weekend and I can’t believe it’s nearly over. I’m trying to prepare myself for the imminent return of school drop offs and pick-ups and mommy daycare, but it makes me want to hide under my electric throw blanket and read! Any others having to prepare for back to school/work Monday after being on vacation? What are you doing during these last moments of freedom?


AEITA Challenge: Favorite Masked Scene

Before the Emberlings take away my Elias Veturius fangirl card, there were so many favorite masked scenes in An Ember in the Ashes that I could pick dozens, but for #anembertorchchallenge The Masks: Favorite Masked scene, I had to pick one from my #currrentread A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab @veschwab. Forgive me, Emberlings! 🙈 And just for the record, my favorite masked scenes in AEITA are when Elias and Helene are fighting as a team. They’re pretty much slaying everyone, but also having fantastic dialogue too!.

If you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic or A Gathering of Shadows, for the love of Alucard, go read this now! I can’t even find the words. How do you explain the awesomeness that is Kell and Lilah? An Antari and a thief who make a tenuous connection at first and then become dependent on the other to survive. The world building is so unique—different Londons, Grey London, Red London, Black London,and White London and blood magic! Also, a prince who is both charming and maddening at the same time—I’m looking at you Rhy! 


Without giving away too much, my favorite masked scenes are pretty much whenever Lilah wears hers. She’s confronted an evil queen and also a ship of pirates in her black horned mask and it’s both thrilling and wonderful to read. And now in A Gathering of Shadows, there’s a tournament for magicians that’s supposed to happen and more masks will come in to play! I’m still buddy reading with my good friend Vicky, so no spoilers please! I highly recommend this series, if you haven’t read it yet. 


In case you missed it, I’m hosting a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of AEITA. If you’re interested in entering, please check my post marked GIVEAWAY four rows down to enter or check the tag #jennsaeitaga. Last day to enter the giveaway is August 24. 

Book Challenge: Next Book to Movie 

There are so many books that I’d love to see adapted to the movie screen, but I think VE Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series would be AMAZING on the screen. The setting and the characters are just begging to be brought to life. The different Londons, Kell, Lilah, Rhys—all would look fantastic on the screen. I just started A Gathering of Shadows and I didn’t think it could be better than ADSOM, but OMG. It’s SO good. If you haven’t read Victoria Schwab yet, PLEASE for the love of Red London, go read now!.

Anyone have ideas on who they’d cast for these characters? I’m dying to hear ideas because I can’t think of anyone right now.


Challenge: #augustfantasychallenge Summerblockbuster-Pick the next book to movie adaptation

Owlcrate July Unbox: Good vs. Evil

It’s been a week since I received my July Owlcrate @Owlcrate. I hope you all received yours! The theme was Good vs. Evil. I received the Good box and loved it!•

I don’t usually collect Funko Pops (except that one time I found PPZ Lizzie Bennet), so all my Pops are from Owlcrate. I was so happy to add Luna Lovegood to my Owlcrate Pops. I love her gentle spirit and her openminded attitude to everything.

I also received a wooden carved necklace of the Millennium Falcon by Vector Engraving @vectorengraving because Han Solo is bae! I loved their Tardis Dr. Who pin from a previous Owlcrate box (Sci-Fi Love). 

I love book magnets and this Alice magnet from Jane’s Tiny Things @janestinythings is adorable! I love that all of their book magnets include a book quote on the back. The quote on the back of Alice’s head is “I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then.” ~ Lewis Carroll. AMEN to that! 🙌🏽 Also, they’re having a rep search! Check out their profile for more details!

“You have me until the last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.” SOBS. I loved Illuminae! Such a good story. Highly recommend it! This Illuminae magnet was lettered by the fabulous Alexis @dropandgivemenerdy and I practically squeeeeeed in delight when I saw that this was in the box! I also loved the one in the Evil box of Aidan’s quote “Am I Not Merciful?” 

And the book for July was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab @veschwab. GUYS. I can’t. I love this author and I was thrilled to see her new book in this month’s box. It also came with a signed bookplate and a letter from Victoria Schwab. So many feels in that letter. She’s also such an inspiration. I’m going to put it with the letter from Jeff Zentner that came with The Serpent King in the January box (Writer’s Block).

Other goodies included a YA Covers Coloring book from Harper Collins and a coloring bookmark for Every Hidden Thing By Kenneth Oppel. 

Next month’s theme is Fast Times at YA High! Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?

Book Challenge: Bookish Cursive & Favorite Quote

This is for the prompts “Favorite Quote”, “Favorite Lit Quote”, and #bookishcursive. So, when I put together this post, I was thinking for #bookishcursive that I’d have to letter a quote and thought oh hey, these all go together so well! Umm. Yeah. I didn’t realize that #bookishcursive meant lettering on covers. 😅 I learned this AFTER I created this post. Fortunately, This Savage Song still meets the criteria! YAY! 😁•

Now, I know I’m kind of pushing this with Fav Lit Quote, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this one! (Okay. There is a Brandon Sanderson quote that I love, but I have already used it.) Victoria Schwab @veschwab is pretty much goals right now. Her stories are amazing and I love her writing style. Also, if you guys ever get a chance to go to one of her signings, GO. She is so nice and funny! You’ll love her even more if that’s possible! 

My favorite quote is actually something she said on Twitter. Someone had asked her if she ever slept. This was her response:

Sleep is for the weak. Tea is for the strong. Words are for the mad.

RIGHT?! This is SO me. 


#sammyreadsjuly16 “Favorite Quote” • #livelaughbooksjuly “Favorite Lit Quote” • #julywithcj #bookishcursive 

Happy Book Birthday, This Savage Song! By Victoria Schwab

Happy Book Birthday to This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab @veschwab! I really enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic and I’m so excited to read this! I’ve heard such great things about it. If you haven’t read any of Victoria Schwab’s books, I highly recommend her! You won’t have any regrets.
Goodreads Summary:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. 
Thank you to Epic Reads @epicreads for the ARC copy!